Saturday, January 14, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Ten Genea-Happy Moments

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1) When you are performing genealogy research or writing, what makes you happy?  List ten genealogy moments that make you happy. 

2) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

Here's mine (not in any order):

* Tracking down an elusive ancestor using the Genealogical Proof Standard

* Having a distant cousin contact me via email or blog comment that I can help, or can help me, with ancestral family history

* Watching a genealogy video or TV Show that draws people to pursue family history

* Being quoted or praised by my genea-blogging colleagues

* Writing blog posts that will help other genealogists with their research

*  Writing ancestor genealogical sketches and transcribing records

* Praising and encouraging genealogy bloggers - leaving a Facebook post or a blog comment

* Challenging genea-bloggers and readers with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts - the results are often surprising to me and the bloggers!

* Going to any genealogy website or repository and browsing or searching the shelves, catalog or databases

* Finding useful genealogy records in online databases or in record hints or matches and crafting sources for them


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 January 2023

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

As of 13 January 2023, there are 3,174 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

United Kingdom, Royal Air Force Service Records, 1912-1945      (; 342,823 indexed records with 342,823 record images, ADDED 11-Jan-2023

United States, Indexes to Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers (NARA M629, M694, M872), 1784-1858, 1899-1901   (; 49,921 indexed records with 49,921 record images, ADDED 03-Jan-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916       (; 96,458 indexed records with 283,698 record images (was 96,458 records with 283,698 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 142,903 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 140,535 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 431,610 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 430,502 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 119,203 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 117,845 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 182,703 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 181,274 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023

Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 423,794 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 379,561 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Belarus, Minsk Church Books, 1700-1965  (; 2,778,176 indexed records with 885,084 record images (was 2,592,308 records with 689,329 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,238,758 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,233,602 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 818,897 indexed records with 341,715 record images (was 817,378 records with 341,066 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,666,359 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,659,646 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023

Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 32,826 indexed records with 11,528 record images (was 32,393 records with 11,297 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,630,155 indexed records with 831,454 record images (was 1,625,553 records with 829,332 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,657,578 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,654,216 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 625,475 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 624,749 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,496,376 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,496,350 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 08-Jan-2023

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,441,835 indexed records with 929,241 record images (was 7,424,887 records with 925,454 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,767,453 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,740,629 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,122,910 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,117,883 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,135,855 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,133,542 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,984,287 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,233 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,266,622 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,261,702 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,034,638 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,031,748 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,257,240 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,255,887 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Find A Grave Index      (; 224,636,349 indexed records with 224,636,349 record images (was 222,808,642 records with 222,808,642 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
France, Ardennes, Parish and Civil Registration, 1585-1892      (; 2,800,719 indexed records with 1,141,294 record images (was 2,242,305 records with 884,863 images), UPDATED 09-Jan-2023

France, Indre, Parish and Civil Registration, 1564-1905 (; 5,329,809 indexed records with 1,538,618 record images (was 2,790,408 records with 837,437 images), UPDATED 09-Jan-2023
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (; 24,594,764 indexed records with 29,147,064 record images (was 24,587,497 records with 29,147,064 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (; Index only (5,619,081 records), no images (was 5,617,476 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,045,188 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,045,066 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 245,155 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 245,108 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023

Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 1,060,703 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 1,060,303 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 538,202 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 538,057 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 10,454,269 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 10,335,063 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 1,758,597 indexed records with 59,999 record images (was 1,641,279 records with 55,204 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Italy, Avellino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1947  (; 109,726 indexed records with 3,099,458 record images (was 109,726 records with 3,099,458 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023

Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 13,040 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 12,742 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 17,671 indexed records with 5,770 record images (was 17,098 records with 5,587 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 3,727 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 3,270 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 28,649,342 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 25,327,315 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 09-Jan-2023
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958   (; 1,274,445 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 1,270,930 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023

Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,594,818 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,594,534 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (; 6,697,806 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 6,696,735 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984  (; 12,174,622 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 12,174,433 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979    (; 3,761,602 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 3,761,227 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (; 10,659,692 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 10,659,273 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023

Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 8,512,944 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 8,510,073 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 9,700,296 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,698,399 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,136,041 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,104,281 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,020,970 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,017,597 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964  (; 963,917 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 963,868 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023

Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978    (; 6,453,006 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 6,452,536 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,568,959 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,568,942 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 822,811 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 822,685 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (494,608 records), no images (was 484,103 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Jan-2023
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973      (; 938,540 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 938,535 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2023

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,984,573 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,970,831 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Peru, Huánuco, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020       (; 54,692 indexed records with 29,891 record images (was 54,688 records with 29,889 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,074,261 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,074,023 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,328,467 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,327,605 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 269,001 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 268,816 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023

Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970        (; 28,372 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 26,648 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 09-Jan-2023
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 18,598,600 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 18,560,697 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 06-Jan-2023
Texas, Gregg County, Marriage Records, 1873-2017        (; 277,638 indexed records with 123,563 record images (was 277,128 records with 123,547 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2023
United States Census, 1900      (; 76,479,141 indexed records with 1,602,454 record images (was 76,479,141 records with 1,602,454 images), UPDATED 10-Jan-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (558,901 records), no images (was 552,601 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 975,935 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 975,660 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 36,973 indexed records with 20,766 record images (was 35,611 records with 19,912 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1949  (; 18,166 indexed records with 18,106 record images (was 3,651 records with 3,638 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2023
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 1,707,380 indexed records with 91,375 record images (was 1,703,740 records with 91,271 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023
Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Harare, Church Records, 1897-2021      (; 663,766 indexed records with 64,538 record images (was 661,347 records with 64,389 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,759 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,731 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,663 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 76,594 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 309,689 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 153,717 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 152,901 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 97,594 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,363 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 296,307 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 297,441 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 212,031 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943        (; 9,337 indexed records with 431 record images (was 9,337 records with 472 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 1,213 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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, January 13, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 January 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections  on during the period from  7 to 13 January 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Paris, France & Vicinity Marriage Banns, 1860-1902; indexed records without record images, updated 1/12/2023

Liberty County, Georgia, U.S., Marriages, 1785-1895; indexed records without record images, updated 1/12/2023

1901 Census of Canada; indexed records with record images, updated 1/12/2023

Marseilles, France Marriages, 1810-1915; indexed records with record images, updated 1/12/2023

Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S., City Directories, 1893-1898; indexed records without record images, updated 1/12/2023

Mansfield and Redding, Connecticut, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1700s-1850; indexed records without record images, updated 1/11/2023

Dickson County, Tennessee, U.S., Marriages, 1850-1870; indexed records without record images, updated 1/11/2023

Callaway County, Missouri, U.S., Marriages, 1870-1922; indexed records without record images, updated 1/11/2023

Wisconsin, U.S., Compiled Marriages for Select Counties, 1835-1900; indexed records without record images, updated 1/11/2023

Mississippi, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1826-1850; indexed records with record images, updated 1/11/2023

UK, Women’s Royal Naval Officers' Service Records, 1917-1919; indexed records with record images, updated 1/11/2023

Shasta County, California, U.S., Marriages, 1852-1904; indexed records without record images, updated 1/9/2023

U.S., Carded Service Records of Hospital Attendants, Matrons and Nurses, 1861-1865; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

New Zealand, Civil Registration Stillbirth Index, 1901-1942; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

New Zealand, Civil Registration Death Index, 1840-1972; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

New Zealand, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1840- 1901; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

Flensburg, Germany, Death Index Cards, 1874-1990; indexed records with record images, updated 1/9/2023

Wales, World War I Book of Remembrance, 1914-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

* Denmark, Church Records, 1812-1924; indexed records with record images, updated 1/9/2023

New Zealand, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1840-1902; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/9/2023

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., Church Records, 1709-1760; indexed records without record images, updated 1/9/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 6 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,260 collections available as of 13 January, an increase of 6 from last week. 

Note the right-hand column on the image above, they have replaced the coming soon list with tweets by Ancestry. 


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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52 Ancestors - Week 463: #740 William Ladd (a1665-1729) of Portsmouth and Little Compton, Rhode Island

William Ladd (a1665-1729)  is #740 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #741 Elizabeth Tompkins (a1670-after 1729) in 1696 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #370 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748), who married #371 Lydia Gray (1707-????) in 1731
*  their daughter #185 Elizabeth "Betsy" Ladd (1735-1814), married #184 Benedict Oatley (1732-1821) in 1755.
*  their son # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815), married #95 Mary Hazard (1765-1857) in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872), married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) 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) 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:                       William Ladd[1–5]

*  Sex:                           Male

*  Father:                      Joseph Ladd 1613-1683
*  Mother:                    Joanna --?-- 1630-1669

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

*  Birth:                         about 1665, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2]

*  Distribution:              24 July 1683 (about age 18), father's will proved; Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[3]

*  Death:                        before 21 October 1729 (before about age 64), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2,5]

*  Probate:                     21 October 1729 (about age 64), will proved; Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:                   Elizabeth Tompkins 1675-1729
*  Marriage 1:                17 February 1695/6 (about age 30), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2,4]

*  Child 1:                       Sarah Ladd 1696-1761
*  Child 2:                       William Ladd 1697-    
*  Child 3:                       Mary Ladd 1699-1734
*  Child 4:                       Priscilla Ladd 1700-    
*  Child 5:                       Joseph Ladd 1701-1748
*  Child 6:                       Samuel Ladd 1703-    
*  Child 7:                       Elizabeth Ladd 1704-    
*  Child 8:                       John Ladd 1706-    
*  Child 9:                       Catherine Ladd 1707-    
*  Child 10:                     Lydia Ladd 1711-1767
*  Child 11:                     Hannah Ladd 1712-    
*  Child 12:                     Ruth Ladd 1714-   

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

The Ladd Family book [1] by Warren Ladd provides some information about the William Ladd family, as does Little Compton Families[2].

William Ladd was born about 1665 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph and Joanna (--?--) Ladd[1-2].

