Saturday, February 11, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Write a Short Life Sketch of an Ancestor Living in 1900

 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)  The year is 1900. Choose an ancestor who was living in that year and write a short life sketch (no more than 300 words).*

2) Tell us about it 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.

*  Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this challenge.

Here's mine:

My chosen ancestor is Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), one of my great-grandfathers (my father's mother's father).

Thomas Richman was born on 10 June 1848 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England, the first child of James and Hannah (Rich) Richman.  He was baptized 16 June 1848 in St. Michael's church in Hilperton.  The James Richman family changed their surname to Richmond after they migrated to the United States in 1855/6, so he was listed as Thomas Richmond in almost all American records.

James Richman emigrated from England to New England in 1855, and Hannah and their five children emigrated on in the Ship Osprey, boarding in Bristol, England and arriving in New York City on 14 November 1856.  The family settled in Burrillville, Rhode Island, where Thomas attended school.  They moved to Putnam, Connecticut before 1868.

Thomas Richmond (age 21, born England, resides Killingly CT) married Juliet E. White (age 20, born Killingly, resides Killingly) in Killingly, Connecticut on 20 June 1868 by Minister Austin Robbins.  They had nine children born between 1870 and 1885, all in Killingly.  

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Thomas worked in a woolen mill in Stonington, Connecticut; in 1880 he was an overseer in a woolen mill in Killingly.  Thomas Richmond of Killingly, Connecticut became a citizen of the United States on 10 September 1890 at a Superior Court held in Putnam, Windham County before the Hon. S.A. Robinson, Judge.  

The family moved to Leominster, Massachusetts before 1895.  In the 1900 U.S. Census, he was an overseer in a woolen mill in Leominster, and in 1910 he was a carder in a woolen mill back in Killingly.  Juliet died in 1913 in Killingly.

Thomas Richmond died 9 November 1917 in Clinton, Massachusetts, at the home of his daughter, Annie (Richmond) Pickford.  Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond are buried in Grove Street Cemetery, in Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut.  He died intestate, and the Worcester County Probate Records show  no real estate and a personal estate of $509. There were five living children listed as heirs-at-law.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 February 2023

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

As of 10 February 2023, there are 3,182 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 149,330 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 148,505 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 434,921 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 434,454 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 124,239 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 122,976 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 192,872 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 189,241 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 67,849 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 48,410 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2023

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 826,674 indexed records with 345,342 record images (was 825,109 records with 344,600 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,730,612 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,714,258 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 35,786 indexed records with 13,053 record images (was 35,135 records with 12,722 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,640,861 indexed records with 836,641 record images (was 1,637,193 records with 834,879 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,678,538 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,665,520 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 632,752 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 630,524 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,096 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,496,857 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (; 287,964 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 275,186 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,479,582 indexed records with 934,470 record images (was 7,465,357 records with 932,554 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,853,236 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,830,987 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023

Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906  (; Index only (719,358 records), no images (was 719,358 records with 0 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850       (; 437,710 indexed records with 413,517 record images (was 437,710 records with 413,517 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,135,994 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,133,358 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,153,552 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,151,362 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,984,569 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,505 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023

Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (; 249,020 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 239,892 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,266,819 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,266,748 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,051,451 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,049,064 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,257,975 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,257,959 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 05-Feb-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 129,034 indexed records with 8,686 record images (was 68,376 records with 4,660 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023

Find A Grave Index      (; 225,755,298 indexed records with 225,755,298 record images (was 224,636,349 records with 224,636,349 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 30,406 indexed records with 18,460 record images (was 62 records with 31 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1876  (; 24,160 indexed records with 1,387 record images (was 12,478 records with 568 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1891  (; 54,033 indexed records with 2,918 record images (was 49,682 records with 1,590 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876      (; 72,458 indexed records with 1,638 record images (was 69,098 records with 1,580 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 1,036 indexed records with 1,026 record images (was 817 records with 807 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Germany, Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1580-1974       (; 222,735 indexed records with 134,254 record images (was 208,840 records with 124,407 images), UPDATED 04-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,046,557 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,045,897 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008    (; 442,411 indexed records with 346,985 record images (was 442,408 records with 346,982 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 245,809 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 245,459 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006     (; 4,543,783 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,537,845 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 1,250,496 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 1,240,293 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 1,063,753 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 1,061,599 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 355,919 indexed records with 63 record images (was 355,871 records with 63 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 714,259 indexed records with 1,312 record images (was 710,155 records with 1,312 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023

Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 283,695 indexed records with 18,271 record images (was 283,693 records with 18,271 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900     (; 24,259 indexed records with 13,791 record images (was 22,824 records with 5,316 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 12,735,387 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 12,329,591 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 06-Feb-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 14,960 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 14,576 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 19,241 indexed records with 6,296 record images (was 19,203 records with 6,284 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 3,912 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 3,853 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,737,736 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,732,994 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,268,794 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,243,923 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,024,219 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,022,990 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,568,961 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,568,959 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 05-Feb-2023

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 823,217 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,205 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (515,444 records), no images (was 494,608 records with 0 images), UPDATED 06-Feb-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 8,940 indexed records with 8,920 record images (was 8,863 records with 8,844 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,745,248 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,730,152 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Poland, Church Books, 1568-1990 (; 11,392,410 indexed records with 1,151,120 record images (was 9,582,978 records with 777,129 images), UPDATED 05-Feb-2023

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,075,299 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,075,075 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,333,165 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,332,124 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 270,732 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 270,292 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2023
Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934   (; 7,729,848 indexed records with 1,909,956 record images (was 6,405,362 records with 1,909,956 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918    (; 1,527,549 indexed records with 3,278,129 record images (was 846,696 records with 3,278,129 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 21,921,868 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 21,919,749 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 06-Feb-2023
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 1,996,255 indexed records with 196,701 record images (was 1,704,521 records with 166,693 images), UPDATED 05-Feb-2023
Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990   (; 35,081 indexed records with 33,965 record images (was 33,545 records with 33,965 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2023
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 52,123,098 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 52,123,098 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (589,626 records), no images (was 583,067 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 977,285 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 976,851 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 45,441 indexed records with 25,467 record images (was 42,711 records with 24,106 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2023
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 1,711,973 indexed records with 91,534 record images (was 1,711,719 records with 91,528 images), UPDATED 07-Feb-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 73,227 indexed records with 139,390 record images (was 73,227 records with 138,335 images), last updated 20-Jan-2023
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,697 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,621 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 302,296 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 298,336 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 363,752 indexed records with 362,462 record images (was 363,752 records with 362,444 images), last updated 18-Jan-2023
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960   (; 3,269,031 indexed records with 2,315,886 record images (was 3,269,031 records with 2,247,208 images), last updated 18-Oct-2022

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 153,717 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 152,163 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 913,103 indexed records with 10,908 record images (was 913,103 records with 15,588 images), last updated 18-Jan-2023
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 275,911 indexed records with 136,249 record images (was 275,911 records with 157,612 images), last updated 29-Sep-2022
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 220,383 record images (was 527,525 records with 222,572 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans, Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels, 1807-1860 (; 115,467 indexed records with 14,618 record images (was 115,467 records with 14,627 images), last updated 26-Sep-2020
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 4,145 record images (was 154,219 records with 5,768 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,359 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,560 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,179,954 indexed records with 67,378 record images (was 1,179,954 records with 76,726 images), last updated 18-Jan-2023
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,610,993 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,122 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022


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, February 10, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 February 2023

  The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from  4 to 10 February 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Italy, Mauerstein family papers, 1947-1948 (USHMM); indexed records without record images,   ADDED 2/9/2023

Idaho, U.S., Birth Records, 1861-1919, Stillbirth Index, 1905-1967; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/8/2023

Idaho, U.S., Marriage Records, 1863-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/8/2023

*  Idaho, U.S., Divorce Records, 1947-1969;I indexed records with record images, Updated 2/8/2023

*  Idaho, U.S., Death Records, 1890-1971; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/8/2023

Berkshire, England, World War II Related Miscellaneous Records, 1939-1971; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/8/2023

Maine, U.S., Records of the Togus National Home for Disabled Veterans, 1874-1938; indexed records without record images, ADDED 2/8/2023

Berkshire, England, World War II Home Guard Records, 1943-1958; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/8/2023

Berkshire, England, World War II Civil Defence Records, 1939-1945; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/8/2023

Berkshire, England, World War II Evacuation Records, 1939-1945; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/8/2023

South Carolina, U.S., Death Records, 1821-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/6/2023

New Zealand, Birth Index, 1840-1950; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/6/2023

Kensington and Chelsea, Church of England Parish Chest Records, 1597-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/6/2023

Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City, Nevada), 1886-92; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/6/2023


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 33,275 collections available as of 10 February, an increase of 8 from last week. 


