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William Mayberry

Immigrant from County Antrim, Ireland
to Marblehead, Massachusetts about 1730

William Mayberry, a blacksmith, is said by his descendants to have come from Ballomoney, County Antrim, Ireland where he was born about 1688. He married Bathsheba Dennis in 1714 in Ireland. About 1730 William and Bathsheba and their three children emigrated to America, coming to Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1738 William bought Lot 26 in Windham (now Cumberland County, Maine) and built a garrison house there. William Mayberry died in Windham on 15 March 1764/5.

The area was part of the "Province of Maine of the Massachusetts Bay Colony" until 1779 and Maine did not become an independent state until 1820 as a part of the Missouri Compromise. Thus, several generations of William's descendants were born in an area which was known locally as Maine, but legally still related to Massachusetts. Even the Federal census records for 1790, 1800 and 1810 called it Maine rather than Massachusetts. Likewise, Mayberry family researchers have long referred to the descendants of William and Bathsheba Mayberry as "The Maine Mayberrys" or "The Mayberrys of Windham, Maine".

William Mayberry was almost certainly a grandson of John Maybury who was born in Churchtowne, Lancashire in 1628. John's parents, Richard Maybury and Anne Wright were married at Cartmel Priory on 31 January 1626/27. Richard and Anne Maybury both died in 1643 leaving five young children. Their estate was not settled until 1650 when John, their eldest child reached the age of majority. But John was apparently not a good financial manager and, 1657, was forced to flee to County Londonderry in Ireland because of his debts.

John Maybury, like his father, Richard, was a forgeman. He and another forgeman from England established the first iron works near Kilrea. In Ireland the family name soon came to be spelled "Mayberry". We know nothing of John Mayberry's wife or children, except that he had a son, Richard Mayberry, who may or may not be the father of William Mayberry who went to Massachusetts about 1730.

Summary:

  1. Richard Maybury, married Jan 1627 Anne Wright at Cartmel Priory, Lancashire. Richard and Anne both died in the summer of 1643; buried at Cartmel Priory, Lancashire.
    1. John Maybury, bapt. 8 Jun 1628 Cartmel Priory, Lancashire; fled to Londonderry, Ireland because of debt in 1657; died 1677 in Londonderry or Antrim.
      1. Richard Mayberry, born in Ireland; gave deposition 1 May 1708 about his father's moving from Lancashire to Londonderry. Either Richard , or a brother as yet unknown, may have been the father of William Mayberry.
        1. William Mayberry, blacksmith, born abt. 1688 County Antrim; m Bathsheba Dennis; emigrated about 1730 to Marblehead, Massachusetts. William was probably the son, either of Richard Mayberry or of an unknown brother of Richard. [See below the the descendants of William and Bathsheba Mayberry]
    2. Mary Maybury, bapt. 16 May 1630 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; m1 Mr. Tompson; m2 Edward Fell.
    3. Nicholas Maybury, bapt. 23 May 1632 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; m 14 Aug 1654 Bridget Collison; later lived at Lindall in the Parish of Dalton, Lancs.
    4. Martin Maybury, bapt. 7 Mar 1633/34 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.
    5. James Maybury, bapt. 17 Jan 1635/36 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; bur. 6 Apr 1636 Cartmel Priory, Lancs.
    6. Richard Maybury, bapt. 24 Feb 1636/37 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; bur. 15 Mar 1636/37 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.
    7. Richard Maybury, bapt. 27 Mar 1637/38 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; m Elizabeth _____; bur. 24 Jan 1665/66 at Hawkshead, Lancs.
    8. Godfrey Maybury, bapt. 15 Mar 1640/41 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; bur. 9 Jul 1641 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.
    9. Clement Maybury, bapt. 20 Jun 1642 at Cartmel Priory, Lancs.; bur. 2 Jul 1675 at Dalton in Furness, Lancs.

Descendants of William and Bathsheba Mayberry
of Windham, Massachusetts
(The first three generations)
  1. John Mayberry was born about 1716 in Ireland. He married Elizabeth Dennis at Salem in 1740 and settled about 1745 at Windham, Maine. He died 2 Mar 1805.
    1. Elizabeth Mayberry b 1742; m James Webb; d 1827.
    2. William Mayberry b 1745; m Jane Miller; d 1829.
      1. John Mayberry b 20 Oct 1763; m Rachel Wilson.
      2. James Mayberry b 26 Jul 1765; d 17 Apr 1830.
      3. Richard Mayberry b 18 Mar 1767.
      4. William Mayberry b 29 Jan 1869.
      5. Jane Mayberry b 11 Feb 1772; d 25 Nov 1851.
      6. Samuel Mayberry b 1 Mar 1775.
      7. Betsey Mayberry b 25 Apr 1776; m Thomas Bodge.
      8. Andrew Mayberry b 9 Apr 1778.
      9. Charity Mayberry b 30 Jun 1780; d 23 Apr 1855.
      10. Josiah Mayberry b 27 Jan 1783.
      11. Sally Mayberry b 16 Feb 1786; m William H. Smith.
    3. Charity Mayberry m Enoch Graffam.
    4. Bathsheba Mayberry m James O. Mayberry.
    5. Rebecca Mayberry.
  2. Thomas Mayberry, b ca 1718 in Ireland; m1 1744 Bethiah Spears (d/o David Spears & Bethiah Farrow) of Windham, MA; m2 1767 Ann Sweet; m3 Margaret Weeks; d ca 1775.
    1. William Mayberry b 1 Feb 1744/45 Windham, MA; d 25 Apr 1745.
    2. William Mayberry b 12 Apr 1746 Windham, MA; m 4 Feb 1768 Rhoda (Rose) Wolden Windham, MA.
      1. Bethia Mayberry b 10 Aug 1768 Windham, MA; m 20 Nov 1790 Ebenezer Proctor (s/o William Proctor & Susannah Hall) Windham, MA.
      2. Anne Mayberry b 1770 Windham, MA; m Amos Rogers.
      3. David Spear Mayberry b 1 May 1772 Windham, MA.
      4. Robert Mayberry b 21 May (or Mar) 1774 Windham, MA.
      5. Thomas Mayberry b bef Jul 1776 Windham, MA.
      6. Isaac Mayberry b 1780 Windham, MA; m Mary5 (Polly) Mayberry (John4, William3, John2, William1).
      7. Moses Mayberry b aft. 1780 Windham, MA.
      8. Sally Mayberry b aft. 1780 Windham, MA.
      9. Abraham Mayberry.
      10. Zephaniah Mayberry b aft. 1780 Windham, MA.
    3. John Mayberry b 28 Mar 1748 Windham, MA; d 27 Aug 1748 Windham, MA.
    4. Sarah Mayberry b 12 Jul 1749 Windham, MA; m 27 Oct 1768 Joshua Lowell; d 1 Aug 1838 Windham, ME.
    5. Thomas Mayberry b 17 Jul 1751 Windham, MA; m 28 Apr 1774 Mary Worster Windham, MA; d 27 Jun 1805 Windham, MA.
      1. Josiah Mayberry b 13 Feb 1775.
      2. Dorcas Mayberry b 15 Aug 1777.
      3. Lovina Mayberry b 11 May 1780.
      4. Merriam Mayberry b 19 Apr 1783.
      5. Sally Mayberry b 12 Aug 1789.
    6. Bathsheba Mayberry b 14 Jul 1753 Windham, MA; m 29 Dec 1771 Abraham Osgood Windham, MA.
    7. David Mayberry b 8 Mar 1756 Windham, MA; m1 Nov 1781 Jemima Spurr (Spear?); m2 Lydia Mitchell; d 1811.
      1. Joseph Mayberry b 26 Aug 1782.
      2. Polly Mayberry b 8 Feb 1785.
    8. Mary Mayberry b 21 Sep 1762 Windham, MA; m 1782 Thomas Chute (s/o Curtis Chute & Miriam Carr).
    9. Richard Mayberry b Aug 1764 Windham, MA; m 18 Feb 1789 Merriam Thomson Windham, MA.
      1. Ezekiel Mayberry.
      2. Edward Mayberry.
      3. Amos Mayberry.
      4. Rebecca Mayberry m Nathaniel Knight.
      5. Polly Mayberry.
      6. Mary Mayberry.
      7. Nabby Mayberry.
      8. Hannah Mayberry.
    10. James O. Mayberry b 1766 Windham, MA; m 1 Dec 1785 Bathsheba Mayberry (d/o John Mayberry & Elizabeth Dennis) Windham, MA.
    11. John Mayberry b 13 Jun 1767 Windham, MA; m 13 Dec 1788 Elizabeth Webb (d/o James Webb & Elizabeth Mayberry); m Annie Swett.
      1. Bethia Mayberry m1 Samuel Tukey; m2 ____ Hathaway.
      2. Ezra Mayberry m Hannah Page.
      3. Rebecca Mayberry m John O. Page.
      4. Josiah Mayberry.
      5. Webb Mayberry.
      6. Hannah Mayberry (AS) b Feb 1770.
  3. Seafair Mayberry b on the voyage from Ireland to Marblehead, MA; m 21 Dec 1749 Stephen Manchester; d 12 Dec 1753.
  4. Capt. Richard Mayberry b 1735 in Marblehead, MA; m 21 Feb 1756 Martha Bolton (d/o Thomas Bolton & Mary Craig [nee McLellan]); d 4 Nov 1807; during the Revolutionary War he served as a Captain in the 5th Com., 11th Reg. from Massachusetts, commanded by Col. Benjamin Tupper.
    1. Mary Mayberry b 10 Nov 1756; m Edward Anderson; d 1846.
    2. William Mayberry b 12 Dec 1758; m Rebecca Bodge; d 1850; Revolutionary Soldier.
    3. Thomas Mayberry b 21 May 1761.
    4. Bathsheba Mayberry b 25 Sep 1763; m Abijah Purinton.
    5. Anne Mayberry b 28 Feb 1766; d 8 Mar 1766.
    6. Richard Mayberry, Jr. b 25 Apr 1767 (another record says he was born 30 Nov 1769); m Mary Jordan.
      1. Mehitable Mayberry.
      2. Betsey Mayberry.
      3. Jordan Mayberry.
      4. Catharine Mayberry.
      5. Nathaniel Mayberry.
      6. Mary Ann Mayberry.
      7. Martha Mayberry.
      8. Louisa Mayberry.
    7. Anne Mayberry b 30 Nov 1769; m Ezekiel Jordan.
    8. Daniel Mayberry b 21 Mar 1773; m Betsey Nash.
      1. Ann Mayberry.
      2. Eliza Mayberry.
      3. Elijah Mayberry.
      4. Richard Mayberry.
      5. Ssmuel Mayberry.
      6. Daniel Mayberry.
      7. Martha Mayberry.
      8. Sophia Mayberry.
      9. Abbie Mayberry.
    9. Edward Mayberry b 28 Sep 1775; m Mary Johnson.
      1. Martha Mayberry m John Webb.
      2. Eliza Ann Mayberry m Thomas Webb.
      3. Potter J. Mayberry.
      4. Susan Mayberry.
      5. Alice Mayberry m Samuel Patch.
      6. Edward Mayberry.
      7. Grinfill Mayberry.
  5. Nancy Mayberry b 23 May 1740 Windham, MA; married in 1759 Gershom Winship; d 10 Feb 1808.

Who was Richard Mayberry?

One tradition says that a Richard Mayberry came to Massachusetts with William and Bathsheba Mayberry when they came from Ireland. The identity of this Richard remains a mystery. About all we know about Richard is that he was living in Salem, Massachusetts before 1740 and that he married Elizabeth Meek on 7 Feb 1740 in Windham. If William and Richard were brothers, Richard must have been considerably younger. On the other hand his marriage to Elizabeth Meek may have been his second marriage. The known children of Richard and Elizabeth Mayberry are:

    1. Sarah Mayberry,
    2. Jane Mayberry.
    3. Elizabeth Mayberry.
    4. Richard Mayberry., married in 1765 Elizabeth Reeves





    August 2014