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Mary (Gilman) Folsom (1615 - abt. 1682)

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Mary Folsom formerly Gilman
Born in Hingham, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 4 Oct 1636 in Hingham, Norfolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
Profile last modified 15 Jun 2019 | Created 31 May 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Mary (Gilman) Folsom migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

See this G2G discussion about alternative claims that she was also the spouse of Nicholas Jacob and John Beale in Hingham.

What's now clear is that two Mary Gilmans emigrated to Massachusetts:

  1. Mary Gilman, b abt 1600; m abt 1625 Nicholas Jacob; emigrated with him in 1633 and settled in Hingham; after Nicholas died she m2 John Beale. She died in 1681. She was the sister of the emigrating Edward Gilman.
  2. Mary Gilman, bpt 1615 in Hingham, Norfolk, England, daughter of Edward Gilman, the immigrant. She married in Hingham in 1636 John Folsom, emigrated with him and her parents in 1638, settled initially in Hingham, then they all went to Exeter, NH; she died in 1691.


She was christened 6 AUG 1615 in Hingham, Norfolk, England[1] [ADD REF TO ACTUAL BAPT RECORD]

She, along with her husband and her parents, departed from Gravesend, Kent England on Gravesend, Kent, England,[2] arriving Boston, MA 10 AUG 1638[3]

According to the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Husband John Folsom died in 1681, and Mary was still alive.[4]

[the following needs examination. IF the following is Edward the immigrant, it should remain here as he is Gilman-115's brother, not father.]

Parents' Marriage

Husband: Edward Gilman
Wife: Mary UNKNOWN
Child: Mary Gilman
Child: Edward Gilman
Child: Moses Gilman
Child: Joshua Gilman
Child: Sarah Gilman
Child: Lydia Gilman
Child: John Gilman
Child: Jeremy Gilman
Child: Moses Gilman
Child: Daniel Gilman
Child: Elizabeth Gilman
Child: Mary Gilman
3 JUN 1614 Hingham, Norfolk, England[5][6] [7]


6 AUG 1615 Hingham, Norfolkshire, England


26 APR 1638 Plymouth Co, MA
Note: “Diligent”


  1. Mass. & Maine Families: Page 30
  2. Mass. & Maine Families: Page 29
  3. Mass. & Maine Families: Page 29
  4. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire [ database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1998. Original data: Libby, Charles Thornton. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. Portland, ME, USA: The Southward Press, 1928. Page 237
  5. Mass. & Maine Families: Page 29
  6. #S480
  7. #S234: Page: 1070
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 19 March 2019), memorial page for Mary Gilman Foulsham (6 Aug 1615–1692), Find A Grave: Memorial #27512902, citing Congregational Church Burial Ground, Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Lori Rowe (contributor 46922820) .

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Mary by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Frank Gill Find Relationship : Mitochondrial DNA Test HVR1, haplogroup H

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On 15 Jun 2019 at 16:58 GMT Paula (Hawkins) Hawkins Reinke wrote:

Hi Profile Managers, Please note there is a Suggestion that needs your attention! Thank you.

On 26 Apr 2017 at 21:51 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Gilman-1161 and Gilman-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same birthyear, both in Norfolk, England. Same death year. Married a Folsom. Son listed on -1161 appears to have incorrect birthdate, but she did have a son named Nathaniel. Please merge to Gilman-2

On 13 Dec 2014 at 00:57 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Gilman-783 and Gilman-2 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same birth year and location, same location of death but off by 10 years, same name for husband

Mary is 15 degrees from Cari Starosta, 16 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.