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Mary Prescott (Gawkroger-Platts)

Also Known As: "Mary Gawkroger-Platts", "Mary Platts Gawkroger", "Platt", "Gawkroger", "Platt-Gawkroger", "Gawkroger-Platt"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sowerby, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 20, 1688 (81)
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Abraham Gawkroger, of Platts and Martha Gawkroger
Wife of John Prescott
Mother of Mary Sawyer; {Infant} Prescott; Martha Rugg; {Infant} Prescott; Captain John Prescott, II and 8 others

Occupation: Name was Gawkroger in England but changed to PLATTS in USA
Managed by: Private User
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About Mary Prescott

From http://www.mybalefamily.com/FamilyTree/Prescott-p/p413.htm#i220

  • Charts Descendant Chart for Sir Richard De Prestcote
  • Last Edited Sep 17, 2007
  • Mary Platts Gawkroger1
  • F, b. Feb 7, 1607, d. Oct 20, 1688
  • Father James Gawkroger b. circa Sep 7, 1578, d. Oct 6, 1628
  • Mother Martha Ainsworth b. Jan 26, 1578, d. Dec 10, 1632
  • Name Variation Mary Gawkroger- Platts
  • Married Name Prescott
  • Birth* Feb 7, 1607 Sowerby, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Christening Mar 15, 1607
  • Marriage* Jan 21, 1629 Wygan, Lancashire, Sowerby, England, Principal=John Prescott
  • Death* Oct 20, 1688 Lancaster, Worcester, MA, USA

Family John Prescott b. 1604, d. Dec 20, 1681

Children

  • 1. Mary Marie Prescott b. Feb 24, 1630, d. Feb 23, 1718
  • 2. Martha Prescott+ b. Mar 11, 1632, d. Jan 24, 1656
  • 3. John Prescott Jr.+ b. Apr 1, 1635
  • 4. Sarah Prescott b. 1637
  • 5. Hannah Prescott b. 1639
  • 6. Captain Jonathan Prescott+ b. circa 1643, d. Dec 5, 1721
  • 7. Captain Jonas Prescott+ b. Jun 30, 1648, d. Dec 31, 1723

Citations (aka Platts) also immigrant c1640, has known ancestry in Yorkshire, England.

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Buried in Old Settlers Burying Ground. Source: 'History of the Wheeler Family in America', 1914, Albert Gallatin Wheeler, Jr., p 498. 'Ancestrial Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England between 1623 and 1650', 1969, Frederick Lewis Weis, p 34. Chuck Krause, RootsL.


  • From findagrave.com:
  • Birth: Feb 12 1612, England
  • Death: Oct 20 1688, Lancaster, Worcester Co, MA, USA
  • Dtr of Abraham & Martha (Riley) Platts-Gawkroger of Sowerby, Yorkshire, Eng. She m John Prescott (1605-1681) Jan 24 1629 at Wygan, Lancashire, Eng.
  • Burial: Old Settlers Burial Yd, Lancaster, Worcester Co, MA, USA
  • Ancestors of Mary Gawkroger (Platt)

Mary traveled from England to Barbados with her husband John Prescott in 1638 and on to Massachusetts in 1640. She suffered from an indian massacre in 1676 where she lost one of her children (Ephraim) as well as other relatives and friends thru that ordeal. Mary's unusual name of "GAWKROGER" comes from a British term applied to left-handed people also called "left-handed rogers" or [gawk-rogers]. It's believed the family was supposed to have had an unusual number of left-handed members thus that label somehow evolved into their name. It's believed their real name may have been Platts, and it appears that her father and possibly her grandfather used both names of Gawkroger and Platts as their last names during their lifetime, but when she left England for America she dropped the Gawkroger name in favor of Platts. (wab)


GEDCOM Note

Puritan Great Migration "I am very glad that among Mr. Somerby's papers was not only found the marriage of John Prescott and Mary Gawkroger, on the Sowerby Register, Halifax Parish, but the date when he found it, "June 18, Saturday, 1859." This would seem to upset the idea of Mary Piatt or Platts and the marriage at Wigan Church, Lancashire, but Mr. J. Henry Lee, a very reliable gene- alogist, as well as others, says that the name Gawkroger and Platts were interchangeable for ages, that the same man was one day called by one and the next day by the other ; that it was the custom to register in the parish of the bride as well as that of the groom. Mr. Lee sends us from the Wakefield Manor Rolls, Court held April 19, 1534, "John Gawkroger present here in court in his proper person surrenders into the hands of the lord 7 acres of land with the buildings thereon called Platts now in the tenure of Richard Crowder with appurtenances in Sowerby."

We are told that Gawkroger means "left-handed" or left- handed Roger. It would seem that like the ancient Kendall family, ancestors of Francis Kendall of Woburn, 1640, who from 1400 to the present day are marked at intervals with extra fingers and toes, there was probably a branch of the Platts family who were left-handed or gawky. We do not wonder that when Mary and other members of the family came to New England they left the name of Gawk or left-handed Roger behind. In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for 1885, in a list of those who were residents and owned ten acres or more of land on the island of Barbadoes in 1638, copied from an ancient paper found on the island, is found the name of John Prescott, thus proving that the family were correct in his wife coming from Yorkshire, and their being at Barbadoes in 1638." <ref>Ancestry of John Prescott, Condensed; http://archive.org/stream/ancestryofjohnpr00bost/ancestryofjohnpr00bost_djvu.txt</ref>

Lineage ===I found two separate websites that quoted this lineage for Mary out of"Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy, Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families", pages 218-219. Searchable but not readable at Google Books

"John Gawkroger b. Sowerby, Yorkshire, England, d. 1505 Sowerby, Halifax Parish. He gave land called 'Platts' to his grandson John in 1487 and then the family was called Gawkroger of Platts; this eventually came to be called just Platts."

"Richard Gawkroger b. and d. Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England." "John Gawkroger of Platts, an adult in 1487, Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England." "An unknown generation but with the same land in the family inherited from father to son." "James Gawkroger of Platts b. c. 1558 Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England. m. 2 Dec. 1751 Sowerby Jannet Fairbank b. c. 1558 Sowerby, Yorks, England, dau. of George Fairbank, clothier, whose will was dated and proved in 1650, d. Sowerby, England." "Abraham Gawkroger of Platts bp. 7 Sept. 1578 Halifax Parish, Sowerby,Yorks, England d. will proved 1627 Sowerby, m. 5 Sept. 1601 Sowerby, Yorks, England, Martha Riley b. c. 1580 Sowerby, Yorks, England, d. after 1627 as named in will of her husband." "Mary Platts alias Gawkroger bp. 15 March 1611 Halifax Parish, Sowerby, West Riding, Yorks, England d. 1674 Lancaster, Mass., buried in 'OldCemetery' there, m. 11 March 1629 Sowerby, Yorks, England John Prescott b. 1604 Standish Parish, Lancashire, England, d. 1681, will proved 20 Dec. Lancaster, Mass., bur. 'Old Cemetery' there, called on his gravestone 'the founder of Lancaster.'"

Sources

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  • FindaGrave Memorial: 36227482
  • Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy, Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families,pages 218-219. Searchable but not readable at Google Books; Jessie Gordon Flack, Maybelle Gordon Carman; LithoCompany, 1967
  • Wheeler Family of Rutland MA by Daniel M. Wheeler p 7
  • The Longley Family Genealogy compiled by Louise Baneck Longley and Janneyne Longley Gnacinski, 1967, FHL Film # 928132 Item 6, page 3.

Acknowledgements ==* This person was created through the import of MOR2003d.GED on 22 April 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.* This person was created through the import of Holman Family Tree.gedon 06 March 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. Youmay wish to edit it for readability.* WikiTree profile Platts-14 created through the import of HART, Elizabeth - WIKITREE.ged on Jun 20, 2011 by Hart-969 | Betty Patterson.See the Changes page for the details of edits by Betty and others.* WikiTree profile Platts-27 created through the import of Reis (Warren) Family Tree.ged on Jul 18, 2012 by Warren-3160 | Tricia Reis. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Tricia and others.*This person was created through the import of DEG_16_GEDMATCH.GED on 13 December 2010. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.* Ramage-131 | William Ramage, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by William and others.* This person was created through the import of Geer.ged on 25 September 2010. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.* First-hand information as remembered by Waite-1172 | Rosalind Alley, Thursday, September 25, 2014.


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@R-1697784381@ Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Ancestry Family Tree http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=29622281&pid=1356


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@REPO11@ International Genealogical index The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints International Genealogical index Y Y

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Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church. Search performed using PAF Insight on 9/15/2007 Mary PLATTS; Female; Birth: About 1607; Spouse: John PRESCOTT; Marriage: 1629 Sowerby, , Yorkshire, England

GEDCOM Source

@REPO11@ International Genealogical index The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints International Genealogical index Y Y

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Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church. Search performed using PAF Insight on 9/15/2007 Mary Gawkrogers Platts; Female; Birth: 15 MAR 1607 Halifax, Yorkshire, England; Death: 20 OCT 1688; Spouse: John Prescott; Marriage: 21 JAN 1629 Wigan, Lancashire, England


Daughter of Abraham Gawkroger-Platts and Martha (Riley) Gawkroger-Platts of Sowerby, Yorkshire, England.

The date above is a baptism date.

She married John Prescott on April 11,1629 at Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Children: Mary Prescott Sawyer, Martha Prescott Rugg, John Prescott, Sarah Prescott Wheeler, Hannah Prescott Rugg, Lydia Prescott Fairbanks Barron, Jonathan Prescott, Joseph Prescott, and Jonas Prescott.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 22 2019, 22:18:06 UTC

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Mary Prescott's Timeline

1604
May 1604
Age 2
Shevington, Standish, Lancaster, England
1606
March 19, 1606
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
1607
February 7, 1607
Sowerby, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
March 15, 1607
Halifax, , , England