Friday, September 17, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 397: #620 John Maynard (1661-1731) of Marlborough, Massachusetts

John Maynard (1661-1731) is #620 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #621 Lydia Ward (1665-1740) in 1688 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #310 James Maynard (1694-????) married #3311 Mary Morse (1697-????) in about 1719.
* their daughter #155 Lydia Maynard (1722-1802) married #154 David Batherick (1722-1794)in 1742.
* their daughter #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) married #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802)  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:                 John Maynard[1–5]
*  Alternate Name: John Mainord[6-7]

*  Sex:                    Male

*  Father:                John Maynard (1630-1711)
*  Mother:              Mary Gates (1636-1677)

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

*  Birth:                  7 January 1661, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4,6]

*  Distribution:       8 January 1711/2 (age 51), father's will proved; Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]

*  Death:                15 May 1731 (age 70), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3–4]
*  Burial:                after 15 May 1731 (after age 70), Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Probate:             14 June 1731 (age 70), will proved; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:          Lydia Ward (1665-1740)
*  Marriage 1:       about 1688 (about age 27), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Child 1:            John Maynard (1690-1741)
*  Child 2:            Daniel Maynard (1692-1760)
*  Child 3:            James Maynard (1694-    )
*  Child 4:            Mary Maynard (1695-1717)
*  Child 5:            Reuben Maynard (1698-1762)
*  Child 6:            Abigail Maynard (1701-1778)
*  Child 7:            Phineas Maynard (1703-1725)
*  Child 8:            Bethia Maynard (1705-1720)
*  Child 9:            Hezekiah Maynard (1708-1781)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Several generations of the Maynard family were included in the Marlborough, Massachusetts town history book[1], but with only vital dates and without life details.

John "Mainord" was born 7 January 1661 in Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay, the son of John and Mary (Gates) Mainord, original settlers of Marlborough[1,4,6].  

He married at age 27 in about 1688 to Lydia Ward (1665-1740), daughter of Richard and Mary (Moore) Ward of Sudbury, Massachusetts Bay.

The family resided in Marlborough, and they had nine children, all but Bethia born and recorded in Marlborough town records:

*  John Maynard (1690-1741), married 1719 Hepsibah Brigham (1686-1757).
*  Daniel Maynard (1692-1760), married 1735 Mary Oaks (1710-1805).
*  James Maynard (1694-????), married 1719 Mary Morse (1697-????).
*  Mary Maynard (1696-1717).
*  Reuben Maynard (1698-1762), married 1745 Dorothy Williams (1714-????).
*  Abigail Maynard (1701-1778), married 1743 Nathan Tyler (1687-1782).
*  Phineas Maynard (1703-1725).
*  Bethia Maynard (1705-1720)
*  Hezekiah Maynard (1708-1781), married 1739 Tabitha How (1712-1757)

John's father, John Mainord wrote a will on 18 May 1703, which was proved on 8 January 1711/12 in Middlesex County Probate Court[7].  In his will, John Mainord the father bequeathed to his son John Mainord:
"Confirm unto my four sons namely John mainord Simon mainord David mainord & Zachariah mainord all which[torn] heretofore given them by deed of Gift under my hand and ?????[torn] ther Lawfull heiers forever, as ther portions in full, except[torn] above Given in this my will.  As further i doe will & Give unto my oldest Son John abovesd The uper end, or westerly part of my medow called by the name of Richard medow, the wholl breadth therof until it Come to the narowest place right cros from upland to upland, further I give unto my s'd Son John a five acre town Right within the Cow Commons to him & his heres for ever."
John Maynard died at age 70 on 15 May 1731 in Marlborough[1,3-4].  He was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Marlborough, where his gravestone stands[4].  The inscription is:

Here lyes Buried
Y'e Body of Ensign
John Maynard, He
Died May y'e 15'th
1 7 3 1
In y'e 70 Year
Of His Age

John Maynard died testate on 15 May 1731 in Marlborough, having written a will 15 April 1731, which was proved on 14 June 1731 in Middlesex County Probate Court by the named executor Hezekiah Maynard[5].  Hezekiah Maynard, Abraham Amsden and James Woods posted 1000 pound bond on 14 June 1731.  There is no inventory or account in the probate estate packet.  Lydia (Ward) Maynard died 10 January 1740, leaving no probate record.

The 1731 Will of John Maynard (1661-1731) of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, is in the Middlesex County Probate Court records[5]. The transcription of this will is:
In the Name of god Amen. The fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord 1731, I John Maynard of the Town of Marlborough in the County of Middlesex in New England Gentleman being week and sickly of body and well striken in years, But of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given to God.  Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, and Knowing that it is for all men once to dye, do make And ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my soul into the Hands of God that Gave it, hoping through the merits, death and passion of my saviour jesus Christ to have fully and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit everlasting Life.  And my Body I Commit to the Earth, to be Decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter Named, Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Recieve the same again by the power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life, I Give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, That is to say:

First I will that all my debts and duty as I do owe in right to any manner of person or persons whomsoever Shall be well and truly paid or ordained to be paid in Convenient time after my decease by my Executor hereafter named.

Item I Give unto and bequeath to Lydia my dearly beloved wife one half of all my household ????? or Goods to be her own, and at her own disposing.

