Friday, June 24, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 435: #705 Elizabeth (Cadman) White (c1685-c1780) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Cadman (1685-c1780)  s #705 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #704 William White (1683-c1780) in about 1707, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #352 William White (c1708-c1780) who married #353 Abigail Thurston (1700-1770) in 1729.
*  their son #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) who married #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) in 1756. 
*   their son, #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) 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:                      Elizabeth Cadman[1]
*  Alternate Name:      Elizabeth White[2-4]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                    George Cadman 1660-1718
*  Mother:                  Hannah Hathaway 1662-1749

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

*  Birth:                      about 1685, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Distribution:           6 January 1718/9 (about age 33), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[2]

*  Distribution:           6 January 1768 (about age 83), will of husband William White written; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3–4]

*  Death:                    before 3 October 1780 (before about age 95), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]

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

*  Spouse 1:                 William White (c1683-c1780)
*  Marriage:                 about 1707 (about age 22), probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                   William White (c1708-c1780), married 1729 Abigail Thurston (1700-b1770).
*  Child 2:                   George White (c1710-1764), married 1731 Deborah Shaw (1711-1766).
*  Child 3:                   Sarah White (c1711-1795), married 1726 John Brown (1705-1773).
*  Child 4:                   Hannah White (c1712-1792), married 1730 William Taber (1705-1758).
*  Child 5:                   Roger White (c1713-1802), married 1736 Rebecca Grinnell (1710-1802).
*  Child 6:                   Christopher White (c1715-1795), married 1739 Elizabeth Thurston (1719-1782).
*  Child 7:                   Susanna White (c1717-a1780).
*  Child 8:                   Elizabeth White (c1719-1749), married 1737 Benjamin Slocum (1714-1792).
*  Child 9:                   Oliver White (c1723-1791), married 1747 Mary Sherman (1725-1811).
*  Child 10:                 Abner White (1725-1794), married 1746 Ruth Brownell (1727-1806).
*  Child 11:                 Thomas White (1730-a1768), married 1755 Sarah Norton (c1730-????).

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

Elizabeth Cadman was born in about 1685, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of George and Hannah (Hathaway) Cadman of Dartmouthv.  She was the 2nd great-granddaughter of Mayflower Pilgrims Francis and Richard Warren.  Many online family trees have a birth date of 6 June 1685 but there are no original or derivative records with that date.

Elizabeth Cadman and William White married in about 1707, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, since their first child was born in about 1708. William was the son of Sylvanus and Deborah (--?--) White of Dartmouth.  They had 11 children, all probably born in Dartmouth, but none are recorded in Dartmouth town records[1]:

*  William White (c1708-c1780), married 1729 Abigail Thurston (1700-b1770).
*  George White (c1710-1764), married 1731 Debroah Shaw (1711-1766).
*  Sarah White (c1711-1795), married 1726 John Brown (1705-1773).
*  Hannah White (c1712-1792), married 1730 William Taber (1705-1758).
*  Roger White (c1713-1802), married 1736 Rebecca Grinnell (1710-1802).
*  Christopher White (c1715-1795), married 1739 Elizabeth Thurston (1719-1782).
*  Susanna White (c1717-a1780).
*  Elizabeth White (c1719-1749), married 1737 Benjamin Slocum (1714-1792).
*  Oliver White (c1723-1791), married 1747 Mary Sherman (1725-1811).
*  Abner White (1725-1794), married 1746 Ruth Brownell (1727-1806).
*  Thomas White (1730-a1768), married 1755 Sarah Norton (c1730-????).

William and Elizabeth (Cadman) White received land in Dartmouth from George Cadman, Elizabeth's father, who died in 1718, in his will[2], which reads:
"To my loveing daughter Elizabeth White & to her Husband William White all the upland & meadow that is laid out where they now live with two acres & fifty Rods of Sedg flat Lying in acoxset river at the Shiprock flat & one hundred & five acres of land in the four hundred acre devition as it is laid out & quallified & one quarter of an acre of Seder Swomp all the ab[ovesd] land meadow & Ceder Swomp is ... within the Township of [Dart]mouth afre Sd [Farther I Give ... to] my Sd daughter Elisabeth & her Husband William White the one half of my last dev[i]tion of land the above Sd land meadow & Ceder Swomp given to my Sd daughter Elisabeth White & her Husband William White to be & remain to them dureing ... their naturall Lives and after their deceas the Homested farm where the Sd William White now liveth I Give to my Granson William White."
The will of William White (1683-before 1780) was written on 6 January 1768 and proved on 3 October 1780 in Bristol County, Massachusetts[3].  There are four pages in Case File 28,020.   The will of William White provided for maintenance of his wife, Elizabeth White, by their daughter Susannah White.  The paragraph says:
"Itim I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Susannah White all the Rest & Residue of my Estate be it of what nature or Cinde so ever or Wheresoever it may be found due owing or Coming unto me by any ways or means both Raal & personal which is not herein before otherwise Disposed of to be & Remain unto her my said Daughter & to her heirs & assigns forever She my said Daughter providing procuring & Decently maintaining & Looking after my well beloved wife In her aged week & Low Condition both in Sickness & In health for & During the term of the Natural Life of my Said wife Elizabeth White her mother and with y^e use & Improvement of the farm & houseing together with the profits thereof Whereon I now Live to maintain her s^d Mother With all sorts of the nessasaries of Life Decently During the term of my sd Wifes Natural Life. If my s^d Daughter Lives So Long but if She my s^d Daughter Should not Live so long as her Mother then so much of that Estate which I have herein given here my said Daughter to Enable her to maintain her mother Shall Return and pay all the Charges that Shall a Rise for Looking after my s^d wife after the Death of my s^d Daughter Susannah."
Elizabeth (Cadman) White probably died between 6 January 1768, when she was named in the will of her husband, and 3 October 1780, when her husband's will was proved[1].  There are no death records for her in Dartmouth or surrounding towns.

There is a Find a Grave memorial for Elizabeth (Cadman) White but there is no extant grave.  She may have been buried in Dartmouth or on the William White homestead farm in Dartmouth.


1. Robert S. Wakefield (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume 13: Family of William White (Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), pages 46-47, Family #53, William White family sketch.

2. The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants), George Ernest Bowman,"The Wills of George Cadman and his Widow Hannah," Volume 22, Number 1 (January 1920), Pages 2-7.

3. The Mayflower Descendant, George Ernest Bowman, "The Wills of William White of Dartmouth and his Son William," Volume 22, Number 1 (January 1920), Pages 7-11, will of William White of Dartmouth, proved 3 October 1780.

4. Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 28020 - William White 1780; "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017, American Ancestors ( accessed 17 May 2018).


NOTE:  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 to 468 Ancestors in 458 Weeks.

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