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Margery (Unknown) Pritchard (abt. 1610 - aft. 1669)

Margery "Mary" Pritchard formerly [surname unknown] aka Alcock, Alcocke, Benham, Bonham
Born about in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1636 in Massachusettsmap
Wife of — married 16 Nov 1660 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Wife of — married 20 Feb 1667 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 59 in New Englandmap
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Mary, the wife of Thomas. The printed birth record for Thomas daughter, Elizabeth, says she was daughter of Thomas and Mary. This has led many genealogies to list two wives for Thomas Alcock: Mary mother of first two children and Margery mother of the remaining. It is Anderson's contention that Mary was a misreading of Margy, and there was only one wife.[1]



"Our brother Thomas Alcocke and our sister Margery his wife were recommended to Deddam" 8 September 1639.[1][2] They didn't actually join the Dedham Church. The baptismal records of their daughter in Dedham say "Thomas Allcott & his wife being members of the church at Boston rec'omended unto us by ther letters to watch ov'r them during ther abode here..." or a similar statement.[3]

Marriages & Children

  • Margery ______ married Thomas Alcock, before the 1635 baptism of daughter Mary.[1][4] Thomas Alcock died 14 Sept 1657.[1]
    • Mary Alcocke, daughter of Thomas Alcocke, was baptized in Boston 8 Nov 1635.[2][1] She died before 4 Oct 1644, when a second Mary was born.
    • Elizabeth Alcocke, daughter of Thomas bp. Boston 10 Dec 1637, in Boston.[2]. Elizabeth Alcock has birth record in Dedham says 14 Oct 1638,[5] probably should be 1637, since otherwise births are too close.[1] Anderson made that statement but 10 Dec 1637 is ten months from 14 Oct 1638, and 14 Oct 1638 is fourteen months from Sarah's 28 Dec 1639. This could be two Elizabeths. At least one genealogy (Ancestry of Jane Maria Greenleaf) believed it to be so.[6] Certainly a baptism in the early days of the Dedham Church might not have been recorded. This would make her 18 at her marriage to Joseph Soper 6 May 1656.[1]
    • Sarah [Al]cock, b. in Dedham 28 Dec 1639.[5] Sarah Allcocke baptized 5 Jan 1639/40, Dedham[1][7]
    • Hannah Alcock b. Dedham 25 May 1642.[5] bpt. Hannah Allcott 28 May 1642.[1][8]
    • Mary Alcock was b. 4 Oct 1644;[5] bpt as given name missing Allcott Dedham 1644[1][9]
    • Rebecka Alcock b. 21 Oct 1646;[5] Rebeccah Allcottbpt 28 Feb 1646/7[1][10]
    • (possibly) Philip b. say 1648 m. (1) at New Haven Elizabeth Mitchell and (2) Sarah, widow of Nathaniel Butler[1]
    • John Alcocke, b. Boston 2 July 1651;[11] bpt 7 July 1651 at the first church of Boston[2]
  • Margery Alcock, widow, married John Benham 16 NOV 1660, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, by Governor John Endicott.[12][13] [14][15][4][1] When John died about 1661/2, he left a very small estate. He had given the real estate to his sons, and had considerable debt. He had promised Margery a house worth £20 but there was no such house for him to leave.[16]
  • Margery Benham, widow, married 20 February 1666/7 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Richard Pritchard[17]


Richard Pritchard, of Charlestown, made a will 22 Jan 1669, in which he named his then living wife Marjorie.[18]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). p. 18-20. Ch. bpt. cite the Dedham Church Records.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pierce, Richard D. , editor, "The Records of the First Church in Boston 1630-1868, volume 1" (1961). Electronic Texts in American Studies. Paper 62. download pdf Thomas & Margery p. 26, Mary p. 280, Elizabeth p. 282; John p. 321
  3. #DedhamCh pp 26, 28, 30
  4. 4.0 4.1 #Anderson Page: A - B. Vol. 1, 1999. p. 67-69.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Hill, D. G. (ed.) The early records of the town of Dedham. Dedham, Mass: 1886. Elizabeth, Sarah p.1; Hannah p. 2; Mary p. 3; Rebecca p. 3;
  6. Boardman, William F. J., The Ancestry of Jane Maria Greenleaf (Hartford: privately printed, 1906) p. 118 at Google books
  7. #DedhamCh p.22
  8. #DedhamCh p.26
  9. #DedhamCh p. 28
  10. #DedhamCh p.30
  11. #Boston2 p. 33
  12. #Boston
  13. #Boston2 p. 77
  14. #Cutter: p. 67-68
  15. #Appleton Appleton, William S., ed., Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths 1630-1699 (Boston, Rockwell & Churchill, 1888).
  16. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol 1. New Haven Town Records 1649-1662. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1917. Vol 1 pp 502/3, 514, 517, 520: Vol 2. pp 2,3, 23
  17. Joslyn, Roger D., (ed.). Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984.
  18. Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by Richard Pritchard 1669 # 18155
  • Anderson: Anderson, Robert Charles Title: Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 Publication: Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston; Date: 1995. p. 158
  • Cutter: Cutter, William Richard Title: Genealogical and Family History of Western New York Publication: Name: Lewis Historical Pub. Co.; Location: New York; Date: 1912;
  • Appleton: Appleton, William S., ed. Title: Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths 1630-1699 Publication: Name: Rockwell & Churchill; Location: Boston; Date: 1888;
  • Boston: Boston Records. New England Historical & Genealogical Register 19:169
  • Boston2: Boston, MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699. (Online database., New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Originally published as: A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, Rockwell and Churchill, City Printers, Boston, 1883.
  • DedhamCh: The record of baptisms, marriages and deaths and admissions to the church and dismissals therefrom, transcribed from the church records in the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638-1845 : also all the epitaphs in the ancient burial place in Dedham, together with the other inscriptions before 1845 in the three parish cemeteries. unknown: unknown, 1888. Accessed at
  • Wyman, Thomas Bellows. The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown (D. Clapp, Boston, 1879) Page 777

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I have adopted Margery (unk) Alcock as she is my 10th great-gm. I descend from Philip Alcock of New Haven.

The Alcock (Alcott is an early 1800 variant as is Alcox) family migrated to Chenango Co., NY about 1805 after the death of my Revolutionary War soldier Daniel Alcox.

As far as I know there is no new evidence of the Alcock family in England.

Sincerely, Linda Alcott Maples (alcott-171)

posted by Linda (Alcott) Maples
Unknown-132866 and Unknown-899 appear to represent the same person because: Same person different detalis fron different times of life
posted by Barry Sharp
Unknown-132866 and Unknown-899 do not represent the same person because: Margery (___) Alcock was the second wife of John Benham. The name of his first wife was unknown. Unknown Benham died in 1660.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Ditto what S Willson said. Read John Benham's profile. It lists both wives. In addition Margery, the second wife, was having children with a different husband (Thomas Alcock) while John Benham was having children with his first Unknown wife.
posted by Anne B

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