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Martha Mead

Female Abt 1630 - Bef 1695  (~ 65 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Martha Mead was born about 1630 (daughter of William Mead and Philip); died before 20 Nov 1695 in Westchester County, New York.

    Notes:

    "Her marriage is proven by a court case wherein she was accused of fornication, though not with her husband John Richardson, and of delivering a bastard child at the house of Joshua Hughes (i.e. Hewes) in Roxbury, Mass., in January 1653/4; the child died shortly after birth. Martha testified that she did not know the father of the child because she 'had bine abused in [a] fainting fitt.' Why she went to the house of Joshua Hewes is a matter for conjecture--he was also of a Hartfordshire family, though his place of origin (Royston) was not close to Watford." [Gordon L. Remington, citation details below]

    Martha married John Richardson before Jan 1654. John died between 16 Nov 1679 and 24 Jul 1683 in West Farms, Westchester, New York. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Elizabeth Richardson was born about 1656; died between 9 Oct 1723 and 3 Jul 1725 in West Farms, Westchester, New York; was buried in Joseph Rodman Drake Park, Bronx, New York.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  William MeadWilliam Mead was born before 27 Dec 1592 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (son of Pricilla Mead and Dorothy Grey); died after 19 Sep 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 27 Dec 1592, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

    Notes:

    Arrived in Massachusetts 1635; in 1641, removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut and then to Stamford.

    His wife's death record calls her the wife of William Mead, not his widow, indicating that she died before he did.

    William married Philip about 1620 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Philip died on 19 Sep 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Philip died on 19 Sep 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Also spelled Philippe.

    Children:
    1. John Mead was born about 1628 in England; died on 5 Feb 1699 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut; was buried on 5 Feb 1699 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut.
    2. 1. Martha Mead was born about 1630; died before 20 Nov 1695 in Westchester County, New York.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Pricilla Mead was born before 22 Jul 1548 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (son of Richard Mead and Margaret); died before 8 Aug 1606 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; was buried on 8 Aug 1606 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 22 Jul 1548, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

    Notes:

    Gordon L. Remington (citation below) states that one of the peculiarities of this family is the use of the name Pricilla as a male name from 1545 until as late as the 1680s. It was also spelled Precilla or Prescilla, and nicknamed Parsla, Tillius, or Tilly.

    Pricilla married Dorothy Grey on 11 Oct 1579 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Dorothy died before 5 Feb 1634 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; was buried on 5 Feb 1634 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Dorothy Grey died before 5 Feb 1634 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; was buried on 5 Feb 1634 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

    Notes:

    The death and burial date here given is that of an individual identified in the records only as the "widow Meade"; this individual was probably but not certainly the Dorothy Grey who married Pricilla Mead.

    Children:
    1. 2. William Mead was born before 27 Dec 1592 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; died after 19 Sep 1657 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard Mead was born about 1515 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; died before 2 Mar 1560 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; was buried on 2 Mar 1560 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

    Notes:

    One of the witnesses to his will, dated 22 Oct 1559, was Thomas Heydon, undoubtably a member of the Watford Heydon family from which PNH's seventeenth-century immigrant ancestor Francis Heydon is widely (but probably falsely) alleged to have come.

    Richard married Margaret on 26 Jun 1545 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Margaret died after 25 Oct 1560. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Margaret died after 25 Oct 1560.

    Notes:

    She was previously married to a man named Gouldhurst.

    Children:
    1. 4. Pricilla Mead was born before 22 Jul 1548 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; died before 8 Aug 1606 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England; was buried on 8 Aug 1606 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.