"Mayflower Families
Through Five Generations"

Volume Sixteen, Part 1

John Alden

Martha Simmons

Martha Simmons (Mercy Pabodie, Elizabeth Alden, John), born at Duxbury, 17 November 1677 (MD, 9:173); died at Lebanon, Connecticut, wife of Samuel West, 10 December 1754, in 79th year (Barbour VR, 178 [1:326]; and original VR).

She married first, at Duxbury, 29 December 1699 (VR, 307; MD, 9:109), EBENEZER DELANO, son of Philip and Elizabeth (Clark) Delano, born 23 December 1672 or 1675 (Delano Gen, 106); died between 1704 (last child born August 1704) and 17 May 1706 (deed). On 17 May 1706 (recorded 10 January 1708/9) Philip Delano of Duxbury, son of Philip Delano of Duxbury deceased (who had promised to deed land to his son Ebenezer Delano, late of Duxbury, deceased), now deeded to [the elder Philipís] grandson Joshua Delano, only son of son Ebenezer deceased (noting Martha the wife of Ebenezer was still living) upland and meadow with part of a salt marsh adjoining the upland lying off of Pine Pond; Ebenezer had erected a dwelling house on this land and his widow Martha and only son Joshua lived there. Thomas Delano, brother of Philip the grantor owned the other half of the property (Plymouth Co LR, 7:255).

Martha married second, at Duxbury, 20 June 1709 (VR, 328; MD, 9:26), SAMUEL WEST, son of Samuel and Tryphosa (Partridge) West (NEHGR, 60:142, 144), born at Duxbury, 23 December 1672 (VR, 187); died probably at Lebanon, after 3 February 1758 (deed). His father, Samuel West, died intestate 1689/90 when Samuel was a minor (no guardianship filed in Plymouth County) (Plymouth Co PR, #22,319, 1:56, 58).

The settlement of the estate of John Simmons of Duxbury made on 11 February 1715/16 arranged for all lands to be given to the youngest son, Moses, on condition that Moses pay his siblings, including Martha the wife of Samuel West, the sum of £200 less "what any of them may have had already of their fatherís estate in his life time." Widow Mercy Simmonsís will, made 26 September 1728, left her daughter Martha 5 shillings and "my Riding gown and best pettecoat and whood and Scarf and red Silk neck cloath" (Plymouth Co PR, #18,343, #18,371; MD, 19:52-54).

Martha West signed the power of attorney: " . . . being Gardian to my Son Joshua Delanoe, I do by these presents make Choice of my Brother John Simons for to act in ye behalf of my foresd Son in Dividing of two lots of land in partnership between my husband & my foresd Son . . ." The agreement to give Lot 110 to Samuel West and Lot 116 to Joshua Delanoe was signed by John Simmons and Samí! West, 28 December 1714, at Duxborough (Duxbury Gen Recs, A:69; Duxbury Town Rec, 163; MD, 29:82).

Samuel West and his wife Martha were admitted to the Church at Lebanon, 20 December 1724 (1st Ch Rec, 4:172). He was one of the organizers of the Goshen (Lebanon) Church on 26 November 1729 (NEHGR, 60:144; Goshen Ch Rec, 2:3).

Samuel West sold 12 acres bordering on his own land on the south side of Deep River to son Nathan for £500, 25 January 1749/50; recorded the same day (Lebanon LR, 7:293). Samuel and Nathan West sold 19Ĺ acres, including the 12 acres sold to Nathan, to Abial Stark 3 February 1758 (Lebanon LR, 9:43). There were no later recorded deeds signed by Samuel West.

No Windham Probate District probate file for Samuel West.

Children of Ebenezer and Martha (Simmons) DELANO, all born at Duxbury (VR, 67-69):

i. JOSHUA,5 b. 30 Oct. 1700; m. HOPESTILL PETERSON.

ii. THANKFUL, b. 8 June 1702; m. EBENEZER METCALF.

iii. ABIAH, b. 17 Aug. 1704; d. after 25 July 1733 (when dower set off); m. Duxbury, 16 Dec. 1725 (VR, 241), NATHANIEL5 BARTLETT, son of Ichabod4 Bartlett (Benjamin,3 Mar? Warren, Richardí) and his wife Elizabeth4 Waterman (Sarah3 Snow, Abigail2 Warren, Richardí) (MFJP Warren, #55); b. Marshfield, 11 Oct. 1703 (VR, 43); d. bef. 1 Dec. 1732 (probate); a descendant (twice) of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren. Administration for the estate of Nathaniel Bartlett of Duxbury was granted to Joshua Delano, 1 Dec. 1732. Dower was set off to the widow Abiah, 25 July 1733, and the balance distributed to creditors. There is no mention of children. Nathaniel owned a vessel and a sloop with cargo (Plymouth Co PR, #1,353, 6:264, 321r, 365, 377, 7:110). No known children.

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