Deacon John Seabury, Sr

  • Birth 1674 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 17 Dec 1759 Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Burial Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 80522446

Dea. John Seabury, the unrecorded youngest child of Dr. Samuel Seabury and Patience Kemp, b. at Duxbury, Mass. By inference from his stated age at death, he was b. AFTER Dec. 17, 1673.[*1] An earlier son named John was b. of record Nov. 7, 1670 to Dr. Samuel and Patience, but d. of record Mar. 18, 1671/72 [Dux. VRs.]

On Oct. 22, 1695 at Duxbury, Samuel Seabury, Jr., called a copper [barrel maker] with consent of his wife Abigail [nee Allen], sold to his younger brother John Seabury, also called a cooper, seventy acres of upland and meadow at a place called the Brick Kilns, on the south side of the North River in Duxbury [Plym. County Deeds, 2:14.] As John did not marry his only wife Elizabeth Alden until 1697, a reasonable surmise would be that Oct. 22, 1695 was synonymous with or very soon after the day Dea. John Seabury had reached majority age of 21, thus actually b. on or shortly before Oct. 22, 1674.

The following is further necessary to prove the Seabury family associations. Dea. John Seabury's mother Patience died in Oct. 1676 and his father m. 2) Apr. 4, 1677 at Duxbury, Martha Pabodie, by whom he had two more children - Joseph and Martha. Dr. Samuel Seabury d. testate Aug. 5, 1681 at Duxbury with his estate probated in Oct. 1681. In his will, Dr. Seabury named his living children in descending age order (Elizabeth, Sarah, Samuel, Hannah, John, Joseph and Martha) leaving son John "my birding peece and my muskett." In addition, "In order to bringing up of my children, especially the three youngest, Now Borne" (i.e., John, Joseph and Martha), Dr. Seabury gave his wife Martha a full third part of his estate. Dr. Seabury appointed wife Martha sole executrix and brothers-in-law William Pabodie and Rodolphus Thacher overseers of his estate. On July 7, 1682, Rodolphus Thacher, half-brother of Dr. Seabury's deceased wife Patience Kemp, was appointed guardian of Patience's two youngest children, dau. Hannah and son John. [Plym. Court Orders, VI:91.]

Later on Oct. 31, 1682 at Duxbury, John Wadsworth was appointed guardian of then 16 year old Samuel Seabury, Jr. [ibid, VI:97.] In Oct. 1695 either the same John Wadsworth, former guardian of said Samuel, or the former's son of the same name called John Wadsworth Jr., was the first witness to the above cited deed at Duxbury from Samuel Seabury, Jr. and wife Abigail to brother John.

Dr. Seabury's sister Sarah was the wife of Joseph Horbin of St. Michael's Parish, in Barbados. His will and estate was probated in St. Michael's in 1692. His widow Sarah d. testate in St.Michael's and probated in 1697. In her will she left a bequest to "Samuel, Elizabeth, Hannah, John, Joseph and Mark [sic Martha] Seabury my six cousins in Duxbury in New England." [NEHGR 67(1913):363]

On Feb. 26, 1708/9, Joseph Childs of Marshfield, bricklayer, and Elizabeth his wife "who is the Daughter of Mr. Samuel Seabery & Patience his wife...which said Patience was the Daughter & sole heire of Mr. William Kemp formerly of Duxbury" petitioned the Plymouth Probate Court against John Seabury, son of Samuel, "now of Norwich in the Colony of Conecticott," alleging Patience as sole heir to her father inherited fourscore acres of upland and a parcell of meadow land on the North River at the "Brickills in Mattakeset in Duxbury," and should have been divided in five parts among her children Samuel (two shares as eldest), John, Elizabeth and Hannah, but John Seabery, who was in possession of the property, would not allow it to be divided. Joseph and Elizabeth Childs sold their rights to the property of both Dr. Samuel and Patience Seabury's individual estates to Elizabeth (Seabury) Child's brother Samuel Seabury, Jr. on May 1, 1707 [Plym. Co. LR, 12:4, as cited in MD 41(1991):139].

On Dec. 9, 1697 of record at Duxbury, Conn. (also recorded at Groton, Conn.), John Seabury m. Elizabeth Alden, dau. of David,2 Alden (John1, Mayflower) and Mary Southworth of Duxbury. Like all of Elizabeth's siblings, a record of her date of birth is not to be found. However, her extant gravestone infers she was b. AFTER Jan. 4, 1676/7.[*2]

Although all of their known children are recorded only at Groton, Conn., in order for John Seabury to have been in possession of his mother's inherited land during the first decade of the 1700s he must have been residing at Duxbury where likely the three eldest children were actually born. John and wife Elizabeth joined the Stonington, Conn. Cong. Church Apr. 9, 1704, and one week later on Apr. 16, 1704 their eldest two surviving children, David and Patience, were baptized. This was followed on July 9, 1704 with the baptism of the second son to be named John. Then on Nov. 29, 1704 John and wife Elizabeth were dismissed from Stonington to the Cong. Church at Groton, Conn. [Stonington Ch. Recs.] where John became a longstanding Deacon of that church. However, none of the children born after 1704 have extant baptism records at the Groton church.

The eight children of the family are:

• i. David Seabury, b. Jan. 16, 1698/9; bp. Apr. 16, 1704 at Stonington; m. Jan. 3, 1726/27 at Duxbury, Mass., Abigail Seabury, his 1st cousin, dau. of Elder Samuel Seabury, Jr., the older brother of David's father Dea. John Seabury; relocated to N. Yarmouth, Maine where David and Abigail joined the N. Yarmouth Cong. Ch., May 9, 1731 as members No. 16 & 17. Eight children of the family, the oldest son b. at Duxbury, the next five at N. Yarmouth, and 2 youngest at Boston, Mass. Per the N. Yarmouth Church Records, David d. at Groton, Conn. circa 1762 and wife Abigail at Boston in 1763. Only s. Samuel, b. at N. Yarmouth in 1741, left Seabury surnamed descendants.

• ii. John Seabury, b. Nov. 25, 1700; d. in infancy Nov. 25, 1700.

• iii. Patience Seabury, b. May 5, 1702, bp Apr. 16, 1704 at Stonington; m. Joseph Latham at Groton, Conn., Nov. 28, 1722.

• iv. John Seabury, Jr., b. May 22, 1704, bp. July 9, 1704 at Stonington; d. intestate at New London in Dec. 1744; m. circa 1733 Esther Rogers, widow of Benjamin Shapley, by whom he had three children. The widow Esther m. 3) May 30, 1747 at New London, Jonathan Copp, Jr. of Stonington, Conn.

• v. Rev. Samuel Seabury, b. July 8, 1706; d. June 15, 1764 at Hampstead, NY; m. 1) Abigail Mumford and 2) Elizabeth Powell, who survived him.

• vi. Mary Seabury, b. Nov. 11, 1708; d. Nov. 13, 1807 at New London, Conn.; m. Jonathan Starr, Jr., Oct. 10, 1728 at Groton, Conn., who d. at New London Feb. 18, 1795. Eight children of the family.

• vii. Sarah Seabury, b. Mar. 16, 1709/10; m. Sept. 24, 1747 at Groton as his 2nd wife, William Morgan, Jr. No children of the marriage have been uncovered.

• viii. Nathaniel Seabury, b. July 31, 1720; m. Michal ---. Had sons Nathaniel (d.y.) and David, latter who died as part of the America garrison of Fort Griswold massacred by British troops in the Rev. War.

Dea. John Seabury d. Dec. 17, 1759, "aged" 86,[*1] at Hampstead, NY while visiting the family of his son Rev. Samuel Seabury, Rector of St. George's Church, and was buried at his son's church cemetery. No probate record can be found for him in Conn. Nassau County, NY was incorporated from the eastern portion of Queens County in 1899 and no probate record has been found for him among the extant Queens County records. His widow Elizabeth d. without known probate record at Stonington, Conn. Jan. 4, 1771, Æ 94 (g.s.)

[*1] Age at death per Rev. Wm. B. Moore's History of St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. (1881, p. 87.)
[*2] Susan Rossiter's statement, with caveat "?", that Elizabeth was b. Apr. 9, 1675, is not possible. [Mayflower Increasings (1995, p. 63). Elizabeth's extant 1771 gravestone inscription at Stonington, Conn. infers she was b. AFTER Jan. 4, 1676/77.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 80522446
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