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Family: John Folger / Merrable Gibbs (F10708)

m. Bef 25 Jan 1609


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  • Father | Male
    John Folger

    Born    Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Abt 1660  Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  Bef 25 Jan 1609  [1]   
    Father   
    Mother   

    Mother | Female
    Merrable Gibbs

    Born     
    Died  Aft 1663  Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Father  John Gibbs | F10778 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Frances Robertson | F10778 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    + Peter Folger

    Born  Abt 1617  Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1690  Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Founders Burial Ground, Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Mary Morrill | F10706 
    Married  1644  Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Female
    + Mary Folger

    Born  Aft 1617   
    Died  Bef 18 Jul 1685   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Jeremiah Vail | F13635 
    Married  24 May 1660  Southold, Suffolk, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2310] Nathan W. Murphy, "Gibbs and Robertson Ancestry of Merrable Gibbs, Wife of John Folger of Martha's Vineyard, and Anne Gibbs, Wife of Rev. John Fiske of Chelmsford, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 88:286, October 2016.