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Martha Browne (Unknown)

Also Known As: "Martha Foord", "Ford", "(b unknown)", "Widow Foord"
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Inkburrow, Worcestershire, England
Death: May 22, 1633 (44)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Wife of (Unknown) Foord and Peter Browne, "Mayflower" Passenger
Mother of John Ford; Martha Nelson; William Foorde/Ford; Priscilla Allen and Mary Tinkham

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About Martha Browne

Birth surname has been (erroneously?) reported to be:

Given name has also been reported to be:

  • Martha Keziah
  • Keziah
  • Note as of 2004 in The American Genealogist it is unambiguously stated that her name was Martha and there is no reference to Keziah anywhere citing Plymouth Colony Record (TAG Vol 162 p 277)

Martha Foord, (surname unknown) sailed with her husband, Mr. Foord (Ford), and her two Foord children on the ship "Fortune" in 1621, to Plymouth Colony. She was one of the two women on board. She was referred to as "Widdo Ford" in Bradford's History of the Plimoth Plantation. Her husband died on ship. Delivered of a son on the first night she landed. Married "Mayflower Passenger" Peter Browne in 1623 as his first wife; he married Mary 2nd.

"Mrs. Marsha Ford and her sons, William and Thomas Ford, were passengers on the ship Fortune which left London about August, 1621, and arrived at Cape Cod on November 9, 1621."

Children with William Foorde

  1. John Ford
  2. Martha Ford. Married William Nelson

Children with Peter Brown (married about 1624)

  1. Mary BROWNE b: 1625 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Married Ephraim Tinkham.
  2. Priscilla BROWN b: 1627 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Married William Allen.


Unknown. Parents seen as Richard Barker & Mary Woodgate with no supporting evidence

Sources A genealogical profile of Peter Browne, (a collaboration of Plimoth Plantation and New England Historic Genealogical Society accessed 2013)


Martha _____Married ____ Ford by about 1617. They went to Plymouth Colony in 1621 on the "Fortune." He died there before the 1627 cattle division. Martha married PETER BROWN 2nd in Plymouth by 1626. She had two children with Peter Brown and died by 1630. There were 3 known Ford children: John, Martha (Ford) Nelson, & a son who died soon. She also had 2 children with Peter Brown: Mary (Brown) Tinkham & Priscilla (Brown) Allen.

Martha Browne

Martha' first husband is (Unknown) Ford. We do know it could not have been William Ford of Marshfield.


Florence Barelay TAG 42:35-42 Conclusion Husband could not have been William Ford

TAG 56:32-35 (Mostly about daughter Martha);

GMB p 687 citing TAG 42:35-42 and TAG 56:32-35 as latest research

Anderson, The Plymouth Migration (NEHGS, 2004) p 211-212;

Anderson GM Direcotry (2015) p 188 still citing TAG above as latest reserach

TAG 79:161 2004 English Origins of Peter Brown

I've read all of these and none of them argue that William Ford could have been her husband.

Martha and Peter were married in about 1623 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.

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Martha Browne's Timeline

Inkburrow, Worcestershire, England
November 11, 1621
Age 32
Plymouth, , MA
November 21, 1621
Age 32
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
June 1, 1627
Age 38
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 38
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
May 22, 1633
Age 44
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts