Person:Bridget Kingman (1)

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Bridget Kingman
b.Say 1630 England
d.Aft 22 Oct 1694
m. Abt 1619
  1. Edward KingmanAbt 1619 - Aft 1675
  2. Joane KingmanAbt 1624 - Aft 1697
  3. Anne KingmanAbt 1625 - Bef 1667
  4. Thomas KingmanAbt 1628 - Bef 1705
  5. Bridget Kingman1630 - Aft 1694
  6. John KingmanAbt 1633 - 1690
  • HTobias DavisABT 1621 - 1690
  • WBridget Kingman1630 - Aft 1694
m. 13 Dec 1649
  1. John Davis1651 - 1716/17
  2. Tobias Davis1651 -
  3. Isaac Davis1655 - 1682
  4. Samuel Davis1659 - 1694
  5. Samuel Davis1661 - 1679
  6. Abigail Davis1671 - 1750
Facts and Events
Name Bridget Kingman
Gender Female
Birth? Say 1630 Englandbased on marriage
Marriage 13 Dec 1649 Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusettsto Tobias Davis
Death? Aft 22 Oct 1694 deed mentioned in Anderson

The will of Henry Kingman, dated 24 May 1667, mentions "my daughter Holbrook ... my daughter Davis ... the children of my daughter Barnard". Various identification of these daughters have been conjectured. At one point a daughter Alice was proposed because of an "Alice Kinham" in the same passenger list, but that has been discarded by modern research, because it was not written with the family and because her age doesn't really fit into the family. This leaves Joanna, Anne and Bridget to match with husbands Holbrook, Davis and Barnard. Thomas Holbrook had a wife named Joanna according to birth records, so that seems to leave only the other two. Eastwood[1] and Anderson[2] arrive at different conclusions, but both answers are guesswork.

Eastwood

Eastwood thinks the order of mention in the will reflect the ages of the daughters. No birth record for Bridget has been found. She is not included in the passenger list when her family came over to New England. Eastwood assumes this means she was born about 1636, i.e., sometime after Henry. Therefore she is too young to marry Tobias Davis in 1649 as claimed by Roxbury VRs. Therefore, Anne must have married Tobias Davis, and Bridget must have married Mr. Barnard. Since she had 5 children mentioned in the will, that would imply a marriage by say 1657, and she presumably died.

Anderson

Anderson rightly points out that all mentions of Tobias Davis' wife call her Bridget. Not only the marriage record, but church records, and a deed selling part of his estate after he died. Therefore, Bridget married Tobias Davis and Anne married Mr. Barnard. To avoid having a 13 or 14 year old bride, Anderson speculates that Bridget was left off the passenger list by clerical error, there being a gap between Thomas age 7 and John age 2, which would suggest a birth about 1630, making her 19 when she married. Anderson also suggests that daughter Barnard apparently being deceased may have resulted in her being mentioned out of order.

Anderson wonders if Anne married, as a second wife, Musachiell Bernard, who came to New England about 1635 and left about a decade later. But he has no evidence and it needs more research.

Conclusion

The biggest problem with Eastwood's analysis is all the records naming Tobias Davis' wife as Bridget. Postulating that Bridget was left off the passenger list (or came later, or some other explanation) seems less far-fetched than supposing Anne went by the name Bridget after she married.

References
  1. Eastwood, Sidney Kingman. "Henry Kingman, of Weymouth, Mass, and His Children", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 105:23.

    See discussion.

  2. "Henry Kingman", in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), Vol. IV (I-L), p. 182.

    See discussion.