Jonathan Child1,2

M, #104, b. 26 April 1696, d. 8 September 1787
  • Birth*: 26 April 1696; Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; "Jonathan Child son of John. & Hannah Child was born aprill: 26: 1696"2
  • Marriage*: 5 October 1729; Grafton, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; "Jonathan Child and Abigael Parker Both of Weston Had Their Intention of marriage Published : october 5th, 1729."; Principal=Abigail Parker3
  • Death*: 8 September 1787; "Childs, Jonathan, 8 Sept 1787, a. 68 G.S. [In 92d year.]"4
  • Note*: Residences:
    - In 1729 in their marriage intentions, they are "both of Weston", Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    - In the 1732 deed he is "of Southborough", Worcester County, Massachusetts
    - In the deeds of 1744, 1749 1751-1755 & his 1786 will he is "of Grafton", Worcester County, Massachusetts
  • Note: Land: Two years after his marriage, Jonathan Child purchased land in Grafton, Massachusetts, which is about 25 miles west of Weston. The land consisted of a relatively small tract of forty one acres plus four acres of meadow. He appears to have resided there for his remaining lifetime, as his children's births are recorded there, and he is "of Grafton" in his deeds of 1744, 1749 & 1751-55, and in his 1786 will.

    He also owned land at Petersham, Massachusetts, originally called Nichewagg, which is about 35 miles northwest of Grafton. In 1744 he purchased a 95 acre tract, part of Lot No. 65. And in 1745 his wife inherited from her father's estate Lot No. 71, which was divided into three tracts of 122 1/2 acres, and of 101 acres and 56 rods, and of 68 acres.

    It is not clear how Jonathan Child came up with the purchase amounts of £330 for the Grafton property and £250 for the Petersham tract.

    Also oddly in 1751 Jonathan Child and his wife Abigail sold all their properties to Josiah Child, presumably their son, and then bought them back at the same prices three months later in 1752. And shortly he sold two properties to neighbors in Petersham, repurchasing one two years later.

    The children of Jonathan Child sold his remaining Petersham land in 1778 (before his death). And his heirs sold the Grafton property in 1801.
  • Note: Will of Jonathan Child of Grafton, Worcester Co., yeoman, written 10 Jan 1786, proved 4 Dec 1787. Personal estate, £100 and income and use of real estate given to daughter Elizabeth, who is to care for son Joseph. Real estate to be divided among all children after Joseph's death. Twenty shillings each to eldest son Josiah Child, Eliphalet Wood surviving husband of eldest daughter Abigail deceased, second son Jonathan Child, daughter Ruth the wife of Ezekiel Smith, third son Solomon Child, daughter Sarah Rice wife of Daniel Rice. Executors son Jonathan Child & Joseph Meriam junior. Witnesses Joseph Meriam Jr and John Bone. Recorded Worcester County; probate files case #11682.

    Apparently Joseph Meriam junior wrote to the heirs, as in September and November 1787 receipts of notification were received from Daniel Rice, Sarah Rice, Elizabeth Child of Grafton, and from Jesse Wood, and from John Child for his father Josiah Child, and from Solomon Childs and Ezekiel Smith of Henniker. Solomon Childs and Ezekiel Smith wrote of their disapproval of the will.

    Joseph Meriam junior declined to be executor 6 Nov 1787. The will was approved and allowed by the probate judge 4 Dec 1787.5
  • Note: Grafton deeds:

    1732 - On 20 April 1732 James Cutler granted to Jonathan Child of Soutsborough in Co. Worcester husbandman in consideration of £330 a lot situated in Hassanamisco [Grafton] lot #23 containing 41 acres and 140 rods, and 4 acres meadow number one in Party Meadow. Recorded 23 July 1733. Worcester County Massachusetts Deeds, Vol. 4, p. 304 (image 620).

    1751 - On 20 November 1751 Jonathan Child of Grafton granted to Josiah Child of Grafton in consideration of £400 lot number 23 in Grafton containing 41 acres and 150 rods, and 4 acres of meadow number one in Perley Meadow. Recorded 21 Nov 1751, Worcester Deeds, Vol. 31, p. 124 (image 70).

    1752 - On 23 January 1752 Josiah Child of Grafton cordwainer granted to Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman in consideration of £400 a lot in Grafton being lot No. 23 containing 41 acres and 140 rods and a piece of meadow of 4 acres Number one in Perley Meadow, being the same land & meadow held by deed from said Jonathan Child dated 12[?] Nov 1751 and recorded Worcester volume 31 page 124. Recorded 23 January 1752, Worcester Deeds, Vol. 31, p. 179 (image 101).

