Did Ralph Farnham return to England?

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Early New England Colonisation. I have learned that the earliest migration to the New World started around 1580,  Alice Matin  born 1607, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, Married Ralph Farnham (25 August 1601-8 Jan 1692) 0n 10 Oct, 1627, in Andover.  How can it be verified that they returned to England  after his marriage  or Childrens Birth Between 1627 and 1635.    They are listed as passengers returning to Boston on the Brig "James" on it's  final voyage off the year 1635.Disembarking in New England (Boston) in late November.

WikiTree profile: Ralph Farnham
in Policy and Style by Doug Stewart G2G6 (6.8k points)
edited by Jillaine Smith

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This family is listed on findagrave with some details on the children etc.  You might want to contact the poster of those details/graves to see if she has sources.  The link to Alice is below.  You can click on any of the family members on her page to see more information noted for each.


by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (752k points)
selected by Doug Stewart
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Robert Charles Anderson includes a profile of Ralph in 


The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. Pp 493-494.
there is no reference to Ralph returning to England.  Alice's maiden name is unknown (at least as of 2001). Martin is the surname of her second husband who she married after Ralph died.  
Anderson recommends the research of Russell C. Farnham which was published in 1999.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
Thank you I have followed those links, and come to a conclusion that the  missing Maiden name for Alice could be Kitson, as wikitree entry Kitson-13 Implies. There is however another hurdle Spouses are 1. Ralph Farnham, 2. Williams Reynolds and 3. Solomon Martin, Spouses 1. And 3 fit the time line perfectly. Whereas marriage to spouse 2. is dated as Alice is bearing her daughter Sarah Farnham in 1638 and bears another Farnham Child John in 1640. in Ipswich.  in 1643 her Husband Ralph Farnham, Barber-Surgeon. Town Crier perishes in a spring storm going too or returning from a patients home to draw a tooth. Alice remained a widow for 5 Years and married  Solomon Martin on 16 June 1648. the marriage was one of convienience as Martin's first wife died that same year therefore Alice Martin (Farnham) (Kitson) had his infant children to tend also. Solomon Martin Died
What's the source for the Kitson maiden name?
Good Question. Agreed searching for reliable information of this period, early 1600's is challenging. Using Ancestry all that is left is checking Birth dates and location Maldon Essex, Alicia Harris, nick name Alice Christened 28 Jul, 1610. Parents Thomas Harris and Cornielia Gill. She indeed married a Ralph Farnham, but one from the Quorndon Family Origin. vitals 1601-1693 to Robert Farnham and Elizabeth Manmunk. There is another Alice Harris of Assingdon, Suffolk, parents as yet unknown. vitals b 1606, unfortunately other family trees show her b date as 1607.   Alice Kitson no Parents as yet vitals b, 1607, Http//.www.wikitree.com/geneology/UNKNOWN-descendants-55350. Its fun so I am going back to fishing might catch more in my net.
Reminder: wikitree policy is to use Unknown as the last name at birth when there is no strong evidence otherwise. So unless there's been more recent research than 2001 (when Anderson published his), we should go with Unknown and put "Kitson (unproven) in Other Last Names

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