Seth Pope was born 13 Jan 1648/49 in Plymouth, Mass. (Plymouth VR p 656), the son of Thomas and his second wife Sarah (Jenny) Pope. He is my 9th great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.
Seth married Deborah Perry ca 1675. Their marriage record isn’t found but her father’s 16 Oct 1689 will mentions his daughter Deborah as the wife of Seth Pope.
Deborah was born 28 Nov 1654 at Sandwich, Barnstable Co., Mass., the daughter of Ezra and Elizabeth (Burgess) Perry.
The booklet Cape Cod Legends tells the story of young Seth, son of Thomas Pope of Plymouth and Dartmouth. He came to Sandwich about 1669 as a peddler, probably with a pack containing needles, thread and other portable items. The constable warned him out of town, perhaps fearing the stranger would become a financial burden to the town. He left with an irritated promise to come back and buy up the town. He married a daughter of Ezra Perry of Sandwich and became a successful merchant in Dartmouth, owning a wharf and warehouse in New Bedford. True to his promise, he came back to Sandwich in 1699 and bought the Dexter grist mill, a fulling mill and weaving shop and other land on Grove Street and built a house for each of his sons who married Sandwich women. He left his eldest son John Pope in charge of the mill. He proclaimed he wouldn’t live in the damned town and went off again. I’m sure this story is embellished a bit but I love his drive and spirit!
Seth was active in town affairs. He was captain in the militia, a Selectman, Justice of the Peace, and Representative to the General Court. He was a very successful business man. Besides the businesses and land in Sandwich, he owned a wharf, warehouse, ships, saw mill, gristmill, store, dwelling houses and farmland in Acushnet and Dartmouth. His probate records reveal he was, unfortunately, a slave owner.
|Seth Pope's signature on his 1720 will|
Seth and Deborah had nine children, births recorded at Dartmouth:
I descend from Seth who married Hannah Bourne.
Deborah Perry Pope died 19 February 1711. He married second Rebecca ___ who is mentioned in his 1720 will.
Seth Pope died 17 Mar 1727 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Mass. He is buried with Deborah and Rebecca at Acushnet Cemetery.
|Seth Pope's gravestone, Acushnet Cemetery|
Ezra Perry of Sandwich, Mass., NEHGR vol 115.
RA Lovell Jr, Sandwich, A Cape Cod Town, third edition, 1996, first printing 1984
Jeremiah Digges, Cape Cod Pilot, 1937