Friday, May 5, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 478: #758 Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) of Newport, Westerly and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) is #758 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #759 Mary Weeden (1673-1742) in about 1690 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #379 Judith Greenman (1694-1786) married #378 Job Card (1690-1760) in 1716.
*  their daughter #189 Phoebe Card (1730-1789), married #188  Elijah Champlin (1730-1779) in 1751.
*  their son #94 Joseph Champlin (1758-1850), married #95 Nancy Kenyon (c1765-b1833) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), married  #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913), married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), 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 Greenman[1–3]

*  Sex:                         Male

*  Father:                     Edward Greenman (1626-1688)
*  Mother:                   Mary --?-- (1628-    ????)

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

*  Birth:                       about 1669, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Death:                      before 14 October 1728 (before about age 59), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]

*  Probate:                   will proved, 14 October 1728 (about age 59), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  Mary Weeden (c1673-1743)
*  Marriage 1:               about 1690 (about age 21), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]

*  Child 1:                     Silas Greenman 1690-1778
*  Child 2:                     Sylvanus Greenman 1692-1763
*  Child 3:                     Judith Greenman 1694-1786
*  Child 4:                     Catherine Greenman 1696-????   
*  Child 5:                     Abigail Greenman 1698-????

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

Thomas Greenman was born in about 1669 in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Edward and Mary (--?--) Greenman[1].

He married in about 1690, probably in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, to Mary Weeden ( about 1673-before 1743), the daughter of William ad Sarah (Peckham) Weeden of Westerly and South Kingstown[1,3].  They had five children, all born, but not recorded, in South Kingstown or Westerly, Rhode Island[1]:

*  Silas Greenman (c1690-1778), married about 1727 Anna Babcock (1701-1731).
*  Sylvanus Greenman (c1692-1763), married 1721 Sarah Clarke (1692-1801).
*  Judith Greenman (c1694-1786), married c1716 Job Card (1690-1760).
*  Catherine Greenman (1696-????).
*  Abigail Greenman (1698-????).

Thomas Greenman was a tailor, according to several documents, including his will[1-2].

On 4 October 1706, Thomas Greenman sold 13 Acres of land to George Babcock Of Westerly[1].

He was an original member Of the Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1712, located in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island[1].

On 31 August 1719, Thomas Greenman deposed as to land, calling himself 50 Years Old and upwards[1].

Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown died testate, having written a will dated 30 October 1728 and proved 14 October 1728[1-2].  The will reads[[2]:
"In the Fear of God the Last or thirtyeth day October 1728 I Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown Taylor in the Colony of Rhode Island and providence plantation in New England Being very Sick and Weak in body but of perfect Mind and memory thinks begiven to god therefore and Knowing that it is appointed that all men must Dye do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament yt is to say principally and first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of god that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian buriel at the discrestion of my Executor and Executrix and as Touching Such Worldly Estate which hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form

"Imprimus I give and bequeath to Mary dearly beloved wife after all my just debts be paid & discharged the third part of my moveable Estate and the third part of what my house and Land may be sold for and the rest of my estate my will is yt my Sons shall each of them twice as much as each of my Daughters and I do Intend of the money yt is my meaning also I make my wife my executrix and I do make Capt. Wm Clark of Westerly in the Colony aforesd my Ex-r with my wife if he will Except of it but if he will not except it Then my will is that my wife shall be my hole and Sole Executrix and my will is that my Executrix and Executor shall sell my land and building to pay my Just Debts but if my Executor do not except of it then my will is that my Executrix may do it herself and I do declare this to be my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the year and day of the date above written
                                                                                      Thomas Greenman {Seal}
"Signed & Sealed to be his
Last will & Testement [sic]
In presence of
Job Card
Jer-h Clark
Jos-h Hull"
"Mr. Jos-h Hall & Job Card both So Kingstown appeared before the Town Council of South Kingstown the 14 Day of October An Dom 1728 and on there Engagement declared that they Saw Thomas Greenman Late of So Kingstown Deceased Sign Seal Publish & Declare the above Instrument to be his Last will and Testament and that he was in his perfect Mind & Memory and also declared that they Signed as Witnesses in the Testators ????? at the Same Time & that they also saw Jeremiah Clark Sign as Witness at the same time Signed by Wm Robinson Clerk of Court Recorded November 11 1728"

"The Town Council of South Kingstown has this Day  granted unto Capt. Wm Clark and Mary Greenman Ex-r and adm-on Executrix to the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Greenman Late Deceased adm-on upon the Estate of Thomas Greenman aforesd lying and being in So Kingstown aforesaid wee his Maj-ties Justices by and with the advice of the town Counc-l of sd Town being Impowered by the laws of this Colony for the granting of probate of wills and Letters of adm-on within the Town aforesd Wm Clark Executor and Mary Greenman Executrix to the last Will and Testament of Thomas Greenman Deceased aforesd we Trusting in your Care and fidelity do by these  presents Council unto you both Joyntly and Severall full power to adm-or upon all and Singular the Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of Thomas Greenman Deceased and well and faithfully to Levey Recover and Receive all and whatsoever Debts and Dues and to dispose of the Same according to Law, and to pay all debts in w-ch the deceased Thomas Greenman Stood bound so far as his goods Chattles Rights and Credits can Extend according to the value thereof and to make a True and perfect Inventory of and Singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the Said deceased and to Exhibit the Same with the Town Council abovesd  of Probate for the Town aforesd at or before One Twelve Month & a day after the date hereof and to Render a Plain and True accompt of your adm-on upon Oath and we do by these presents ordain Constitute and appoint you Wm Clark and Mary Greenman both Joyntly adm-or of all and Singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits aforesd.  In Testimony thereof we hereunto Sett Our hands and Seals dated In So Kingstown the 11th day of November Anno domini 1728 Sign by order of the Council  Robt Hannah C Council."
An inventory of the personal estate of Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown deceased was taken by Benjamin Ranolds and Jonathan Turner on 24 October 1728.  The total of the estate was not written down.  Adding the values of the different items results in at least 215 pounds (some values are difficult to read).

On 10 March 1728/9, Jonathan Tanner and Benjamin Raynolds appeared before the town council of South Kingstown and declared on there solemn engagement that they did inventory the estate of Thomas Greenman to the true value thereof according to the best of their understanding.

On 20 March 1728/9, Mary Greenman, Executor of Thomas Greenman late of South Kingstown deceased appeared before the town Council of South Kingstown and declared on her solemn engagement that she did exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all the personal estate that did belong to her deceased husband to the apprizers.


1. Peter Holden Greenman, The Greenman Family in America (Cohasset, Mass. : Greenman Family Association, 1988), pages 7-8, Thomas Greenman family sketch.

2. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), digital images, FamilySearch (, on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Page 123, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833.

3. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 324, Thomas Greenman and Mary Weedin marriage entry, South Kingstown, R.I., before 1701; Original data from Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, Md : Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).


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 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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