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Martha Sherman (Bradley)

Also Known As: "Munson"
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven Colony
Death: January 07, 1707 (58)
Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bradley, IV and Alice Bradley
Wife of Samuel Munson; Deacon Eliasaph Preston and Capt. Daniel Sherman
Mother of Martha Elcock; Thomas Munson; Capt. John Munson; Capt. Theophilus Munson; Ens. Joseph Munson and 5 others
Sister of Joseph Bradley; Dr. Abraham Bradley; Mary Todd; Sgt. Benjamin Bradley; Hester Bradley and 5 others

Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
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About Martha Sherman

Martha Bradley, daughter of Alice Prichard & William Bradley, was born ca 1648 in New Haven, CT. Martha was baptized in First Congregational Society, New Haven, in Oct 1648.52




  1. On 26 Oct 1665 Martha first married Ens. Samuel Munson, son of Capt. Thomas Munson (-7 Dec 1675/6) & Joanna (ca 1611-13 Dec 1678), in New Haven, CT.53 Born ca 1643 in New Haven, CT. Samuel was baptized in First Congregational Society, New Haven, on 7 Aug 1643.52 Samuel died in 1692 in New Haven, CT.52
  2. Ca 1694 Martha second married Dea. Eliasaph Preston , son of William Preston (ca 1590-1647) & Mary Seabrook (ca 1601-aft 1680).52 Born ca 1643 in New Haven, CT. Eliasaph was baptized in First Congregational Society, New Haven, on 9 Apr 1643.52 Eliasaph died in 1707 in Wallingford, CT.52 Eliasaph was in Stratford 1669, later in Wallingford.24
  3. Martha third married Daniel Sherman , son of Rev. John Sherman (26 Dec 1613-8 Aug 1685) & Mary Launce (ca 1620/1625-9 Mar 1710). Born ca 1642 in Milford, CT. Daniel was baptized in First Church of Milford, on 27 Mar 1642.61

children include:

  1. Martha Munson (6 May 1667-24 Apr 1728)
  2. Sgt. Samuel Munson (26 Feb 1668[/9]-23 Nov 1741)
  3. Thomas Munson (12 Mar 1670/1-28 Sep 1746)
  4. Capt. John Munson (28 Jan 1672-bef 1752)
  5. Theophilus Munson (1 Sep 1675-28 Nov 1747)
  6. Ens. Joseph Munson (1 Nov 1677-30 Oct 1725)
  7. Stephen Munson (5 Dec 1679-ca 1768)
  8. Caleb Munson (19 Nov 1682-23 Aug 1765)
  9. Joshua Munson (7 Feb 1684/5-9 Dec 1711)
  10. Israel Munson (Died young) (6 Mar 1686/7-bef Jun 1697)


The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)

6. Joseph Tuttle, bap. in New Haven, Nov. 22, 1649; m. May 2, 1667, Hanna, dau. of Capt. Thomas Munson.* b. June 11, 1648. ........................

  • Thomas Munson came in the Elizabeth to Boston in 1634; rem. to Hartford and was of the Hartford Contingent under Capt. Mason at the destruction of the Pequot Fort. (See Hartford in the Olden Times); rem. to New Haven, 1642; offered one-third of an unclaimed allotment in the Governor's Wuarter on conditions that he never complied with, namely, that he would build a house thereon and devote himself to making wheels and ploughs for the good of the colony. In 1669 he was a commissioner with Samuel Bishop and three others, to meet five commisioners from Branford, to establish boundaries. In 1675 he commanded the New Haven troops who, at Norrituck, defended the plantation against the Indians. His military rank was Capt. He was representative in the General Assembly 24 sessions from 1666 to 1683; d. 1685; inv. (english pound)270. An agreement for distribution, signed June in, 1685, by Samuel Munson, Richard Higginbottom and Joseph Tuttle; movable divided between Elizabeth Higginbottom and Hannah Tuttle. His s. SAMUEL m. MARTHA, dau. of Wm. BRADLEY of Guilford. His dau. Elizabeth m. Richard Higginbottom.


Category:New Haven, Connecticut


Martha Bradley was baptized at the New Haven First Congregational Church in Oct 1648.<ref>First Connecticut Church Records Index: New Haven First Congregational Church 1639-1937. Vol. A-I. Hartford: ConnecticutState Library, 1947.

No parent was mentioned, but she was the daughter of William Bradley and Alice Prichard Bradley.<ref name="Jacobus">Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven,Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.</ref>

<ref>"List of Baptisms In the Church in New Haven, Conn., during the Ministry of Rev. John Davenport ... New England Historical and Genealogical Register 9:357. Boston: NEHGS, 1855. p. 358 (link GoogleBooks)</ref> She was probably born, in New Haven, shortly before she was baptized.

Martha married three times:

  1. 26 Oct 1665 in New Haven, Connecticut, Samuel Munson. Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I.] Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917 p. 24
  2. about 1694 (between 2nd Monday in Jun 1694 and 18 June 1697) Eliasaph Preston. The administration of Samuel Munson's estate by 1697 was in the hands of his son John and "ye sd Martha Munson als Preston". The Munson Record: A Genealogical andBiographical account of Captain Thomas Munson (a pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) and His Descendants: Author: Munson Association: Publication: Munson Association, New Haven, CT, 1895 pp65-82 at Archive Seep 81 for Matthew Sherman. He died in 1707. Eliasaph Preston calls his wife Martha in his will.<ref>Probate Packets, Pratt, O-Prout, R, 1683-1880. Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts. at Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records,1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.</ref>
  3. after 1707 Matthew Sherman according to Fam. of Ancient New Haven p. 261<ref name="Jacobus" /> and the Munson Record p. 81, which gives as a source a land record. When John sold Theophilus the ancestral home in 19 Feb 1722 it was bounded by land in the “occupation of my honoured Mother, Mrs. Matthew Sherman.”<ref name=Record /> There are no vital, colony or town records in early New Haven, for a Matthew Sherman.Families of Ancient New Haven p. 261 says Daniel Sherman married second Martha the widow of Samuel Munson and Eliasaph Preston. This is further proved by probate records.

Martha Sherman died in 1728 or early 1729. John Munson was appointed administrator of her estate 6 Jan 1728/9. An inventory of her estate was taken 8 Jan 1728/9, containing a bible, a pair of spectacles, 2 other old books and assorted household goods amounting to £62.15.8. The inventory was taken by John Munson, Caleb Hotchkiss and John Bradley<ref>Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts. Probate Packets, Shepherd, Anne-Sherwood, H, 1683-1880. Martha Sherman 1728/9 New Haven, New Haven Probate District # 9285?. at Connecticut,Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999</ref>

Martha and Samuel had Munson Children:<ref name="Jacobus" />

  1. Martha 1667
  2. Samuel 1668
  3. Thomas 1670/1
  4. John 1672
  5. Theophilus 1675
  6. Joseph 1677
  7. Stephen 1679
  8. Caleb 1682
  9. Joshua 1684
  10. Israel 1686
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Martha Sherman's Timeline

October 14, 1648
New Haven, New Haven Colony
October 14, 1648
New Haven, New Haven, CT
October 26, 1648
Church of Christ, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, British Colonial America
October 1648
First Congregational Church, New Haven, New Haven Colony
October 1648
New Haven, New Haven, Ct
May 6, 1667
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
February 28, 1668
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony
March 12, 1670
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
January 28, 1672
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony