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Muriel Gurdon

Female Abt 1613 - Bef 1688  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Muriel Gurdon  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1613  [5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 25 Apr 1688  [6, 7
    Buried 25 Apr 1688  St. James' Church, Didsbury, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I14183  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2020 

    Father Brampton Gurdon,   b. 1566, of Assington, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Apr 1650  (Age < 84 years) 
    Mother Muriel Sedley,   b. Bef 20 Apr 1583, Morley, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1661, Letton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 78 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1606  St. Peter's, Morley, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Family ID F8987  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maj. Richard Saltonstall,   b. Bef 1 Oct 1610,   d. 29 Apr 1694, Hulme, Lancaster, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 83 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1633  All Hallows, Honey Lane, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 6, 9
    Children 
    +1. Nathaniel Saltonstall,   b. Abt 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1707, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F8904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • One of JTS's eleven proven "gateway ancestors."

      She went to New England with he husband in 1635, but by 1643 it was evident that colonial life was taking a serious toll on her health. On 10 May 1643 Richard Saltonstall was granted permission to leave the Massachusetts General Court due to her illness. They returned to England late in 1645; he then went immediately back to New England.

      "There is no evidence that Muriel Saltonstall was ever in New England again. Henry Newcome saw the Saltonstalls at Hulme in Lancashire on 19 June 1667, and reported that she was very weak. She died in 1688. Newcome preached her funeral sermon at Didsbury. Muriel Saltonstall's dislike of New England apparently extended to a desire that her portrait should not be sent to Massachusetts after her death." [Abandoning America, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.

    4. [S3829] William Everett, "Saltonstall-Gurdon-Sedley-Knyvet" and "Saltonstall-Knyvet: A Correction." In English Origins of New England Families, second series, Volume 3, ed. Gary Boyd Roberts. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985.

    5. [S1585] Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall by Leverett Saltonstall. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1897.

    6. [S756] Early New England Families Study Project: Accounts of New England Families from 1641 to 1700 by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    7. [S1617] Abandoning America: Life-Stories from Early New England by Susan Hardman Moore. Woodbridge, Sussex: The Boydell Press, 2013., year only.

    8. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site., date only.

    9. [S1585] Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall by Leverett Saltonstall. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1897., "June 1633".