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John Wait Sweet (abt. 1756 - abt. 1795)

John Wait Sweet
Born about in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canadamap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1774 in Warwick, Kent, RImap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died about in York, Ontario, Canadamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 26 Mar 2016
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For a long time, John Wait Sweet was set as Phillip and Lydia Sweet's child in this profile. But since there's no solid evidence here for John Wait Sweet being the child of Phillip Sweet, he was removed as their child.

There are genealogy trees on the web with that relationship but no traceable reference. It seems somewhat unlikely since Toronto, Canada and Rhode Island, USA are about 500 miles apart. However, the FamilySearch biography for John Wait says he was a freighter for the Canadian Government during the war of 1812. So his profession may explain his travels.

Is John Wait actually the husband of Phebe Slocum? The Charles Slocum book below says Phebe Slocum was a child of William Slocum. Her entry further says only "PHEBE, born in North Kingston, R. I .; married __ Sweet." There is a gravestone in Rehoboth, Massachusetts that says "In memory of/PHEBE/widow of John Sweet/who died March 22, 1840/aged 53 years." Their son Jonathan's marriage record lists Phebe as his mother and he also died in Rehoboth. These facts support the John Wait/Phebe marriage.

Is John Wait the father of Wait? Other than the coincidence of names and trees on the web, there is no evidence here. As further evidence, Slocum Sweet's bible says (in abbreviated format), "Front Page - birth dates - Slocum 23 May 1776, Ebenezer 10 Oct 1777, James 2 Apr 1779, Linze 14 Feb 1781, Jonathan 27 Dec 1785, Reuben Hopkins Sweet 8 Jul 1787, Stephen 6 Apr 1789, Allen 24 Jul 1791. (children of John) Last pg of Bible has [...] Lydia Sweet was born 24 Nov 1793, Harvey? (hard to read) b. 22 Jan 1798, Thomas Champlins b. 29 Apr 1801, John b. 27 Apr 1804.". What is most significant is that all the children of FamilySearch's John Wait Sweet profile (LCPT-GJN) are listed in the bible entries except for Wait. All of John Wait Sweet's children are listed as being born in Rhode Island except for Wait. (Allen is listed as being born in Connecticut with no supporting evidence.)



  • Film 022395 It. 6 Family Bible Records- Bible of Slocum Sweet.
  • Slocum, Charles Elihu. A short history of the Slocums, Slocumbs, and Slocombs of America, genealogical and biographical (1882): embracing eleven generations of the first-named family from 1637-1881, with their alliances and the descendants in the female lines as far as ascertained, also the etymology of those surnames, an account of some researches in England concerning their ancestors who bore the parent surname, Slocombe, etc. (Syracuse, New York: Slocum, 1882).

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