Saturday, February 5, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Pick a Day in the Life of an Ancestor

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope you do!) is to:

1)  Michael John Neill wrote "Pick a Day" on Thursday in his Genealogy Tip of the Day blog and I thought it would be a good SNGF topic.

2  Read Michael's post, and then write your own post.  Tell us your day, and your person, and then answer the ten questions.

3)  Post your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Be sure to comment and leave a link to your post on this post.

Here's mine:

My person of interest is my maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), and the date is 2 January 1920:

*  He was living in San Diego at 2054 Harrison Avenue. He was renting this house. 

*  In his household were his wife of 18 months, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), age 20; their daughter, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), age 5 months; and Emily's widowed mother, mother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), age 51.

*  Lyle Carringer was listed as an auditor in a dry goods store, a worker, in the 1920 census.  He started working at Marston's Department Store in downtown San Diego in 1905 as a cash boy, and worked there for over 55 years.  Lyle either walked or took a street car to downtown San Diego from his home.

*  Lyle was age 28 on this date, he was white, married, born in San Diego, his father was born in Pennsylvania, and his mother in Wisconsin.

*  On 2 January 1920, the headlines in the San Diego Union newspaper (found on GenealogyBank) indicated that national events included Harvard beating Oregon 7-6 in the Rose Bowl game; 200 or more Industrial workers of the World were arrested in Chicago; an insane seaman terrorized a British ship going to New York; inventor George B. Sinclair and his wife were found dead in Los Angeles.  There is nothing about the 1920 census on the front page of the newspaper.

*  The local events on the front page included the 12 man crew of the ship Birmingham beat the crew of the ship Salem in a rowing race on San Diego Bay; the 50th annual edition of the newspaper won praises from readers; the street car fares were changed to a zone system and a reporter tested it out.

*  Lyle's parents were alive and living in San Diego.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) and Della A. (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), and Della's mother, Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931) resided at 2105 30th Street.

*  Lyle had no living siblings on this date.  His older brother, David Devier Carringer (1889-1890) died as a young child.

*  Lyle was not religious, but Emily was.  If they went to church on Sunday, 1 January, it would probably have been to the Central Christian Church in San Diego (the southeast corner of 9th and F streets in San Diego) where they were married on 19 June 1918 by Rev. W.E. Crabtree.

*  The neighbors of the Lyle Carringer family were probably Emil Duerrhammer at 2028 Harrison, George W. Seifert at 2034 Harrison, Walker Hettenbaugh at 2036 Harrison, August Gaedke at 2056 Harrison (he probably owned 2054 also), and Joseph Madrigal at 2070 Harrison.  Edward H. Meriom lived across the street at 2053 Harrison.

I found the Sanborn Maps for San Diego in 1921 on the Library of Congress website ( which had the Harrison Avenue houses on it, plus downtown San Diego.  Here is the view of tis area of the city:

2054 Harrison Street is in map area 89 (blue color) in the lower right hand corner of the map, between Dewey and Evans Streets, on the northeast side of Harrison in the middle of the block.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 29 January through 4 February 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  29 January through 4 February 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

New Zealand, South Anglo Boer War, 1899-1902; indexed records without record images, ADDED 2/3/2022

Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S., Slave Records, 1774-1866; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/1/2022

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/1/2022

Westerbork, Netherlands, Fritz Grünberg papers of Transit Camp, 1942-1945 (USHMM); indexed records with record images, Updated 2/1/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 1 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,114 collections available as of 4 February, an increase of  1 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 29 January through 4 February 2022

 I am keeping up with the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 4 February 2022, there are 3,071 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 5 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Illinois, Monroe County, Deed Records, 1816-1900        (; 4,712 indexed records with 4,712 record images, ADDED 26-Jan-2022

*  Scotland, Lanarkshire Church Records, 1823-1967 (; 7,179 indexed records with 7,179 record images, ADDED 04-Feb-2022

