Family:Samuel Hedge and Grace Snow (1)

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Marriage[1] 8 Dec 1698 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
  1. Vital Records of Eastham and Orleans, in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography

    [p. 98] Samuel Hedg and Grace Snow were Married the eighth day of december : 1698.

  2.   Alden, Mrs. Charles L. "Snow Genealogy", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)

    Grace Snow, d/o Jabez, m. (1) 8 Dec 1698 Samuel Hedge. "In Elisha [sic] Hedge's will he speaks of wife Grace, "eldest son Elisha", children Elizabeth, Lemuel, Samuel, and Thankful."

    Comments on the Snow Genealogy: This appears to be talking about Samuel Hedge's will, not Elisha Hedge's will.

    That Elisha is mentioned as the eldest son tells us that the "Lamuel" born in 1703/4 [MD 9:11] was indeed the "Samuel" whose gravestone is found in Eastham, since otherwise this would be an older son.

    But it raises doubt about the recorded birth of "Lamuell" in 1709/10 [MD 9:11]. Should this also be Samuell? The colonial L and S were similar in appearance, and distinguishing these two names can be difficult. The Snow Genealogy interprets the birth record as Samuel. This also makes sense, since following so soon after the death of the first Samuel in Dec 1709, it would be typical to reuse the name on the next male child.

    So, if both these recorded births are Samuel, there is no recorded birth left to account for the Lemuel mentioned in the will. It would be nice to see the whole will, to determine if Lemuel is clearly a separate child from Samuel, or if it is possible that two occurrences of the same name have been read as different names by mistake.

    The Snow Genealogy source gives two sons names Samuel, one dying young, and in addition, a separate son named Lemuel. It places Lemuel between Elizabeth b. 14 Apr 1708 and Samuel b. 4 Mar 1709/10, though no specific birthdate is given.

    However, this is a tight fit. Indeed, any other arrangement would be a tight fit. The Eastham records present a steady stream of children every two years, and inserting an additional child to account for Lemuel requires three births in two years, no matter where he is placed in the family.

    Further evidence may clarify this picture, but based on what is here, it seems most likely that the proposed existence of a son named Lemuel is based on misreading the name Samuel.