Mary Mallory (Preston) (c.1629 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
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About Mary Mallory (Preston)

Mary Preston. Born ca 1629 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. She was the daughter of William Preston and Elizabeth Sale, who died when she was little. She was raised by her step-mother, Mary Seabrook Preston, Mary was baptized in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, on 13 Dec 1629. Mary sailed to America in September 1635 on the Truelove with her father, step-mother, her siblings Sarah, Elizabeth and John. Her two older brothers had sailed to America earlier that year. Mary died in Dec 1690 in New Haven, CT.

Mary married Peter Mallory. Born ca 1627 in England. Peter died between 30 Aug 1697 and 24 Nov 1701 in New Haven, CT.

From Jacobus’s Ackley/Bosworth Ancestors:14

>Peter Mallery took the Oath of Allegiance, at New Haven, 5 Aug. 1644. He signed next after Sam: Wilison and before John Hunter. The latter name is significant because, as we shall later see, Mallory was connected in some way with Hunter.

Peter Mallery and his wife, evidently recently married, were before the Court, 6 Feb. 1648/9, and the record mentions that he was “subject to distraction, haueing sometime bine distempered that way.” This is the wording that was used at that period to describe mental illness, of all types. Peter Mallary bought a house, orchard and land from Nathaniell Seeley, 5 Aug. 1651. On 1 May 1654, John Thomas, Thomas Lamson, John Wakefield and Peter Mallary asked for land on which to plant tobacco. On 6 Feb. 1654/5, Richard Beech sold five acres to John Wakefield, with the consent of Peter Mallary who had bought the land with him. Peter Mallary was seated in the meeting-house with Nathaniell Merriman, John Tuttill and Thom. Barnes in seat 7 on the stile on one side of the door. This position in church indicated good standing, but not the highest social standing. Merriman was an officer in the militia, but not entitled to the prefix of respect (“Mr.”); John Tuttle was one of the sons of “Mr.” William Tuttle. At the same seating, 11 Feb. 1655/6, Goodwife Mallary occupied a seat with Goodwife Atkinson, Goodwife Marsh, and Goodwife Hodgkins. At that period in the New England colonies, the terms “Goodman” and “Goodwife” were usually applied to members of respectable middle-class families who individually were in good standing in the community, while the terms “Mr.” (Master) and “Mrs.” (Mistress) were reserved for those of the highest social standing. We should deduce from the foregoing records that Mallory was not immediately connected with any armigerous landed family of the name in England, though it would be possible for him to have descended remotely from such a family through younger unlanded branches. Under the law of primogeniture then in force in England, the descendants of younger sons of the landed gentry were quickly absorbed into the middle classes of yeomanry, merchants, etc. On 10 Feb. 1661/2, at a new seating of the meeting-house, Peter Mallery sat with John Sackitt, Sam. Marsh, and Robert Foot, in seat 4, side seats, above the door, while Goodwife Mallery sat with Hen. Lines wife, John Brownes wife, and Goodwife Beacher, in the third seat below the door. Peter Mallery and his son were witnesses, 7 July 1663, in a suit brought by Isaack Beecher against John Thomas Jr. and Daniel Thomas. On 2 Jan. 1665/6, Peter Mallery sued Widdow Hodskis for slander, and Goodwife Mallery testified. On 19 Mar. 1678/9, Peter Mallery asked in behalf of Ely Robberts for liberty of being an inhabitant. Roberts married a daughter of Mallory. At the Third Division of New Haven lands, 20 Dec. 1680, Peter Mallery Sr was listed as having 8 heads in his family and an estate of £65. Peter Mallery Jr then had 2 heads and an estate of £28. John Hunter in his will dated 15 May 1648 mentioned Sarah wife of William Meaker, Peter Mallory, and Mary widow of William Preston. It was Hunter who took the Oath of Allegiance at the same time with Mallory. It is believed that Hunter and Mallory were two unattached young men who lived with the Preston family until the death of Hunter and the marriage of Mallory, for it was contrary to town regulations for unmarried youths to live alone. Hunter had no relatives, at least in this country, and left a very small estate to the widow of William Preston, to Sarah wife of William Meaker (she was a daughter of William Preston), and to Peter Mallory. Possibly the latter married Mary Preston, but positive record proof is lacking. William Preston had a daughter Mary, baptized at Chesham, co. Bucks., Eng., 13 Dec. 1629, who is mentioned as living but unmarried in her father’s will. She was about 19 years old when Peter Mallory married, and no other marriage has been found for her. It is significant that Hunter’s will named Mallory with the Prestons; that Peter Mallory’s youngest son was named William; and that some of the Mallorys followed the Prestons to Stratford and Woodbury, Conn.

Analysis of names. Although it’s often mentioned that Peter is the son of Rafe and Grace (Neal) Mallory, that’s unlikely. Rafe and Grace apparently had children named Francis, Thomas, Matthias, and Anne, none of Peter’s children or grandchildren are named Rafe, Grace, Francis, or Mathias. One son is named Thomas, and the only grandchildren named Anne are named after a mother or grandmother. Furthermore, the eldest sons and daughters of Peter’s children Peter, Thomas, John, Joseph, and Rebecca are all named after their parents, and later children of Peter’s children Mary and William are named after their parents. Also, two of Peter’s grandsons (besides his son Peter’s son) are named Peter, and one of his granddaughters (besides his daughter Mary’s daughter) are named Mary. Among the names common to Peter’s children and grandchildren that are unnaccounted for are John, Daniel, Benjamin, Rebecca, Judith, and Abigail.

Their children include:

  1. Rebecca Mallory (18 Mar 1649[/50]-12 Mar 1691)
  2. Peter Mallory (27 Jul 1653-1720)
  3. Mary Mallory (Died soon) (28 Oct 1655-)
  4. Mary Mallory (28 Nov 1656-17 Sep 1752)
  5. Thomas Mallory (15 Apr 1659-15 Feb 1690/1)
  6. Daniel Mallory (25 Nov 1661-aft 1685)
  7. John Mallory (10 May 1664-ca 1712)
  8. Joseph Mallory (1666-)
  9. Benjamin Mallory (4 Jan 1668[/9]-)
  10. Samuel Mallory (10 Mar 1672/3-ca 1711)
  11. William Mallory (2 Sep 1675-1738)Came to America with father on the "Truelove."

-------------------- Born in Buckinghamshire, England on 1630 to William Preston and Elizabeth Sale. Mary married Peter Mallory and had 9 children. She passed away on 90 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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Mary Mallory's Timeline

1629
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Bucks, Eng.
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Bucks, England
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Bucks, Eng.
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Buckingham, England
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Bucks, Eng.
December 13, 1629
Chesham, Bucks, Eng.
1635
November, 1635
Age 5
Boston, Massachusetts