Any evidence that Hannah Marsh (b. 22 July 1635) even existed?

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Hannah Marsh is currently listed as having been born on 22 July 1635, Milford, New York.  Some sources give the birth place as Milford, Connecticut.  Neither seems correct.

She certainly is not the daughter of the currently listed parents, John Marsh and Grace Baldwin, because John Marsh died in 1627 (eight years before this supposed Hannah was born).  Her parents are apparently unknown.

In fact, do we know a Hannah Marsh ever existed who was born on that date in the colonies, England, or anywhere else?  Where did this date come from?
WikiTree profile: Hannah Marsh
in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 5 (57.8k points)

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Couldn’t find any info on Findmypast, unless she married into the family and that is where the confusion comes from. don’t have access to Ancestry so can’t check.
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (968k points)
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Pedigree Resource File has this same birthdate and place for her, along with the parents you mention. It says she married Lancelot Fuller, then John Finch in about 1652. It gives her death date as 1699 in Hartford. It isn't a reliable source, and is likely a conflation of multiple people.

Families of Old Fairfield 1:203 confirms Hannah Marsh, who was sister of Samuel and Jonathan, married first Fuller, then Finch ca 1652. If so, her birthdate would have been sometime before 1635 - probably 1625 or so. Great Migration also has the same info as far as her birth and married names.
by S Willson G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
Could she be merged away into https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Marsh-4623?
See: Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, from 1638 - 1649 by Charles J Hoadly, M.A.

Hanna Marsh, pages 180 and 235.

Also: Ancient town Records, Volume 1, New Haven town Records, 1649 - 1662. Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Little. D.

Mrs.Fuller, pages 25, 96, 126, 129, 180, 189 and 246

H Finch, pages 292 and 315.

These records are in PDF format and can be downloaded.

Very interesting reading. I hope this provided you with some clarity

Cecil F. Marsh, III, 11th generation direct male descendant of our Colonial Ancestor Samuel Marsh.
PS, Hannah was born in England. When she came over is unknown. Samuel, her brother is recorded coming here in 1641. Quite often the passenger records are of men only and women and children are typically not recorded on the manafest.

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