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Deborah Clifton (abt. 1698)

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Deborah Clifton
Born about in Sandwich, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 5 Jul 1726 in Rochester, Province of Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 26 Nov 2018 | Created 28 Jan 2014
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See notes under her husband.

At one time there was no documentation to “prove” that Deborah was the daughter of Savory Clifton and Dorothy Burgess; all evidence points towards it and therefore it is widely accepted that she was. Because documentation couldn't be found, Deborah’s descendants couldn’t join the Mayflower Society while descendants from the other children could.

However, it seems some proof may have been found both of Deborah's birth and marriage.

  • It seems that Deborah and her sister Dorothy were written one on top of the other in the birth record. While strange, it seems this indicated they were twins. Because the D at the beginning is clear and so is a y at the end, it has been assumed in the past that this is Dorothy's birth record. However, it may mean both Dorothy and Deborah.
  • There is apparently a record of the intentions of Joseph Wing and Deborah Clifton to marry in the Sandwich, MA Quaker records. The same record says they were married in Rochester on March 6 1698 / 99. Joseph and Deborah were Quakers. There was also a suggestion that they were married in May 1725.


  • "National General. Quarterly vol 59, pg 168 Clifton article by McLean dated 1971.
  • Deborah's marriage intentions are found in the Quaker records of Sandwich.

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