Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Continuing with John Adams Vinton's biography of my 7x great grandfather from
The Upton Memorial, he discusses William Upton's final days:

William Upton, for 140 pounds in province bills conveys to his son Paul, who seems to have been the most capable of his children, his dwelling-house with the land belonging thereunto, in Salem, containing sixty acres."bounded east on land of my brother Samuel Upton". -p32

I found an image of the sale to his son over at FamilySearch in the Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986 collection, Essex County, Deeds 1737-1739 vol 74-76 :
"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (,361933001 : accessed 24 February 2015), Essex > Deeds 1737-1739 vol 74-76 > image 294 of 829; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts."

Vinton then gives an abstract of William's will:

We know not the date of William Upton's death, but it must have been early in 1740. His will is dated April 13, 1739 ; and was proved March 10. 1739-40. We find it in Essex Probate Records. 24: 97. He gives—" to each of my sons. William, James, Francis, Edward and Richard, five shillings. To my son Timothy, my half part of the house and land in the Middle precinct in Salem [now the town of Danvers], which I hold in common with my son James. To my son Caleb. five shillings. To my daughter Mary Rich, five shillings. To my daughter Dorcas, five shillings, and my household goods, &c. To my son Paul, my meadow in Reading, called Bear meadow, containing about four acres; all my stock of creatures, my wearing apparel, &c." His son Paul was executor and residuary legatee.
And here's an image of the actual document from Volume: Essex Cases 28000-29999, in the
Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881 at  AmericanAncestors:

Lastly, he gives a list on page 34 of the children of William Upton and Mary Maber who were all
born in Danvers (which was still part of Salem at that time):

William, born July 17, 1703: married, 1st Lydia Burnap, 2d Hannah Felton.
Mary, born Sept. 2S, 1705; married Thomas Kieh of Wilmington.
James, born Jan. 5, 1707-K: married Susanna Dagget.
Paul, born Feb. 20, 1709-10; married, 1st Susanna __ 2d Phebe Goodell.
Francis, born May 13, 1712; married, 1st Phebe Swallow, 2d Edith Herrick.
Edward, born April 10. 1714.
Richard, born May 20, 1716; married. 1st____ 2d Elizabeth Putnam, 3d Rachel ___
Dorcas, twin, born  Sept. 4, 1718
Timothy, twin, born  Sept. 4, 1718: married, 1st Hannah Stacy. 2d Ruth ____
Caleb, born Feb. 4. 1722: married ,____

Francis, the fifth child and fourth son,  was my 6x great grandfather.

While I'm moving on to Samuel Upton next, that entry will contain more information that
shows how inseparable my 7x great grandfathers were.

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