52 Ancestors – Week 450: #720 Jonathan Wade (1683-a1720) of Medford, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island

Jonathan Wade (1683-a1720) is #720 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #720 Mary Dolberry (1677-a1720) in about 1699, in Medford, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #360 Nathaniel Wade (1708-1754), who married #361 Ruth Hawkins (1711-1789) in 1731,
*  their son, #180 Simon Wade (1731-a1800), who married #181 Deborah Tracy (1731-a1800) in about 1763.
*  their son, #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857), married #91 Phebe Horton (1772-a1820) in about 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850), who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) 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)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):


*  Name:                     Jonathan Wade[1–7]
*  Sex:                        Male
*  Father:                   Nathaniel Wade 1648-1707
*  Mother:                 Mercy Bradstreet 1647-1715

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

*  Birth:                      5 March 1682/3, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-3]
*  Distribution:           after 28 November 1707 (after age 25), father’s will proved; Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]
*  Death:                    before 30 August 1720 (before age 38), probably Mystic, New London, Connecticut, United States[4]
*  Guardianship:      30 August 1720 (age 38), Samuel Whittemore appointed guardian of Jonathan Wade; Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Guardianship:      6 March 1724/5 (age 42), Samuel Whittemore appointed guardian of Nathan Wade; Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]
*  Guardianship:     6 March 1724/5 (age 42), Samuel Whittemore appointed guardian of Nathanael Wade ; Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]
 

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

*  Spouse 1:             Mary Dolberry 1677-a1720
*  Marriage 1:          about 1699 (about age 17), Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]
*  Child 1:               Mercy Wade 1702-    
*  Child 2:               Jonathan Wade 1704-1738
*  Child 3:               Nathan Wade 1706-1778
*  Child 4:               Nathaniel Wade 1708-1754
*  Child 5:               Dorothy Wade 1711-    
*  Child 6:               Rebecca Wade 1713-    
*  Child 7:               Samuel Wade 1715-1788

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

A brief sketch of this family (vital records only) was published in the book Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry, Volume One: Governor Thomas Dudley and Descendants Through Five Generations, written by Marston Watson, Second Edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD[1].
The best source for information on this family is from the book Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Revised Edition by Doris Powell Schultz, published by the author in 1989.  The section on this family reads[2]:

“49.  Jonathan Wade, son of Nathaniel and Mercy (Bradstreet) Wade, was born 5 March 1682/3, died before 1720;  married Mary (-?-).  All children of this family moved to Rhode Island.”

Jonathan Wade married Mary Dolberry (or Dolbear) in about 1699 in probably Medford, Massachusetts[1-2]. She was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (–?–) Dolbear.  Jonathan and Mary had seven children, the first four were born in Medford, and the last three in Providence, Rhode Island:
*  Mercy Wade (1702-????), married 1722 Elisha Hopkins (1702-1798).
*  Jonathan Wade (1704-1739), married 1725 Mary Albert (1705-????).
*  Nathan Wade (1706-1778), married 1731 Deborah Hawkins (1713-1802).
*  Nathaniel Wade (1709-1754), married 1731 Ruth Hawkins (1711-1789).
*  Dorothy Wade (1711-????).
*  Rebecca Wade (1713-????).
*  Samuel Wade (1715-1788), married Martha Upham (1714-1785).
Jonathan’s father, Nathaniel Wade (1650-1707) died on 28 November 1707 in Medford, having written his will on 12 June 1707[7].  In his will, he bequeathed to his son Jonathan Wade:

“…that y^e rest of my Estate remaining be thus divided, one third part to my three daughters Mercy Bradstreet, Anne Wade & Dorothy Willis, equally every one their equal share, & that the other two thirds be divided betwixt my two sons Jonathan Wade & Samuel Wade after this manner viz that my son Samuel shal have three parts, to my son Jonathan two parts. And it is to be understood that what these my sons, or daughters have, already received of their portions, as also what my daughter Anne Wade is to receive at my decease, shal be computed as so much of their share, & every ones part to be made up proportionably according to the above stated rule of division. And that my son Jonathan Wade & Samuel Wade, shal freely (at this time & from my decease, til the time of division shal come) enjoy & possesse the brickyard & ???? ground adjacent.”

Jonathan Wade resided in Medford until about 1710, and then moved to Providence, Rhode Island in about 1710.
His wife, Mary, may have died in 1710, and he may have had a second wife who produced the last three children.
Jonathan died in before 30 August 1720, probably in Mystic, Connecticut.  There are no known burial records for him.  There are no probate records for him in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.  
There are three guardianship files for Jonathan, Nathan, and Nathaniel in Middlesex County Probate Court records:
*  Samuel Whittemore was appointed guardian of Jonathan Wade, a minor in his fifteenth year, a son of Jonathan Wade, some time of Medford, deceased, om 30 August 1720 (Case 23413)[4].
*  On 6 March 1724/5, Samuel Whittemore was appointed guardian of Nathan Wade, a minor in his twentieth year, a son of Jonathan Wade, late of Medford (Case 24314)[5].
*  On 6 March 1724/5, Samuel Whittemore was appointed guardian of Nathanael Wade, a minor in his sixteenth year, a son of Jonathan Wade, late of Medford (Case 23415)[6].
5.  SOURCES


1. Marston Watson, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry: Volume One: Governor Thomas Dudley and Descendants Through Five Generations, Second Edition ( Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005), page 66, Jonathan Wade family sketch.

2. Doris Powell Schultz, Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Revised Edition (n.p. : the author, 1989), #49, Jonathan Wade family sketch.

3. Henry Ernest Woods, (Editor), Vital Records of Medford, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1907), Births, page 157, Jonathan Wade entry, 5 March 1682/3, son of Nathaniell.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case 23413 (4 images), Guardian appointed for Jonathan Wade, a minor in his 16th year, son of Jonathan Wade, deceased, of Medford; “Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871,” indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (https://www.AmericanAncestors.org: accessed 6 October 2022).

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Case 23414 (3 images), Guardian appointed for Nathan Wade, a minor in his 20th year, son of Jonathan Wade, deceased.

6. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Case 23415 (3 images), Guardian appointed for Nathanael Wade, a minor in his 16th year, son of Jonathan Wade, deceased.

7. “Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files”, Case 24317 (15 images), Nathaniel Wade of Medford, 1707; accessed 3 August 2017.
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NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of “52 Ancestors” in her blog post 

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2022 to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks.

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