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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.
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.
Elizabeth married Deacon Seth Story, Sr., probably in Ipswich. The date was certainly before 1684, 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.
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:<
Thus, the full list of Seth Story's surviving children at the time he wrote the codicil to his will, in November of 1730:
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. 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.
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. The possibility that she was born Elizabeth Markman has been tried and discarded.
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 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). 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.
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