    1755 - On 14 Aug 1755 Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman granted to Jonathan Fay of Westborough in consideration of £26.13.8 a lot of 4 acres of meadow in Grafton. Recorded 1761 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 43, p. 390 (image 208).

    1801 - On 4 November 1801 eighteen children and grandchildren of Jonathan Childs granted to Jonathan Child of Westboro, in consideration of £600, certain tracts in the eastern part of Grafton, the whole of the real estate of their father and grandfather Jonathan Child late of Grafton deceased, containing forty seven acres with an allowance for a road, and lot No. 9 in the great meadow containing five acres.
    The grantors were Josiah Child of Upton yeoman, Elizabeth Child of Grafton, both of Worcester county, Ruth Smith formerly wife of Ezekiel Smith, Soloman Child yeoman, Sarah Rice wife of Daniel Rice, all of Henniker Hillsboro county New Hampshire,
    Eliphalet Wood formerly the husband of Abigail Wood the eldest daughter of Jonathan Child late of Grafton deceased together with the children of said Abigail, viz., Abigail Read the wife of Abijah Read Jabez[?] Wood and Patty Wood, all of Havard in Worcester Co., Jonathan Wood Jr yeoman, Joseph Wood yeoman, Molly Hawthorn the wife of John Hawthorn, Betty Whitney the wife of Joshua Whitney, all of Henniker, and Jesse Wood of Alsteed [Alstead] in co. of Cheshire in New Hampshire yeoman.
    The money was paid in following manner: Elizabeth £171.8.7, to each of the other [five] surviving children £71.8.7, and to Eliphelet Wood and to each of his [eight] surviving children by Abigail £7.18.8.
    Recorded 9 April 1802 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 147, p. 182 (image 453). Abstracted by Jeff Moore.6
  • Note: Nichewagg/Nichewaug/Petersham deeds:

    1745 - On 27 May 1745 the Middlesex county probate court distribution of the real estate of Phineas Parker late of Groton "set to Abigail eldest daughter to said decd. and wife to Jonathan Child one right full sheare and proportion of land in Nitchawag so called being No. seventy one together with all future former & future draughts & divisions priced at one hundred pounds...".

    1744 - On 13 February 1744/45 Ebenezer Davis and Mary his wife granted to Jonathan Child of Grafton yeoman in consideration of £250 a tract in Nichewagg of 95 acres in the first division of house lot No. 65 that was laid out to the right of Caleb Dolton lying in the westerly part of township on Thousand Acre Hill. Recorded 18 May 1750. Worcester Co. Deeds, Vol. 28, p. 558 (image 598).

    1749 - On 9 September 1749 Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman and Abigail his wife granted to Ebenezer Davis in consideration of £300 a tract containing 68 acres in Nichwagg the 71st lot in the township with a dwelling house thereon. Abigail signed by her mark. Recorded 3 Sept 1753 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 33, p. 548 (image 294).

    1751 - On 21 November 1751 Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman and Abigail Child his wife granted to Josiah Child of Grafton in consideration of £80 three tracts. A tract in Nichewaag containing 95 acres, in the first division of house lot No. 65 that was laid out to the right of Caleb Dalton lying in the westerly part of the township on Thousand Acre Hill. And another containing 122 1/2 acres which was laid out to Nathaniel Brown upon the original right of Phineas Foster; said 122 acres is of the second division of the house lot No. 71 and 2 1/2 acres is for a highway. And another tract containing 100 acres and 56 rods and is a third division to house lot No. 71. Recorded 25 Nov 1751 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 31, p. 129 (image 73).

    1752 - On 23 January 1752 Josiah Child of Grafton cordwainer granted to Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman in consideration of £80 three tracts. One a tract in Nichewaag containing 95 acres is the first division or house lot No. 65 that was laid out in right of Caleb Dalton on One Thousand Acre Hill. Another tract containing 122 1/2 acres which was laid out to Nathaniel Bowers upon the right of Phineous Foster said 122 1/2 acres is for one hundred acres second division to house lot No. 71, 2 1/2 acres is for a highway. And another tract containing 101 acres and 56 rods and is a third division to the house lot No. 71. Each tract lying in Nichewagg which several tracts of land were held by deed of said Jonathan Child and Abigail Child his wife dated 21 Nov 1751 recorded Worcester 31 p. 129. Recorded 23 January 1752 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 31, p. 181 (image 102).