Item I will and give unto my beloved son John Maynard sixty acres of upland and meadow Ground scituate in Westborough, where he my said son John now Dwells, with all other land I have ajoyning to the same, be it more or less, with all my right in the Last division of meadow on the Right of William Kerley, and also one lot of meadow Lying in Great cold barels meadow so called which I purchased of Capt henery carley, with what land I have since laid out ajoyning to it there, be it more or less.  And ten acre Right in the common in that part of marlborough formerly called without the cow common, however now called, and it is so much of Williams Kerly Right belonging to his Grant in said marlborough, he my said son John maynard paying unto his sister Abigail Maynard her heirs or assignes five pounds in money withing three years after my decease all the above Given premises to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item I Give unto my beloved son Daniel Maynard beside what I have Given him allredy a certain piece or parcel of Land scituate on an Island ajacean to a meadow called three corner meadow Lying in that which is now Westborough be it more or less, all the land I have there, all I Give unto him my said son Daniel a five acre Town Right which I had of my honoured father John Maynard deceased in all that is undevided in the Township of marlborough as it was first Granted both within and without the cow common, however it is now in three To ????? Reason as it be so divided.  And a five acre Right, Town Right in that part that is called without the cow common being part of William Carleys Right also I give unto him my Raper and Bellt.

Item I give unto my beloved son James Maynard all the land and meadow Ground I have where he my said son James now Dwells be the same more or less, with a certain Lot of meadow scituate in a meadow called Great middle meadow being part of William Kerleys afore said his second devision of meadow in Marlborough be it more or less, also all the Right I have in the last Devision of meadow commonly called the common meadow, that belongs to me on my said Honoured father John Maynard Right, also ten acre town Right without said cow common belonging to John Ruttes his Grant in said marlborough.

Item I Give unto my beloved son Ruben Maynard beside what I have Done for him already I Give unto him all he owe to me and the Gone he hath that is mine.

Item I Give unto my beloved Daughter Abigail Maynard one half of my Household goods that I have to be Eaqueally devided between her, and her mother, as near as may be both in quantity and Quallity, also I Give unto her my said Daughter Abigail forty pounds of money to be paid out of my Estate by my Executor within four years, ten pound a year, yearly till the whole be paid, also one cow out of my stock of cattle, and I also Give unto her a certain piece or parcel of land containing more or less near a place called fram swamp now in Southborough ajaceant to Stony Brook as may more fully appear upon Record in marlborough Book of Records,also my will is that my said Daughter Abigail shall have the priviledge of house Room in my now dwelling house for her conveniance and make it her home as she shall so cause during the time, she shall Live unmaried, and that on free cost.

Item I Give unto my beloved Son Hezekiah Maynard whome I consittiute and make my sole Executor of this my will and Testament, all my home stead on which I now live with my Mansion house and all other Edefice and Buildings standing thereon with all other pieces and parcels ofl and and meadow which I have and in Right belongs to me in the said Marlborough or Southborough which I have not or shall not in this my will otherwise Dispose of on condition that he my said son Hezekiah Shall well and truly Take a dutyful Childe Like care of, and for me the said John Maynard and Lydia my wife his naturall parence During our Natural Life, and Give unto Each of us a Descent Christian Buryall at our Death, But if ???? ????? should so order That I should Leave my now wife a widow, and she should not chuse to be provided for by him my said son  Hezekiah,  then my will is that my wife that now is shal have the privilege of her conveniancy  she stand in need of in this my house and have one cow which she shall chuse out of my stock of cretures, and be keept summer and winter at the ???? of my said son Hezekiah and one third part of the income of my pleace yearly for her Livlyhood during the time She Remains my widow.

Item I Give unto my two sons afore Named (viz) Daniel and Ruben Maynard a certain Lot of meadow which I formerly purchased of Abraham How Lying now in Westborough with what Land I have ajoyning to it to be Equeally devided between them.

Item  I Give unto my other two sons afore named James and Hezekiah Maynard all my Right in cedar swamp belonging to John Ruttes Right to be Eaqueally devided betwixt them.

Item  I Give unto my Grandson Phinihas Maynard son of James Maynard all the land I have on a hill westerly of Hopbrook it contains Twelve acres and fifty Rods taken up ???? Right of my homoured father John Maynard as appeares on Record.

And farther my will is that what Land in Right belongs to me in the three first devisions without the cow common as it is called in Marlborough not yet taken shall be Equeally devided betwen my sons (viz) John Danil and James Maynard.

Item I give unto my son Hezekiah Maynard my whole stock of cretures of all sorts not other ways disposed of in this my will, And all my utencells of husbandry and if there be any thing omitted herein belonging to my estate that I have of these premises to all above named to them and to their heirs and assigns forever to be possessed and enjoy.  And I do hereby utterly disallow all and every other Legacies and Executor by me made named or constitued, Ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and Testament.  

In witness whereof I have set to my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Onely my will is that my waring apariel be to my sons viz. Daniel James and Ruben.

Signed sealed and declaredby the said John Maynard                                                
as his last will and Testament
in presents of us the subscribers viz.                                             his
Abraham Amsden                                                                 John  M  Maynard  
James Woods                                                                                 mark
Jeremiah X  Newton     his marke

Entred in the Registry of Wills for Middlesex Lib 19   pa'es 208-9     By Fra Foxcroft Reg'r
1. Charles Hudson, History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement in 1657 to 1861  (Boston, Mass. : Press of T.R. Marvin & Son, 1862), page 413, #1-5- John Maynard (1661-1731) family sketch.

2. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008, page 499, Marlborough, John Maynard and Lydia Ward, before 1690.

3. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849  (Boston, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice, 1908), Deaths, page 376, Ensign John Maynard entry, 15 May 1731.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough, Mass., Ens. John Maynard III memorial #33384091.

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15999 - Estate File #14854 (7 images) John Maynard estate, 1731; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 2 January 2021);  Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

6. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year1849, Births, page 125, John Mainord entry, 7 January 1661.

7. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15999 Estate File #14852 (5 images), John Mainord estate, 1712.

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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