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John Folger

Male - Abt 1660

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  1. 1.  John Folger was born in in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died about 1660 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.


    Said to have come with his wife and son in 1635.

    John married Merrable Gibbs before 25 Jan 1609. Merrable (daughter of John Gibbs and Frances Robertson) died after 1663 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


    Some confusion has transpired over whether Merrable Gibbs was the mother of Peter Folger. In his 1862 NEHGR article "The Folger Family," William Coleman Folger wrote "John Folger died about 1660. Meribell Folger his widow was living in 1664. Her surname is supposed to have been Gibbs. According to tradition, John was a widower when he came over [in 1635]; if this be correct, he must have married her after his arrival in America."

    But Benjamin Franklin was certainly aware that Merrable Gibbs was the mother of his grandfather Peter Folger. In 1759, M. Foulger of Illington, Norfolk wrote to Franklin that "John Foulger married to Mirriba Gibbs in Old England by hir he had one sone named Peter and one Daughter than married a Pain on Long Island." And in 1932 George Andrews Moriarty discovered and published the will of "John Gibbes of Frendes in the County of Norff[olk] yeoman," dated 25 Jan 1609, which included a bequest to his daughter "Merrable Folser." So the "tradition" that John Folger emigrated as a widower would appear to have been incorrect; he was certainly married to Merrable Gibbs before 25 Jan 1609, and she certainly outlived him by four years and died on Martha's Vineyard in or after 1664.

    1. Peter Folger was born about 1617 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died in 1690 in Nantucket, Massachusetts; was buried in Founders Burial Ground, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
    2. Mary Folger was born after 1617; died before 18 Jul 1685.

Generation: 2