Facts and Events
- ↑ Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), 206.
Daniels, Rachel, w. Joseph, --- 3, 1687 [rec. after May 2].
[See discussion on death date below.]
- ↑ Bates, Samuel. Records of the town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793. (Randolph, Massachusetts : D.H. Huxford, 1886), 819.
Rachel Sheffield daughter of William & Mary born 3 mo. 24. 1660
[Note: In old-styles dates, the third month is May. More info may be found here.]
- ↑ Medfield records give the death of son Zachariah on 2 May 1687 and of Rachel on "--- 3, 1687 [rec. after May 2]". Source:Jameson, Ephraim Orcutt. History of Medway, Mass., 1713 to 1885, p. 469, interprets the mother's death date as 3 May 1687 which appears to make sense looking at just those records. The problem with this is that the birth of Zachariah is recorded as 9 Apr 1689.
It appears most likely that one of the events is recorded with the wrong year. Either Zachariah was born in 1687, or they both died in 1689. We don't have a marriage date for Joseph's next marriage to give us a hint (Lydia (Adams) Allen's first husband is said to have died in 1691), but the birth of Rachel's daughter Rachel is recorded as 10 Oct 1686, which makes Zachariah's birth in April of 1687 pretty much impossible. Based on the initial supposition, Zachariah and Rachel probably died in 1689.
Mary Lovering Holman in "Robert Daniel, Husband of Elizabeth Morse", Source:NEHGR, p. 88:385, choses to assume that Rachel died in 1697. She doesn't indicate if this is based on evidence, she just states it, so we can't tell if this has any basis, or if this is just her proposal on how to resolve the inconsistency. This arrangement leaves a significant gap between Rachel's last child and her own death. It seems more likely that her death was probably related to child birth and so 1689 has a truer ring to it. Hopefully more evidence might turn up.