    1752 - On 23 January 1752 Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman granted to Joseph Merriam and Solomon Stow in consideration of £80 two tracts in Nichewaag. One tract containing 95 acres the first division of Not No. 65 laid out to the original right of Caleb Dalton lying on Thousand Acre Hill. The other containing 101 acres and 56 rods and was laid out to Phineas Parker upon the original right of Phinehas Foster and is third division to house lot No. 71. Recorded 23 January 1752 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 31, p. 181 (image 102).

    1753 - On 24 January 1753 Jonathan Child of Grafton yeoman and Abigail Child his wife granted to Nehemiah Gore of Marlborough in consideration of £46.13.4 a tract lying in Nichewaag containing 122 1/2 acres originally laid out to Nathaniel Bowers upon the right of Phinehas Foster said 122 1/2 acres are second division to house lot No. 71 2 1/2 acres is for a highway. Recorded 27 January 1753 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 33, p. 157 (image 85).

    1754 - On 3 October 1754 Joseph Merriam and Solomon Stow both of Grafton husbandmen granted to Jonathan Child of Grafton husbandman in consideration of £26 a tract in Petersham containing 101 acres and 56 rods which was laid out to Phinehas Parker upon the original right of Phinehas Foster and is for a third division of house lot No. 71. Recorded 29 Oct 1754 Worcester Deeds Vol. 36, p. 20 (image 408).

    1774 - On 28 Jan 1774 Jonathan Child of Westborough yeoman, Joseph Child of Grafton husbandman, Elizabeth Child of Grafton spinster, Eliphelet Wood of Harvard yeoman & Abigail Wood his wife, all in the county of Worcester, and Solomon Child yeoman, Ezekiel Smith yeoman & Ruth his wife, Daniel Rice yeoman & Sarah his wife, all of Henniker in Hillsborough Co New Hampshire, granted to Josiah Child of Upton in Worcester Co., in consideration of £42, two lots in Petersham in Worcester County laid out to Phineas Parker upon original right of Phinhas Foster, one of lot of 101 acres surveyed by Saml. Willard September 1740, and one lot of 55 acres surveyed by Saml. Willard November 1753, and rights in the township. Recorded 13 Oct 1778 Worcester Deeds, Vol. 80, p. 298 (image 166).7,6
Last Edited: 27 Sep 2015

Parents:

Father: John Child1,2 b. 25 Apr 1669, d. bt 6 Apr 1742 - 14 Dec 1747
Mother: Hannah French1,2

Family:

Abigail Parker d. 3 Mar 1756

Children:

Josiah Child8 b. 17 Oct 1730
Abigail Child+8 b. 28 Aug 1732, d. 23 Jan 1780
Elizabeth Child8 b. 28 Oct 1735
Jonathan Child8 b. 14 Feb 1737/38
Ruth Child8 b. 2 Oct 1740
Solomon Childs+ 8,5 b. 31 Jan 1743/44, d. 28 Feb 1827
Sarah Child8 b. 13 Aug 1746
Joseph Child8 b. 29 Jan 1753

Citations

  1. [S36] Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871. url:www.americanancestors.org, Case 4412, John Child, 1747.
  2. [S80] Watertown Records : comprising the third book of town proceedings and the second book of births marriages and deaths to the end of 1737... publ. Watertown 1900. [Viewed at https://archive.org/details/watertownrecord00masgoog and viewed on AmericanAncestors Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 "Watertown - V2"], p. 9.
  3. [S24] Town of Weston Births, Deaths and marriages 1707-1850... publ. Boston 1901. [Viewed on archive.org], p. 23.
  4. [S12] Vital records of Grafton, Massachusetts : to the end of the year 1849. publ by Franklin P. Rice, 1906 [Viewed on https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofgr00graf, and AmericanAncestors Grafton V1, and on Hathi Trust], p. 327.
  5. [S84] Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1925. Images, of microfilm series. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Boston., Series A, Case 11682, Jonathan Child, 1787, images 869-882.
  6. [S83] "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. County courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
  7. [S36] Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871. url:www.americanancestors.org, Case 16776, Phinehas Parker, 1744.
  8. [S12] Vital records of Grafton, Massachusetts : to the end of the year 1849. publ by Franklin P. Rice, 1906 [Viewed on https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofgr00graf, and AmericanAncestors Grafton V1, and on Hathi Trust], p. 34.