b.Abt 1613 England
d.22 Dec 1693 Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
m. abt 1637
m. 1 Mar 1655
Facts and Events
On the authority of tradition, her maiden name was Mercy Hurd, and she was 1 or 15 years younger than her husband, and being persecuted in England for nonconformity, she came to New England with her sister... However, Winifred Lovering Holman, in a note printed in Source:American Genealogist (D.L. Jacobus), vol 30, p 175, commented "No record evidence has ever been found that the maiden name of his [William Hunt's] second wife (widow of Rice and Brigham) was Hurd, and her maiden name and parentage are unknown." The editor further added to her note that the "Hurd" identification "was extremely doubtful, and based on the unsupported statement of Abner Morse, an early New England genealogist."
Life in New England
She m. 1st Thomas Brigham; 2d Edmond Rice; 3d William Hunt.
She married for her second husband, 1 March, 1655, Edmund Rice, then of Sudbury, but who removed in 1660 to Marlboro, where he died 3 May, 1663. He was buried in Sudubry and his estate settled by his widow.
On her second marriage she took with her to Sudbury and Marlboro all her children.
Mercy married, 1664, as her third husband, William Hunt, then of Marlboro, but formerly an early settler in Concord. ... His will probated 17 Dec 1667...
As the proprietors of the Indian plantation were in a great measure identical with the inhabitants of the town, and as the history of the plantation from this time forward is, in part, the history of the town, we will give a list of them, which shows who were the principal inhabitants in 1686, when the Ockoocangansett Plantation was practically swallowed up in Marlborough:
She died in Marlboro, 23 Dec, 1693, after a third widowhood of 26 years. During this period she saw two bloody Indian wars.
In the 1686 list of proprietors we find the names of all the young Brighams, and their alliances, for the first time set out, viz.:
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