Friday, December 3, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 408: #631 Sarah (Davis) Bowden (1676-1754) of Lynn, Massachusetts

Sarah Davis (1676-1754)  is #631 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandmother, who marrie#630 Michael Bowden (1673-1741) in 1697 in Lynn, Essex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their daughter #315 Mary Bouden (1705-1755) who married #314 Joseph Richards (1703-1748) in 1726 .
* their daughter #157 Mary Richards (1733-????). who did not marry #156 Isaac Buck (1732-????).
*  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:                        Sarah Davis[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:        Sara Davis[3]
*  Alternate Name:        Sarah Davis Bowden[4]
*  Alternate Name:        Sarah Bowden[6]
*  Alternate Name:        Sarah Daves[8]

*  Sex:                           Female

*  Father:                       John Davis 1640-1703
*  Mother:                     Sarah Kirtland 1646-1729

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

*  Birth:                         about 1 February 1675/6, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[3–4]

*  Distribution :             5 April 1703 (about age 28), father's administration opened; Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Distribution:             12 October 1741 (about age 65), husband's will proved; Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                       1 September 1754 (about age 78), Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[4,7]
*  Burial:                      after 1 September 1754 (after about age 79), Western Burial Ground, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Michael Bowden (1673-1741)
*  Marriage 1:                 20 November 1697 (about age 21), intentions, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,8]

*  Child 1:                       Susanna Bowden 1699-1709
*  Child 2:                       Francis Bowden 1701-1737
*  Child 3:                       Sarah Bowden 1702-????   
*  Child 4:                       Martha Bowden 1705-1719
*  Child 5:                       Mary Bowden 1705-1755
*  Child 6:                       Hannah Bowden 1707-1753
*  Child 7:                       John Bowden 1709-1765
*  Child 8:                       Lydia Bowden 1712- ???? 
*  Child 9:                       Michael Bowden 1714-1761
*  Child 10:                     Ebenezer Bowden 1716-????    
*  Child 11:                     Susanna Bowden 1717-1799
*  Child 12:                     Benjamin Bowden 1721-????                         
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

"Sara" Davis was born about 1 February 1675/6 in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay, the daughter of John and Sarah (Kirtland) of Lynn[1-2].  

Marriage intentions of Sarah "Daves" with "Mychall" Bowden (1673-1741) were recorded on 20 November 1697 in the Lynn vital record book"Sara" Davis was born about 1 February 1675/6 in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay, the daughter of John and Sarah (Kirtland) of Lynn.  

Marriage intentions of Sarah "Daves" with "Mychall" Bowden (1673-1741) were recorded on 20 November 1697 in the Lynn vital record book[1-2,8]. He was the son of Michael and Sarah (Nurse) Bowden. The Michael Bowden family was summarized in William Hammond Bowden's book, Michael Bowden and Some of his Descendants, on pages 7 to 10[2].  Michael and Sarah (Davis) Bowden had 12 children, all born in Lynn and recorded in the town record books:

*  Susanna Bowden (1699-1709).
*  Francis Bowden (1701-1737), married 1735 Elizabeth Webster (1710-????).
*  Sarah Bowden (1702-????), married 1724 John Riddan (1695-1756).
*  Martha Bowden (1705-1719).
*  Mary Bowden (1705-1755), married 1726 Joseph Richards (1703-1748).
*  Hannah Bowden (1707-1753)
*  John Bowden (1709-1765), married 1749 Huldah Emery (1720-1817).
*  Lydia Bowden (1712-????), married 1731 Samuel Kelley (1706-????)
*  Michael Bowden (1714-1761), married 1735 Hannah Hendley (1712-????)
*  Ebenezer Bowden (1716-????)
*  Susanna Bowden (1717-1799), married 1740 Moses Newhall (1718-1774).
*  Benjamin Bowden (1721-????), married 1745 Christian Bartlett (1721-????).

Sarah's father, John Davis, died intestate before 5 April 1703, when his estate was opened in Essex County Probate Court[5].  His widow, Sarah (Kirtland) Davis was appointed administratrix, and the probate file is composed of bonds, letters, inventories, accounts, and more but no distribution.  Sarah (Kirtland) Davis died before 5 April 1729 in Lynn, and has only an inventory in her probate file in Essex County Probate Court files.

On 29 Mar 1707, Michael bought land in Lynn "near the burying place" for £66. In later records he is described as an "innkeeper"; it is assumed that his home was his place of business[2]

Michael and Sarah (Davis) Bowden systematically disposed of the other real estate that came to them.  On 20 Oct 1729, Michael and Sarah Bowden sold their rights in the estate of her parents, John and Sarah (Kirtland) Davis; on 14 June 1732 they made a similar sale of rights in the estate of Mary (Davis) Langdon, sister of Sarah (Davis) Bowden. On 12 March 1734 they sold the Naragansett Lands granted to John Davis for military service, located in Sowhegan West (present township of Amherst, New Hampshire). Finally, on 12 Sept 1738, they confirmed the sale of a plantation located on the island of Nevis in the West Indies; this property was left to Sarah (Davis) Bowden by one of her uncles, one Ebenezer Kirtland[2].

Michael Bowden of Lynn died testate on 1 October 1741 in Lynn, Massachusetts, having written a will on 26 September 1741[6], which was proved on 12 October 1741 in Essex County Probate Court.  It reads (in part):
"Item  I will to my Beloved wife Sarah the Improvm't of my whole remaining Estate During the time of her Natural Life In lieu of her thirds.

"Item  I will that after my wife's decease my whole Estate be devided in equal parts To and among all my Children that Shall be then Alive And the Lawfull Representatives of any that may be Dec-d.

"Item  I will that my wife Sarah be sole Execut'r of this my Last Testament In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal this twenty Sixth of Sept'r 1741."
Sarah (Davis) Bowden died on 1 September 1754 in Lynn, Massachusetts Bay[4,7] at age 78.  She was buried in the Western Burial Ground in Lynn, but no gravestone is extant[4].  There are no probate records for Sarah in the Essex County Probate Court records 


1. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with digital images, FamilySearch ( : Essex > Lynn> Marriages 1667-1744, page 8, Mychall Bowden and Sarah Davis marriage intentions entry, 20 November 1697.

2. Hammond Bowden, Michael Bowden and Some of His Descendants (Salem, Mass. : Newcomb & Gauss, 1968), pages 7-10, Michael Bowden and Sarah Davis family sketch.

3. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1906), 2 Volumes, Births, page 128, Sara Davis entry, "beginning of" 12m 1675.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Western Burial Ground, Lynn, Mass., Sarah Davis Bowden (1676-1754) memorial #164064077.

5. "Essex County, Massachusetts: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881," digital images, American Ancestors  (, Essex Cases 6000-7999, Estate File #7282 (21 images), John Davis of Lynn, administration 5 April 1703.

6. Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records and Indexes 1638-1916, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 280 FHL microfilm reels, Volume 324, page 583, Michael Bowden of Lynn, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,875,132.

7. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849, Deaths, page 430, Sarah Bowden entry, 1 September 1754.

8. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849, Volume 2, Marriages, page 51, Mychall Bowden and Sarah Daves intentions entry, 20 November 1697.


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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