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Unlike his older brother Nehemiah, who figures prominently in town offices and affairs, Ebenezer's appearance was modest. He was elected a tythingman for Braintree, MA, in 1736.1 It was later found that he didn't take the oath of that office and asked to be dismissed.2 He was elected constable in 1736, but refused to serve and paid the prescribed fine: “He gave an obligation to the Treasury for five pounds.”3 He was elected and accepted the office of surveyor of highways in 3 March 1739/40,4 tythingman in 4 March 1744/455 and selectman 12 Mar 1750/51.6 The last record of Ebenezer in the town records is 22 May 1751,7 when he was on a treasury committee.
He and Mary aren't in Braintree death or burial records up to the early 1760s, at which point those records stop for many years.
Since his son Ebenezer was married and having children with his wife Elizabeth through this time, Ebenezer, Sr., must be the one who married Rebecca Tower in 1765.
Ebenezer certainly died after 13 June 1761, when he acknowledged his last deed.8 This was when he sold his homestead to his son Ebenezer. Both are called yoemen of Brantree. A deed dated 14 June 1764 involved Ebenezer, "feltmaker." He isn't designated "Jr.," which strongly suggests his father had died by then.9 When Ebenezer the elder sold his homestead, wife Mary wasn't involved. This surely means Mary had died by then. She would have had dower rights to the homestead, and had to give her consent on record for the sale to happen if she were alive. However, it's odd that she isn't Rev. Niles's burial records, which extend to November 1761.
The Hayden homestead was on what is now Pond Street to the east of Little Pond, now Sunset Lake.
children of Ebenezer Hayden and Mary Hollis:10
i. Mary b. 9 June 1722
ii. Rachel b. 22 December 1724
iii. Hannah b. 8 October 1727
iv. Ebenezer bap. 3 January 1730/31
v. Ebenezer b. 26 December 1732
vital records sources: His baptism is in Rev. Samuel Niles's journal, 263, images at congregationallibrary.org, image 118. His first marriage is in, 749. 2nd marr Niles's journal, p. 873 John Tower and Rebecca, the widow of Alexander French, married after 18 June 1750, when Mrs. Tower was buried, but there isn't a church marriage for them.
Rebecca's first husband, Alexander French, died 31 Jan 1744 in Braintree.
1. Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, ed. Samuel Austin Bates (Randolph:1886), 190.
2. Ibid, 192.
4. Ibid, 229.
5. Ibid, 266.
6. Ibid, 304.
7. Ibid, 307.
8. Suffolk Co., MA, deed, 96:176.
9. Ibid, 117:190.
births are from Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793, ed. Samuel Austin Bates (Randolph:1886), 711, 755, 760, 761, 768. Ebenezer, Jr.'s, bap. record is in Rev. Samuel Niles's journal, 263, images at congregationallibrary.org, image 118.