52 Ancestors – Week 362: #571 Apphia (Bangs) (Knowles) Atwood (1651->1722) of Eastham, Massachusetts

Apphia (Bangs) Knowles (1651-after 1722)   is number 571 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #570 Stephen Atwood (1653-1722)  in 1677  in Eastham, Barnstable County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #285 Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) who married #284 Samuel Horton (1686-1778) in 1714.
*  their son #142 Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) who married #143 Eunice Snow (1722-1816) in 1742.
*  their daughter #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797)who married #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839)  in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 

   
*  Name:                        Apphia Bangs[1,5-6]    
*  Alternate Name:        Apphyah Banges[2]    
*  Alternate Name:        Apphia Attwood[3–4]  
*  Sex:                            Female    
*  Father:                       Edward Bangs (1591-1677)    
*  Mother:                     Rebecca Hobart (1611-1655)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Birth:                       15 October 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    
*  Distribution:            5 March 1677/8 (age 26), father’s will proved; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[3]    
*  Distribution:            12 July 1722 (age 70), husband’s will proved; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Death:                     after 12 July 1722 (after age 70), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
*  Spouse 1.                John Knowles (1644-1675)    
*  Marriage 1:            28 December 1670 (age 19), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1]    
*  Child 1:                  Edward Knowles (1671-1740)    
*  Child 2:                  John Knowles (1673-1757)    
*  Child 3:                  Rebecca Knowles (1675-1758)  
*  Spouse 2:               Stephen Atwood (1653-1722)    
*  Marriage 2:            March 1676/7 (about age 25), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5-6]    

*  Child 4:                  Stephen Atwood (1678-1745)    
*  Child 5:                  Malchiel Atwood (1679-1728)    
*  Child 6:                  Joseph Atwood (1680-1740)    
*  Child 7:                  Apphia Atwood (1681-????)    
*  Child 8:                  Eleazer Atwood (1682-1729)    
*  Child 9:                  Joshua Atwood (1683-1724)    
*  Child 10:                Hannah Atwood (1686-1771)    
*  Child 11:                Thomas Atwood (1696-1784)  
 
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
 
The Bangs Family genealogy book[1] provides a short sketch for Apphia Bangs on page 20 and on pages 28-29 for her family information.
Apphia Bangs was born 15 October 1651, a twin with sister Mercy, the 8th and 9th children of Edward and Rebecca (Hobart?) Bangs of Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts[1-2].  
She married, first, to John Knowles (1644-1675), on 28 December 1670 in Eastham[1].  John was the son of Richard and Ruth (Bowers) Knowles of Plymouth and Eastham.  He died on 3 June 1675 in Taunton during King Philips’s War, leaving Apphia with three small children, all recorded in Eastham town records:
*  Edward Knowles (1671-1740), married (1) 1700 Ann Ridley (1674-1712), and (2) 1712 Sarah Elkins (1672-1753).
*  John Knowles (1673-1757), married (1) 1693 Mary Sears (1672-1745), and (2) 1745 Rebecca –?– (1680-1773).
*  Rebecca Knowles (1676-1758), married about 1700 Thomas Tobey (1676-1757).
Apphia (Bangs) Knowles married, second, to Stephen Atwood (1653-1722), perhaps in March 1676/7[5-6].  Stephen was the son of Stephen and Abigail (Dunham) Atwood of Plymouth and Eastham. Stephen and Apphia had eight children, all born in Eastham, but only the last one recorded in the town records:
*  Stephen Atwood (1678-1745), married 1700 Martha Pike (1679-1729).
*  Malchiel Atwood (1679-1728), married 1700 Prudence Harding (1680-1713).
*  Joseph Atwood (1680-1740), married 1710 Bethia Crowell (1689-1752).
*  Apphia Atwood (1681-????).
*  Eleazer Atwood (1682-1729), married 1709 Joanna Strout (1685-1736).
*  Joshua Atwood (1683-1724), married 1721 Lydia Doane (1703-????).
*  Hannah Atwood (1686-1771), married 1714 Samuel Horton (1686-1778).
*  Thomas Atwood (1696-1784), married 1724 Phebe Mayo (1709-1783).
In his will dated 19 October 1677, and proved 5 March/ 1677/8, Apphia’s father Edward Bangs gave his daughters[3]:

"…to "my daughter Howes, my daughter Higgens, my daughter Done, my daughter Hall, my daughter Merricke, and my daughter Attwood, four pounds apiece at my decease…"

In husband Stephen Atwood’s will dated 20 May 1715 and proved 12 July 1722, Apphia (Bangs) (Knowles) Atwood was bequeathed[4]:

"Imp^s. I give and bequeath unto my Loveing wife Apphia Attwood the whole Improvement of all my houseing Lands Marsh or meadow ground that I am Possest of In the Town of Eastham Dureing her Naturall Life if she Remain my widdow until her Death but if she see Cause to Marry again she shall have the bed whereon we now Lodge with therefore Curtains and what Ever ^of^ Right belongeth to said bed; whence I Like wise Constitute make & ordaine my soul Executrix of this my Last will & Testament."

When the inventory was taken, widow and executrix Apphia Atwood made an oath in the probate court that the inventory was the truth.  Hence, she survived her husband.
Their youngest son, Thomas Atwood, was bequeathed possession of Stephen Atwood’s lands after the death of Apphia, and she probably lived in her home in Eastham until her death.
 
The death date and place of Apphia (Bangs) (Knowles) Atwood is not known, nor is her burial place.
5)  SOURCES
 
1. Dean Dudley, History and Genealogy of The Bangs Family In America, with Genealogical Tables and Notes (Montrose, Mass. : the author, 1896), pages 28-29, Apphia Bangs sketch.

2. New England Society in the City of New York, Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1975), page 15, Apphyah Banges birth entry, 15 October 1651.

3. "Plymouth Colony Records, Wills, 1633-1686, Vols. 1-4,"  transcriptions, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,567,794, Volume 3, page 106 (image 448 of 616), Edward Bangs will, written 19 October 1677, proved 5 March 1677/8.

4. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol. 4-5, 1721-1741," Volume 4, pages 67-69, Stephen Atwood, 1722 probate papers.

5. Elijah Francis Atwood, Ye Atte Wood Annals, June 1928 (Sissteon, D.D., Atwood Publishing Co., 1928), pages 71-72, #S5, Stephen Atwood sketch.

6. Alicia Crane Williams, "Stephen Wood alias Atwood of Eastham, Massachusetts," The Mayflower Descendant, Volume 46, No. 2 (May 1996), pages 131-136, pages 133-134, #3 Stephen Atwood sketch.

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NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in   https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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Posted On: December 25, 2020 at 10:49AM