Friday, December 17, 2021

52 Ancestors - Week 410: #633 Sarah (Smith) (Phillips) Lawrence (1661-1737) of Charlestown and Stoneham, Massachusetts

Sarah Smith (1661-1737)  is #633 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandmother, who marrie#632  Andrew Phillips (1661-1717) in 1683 in Charlestown, Suffolk County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #316 Ebenezer Phillips (1695-1746) who married #317 Mary Smith (1698-1746) in 1717 .
* their son #108 John Phillips (1722-1800) who married #109 Hannah Smith (1725-1774) in 1749.
*  their #79 Martha Phillips (1757-1830) who married #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) in 1791.
* their daughter #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) who married #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  in 1817.
* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) who married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who 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 Smith[1–5]
*  Alternate Name:    Sarah Phillips[6]
*  Alternate Name:    Sarah Lawrence[7-8]

*  Sex:                   Female

*  Father:                   Michael Smith 1620-1692
*  Mother:                 Joan "Joanna" Best 1618-1692

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

*  Birth:                    before 4 August 1661, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2,5]
*  Baptism:               4 August 1661 (after age 0), Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2,5]

*  Distribution:        17 December 1717 (after age 56), husband's will proved; Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Distribution:        5 April 1724 (after age 62), released her rights to husband's estate; Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]

*  Death:                  before 28 March 1737 (before age 75), administration granted; Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2,8]
*  Probate:               28 March 1737 (after age 75), administration granted to son Ebenezer Phillips; Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[8]

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

*  Spouse 1:               Andrew Phillips 1661-1717
*  Marriage 1:            11 November 1683 (about age 22), Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[1-4]

*  Child 1:                 Andrew Phillips 1687-1755
*  Child 2:                 Ebenezer Phillips 1695-1746
*  Child 3:                 Joanna Phillips 1697-1726
*  Child 4:                 Samuel Phillips 1699-1722
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

There are no authored works for the birth family of Sarah Smith.  The family records for the Andrew Phillips family are included in Volume 2 of the book by Thomas Bellows Wyman, Genealogy and Estates of Charlestown, New England History Press, Somersworth NH, 1869[1].

Sarah Smith was born before 4 August 1661, when she was baptized n Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay[2].  She was the daughter of Michael and Joan (Best?) Smith of Charlestown and Malden.  

Sarah married, at age 22, Andrew Phillips (1661-1717) of Malden on 11 November 1683 in Charlestown, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (--?--) Phillips of Charlestown[1-4].  They had four children, all born or baptized in the Charlestown records:

*  Andrew Phillips (1687-1755), married 1706 Mary Covell (1686-1734).
*  Ebenezer Phillips (1695-1746), married about 1717 Mary Smith (1698-1746).
*  Joanna Phillips (1697-1726), married 1723 Jonathan Lawrence (1696-1773).
*  Samuel Phillips (1699-1722).

Andrew and wife Sarah Phillips were deeded 10.5 acres of land in the 2nd Division in Malden, near Reading, by her father Michael Smith in 1686[1].  The land was bounded northwest by Peter Tufts, southwest by John Smith, northeast by John Tucker, and northwest by Samuel Phipps.

The family continued residing in Charlestown until Andrew's death.

Andrew Phillips of Charlestown died testate on 10 December 1717, and his probate papers are in Middlesex County Probate Court Records, Packet #17,297[6]. The will of Andrew Phillips of Charlestown was written on 5 December 1717, and proved 17 December 1721. He bequeathed to his widow Sarah:
"Imprimus I Give & Bequeath to Sarah my Dearly Beloved Wife One third of ye Income of my Estate Dureing her naturall life & all ye Moveable Goods within My house & Ten Cord of Wood yearly Cut & brought to her house & ye Best Room in my house as long as she remains my widow."
After Andrew's death, Sarah married, secondly, to Nathaniel Lawrence (1639-1724), a widower of Charlestown, in about 1718, probably in Charlestown[2].

Nathaniel Lawrence died on 14 April 1724 in Lexington, Massachusetts Bay, leaving Sarah (Smith) (Phillips) Lawrence a widow[2,7].  In his will, he left nothing to his second wife, Sarah.

However, an affidavit written on 25 April 1724 for Sarah Lawrence is included in the probate file for Nathaniel Lawrence, in which she says that in consideration of a certain sum of money and diverse causes that she will release all her rights and dower and power in the estate of her husband[7].

After Nathaniel Lawrence's death, Sarah probably went to live with her son, Ebenezer Phillips in Stoneham, Massachusetts Bay.

Sarah Lawrence died intestate before 28 March 1737 at age 75 when her son Ebenezer Phillips was granted administration on the estate in Middlesex, County, Massachusetts[8].  He posted 300 pounds bond, and an inventory taken on 15 July totaled about 88 pounds.  By the will of Andrew Phillips, Ebenezer received the personal property but had to pay his brother Andrew 20 pounds and his sister Joanna 50 pounds after their mother's death.

There is no death record or burial record available for Sarah (Smith) (Phillips) Lawrence.


1. Thomas Bellows Wyman, Genealogy and Estates of Charlestown of the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818, Two Volumes  ( Boston, Mass. : David Clapp & Sons, 1879),, Volume 2, page 746, Andrew Phillips family sketch.

2. G. Andrews Moriarty, "The Family of Deacon Nathaniel Lawrence of Groton," The American Genealogist, Volume 19 (1942), pages 66-76, page 67, Sarah Smith christening entry, 4 August 1661, daughter of Michael Smith.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 23 July 2013), Charlestown > Archives Births Marriages Deaths > 1629-1800, Marriages, page 381 (image 250 of 385), Andrew Phillips and Sarah Smith entry, 11 November 1683.

4. Roger D. Joslyn, Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts to 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984), 3 Volumes, Marriages, page 119, entry for Andrew Phillips and Sarah Smith of Malden, 11 November 1683.

5. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915", database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 December 2021), Sarah Smith baptism entry, 1661.

6.   Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Middlesex Cases 16000-17999 > Case 17297 (6 images) Andrew Phillips of Charlestown, 1717; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 15 December 2021).

7. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Middlesex Cases 12000-13999, Case 17357, Nathaniel Lawrence of Charlestown, 1724 (12 images), image 6 of 12, Sarah Lawrence release of rights of dower and power to husband's estate; New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors   ( : accessed 15 December 2021), .

8. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Middlesex Cases 12000-13999 > Case 13791 (4 images) Sarah Lawrence of Stoneham, 1737; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 15 December 2021).


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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