Husband: James Sexton (1)
Born: 09 Nov 1702 in Westfield, Hampden, MA
Married: 08 Jun 1728 in Hebron, Tolland, CT
Died: 12 Jun 1783 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Father: James Saxton
Mother: Ann Bancroft
Wife: Abalena Gilbert (2)
Born: 10 Mar 1709/1710 in Lebanon, New London, CT
Died: 03 Jun 1774 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Father: Samuel Gilbert, Captain
Mother: Mercy Warner
01 (M): Jasper Saxton, LT (3)
Born: 14 Feb 1738/1739 in Westfield, MA
Died: 28 May 1798 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Spouses: Martha Keyes
Additional Information

James Sexton:


From Wayne Olsen

Birth source: LDS IGI - Ba: C502601 So: 185469 Pr: 0883790 (submitted by Ogden Temple)

Extensive discussion of SAXTON or SEXTON families in volume 4 of Savage's Dictionary of First Settlers in New England, also available on CD-ROM produced by United Ancestries. But this source does not list James as son of James... although there is an appropriate gap between births to allow his birth... perhaps omitted in record keeping because last name is spelled differently than parent.

Listed in LDS Ancestral File, AFN: 108F-F7B. Lists birth date as 9 Nov 1702 in Westfield, MA, plus marriage and death date. May be an extrageneration of James SAXTON than previously documented. This line in LDSAncestral File follows Abilena Gilbert's lineage, so no parentage of James Saxton (II) given.

From Saxton Family History in America, compiled by Charles M. Williams, 1928 (updated by Ruth E. Papka 1959): Moved from Westfield to Sheffield MA in 1743, where he died. His tombstone can still be seen in the village of Sheffield. Of 11 children, only 3 sons grew to manhood (James, Jasper,and Frederick). James and Jasper remained in Sheffield, and Frederick settled in Burlington, VT and afterwards at Shalbourne VT. Frederick and Jasper served in the Revolution.

From "The Descendants of Andrew Warner":

Lists death date as Oct 31, 1756 in Sheffield. Settled in Sheffield about 1743. Lists reference as C.E. Booth, One branch of the Booth Family, p. 40.

From "Genealogical Notes", manuscript by Louis Marinus Dewey regarding ancestors of Westfield, MA families, manuscript found in Westfield, MA library:

b. Nov 9, 1702 at Westfield, d. abt. 1786 at GREAT BARRINGTON, joined Westfield church, dismissed with wife and brother John to Sheffield Aug 2 or 18, 1744.
Only James, Jasper, and Frederick grew to manhood and left descendants.

Another entry has he died at or near Sheffield and buried in "Bow-Wow Cemetery" near Sheffield village where his tombstone still stands, or did a few years ago.

From "Early Saxton Roots in America", by Velma Odeal Gehrke. Private printing:

He grew up in Westfield. Married Abilena Gilbert of Lebanon, CT. They had 11 children, the first 7 born in Westfield and the last four born at Sheffield, where they moved in 1742.

  1. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  2. Ibid.
  3. Olsen, Wayne, Sheldon Family Line, The (Received via EMail 12 APR 2002).
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