Friday, November 25, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 457: #728 John Horton (1672-1752) of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts

John Horton (1672-1752)  is #728 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #729 Mehitable Garnsey (1673-1742) before 1690 in Milton, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #364 John Horton (1696-1796), who married #365 Mary Chase (1695-1734) in 1719.
*  their son, #182 Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819), who married #183 Sarah Pray (1734-1820) in 1753.
*  their daughter,  #91 Phebe Horton (1772-a1820), who married #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857) in about 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850), who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 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) 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: John Horton[1–6]

*  Sex: Male

*  Father: Thomas Horton 1638-1716
*  Mother: Sarah --?-- 1644-1693

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

*  Birth: 6 June 1672, Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]

*  Distribution: 22 May 1716 (age 43), father's will administered; Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Death: before 26 January 1753 (before age 80), deed names "John Horton, late of Rehoboth"; Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]
*  Burial: before 26 January 1753 (before age 80), unknown burial site, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:                       Mehitable Garnsey 1673-1742
*  Marriage 1: about 1690 (about age 18), Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]
*  Child 1: Sarah Horton 1692-1725
*  Child 2: Jonathan Horton 1695-1774
*  Child 3: John Horton 1696-1796
*  Child 4: Thomas Horton 1698-1733
*  Child 5: Jotham Horton 1705-1797
*  Child 6: Hezekiah Horton 1714-1787

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

John Horton was born 6 June 1672 in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas and Sarah (--?--) Horton[1-3].

He married Mehitable Garnsey (1673-1742) in about 1690 in Milton[1-3,6].  She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (--?--) Garnsey of Milton.  They had six children, all born in either Rehoboth or Swansea, Massachusetts[1]:

*  Sarah Horton (1692-1725), married 1712 John Millard (1692-1728).
*  Jonathan Horton (1695-1774), married (1) 1725 Ann Millard (1706-1751);(2) 1753 Elizabeth Perry (1718-1776).
*  John Horton (1696-1796), married (1) 1719 Mary Chase (1695-1734); (2) 1756 Elizabeth --?--) (1705-1784).
*  Thomas Horton (1698-1733), married 1721 Kesiah Carpenter (1697-1763.
*  Jotham Horton (1705-1797), married 1729 Hannah Martin (1704-1739).
*  Hezekiah Horton (1714-1787), married 1735 Mary Martin (1715-1802).

The inventory of the intestate estate of John Horton's father, Thomas Horton, was taken in 1716, and is in Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, Volume 3, Pages 270, 273, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882)[4].  The court record says:
"I Nath-ll Byfield Esqr Duly appointed & Commissioned to be the Judge of Probate & Wills within the County of Bristol.  To John Horton of Rehoboth in the County of Bristol eldest son of Thomas Horton of Rehoboth afore-sd Deceas'd Intestate.  Trusting in your Care and Fidelity, I commit unto you full power to administer all and singular the Rights and Credits Goods & Chattels of the sd Dec'd..."

The Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Horton late of Rehoboth deceased was taken on 28 March 1716 by John West and James Bowen.  The inventory totaled 342 pounds, 9 shillings, 2 pence.  John Horton presented the inventory of the estate of his father to the Probate court at Bristol, and it was accepted by the Court, recorded 22 May 1716.  There is no record of the distribution of the estate to the heirs or of the Account of the administrator.
John Horton was taxed in Milton from June 1691 to January 1691/2, again in November 1693, and finally in April and August 1695. He is not on the tax lists of June to November 1692, January 1692/3, nor any list of 1694[1]

His final move to the Swansea-Rehoboth area must have come between August 1695 and January 1695/6. John was a member of the Rehoboth militia, Capt. Hunt's Co., on 24 Nov. 1710[1].

On 3 Nov. 1725 John signed the guardianship papers for Solomon and Simeon Horton, sons of his brother Solomon. The same signature was found on the bond, signed 17 July 1733, on the estate of Thomas Horton. This is further proof that the Thomas Horton who died 10 July 1733 at age 35 was a son of John Horton[1].

On 8 April 1723, John Horton of Rehoboth, sold land in Rehoboth for £8, to Stephen Moulton. The deed was signed by John and Mehitable and witnessed by Jotham Horton and Mary Horton. Recorded 15 Jan. 1723/4[1]. (Bristol County. Deeds, Volume 15, page 209)

On 3 April 1724, John Horton, yeoman of Rehoboth, sold 22 acres of land to John Martin for £60[1]. The land was on the side of Rock River near Manwhague Plains. Signed by John Horton, witnessed by John Horton, Jr. and Jotham Horton[1]. (Bristol County. Deeds, Volume 16, page 64)

On 21 June 1725, John Horton of Rehoboth, for "great love and natural affection which I have for my son Jonathan Horton of Rehoboth, shoemaker," gave him a piece of land of 27 1/2 acres in Rehoboth, westerly of the stream called Rocky River. Signed by John Horton, witnessed by Thomas Horton and Jotham Horton[1]. (Bristol County. Deeds, Volume 17, page 523)

On 26 Jan. 1753, Jotham Horton and Hezekiah Horton of Rehoboth, yeoman, for good causes quitclaimed to Jonathan Horton some land in the southwest corner of the homestead farm on which "... our honored father John Horton late of Rehoboth dwelt...", bounded northwest by the highway, southwest by Jonathan Horton's homestead, and east by Jonathan's land. Signed by Jotham Horton and Hezekiah Horton, witnessed by John Horton and Nathan Horton[1]. (Bristol County. Deeds, Volume 4, page 535)

John Horton died perhaps in 1752, certainly before 26 January 1753 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, based on the 1753 land deed of Jotham and Hezekiah Horton[1].  

There is no known burial location, but there is a Find A Grave memorial with a death date of 15 October 1742, which is the day Mehitable (Garnsey) Horton died[5].  

There is no probate record in Bristol County, Massachusetts probate court abstract records for John Horton.


1. Margaret R. Jenks and Frank C. Seymour, Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts (n.p. : Margaret R. Jenks, 1984), John Horton family sketch.

2. D. Hamilton Hurd, History of Bristol County, Massachusetts with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Philadelphia, Penn. : J.W. Lewis, 1883), Part 2, page 583, "Maj. E.S. Horton and Edwin J. Horton" sketch.

3. Peter Thacher and Hannah Vose, Milton records : births, marriages and deaths, 1662-1843 (Boston, Mass. : A. Mudge & Son, 1900), Births, page 33, John Horton entry, 6 June 1672.

4. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926 [Bristol County, Massachusetts]", digital microfilm images, FamilySearch (, Volume 3, Pages 270, 273, Thomas Horton inventory and administration, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, unknown burial site, perhaps in Rwehoboth, Mass., John Horton memorial #84422081.

6. Judith L. Young-Thayer, The 2005 Garnsey, Garnsey, Guernsey Genealogical Dictionary (Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2005), page 185, John Garnsey family sketch.


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 in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2022 to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks.

Copyright (c) 2022, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

No comments: