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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Martha Harding

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Martha Harding was born in England by 1612, based on her estimated date of marriage.

    Death: She died in Plymouth between March 25, 1633, and October 28, 1633, when her estate was administered.

    Ship: Unknown, 1632

    Life in England: She married at an Unknown date a man surnamed Harding. By the disposition of her estate, he had at least three brothers. Her husband may have been a joiner, as joiner’s tools were listed in her inventory.

    Life in New England: As “Widow Harding,” Martha Harding appeared in the Plymouth tax list of March 25, 1633. She died in the outbreak of disease that year. She may have been the sister of John Doane, as he administered her estate and raised her son, Joseph.

    Family: Martha _____ married _____ Harding by about 1612 and had one son.

    Children of _____ and Martha Harding:

    • Joseph was born by 1632. He married Bethiah Cooke in Eastham on April 4, 1660, and had nine children.
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