Martha, widow Ford (mtDNA)
As of November 25, 2020:
- No opportunities for mtDNA testing
- Low priority
Very little information is known about Martha. It is known she came to New Plimouth Colony aboard the Fortune in 1621, she apparently came with her husband (whose identity is unknown). This first husband died sometime before the 1623 land division at New Plimouth. She married at New Plimouth sometime between the 1623 land division and the 1627 Cattle division (when she already had one child) to Peter Brown(e). She had died about 1630-31.
By her first husband, Martha had three children: John, Martha, and a child born immediately before the 1623 land division, but died before the 1627 cattle division. By her second husband, Martha had two daughters: Mary and Priscilla.
Summary of findings
It would appear that there are no known direct matrilineal descendants of Martha, wife of ____ Ford and Peter Brown(e). Since we do not even know her maiden name, there is no way to conduct mtDNA testing currently.
- TAG 42:35
- Identify maiden name of Martha and her origins.
- Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations vol. 7 Brown General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 1992
- Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Passenger References (from Contemporary Records and Scholarly Journals) Stewart Publishing Co., Canada, 2nd ed. 2015, pp. 156-62
- Anderson, Robert Charles, The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620 New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA 2020, pp. 49-51
- Merrick, Barbara L., The Mayflower Quarterly 53(Feb 1987):10-13, "Some New Information about Pilgrim Peter Brown"
- Wakefield, Robert S., The American Genealogist 56(1981):32 "Men of the Fortune: Ford"