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Bridget Marbury (Dryden)

Also Known As: "Bridget Marbury Newman"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Dryden, Esq. and Elizabeth Dryden (Cope)
Wife of Reverend Francis Marbury, I
Mother of Elizabeth Marbury, I; Mary Layton, II; John Marbury; Anne Hutchinson; Bridget Marbury, I and 12 others
Sister of Anthony Dryden; Sir Erasmus Dryden; Mary Foxley; Edward Dryden; George Dryden and 7 others
Half sister of Elizabeth Marbury and Sybill Moore

Occupation: midwife
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About Bridget Marbury

descended from royalty

born posthumously

Bridget Dryden1

F, b. after 1563, d. between 12 February 1645 and 2 April 1645, #1585

Father John Dryden Esq.2,3,4,5 b. circa 1525, d. 3 September 1584

Mother Elizabeth Cope2,6,3,4,5 b. say 1530

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Birth* Bridget Dryden was born after 1563 at Canons Ashby, Northampton, England.7,8,9,10,11,4,12

Marriage* She married Rev. Francis Marbury, son of William Marbury Gentleman and Agnes Lenton, circa 1587 at Canons Ashby, Northampton, England.7,8,10,11,13,12

Married Name As of circa 1587,her married name was Marbury.7,8

Married Name As of December 1620,her married name was Newman.8

Marriage* She married Rev. Thomas Newman in December 1620 as her second husband.8,11,4

Death* She died between 12 February 1645 and 2 April 1645 at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.7,10,4

Will* She left a will on 12 February 1644/45 at Will Made.7,11,14

Event-Misc* Will Administered on 2 April 1645.7,9,11,14

Occupation* She was a midwife.4

Family 1 Rev. Francis Marbury b. 27 October 1555, d. between 25 January 1611 and 14 February 1611

Marriage* She married Rev. Francis Marbury, son of William Marbury Gentleman and Agnes Lenton, circa 1587 at Canons Ashby, Northampton, England.7,8,10,11,13,12


Mary Marbury b. c 1588

John Marbury b. 15 Feb 1590

Anne Marbury b. 20 Jul 1591, d. 20 Sep 1643

Elizabeth Marbury b. c 1592

Bridget Marbury b. 8 May 1593

Francis Marbury b. 20 Oct 1594, d. b 2 Jul 1656

Emme Marbury b. 21 Dec 1595

Erasmus Marbury b. 15 Feb 1597, d. 1627

Anthony Marbury b. 21 Sep 1598

Bridget Marbury b. 25 Nov 1599

Jeremuth Marbury b. 31 Mar 1601

Daniel Marbury b. 14 Sep 1602

Elizabeth Marbury b. 20 Jan 1604, d. 1614

Thomas Marbury b. c 1607

Anthony Marbury b. 1608

Katherine Marbury b. c 1610, d. 2 May 1687

Family 2 Rev. Thomas Newman

Marriage* She married Rev. Thomas Newman in December 1620 as her second husband.8,11,4

Last Edited 2 Aug 2004


[S183] Jr. Meredith B. Colket, Marbury Ancestry, p. 27.

[S168] Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots, 14-39.

[S234] David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry, Cheseldine 3.

[S281] Marston Watson, Reverend Francis Marbury, p. 2.

[S284] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, Cheseldine 18.

[S233] Frederick Lewis Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 34-17.

[S168] Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots, 14-40.

[S183] Jr. Meredith B. Colket, Marbury Ancestry, p. 32.

[S190] F. N. Craig, "Ralegh of Farnborough", p. 21.

[S233] Frederick Lewis Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 34-16.

[S234] David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry, Marbury 1.

[S284] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p 493.

[S281] Marston Watson, Reverend Francis Marbury.

[S284] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, Marbury 19.

(f/g) Bridget E. Dryden Marbury Birth: 1563 Ashby St Ledgers Northamptonshire, England Death: Apr. 2, 1645 Surrey, England

Bridget was born at was once named St. Saviour's, Surrey County, England

Family links:

 Francis Marbury (1555 - 1611) 
 Rebecca Marbury Maxson (1602 - 1656)
  • [Note: Anne Hutchenson not shown 1/8/2014]

Burial: Unknown Created by: Michael Duffy Record added: Dec 16, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 102253894 -tcd

Francis Marbury was born in 1556 in England. In the early 1500s, King Henry VIII had broken away from the Catholic Church in order to divorce his wife Catherine and had established the Anglican Church. Queen Elizabeth I had later come to the throne, positioned herself as the head of the Church of England, and defeated the Spanish Catholics. England became a country of great religious activity, with Anglican bishops and ministers taking dominant positions in the government and courts. People loyal to the queen were pressing for church rites, teachings, and rituals that would clearly separate their new church from Catholicism. In this atmosphere, some small groups wanted to change the church even more, to rid it of any formal ritual that would suggest a relationship with the Catholics. These people were called Puritans.

Francis Marbury married Elizabeth Moore, who had three children before she died. Francis became an Anglican minister. About 1571, he began to teach and preach at the church in Northampton near the Dryden estate. Although Marbury had been educated at Cambridge University, he soon found that many of the Anglican ministers were not well educated but appointed to their positions by the ruling bishops for political reasons. The young minister so openly opposed this lack of an educated clergy that in 1578 he was arrested and sent to jail. After he was released, Marbury, now a widower, chose to move from Northampton. He married Bridget Dryden and they settled in Alford in Lincolnshire, about 125 miles from London. There Francis supported his growing family by preaching and teaching at St. Wilfred's Church.

John Dryden, poet Bridget's older brother Erasmus Dryden later became the grandfather of the famous English poet John Dryden (see pedigree chart). Many in her family were Puritans, and at least one relative had been imprisoned in the Tower of London for suggesting religious reforms. The Dryden ancestry traces back through English nobility and the royal lines of Alfred the Great and Charlemagne.

Bridget bore Francis thirteen children, the second of whom was Anne. Later to become the famous Anne Hutchinson, defender of religious freedom, she was born in July 1591. At the time, her father was again in trouble over his quarrels with the Anglican leaders. They accused him of being a Puritan and, even though he won his trial, he was forbidden to preach again for several years. This was a benefit for Anne, for now her father could spend his time tending the fields near their home and teaching his young daughter. Anne learned to read through the Bible and an account of her father's first trial, which he had published.

Bridget Marbury spent much of her time helping others. She was a skilled midwife, and assisted the women of the community whenever they were giving birth. As she grew older, Anne accompanied her mother on these goodwill visits, and in time she herself became a midwife.

Anne moved to the American Colonies, where she and her youngest sister Katherine were destined to play an historic role in the theocratic village of Boston, by demanding religious freedom and the right to assemble peaceably. Francis and Bridget had provided the upbringing necessary for these girls to play such a vital role.

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Bridget Marbury's Timeline

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England
Age 24
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 25
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
February 15, 1590
Age 27
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
July 20, 1591
Age 28
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
May 8, 1593
Age 30
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
October 29, 1594
Age 31
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
December 21, 1595
Age 32
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
February 15, 1597
Age 34
Alford, Lincolnshire, England