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ROBBINS, Nathaniel
JOHNSON, Zebadiah


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  • Born: 31 Mar 1724
  • Marriage: THURSTON, Moses on 29 May 1744 in Andover, Essex, MA 1

bullet  General Notes:

Despite Brown Thurstons statements that the wife of Moses was Hannah Sewall, it has been determined that she was Hannah Johnson, born on March 31, 1724, the eldest daughter of Zebediah and Hannah Johnson who had eight children at Andover, MA from 1724 to 1747. Hannah Johnson was married to Moses Thurston at Andover on May 29, 1744. Their first three children are recorded at Andover and are the exact dates that Brown Thurston gives for the first three children of Moses Thurston and Hannah. See the marriage notes for more information.


Hannah married Moses THURSTON, son of Abner THURSTON and Unknown, on 29 May 1744 in Andover, Essex, MA.1 (Moses THURSTON was born in 1721, died on 6 May 1800 in Hollis, Hillsborough Co., NH and was buried in Congregational Church, Hollis.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage: "Historical Manual of the South Church in Andover, Mass., August, 1859" (Andover: Warren F. Draper, 1859) [FHL fiche 6087365] on page 133. It shows the following information: Hannah (Johnson) Thurston (Moses) was received into the church on 11 May 1746 by profession of faith, and removed on 12 Apr 1752 by discharge to the church in Hollis, NH.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Despite a great number of web sites and even published sources that say that Hannah was Hannah Sewall the sixth child of Samuel Sewall (1688-1769 of York, Maine) and Lydia Storer, the parentage of Moses' first wife Hannah was never discovered. Evidence from the will of Samuel Sewall that his daughter by Lydia Storer married first Henry Sayward and second Richard Trivett. Hannah Trivett is named in his will. (Pages 65 to 67, Book 12, Probate Records of York County, Maine, Alfred, ME excert by Eben Graves: The will of Samuel Sewall, of York, dated 14 August 1762 and proved at the York County Probate Court 10 July 1769, makes bequests to his three sons Samuel Sewall, John Sewall, and Joseph Sewall, to his son Moses Sewall, to his son David Sewall, to his two sons Dummer Sewall and Henry Sewall, to his daughters Lydia Mitchell and Mary Bragdon, to his daughters Mercy Frost and Hannah Trivett, and to his beloved wife Sarah. Witnesses were Joseph Holt, Jeremiah Bragdon, and William Dunning.)

Hannah (Sewall) Sayward had three children from 1740 to 1745 and with her second husband Richard Trevett had five more from 1750 to 1762. The births of her children overlap the children of Hannah (Sewall) Thurston. 3



1 Vital Records, Andover, MA Vital Records. Andover, MA Vital Records to 1850 [Marriages]
Published by: The Topsfield Historical Society Topsfield, MA 1912
Transcribed by Frances LaMarco

2 Ibid, Andover, MA. The Vital Records of Andover are online (May 3, 2005) at

3 online database, Additional posts to the board by Eben Graves site Church Records that appear to be conclusive proof that Hannah was Hannah Johnson.

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