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52 Ancestors - Week 467: #744 Stephen Hazard (1665-1727) of North and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Stephen Hazard (1665-1727)  is #744 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #745 Elizabeth Helme (1677-1727)  in about 1694 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #372 Thomas Hazard (17071748), married #373 Hannah Slocum (1710-1737), in 1727.
*  their son #186 Stephen Hazard (1730-1804), married #187 Elizabeth Carpenter (1741-????) in 1760.
*  their daughter #93 Mary Hazard (1765-1857), married # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) 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:                    Stephen Hazard[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:    Stephen Hassard[3]

*  Sex:                       Male

*  Father:                   Robert Hazard 1628-1710
*  Mother:                 Mary Brownell 1639-1740

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

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

*  Death:                    29 September 1727 (about age 62), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Probate:                 9 October 1727 (about age 62), will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]

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

* Spouse 1:                Elizabeth Helme 1677-1727
*  Marriage 1:            about 1694 (about age 29), North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1–2]

*  Child 1:                 Mary Hazard 1695-    
*  Child 2:                 Hannah Hazard 1697-    
*  Child 3:                 Susannah Hazard 1699-1756
*  Child 4:                 Stephen Hazard 1700-1746
*  Child 5:                 Robert Hazard 1702-1751
*  Child 6 :                Samuel Hazard 1705-    
*  Child 7 :                Thomas Hazard 1707-1748
*  Child 8:                 Elizabeth Hazard 1709-1774
*  Child 9:                 Sarah Hazard 1711-    

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

Stephen Hazard was born in about 1665 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the son of Robert and Mary (Brownell) Hazard[1].

He married Elizabeth Helme (1677-1727) in about 1694 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island[1-2].  She was the daughter of Rouse and Mary (Eldred) Helme. They had nine children, all born, and seven of the nine recorded, in North Kingstown town records:

*  Mary Hazard (1695-????).
*  Hannah Hazard (1697-????), married 1717 Joseph Mumford (1691-????)
*  Susannah Hazard (1699-1756), married 1718 Samuel Perry (1695-1775).
*  Stephen Hazard (1700-1746), married 1723 Mary Robinson (1703-1780).
*  Robert Hazard (1702-1751), married 1728 Esther Stanton (1708-????).
*  Samuel Hazard (1705-????), married 1730 Abigail Mumford (1705-????)
*  Thomas Hazard (1707-1748), married 1727 Hannah Slocum (1710-1737).
*  Elizabeth Hazard (1709-1774), married 1729 Benjamin Perry (1700-1772).
*  Sarah Hazard (1711-????).

The book The Hazard Family of Rhode Island, 1635-1894, published in 1895, included information about this family[1].
"§ 8. STEPHEN HAZARD, 3 (Robert, 2 ; Thomas, 1). The date of his birth is not known; he died September 29, 1727. He was an active and enterprising spirit in the affairs of the Colony. A large landholder, he early in the century saw the possibilities for water-power in North Kingstown, and bought large tracts of land so situated as to control the power, near Bissell's (now Hamilton) Mills. It is possible that he built the mill, that was after his death owned by his son Thomas. He was admitted freeman in the Colony in 1696, but previously to this date (in 1687) he was taxed in Kingstown. In 1702,'06,'08/'09, '15, he was Deputy; in 1707, '08, '19, '20, '21, '22, he was Assistant. In 1707 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Kingstown : this office gave him the title of Judge, by which he is known by his descendants. In 1715 he was allowed 18s. by the Assembly for running the line between Eldred's purchase and Hall's purchase.

"On January 14, 1692, his father Robert gave him by deed 'all my rights in Point Judith Neck, in Pettaquamscutt Purchase, being one seventh part of the land, except one hundred acres, and the Little Neck, so called, next Boston Neck.' There was, as far as can be determined at this date, about three hundred acres of this land. In 1710 he bought land of Samuel Clarke, one hundred acres for  £150. On July 9, 1713, Francis Brinley, 'for the sum of £200 in silver, at eight shillings the ounce, to me paid by Stephen Hazard,' sells one moiety, or half-part of a tract of land, containing one hundred acres."
Stephen Hazard, yeoman of South Kingstown,  died testate on 29 September 1727 in South Kingstown, having written a will dated 19 September 1727, which was proved 9 October 1727[3].  The will reads:
"In the name of God amen.  The Ninteenth day of September Anno Domini 1727.  Stephen Hassard of South Kingstown In his Majesty's Colony of Rhode Island and providence plantation in New England yeoman, being weak of body but of perfect mind and Memory thanks be given unto God therefore.  Calling into mind the mortality of My Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die, do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament - that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul unto the Hands of god that gave it, and my body I do Recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian buriall, at the Discretions of my Executors hereafter Named - and as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased god to bless me with in this Life, I give Demise and dispose of the Same in the Manner and forme Following Viz.

