Who are the parents of Hannah Grafton that married Joseph Downer?

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I am looking for the parentage of Hannah Grafton (Grafton-47), m. Joseph Downer 1692 at Newbury MA. She died 12 Oct 1741 according to Downers of America. Her Wiki profile lists her parents as Joseph Grafton Jr and Elizabeth (Browne) Gardner without any solid sources for that.

I found "Ruf, Haight, Eddy, Summer, Hatch and allied families" by Alpha H. Ruf dated 1932, page 99, found at Heritage Quest Online: Hannah Grafton (no birth info), daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Hobart) Grafton, died in the West Farms district, October 12, 1741; married, in Newbury, MA, about 1692, Joseph Downer, Jr. No birth info shown. No source for this information listed.

Does anyone here have any further information?

WikiTree profile: Hannah Downer
in Genealogy Help by Stu Wilson G2G1 (1.4k points)
edited by Stu Wilson

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There is suggestion she was Gedney, then Grafton, then Downer.

Name: Mrs. Hannah Gedny
Gender: Female
Spouse: Joshua Grafton
Marriage Date: 2 Aug 1686
City: Salem
County: Essex
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0761210

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Name: Hannah Downer
Birth Date: 1670
Birth Place: Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States of America
Death Date: 12 Oct 1741
Death Place: Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States of America
Cemetery: Plains Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Franklin, New London County, Connecticut, United States of America
Has Bio?: N
Spouse: Joseph Downer
Children: Joseph Downer 
Edmond Downer 
Hannah Barrett 
Caleb Downer
 

Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Hi Marion,

In looking at this possibility I see:

Joshua Grafton m. 02 Aug 1686, Hannah Gedney. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. They had children born 1691-1698. The Grafton Family of Salem, pg. 24.

Joshua Grafton d. Bet. 13 Dec 1698-14 Aug 1699. The Grafton Family of Salem, pg. 23.

Joseph Downer m. Hannah Grafton abt 1692. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. They had children born 1693-1710. Downers of America.

That would put the marriage of Hannah Grafton to Joseph Downer before the death of Joshua Grafton. If these dates are correct that would make these two different women unless there was a divorce.

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