Seth Pope was born 5 April 1689 at Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of Seth Pope and Deborah Perry (NEHGR 2:69, 1869). Seth the elder was quite interesting; I wrote about him here. Seth the younger is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.
Seth married Hannah Bourne on 12 January 1709/10 in Sandwich. She was born 4 May 1689, the daughter of Elisha and Patience (Skiffe) Bourne. I wrote about Elisha here. Seth’s brother, John, married Hannah’s sister, Elizabeth Bourne.
Children of Seth and Hannah Bourne are recorded in Sandwich Vital Records or proven by baptisms:
Abigail born 2 August 1710, m. Isaac Parker
Bathsheba born 2 Dec 1713
John born 23 November 1716; m. Mercy Swift
Mary, Baptized 1720
Hannah born 25 April 1720
Elisha baptized 28 July 1723, died in August that year
Patience born 29 Nov 1725, m. J. Wooster
Elisha born 28 July 1729
I descend through John Pope and his wife Mercy Swift.
Seth’s father purchased a great deal of land in Sandwich Village and gave parcels to his sons Seth and John. Seth’s home is at what is now 10 Grove Street. The house is still standing and is on a stunning piece of land. Seth operated (later was bequeathed ownership from his father) a grist mill, fulling mill and weaveshop.
His father Seth’s will has an unusual stipulation that in case he did not keep the works in proper repair, the executors were from time to time, as found necessary, to take charge of and repair them, and operate them until the expenditures had been repaid. In October, 1734, we are told that “a committee waited upon the miller, Mr. Pope, to know if they could not be better served in grinding their corn.” Perhaps Seth Junior didn’t inherit his father’s strong work ethic!
Seth Pope died 23 November 1744 at Sandwich. He is buried there at the Old Town Cemetery. He was 55 years old.
Hannah Pope, widow of Seth, died 18 March 1744/45, at Sandwich. She was also age 55.