*  Peru, Apurímac, Civil Registration, 1912-1999   (; 508,006 indexed records with 508,006 record images, ADDED 27-Jan-2022

*  Montana, Yellowstone Genealogy Forum, Yellowstone County Obituaries, 1955-1969  (; 62,552 indexed records with 62,552 record images, ADDED 01-Feb-2022

*  Utah, Salt Lake County, Register of Qualified Dentists, 1894-1905       (; 185 indexed records with 185 record images, ADDED 28-Jan-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976    (; 225,276 indexed records with 216,194 record images (was 214,140 records with 205,082 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 740,208 indexed records with 5,477 record images (was 689,495 records with 5,139 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 677,232 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 671,358 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 685,095 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 678,382 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 1,823,485 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,750,108 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 773,706 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 773,696 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 30-Jan-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 689,898 indexed records with 287,831 record images (was 687,967 records with 286,711 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 40,849,391 indexed records with 240,165 record images (was 30,848,723 records with 175,144 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 19,967,228 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 19,940,879 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 4,610,063 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 4,594,844 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,399,692 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,381,536 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Maine, United States Naturalization Records, 1918-1991  (; 14,105 indexed records with 29,001 record images (was 20,867 records with 29,001 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 844,631 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 831,934 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,266,009 indexed records with 312,639 record images (was 5,184,578 records with 308,143 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996    (; 9,838,841 indexed records with 788,298 record images (was 2,514,258 records with 242,315 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2022

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 689,797 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 685,825 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 200,687 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 194,923 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,866,972 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,851,578 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 65,780 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 59,301 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 1,855,853 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 1,807,783 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 8,492,436 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 8,469,319 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (377,589 records), no images (was 374,392 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996      (; 1,612,426 indexed records with 1,600,508 record images (was 1,612,727 records with 1,600,508 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991   (; 159,078 indexed records with 5,753 record images (was 166,657 records with 5,753 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022

England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 95,675 indexed records with 37,009 record images (was 94,018 records with 35,353 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Missouri, Phelps, Crawford, Dent, and Washington Counties, Obituaries, 1880-1990        (; 584,634 indexed records with 11,117 record images (was 584,634 records with 11,117 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022
Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990  (; 175,606 indexed records with 15,580 record images (was 175,606 records with 15,580 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 265,095 indexed records with 264,856 record images (was 265,064 records with 264,898 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 66,826 indexed records with 230,208 record images (was 65,298 records with 219,988 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Minnesota, Douglas County, Obituaries, 1860-1990        (; 72,740 indexed records with 4,266 record images (was 72,740 records with 3,476 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012   (; 1,325,583 indexed records with 1,610,067 record images (was 1,208,148 records with 1,610,067 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866-1891  (; Index only (35,249 records), no images (was 31,489 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 69,467 indexed records with 106,691 record images (was 69,236 records with 105,052 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022
Brazil, Pernambuco, Catholic Church Records, 1762-2002  (; 1,959,369 indexed records with 578,073 record images (was 1,586,533 records with 578,073 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (; 1,637,247 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 1,633,149 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2022
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 320,709 indexed records with 36,193 record images (was 316,921 records with 35,248 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (; 543,556 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 528,350 records with 166,596 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1942   (; 114,955 indexed records with 102,286 record images (was 175,235 records with 102,225 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,758 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2022

