Friday, August 6, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 392: #613 Susannah (Hagar) Grout (1653-1731) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) is #613 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #612 Joseph Grout (1649-1720)  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:                      Susannah Hagar[1-3]
*  Alternate Name:      Susannah Hager[6]
*  Alternate Name:      Susannah Grout[4–6]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                    William Hagar (1620-1684)
*  Mother:                   Mary Bemis (1624-1695)

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

*  Birth:                      about 1653, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Distribution:          1 April 1684 (about age 31), father's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Distribution:          4 November 1720 (about age 67), husband's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Death:                   8 May 1731 (about age 78), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Joseph Grout (1649-1720)
*  Marriage 1:          about 1681 (about age 27), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-3,6]

*  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):  

Susanna Hagar was born in about 1653 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of William and Mary (Bemis) Hagar of Watertown[1-3].

Susanna married Joseph Grout (1649-1720) in about 1681 in Watertown, Massachusetts at age 27[1-3,6]. He was the son of John and Sarah (Busby) Grout of Sudbury. 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-????).

The Joseph Grout family resided in Watertown until Joseph's death.

The will of Susannah's father, William Hagar (1620-1684) of Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay, was written 10 January 1683/4, and was proved 1 April 1684[4]. The will bequeaths to his daughter the following:
"I give unto my daughter Susannah Grout fifty shillings to be paid within three years after my decease in country pay."
Joseph Grout died before 4 November 1720 in Watertown when his will was proved in Middlesex County Probate Records. In her husband's will written 1 September 1720, Susannah (Hagar) Grout was bequeathed[5]:
"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."
Many online family trees and websites claim that Susannah (Hagar) Grout died on 8 May 1731 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and some claim she was buried in Waltham, Massachusetts. There are no extant records for her death or burial date and location..


1. Henry Bond, M.D., Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown & Co., 1860), page 264, William Hagar family sketch.

2. Colonel Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, The Bemis History and Genealogy, Being an Account in Greater Part of the Descendants of joseph Bemis of Watertown, Mass. (San Francisco, Calif. : The Stanley-Taylor Co., 1900), pages 1-3, Mary (Bemis) Hagar family sketch.

3. 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).

4. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)," Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Volume 6, pages 126-128, William Hagar estate papers; accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,521,762.

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet #9,960 (3 images) Joseph Grout of Watertown, 1720; "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); Original records in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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

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1 comment:

Life Goes On said...

These sources the books
Is the information found on the internet or were they found in a research center like the one in Salt lake City