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Martha (Besson) Aldridge (1662 - 1722)

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Martha Aldridge formerly Besson
Born in Anne Arundel, Maryland, British Colonial Americamap
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Anne Arundel, Maryland, British Colonial Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jul 2011
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Martha Besson was born about 1662 in Anne Arundel, Maryland. She passed away October 19, 1719 or April 19, 1722 at Anne Arundel, Maryland. She was the daughter of Thomas Besson (1616-1677) and Hester 'Talbot' (1620-1692).

Nicholas Aldridge married Martha Besson, daughter of Thomas Besson, about 1679 [1], [2] and they had eleven children, whose births were recorded at All Hallows Parish on South River. The parish records date back to 1 March, 1669. [3]

On 31 May 1680 the administration account of Besson's estate was filed. His total inventory came to 16,286 lbs. tobacco; payments came to 10,498 lbs of tobacco, leaving 500 lbs of tobacco to be distributed to his heirs. The account named Martha Aldridge, and will filed by the extx. Hester, "very aged" wife of Thomas Sutton.
In 1680, Martha's mother Hester asked for an allowance for a heiffer given as per will to Martha Aldridge and a mare called Nobsey.
Among the early settlers of Anne Arundel County, Maryland was Nicholas Aldridge, who acquired 300 acres of land called “Aldridge’s Beginning” on 20 August 1680. Nicholas and Martha had eleven children. [4][5]


  1. Thomas (Born 5 November 1680)
  2. Anne (Born 6 November 1684
  3. Martha (Born 1686)
  4. John (Born 31 August 1688)
  5. Joane (Born 10 September 1689)
  6. Sydney (Born 9 August 1693, died young)
  7. Jane (Born 3 April 1696)
  8. Nicholas (Born 16 May 1698)
  9. William (Born 30 October 1700, died young)
  10. William (Born 13 March 1702)
  11. James (Born 1 July 1706)


  1. Martha Besson
  2. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 22 December 2017), memorial page for Martha Besson Aldridge (1662–19 Apr 1722), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139445175, citing All Hallows Chapel Cemetery, Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Dennis York (contributor 47405652) .
  3. All Hallows Parish History
  4. “Settlers of Maryland" 1679-1783, Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, Md., page 8
  5. Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, pp. 78-82.

See Also:

  • (Archives of Maryland 51:155); Some Besson histories state that he was christened at St. Andrew’s, Plymouth, Devonshire, England. This is not correct and the data can be found in Barnes’ Colonial Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where it is printed “may” be Thomas Besson of Maryland.
  • Hotten, Early Emigrant Lists, p.112.
  • James E. Moss, Providence, Ye Lost Towne at Severn in Maryland. (Washington D.C.: 1976) P.49. (FHL-USA/CAN 975.255 H2m.)


  • WikiTree profile Besson-24 created through the import of Jackson Family Tree.ged on Oct 24, 2012 by Lee Jackson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Lee and others.
  • WikiTree profile Besson-16 created through the import of Campbell Family Tree.ged on Jul 6, 2011 by Rod Campbell. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Rod and others.
  • WikiTree profile Besson-20 created through the import of Dennis Family Tree.GED on May 23, 2012 by Laurie Lamb. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Laurie and others.
  • Undocumented Vital Information from FamilySearch [1]

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On 22 Feb 2018 at 17:48 GMT Stephanie Stults wrote:

Besson-64 and Besson-16 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicates

On 2 Dec 2017 at 11:28 GMT Ann (Gamboe) Hall wrote:

Mrs. Hester Caplin, widow of Henry Caplin, married Thomas Besson. His arrival in Maryland is listed as 1649. When she arrived in Maryland in 1650, she was listed as primary passenger Hester Besson on the passenger manifest.SKORDAS, GUST, editor. The Early Settlers of Maryland: an Index to Names of Immigrants, Compiled from Records of Land Patents, 1633-1680, in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968. 525p. Repr. 1986.

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On 2 Jul 2014 at 03:29 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:

Besson-16 and Besson-20 appear to represent the same person because: same parents, spouse,dod

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