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Ebenezer Meigs, Sr

Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1711 (aged 35-36)
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: betw. Scotland and Boston
Memorial ID 116779737 · View Source
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Ebenezer Meigs, 3rd s. of Dea. John Meigs, Jr. and Sarah Wilcoxson, b. Sept. 19, 1675 of record at Guilford, Conn. He died at sea returning from Scotland prior to May 30, 1712, the date of his father's will. Most genealogies use the year 1711 as the likely year of his death and for conformity has been used in this memorial.

On Oct. 7, 1700 Ebenezer m. Mercy Weeks, dau. of William Weeks, Jr. and Mercy Robinson of Falmouth, Mass. The marriage is recorded only at Guilford (TR 1:3) and reads:

• Ebenezer Meigs of guilford [and] Mercy Weeks of falmouth m. 7 Oct. 1700, By Mr shearJashup Bourn Justis of Peac

Shearjashub Bourn(e) resided at Sandwich, Mass. and was a Justice of the Peace for western Barnstable County, Mass. Mercy was the fifth of eight children of her parents, b. at Falmouth, Mass. Apr. 24, 1679. At the time of the marriage, her father was still living at Falmouth and it is likely the marriage took place at Falmouth. Mercy was the maternal grand-dau. of the immigrant Isaac Robinson and his 1st wife Margaret Hanford, and gr. grand-dau. of Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims, and his wife Bridget White, both late of Leiden, Holland.

The will of Dea. John Meigs of Guilford, Ebenezer's father, dated May 30, 1712, includes the following provisions:

• Item. I give to my three grandchildren Ebenezer, Ruben and Joseph Meigs [various parcels of land and marsh]...I give to my two granddaughters Thankful and Mercy Meigs for equal share to them...
• Item. I give to my daughter in-law Mercy Meigs for her use and improvement only all the above marsh and land before given to Ebenezer, Ruben, Joseph and Thankful Meigs during her remaining a widow or until they shall become of lawful age.

As young adults all five children would later appear at greater Falmouth, Mass., but whether they left Guilford with their widowed mother has not been uncovered. If Mercy remarried the name of her 2nd husband has not been uncovered nor the date of her death.

The known children of Ebenezer Meigs and Mercy Weeks are individually recorded in Guilford's Town Book 1 (Book 1 is not included in the Barbour version of the Guilford VRs). In some cases, the Meigs Genealogy misrepresents the children's marriages while adding to their subsequent families non-existent children or excludes their actual children:

• i. Thankful Meigs, b. Sept. 25, 1701; m. by an intention pub. June 7, 1719 at Falmouth, Mass., Samuel Fish, s. of Nathan Fish and Deborah Barnes, b. Feb 2, 1692/3 at Falmouth. Eight children of the family.

• ii. Ebenezer Meigs, Jr., b. June 1, 1703; resided at Rochester, Mass.; m. 1) by early 1727 an unknown Rachel by whom he had six children. She d. Nov 28, 1738 at Rochester. He m. 2) by an intention pub. at Rochester May 26, 1739, Bathsheba Snow (a widow?), by whom he had three additional children.

• iii. Mercy Meigs, b. Dec. 11, 1705, d. Jan. 3, 1788 at Falmouth, Mass. (g.s.); m. 1) before 1730, her much older cousin John Weeks, Jr., s. of John Weeks and Mary Rowley, b. Aug. 18, 1678 at Falmouth, by whom she had one child, dau. Thankful (Solomon Davis). He d. intestate before July 20, 1732 when administration of his estate was granted to the widow Mercy; m. 2) June 25, 1733 at Falmouth, Noah Davis, s. John and Hannah Davis, b. July 18, 1707 at Falmouth, by whom she had five children. He d. July 25, 1787 at Falmouth (g.s.)

• iv. Reuben Meigs, b. Oct. 21, 1707; m. Oct. 10, 1732 at Barnstable (by Rev. Jonathan Russel) Rebecca Jones, by whom he had six children, the eldest five b. of record at Barnstable: Mary (Reuben Fish), Hannah, Mercy (Wm. Goodspeed), Josiah and Matthew (Jean). The last child, son Ralph (Temperance Crocker), is not of direct birth record but has a stated date of birth in his family listing at Sandwich, Mass.

• v. Joseph Meigs, b. Nov. 17, 1709, m. Aug. 25, 1732 at Falmouth per the marriage record, Martha Chadwick; seven children recorded and/or bapt. at Falmouth: Thankful (d.y. with g.s.), Mary (Gen. Joseph Dimmick), Benjamin (Ruth Jenkins), Joseph, Jabez (Lurana Dimmick), Martha (Jabez Robinson) and Thankful (Ebenezer Hatch).

The Meigs Genealogy gives Ebenezer and Mercy a sixth child, son Beriah, who purportedly d. in 1712. However, unlike the five recorded children no child named Beriah is included in the Guilford town record, no such child is included in Dea. Meigs' will, and the name Beriah is not carried forward in Ebenezer Meigs' descendant family.

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  • Added: 8 Sep 2013
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ebenezer Meigs, Sr (19 Sep 1675–1711), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116779737, ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) Body lost at sea, who reports a betw. Scotland and Boston.