Son of James Sweetser and Joane Stowell. He married Bethia Cooke at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Tring, Hertfordshire, England. Seth and Bethia came to America and settled in Massachusetts. Their children included Anna, Benjamin Cooke, Mary, Hannah, and Elizabeth. Seth Stowell Sweetser is my 9th great-grandfather.
In September 2011 I visited my son, John Blackwell Gardner, and his wife Tasha, and sons Jacob Harp, and William Thomas Gardner in London, England. We drove 35 miles north to Tring and stood at the altar where Seth and Bethia were married. It was a wonderful moment.
November 2, 2012, I received a FindAGrave message from Louisa Wilkerson stating “According to ancestry he is my 9th great grandfather also thru the Upham family.”
Thanks to Michael Skrysak for the following:
“Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts” William Richard Cutter Published in 1908 (Pages 1592+)
SWEETSER – The surname “Sweetser” is identical to “Sweetzer” and “Switzer”, both of which are still in use by various branches of the family. A native of Switzerland, was called a “Switzer”, but the term was used especially for one of the hired guards and in general came to be used for a mercenary soldier. It has been a common name in England for many centuries.
Seth Sweetser, the immigrant ancestor of the American Family, was born in England in 1606 and came from Tring, Hertfordshire, England, a place thirty miles from London. He died May 27, 1662, aged fifty-six years.
He came to New England in 1637 and in that year was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown. He was admitted to the church there January 8, 1638, and a freeman March 14, 1638-39. He was a shoemaker by trade, and a Baptist in religion.
A letter from his cousin, Daniel Field, dated at Tring, May 10, 1642, has been preserved. It mentions his cousin Crane, father Lake, Aunt Hoten, his brothers and sister Elis. It notified him that he was to receive a butt of leather for which he was to pay ten pounds to Thomas Welch or Goodman Fowler. It conveyed a message of love to William Phillips and his wife. He made a deed of gift to his son Benjamin in 1660. He died May 27, 1662, aged fifty-six years. His will was signed May 24, 1662, and proved June 17, following.
He bequeathed to his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Sarah, son Samuel Blanchard and his wife Mary, daughter Hannah Fitch and to his wife’s three children by an earlier marriage. His son Benjamin and Edward Drinker were executors; Mr Richard Russell and “my brother Thomas Gold” overseers.
His first wife, Bethia, was admitted to the church September 9, 1639.
He married second, April 1661, Elizabeth Oaks, widow of Thomas Oakes, of Cambridge.
Elizabath (his widow) married third, Samuel Hayward
1 – Benjamin, born about 1632 in Tring England
2 – Sarah
3 – Mary; Married January 3, 1654-55, Samuel Blanchard
4 – Hannah, baptized January 12, 1638-39; Married Joseph Fitch
5 – Elizabeth, born January 27, 1642-43
Bethia Cooke Sweetser (____ – 1660)*