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,753,846 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,741,865 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (; 744,446 indexed records with 774,950 record images (was 579,127 records with 774,950 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Brazil, Maranhão, Catholic Church Records, 1673-1962    (; 23,556 indexed records with 41,812 record images (was 7,864 records with 41,812 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Brazil, Bahía, Catholic Church Records, 1598-2007       (; 427,768 indexed records with 368,634 record images (was 385,220 records with 368,634 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
United States Census, 1930      (; 125,180,290 indexed records with 2,957,015 record images (was 125,180,290 records with 2,957,015 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,070,884 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,070,854 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Massachusetts, United States Naturalization Records, 1871-1991  (; 125,693 indexed records with 642,734 record images (was 474,126 records with 642,734 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (; 1,571,986 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 1,534,581 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016        (; 557,450 indexed records with 429,573 record images (was 521,323 records with 399,277 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 139,835 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 138,306 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993  (; Browse 2,379 Images only, no index (was 7,296 records with 2,379 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 18,993,256 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 18,989,238 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 10,967,399 indexed records with 113,967 record images (was 10,384,428 records with 99,642 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,226,777 indexed records with 1,971,909 record images (was 7,226,087 records with 1,971,793 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 5,877,744 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,841,092 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013     (; 2,334,435 indexed records with 788,492 record images (was 1,740,862 records with 788,492 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Catholic Church Records, 1704-2008      (; 158,603 indexed records with 138,743 record images (was 127,147 records with 138,743 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (; 68,170 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 64,889 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 510,120 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 507,974 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Catholic Church Records, 1738-1952   (; 93,038 indexed records with 184,012 record images (was 76,925 records with 184,012 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Philippines, Catholic Church Records, 1615-1985 (; 5,728,012 indexed records with 2,022,027 record images (was 5,077,304 records with 1,757,777 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 8,859,558 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 8,325,794 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2022
Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976        (; 112,490 indexed records with 103,313 record images (was 109,732 records with 103,313 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Oklahoma, Garfield County, Obituaries, 1963-1986        (; 84,739 indexed records with 1,211 record images (was 84,739 records with 1,211 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 2,464 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 0 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 3,774,415 indexed records with 196,050 record images (was 3,270,944 records with 166,412 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860        (; 339,426 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 336,357 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2022
Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (; 122,850 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 122,594 records with 7,654 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 625,170 indexed records with 603,124 record images (was 619,151 records with 596,847 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 793,455 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 768,517 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020      (; 24 indexed records with 24 record images (was 18 records with 6 images), last updated 28-Jan-2022
Alabama State Census, 1866      (; 243,781 indexed records with 6,285 record images (was 243,781 records with 17 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 185,833 indexed records with 184,676 record images (was 185,833 records with 144,881 images), last updated 10-Jan-2022
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,329 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
France, Mayenne, Parish and Civil Registration, 1427-1897       (; 5,403,554 indexed records with 1,388,836 record images (was 5,403,554 records with 1,387,640 images), last updated 08-Oct-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 155,753 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,638 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 53,621 indexed records with 39,271 record images (was 53,621 records with 53,300 images), last updated 26-Jan-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 293,349 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 297,319 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, February 4, 2022

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 4 February 2022

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 4 February, 11 a.m.:  The Trifecta: The Secret Sauce of Researching the Formerly Enslaved, by Nicka Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 8 February, 11 a.m.:  What’s New in the MyHeritage Photo World, by Tal Ehrlichman.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 9 February, 5 p.m.:  Researching in Colonial New England, by Ann G. Lawthers.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Education in Australia, by Cathie Sherwood

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  CensusGenie: Down to the Wire 1950 Census Prep, by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  The Genealogy Guys:  The Genealogy Guys Podcast #400

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  DearMYRTLE:  CensusGenie - 6 Jan 2022

*  Findmypast:  Beyond the 1921 Census | Findmypast

*  Genealogy TV:  Avoiding Mistakes on Ancestry

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 1 February 2022?


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52 Ancestors - Week 417: #153 Mehitable (Grout) Brigham (1725-1795) of Watertown and Westborough, Massachusetts

 Mehitable Grout (1725-1795)  is #153 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 5th great-grandmother, who marrie#152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749 in Westborough, Worcester County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

* their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), who married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) 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:                       Mehitable Grout[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:       Mehetabel Grout Brigham[10]
*  Alternate Name:       Mehitable Brigham[6,9]

*  Sex:                           Female

*  Father:                      Joseph Grout (1682-1758)
*  Mother:                    Mary Harrington (1692-1774)

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

*  Birth:                         5 February 1725, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,6]

