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Mrs. Martha Harding

Female Bef 1612 - 1633  (> 21 years)


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  • Name Martha Harding  [1
    Prefix Mrs. 
    Born Bef 1612  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died Between 25 Mar 1633 and 28 Oct 1633  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I19949  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2021 

    Children 
    +1. Joseph Harding,   b. Bef 1632, of Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1685, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 53 years)
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F12195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • She arrived in about 1632 and lived the rest of her life at Plymouth. As "Widow Harding" she was assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 Mar 1633. The identity of her Harding husband is unknown and it is presumed that he died in England before she and her son Joseph (her only child) sailed for New England. The story, put forth in Wilbur Judd Harding's 1925 The Hardings in America, that he was a Joseph Harding "of Braintree" (which began in 1635, well after her and her husband's death), that he was "a mariner, engaged in fishing," that he and Martha married in 1624 while she was living in Plymouth (there is no indication of her at Plymouth before the early 1630s), and that he was "a member of the Gov. Gorges party", is entirely fanciful; no evidence exists for a single bit of it.

      She may have been a sister of John Doane, who was ward to her son Joseph Harding after her death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2603] John Insley Coddington, "The Widow Mary Ring, of Plymouth, Mass., and Her Children." The American Genealogist 42:193, Oct 1966.

    2. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.