"Imprimus.  I give unto my well beloved Son Stephen Hassard Whome I Likewise Constitute make and Ordain my Executor of this my Last will and Testament a Certain parcel of Land where I now live in point Judah Neck in South Kingstown in the Colony afore Said by my Estimation one hundred and fifty acres, Bounded as followeth viz; Easterly on the Salt Sea Southerly on land in the occupation of Nathaniel Niles Westerly on Land belonging to the Heirs of Jeffrey Champlin of Said town Deceased Northerly on a Stone Wall that Runs from the Sea a Cross my homestead Meadow Westerly and So as the sd Wall Ranges across my homestead Pasture with all the housing thereon to him his heirs and assignes for ever.  Provided my sd Son Stephen Hassard pay unto my Son Samuel Hassard fifty pounds and my Daughter Hannah Mumford fifty pounds within one year after my Decease out of his own Estate in Lew of Said Land.

"Item.  I also give to my Said Son Stephen Hassard fifty acres of land in the Northwest Corner of my sd Homestead farme bounded Southerly on Said Land Belonging to the heirs of the sd Jeffry Champlin Deceased Westerly on Land belonging to George Hassard Junr Northerly on Land in the Occupation of William Robinson Easterly on the Remaining part of my said Homestead farm which said fifty acres of Land I gave to my Said Son Stephen Hassard his heirs and assigns for ever he paying to the Colony when Said Land Lies Mortgaged to the Colony for.

"Item.  I give to my well beloved Son Robert Hassard whom I Likewise Constitute make and Ordain My Last will and Testament a certain parcell of Land being the Remaining part of my homestead farm where I now live in point Judah Neck in South Kingstown aforesd bounded Easterly partly on the Salt Sea and partly on land in the occupation of Danll McCoone Southerly partly on the afore Mentioned Stone wall and partly on Land belonging to the Heirs of the said Jeffrey Champlin Deceased Westerly partly on the Land belonging to the heirs of the sd Jeffrey Champlin Deceased and partly on the afore Mentioned fifty acres given to my said Son Stephen Hassard, and Northerly partly on land in the Occupation of William Robinson and partly on Land in the Occupation of Danll McCoone to him his heirs and assigns for ever provided he pay unto my Son Samuel Hassard one hundred and fifty pounds Out of his own estate in Lew thereof in one year after my Decease.

"Item.  I give to my Said Son Robt Hassard my Negro man Servant Called Long Jo: to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

"Item.  I give to my well Beloved Son Samuel Hassard a Certain parcell of Land Scituate Lying and being in North Kingstown in the Colony aforesd Called Middleport Neck containing by Estimation Two hundred acres be it more or Less butted and bounded as followeth - Northerly on the Salt water Bay Easterly on the Salt water partly and partly on a beach, southerly on the Salt water partly and partly on the Mill River Westerly on the Land in the Occupation of John Pender to him his heirs and assigns for Ever also I give unto my said Son Samuel Hassard a Certain parcell of Land in sd town bounded Northerly on a brook Called and Known by the Name of Cousinses Brook Easterly on Land Late of Thomas Eldred Deceased Southerly on Capt. Benoni Sweet's Land and Westerly on a highway on Country Roade to him his heirs and assignes for ever.

"Item.  I also give to my said Son Samuel Hassard the one half of my Meadow and Pasture Land which I have on the gual (?) Island Lying in the Point Judah ponds in South Kingstown aforesd Called by the name of Mumford's Island being the Westernmost part of my said right on said Island Bounded Northerly and Westerly on the Salt water Easterly on the Remaining part of my said Land on said Island Southerly partly on the Land of Jahleel Bunton Esqr and partly on the Salt water to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

"Item.  I give to my beloved son Thomas Hassard a Certain parcell of Land lying and being in sd North Kingstown Containing by Estimation three hundred Acres be it more or less bounded Northerly partly on Coles harbor so called and partly on Samuel Slocumbs Land and the Mill pond and partly on a Driftway and Thomas Places Land Easterly on sd Coles harbor Southerly on William Coles Land partly and partly on Land late of Thomas Eldredes Decesed and partly on the said Cousinses Brook Westerly partly on the Country Roade and partly on the said Thomas Places Land to him his heirs and assignes for ever.

"Item.  I also give to my son Thomas Hassard all my Remaining part of my Said Land Lying in said Mumford's Island (so called) being the Easternmost half of said Land on the Said Island bounded Northerly and Easterly on the Salt Water Southerly on Land belonging to Jahleel Bunton Esqr westerly on the halfe part before given to my Said Son Samuel Hassard to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

"Item.  I also give to my well beloved Son Samuel Hassard My Negro man Servant Called Short Jo: and my Negro woman Servt Called Megg to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

"Item.  I also give to my well beloved Son Thomas Hassard my Negro Boy Servt called Jeffery to him his heirs and assigns for ever.

"Item.  I give to my well beloved Daughter Hannah Mumford Two hundred and fifty pounds in Money to be paid by My Executor out of my Moveable Estate within one year after my Decese.

"Item.  I give to my well beloved Daughter Susannah Perry two Hundred and fifty pounds in money to be paid by my Executor within one year after my Decease.

"Item.  I give to my well beloved Daughter Elisabeth Hassard Six hundred pounds in Money to be paid by my Executors within one year after my Decease.

"Item.  I give to my well beloved Daughter Sarah Hassard Six hundred pounds in Money to be paid by my Executors out of my Moveable Estate when she shall attaine to the age of Eighteen years or Day of Marriage wch shall first happen.

"Also my will is that the Legacies given by me to my two Daughters Susannah Perry and my Daughter Elizabeth Hassard be paid out of my Moveable Estate and also hereby utterly Disallow Revoke And Disannul all and every other former Testament wills Legacies and bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before Named willed and bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament.  In Witness where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seale the Day and yeare above written.  Also my will is that my Son Robert Hassard pay to the Colony what that part of the land herein Given to him Lies Mortgaged to the Colony for.  Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the said Stephen Hassard as his Last will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers                                          Stephen Hassard (seal)
John Browning
Samll Mott
George Hassard Junr"
The witnesses appeared before the Court on 9 October 1727 and declared under oath that Stephen Hassard Esqr of South Kingstown deceased signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared this to be his last will and testament, and according to the best of their understanding that he was in a sound and disposing mind and memory and that they signed the will as witnesses in his presence.

An inventory of the extensive moveable estate of Stephen Hassard Esqr late of South Kingstown in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation was taken on the 3rd day of November 1727 by Dannll Macknoon, Robert Hassard and George Hassard Junr.  The inventory was apprized at 2,760 pounds, 18 shillings.  The inventory included[3]:

*  Wearing apparel - 40 pounds, 12 shillings
*  Paper money - 67 pounds
*  Silver money (3 ounces 2 grains) - 2 pounds, 8 shillings
*  Bonds for which the money is due on the next December 20th - 322 pounds
*  Several other bonds - 142 pounds, 15 shillings
*  Book debts - 126 pounds, 19 shillings, 1 pence
*  Money due by noted under hand - 40 pounds, 2 shillings
*  A Negro man servant named Jo: - 100 pounds
*  A Negro woman slave named Megg - 80 pounds
*  a Negro boy slave called Jeffery - 85 pounds

Kitchen ware, furniture, foodstuffs, supplies, livestock (swine, cattle, horse, oxen, sheep and lambs), fowl, were also itemized over five pages of items.

On 13 November 1727, the Court requested the executors to return to the Court after 12 months and provide a true account of their administration of the estate of Stephen Hassard late of Kingstown deceased.


1. Caroline Robinson Hazard, The Hazard Family of Rhode Island, 1635-1894 : Being a Genealogy and History of the Descendants of Thomas Hazard, With Sketches of the Worthies of This Family, and Anecdotes Illustrative of Their Traits and Also of the Times in which They Lived (Boston, Mass. : by the author, 1895), pages 11-12, #8 Stephen Hazard family sketch.

2. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 361, Stephen Hazard and Elizabeth Helme marriage entry, before 1695.

3. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Pages 78-87, Stephen Hazard probate papers, accessed on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,931,833.


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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