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Parents of Mary BRIDGUM

There is an extreme amount of confusion about who are the parents of Mary BRIDGUM [F2129]. Some have said John Bridgum and Elizabeth, others Thomas Bridgum and Mary Creswell, others Ralph Bridgum and Mary Creswell, some have also given the name of Mary Hurd. There seems to be little agreement, and even less actual primary documentation. I will give here the research I have been able to gather on all of these in an attempt to sort it out. John and Elizabeth seem to be the most promising, but still more conclusive information is needed.

The main point that seems certain is that Mary’s mother is called “The Widow BRIDGUM.” [F4259]. She is said to have married (2) William BENEDICT [F4256] in 1618.

HERE IS A STUDY OF THE VARIOUS PEOPLE PROPOSED FOR THE PARENTS OF Mary BRIDGUM:

Mary CRESWELL (CRESSWELL-S2).

Born (about 1590-S3) in (Norwich, England-S3). She married (Thomas BRIDGUM-S1,S2)(Ralph BRIDGHAM-S3).

SOURCES:

Family Branches. Aquilagold@yahoo.com. Forever Publishing. August 11, 2002. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/3464/bridgum.htm. http://www.surnames.com/gedcom/stalzer_arlene/i0001203.htm. http://kinship4.homestead.com/Benedict.html.

Mary CREWELL.

Born about (1590-S2, S5) in (England-S2) She married (Ralph BRIDGUM-S1, S2)(Thomas BRIDGUM-S3,S4,S5).

SOURCES:

http://www.tedottconsulting.com/home/genealogy/html/d0000/g0000060.html. http://www.tedottconsulting.com/home/genealogy/html/d0002/g0000060.html#I197. http://home.att.net/~jslunn/D0005/I976.html. http://home.att.net/~jslunn/D0008/I979.html. http://home.att.net/~jslunn/D0005/I980.html.

Mary HURD.

Born (estimated between 1578-1601-S2)(in England-S2). She married (Thomas BRIDGUM-S1,S2, S3)(estimated between 1595-1638-S2) in (1620-S). She died (estimated between 1622-1673-S2)

SOURCES:

http://www.suzilem.com/genealogy/g525.html#I06075. http://www.suzilem.com/genealogy/g526.html#I06084. http://www.linkline.com/personal/xymox/families/ancfile1.htm.

Mercy HURD.

Born about (1592-S2,S3)(1595-S1) in (Nottinghamshire, England-S2). She married (Thomas BRIDGUM-S1,S2,S3).

SOURCES:

Dills gedcom. Updated March 7, 2003. http://www.my-ged.com/db/page/dills/2164. http://www.surnames.com/gedcom/stalzer_arlene/i0001203.htm. Benedict Genealogy. http://home.nycap.rr.com/sconard/Benedict.html.

Mercy HARD

She married Thomas BRIDGUM. (S1, S2, S3).

SOURCES for Mercy HARD http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000027.html. http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000044.html#I920. http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000042.html.

John BRIDGUM (Bridgham, Brigham). Born (about 1588-S4) (in Norfolk, England-S7)(he was of Norfolk County, England-S?) born in Nottinghamshire, England-S4). He married (1) ?. He married (2) Elizabeth (widow Benedict-S7) on 8 SEP 1629 at Woolpit, Suffolk County, England.(S8).

SOURCES for John BRIDGUM (Bridgham, Brigham). 1) Family Records. 2) The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America. by Elwyn Ellsworth Benedict. Vol. II. 3) http://www.foorgenealogy.com/hallard/d0000/g0000072.html#I2504. From a family group sheet of Richard E. Pierson, 8330 Allene Creek Court, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 dated 06/92. 4) http://www.genpc.com/gen/files/d0065/f0000006.html. 5) http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/gen/chfmbct3.html. 6) http://pegelowpost.freeyellow.com/page37.html. 7) The Benedict Family News. Volume I Number 5 Spring 1994, pp. 41 – 50. Editor Sheila Benedict CGRS. 8) (Source: Parish Registers of Woolpit, Suffolk, England, researched by John Insley Coddington.). 9) The American Genealogist. Demorest, Ga. Vol. 33, p. 120. 10) http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~steeles/Steele/d31.htm#P8292.

