Friday, July 15, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 438: #708 Matthew Wing (1673-1724) of Sandwich and Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 Matthew Wing (1673-1724)  is #708 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #709 Elizabeth (Mott) Ricketson (1659-after 1724)  in 1696, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #354 Benjamin Wing (1698-1782) who married #355 Content Tucker (1695-1739) in 1722.
*  their daughter #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) who married #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) 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:                         Matthew Wing[1–7]

*  Sex:                            Male

*  Father:                       Stephen Wing 1621-1710
*  Mother:                     Sarah Briggs 1637-1689

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

*  Birth:                         1 March 1673, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Distribution:             20 July 1710 (age 37), father's will proved; Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                       before 20 July 1724 (before age 51), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,7]

*  Probate:                   20 July 1724 (age 51), inventory taken; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[7]

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

*  Spouse 1:                 Elizabeth Mott 1659-1723
*  Marriage 1:             4 September 1696 (age 23), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States [1,4–5]

*  Child 1:                   Joseph Wing 1697-1778
*  Child 2:                   Benjamin Wing 1698-1782
*  Child 3:                   Abigail Wing 1701-1792

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

The Wing Family of America has meticulously documented the family history of the early Wing families in New England, but the information for a specific family is now behind a paywall.  Information was gleaned from  Raymond T. Wing webpage back in the 2007 time frame.  Some of the information about Matthew Wing is summarized on the WikiTree collaborative family tree sketch for Matthew Wing (see[1].

Matthew Wing was born "son of Stephen Wing was borne the 1 day 1 mo 1673" according to the Sandwich, Massachusetts town record[1-3].  The date should be read a 1 March 1673 since March was the first month of the Julian calendar used at that time.  Matthew was the son of Stephen and Sarah (Briggs) Wing of Sandwich.

He married at age 23 to Elizabeth (Mott) Ricketson (1659-after 1723) on 4 September 1696 according to the Dartmouth, Massachusetts town record[1,4-5].  She was the daughter of Adam and Mary (Lott) Mott of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and the widow of William Ricketson (1636-1691), by whom she had six children.  These families were Quakers.
Matthew and Elizabeth Wing had three children, all born and recorded in the Dartmouth town records:

*  Joseph Wing (1697-1778), married 1717 Catherine Cornell (1699-after 1778).
*  Benjamin Wing (1698-1782), married 1722 Content Tucker (1695-1739).
*  Abigail Wing (1701-1792), married 1726 David Durfee (1700-1788).

Apparently, Matthew Wing moved into the William Ricketson house in Dartmouth after his marriage to Elizabeth.  However, the home reverted to Elizabeth's oldest son reached age 21, and Jonathan Ricketson moved his family into the home in 1710.  Matthew and Elizabeth bought the house and 100 acres of land adjacent to the Ricketson house and lived out their lives there[1]

This family were Quakers and members of Apponnegansett Meeting of Friends in Dartmouth[1].

His father, Stephen Wing (1621-1710) wrote his will on 2 December 1700, and died testate on 24 April 1710 in Sandwich[6].  His will named sons Ebenezer and Matthew as executors; the will mentions sons Nathaniel, Elisha, John, Ebenezer, Matthew, daughters Sarah Gifford, Abigail and grandson Jeremiah Gifford.

Matthew Wing died at age 51 testate before 20 July 1724, having written a will on 8 January 1723, the inventory was taken on 20 July 1724, the will was proved in the Bristol County Probate Court on 21 July 1724, and recorded on 8 August 1724[1,7].  The will reads (in Bristol County Probate Estate File 28978):
"January the Eaight Day In the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Twenty three.  I Mathew wing of Dartmouth In the County of Bristoll In New England - Being weake of Body but of Perfect mind & memory Thanks Be Given unto God therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Dye, do make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament, That is to say Principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soule into the hands of God that Gave it and my Body I Recomend to the Earth To be Buried In Decent & Christian manner att the Discrestion of my Executors, and as Touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God To Bless me in this Life.  I Give Demise & Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form -- and my will is that all my Debts and Legacies be paid out of my Estate.

"Imp.  I Give Elizebeth my Dearly Beloved wife the Improvement of all my home stead, and the Best Roome in my house Dureing the Time of her Life, and that my Two Sons Shall Find her fire wood Brought to her Dore Dureing the Time of her Life - also I do Give to my wife Two Cowes to be att her Disposeand also the Improvement of all my house hould Goods Dureing her Life.

"Item.  I Give my son Joseph his heires & assignes all my Land that was Recompence Kirby, Excepting one acre Together with all my Adition Lands that Lieth att the East End of it all, So Two Acres of Land Lying to the Southwest of the Houses I now Live in and is Bounded as Followeth Begining att a Stake Standing a Little to the west of an orchard and in the Line of his Land, thence South Thirty Degrees and halfe East Ten Rods to a Stake thence East Thirty Degrees and a half, North thirty Two Rods to a Stake thence North Thirty Degrees west Ten Rods, to a Stake, thence on a Straite Line to the first Bound also the meadow That Lieth att the foot of his Land by the River Together with the Housing Standing on Said Land also the Bush pointe flatt also the meadow that was Timothey Rickitsons, Lying on the Sedge flates also half an acre Lying on the Berring Rocks flat also one acre and half of Cedar Swamp Lying over the Rode, by Comminans Pond, and also the Privilidge of Parte of the Spring that is in my homesteed also the one halfe of my Cedar Swamp ajoyning to that Land I Bought of Landers.

