Mehitabel Nott

Mehitabel Nott

    Mehitabel Nott married Jospeh Webb Sr. in 1749.  He died in 1761.  They were the parents of Joseph Webb Jr. who married Abigail Chester in 1774.  Mehitabel later married a lawyer, Silas Deane, in 1763.  They had one son, Jesse Deane.  Mehitabel died in 1767.  In 1769, Deane married another rich widow, Elizabeth Saltonstall Evards.  Silas Deane served in the First Continental Congress and was later sent as an agent to France to secure arms and support for the American revolutionary cause.   In this portrait, Mehitabel is seen with her son Jesse, age 2.  She is holding a book and has her elbow on another book, indicating that she is a literate woman who can read and write.  There is a parrot on her knee, an exotic bird, indicating that she has the wealth for exotic things.

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