Martha Wilder (Higgs) (1590 - 1652) MP

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Birthplace: Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
Death: Died in Hingham, Suffolk County (Present Plymouth County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Martha Wilder (Higgs)

The family name "Higgs" for Martha has been advanced in the past, especially in tabulations of early mormons, plus others. More recently, in 1984, Grenice Disher hired a professional genealogist in London, England to investigate the origins of Martha with specific instructions to look for evidence linking her to the Higgs family. After some ten months of extensive research, it was concluded Martha's maiden name of Higgs could not be confirmed. Colleen Nielson, a Wilder descendant and careful researcher, quotes Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, page 373, and the History of Hingham, Massachusetts, LDS Family History Library, book 974.48/H1 V2h Vol. 2, and the LDS Archival Record as her sources to support her acceptance of Martha's maiden name as Higgs.

In Jun 1614 Thomas married Martha Higgs, daughter of Griffin Higgs & Sarah Payne, in Shiplake, Oxford, Eng. Born ca 1590 in Shiplake, Oxfordshire. Martha died on 20 Apr 1652 in Hingham, MA.33

“Wid. Martha Wilder was an inhabitant of Hing. as early as 1638, when she had a grant of five acres of land for a house-lot on Main, near Pleasant St.; also other lots at subsequent dates of planting, pasture, and meadow lands. She prob. came from Shiplock, Oxfordshire County, Eng., with her dau. Mary, and perh. Eliza, who m. Jan. 17, 1638 or 1638-39, Thomas Ensign of Scit. It may have been her dau. mary who m. ___ Cudworth of Scit.”33

Widow Martha Wilder of Shiplake, Oxford, England, sailed on the Confidence, of London, from Southampton, 30 Apr 1638, with one or two of her daughters. She was given a house lot of five acres on Main Street, newar Pleasant St., South Hingham.7

Their children include:

2353 i. John Wilder (ca 1616-1688)

2354 ii. Thomas Wilder (ca 1618-23 Oct 1667)

2355 iii. Edward Wilder (ca 1619-18 Oct 1690)

2356 iv. Elizabeth Wilder (ca 1621-bet. 1 Nov 1676 and 19 Nov 1686)

2357 v. Mary Wilder (1623-13 Dec 1658)

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In 1638 the ship Confidence sailed from Southampton with emigrants for Massachusetts Bay. In the list of passengers were widow Martha Wilder and her daughter Mary. It is represented that they landed at Hingham. The town records show that the town made grants of land to Martha and Edward.

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Note: Martha Wilder, widow of Thomas, left Shiplake in May 1638 for the colonies with daughter Mary on the ship Confidence. It was a time of persecution in England and the religious character of the emigrant Wilders shows very clearly they were of the persecuted class. It is believed after the death of her husband she sent the children, Thomas, Elizabeth and Edward with friends to America while she disposed of her effects and after a short time was able to follow them. "There was a tradition in Hingham as late as 1802, That widow Martha sold the entailed estate, and would never tell her children where it was located and to whom it was sold. She might have sold, and probably did sell, the Shiplake House to her son John, the heir of Sulhma." There is a saying "Dukes don't emigrate," which would account for the eldest son John remaining in England even though he did not have high title.

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After her husband, Thomas of Shiplake's, death, she and her children (except for John) came to Higham Massachusetts Colony on the good ship Confidence in 1638.

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As a widow, Martha sent children Thomas, Elizabeth and Edward to New England with friends. She settled affairs, left son John in charge in England, and with daughter Mary, sailed from Southampton on ship "Confidance" to Hingham, MA. -------------------- The family name "Higgs" for Martha has been advanced in the past, especially in tabulations of early mormons, plus others. More recently, in 1984, Grenice Disher hired a professional genealogist in London, England to investigate the origins of Martha with specific instructions to look for evidence linking her to the Higgs family. After some ten months of extensive research, it was concluded Martha's maiden name of Higgs could not be confirmed. Colleen Nielson, a Wilder descendant and careful researcher, quotes Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, page 373, and the History of Hingham, Massachusetts, LDS Family History Library, book 974.48/H1 V2h Vol. 2, and the LDS Archival Record as her sources to support her acceptance of Martha's maiden name as Higgs.

In Jun 1614 Thomas married Martha Higgs, daughter of Griffin Higgs & Sarah Payne, in Shiplake, Oxford, Eng. Born ca 1590 in Shiplake, Oxfordshire. Martha died on 20 Apr 1652 in Hingham, MA.33

“Wid. Martha Wilder was an inhabitant of Hing. as early as 1638, when she had a grant of five acres of land for a house-lot on Main, near Pleasant St.; also other lots at subsequent dates of planting, pasture, and meadow lands. She prob. came from Shiplock, Oxfordshire County, Eng., with her dau. Mary, and perh. Eliza, who m. Jan. 17, 1638 or 1638-39, Thomas Ensign of Scit. It may have been her dau. mary who m. ___ Cudworth of Scit.”33

Widow Martha Wilder of Shiplake, Oxford, England, sailed on the Confidence, of London, from Southampton, 30 Apr 1638, with one or two of her daughters. She was given a house lot of five acres on Main Street, newar Pleasant St., South Hingham.7

Their children include:

2353 i. John Wilder (ca 1616-1688)

2354 ii. Thomas Wilder (ca 1618-23 Oct 1667)

2355 iii. Edward Wilder (ca 1619-18 Oct 1690)

2356 iv. Elizabeth Wilder (ca 1621-bet. 1 Nov 1676 and 19 Nov 1686)

2357 v. Mary Wilder (1623-13 Dec 1658)

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In 1638 the ship Confidence sailed from Southampton with emigrants for Massachusetts Bay. In the list of passengers were widow Martha Wilder and her daughter Mary. It is represented that they landed at Hingham. The town records show that the town made grants of land to Martha and Edward.

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Note: Martha Wilder, widow of Thomas, left Shiplake in May 1638 for the colonies with daughter Mary on the ship Confidence. It was a time of persecution in England and the religious character of the emigrant Wilders shows very clearly they were of the persecuted class. It is believed after the death of her husband she sent the children, Thomas, Elizabeth and Edward with friends to America while she disposed of her effects and after a short time was able to follow them. "There was a tradition in Hingham as late as 1802, That widow Martha sold the entailed estate, and would never tell her children where it was located and to whom it was sold. She might have sold, and probably did sell, the Shiplake House to her son John, the heir of Sulhma." There is a saying "Dukes don't emigrate," which would account for the eldest son John remaining in England even though he did not have high title.

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After her husband, Thomas of Shiplake's, death, she and her children (except for John) came to Higham Massachusetts Colony on the good ship Confidence in 1638.

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As a widow, Martha sent children Thomas, Elizabeth and Edward to New England with friends. She settled affairs, left son John in charge in England, and with daughter Mary, sailed from Southampton on ship "Confidance" to Hingham, MA.

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Martha Wilder's Timeline

1590
1590
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1614
1614
Age 24
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1616
1616
Age 26
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1621
1621
Age 31
Shiplake-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
1621
Age 31
Sulham, Berkshire, England
1625
1625
Age 35
Shiplake,,Oxfordshire,England
1625
Age 35
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1627
1627
Age 37
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1629
1629
Age 39
Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England
1638
May 1638
Age 48

Immigrated as a widow with her children