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Joanna Platts

Female 1734 - 1809  (75 years)

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  • Name Joanna Platts 
    • Daughter of Jonas Platts a part of whose estate (10 acres in Bradford) they deeded to N. Wallingford....
    Born 1734  Bradford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Dec 1809  Boxford, Essex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I20287  My Reynolds Line
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2018 

    Family Samuel R.3 Reynolds,   b. 19 Dec 1730, Bradford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1810, Boxford, Essex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1757  Bradford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F7539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S126] United States Archives,
      93. Samuel^ [18] (SamueP, SamueU), being the only son of his father, was closely connected with him for many years in various other relations. They were fellow-soldiers in the old French war, occupied the same house and homestead in Boxford, and are named as joint purchasers of real estate in six deeds before 1772, " Samuel Runnels and Samuel Runnels, jun., both of Boxford," with " gentleman " attached to the former, and ' yeoman " to the latter, or " husbandmen " to both. " Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for " father and son thus " to dwell together in unity.
      *' Oct. 28, 1,764," they bought of Stephen Merrill, for £20, " a certain parcel of flatts and crick grass, laying in Newbury, and known by the name of Dole's Banks," thus adding to the purchase of their father and grandfather in that vicinity; but they seem to have enlarged their estate far more in Bradford than elsewhere, probably near the " old place," making, among other purchases, *' June 20, 1769," *'a certain measurage or tract of land lying in Bradford, commonly known by the name of Dismal Hole^ containing about six acres of woodland, for £63 16s.," to which, three years later, four and one half acres were added for £26 7«., '' near a place known by the name of Dismal Ball" The following reminiscence of his service in the Fi'ench war is handed down by tradition from his own lips, substantially. He was on duty with his fellow-soldiers," probably in the vicinity of
      Lake George, N. Y. (Gen. Johnson vs. Dieskau, 1755), when ??' the French made a sudden attack upon the British troops ; and the latter, being few in number at that point, fell back behind a breastwork of fallen trees. There they stood their ground under a brisk fire from the enemy, who made desperate and long-continued efforts to dislodge them, but were finally obliged to retire. After the action," as he used to say, " he could cover with his two hands " {spread as to the fingers, no doubt) " no less than forty ball-holes in the log by which his own head had been protected." After this service, he m. Joanna Platts, of Bradford, Mar. 14 (published Feb. 26), 1757. She d. in Boxford, " Dec. 16, 1809, aged 75," and was hence b. in 1734, probably a daughter of "Jonas Platts," a part of whose estate, *' ten acres in Bradford," they deeded " to N. Wallingford, for £114 13s. 4d., Jan. 17, 1773."
      ??' Mar. 12, 1790," he conveyed a lot of land in Concord, N. H., to William Stickney, for £43 Is, 6d., ? the '* home lot," doubtless, near Concord Street, on which his grandfather " erected a house in 1731."
      Having received a lieutenant's commission, he served in the revolutionary war as a " minute man," the gun which ' he used in that capacity being still in the possession of his great-grandson, Cyrus Runnels, of Concord, marked " 1757," and originally more than six feet in length
      Hence the Boxford Records give his name as Lieut, Samuel Runnels, both in the '* tax-lists" from 1784 onwards, and among the "families." His taxes in 1790 were, in the column of " Heads" two in number), " 5-6" ; " Real," " 9-11 " ; " Personal," " 3-6 " ; probably shillings and pence ; and if so, his taxes were remarkably low. Yet he seems to have become somewhat reduced in pecuniary affairs, as his "Inventory," rendered April 30, 1810, was only $456.55. He survived his wife but about three months, and d. Mar. 12, 1810, in the eightieth year of his age. " May 8, 1811," receipts for $23.43, as paid by his administrator, are given from each of the four following children : Jonathan Runnels, Jonas Runnels, Benajah Burns and Anna, his wife, and Amasa Peabody and Louisa, his wife, the last acknowledging this amount " out of the estate of our honored father," but *' excepting" (as not relinquished) " our share in his pew in Boxford West meeting-house," His children were all b. in Boxford : ?
      94. Joseph [341], b. Oct. 19, 1758 (though Bouton's Hist, of Concord gives "Nov. 18, 1769'').
      95. Jonathan, h. Dec. 16, 1760; d. Y
      96. Rhoda [352], b. Apr. 30, 1763.
      97. Jonathan [362], b. Aug. 8, 1765.
      98. Lois (Louisa) [364], b. Apr. 18, 1768.
      99. Samuel [366], b. July 20 (17), 1770.
      100. Hannah (Anna), b. Jan. 6, 1773; m. Benajah Bums, miller, 1808; and d. Dec. 1, 1860, at East Haverhill, Mass., in her 88th year, where also he d. July 27, 1865.
      101. Jonas [372], b. Aug. 20, 1775.

      102. Anna3 [19] (Samuel^, SamueU), is styled "Anna R., spinster, of Boxford," "Aug. 10, 1770," in deed, with others, of a piece of land and a meadow in Methuen, to Jacob Whitcher, of M. Afterwards m. Joshua Page, of Haverhill, son of Joshua, b. May
      4, 1746, in H., and there d. May 28, 1806, aged 60. She d. Aug. 1, 1806, aged 58. " They lived in the west part of Haverhill, near the brick-yard," where their children were born : ?
      103. Hannah (Page).
      104. Samuel.
      105. Caleb.
      106. Joseph ; d. young.
      107. Sally.
      108. Moses.