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Martha Ford, "first white girl born in Plymouth"[1]

Female Abt 1619 - 1683  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Martha Ford  [2
    Suffix "first white girl born in Plymouth" 
    Born Abt 1619  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Dec 1683  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4364  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father William Ford, of the "Fortune",   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft. 11 Dec 1621 Bef. 1 Mar 1623, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Martha, of the "Fortune",   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1604 
    Family ID F859  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Nelson,   b. 21 Jun 1615, Barton Up, Humber, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1679, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1640  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. William Nelson,   b. 1645, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1718, Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1619 - Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Oct 1640 - Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1683 - Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From "The Nelsons of Lakeville, MA"

      This year, 1640, also marked the event of his marriage on 29 October to Martha Ford, the first white girl born in Plymouth. Martha was the daughter of widow Martha Ford who is listed as a passenger on the Fortune of London (55 tons), Thomas Barton, Master; out of London early July 1621, arriving Plymouth November 11, with "35 persons who remaine and live in ye plantation." She is listed Ford, Mrs. Martha--probably of London-- "delivered of a sonne the first night she landed, and both are doing very well--widow of leather dresser of Southwark, who evidently died at sea". Three children are then listed, William, Martha and John with the latter's life span given as 1621 - 1693.

      There is a conflict as to the date of Martha's birth but the weight of evidence indicates it was Martha and not John who was born just after the Widow Ford landed.

      The latter was married again in 1623 to Peter Brown. It is reported there were several children, but their identity presents a problem as some were her children by her first marriage, some by her second and others by Peter Brown's second marriage, but the data as to her having by her first marriage a daughter, Martha, who was married to William Nelson seems established beyond doubt.

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S996] Frank Ripley, Frank Ripley, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=frankripley&id=I1232 (Reliability: 0).