*  Distribution:             1 January 1770 (age 44), named administratrix of husband's estate; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Death:                       30 August 1795 (age 70), Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]
*  Burial:                       after 30 August 1795 (after age 70), Memorial Cemetery, Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Probate:                     6 October 1795 (age 70), Westborough, Worceeter, Massachusetts, United States[7]

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

*  Spouse 1:                Moses Brigham (1723-1769)
*  Marriage 1:             2 May 1749 (age 24), Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]

*  Child 1:                  Sarah Brigham 1751-1827
*  Child 2:                  Moses Brigham 1753-1814
*  Child 3:                  Phinehas Brigham 1755-1802
*  Child 4:                  Mehitable Brigham 1758-1844
*  Child 5:                  Ebenezer Brigham 1761-1839
*  Child 6:                  Mary Brigham 1764-1846
*  Child 7:                  Joseph Brigham 1766-1837

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

Mehitable Grout was born 5 February 1725 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay[1-3,6], the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Harrington) Grout of Watertown, who went to Westborough, Massachusetts in about 1735.  

Mehitable married, at age 24, Moses Brigham (1723-1769) on 2 May 1749 in Westborough[1,4]. He was the son of Nathan and Dinah (Rice) Brigham of Westborough. They had seven children, all born and recorded in Westborough:

*  Sarah Brigham (1751-1827), married 1772 Jonathan Forbes (1746-1805).
*  Moses Brigham (1753-1814), married (1) 1781 Wealthy Johnson (1757-1790); (2) 1792 Lucinda Tiffany (1761-1819).
*  Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), married (1) 1779 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795); (2) 1796 Hannah Jackson (1754-????).
*  Mehitable Brigham (1758-1844), married 1776 John Fay (1748-1837).
*  Ebenezer Brigham (1761-1839), married 1782 Judith Hazleton (1761-1852).
*  Mary Brigham (1764-1846), married 1793 Amasa Braman (1760-1830).
*  Joseph Brigham (1766-1837), married 1795 Sarah Woods (1776-1806).

Moses Brigham died intestate on 3 December 1769 in Westborough, leaving Mehitable with seven children aged 3 to 18.  

The widow Mehitable Brigham was granted administration on her husband's estate on 1 January 1770, and posted a bond of 500 pounds with Jonathan Grout (perhaps Mehitable's brother or uncle)[5].  An inventory of the real and personal estate was taken by 15 January 1770, which totaled 783 pounds.  Mehitable's widow's thirds included the personal estate after debts were paid, and a portion of the real estate, including one third of the house.  

Each child had a guardian or legal representative named for them to protect their interest in their father's estate.  Son Moses Brigham's guardian was his uncle, Jonathan Grout.  Son Levi and daughter Sarah's guardian was their uncle Levi Brigham.  The mother, Mehitable Brigham, was the guardian for the younger children.  Daughter Sarah (born 18 April 1751) had attained adulthood by 23 June 1772, and married on 2 July 1772, which may have prompted the account[5]

The account of Mehitable Brigham was allowed on 8 June 1772.  She charged herself with the personal estate of £213:7:10 and requested allowances of £42:8:0, leaving a balance of £170:19:10[5].  

The court waited until the eldest son, Moses Brigham, turned 21 years old, and then in 1774 ordered the real estate split between the widow and the children.  The real estate of Moses Brigham was appraised again on 6 July 1774.  The subscribers concluded that the property could not be divided to all of the heirs.  Mehitable was given her one-third dower estate, and the eldest son Moses Brigham was given the two-thirds children's share, valued at £400, provided he gave each of his siblings £49:13:9. Mehitable's share included part of the house, barn and homestead land[5].

Mehitable Brigham certainly stayed in the family homestead in Westborough, and raised her children until they married and moved away.  

