Friday, May 12, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 479: #759 Mary (Weeden) Greenman (c1673-1743) of Westerly and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Mary Weeden (1673-1742)  is #759 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #758 Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) n 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:                       Mary Weeden[1-2]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Greenman[3-4]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Weedin[5]

*  Sex:                           Female

*  Father:                      William Weeden 1647-1718
*  Mother:                     Sarah Peckham 1653-1724

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

*  Birth:                         about 1673, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Distribution:              14 October 1728 (about age 55), husband's will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]

*  Death:                         before 8 August 1743 (before about age 70), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

*  Probate:                      8 August 1743 (about age 70), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728)
*  Marriage 1:               about 1690 (about age 17), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,5]

*  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):    

Mary Weeden was born in about 1673 in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of William and Sarah (Peckham) Weeden[1].

He married in about 1690, probably in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, to Thomas Greenman (1669-1728), the son of Edward and Mary (--?-) Greenman[1-2,5].  They had five children, all born, but not recorded, in South Kingstown or Westerly, Rhode Island:

*  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 died testate on 30 October 1728 in South Kingstown, and his will was proved on 14 October 1728 by the South Kingstown Town Council[3].  In his will, he made his wife Mary the executrix, and granted her one third of his personal estate:
"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."
Mary Greenman died intestate before 8 August 1743 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Administration on her estate was granted by the town on 8 August 1743[4]. The record reads:
"South Kinstown.

"The Town council of said town in the County of Kings County in the Colony of Rhode Island ye Gen??? Have this day Granted unto Sylvanus Greenman of said Town, Administration upon all the Personal Estate of Mary Greenman, late of said town ???? deced, at the time of her Death. We the Town Council trusting in your Care & Fidelity do by these presents Commit unto you full power & Authority to Administer upon all and Singular the goods Chattles & Credits of Said Deced and Well and truly to Levy, Recover and Receive all Whatsoever Debts and Dues that may appear and to dispose of the same according to Law and to pay all just Debts in which said Deced Stood Bound for so far as her goods,Chattles & Credits will extend and to Render a true and plain accompt of your Administration to said town Council according to Law.

"Sealed with the seal of said town Council and Signed the 8th day of August in the Seventeenth Year of his Majesty Reign, George the Second over Great Brittain King, Anno Domini one thousand Seven Hundred and Forty three
Order of the Town council, Thomas Hazard, clerk of the Town."

1. Alden G. Beaman,  "Some Descendants of James Weeden of Newport," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume 10 (1987), pages 21-23.

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

3. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), digital microfilm, FamilySearch (, on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Page 123 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833), Thomas Greenman will, proved 14 October 1728.

4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943", Volume 4, Page 8 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,834), Mary Greenman administration granted, 8 August 1743.

5. "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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