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Martha Ford, "first white girl born in Plymouth"[1, 2]
 1619 - 1683


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  • Suffix  "first white girl born in Plymouth" 
    Birth  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 08:19:00 
    Father  William Ford, of the "Fortune" 
    Mother  Martha, of the "Fortune" 
    Family ID  F859  Group Sheet
    Family  William Nelson, b. 21 Jun 1615, Barton Up, Humber, Lancashire, England  
    Married  29 Oct 1640  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    >1. William Nelson, b. 1645, Plymouth, MA
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2009 08:19:00 
    Family ID  F1744  Group Sheet
  • 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., (

    2. [S996] Frank Ripley, Frank Ripley, (Reliability: 0).

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