William's father, Joseph Ladd dated his will 12 April 1669, died testate before 24 July 1683, when it was proved in the Portsmouth, Rhode Island town records, according to  the Ladd book (which transcribed it)[3].  He bequeathed to sons Joseph,  William and Daniel:
"...That my son Joseph, at his mother's death or marriage, again, shall have my house and land, he paying, or causing to be paid, five pounds sterling apiece to his two brothers, if these surviving. viz.: my son William and Daniel, and what good or chattels shall remain of my estate, at the time aforesaid, to be equally divided betwixt my two youngest sons, and my two daughters, viz.: Mary and Sara..."
Wlliam married Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Allen) Tompkins, on 17 February 1695/6 in Little Compton[1-2.4].  They had twelve children, all recorded in Little Compton records:

*  Sarah Ladd (1696-1671), married 1736 William Enos (1696-????).
*  William Ladd (1697-????)
*  Mary Ladd (1699-1734), married 1723 Joseph Seabury (1678-1755).
*  Priscilla Ladd (1700-????), married 1720 --?-- Manchester (1685-????).
*  Joseph Ladd (1701-1748), married 1731 Lydia Gray (1701-????).
*  Samuel Ladd (1703-????), married 1729 Bersheba --?-- (1707-????).
*  Elizabeth Ladd (1704-????), married 1725 George Shrieve (1702-????)
*  John Ladd (1706-????).
*  Catherine Ladd (1707-????).
*  Lydia Ladd (1711-1767), married 1732 Samuel Seabury (1702-1768).
*  Hannah Ladd (1712-????)
*  Ruth Ladd (1714-????).

William died before 21 October 1729 at age 64 in Little Compton[5].  There is a Find A Grave memorial for him, but there is no known burial location or gravestone. 

The will of William Ladd of Little Compton was dated 13 August 1729; and proved on 21 October 1729 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court[5].  His wife Elizabeth was named as executrix.  He named as legatees each of his children, except John, and "my  grandson Nathaniel, son of my son William."  All of them were to receive five shillings. After the legacies were paid, he gave all the residue and remainder to his wife.  The witnesses to the will were Josiah Sawyer and Benjamin Seabury. The estate was appraised at 88 pounds, 14 shillings, 0 pence, by George Peirce, Samuel Tompkins, and William Hunt. No real estate was included in the inventory.  The will says[5]:
In the Name of God amen I William Ladd being in Good and
perfect Min and Memory praises be God for It doe Maike
And ordain this my preasent Last will and testament in maner
and forme following that is to Say first and principally I Commeted
My Soul Into the hands of all Mighty God hoping through the
Merits dethe and a passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and
free pardon and forgiveness of all My sins and to Inherit Ever lasting
Life and my bodey I Commit to the Earth to be deasently buried at the
discretion of My Executor hear after Named and as touching the
disposition of all Such temporal Estate as it haath pleased all mighty God
to bestow upon me I Give and dispose their of as followeth.

Item It is my will that all my Just debts and funeral Charges Shall be
paid and discharged.

Item I give unto My Son Joseph Ladd ------------------------ 00-05-00
Item I give  unto My Son Samuel Ladd ----------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Sary Ladd --------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Mary Seabury -----------------00-05-00
Item I give unto My  daughter presclar Manchester --------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Elezebeth ????? ---------------00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Catron Ladd ------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Lydia Ladd -------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter ruth Ladd ---------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My grandson nathanell Ladd } --------------00-05-00
  Son to my son William Ladd                         }

All he rest of My Estate whatsoever I give unto my Loving wif
Elezebeth Ladd Making her full and sole Executor of this my Last will
and testament
and I doe hearby revoke, disanull and make void all former wills and tes-
tament by Me here to for Maid.  In Witness whereof I the sd william ladd
to this My Last will and testament Set my hand and seall In the year of our
Lord one thousand Seven hundred twenty and nine and on the 13 day
of august.                                                       his
Signed Sealed and Delivrd               William X Ladd  {seal}
In the pressents of us                                   mark
Josiah Sawyer
Samuell Seabury
Benjamin Seabury

1. Warren Ladd, The Ladd Family, A Genealogical and Biographical Memoir (New Bedford, Mass.: Edmund Anthony & Sons, 1890), page 289-290, #3958 William Ladd family sketch.

2. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families ( Little Compton, R.I.: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967), pages 389-390, William Ladd family sketch.

3. Warren Ladd, The Ladd Family, A Genealogical and Biographical Memoir, pages 287-289, #3956 Joseph Ladd family sketch.

4. 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), in Volume 4, Newport County Births, Marriages, Deaths, Little Compton Marriages and Intentions, page 38 (image 405 of 691), William Ladd and Elizabeth Tompkins marriage entry, 17 February 1696; accessed on "Rhode Island (U.S.) Vital Records Abstracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 11 January 2023).

5. "Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, Bristol County > Probate Records, Kirby, Thankful - Lake, Squire, images 968-973 of 1439, William Ladd Probate Papers, 1729 .


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