Friday, May 21, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 383: #596 John Stone (1658-1735) of Watertown and Groton, Massachusetts

John Stone (1658-1735)  is #596 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #597 Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth (1663-1717) in 1698 in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through

*  their son, #296 James Stone (1702-1783), who married #297 Mary Farwell (1709-1804) in 1726.
*  their daughter #149 Abigail Stone (1737-1800), who married  #148 Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) in 1757.
*  their son #74 Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) who married #75 Hannah Smith (1768-1827) in 1789.
*  their daughter  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  who married  #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      John Stone[1–3]    

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                     Simon Stone (1631-1708)    
*  Mother:                   Mary Whipple (1633-1720)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      23 July 1658 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Death:                    1735 (about age 77) Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Sarah Nutting (1663-1717)    

*  Marriage 1:             7 December 1698 (age 40). Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    

*  Child 1:                  John Stone (1699-1784)    
*  Child 2:                  James Stone (1701-1783)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

A fairly detailed description of the life of John Stone was provided in the book Simon Stone Genealogy[1].  

John Stone was born 23 July 1658 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the second child and son of Simon and Mary (Whipple) Stone[1-2].  He was raised on the Stone family homestead on Mount Auburn in Watertown, Massachusetts[1].

He enlisted, at the age of 17, in Captain John Whipple's Company scouting along the Connecticut River in the spring of 1676, during King Philip's War, and received 3 pounds, 8 shillings, 6 pence for this service.  He was also in Captain Jonathan Poole's Company in the spring of 1676 on garrison duty in the Connecticut River Valley towns, and received 1 pound, 11 shillings.  His name also appears under Watertown soldiers, credited with 3 pounds, 3 shillings, 6 pence. [Bodge, "Soldiers in King Philip's War," pp. 283, 260 and 376][1].

John Stone and his brother Simon Stone settled on land in Groton, Massachusetts that their father had obtained as an early proprietor of the town.  It is likely that John Stone lived in his brother's household until his marriage in 1698[1].  

The records of Groton show that John Stone and Simon Stone were of the same garrison house with the Farnsworth family on 17 March 1692.  Groton suffered from Indian raids during this period, since it was a frontier town, and the inhabitants lived in a state of constant alarm and vigilance.  On 27 July 1694, the town was attacked by Indians and 21 persons were killed, three were seriously wounded, and thirteen were captured.  In 1707, the frontier towns were so harassed by Indians that on 9 July 1707 over thirty householders of Groton, including John Stone, notified the Massachusetts General Court that they would be obliged to abandon the town unless a military guard was maintained there [Massachusetts Archives, 113.420][1].

John married Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth on 7 December 1698 in Concord, Massachusetts[1,3].  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Eggleton) Nutting of Groton, Massachusetts, and the widow of Matthias Farnsworth (1650-1693), by whom she had six children.  They had two sons, both born in and recorded in the Groton town records[1]:

*  John Stone (1699-1784), married 1722 Elizabeth Farwell (1703-1762).
*  James Stone (1702-1783), married 1726 Mary Farwell (1709-1804).

On 4 September 1715, John Stone and his wife Sarah of Groton, sold three and a half acres of land there to Samuel Kemp, who recorded it 26 December 1735, perhaps soon after the death of John Stone [Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 37, page 151][1].

No will, administration, death  record, burial record or gravestone of John Stone can be found.  He evidently died in about 1735, since his son John Stone was styled "junior" in a deed dated 4 April 1735 and was listed without the "junior" in another deed dated 1736[1].

1. J. Gardner Bartlett, Simon Stone Genealogy, Ancestry and Descendants of Simon Stone of Watertown, Mass. 1320-1926 (Boston, Mass.: The Stone Family, 1926), pages 62-63, #5 John Stone family sketch.
2. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, accessed 19 May 2021), Watertown > Births, Marriages, Deaths, page 42 (image 1240 of 3991), John Ston birth entry, 23 July 1658 to Simon and Mary Stonn.

3. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 2021), page 714, John Stone and Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth marriage entry, 7 December 1698.


NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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