From Portsmouth, New Hampshire; a Mariner & Merchant.
Wife: b. @1739 (was 73 in 1812); d. 15 May 1832 aged 93 [source is the Newspaper]. She mentions in her will the following: 'Son William0852; Grand children Samuel Shaw, Izette Merritt, & Almira Shaw, children of Thomas Shaw and his late wife Lucretia0843; Abraham0854 son of my late son Abraham0827; Ann Stewart TREFETHEN0824 & William Augustus TREFETHEN0928, children of my late son James0823; and grandchildren Mary & Lucretia Stewart.
Petitioner for a lottery to finance a bridge across Little Harbor River from Portsmouth to Great Island.
Had a grant of land in Topsham (now VT), 27 September 1763.
Bought land in 1782, 1786, & 1793.
Conveyed a parcel to son Samuel & his wife Sarah, and in this deed children #'s 0821, 0823, 827 & 843 (husband Thomas Shaw) are confirmed. Polly0820, is not mentioned, so she might be erroneously placed. All males are listed as mariners. (DEEDS, Vol. 162, pg. 339; Rockingham Co., Ports., New Hampshire)
'Jones?' as wife's name is from S129- no source given, and he had the '?' as well.
In Rock. Co. Deeds, 158:242 we find the following:
all of Portsmouth sell their rights as heirs of William TREFETHEN0598 late of Portsmouth, merchant, to Samuel Odiorne of Rye, New Hampshire (Dated 19 January 1820). [Source 129].
His kids (& kids-in-law) sold land inherited from him to Lucretia for 2000 pounds, 27 May 1802.
FROM source 36:LDS Film 16201; New Hampshire PROBATE VOL. 37, p. 406: 20 April 1807- Adm. granted to Lucretia TREFETHEN, widow, William TREFETHEN, mariner, & Josiah Akerman, baker, at a Probate Court in Exeter. [Pg. 476] INVENTORY May 5, 1807 - Mansion house, several pieces of land including one of 7 acres, warf & store, total $6431.00. Mentions one deed- land bought from Edward Sargent 29 Aug. 1786.
AS ABOVE: Vol. 38, p. 396: Oct. 19, 1808- Lucretia TREFETHEN makes account to the Court. After all bills are paid & debts collected $4291.00. Heirs requested & consented to her having $300.00 for her probating the estate. One heir objects to the accounting.
AS ABOVE: pg. 499: Nov. 16, 1808- William TREFETHEN, dec'd, called Merchant. Widow's 1/3 set off. Remaining 2/3 to the:
AS ABOVE: p. 501, Nov. 8 1808- Widows dower in detail (She received the store, wharf, water rights, masion house, barn, & out houses.)
S36:LDS film 16210; p. 388: Will of Lucretia- leaves:
Son William0852 $2600. (he was already deceased- died in 1930).
Grand Children Samuel Shaw, Izette Merritt, & Almira Shaw, children of Thomas Shaw & his late wife Lucretia; Abraham0854, son of my late son Abraham0827; Ann Stewart TREFETHEN & Wm. Augustus TREFETHEN, children of my late son James TREFETHEN0823 dec'd, each 25 cents. Rest of the estate to be equally divided between grandchildren Mary Stewart and Lucretia Stewart.
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