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Seth Storer
  • Born: 26 May 1702, Saco ME
  • Marriage (1): Mary Coney on 9 May 1734 in Boston MA
  • Died: 27 Nov 1774, Watertown MA

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  Events in his life were:

  • Teapot by Jacob Hurd, 1730-1735
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 5 1/2"
    d: 3 1/2" (base)
    wt: 16 oz, 11 dwt
    Engraved with cipher in Hurd's cartouche of the 1730s on the pourer's side; the initials SMS repeated on the bottom, the first S overcut to an E. On the opposite side in a later style cartouche is the Storer coat of arms. At the lip, an engraved band of bellflowers on diapered ground, broken at ends by elaborate scroll designs and at sides by diamonds with pendent bellflower buds. Cover has bellflowers at ends, buds at sides.
    An additional account of plate belonging to Ebenezer Storer, Jr., was taken on October 1, 1785, and contains many pieces bearing the initials SMS. Ebenezer's uncle, Seth Storer (1702-1774), had died childless and although a record of the death of his widow Mary, daughter of John Coney, is not found, it must have occurred prior to this listing and the division of their plate. Since the Storer arms appear to be in Hurd's late engraving, perhaps it was at this time that the teapot first changed ownership, and the triangular block initials revised for the first Ebenezer, whose wife was also Mary. Seth Storer had served a half-century pastorate in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1747 he petitioned that his salary "... for many years past had fallen very much short of being sufficient to support my family." Although the petition suggests children, only his wife and kinsmen were mentioned in his will, of which his nephew Ebenezer was executor.

  • Tankard by John Blower, c 1740
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 8 3/16"
    d: 5 1/4" (base)
    wt: 23 oz, 7 dwt
    Engraved EF on handle. Listed in Ebenezer Storer's inventory of plate, taken in 1785, he received from Seth and Mary Storer. The initials may be those of Edmund Fowle, one of the witnesses to Seth Storer's will.

Seth married Mary Coney, daughter of John Coney and Mary Atwater, on 9 May 1734 in Boston MA. (Mary Coney was born on 11 Nov 1699 in Boston MA.)

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