On August 19, 1752, two hundred and sixty years ago today, Samuel Stearns (1720-1776) married Jemima Hoyt (1729-ca. 1762), the daughter of Benjamin Hoyt (1702-1760) and Catherine Baker (1706-1736), in Shrewsbury, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. The service was officiated by Artemas Ward, Justice of the Peace.
The couple published their intentions to marry on March 7, 1752, a little over five months prior to their marriage. After their marriage, Samuel and Jemima remained in Worcester Co., Massachusetts, where they had at least four children before Jemima’s death, which took place between 1760 and 1762.
Samuel Stearns (1720-1776) and Jemima Hoyt (1729-ca. 1762) are my 6th great grandparents, and are direct ancestors of my 2nd Great Grandmother, Maudena Elizabeth Stearns (1885-1936), who married George Edward Kernan (1884-1960).