"Item.  I Give to my Son Benjamin his heirs and assignes all that parte of my homesteed that was Timothey Ricketson Deceased and the housing Standing upon Said Land, Together with all my addition Land ajoyning to the East End of it also one acre of Land To the Northward of my orchard Beginning in the South Line of that Land that I bought of Kerbee, and on the East side of my orchard aforsaid by a Stone wall thence North forty three Degrees west Seven Rods & Six feet to a Stake thence west Twenty Six degrees South Twenty Rods to white oke Tree marked, thence South Twenty three Degrees East to the Line first mentioned also all the meadow Lying att the foot of his Land, by the River, also to have a way through Josephs Land to that way att the head of his Land, also all the meadow Lying in a flat a Little of the Norward of Ship Rock flat, also all my meadow Lying in Soule flats also all my meadows Lying in the North End of the Grate Island, and also all my Right in meadow Lying att pechiechwet and also the one half of my Cedar Swamp ajoyning to that Land that I Bought of Leanders also one acre and half and Ten Rods of the Cedar Swamp Lying above Shearmans Bridge adjoyning Robert Kerbes Cedar Swamp.

"Item.  I Give to my Two Sons Joseph & Benjamin whome I constitute make and ordaine my Executors of this my Last will and Testament all that Land I Bought of Landers Together with the Addition Lands ajoyning to it to be Equally Devided Between them according to quantity & Quality.

"Item.  I do Give to my Daughter Abigall all my household Goods after my wifes Decease and also Two Hundred Pounds to be Paid unto her by my two sons Equally Between them, one hundred Pounds to be paid her In one year after my Decease, the s-d Two Hundred Pounds is to be understood Currant money of New England and do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoake and Disanull all and Every other former Testaments wills Legacies & Bequests & Executors by me in any ways before Named, willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last will & Testament.  In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Day and year above written, the words and Legacies, if interlined in the Tenth Line, before Signing Sealing hereof.  Signed Sealed Published Pronounced by the said Mathew Wing as his Last will & Testament.

"In the Presence of us the Subscribers
Elisha Wing                                                    Mathew Wing his marke (seal)
Thomas Cornel
George Brownel his mark"
On 22 July 1724, Elisha Wing and George Brownel, two of the witnesses of the last will and testament of Mathew Wing, late of Dartmouth deceased, made oath that they were present and did see and hear Mathew Wing since Deceased sign seal publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, and that they saw Thomas Cornell sign as a witness with them and that they all signed in the presence of the Testator, who was of a sound disposing mind to the best of their knowledge.  The will was recorded on 8 August 1724 in the Bristol County Probate records[7].

A true inventory of the personal estate of Mathew Wing, yeoman, late of Dartmouth Deceased in the County of Bristoll in New England, was taken on 20 July 1724 by Jonathan Davill, Jonathan Talman and Nathaniel Soule, all of Dartmouth, yeomen[7].  The personal inventory was apprised at 528 pounds, 4 shillings.  The highest value items were:

*  His cash and wearing apparel (18=12=05)
*  his Saddle and Riding mare (11=10=00)
*  Five feather beds with furniture well compleated (110=00=00)
*  Another Bed with Good Bedding (10=00=00)
*  Money Seales & Gratter & 13 Silver Spoons (14=09=08)
*  11 yearling cattel (13=10=00)
*  Three Horse kind and 54 Sheep (41=00=00)
*  About 12 Loads of old hay (18=00=00)
*  Debts due to Mathew Wing at his death (37=10=06)

The inventory was presented to the Court on 21 August 1724 by Joseph Wing and Benjamin Wing.


1. Chris Whitten, online collaborative family tree, WikiTree (, Matthew Wing (1673-about 1724) family sketch (

2. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, Sandwich > General Records, 1651-1691, Births, Marriages, Deaths, image 122 of 128, Matthew Wing birth entry, 1 day 1 mo 1673.

3. Caroline Lewis Kardell and Russell A. Lovell, Vital records of Sandwich, Massachusetts to 1885 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996), Volume 1, page 26, Matthew Wing birth entry, 1 March 1673.

4. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images,, Dartmouth > Births, Marriages, Deaths, image 392 of 2331, Mathew Wing and Elizabeth Ricketson marriage entry, 4 September 1696.

5. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Marriages, page 557, Mathew Wing and Elezebeth Ricketson marriage entry, 4 September 1696.

6. "Vital Records from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register," online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014 (compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register), Volume 18, page 267, Stephen Wing probate summary.

7. Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1880, American Ancestors (, "Volume 28000-29586,"  Estate File 28978, Matthew Wing of Dartmouth (5 images); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives; digitized mages provided by


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 468 Weeks.

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