Facts and Events
- ↑ Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records to the End of the year 1849. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1916-1925), Vol. 2, p. 412.
WEST, Mary, d. Thomas and Mary (Tennee), 2d w., 31 : 11 m : 1675.
- ↑ Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital records of Bradford, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1907), p. 312.
FORSTER, Mary, wid., [died] Jan. 16, 1752.
- ↑ Massachusetts. Probate Court (Essex County). Probate records 1638-1691. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971), Case 9945: Foster. Mary. Bradford. 1752. June 15.
24 Jan 1752: "An Inventory of the Estate of the Widow Mary Foster late of Bradford who Decs'd Janury 16th 1756" by Daniell Jaques, Ezra Merrick, Benj'a Gage. Sworn to 15 Jun 1752 by William Eastman.
15 Jun 1752: Bond of "William Eastman Husbandman ... of Bradford" as "Adm'r of all & Singular ye goods Chattels right & Credits of Mary Foster late of Bradford aforesaid widow Dec'd Intestate".
- Source:Pierce, Frederick Clifton. Foster Genealogy, p. 130, says that Ephraim Foster m. (2) "Jan. 8, 1732, Mary West, of Bradford, wid. of John West". The problem with this is that John West whose wife was Mary was still alive at that time, dying 6 Feb 1740/41. So it was not her. It appears to be John's half-sister, Mary West. The estate of widow Mary Foster of Bradford in 1752 is administered by William Eastman, who would be a nephew of Mary West, son of her sister Phebe (West) Eastman, suggesting no children, whereas the widow of John West would have lots of children who would have taken precedence over what, to her, would be a even more distant relative (aunt, but by half-blood, and by marriage).
Another John West d. 27 Mar 1733. This appears by age at death to be s/o Twyford/Twilford West, who married 1697 Elizabeth (---) Atwood (she d. 1720). His death is also after the marriage to Ephraim Foster. There is apparently no probate, so it is not clear, but it appears there was no widow in any event.