Friday, July 30, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 391: #612 Joseph Grout (1649-1720) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Joseph Grout (1649-1720)   is #612 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #613 Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) in 1681 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

*  their son #306 Joseph Grout (1683-1758) married Mary Harrington (1693-1774) in 1717.
*  their daughter #153 Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) married #152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749.
*  their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.
*  their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
*  their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)  married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)  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:                      Joseph Grout[1-5]

*  Sex:                         Male

*  Father:                    John Grout (1609-1697)
*  Mother:                   Sarah Busby (1619-1699)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                     24 July 1649, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Distribution;         16 August 1697 (age 48), father's will proved; Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Death:                   before 4 November 1720 (before age 71), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Probate:               4 November 1720 (age 71), will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Susannah Hagar (1653-1731)
*  Marriage 1:          about 1681 (about age 32), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]

*  Child 1:                Susannah Grout (1681-1724)
*  Child 2:                Joseph Grout (1682-1758)
*  Child 3:                Mary Grout (1687-    )
*  Child 4:                Mehitabel Grout (1689-    )
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Joseph Grout was born 24 July 1649 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the son of John and Sarah (Busby) Grout of Sudbury[1-3].  

Joseph married Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) in about 1681 in Watertown, Massachusetts at age 31[1,6].  She was the daughter of William and Mary (Bemis) Hagar of Watertown.  They had four children, all born and recorded in Watertown town records:

*  Susannah Grout (1681- after 1724), married 1710 Zachariah Smith (1687-1724).
*  Joseph Grout (1683-1758), married 1717 Mary Harrington (1693-1774).
*  Mary Grout (1687-????).
*  Mehitabel Grout (1689-????).

Joseph's father, John Grout, died on 1697 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and his will was proved on 1697 and is in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court estate file 9,951[4].  He bequeathed to son Joseph Grout: 
"I give to my Son Joseph Grout of Watertowne all my houseing Lands &meadows and rights w'ch to me did belong and appertaine in y'e Town of Watertowne, Excepting a Farm which I have near to Madup, only my Son Joseph Grout Shall pay unto my Son in Law Joseph Curtise the Sum of twelve pounds in Money within the Space of three years after my decease. My Will is y't if my Son Joseph Grout die without heirs male then y'e halfe of y'e s'd Land Shall return to y'e Grouts, the other halfe to his own Daughters, w'ch shall be his full portion To have & to Hold to him & his heirs forever. 
Joseph Grout died after 1 September 1720, at age 71, when he wrote his will, and before 4 November 1720 when his will was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court[5].  The transcription of his Will, which is in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court estate file 9,960, is:
In the name of god Amen.  I Joseph Grout of Watertown in the county of middlesex within his majesties provinc of the masachusets bay in new England husbandman, do make & declare this Instrument to be my last will & testament. first I Resign my soul into the mercyfull hands of almighty god my gloryous Creator, & my body I commit to the earth from whenc it was taken to be decently ^by^ my executor buried, hopeing for a blessed Resurrection.   And as for that portion of this worlds goods which god hath lent me I dispose thereof in manor as followeth:

(1) I give & bequeath to my loving wife Susanah Grout as her dower one one third part of my Estate both Real & personal to be posesed by her according to the direction of the law for settling Intestat Estas. or  comfortable maintenanc out of my estate dureing the term of her Remaining my widow, which she shall see cause to accept of.

(2)  I give & bequeath to my loveing daughter Susanah Smith in addision to what she has allredy received the sum of twenty pounds in money or goods within the space of Eight years affter my decease to be payd to her. I give & bequeath to my loving daughter mehittable Grout fifty pounds in mony or goods to be paid within Eight years affter my decace and I do hereby apoint and Impowr my dutyful son Joseph Grout to be my Executor to perform this my last will and testament.  And to enable him thereunto I hereby give & bequeath to him my whole estate Real & personal with the reversion of my wifes thirds.  In confirmation hereof I have hereunto put my hand & seal this first day of September one thousand seven hundred & twenty, & in the seventh year of his majesties Reign Georg by the grace of god over great britain &c King.

Signd seald & ownd                                                Joseph Grout     {seal}     
in the presence of us                                                    his g mark
Abraham Brown    }
Simon  S  Tainter   }    sworn 4 - 9 1720
Sam'll Gearfeild    }                      pd 17%
                                           will prov. admd
                                         Committed to the Ex'e
                                          bond 200'lb to pay
                                           debts & legasis
                                                 T F  J p
                                           Court day. Camb. 4 Nov'r
Joseph Grout died after 1 September 1720 when he wrote and signed his will, and before 4 November 1720 when his will was proved in Middlesex Probate Court by his named executor[5].  Executor Joseph Grout and Samuel Gearfield posted 200 pounds bond on 4 November 1720 and the executor agreed to carry out his father's will."

This probate packet contains 3 separate papers:  the wrapper is the first image, the will is the second image, and the proof statement and bond are on the third image.  There is no inventory, distribution or account in the probate packet, since son Joseph Grout received all of the real and personal property after the widow's reversion, and was to pay his two sisters money or goods within eight years.


1. Alicia Crane Williams (editor), Early New England Families Study Project, Volume 1 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 2020), John Grout family sketch (8 pages).

2. Elizabeth E. Boice Jones (compiler), Captain John Grout of Watertown and Sudbury and some of his Descendants (Waterloo, Iowa : Henry Whittemore Grout, 1922), page 22, John Grout family sketch.

3. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 61, Josepth Grout birth entry, 24 July 1649.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 00001-01999 and Estate File #9951 (14 images) John Grout of Sudbury estate, 1697; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 30 May 2020); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass..

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Packet #9960 (3 images) Joseph Grout of Watertown, 1720.

6. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), page 328, Joseph Grout and Susanna Hager entry, 1681.


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

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below. Or contact me by email at

No comments: