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Shubael Seaver

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: January 18, 1730 (90)
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Seaver and Elizabeth Seaver
Husband of Hannah Seaver (Wilson)
Father of Robert Seaver; Joseph Seaver; Hannah Gregory; Abigail Cole; Shubael Seaver and 1 other
Brother of Caleb Sever; Joshua Seaver; Elizabeth Craft; Nathaniel Seaver; Hannah Seaver and 1 other

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About Shubael Seaver

...He was granted significant parcels of land which were gradually sold during his lifetime & aft his death. "Shuball Seuer" was part of grp who ran lines bet Roxbury & Boston, Cambridge & Dedham 19Jan1657 [Robert J Dunkle & Ann S Lainhart, "Town Records of Roxbury, MA 1647-1730" Boston, New Eng Historic Genealogical Soc, 1997, p 20 [hereafter "Roxbury TR"]. Page numbers listed are from this book. However, quoted mat'l was transcribed from transcriptions of original records found in LDS microfilm 0,478,562].

24Feb1661, "Shewbell Seaver" was paid 16 shillings for "whels" [Roxbury TR, 33].

"Shuball Sever" was voted parcel of town land 18Jan1663 near his father's land, "to build a shopp upon for his trade, and fence in part of the Towne land to lay his timber in, so that it may not debarr the neighbours from goeing downe to water there cattle and when he leaves following his trade he is to take downe his howse and pull up his fence and let the land lye for the Towns use the neighbours thare abouts to agree upon the quanty and place" [Roxbury TR, 41].

Shubael & brother Caleb admitted to mbrship of 1st Church of Roxbury 1674, while Hannah was admitted 1671 [Roxbury CR].

3Feb1675, "Shewball Sever" was granted "small quantyty of land on the west side of stony river nere the now dwelling house of John Craft such a quantyty of land as the selectmen now chossen with the inhabitanc nere there about shall thinks fit to build a shop on and lay timber on, to carry on his trad of a wheel wright. this grant is upon condicion that a shop be built theron within two yers after the said land shalbe soe layd ought as aforesayd and he is hereby injoined to relinquish all former grants of land nere therabought" [Roxbury TR, 94].

13Jan1678, "Shuball Sevir" was chosen as 1 of 3 men to make coffins for yr following [Roxbury TR, 103].

22Feb1682, "there was a grant of a parcell off land absolutely to Shuball Seaver lying before his door among the rocks which was graunted conditionally, the Neighbourhood consenting and the Selectmen staking out the same" [Roxbury TR, 130].  

After his father's death, Shubael rec'd portion of estate. He is named as receiving all of salt marsh. Will also provided estate of Robert Seaver, which he had given liberty to his widow to use, would be divided amg Robert's 4 children aft her death [Suffolk Co Probate Records, 6.416, LDS Microfilm 0,584,128].

"Shubal Seaver," planter of Roxbury, & Hannah his wife sold land in Roxbury to John Parker, planter of Roxbury, for 16 pounds sterling. Land was abt 6 acres near Boston called "Boston Field", & was bounded by widow Beameslyes on north, widow Bigges on SE, great swamp on west, & Mr Coalburne's marsh on east [Suffolk Co Deeds 14:161, recorded 2Jun1687, LDS Microfilm 0,493,936].

Bill was paid to "Shuball Sever" for 2 coffins for Eliezer May & his wife & child, 14Dec1688, in amt of 15 shillings [Roxbury TR, 110].

"Subael Seavers" of Roxbury, yeoman, sold 20 acres of land in Roxbury to Robert Thompson of London, represented by William Stoughton, for 30 pounds current money. Land consisted of pasture lying near Stony Brook in Roxbury, bounded eastward by land of Deacon William Garey, southward by land of Isaac Curtice, westward by land of Caleb Seaver, & northward by hiway to Dedham. Deed was dated 2Mar1689 [Suffolk Co Deeds 15:64, recorded 21Mar1689/90, LDS Microfilm 0,493,937].

"Shuball Sever" of Roxbury, wheelwright, sold messuage, tenement & land in Roxbury on which he dwelt, plus 3 acres of adjoining land, to George Clark of Boston, glover, for 25 pounds. Land was located in Stony Riv, & was bounded on north by land of John Curtis, on west by land of John Pike, on south & east by hiway or country rd. Deed is dated 1Nov1690 [Suffolk Co Deeds 15:199,  recorded 24Aug1692, LDS Microfilm 0,493,937].
"Subael Sever" Sr of Roxbury, wheelwright, sold 5 acres of woodland in Roxbury to John Davis Sr of Roxbury for 9 pounds. Land was near to Bear Marsh, bounded to east by lands of John Davis, north by lands of Thomas Morey, west by land of Caleb Seaver, & south by lands of Joseph Baron. Deed was signed 4Oct1692 [Suffolk Co Deeds 16:50, recorded 28Mar1693, LDS Microfilm 0,493,937]. 

"Shobal Sever" of Roxbury sold land in Roxbury to John Davis Sr of Roxbury for 12 pounds in current money. Land was NE end of 2 lots in 2nd division of land in Roxbury, nigh to mansion house of John Davis. It comprised 6 1/2 acres. Another lot was in SW end of another lot in 1st division of Roxbury, comprising 2 acres adjoining to 1st parcel. 2 parcels were bounded by land of John Davis, by land of Shoball Sever sold to Thomas Morey & now in possession of John Watson, on SW by land of Caleb Sever, land of Joseph Weld on NW, by head line running bet lands of 1st & 2nd division, & on NE by lands of heirs of Joseph Pepper, & by hiway to Bear Marsh on SE. Deed was dated 15Mar1692 [Suffolk Co Deeds 16:51, recorded 28Mar1693, LDS Microfilm 0,493,937].

Shubael & Hannah (Wilson) Seaver of Roxbury rec'd distribution from estate of Hannah's father, Nathaniel Wilson, 9Apr1694 from admins, Joseph Wilson & Nathaniel Wilson of Newtown. [Middlesex Co Deeds, 13:495, recorded 21Dec1703, LDS Microfilm 0,554,004]. "Shoball Sever" was paid 1 pound, 14 shillings 30May1694 for mending country bridges [Roxbury TR, 204].

Shubael Seaver kept Sarah Parker for some time. He was paid about 1 pound per quarter 17May1698-9May1700 for her maintenance & clothing [Roxbury TR, 229, 231-3]. "Shoball Sever" was on list in 1698 of those holding lots in Woodstock CT (which was settled by people from Roxbury). He held lot 62 in 3rd range comprised of 40 acres. ["Town of Roxbury Record of Houses & Lands, 1659-1716", p 87, LDS Microfilm 0,478,573].

In list of 22Sep1715, Shobaal Seever held 60 1/2 acres in lot 42 in 3rd range of 2nd division in Woodstock CT. Shubael Seaver of Roxbury, yeoman, sold 2 lots of land to Samuel Sewall & Peter Sergeant for 45 pounds current money 1Jul1694. 1 parcel was 16 acres of part arable land & part pasture bounded eastward by land of William Garey, southward by land of Isaac Curtis, westward by land of Caleb Seaver, & northward by hiway to Dedham. 2nd parcel of land contained 30 acres in 2nd division bounded to SE by land of Isaac Newell, NW by land of Caleb Seaver, NE by Joshua Child, & SW by 3rd division line [Suffolk Co Deeds 18:165, recorded 21May1698, LDS Microfilm 0,493,937].

Shubael Seaver, wheelwright, & wife Hannah deeded land in Roxbury 8Sep1700 to their son-in-law Edmond Cole, cordwainer of Roxbury, for "a godd and valuable sum in hand". Land contained 1/2 acre more or less, & was located on other side of way of now dwelling house of Shubael Seaver, & bounded north by land of William Heath, east by Stony Riv, south by land of heirs of John Craft, southerly by land of Shuball Sever, & westerly by hiway to Dedham. Deed was acknowledged by Shubael Seaver in 90th yr of his age 25Mar1727 [Suffolk Deeds 51:292, recorded 3Dec1735, LDS Microfilm 0,493,952]

Shubael Seaver, husbandman, & Hannah his wife sold 20 acres of land, being 13th lot in 2nd allotment of last division of outland in Roxbury, for 20 pounds current money to Isaac Newell of Roxbury 20Sep1700 [Suffolk Co Deeds 20:194, recorded 19Oct1700, LDS Microfilm 0,493,938]. "Shoball Sever" of Roxbury, wheelwright, & Hannah his wife sold 7 acres of land, being 13th lot in 2nd division in Roxbury, to Isaac Newell for 14 pounds in current money 10Apr1701 [Suffolk Co Deeds 21:26, recorded 14May1702, LDS Microfilm 0,493,938].

"Shobal Sever" petitioned town, & town granted "upon the 19th day of February [1702/3] the selectmen met at Stony river at the request of Shoball Sever to see if he might be accommodated with a small slipe of land, before his dore petitioned for at the Generall Town meeting there being severall of the neighbours there also present and none making any opposition..." [Roxbury TR, 272]. "Shubael Sever" of Roxbury, wheelwright, sold land in Woodstock for 35 pounds to Ichabod Holmes. Record is impossible to read in microfilm [Suffolk Co Deeds, 27:191, recorded 20May1710, LDS Microfilm 0,493,940].

26Aug1714, Shubael Sever of Roxbury, yeoman age 75 yrs, testified that upwards of 55 yrs before he mowed & made hay in certain meadow called Mather's meadow in Dorchester in 3 divisions on north side of Naponset Riv, & this meadow was in possession of William Curtis & William Hopkins, both of Roxbury, & later when occupied & possessed by Edward Morris, yeoman [Suffolk Co Deeds, 28:141, LDS Microfilm 0,493,941].

Shubael Seaver did not write will, nor was his estate probated. Shortly bef his death, he requested Edmund Weld Jr to hold his lands in trust for his children, to be divided aft his death. Edmund Weld Jr paid 5 shillings to receive trust [Suffolk Co Deeds 44:45, LDS Microfilm 0,493,949]. Details in this indenture are identical to those in settlement of estate [Suffolk Co Deeds 49:235, LDS Microfilm 0,493,951]:

"Whereas our Honoured Father Shubael Seaver late of Roxbury in the County of Suffolk in New England Wheelwright Deceased did in an Instrument under his Hand & Seal duly Executed bearing Date the 3rd Day of January 1729/30 amongst other things & Uses Order that after his the Said Seaver's decease his real Estate should be disposed of to & for the Use of his 2 Sons Joseph & Shubael Seaver & his 3 Daughters Hannah Grigory, Abigail Cole & Thankful More them & their heirs forever part & part alike save only a double part & portion to the said Joseph Seaver to be divided as the Law of the province directs and appoints. Agreeable to which we the Subscribers & Children to the said deceased have mutually agreed & by these presents do agree to the Settlement of the said Estate as follows viz.

" Impr. Agreed that our Brother Joseph Seaver shall have & hold all the Mansion or Dwelling House Messuage & Garden & part of the Orchard containing about 1 Acre & an half as now marked out lying in Roxbury aforesd bounded South Easterly on the Country Road leading towards Dedham & North Easterly on Land lately sold to Mr Davis by Samuel Gore with the Barn on the other side of the Highway against the said house & the land thereunto belonging bounded on the said Country Road Northwesterly & on Land belonging to our Brother Edmund Cole North Easterly & South Easterly & also the One full half part of the Salt Marsh lying at a place in said Rox'y called the Island containing on the whole about 2 Acres bounded on the Creek Southerly & Westerly &c. All which to be to him said Joseph Seaver his Heirs & assigns forever.

"2ly. Agreed that our sister Hannah Griggory shall have & hold the remaining Part of the House Lot of Orchard Land containing about 4 acres & an half in Roxbury aforesd & Bounded North Easterly partly on the land aforesd set off to said Joseph Seaver & partly on Land sold by said Samuel Gore to Mr Davis South Easterly on the sd Country Road & partly on George Laucklin's Land & Northwesterly on Capt Jos'h Mayo's Land all which said Land to be to the sd Hannah Grigory & her Heirs forever.

" 3ly. Agreed that our Sister Abigail Cole shall have & hold part of the Pasture Land lying on the said Country Road in Roxbury aforesaid Northerly & at the further Side of it next to Mr Abbot's Land called Whortleberry Hill & bounded Westerly on said Land & to extend into the said Pasture Land so as to make about 5 Acres as the same is now staked out & divided from the Remainder thereof All which said part of the Pasture Land to be to the said Abigail Cole her Heirs & Assigns forever Said Land is bound Southerly on Isaac Curtis's Land

."4ly. Agreed that our Brother Shubael Seaver & Sister Thankful More shall have & hold the remaining part of the said Pasture Land being about 10 Acres Bounded Northerly on the Said Country Road & Easterly on Land belonging to the Heirs of William Abbot Deceased Southerly on Isaac Curtis's Land & Westerly on Land of Sister Cole the said 10 Acres of Pasture Land to be equally divided between them & to be to them the said Shubael Seaver & Thankful More & their Heirs forever.

" And further it is agreed that our said Brother Shubael Seaver shall have & hold the 1 full half being the remaining part of the Salt Marsh on the Island aforesd in Roxbury & bounded on the Creek Southerly & Westerly &c to him the said Shubael Seaver his Heirs & Assigns forever." & further as Touching & Concerning the personal Estate out of the good Will & Affection that we bear to our Sister Hannah Griggory give the same to her & her Heirs & Assigns And therefore do further agree to pay all the Debts that do or shall appear due from our said Father equally between us.

" In Witness whereof we the said Joseph Seaver & Patrick Grigory & Hannah his wife Edmund Cole & Abigail his Wife Shubael Seaver & Richard More & Thankful his Wife have hereunto put their Hands & Seals the 13th Day of March in the 3rd Year of his Majestie's Reign Annoque Domino 1729/30. Joseph Sever & a seal Patrick 'G' Griggory his mark & a Seal Hannah 'G' Griggory her mark & a seal Edmund Cole & a Seal Abigail '#' Cole her mark & a seal Shubael Seaver & a seal Richard More & a seal. Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us Ebenezer Newell Joseph Ruggles Ebenezer Pierpont

" Suffolk Ss Roxbury Apr 6th 1730. Joseph Seaver, Hannah Griggory, Abigail Cole, & Shubael Seaver appearing before me the subscribers acknowledged this Instrument to be their Act & Deed John Bowles Justice Pacis. Thankful '#' More her mark & a seal. Thankful More Signed Sealed & Delivered this Instrument iin presence of witnesses Hezekiah Turner Edmund Weld junr" Suffolk Ss Roxbury May 18th 1730 Thankful More appearing before me the Subscriber acknowledged this Instrument to be her free Act & Deed John Bowles Justice Pacis." March 12th 1734 Rec'd & Accordingly Entred & Examined. Samuel Gerrish Reg'r.

" Patrick Gregory of Roxbury sold land, house & barn which previously belonged to Shubael Seaver for 400 pounds to "Brother-in-law Edmund Cole of Roxbury Cordwainer Shubael Seaver of Roxbury Cordwainer Joseph Seaver of Framingham in the County of Middlesex Yeoman & Richard Moore of Lynn in the County of Essex innholder...

" Deed was signed 14Nov1734, signed sealed & delivered in presence of Jno Walley & John Wilson in Roxbury 28Nov1734, acknowledged by Patrick Gregory bef Paul Dudley 12Mar1734, & recorded, entered & examined by Samuel Gerrish, Reg'r. [Suffolk Co Deeds, 49:236, LDS Microfilm 0,493,951].

Joseph Seaver & wife Mary of Framingham, Shubael Seaver & wife Abigail of Roxbury, Edmund Cole & wife Abigail,& Richard Moor & wife Thankful sold land in Roxbury to Thomas Boylston of Boston for 400 pounds Mar 1734. Land was bounded northerly at front by hiway, easterly by land of heirs of William Abbott, southerly at rear by land of Isaac Curtis, & westerly by land of Edmond Cole [Suffolk Co Deeds, 50:172, recorded 28Apr1735, LDS Microfilm 0,493,952].

Same parties sold lands & wooden house in Roxbury to Thomas Boylston of Boston 15Nov1735 for 320 pounds. Land was in Roxbury, bounded southeasterly & southerly by hiway, northwesterly by land of George Loughlon & land of Joseph Mayo, northerly by land of Nicolas Davis; another parcel was also sold bounded northwesterly by road, northeasterly by land of Edmond Cole, southeasterly by land of Edmond Cole, & southwesterly by town land [Suffolk Co Deeds, 52:261, LDS Microfilm 0,493,953].

Shubael Seaver & Hannah Seaver were buried in Roxbury 1st Church graveyard.

Report contains genealogical info descendants of Shubael Seaver, who was 1st son of Robert & Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver, Roxbury, MA Bay Colony. Info was obtained from published sources, including article by William B Trask, "Seaver Family," in New Eng Historic Genealogical Reg, Vol 26, p 303-323, Apr 1872, & typescript by Jesse Seaver, “Seaver Genealogy,” published by author, Philadelphia PA, 1924.

Author has obtained data from correspondents & Internet databases. Extensive research in vital records, probate, land, court, church, town, census, military records, etc was performed. MA Vital Records thru 1905 were reviewed, as were av'l vital records for New Eng states. US census records 1790-1930 were extracted for many of these families in effort to extend lines into 20th Cent. Purpose of report is provide info to help other researchers find their Seaver ancestry. Please contact author w/updated info via email at Comments & questions abt content welcome at above email address.

Generation 1

1. Shubael2 (Robert1) b 31Jan1639/40, Roxbury, Suffolk Co, MA (VR, 315), d 18Jan1729/30, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 636); m Hannah Wilson 7Feb1667/68, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 358), dtr of Nathaniel Wilson & Hannah Craft; she b bef 2May1647, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (baptism, VR), d 13Feb1721/22, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 635)

Children of Shubael Seaver & Hannah Wilson:

i. Robert3, b 7Jun1670, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 312)

ii. Joseph, b 1Jun1672, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 311); d Aug 1754, Framingham, Middlesex Co, MA

iii. Hannah, b 1Sep1674, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 310); m Patrick Gregory 26Nov1724, Boston, Suffolk, MA (Mar, 120).

iv. Abigail, b 23Jul1677, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 306)

v. Shubael, b 10Oct1679, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315); d bef 14Jan1757, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA

vi. Thankful, b 6Apr1684 Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315)

Generation 2

Joseph3 (Shubael2, Robert1) b 1Jun1672, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 311), d Aug 1754, Framingham, Middlesex, MA; m Mary Reed 10Dec1701, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA (VR, 265), dtr of Thomas Read & Mary Goodrich; she b 5Jan1678/79, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA (VR)

Children of Joseph Seaver & Mary Reed:

i. Robert4, b 29Oct1702, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA (VR, 130); d 1752, Westminster, Worcester Co, MA

ii. Mary, b 5Oct1706, Framingham, Middlesex, MA (VR, 178)

iii. Nathaniel, b 1Apr1709, Framingham, Middlesex, MA (VR, 178); d 2Feb1777, Norwich, Windsor Co, VT (VR)

iv. Hannah, b 1712, prob Framingham, Middlesex, MA; d 2Feb1771, Framingham, Middlesex, MA

v. Elizabeth, b 31Jan1713/14, Framingham, Middlesex, MA (VR, 178); d 25Jan1758, prob Framingham, Middlesex, MA; m Samuel How 25Jan1738/39, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA (VR, 265); he b 5Jul1719, Framingham, Middlesex, MA; d 1747, Framingham, Middlesex, MA

vi. Abigail, b aft 1715, prob Framingham, Middlesex, MA; d 15Dec1815, Framingham, Middlesex, MA

Abigail3 (Shubael2, Robert1) b 23Jul1677, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 306); m Edmund Cole 29Mar1705, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 306)

Children of Abigail Seaver & Edmund Cole:

i. Thomas4, b 14Oct1707, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR); m Sarah Ruggles 3Apr1732, Roxbury (VR), Suffolk, MA; she b 18Sep1708, Roxbury (VR), Suffolk, MA

ii. John, b 29Jan1708/09, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR)

iii. Abigail, b 1Nov1713, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR); m Hezekiah Turner 10Oct1737, Roxbury (VR), Suffolk, MA; he b 21May1716, Roxbury (VR), Suffolk, MA

Shubael3 (Shubael2, Robert1) b 10Oct1679, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315), d bef 14Jan1757, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA; m Abigail Twelves 12Jun1704, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 360), dtr of Robert Twelves & Martha Brackett; she b 27Jul1677, Braintree, Norfolk Co, MA

Children of Shubael Seaver & Abigail Twelves:

i. Shubael4, b 25Apr1705, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315)

ii. Joseph, b 29Jan1705/06, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 314)

iii. Peter, b 15Apr1709, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315); d 1755, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA

iv. David, b 19Oct1711, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 314); d bef 25Jul1755, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA; m Elizabeth

v. Abigail, b 19Oct1711, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 314)

vi. Sarah, b 26Jun1715, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315); d 23Jun1761, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR)

vii. Ebenezer, b 1Aug1720, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 310); d 14Feb1736/37, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 633)

Thankful3 (Shubael2, Robert1) b 6Apr1684, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 315); m Richard Mowear 29Mar1705, Roxbury, Suffolk, MA (VR, 360), son of John Mower & Susannah Marshall; he b 22Aug1680, Lynn, Essex Co, MA, d Apr 1766, Lynn, Essex, MA

Children of Thankful Seaver & Richard Mowear:

i. Thankful4, b 27Jan1705/06, Lynn, Essex, MA; m James Pickering 7Jan1726/27, Lynn, Essex, MA; he b 24Feb1700/01, Salem, Essex, MA

ii. John, b 17Oct1709, Lynn, Essex, MA; m1 Mary Burrill 10Aug1732, Lynn, Essex, MA; she b 31Jul1711, Lynn, Essex, MA; d 19Apr1738, Lynn, Essex, MA; m2 Elizabeth Collins 24May1739

iii. Ezra, b 19May1714, Lynn, Essex, MA; m Lydia Burrill 20Oct1743, Lynn, Essex, MA; she b 25Feb1720/21, Lynn, Essex, MA

iv. Richard, b 24Dec1718, Lynn, Essex, MA

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Shubael Seaver's Timeline

January 31, 1639
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
June 7, 1670
Age 31
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
June 1, 1672
Age 33
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 1, 1674
Age 35
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 23, 1677
Age 38
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
October 10, 1679
Age 40
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 6, 1684
Age 45
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
January 18, 1730
Age 90
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States