Janes, Esther


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  • Name Janes, Esther 
    Gender Female 
    • The identity of Esther's parents is unknown, but she is included here because The Janes Family says that Esther was born in 1695 in Northampton, Massachusetts to Able and Mary Janes. However, no birth record for her appears to have been found yet. The Janes Family also says that Esther married Stephen Hunt, and, in fact, an Esther Janes did marry Stephen Hunt on 18 Jun 1730 in Lebanon, Connecticut where Abel and Mary lived after 1705. Given Esther's 1695 birth year, Esther would have been 35 years old in 1730, an unusually late age for a woman's first marriage at that time. Importantly, also, Esther was not named in Abel's will. Among the possible reasons for this omission are: (1) Abel's daughter Esther died before the will was written (and a different Esther Janes married Stephen Hunt), or (2) Esther was not Abel's daughter and/or (3) Esther was born much later than 1695 and was a child when Abel wrote his will. No record of the death of Esther Janes b. 1695 has been found yet. There was an Esther (no surname), born about 1711, who was the wife of Stephen Hunt (birth year calculated from her gravestone on findagrave). Clearly, this Esther was a child when Abel wrote his will. It still remains possible that this second Esther was not the daughter of Abel and Mary Janes. The fact that Mary was near the end of her reproductive life in 1711 lends credence to the latter possibility. If we assume that Mary was 16 to 20 years old when she married Abel in 1669, she would have been 48 to 52 years old in 1711. At this time, we do not know if the two Esther's are the same person, nor can we be certain that either Esther is the child of Abel and Mary. [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I2284  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2018 

    Father Janes, Abel,   b. Abt 1644, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1718, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Judd, Mary 
    Married 24 Nov 1679  Northampton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F796  Group Sheet

    Family Hunt, Stephen 
    Married 18 Jun 1730  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F804  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S278] The Janes Family, Frederic Janes, (John H. Dingman, New York, 1868), 929.2 J33., p. 83.

    2. [S178] The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Lorrain Cook White, Ed., (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore), 974.6 C752 233-10925., Vol. 22, Lebanon, p. 119.

    3. [S202] findagrave.com, Memorial # 36444757.

    4. [S271] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, (Ancestry.com, Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Northampton marriage record (images 497 and 644 of 2680).

    5. [S217] New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence A. Torry, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, USA, 2004), 929.374 T694 85-27460., p. 415.

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