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Mary Gorton (Maplet)

Also Known As: "Mary Elizabeth MAPLETT Gorton"
Birthplace: St. Lawrence Jewry, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Warwick, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Maplett, Jr. and Mary Maplett
Wife of Samuel Gorton, 5th President of Providence and Warwick
Mother of John Gorton; Elizabeth Crandall; Sarah Mace; Elnathan Gorton; Mary Sanford and 5 others
Sister of Stillborn Child Maplet; John Maplett, III; Josceline Maplet; Thomas Maplett; Elizabeth Chapleine and 2 others

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About Mary Gorton


The LDS Ancestral File has two more entries for Samuel and Mary, but the dates of birth are after Mary's stated death.

First: Susannah Gorton, B. Abt. 1649 at Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island; she died 28 May 1734 at Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachussetts. Her husband was Benjamin Barton son of Rufus Barton and Margaret Unknown. Their children were (from various records, apparently) Rufus, b. 1672/73, Warwick, d. 1751/52; Andrew, b. 1675, Warwick, d. 19 April 1723 at Swanzey, Rhode Island; Naomi, b. abt. 1677/1682 (maybe there were 2), d. 3 May 1727; Mary, b. 1 May 1678 Warwick, d. 6 March 1712; then 2 born 'abt.' 1680:

Elizabeth, abt. 1680, Warwick; Rowland, abt. 1680 Warwick, d. 25 August 1769; Sarah, b. abt. 1682, Warwick; Phebe, b. abt. 1684, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachussetts.

Second: Benjamin Gorton, b. 1650, Aquidneck Island, Newport, Rhode Island, d. 25 December 1696 at Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island.

From "The Life and Times of Samuel Gorton":

His wife who came with him to New England was Mary Maplet, daughter of John Maplet, gent, of St. Martin's le Grand, London, and Mary, his wife,4 a lady of education and refinement; and, as he wrote of her, "as tenderly brought up as any man's wife in the town,"little prepared to share with him the hardships of his exceptionally hard pioneer experience. Her father was, it appears, the son of the Rev. John, whose people had, if the assertion is true, early acquired a competency in the business of dealer in shoes.

The freedom of his disbursements and the advantages of education he extended to the members of his family reveal the comfortable condition of his circumstances and the elevated character of his daughter's early environments. That she was accorded by her parents the superior advantages enjoyed by the other children while she was with them seems reasonable.6 After her departure she was supplied by them with herds of choice breeds of cattle for the stalls and pastures belonging to her New England home.

Born 12 March 1608/9.

Mary Maplett was baptized in the Parish church on London's Milk Street known as St. Lawrence Jewry and St. Mary Magdalene., 12 Mar 1608/09. She was the oldest surviving one of five children, three others having died in infancy. She married Samuel Gorton before 1630. Sixteen years younger than her husband, she outlived him, having borne nine surviving children. She moved six times in six years to different frontier settlements, facing hazards of hostile Indians and no less hostile Puritan countrymen.

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Mary Gorton's Timeline

March 12, 1607
London, Middlesex, England
March 12, 1609
Age 2
St Lawrence, Jewry, London, England
January 11, 1630
Age 22
Gorton, Lancashire, England
Age 32
Manchester, Lancashire, England
November 28, 1641
Age 34
Warwick, Providence Plantation
Age 34
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
July 4, 1643
Age 36
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
October 13, 1643
Age 36
Gorton, Lancashire, England
June 5, 1644
Age 37
Warwick, Providence Plantation