WIFE (1) of John BRIDGUM:
(Mary?).

SOURCES:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~steeles/Steele/d31.htm#P8292.

Wife (2) of John Bridgum: Elizabeth.

She married (1) John Bridgum on 8 SEP 1629 at Woolpit, Suffolk, England. She is said to have married (2) William BENEDICT [F4256].

SOURCES:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~steeles/Steele/d31.htm#P8292.

Children of John BRIDGUM [4258] and (Elizabeth ?) [4259]:
?

Thomas BRIDGUM: Born in (1518-S2,S10)(estimated between 1569-1598-S7)(1588-9,S11)(1590-S3,S5) (1603-S12) in (Nottinghamshire, England-S5,S9)(in England-S7). He married (Mercy HARD-S1, S2)(Mercy HURD-S3,S9,S11,S12)(Mary CREWELL-S4, S5)(Mary CRESWELL-S8,S14)(Mary HURD-S6)(estimated between 1595-1601-S7). He was (of Cambridge, Massachusetts-S12)[If this is true, this would pretty much rule out Thomas as the father of Mary Bridgum]. He died (estimated between 1621-1661-S7)(1653-S12).

THE FOLLOWING WAS SENT TO ROBERTA PIERSON - OUR QUERIES EDITOR - BY ELWYN ELLSWORTH BENEDICT. SHE THEN FORWARDED THE DATA TO YOUR EDITOR. IT IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. ..FAY-BRIDGUM CONNECTION: CORRECTION ON THE ANCESTRY OF MARY BRIDGUM. By Elwyn Benedict

LDS Ancestral File Records on the parentage of Mary BRIDGUM (BRIGHAM) born about 1621 or before, state she is the daughter of Thomas BRIDGUM and Mercy HURD.

Just check. the dates and you can easily see this is absolutely impossible. See page 14 of the "Fay Genealogy", by Orline P. Fay, Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 10 1898.

John FAY's first wife Mary, was the first BRIGHAM girl born in New England. Her father Thomas BRIGHAM was the ancestor of the BRIGHAM family. He was born in England in 1603. Embarked for America at London April 18,1635 at the age of 32, in the ship Susan and Ellen, Edward PAYNE, master. Thomas settled in Watertown, MA, set off as Cambridge. He married 1637 Mercy HURD. Mercy was born in England. They had five children, their first child Mary BRIGHAM was born 1641-1648. She married John FAY, not Thomas BENEDICT. In fact Thomas BENEDICT's wife was born about 1621 and she already had children by 1641.

NOTE: Elwyn E. Benedict is the author of Genealogy of the Benedicts in America Volume II. He edited and published (both in 1969) the first volume, originally written by Henry Marvin Benedict in 1870. And, he is currently compiling data for a future Volume III. It is our understanding Elwyn has submitted this correction to the LDS Ancestral File & it should be in the next update. (S13).

SOURCES for Thomas BRIDGUM: http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000027.html. http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000042.html#I919. Dills gedcom. Updated March 7, 2003. http://www.my-ged.com/db/page/dills/2164. http://home.att.net/~jslunn/D0005/I976.html. http://home.att.net/~jslunn/D0008/I979.html. http://www.suzilem.com/genealogy/g525.html#I06075. http://www.suzilem.com/genealogy/g526.html#I06084. Family Branches. Aquilagold@yahoo.com. Forever Publishing. August 11, 2002. http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/3464/bridgum.htm. http://www.surnames.com/gedcom/stalzer_arlene/i0001203.htm. http://www.frii.com/~doylehop/ged2html/html/d0000/g0000042.html [see S2]. Benedict Genealogy. http://home.nycap.rr.com/sconard/Benedict.html. http://www.linkline.com/personal/xymox/families/ancfile1.htm. The Benedict Family News. Volume 1 Number 3 Fall 1993. Editor: Sheila Benedict CGRS.

Ralph BRIDGUM.

Born (about 1590-S2,S3), (Nottinghamshire, England-S2)(Sufolk, England-S3). He married Mary CREWELL. (S1,S2,S3).

SOURCES for Ralph BRIDGUM: