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Mary Wentworth (bef. 1569)

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Mary Wentworth aka Brewster (unproven)
Born before in Scrooby, , Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wentworth-16 created 14 Apr 2010 | Last modified
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Mary (sometimes Love) Wentworth, daughter of Thomas Wentworth and Grace Gascoigne, christened 25 Jun 1569 in Scrooby, Yorkshire, England, has been proposed as the wife of Mayflower passenger William Brewster, and as .[1][2]

Notes & Caveats

But the maiden name of William Brewster's wife has not been proven. The claim it was Mary Wentworth rests solely on the fact that Mary Wentworth happened to live somewhat close to William Brewster in Scrooby, Nottingham. That is very shaky evidence to say the least.

Further, it has been proposed that William Brewster may have married Mary Wyrall, but the evidence is just as flimsy for that marriage. There are no fewer than seven marriages from 1590-1610 that have been located in parish registers showing a William Brewster marrying a Mary. All, however, have been satisfactorily eliminated as probable candidates for the William and Mary Brewster who came on the Mayflower. So at present, there is no evidence to document who William Brewster's wife Mary actually was." (excerpted from the Great Migration Begins.) Nor can I find a source that says that Mary Brewster died 17 Apr 1627 anywhere (that's died anywhere, not sourced anywhere, but that applies too. [3]

Since William Brewster's wife's maiden name in not known, we cannot assume that Mary Wentworth was his wife. Nor can we assume she died when his wife died, be it in 1620/1 or 1627. Also, none of her children will be surnamed Brewster. Aside from possibly the birth date and her parents names, nothing in this profile is based upon facts. [4]


  1. Walter H. Burgess, John Robinson, the pastor of the pilgrims, London, 1920, p. 81 (footnote #2): "The maiden name of Mary has not been handed down. I suggest Mary Wentworth of Scrooby."
  3. Tom Bredehoft, Entered August, 2012
  4. Entered by Tom Bredehoft, Feb 5, 2013

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On 25 Mar 2017 at 04:26 GMT Chris Douglas wrote:

Might it be possible to use DNA tests to prove or disprove her as the wife of William Brewster either through her supposed descendants, her siblings descendants (if there are any), or descendants of any aunts and uncles (if there are any)?

On 30 May 2016 at 21:08 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

When looking at the actual Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004 and Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 records, not their transcription, the name Wentworth has a question mark after it. So, even those records are not certain.

On 30 May 2016 at 20:49 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Wentworth-683 and Wentworth-16 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and parents

On 5 May 2016 at 11:40 GMT Ron Gragg wrote:

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Mary Wentworth
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 1569
Spouse Name: William Brewster
Spouse Birth Year: 1567
Year: 1590
Number Pages: 1<ref>Source number: 391.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MEW</ref>


On 4 May 2016 at 14:40 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

There was a real person, Mary Wentworth, christened daughter of Thomas and Grace, so we're leaving her so attached, but we've detached her from Brewster and his children. (And moved the photos of her to Unknown-199693.)

On 28 Sep 2014 at 06:51 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

7 PMs and about 20 creation credits, and they're all interested in Mary Brewster, not Mary Wentworth.

I take it the pictures are Mary Brewster as well.

Propose merge into Unknown-199693.

On 15 Sep 2014 at 14:16 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

She needs to be detached as mother of the Brewster children. It has not been proven that she was his wife/mother of his children.

On 23 Apr 2014 at 05:06 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

Wentworth-862 and Wentworth-16 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge. Thanks.

On 20 Mar 2014 at 05:47 GMT Ron Gragg wrote:

Wentworth-862 and Wentworth-16 are not ready to be merged because: Because previous merges have corrupted the line of ascension as I move back through my lineage. I have completely lost pages (individual) and untold man-hours of work as well, and had to start some projects from scratch; So, I’m not sure if I’m going to allow merges or not at this time.

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