Notes for Samuel Choate:|
The Probate Records at Salem are voluminous in Choate data, from which comes the following extract:
"Adm. on estate of Samuel Choate, yeoman of Ipswich, intestate, granted 30 Mar. 1713 to widow Mary," There is mention of young children, as follows: "Eldest son Samuel, Sarah, Mary, Stephen, William, Elizabeth, Margaret and John. Inventory taken 26 July 1713. Total r.e. 200 pounds consisting of house, yard, well and garden, 1 acre orchard and 27 acres land. Pers. Est. 56 to 131 pounds." The estate was settled on the oldest son, Samuel, who was to pay his brothers and sisters their representative shares. The son, Stephen, received his share, 8 pounds, 13 shillings, 5 pence, 24 July 1722. The same amount with interest was paid 9 April 1722 to Mary (Choate) Story, wife of Solomon Story; also the same amount to "John Story for his wife Sarah, formerly Sarah Choate." 21 Nov. 1724, William Choate gave receipt for 8 pounds, 13 shillings and 6 pnce as his share. 22 Oct. 1726, Stephen Choate gave receipt for a similair amount and interest as his share. On 6 Dec. 1737, Stephen Choate quitclaim to any interest in estate in consideration of 7 pounds paid by his brother Samuel. Stephen was then of Dorchester and a "husbandman."
In Essex Probate Records, Pelatiah Fitch receiipts in full "in behalf of my wife who was formerly Elizabeth Choate," to her brother Samuel. William Choate may have been dead at the time of the settlement of his father's estate, as there exists no receipt for his share of the estate. He was alive on 15 Oct. 1716, when Samuel gave bond to pay William and the others.
Samuel's wife, Mary Williams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on 20 Dec. 1669; the daughter of Stephen Williams and Sarah Wise. Her father, Stephen, was born in Roxbury on 8 Nov. 1640, the son of Robert Williams of Norwich, England, and Elizabeth Stratton. Stephen died on 15 Feb. 1720. Robert and Elizabeth Williams came from England and settled in Roxbury in 1638. Her mother, Sarah, the daughter of Joseph Wise and Mary Thompson; was born 26 Dec. 1647. Mrs. Choate, was the cousin of the Rev. John Williams, who settled in Deerfireld, Mass. in 1686 and became the first minister there. On 29 Feb. 1704, when Deerfield was burned; Rev. Williams,his wife and five children were captured by the savages. Mrs. Williams was cruely tomahawked and Rev. John was carried into captivity and not released until 1711.
1. "The Choates in America - John Choate and his Descendents - 1624-1896", by E. O. Jameson, Published by Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, Boston - 1896.
2. "American Quarterly Register", Vol. 10, pg. 268.
3. "New England Historical and Genealogical Rerister", Vol. 36, pg. 277-8.
4. "The Hammett Papers", pg. 52-53.