52 Ancestors – Week 379: #592 Obadiah Sawtell (1648-1740) of Watertown and Groton, Massachusetts

 Obadiah Sawtell (1648-1740)  is #592 on my Ahnentafel Record, my seventh great-grandfather, who married #593 Hannah Lawrence (1662-after 1726) in about 1680 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I’m descended by way of:

*  their son #296 Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779) who married #297 Joanna Wilson (1702-1786) in 1723.
*  their son #148 Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) who married #149 Abigail Stone (1737-1800).
*  their son #74 Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) who married #75 Hannah Smith (1768-1827) in 1789.
*  their daughter  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  who married  #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) 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 supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Title:                    Obadiah Sawtell[1–3]    
*  Alternate Title:    Obidiah Sawtell[4]  
*  Intercourse:                        Male    
*  Father:                    Richard Sawtell (1611-1694)    
*  Mom:                  Elizabeth –?–  (1615-1694)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Beginning:                       14 September 1648, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    
*  Distribution:            24 September 1694 (age 46), father’s will proved; Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    
*  Loss of life:                      20 March 1740/1 (age 92), Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3–4]    
*  Burial:                     after 20 March 1740/1 (after age 92), Outdated Burying Floor, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Partner 1:                 Hannah Lawrence (1661-1726)    
*  Marriage 1: about 1680 (about age 32), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    
*  Little one 1:          Nathaniel Sawtell (1681-1741)    
*  Little one 1:          Elnathan Sawtell (1683-1717)    
*  Little one 1:          Ephraim Sawtell (1685-1768)    
*  Little one 1:          Josiah Sawtell (1687-1690)    
*  Little one 1:          Hephzabeth Sawtell (1689-1766)    
*  Little one 1:          Esther Sawtell (1689-1722)    
*  Little one 1:          Josiah Sawtell (1691-1752)    
*  Little one 1:          Zachariah Sawtell (1693-1730)    
*  Little one 1:          Hannah Sawtell (1695-1749)    
*  Little one 1:          Abigail Sawtell (1697-1787)    
*  Little one 1:          Mary Sawtell (1699-1766)    
*  Little one 1:          Obadiah Sawtell (1701-1749)    
*  Little one 1:          Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779)  
4)  NOTES (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):  
The NEHGR article by Dale C. Kellogg and John C. Threlfall, titled “Richard Sawtell of Watertown, Mass.,” accommodates a household sketch for Obadiah Sawtell[1].  He was the son of Richard Sawtell and Elizabeth –?– of Watertown.
The start date of Obadiah Sawtell isn’t within the Watertown information.  A date of 14 September 1648 was listed within the Lineage Guide of the Nationwide Society of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America (web page 66, printed 1933) supplied no supply quotation[1,3].
The Richard Sawtell household went to Groton, Massachusetts from Watertown in about 1662, together with Obadiah, and Richard was the city clerk for a number of years[1]
Obadiah Sawtell was credited with service in February 1676/7 throughout King Philip’s Warfare for Watertown[1].
In about 1680, Obadiah Sawtell married Hannah Lawrence, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Crispe) Lawrence of Watertown[1].  They’d 13 youngsters, all however three born, and several other recorded, in Groton:
*  Nathaniel Sawtell (1681-1742), married 1710 Sarah Higginson (1682-1750).
*  Elnathan Sawtell (1683-1717), married 1709 Martha Landon (1683-1748).
*  Ephraim Sawtell (1685-1768), married (1) 1713 Abigail Farnsworth (1687-1753); (2) 1755 Hannah Farwell (1701-1762).
*  Josiah Sawtell (1687-1690).
*  Hephzabeth Sawtell (1689-1766), married 1706 Thomas Foster (1681-????).
*  Esther Sawtell (1689-1722), married 1710 Samuel Bowers (1682-1751).
*  Josiah Sawtell (1691-1752), married (1) 1713 Lydia Phelps (1688-1717); (2) Lydia Nutting (1686-1756).
*  Zachariah Sawtell (1693-1730).
*  Hannah Sawtell (1695-1749), married 1719 Stephen Holden (1691-1759).
*  Abigail Sawtell (1697-1787), married 1716 Joseph Parker (1689-1753).
*  Mary Sawtell (1699-1766), married 1718 Benjamin Parker (1691-1769).
*  Obadiah Sawtell (1701-1749), married 1721 Rachel Parker (1698-1769).
*  Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779), married 1723 Joanna Willson (1702-1786).
It seems that Obadiah Sawtell left Groton for a number of years and went to Watertown on the outbreak of King William’s Warfare in 1689, since he’s not on the Groton garrison record of 1691-2, and his youngsters born between 1689 and 1693 will not be recorded at Groton[1].
Obadiah’s father, Richard Sawtell, wrote his will on 16 Might 1692, and it was proved on 24 September 1694 on the Middlesex County Probate Courtroom in Charlestown[2].  In his will, he bequeathed to Obadiah:
“And unto my son Obadiah Sawtell I bequeath all of the stated Lands in Groton & ye appertenances thereof excepting solely a lot as maybe is sould for his moms help as is above stated.  And my will is that he shall pay my Legacies as followeth, particularly to my son John Sawtell & to my daughters Bethia Sawtell Hanna Win & Ruth Hues to every of them ten kilos in mony if he have the option or in that what’s equal to mony as for my son Jonathan deceased I did for him in his life time what I judged meet (and extra too) However yert unto his youngsters I bequeath the moity of 1 shilling apece.  And to my son Zacariahs youngsters & to my daughter Starlings the moity of 1 shilling apeece in the event that they want it or to another that may justly declare any of mine property.  All these Legacies my will is yt they shall be payd by my son Obadiah above stated inside the compas of six years after ye decease of my Loving spouse his mom or sooner if he can.  But when it shall please God that I shall survive my spouse, then inside the compas of six years after my decease this my will shall be carried out & confirmed to each individual conserned therein in each specific as is above in ye severall traces expressed excepting solely my movables property conserning wh my will is that it shall be devided amongst my youngsters to each one a like share by valuation by resembling could also be referred to as thereunto.

