Friday, October 22, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 402: #625 Esther (Wagget) Buck (1676-1748) of Boston, Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts

Esther Waggett (1673-1748)  is #625 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandmother, who marrie#624  Ephraim Buck (1676-after 1739) in 1696 in Woburn, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #312 Isaac Buck (1706-1780) married #313 Ruth Graves (1711-????) in 1729. 
* their son #156 Isaac Buck (1732-????) did not marry #157 Mary Richards (1733-????).
*  their son #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1757-1830) in 1791.
* their daughter #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882)married #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  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:                          Esther Wagget
*  Alternate Name:          Esther Waget[1]
*  Alternate Name:          Esther Buck[2]

*  Sex:                              Female

*  Father:                        Thomas Wagget 1650-1688
*  Mother:                       Susanna White 1653-  

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

*  Birth:                          about 1676, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

*  Death:                        before 19 December 1748 (before about age 72), Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]
*  Probate:                    19 December 1748 (about age 72), administration granted; Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1:                    Ephraim Buck 1676-after 1739
*  Marriage 1:                 1 December 1696 (age 20), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                      Sarah Buck (1697-????)
*  Child 2:                      Hester Buck (1700-????)
*  Child 3:                      Ephraim Buck (1702-1789)
*  Child 4:                      Susanna Buck (1705-1754)
*  Child 5:                      Isaac Buck (1706-1780)
*  Child 6:                      Rachel Buck (1708-????)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Esther (or Hester) Wagget was born in about 1676 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, probably the daughter of Thomas and Susanna (White) Wagget.  There is no birth record for Esther Wagget.

Esther married Ephraim Buck (1676-1739) on 1 December 1696 in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay[1].  He was the son of Ephraim and Sarah (Brooks) Buck of Woburn. Ephraim and Esther had six children, all born and recorded in the Woburn town vital records, except for the last two children:

*  Sarah Buck (1697-????), married (1) 1718 Ebenezer Fish (1693-1726); (2) 1729 William Fisk (1695-????).
*  Hester Buck (1700-????).
*  Ephraim Buck (1702-1789), married (1) 1726 Abigail Pierce (1706-1728); (2) 1728 Mary Wood (1705-1794).
*  Susanna Buck (1705-1754), married 1729 Ebenezer Fisk (1703-1783).
*  Isaac Buck (1706-1780), married 1729 Ruth Graves (1711-????)
*  Rachel Buck (1708-????)

The Ephraim Buck family resided in Woburn until Wilmington, Massachusetts was formed in about 1730 from the towns of Woburn, Reading and Billerica.

When Ephraim Buck died after 15 March 1738/9, there was no probate of his estate.  Esther probably lived on the homestead with one or more of her children.  She died before 19 December 1748 in Wilmington[2].  There is no death or burial record available for Esther (Wagget) Buck.

Esther (Waget) Buck died intestate, and her estate was probated in Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  A bond of 500 pounds was posted by Isaac Buck of Stoneham (son of Ephraim and Esther Buck), Joseph Mathews of Stoneham, husbandmen, and William Fiske of Reading, husbandman, on 19 December 1748.  Isaac Buck of Stoneham, was admitted administrator of the estate of Esther Buck, late of Wilmington, widow, deceased, intestate. on 19 December 1748.

Isaac Buck, administrator of the estate of Esther Buck, late of Wilmington, widow deceased, complained that a few days after Esther's death that Ebenezer Fisk and Ebenezer Kitteridge, both of Tewksbury, husbandmen, carried away from the place where Esther last dwelt in Wilmington sundry of her goods and chattels (the particular value thereof being unknown to Isaac Buck) and concealed a part of the same. He petitioned that the Court examine Ebenezer Fisk and Ebenezer Kitteridge under oath concerning this issue.  On 9 January 1748/9, the Court requested that Fisk and Kitteridge appear before the Court on 23 January 1748/9, to be interrogated touching the subject matter of Isaac Buck's complaint.

On 23 January 1748/9, Ebenezer Fisk, being sworn, declared that soon after the deceased's funeral, being at her house, Rachel Buck daughter of the deceased, desired him to convey to his own house a chest of drawers, the contents of which are unknown to him, because he has not looked into it to this day, and his wife has taken nothing out of it. He declared that the deceased desired him to let the said Rachel live with him as his Daughter and that Rachel desired that he would carry up her things, and Rachel has accordingly lived with him.  Ebenezer Kitteridge made oath that at the desire of Ebenezer Fisk that he came down with him and assisted him in conveying these things, and Rachel went with them.

Isaac Buck then complained that Captain Ephraim Buck of Wilmington, husbandman (son of Ephraim and Esther Buck), and Rachel Buck late of Wilmington but now of Tewksbury, spinster, carried away from the house where Esther last dwelt in Wilmington sundry goods and chattles, and Isaac Buck requested the Court to examine Ephraim Buck and Rachel Buck.  On 30 January 1748/9, the Court ordered that Ephraim Buck and Rachel Buck appear before the Court on 13 February 1748/9 at ten o'clock before noon, to answer under oath the foregoing complaint.

On 13 February 1748/9, Ephraim Buck stated under oath that he had a cow which his father left with his mother, two sheep, a feather bed, one or more bolsters which his father left with his mother, a chest of drawers, a chest with one drawer, a feather bed and coverlet, an iron pot, a warming pan, some sheets, and 6 plates.  There is no indication that Rachel testified - the Court probably determined that the earlier testimony of Ebenezer Fisk was sufficient.

1. Edward F. Johnson,  Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], (Woburn, Mass.: The News Print, 1893), Volume 3, Marriages, page 38, Ephraim Buck and Esther Waget entry, 1 December 1696.

2. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate case file 3343 - Esther Buck of Wilmington 1748; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (


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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