Mehitable Brigham died, at age 70, on 30 August 1795, according to her gravestone in Memorial Cemetery in Westborough[6].  The gravestone inscription says:

"M'rs. Mehetabel Brigham
Relict of M'r. Moses
Brigham died Aug.
30'th 1795 in the 71'st
Year of her age."

Mehitable (Grout) Brigham wrote her will on 24 July 1795 and it was proved in Worcester County Probate Court on 6 October 1795[7].

The will is in the hand of Eli Whitney, one of the witnesses and bond guarantors.  Mehitabel Brigham signed it in her own hand.
In the Name of God Amen. I Mehitabel Brigham of Westborough

in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Widow being infirm in body, but of Sound Mind, Memory and Understanding, considering the  uncertainty of this transitory life, do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Viz.

Firs of all, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah the one third part of my household furniture and wearing Apparel.

Also, I give and bequeath to my Son Moses the one Sixth part of all my real and personal Estate of what kind and nature soever, excepting the house-hold furniture and wearing Apparel.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Phinehas the one Sixth part of all my real and personal Estate of what kind and Nature soever excepting the household furniture and wearing Apparel.

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mehitabel one third part of my household furniture and wearing Apparel and also the one sixth part of all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal.

Also I give and bequeath to my Son Ebenezer the one sixth part of all my real and personal Estate of what kind and Nature soever, excepting the household furniture and wearing Apparel.

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Polly the one third part of my household furniture and wearing Apparel And also the one Sixth part of all the rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal.

Also, I give and bequeath to my Son Joseph the one Sixth part of all my real and personal Estate of what kind and Nature soever, excepting the household furniture and wearing Apparel.

Provided also that the Estate abovementioned other than the furniture and wearing Apparel shall be first subject to the payment of my just Debts and funeral Charges.

I also ordain and appoint my Son Joseph my Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking any former Will or Wills by me heretofore made.

In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Twenty fourth Day of July in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and Ninety five.

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by                  }
the said Testatrix as her last Will and Eli Whitney       } Mehitabel Brigham
Testament in the presence of us, who at James Hawes }
her request, in her presence, and in the the                   } Silas Fay  Oct. 6 1795
presence of each other, have hereunto                          }
Her youngest son, Joseph Brigham (born in 1766, so age 29) was named the executor of Mehitabel's will.  The only other useful record in the probate packet was the bond ($10,000) and order to settle debts and funeral charges, make an inventory of the estate, distribute the legacies, and submit an account to the court.  

After the administration of Moses Brigham was settled in 1774, the eldest son Moses Brigham sold the children's share to Jonathan Forbes, who had married the eldest daughter, Sarah Brigham in 1772.  Phinehas Brigham sold his share of his mother's real estate to Jonathan Forbes in 1779, and son Moses Brigham sold his share of his deceased mother's real estate to Jonathan Forbes in 1795.  It is likely the other children also sold their shares in their mother's estate to Jonathan Forbes. 


1. W. I. Tyler Brigham (Emma E. Brigham, editor), The History of the Brigham Family, A Record of Several Thousand Descendants of Thomas Brigham the Emigrant, 1603-1653 (New York City : The Grafton Press, 1907), page 183, #69 Moses Brigham family sketch.

2. Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. etc (Watertown, Mass. : Watertown Historical Society, 1900), "Watertown Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 63 (image 216 of 3991), Mehitable Grout birth record, 5 February 1725.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Watertown Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 63 (image 216 of 3991), Mehitable Grout birth record, 5 February 1725.

4. Systematic History Fund, Vital Records of Westborough, Massachusetts to the end of year 1849 (Worcester, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice, 1903), Marriages, page 131, Moses Brigham and Mehitable Grout marriage entry, 2 May 1749.

5. Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet 7407 (32 pages) intestate estate of Moses Brigham of Westborough, 1770; "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 15 March 2020).

6. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Memorial Cemetery, Westborough, Mass., Mehetabel Grout Brigham memorial #63339092.

7. Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate Packet 7402 (6 pages) testate estate of Mehitabel Brigham of Westborough, 1795.

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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 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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