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Seth Story Sr. (abt. 1646 - 1732)

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Deacon Seth Story Sr.
Born about in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 1676 (to 9 Oct 1732) in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Deacon Seth Story, Sr., was born about 1646 in Ipswich, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the son of William Story and Sarah Foster.

Seth's exact place and date of birth are not known. His birth date of 1646 is therefore calculated based upon his estimated age at death, in 1732, of 86.

It is known that Seth's wife was named Elizabeth. Some sources give her surname at birth as "Cross" but this has been discredited. Her parentage is therefore unknown.[1] Their marriage date is not known, but would have been before the birth of their first child. A birth date for Sarah has been proposed as 1676 or 1678. If Elizabeth was born in 1651, the later date for Sarah's birth would make Elizabeth 16 or 17 when she married. (This would also suggest that there might have been children born between that date and Zachariah's birth in 1684 who died while still very young.)

Deacon Seth Story Sr.'s Last Will and Testament was dated 24 Jun 1724, with a codicil dated 10 Nov 1730 (redistributing some of his property between his two sons because of a recent purchase he had made). In it, he provided for his wife, Elizabeth, and divided his real estate and tools between his two sons: Zechariah and Seth. He also left legacies to his daughters, to the three of whom we have other documentary evidence (Elizabeth Andrews, Martha Buttler and "Dammeris" Martin) and to a fourth, otherwise unknown daughter: Sarah Jewett. The following is a transcription of the pertinent sentence:[2]

Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Jewett Twenty shillings to Be paid to her By my son Zachariah Story or his heirus she having allready paid to her her portion.

Thus, the full list of Seth Story's surviving children at the time of the codicil to his will was written, in November of 1730:[3]

Military Service

Seth Story fought in King Philip's War of 1675-7, as a member of the Ipswich militia company under Capt. (later Maj.) Samuel Appleton, during the campaign of 1675, and in 1676.[4][5] He continued as a member of the Ipswich militia and, by 1694, had risen to the rank of sergeant.[6]

Chebacco Parish Church

In 1694, he became a deacon of the Congregational Church of Chebacco Parish in Ipswich. His two sons, Zachariah and Seth, Jr., were also active in the Chebacco Parish Church and both later became deacons.[7]


Deacon Seth Story, Sr., died on 9 Oct 1732, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was about 86 years old.[8] His will was accepted for probate on 6 Nov 1732.[9]

Research Note: Who Was Sarah Story Jewett?

Who was Sarah Story Jewett? Given the spacing between Zachariah and his younger siblings, Sarah would need to have been born either before Zachariah, perhaps as the sole survivor of an earlier group of children, or after Damaris (which is less probable, since Elizabeth would have been in her late 40s by then). If she was born before Zachariah, she was probably born in the mid- to late-1670s, perhaps as late as 1680.

One genealogy of the Jewetts of Rowley[10] indicates that Maximilian Jewett, the son of Deacon Ezekiel Jewett and Elizabeth How, born in 1671/2, married a Sarah (Unknown). Tellingly, perhaps, their son was named Seth (b. 1704).[11] That Sarah (______) Jewett was widowed in 1730 and remarried in 1731 (to Capt. Samuel Pickard), after Seth Story, Sr.'s death. She died in 1771. Here, in her WikiTree profile, however, that Sarah has been identified as Sarah Hardy, born in Rowley in 1676.

There is no mention of Sarah's marriage in the surviving records of Ipswich. Nor is there mention of a Sarah Story marrying into the Jewetts of Rowley. (Nor, for that matter, do those records include Sarah Hardy.)

The marriage of Sarah Story, daughter of Seth Story, Sr., to Maximilian Jewett is presented as simple fact, without reference to supporting documentation, in Storey's genealogy of the Story family.[12]


  1. Torrey did not supply a surname for her: Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, vol. 2, p. 1462 (accessed 16 Apr 2017).
  2. Last Will and Testament, Seth Story, dated 24 Jun 1724: Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, #26799 (accessed 17 Apr 2017).
  3. See also: Felt, History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, p. 334.
  4. He was included in the rosters of both December of 1675 and June of 1676: Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013), p. 225: (accessed 16 Apr 2017)
  5. Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War, pp. 95-110, esp. the roster on p. 109.
  6. See the record of the birth of his son, Seth: Massachusetts Vital Records Project, Ipswich - Birth, p. 359: (accessed 16 Apr 2017)
  7. Crowell, "Historical Discourse," Two Centuries of Church History, pp. 48-9.
  8. "Storey:" Massachusetts Vital Records Project, Ipswich - Deaths, p. 687: (accessed 16 Apr 2017)
  9. (accessed 17 Apr 2017)
  10. Jewett, The Jewetts of America, p. 22, 40-41.
  11. Jewett, The Jewetts of America, p. 41.
  12. Storey, Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, p. 7.


  • Bodge, George M., Soldiers in King Philip’s War. Containing Lists of the Soldiers of Massachusetts Colony, Who Served in the Indian War of 1675-1677. With Sketches of the Principal Officers, and Copies of Ancient Documents and Records Relating to the War. Boston: Printed for the Author, 1891:
  • Crowell, E. P., "Historical Discourse," Congregational Church, Two Centuries of Church History : Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Organization of the Congregational Church & Parish in Essex, Mass., August 19-22, 1883, Salem, MA: J. H. Choate & Co., Printers, 1884, pp.35-111: (accessed 16 Apr 2017)
  • Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881. Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) (subscription required)
  • Felt, Joseph B., History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, Cambridge, MA: Printed by Charles Folsom, 1834.
  • Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1638-1840, Salem, MA, USA: Essex County. (Essex, Massachusetts Probate Records, 1648-1840 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997), File Number: 26799.
  • Torrey, Clarence Anson, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. Available online with subscription:Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
  • Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records, Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). (Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.), Ipswich Church Records, Earmarks, with Births, Marriages, and Deaths, pg 257. Cit. Date: 18 Apr 2016.

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