Person:Mercy Reed (2)

m. Abt. 1675
  1. Bathsheba ReedBef 1678 - Bef 1725
  2. Capt. William Reed1678/79 - 1753
  3. John Reed1680 - Bef 1687
  4. Mercy Reed1682 - 1737/38
  5. Mary ReedABT 1684 - Bef 1759
  6. Hester ReedAbt 1685 -
  7. John Reed1687 - Bef 1739
  8. Jacob Reed1691 - 1766
  9. Sarah Reed1694/95 -
m. bef. 1698
  1. Nicholas Whitmarsh1698/99 -
  • HAndrew Fordabt 1682 - 1750
  • WMercy Reed1682 - 1737/38
m. 27 Nov 1706
  1. Mercy Ford1708 - 1736
  2. Jacob Ford1711 - 1794
  3. Hester Ford1714 - 1789
  4. Mary Ford1719/20 - bef 1748
  5. Andrew Ford1721 - 1790
Facts and Events
Name Mercy Reed
Gender Female
Birth[1][2] 24 May 1682 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage bef. 1698 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Nicholas Whitmarsh
Marriage 27 Nov 1706 Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Andrew Ford
Death[1] 4 Feb 1737/38 Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Burial[3] Mount Vernon Cemetery, Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

Several sources say the wife of Andrew Ford was Mercy, the d/o Ebenezer Whitmarsh and Christian Bayley, including Source:History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, p. 4:760, and Source:The descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Massachusetts,, p. 24 (also printed in NEHGR, p. 119:116). The marriage record as shown in Source:Vital records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, p. 137, merely identifies her as "Mercy Whitmarsh".

Mercy would have to be born no later than 1688 to be of legal age in 1706 when the marriage was recorded. The age at death would place her birth about 1682, but no record of a birth of such a daughter of Ebenezer Whitmarsh has been found. Nor is there much room for her birth given that births were recorded for sons Ebenezer in 1683, Richard in 1685, and a second Ebenezer in 1688. Mercy is not named in her father's will despite being alive at the time. In this family, she would be the eldest child, yet Mercy is not her mother's name, and not her grandmother's name. She really does not fit well in this family, and this assertion appears to be based soley on the assumption that her marriage to Andrew Ford was her first one.

An alternate theory that seems more likely to me, is that the Mercy Whitmarsh who m. Andrew Ford 27 Nov 1706 is the Mercy who was the widow of Nicholas Whitmarsh, daughter of William Reed and Esther Thompson. This Mercy was named as "Mercy whitmarsh" in her father's will of 1705 (see Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 23:73). According to Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 40:197, Mercy's husband died about the same time as her father and she was the one that married Andrew Ford, as suggested by their moving to Abington with Mercy's brothers, and by the names of several of their children corresponding to names from the Reed family, particularly Jacob and Hester/Esther, which do not match names used in the family of Ebenezer Whitmarsh.

Of course, if we take the transcription printed in NEHGR, p. 21:226, "Early Marriages in Bridgewater", as the authority, Andrew Ford's wife was Mercy Whitman and both these theories are wrong. (Bridgewater VRs, p. 2:137, has "Mercy Whitmarsh".) However, Whitmarsh ended up frequently written as Whitman, so this is not significant (e.g., there is one probate document where both forms are apparently used interchangeably as its grants letters of execution on the above mentioned Ebenezer Whitmarsh to his widow Christian Whitman and son Ebenezer Whitman). --Jrich 18:38, 15 June 2009 (EDT)

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records to the Year 1850. (Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912), 2:278.

    FORD Marcy, w. Ens. Andrew, Feb. 4, 1737-8. [in 56th y., G.R.1.] [GR1=Mount Vernon Cemetery, Abington. Age 55, so birth calculates to before 4 Feb 1682/83.]

  2. Early Records of Weymouth, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 4:58.

    of William Reed born May 24, 1682.

    Source:Vital records of Weymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, p. 1:252, shows this record with "William" filled in, in pencil, indicating the change was made relatively recently. Given that this date matched the birth of Mercy as calculated from her age at death, this is more likely her birth record.

  3. Mercy Reed Whitmarsh Ford, in Find A Grave.