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About Lydia Wainwright
Lydia Lurvey married Thomas Wainwright of Rowley Massachusetts in 1790 and had several children, but none is included in the town's vital records. This was partly due to the incomplete record keeping typical of the times, but also because the family did not appear to have a strong church affiliation. Up to the 1840's, towns relied on local Churches to record vital records, much like English Parishes. In 1850, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation requiring each town to maintain its own list of births, marriages and deaths, and funded efforts to collect church, cemetery, and family records in order to compile records prior to 1850 that were published in 1910. As a result, the Commonwealth has today one of the most comprehensive sets of vital records available of any state in the nation.
In 1815, a widowed Lydia Wainwright married Benjamin Soper Marshall. He had been friendly with the Wainwright family since 1790, for we find his name along with Thomas's in the Warning Out documents issued by the Gloucester Selectmen in August of that year. In January 1816 the Columbian Centennial, a popular newspaper of the time, ran an erroneous announcement of the marriage of Benjamin to Lydia's daughter Nancy Wainwright.
Lydia Marshall died of Consumption (Tuberculosis) in 1825.