Friday, April 8, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 426: #310 James Maynard (1694-????) of Marlborough and Westborough, Massachusetts

 James Maynard (1694-????)  is #310 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 6th great-grandfather, who marrie#311 Mary Morse (1697-????) in 1719 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay.

I am descended through:

*  Their daughter #155 Lydia Maynard (1722-1802) married #154 David Bathrick (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) who married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) 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:                      James Maynard[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:      James Mainard[3-4]

*  Sex:                         Male

*  Father:                    John Maynard 1661-1731
*  Mother:                  Lydia Ward 1664-1740

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

*  Birth:                      31 March 1694, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]

*  Distribution:          14 June 1731 (age 37), father's will proved; Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]

*  Death:                   after 1743 (after about age 49), birth of last child; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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

*  Spouse 1:               Mary Morse 1697-    
*  Marriage 1:            6 January 1718/9 (age 23), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Child 1:                 Beatee Maynard 1721-????    
*  Child 2:                 Lydia Maynard 1722-1802
*  Child 3:                 James Maynard 1723-1773
*  Child 4:                 Mary Maynard 1725-1801
*  Child 5:                 Mariam Maynard 1726-1793
*  Child 6:                 Phineas Maynard 1729-1772
*  Child 7:                 John Maynard 1731-????    
*  Child 8:                 Abigail Mainard 1733-????    
*  Child 9:                 Olif Maynard 1734-1744
*  Child 10:               Amasa Maynard 1737-1822
*  Child 11:               Betty Maynard 1743-1756

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Several generations of the Maynard family were included in the Marlborough, Massachusetts town history book, but with only vital dates and without life details. James's birth and spouse's name are provided in the sketch[1].

The last name Maynard, Mainard and Mainord were interchangeable in the time period that James Maynard lived in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

James Maynard was born 31 March 1694 in Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay, the third child and third son of John and Lydia (Ward) Maynard[1,3].

He married Mary Morse (1697-????) on 6 January 1718/9 in Marlborough[4] at the age of 23.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Grace (Warren) Morse of Marlborough.  They had 11 children, and all but the first two were born in Westborough, Massachusetts Bay.

*  Beatee Maynard (1721-????).
*  Lydia Maynard (1722-1802), married 12 May 1742 in Westborough to David Bathrick (1722-1794).
*  James Maynard (1723-1773), married 6 November 1755 in Shrewsbury to Zeruah Johnson (1737-????).
*  Mary Maynard (1725-1801), married 5 October 1744 in Westborough to Ephraim Bruce (1724-1759).
*  Mariam Maynard (1726-1793), married 12 March 1752 in Westborough to Abraham Howe Beaman (1729-1815).
*  Phineas Maynard (1729-1772), married 8 January 1754 in Westborough to Dorothy Rice (1731-1793).
*  John Maynard (1731-????).
*  Abigail Maynard (1733-????), married 1 March 1754 in Southborough to Joshua Locke (1732-????).
*  Olif Maynard (1734-1744).
*  Amasa Maynard (1737-1822), married 20 September 1761 in Westborough to Jane Stone (1739-????).
*  Betty Maynard (1743-1756).

John Maynard, father of James, wrote his will on 15 April 1731 and it was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court on 14 June 1731[2].  In his will, John bequeathed to his son James:
"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."
The land bequeathed by his father to James Maynard was probably located in what is now Westborough in Worcester County, Massachusetts.

There are no death records, burial records, or probate records for James and Mary (Morse) Maynard.  Their last known child was born in 1743, and James and Mary probably died after 1743.


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- James Maynard (1694-????) family sketch.

2. 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.

3. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849  (Boston, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice ,1908), page 125, James Mainard birth entry, 31 March 1694, son of John Jr. and Lidiah.

4. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, Marriages, page 282, James Mainard and Mary Morse entry, 6 January 1718/9.

NOTE:  This genealogical sketch is out of Ahnentafel order because I found new information linking Sophia Newton to her birth father, Lambert Brigham.  


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 2022 for a ninth year to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks. The (incomplete) list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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