“And if my son Obadiah ought to by God’s windfall be completely & without end to be despossest & disinherited of ye stated Lands in Groton by ye Enimy Indians or others, whereby he’s disenabled to pay the stated Legacies then what he hath not payd of them shall be null & voyd.”
Obadiah and his brother Enoch have been named as executors of their father’s will.
Obadiah “Sawtle” was chosen by the city to be a Groton constable on 5 March 1694[1].
The Middlesex County Land Information don’t have any entries for Obadiah shopping for land in Groton, however there are a variety of deeds for Obadiah promoting land between 1702 and 1738, and a few have Hannah’s identify on them up till a minimum of 1726.  A number of of the deeds have been for land given to his sons.
His spouse, Hannah (Lawrence) Sawtell, died a while after 1726, however there is no such thing as a demise file or burial location.
Obadiah Sawtell died on 20 March 1740 in his 92nd 12 months, based on his tombstone within the outdated cemetery at Groton[3-4].  The “Loss of life’s Head” slate gravestone was in glorious situation in 1972[3].  It reads:
“Right here Lies The Physique 
of Mr. Obadiah 
Sawtell Who Departed 
This Life March The twentieth 
A D 1740 in ye 92d 
Yr of his Age.”
Obadiah Sawtell didn’t go away a probate file in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

1. Dale C. Kellogg and John C. Threlfall, “Richard Sawtell of Watertown, Mass.,” New England Historic Genealogical Register, Quantity 126, Number one (January 1972) pages 3-17, web page 7,#4, Obadiah Sawtell household sketch.

2. “Probate Information 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts),”  Household Historical past Library (Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah), on 886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Probate Packet #8.239, Richard Sawtell of Watertown, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,521,763.

3. Discover A Grave, listed database and digital picture,  (http://www.findagrave.com), Outdated Burying Floor, Groton, Mass., Obadiah Sawtell memorial # 49381906.

4. Very important Information of Groton, Massachusetts to the Finish of the Yr 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1926-1927), Two volumes, Deaths, web page 264, Obidiah Sawtell entry, 20 March 1740, in 92nd 12 months.

NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow recommended a weekly weblog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her weblog publish 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small weblog. I’ve prolonged this theme in 2021 for an eighth 12 months to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The record of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the seventh great-grandparents (in work) is in https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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