Friday, September 23, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 448: #718 Thomas Wate (1683-a1743) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts and East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Thomas Wate (1683-a1743)  is #718 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #719 Mary Tripp (1689-a1739) in 1711, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  his daughter, #359 Meribah Waite (1720-1803 who married #358 Benjamin Soule (1719-1803),  in 1742.
*  their daughter #179 Martha Soule (1743-1828) who married #178 David Kirby (1740-1832)  in 1763. 
*  their daughter, #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) who married #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814)  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:                       Thomas Wate[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:       Thomas Wait[6]
*  Alternate Name:       Thomas Waite[1,5,7]

*  Sex:                           Male

*  Father:                      Reuben Waite (1656-1707)
*  Mother:                    Tabitha Launders (1663-1707)

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

*  Birth:                       22 April 1683, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3,5]

*  Distribution:           father's will proved, 7 November 1707 (age 24), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                    after 31 December 1743 (after age 60), probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

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

*  Spouse 1:                Mary Tripp (1689-a1739)
*  Marriage 1:            25 January 1710/1 (age 26), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4,7]

*  Child 1:                 John Waite 1711-1770
*  Child 2:                 Reuben Waite 1713-1754
*  Child 3:                 Thomas Waite 1716-1790
*  Child 4:                 Mary Waite 1718-1803
*  Child 5:                 Meribah Wait 1720-1803
*  Child 6:                 Mehitable Waite 1722-1799
*  Child 7:                 Martha Waite 1725-    
*  Child 8:                 Alice Waite 1729-    

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

The biography and family data for several generations of the descendants of Thomas Waite of Portsmouth RI was discussed in the article "Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, R.I. and Some of his Descendants," by G. Andrews Moriarty, published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Record[1].  Additional information was obtained from the book by John Cassan Waite, Family Records of the Descendants of Thomas Wait of Portsmouth, Rhode Island[2].

Thomas Wate/Wait/Waite was born in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of Reuben Waite and Tabitha Launders of Dartmouth[3.5].

His father, Reuben Waite, wrote his will on 11 September 1707, which was proved 5 November 1707 in Bristol County Probate Court[6].  In his will he bequeathed to his son Thomas Wait:
"Imprimis I will that after my decease my son Thomas Wait shall have halfe my farm or lott of land allready layd out and Exactly divided in ye midle at the foot and so to extend to the head with half my marsh meadow with half my priviledge of individual lands throughout the township of Dartmouth.  The said divided land and meadow to lye in ye south side of sd lott of land."  His other four brothers received he other half of his father's land.
He married on 5 Jan 1710/11 in Dartmouth to Mary Tripp (1689-a1739)[4,7], born 22 August 1689 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  They had eight children, all born in Dartmouth or East Greenwich, Rhode Island , and recorded in both places:  

*  John Waite (1711-1770), married 1733 Elizabeth Sullivant (1711-1770).
*  Reuben Waite (1713-a1754), married 1735 Rebecca Soule (1715-1747).
*  Thomas Waite (1716-1790), married 1743 Tabitha Ellis (1721-1813).
*  Mary Waite (1718-1803), married 1743  William Tripp (1712-1785).
*  Meriban Waite (1720-1803), married 1742 Benjamin Soule (1719-1803).
*  Mehitable Waite (1722-1799), married 1746 Henry Reynolds (1724-1777).
*  Martha Waite )1725-????).
*  Alice Waite (1729-????).

In 1721, Thomas sold his share of his father's estate to his brother Benjamin Wait.

Thomas was made Freeman on 2 May 1732 at East Greenwich RI. He resided at East Greenwich and Dartmouth. On 14 March 1714/5 Thomas and his wife mortgaged land there[1]

In 1721, Thomas Waite sold his share in his father's estate to his brother, Benjamin Waite[2].

In 1732 they were living in East Greenwich across Narragansett Bay from Dartmouth. His property was located in that part of East Greenwich that was later set off as West Greenwich. On 26 September 1741, Thomas conveyed land in West Greenwich to his son Thomas Wait Jr.  He returned to Dartmouth by 31 December 1743 and on that day conveyed to his son Thomas and named his residence as Dartmouth[1,2].

Thomas Wait's death date is unknown.  It is after 31 December 1743, probably in Dartmouth[1-2].  There is no probate record for Thomas Waite in the Bristol County Probate Court records.


1. G. Andrews Moriarty, "Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, R.I. and Some of his Descendants," New England Historical and Genealogical Record, Volume 73, Number 4 (October 1919), pages 291ff., page 297, #7 Thomas Waite family sketch.

2. John Cassan Waite, Family Records of the Descendants of Thomas Wait of Portsmouth, Rhode Island (Camfridge, Mass., the author, 1904), pages 21-22, Thomas Wait family sketch.

3. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Births, page 292, Thomas Wate birth entry, 22 April 1683.

4. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Marriages, page 528, Thomas Wate and Mary Tripp entry, 25 January 1710-11.

5. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 178 (image 93 of 2331), Thomas Waite birth entry.

6. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926" Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 2, Pages 187-188, Reuben Waite will and inventory, in FHL Microfilm 0,461,882):.

7. James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891-1912), "Volume 1:  Kent County Births. Marriages, Deaths," page 167, East Greenwich Births and Deaths, Thomas Waite and Mary Tripp marriage, 25 January 1710/1.


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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