52 Ancestors – Week 391: #612 Joseph Grout (1649-1720) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Joseph Grout (1649-1720)   is #612 on my Ahnentafel Record, my seventh great-grandfather, who married #613 Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) in 1681 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I’m descended by way of:

*  their son #306 Joseph Grout (1683-1758) married Mary Harrington (1693-1774) in 1717.
*  their daughter #153 Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) married #152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749.

*  their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.
*  their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
*  their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)  married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)  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:                      Joseph Grout[1-5]

*  Intercourse:                         Male

*  Father:                    John Grout (1609-1697)
*  Mom:                   Sarah Busby (1619-1699)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Start:                     24 July 1649, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]
*  Distribution;         16 August 1697 (age 48), father’s will proved; Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Dying:                   earlier than 4 November 1720 (earlier than age 71), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]
*  Probate:               4 November 1720 (age 71), will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]


3)  SHARED EVENTS (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Partner 1:             Susannah Hagar (1653-1731)
*  Marriage 1:          about 1681 (about age 32), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]
*  Baby 1:                Susannah Grout (1681-1724)
*  Baby 2:                Joseph Grout (1682-1758)
*  Baby 3:                Mary Grout (1687-    )
*  Baby 4:                Mehitabel Grout (1689-    )
4)  NOTES (with supply citations as indicated in brackets):  

Joseph Grout was born 24 July 1649 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the son of John and Sarah (Busby) Grout of Sudbury[1-3].  
Joseph married Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) in about 1681 in Watertown, Massachusetts at age 31[1,6].  She was the daughter of William and Mary (Bemis) Hagar of Watertown.  They’d 4 kids, all born and recorded in Watertown city data:
*  Susannah Grout (1681- after 1724), married 1710 Zachariah Smith (1687-1724).
*  Joseph Grout (1683-1758), married 1717 Mary Harrington (1693-1774).
*  Mary Grout (1687-????).
*  Mehitabel Grout (1689-????).
Joseph’s father, John Grout, died on 1697 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and his will was proved on 1697 and is in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court docket property file 9,951[4].  He bequeathed to son Joseph Grout: 
“I give to my Son Joseph Grout of Watertowne all my houseing Lands &meadows and rights w’ch to me did belong and appertaine in y’e City of Watertowne, Excepting a Farm which I’ve close to to Madup, solely my Son Joseph Grout Shall pay unto my Son in Legislation Joseph Curtise the Sum of twelve kilos in Cash throughout the Area of three years after my decease. My Will is y’t if my Son Joseph Grout die with out heirs male then y’e halfe of y’e s’d Land Shall return to y’e Grouts, the opposite halfe to his personal Daughters, w’ch shall be his full portion To have & to Maintain to him & his heirs perpetually. 
Joseph Grout died after 1 September 1720, at age 71, when he wrote his will, and earlier than 4 November 1720 when his will was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court docket[5].  The transcription of his Will, which is in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court docket property file 9,960, is:
Within the identify of god Amen.  I Joseph Grout of Watertown within the county of middlesex inside his majesties provinc of the masachusets bay in new England husbandman, do make & declare this Instrument to be my final will & testomony. first I Resign my soul into the mercyfull palms of almighty god my gloryous Creator, & my physique I decide to the earth from whenc it was taken to be decently ^by^ my executor buried, hopeing for a blessed Resurrection.   And as for that portion of this worlds items which god hath lent me I dispose thereof in manor as followeth:

(1) I give & bequeath to my loving spouse Susanah Grout as her dower one one third a part of my Property each Actual & private to be posesed by her in keeping with the route of the regulation for settling Intestat Estas. or  snug maintenanc out of my property dureing the time period of her Remaining my widow, which she shall see trigger to simply accept of.

(2)  I give & bequeath to my loveing daughter Susanah Smith in addision to what she has allredy acquired the sum of twenty kilos in cash or items throughout the area of Eight years affter my decease to be payd to her. I give & bequeath to my loving daughter mehittable Grout fifty kilos in mony or items to be paid inside Eight years affter my decace and I do hereby apoint and Impowr my dutyful son Joseph Grout to be my Executor to carry out this my final will and testomony.  And to allow him thereunto I hereby give & bequeath to him my complete property Actual & private with the reversion of my wifes thirds.  In affirmation hereof I’ve hereunto put my hand & seal this primary day of September one thousand seven hundred & twenty, & within the seventh yr of his majesties Reign Georg by the grace of god over nice britain &c King.

Signd seald & ownd                                                Joseph Grout     {seal}     
within the presence of us                                                    his g mark
Abraham Brown    }
Simon  S  Tainter   }    sworn 4 – 9 1720
Sam’ll Gearfeild    }                      pd 17%
                                           will prov. admd
                                         Dedicated to the Ex’e
                                          bond 200’lb to pay
                                           money owed & legasis
                                                 T F  J p
                                           Court docket day. Camb. 4 Nov’r
Joseph Grout died after 1 September 1720 when he wrote and signed his will, and earlier than 4 November 1720 when his will was proved in Middlesex Probate Court docket by his named executor[5].  Executor Joseph Grout and Samuel Gearfield posted 200 kilos bond on 4 November 1720 and the executor agreed to hold out his father’s will.”

This probate packet comprises 3 separate papers:  the wrapper is the primary picture, the desire is the second picture, and the proof assertion and bond are on the third picture.  There isn’t a stock, distribution or account within the probate packet, since son Joseph Grout acquired the entire actual and private property after the widow’s reversion, and was to pay his two sisters cash or items inside eight years.

1. Alicia Crane Williams (editor), Early New England Households Research Undertaking, Quantity 1 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2020), John Grout household sketch (8 pages).

2. Elizabeth E. Boice Jones (compiler), Captain John Grout of Watertown and Sudbury and a few of his Descendants (Waterloo, Iowa : Henry Whittemore Grout, 1922), web page 22, John Grout household sketch.

3. Important Information of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the yr 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, web page 61, Josepth Grout delivery entry, 24 July 1649.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case information, Quantity: Middlesex Circumstances 00001-01999 and Property File #9951 (14 photographs) John Grout of Sudbury property, 1697; “Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871,” listed database and digital photographs, New England Historic and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (https://www.AmericanAncestors.org : accessed 30 Might 2020); Digitized mages supplied by FamilySearch.org from authentic data at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass..

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Packet #9960 (3 photographs) Joseph Grout of Watertown, 1720.

6. “New England Marriages to 1700,” on-line database with digital photographs, AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), web page 328, Joseph Grout and Susanna Hager entry, 1681.


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 yr to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The checklist 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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