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Mary (Brewster) Turner (1627 - aft. 1698)

Mary Turner formerly Brewster
Born in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 12 Nov 1645 (to 20 May 1697) in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 70 in Scituate, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Mary, the daughter of Jonathan Brewster and Lucretia Oldham was born 16 April 1627 in Plymouth Colony.[1]

On either 10th or 12th of November* in 1645, John Turner, son of Humphrey and Lydia Turner of Scituate, Massachusetts, married Mary Brewster, granddaughter of Pilgrim William Brewster. Mary Turner was the mother of all thirteen of John Turner's children. Thus, John Turner's descendants are Mayflower descendants through his wife Mary [Brewster] Turner.

John died very shortly before the inventory of his estate, which was taken on May 20, 1697. He made his will 4 March 1695, and it was proved 28 June 1697.

Mary Brewster still living on March 23, 1697/8, when she signed with her mark a receipt dated March 23, 1697/8. [2]


Mary & John Turner had 13 children, the second dying at birth. The others lived at least 30 some as long as 80 years.

  1. Jonathan TURNER, born September 20, 1646.
  2. Joseph TURNER, born January 12, 1646/47 in Scituate, Connecticut; died January 15, 1646/47 in Scituate, Connecticut.
  3. Joseph TURNER, born January 12, 1647/48.
  4. Ezekiel TURNER, born January 07, 1650/51.
  5. Lydia TURNER, born January 24, 1652/53.
  6. John TURNER, born October 30, 1654.
  7. Elisha TURNER, born March 08, 1656/57.
  8. Mary TURNER, born December 19, 1658.
  9. Benjamin TURNER, born March 05, 1659/60.
  10. Ruth TURNER, born March 17, 1656/57.
  11. Isaac TURNER, born April 30, 1665.
  12. Grace TURNER, born before August 02, 1668.
  13. Amos TURNER, born before June 04, 1671.

Research Notes

* Conflicting Marriage Dates

In the Brewster Book, by Mary's father Jonathan Brewster, he writes that she married John Turner the elder on 10 Nov 1645.[3] [4] [5] George Bowman, writing in his article John Turner, Senior, and Mary Brewster, Their Marriage and Their Children, in Vol 32, page 28, of The Mayflower Descendant, states he has not found evidence to show which is correct - the date written by her father, Nov 10, or the civil record of Plymouth Colony made by Secretary of the Colony. [In other such confusion of dates in the early colonial records, it was often the case that the earlier date was the wedding in the church, and later date was when it was registered by the civil authorities.]

Disputed Marriage

Mary Brewster, daughter of Jonathan and Lucretia (Oldham) Brewster, was not married to Samuel Fuller. There were many women named Mary Brewster in that location and time, and I have not located which of them married Samuel Fuller. She was definitely not the granddaughter of the Pilgrim, William Brewster, profiled in the above text.

Mary was born in 1627. She passed away about 1698.


  1. The Mayflower Descendant, Jonathan Brewster's Family Record, Vol 32, page 2
  2. Pilgrim Notes and Queries (1913), Vol 1, page 158
  3. The Mayflower Descendant (1899), Vol 1, page 8 - Jonathan writes her marriage was on 10 Nov link FamilySearch
  4. Pilgrim Notes and Queries (1913), Vol 1, page 158 - Bowman writes her marriage was 10 Nov (possibly using the Brewster Book as his source)
  5. The Mayflower Descendant (1934), Vol 32, page 28

See also:

  • The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants) Vol. 1, Page 8
  • The Mayflower Descendant: Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899- . (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010) Jonathan Brewster's Family Record, Vol 32, page 2, 28
  • Pilgrim Notes and Queries (Boston, Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1913) by George Earnest Bowman, Vol. 1, Page 158
  • Merrick, Barbara Lambert, and edited by Scott Andrew Bartley, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, The Descendants of Elder William Brewster, Vol. 24, Part 1, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA., 2014
  • The Brewster Genealogy : 1566-1907 : A record of the descendants of William Brewster Image

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Brewster-3951 and Brewster-9 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth, same spouse (see bio of -3951), son Ezekiel on both profiles. Please merge
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Several Brewster profiles show a goofy

map link for "Plymouth Colony" -- possibly entered by some Google Map employee at the end of his/her shift to show "Colony Apartments" near Plymouth St in Mountain View -- please fix! Current URL =,-122.0921135,17z/data=!3m1!4b1 Correct URL should be this one:,+MA/@41.8881638,-70.9150173,10z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e4b9efe1b22d71:0xe99070cab6ea2e23!8m2!3d41.9584457!4d-70.6672621

posted by Kathy (Foote) Durham
Brewster-3310 and Brewster-9 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and child
Someone just added Samuel Fuller as a second husband to Mary Turner Brewster, marrying in 1669. How is that possible when she married John Turner in 1645 and Turner died in 1697? Could we see some documentation or reasoning for this?
posted by A Fabry

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