_____________________ | _____________________| | | | |_____________________ | _Mathew BARBER ______| | (1815 - 1853) m 1840| | | _____________________ | | | | |_____________________| | | | |_____________________ | | |--Martha B. BARBER | (1853 - ....) | _Cyrus MARTIN _______ | | (1763 - 1830) m 1785 | _Edward MARTIN ______| | | (1788 - 1850) m 1811| | | |_Charlotte BRIDGHAM _+ | | (1765 - 1843) m 1785 |_Harriet MARTIN _____| (1820 - 1853) m 1840| | _____________________ | | |_Mary GOODWIN _______| (1795 - 1869) m 1811| |_____________________
__ | __| | | | |__ | _Henry BRIDGHAM _____| | (1595 - 1640) m 1610| | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Mary BRIDGHAM | (1616 - 1616) | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_Ursula BRETT _______| (1581 - 1622) m 1610| | __ | | |__| | |__
There is a great deal of confusion surrounding Mary Bridgham. There are at least two records attributing her birth to Henry and Ursula Brett (IGI Film number 471955 and 442831). Another lists her born about 1619 to Henry Bridgham and Mary Cresswell. Another lists Mary Bridgham born about 1620 in Southhold, Suffolk, to Ralph Bridgum and Mary Crewell. And AFN: 8GZ6-63 covers all bets, listing her parents as Ralph Bridgum and Mary Crewell, Thomas Bridgum and Mary Cresswell, and John Bridgum.
One thing is known for sure. A woman named either Mary Bridgham or Mary Bridgum married Thomas Benedict in 1640 in Suffolk County. This marriage is listed in many genealogies. Some list Mary's parents as Henry and Ursula (Brett) Bridgham. Most do not. There may have been two Mary's living in Suffolk about this time, and their names have been confused. We may never know the truth. I choose to believe that Thomas Benedict's wife was Mary Bridgum.
What is odd about the Bridgum name is that all British references to it (over 100) on familysearch.org are between the years 1556 and 1663. And, with the exception of a handful of references in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's, there is no record of the name in the US. The surname seems to have disappeared.
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