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Elizabeth (Unknown) Story (abt. 1651 - 1736)

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Elizabeth Story formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married before 1676 (to 9 Oct 1732) in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
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Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Biography

NOTE: The Elizabeth Cross, born in 1636, who married William Nelson in 1659 and died in 1694, is not the Elizabeth (Unknown), born ca. 1651, who married Deacon Seth Story, Sr., and died in 1736.

Birth

Elizabeth (Unknown) was born in about 1651, as calculated on the basis of her gravestone (see photo), which indicated that she died on 12 Mar 1736 (1737?) at the age of about 85. Her parents and place of birth are as yet unknown.

Marriage

Elizabeth married Deacon Seth Story, Sr., probably in Ipswich. The date was certainly before 1684,[1] and, if her daughter, Sarah, was born ca. 1678 (see discussion, below), before then. The earlier date does, however, beg the question of children missing from the records who lived and died in the 18 years between Sarah's birth and Zachariah's.

Children

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: Zachariah and Seth. He also left legacies to his daughters, three of whom we know from other documentary evidence (Elizabeth Andrews, Martha Buttler and "Dammeris" Martin). The fourth, otherwise unknown, daughter was 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 he wrote the codicil to his will, in November of 1730:[3]

Death

Elizabeth Story died at the age of 85, on 12 March 1736, in Ipswich. She was buried in the Old Essex Cemetery (previously the cemetery for Chebacco Parish).[9][10]

Research Notes

The Problem of Elizabeth's Identity

Elizabeth (Unknown) Story, the wife of Deacon Seth Story, Sr., was not the daughter of Robert Cross, Sr., and Anna Jordan Cross. This has apparently been recognized by a number of researchers since at least the 1980s.[11] Robert Cross, Sr.'s daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1636, and married William Nelson, who was apparently alive and active, in Ipswich, when Seth Story and his wife, this Elizabeth, were producing children there.

Anderson[12] does not include this Elizabeth as one of Robert's children and none of Anderson's quotations from contemporary documents[13] includes even a suggestion of her among his children.

It is most probable that her birth name was not Cross. We know she was born in about 1651, which was calculated on the basis of her gravestone (see photo), indicating that she died on 12 Mar 1736 (1737?) at the age of about 85. Since the stone itself does not indicate that Elizabeth's birth name was Cross, and since the collected records of Ipswich probably relied on this same engraving for the entry recording her death, this solution contradicts no known documentation.[14][15] The possibility that she was born Elizabeth Markman has been tried and discarded.[16]

The Problem of Daughter Sarah

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). It seems more probable that she was born in 1678, when Elizabeth would have been about 17 years old.

One genealogy of the Jewetts of Rowley[17] indicated 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).[18] That Sarah (______) Jewett was widowed in 1730 and remarried in 1731 (to Capt. Samuel Pickard), after Seth Story, Sr., wrote the codicil to his Will, but before he died. She died in 1771. Here, in her WikiTree profile, however, that Sarah has been identified as Sarah Hardy, born in Rowley in 1676. If it was actually Seth Story's daughter, Sarah, who married Maximilian Jewett, then a birthdate of 1678 would not be unreasonable for her, although the 18-year gap between her birth and that of her brother, Zachariah, in 1684 presents a problem of another sort.

There is no mention of Sarah's marriage in the surviving records of Ipswich. Nor is there mention in the Rowley records 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 the most recently published genealogy of the Story family.[19]

Sources

  1. Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, p. 715 (accessed 18 Apr 2016). Also available at AmericanAncestors (subscription required): v. 2, p. 1462 (accessed 22 Sep 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. For this list of his children, see also: Felt, History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, p. 334.
  4. Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, vol. 1, p. 359.
  5. "Story, Eliza, d. Seth:" Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, vol. 1, p. 357.
  6. Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, vol. 1, p. 358.
  7. "Story, Seth, s. Sergt. Seth, at Chebacco:" Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, vol. 1, p. 359.
  8. "Story, Damaris, d. Seth, at Chebacco:" Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, vol. 1, p. 357.
  9. Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, [ vol. 2, p. 687]; also available online at ma-vitalrecords.org (accessed 17 Apr 2017).
  10. [Find A Grave Memorial# 12951822.
  11. Storey, Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, pp. 6-7
  12. Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F, "Robert Cross," pp. 240-245, esp. 243-244.
  13. See esp. p. 241, quotation from a document from ca. 12 Mar 1685/6.
  14. The Ancestry.com reference for her birth is identical to the one from the Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (the Tan Books), in that it is from the record of her death, based on her gravestone.
  15. Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, vol. 2, p. 687. Also available online at ma-vitalrecords.org; Ancestry.com (subscription required); AmericanAncestorys.org (subscription required).
  16. Storey, Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, pp. 6-7.
  17. Jewett, The Jewetts of America, p. 22, 40-41.
  18. Jewett, The Jewetts of America, p. 41.
  19. Storey, Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, p. 7.
  • Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. 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.
  • Jewett, Frederic Clarke, History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America : A Record of Edward Jewett, of Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and of His Two Emigrant Sons, Deacon Maximilian and Joseph Jewett, Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1639; also of Abraham and John Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, and of the Jewetts Who Have Settled in the United States since the Year 1800, vol. 1, New York, The Grafton Press, 1908.
  • Storey, Betty Andrews, comp., The Descendants of William Story and Sarah Foster of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts'', Hales Corner, WI: self-published, 2004.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004. Ancestry.com. (U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012) (subscription required). Also available at AmericanAncestors.org (subscription required).
  • Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, vol. 1, Births, Published by The Essex Institute, Salem, MA: Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 1910.
  • Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, vol. 2, Marriages and Deaths, Published by The Essex Institute, Salem, MA: Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 1910.


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On 5 Oct 2017 at 20:18 GMT Susan Anderson wrote:

Cross-541 and Unknown-389719 appear to represent the same person because: Please see research notes regarding Elizabeth's identity on Cross-541. She was not Robert Cross, Sr.'s daughter. Her parentage is unknown. The Cross profile is, therefore, being merged to Unknown-389719 in order to change her LNAB to Unknown.

On 25 Sep 2017 at 13:34 GMT Anne B wrote:

This Elizabeth is not a daughter of Robert and Ann. Objections to disconnecting?

On 15 Apr 2017 at 22:05 GMT Susan Anderson wrote:

She may well have had more children we don't know about before the birth of Zechariah in 1684, and even in the period covered by the births we know about, given the lack of complete records for 17th-century Ipswich. It's physically possible her last child was born when she was 45, although not surprising it was apparently her last.

On 1 Mar 2017 at 16:27 GMT Alycia Keating wrote:

Does anyone else think this woman was a bit old to be bearing children? Her youngest, by the estimated birth date here, would have been born when she was 45. This looks like it might actually be a second marriage, or else the couple only brought over their youngest children. Thoughts?

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