Some sources, including Jenkins and Otis, incorrectly identify Mary's first husband as "Henry" Ewer rather than John. This claim is contradicted by the Strood parish baptismal records for the Ewer family and has been rejected by more recent, carefully-researched profiles of these families, including Anderson and Smith.
Mary Wallen was born in about 1628 in Plymouth Colony, most likely the daughter of Ralph Wallen and Joyce ___. Her father Ralph died before September 1643, after which her mother Joyce remarried to Thomas Lombard, and they moved from Plymouth to Barnstable.
Mary Wallen married first John Ewer, most likely in Barnstable, before May 1652 when John’s widow “Mary Ewer” presented his estate inventory in the probate proceedings in Barnstable after his death. The estate was small, and they had no children, suggesting they had been married only a short time before John’s early death.
After John’s death, Mary married second John Jenkins in Barnstable on February 2, 1652/53. He was about 20 years her senior, born in about 1609, and had emigrated to America at the age of 26 on the Defence in 1635. John arrived originally in Boston but within a few months had settled in Plymouth Colony where he became a freeman on 3 January 1636/7. By January 14, he had been granted land adjacent to that of Mary’s father Ralph Wallen. In the intervening years, John volunteered to serve Plymouth in the Pequot War in 1637 and served in several public roles in Plymouth after that. By 1652, however, he had relocated to Barnstable, where he married the then-widowed Mary Ewer. John and Mary Jenkins most likely lived on the Ewer Farm in Barnstable, near “Coggin’s Pond,” as it was then called. This pond is passed on the left going into the village of Barnstable from West Barnstable on the State highway not far from the local Unitarian church.
John and Mary (Wallen) Jenkins had at least 7 children, all in Barnstable (Cape Cod), Plymouth Colony:
At least one Jenkins family historian has identified Mary as a "Quakeress."  Her brother-in-law Thomas Ewer was reportedly also a Quaker, fined £20,10 plus expenses for refusing to take a fidelity oath and attending Quaker meetings in Sandwich in 1659; and he was sentenced to severe physical punishment "to lye neck and heels together during the pleasure of the Court, 'for his tumultuous and seditious carriages in Court'" relating to this fine. Espousing that highly-controversial religion was dangerous in the mid-17th Century Plymouth colony, ruled with an iron-fist by tough, orthodox, Puritan clergymen and their followers who brutally persecuted Puritans. No fewer than four publicly-active Quakers, including one woman, Mary Dyer, were convicted and actually hanged for crimes against God and the State in neighboring Boston at the time. It may be more accurate to describe most of the contemporary Ewer, Lathrop, Wallen, Smalley and Snow families of Plymouth as "private dissenters," who prudently kept their more-unorthodox religious opinions to themselves, while outwardly professing Puritan beliefs but espousing tolerance for alternative views (a rarity in that time and place). This may have been what led them and a dozen other similarly-inclined families to move together across the bay, founding Eastham and Barnstable on Cape Cod in 1644-1646. The Ewer family do appear to have been "political dissenters" -- Mary's first father-in-law Thomas Ewer, was likely the "Ewre" who Winthrop reports was prosecuted in 1637 in the Massachusetts Bay colony for allegedly using seditious, anti-monarchist language.
Both John and Mary (Wallen) Jenkins lived to old ages. John Jenkins made his will on 25 September 1683 and died before 21 October 1685 when an inventory of his estate was completed in connection with probate proceedings in Barnstable. The date of Mary’s death is uncertain. She appears to have lived until at least April 5, 1693. No burial place has been found for either of the couple but they are likely buried at the Old Burying Grounds in Barnstable in now-unmarked graves.
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