845 Francis Girdler Deborah ?
1636 -1692 1648 - 1716
  800 Peter Greenfield Hannah Devereux
1635 - 1670 1647- 1693
790 John Girdler
bp. May 1684
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. About 1734
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Margaret Greenfield (Greenfeild)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
21 Jul 1686 Marriage Margaret Greenfield to Elias Henley, Jr.
15 Jan 1707 Marriage Mary Ingalls (Ingolls) to John Girdler
16 Dec 1713 Marriage Margaret Greenfield Henley to John Girdler
  Elias Henley b. About 1687 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Hannah Stadden 5 Dec 1710 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Nine Children: Hannah (1), Hannah (2), Elias, George, Benjamin (1), Sarah (1), Benjamin (2), Joseph, and Sarah (2) Henley
  Benjamin Henley b. About 1701 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Mary Unknown. Selectman 1733, 1736, 1737, 1739-1745, 1747, 1749, 1751 and Deacon of the First Church of Marblehead from 1749 until his death. Four Children: Nathaniel, Mary, Rebecah, and Sarah Henley
  Four Other Children All alive 6 Apr 1716
  Hannah Girdler bp. 5 Jun 1720 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
1. Daniel Lisbril (or Lesbrill) of Salem in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 15 Nov 1740; 2. Joseph Doliber, Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 17 Dec 1744 One Known Child with Daniel Lesbrill: Daniel
Ancestor Leaf 611 Robert Girdler bp.13 Oct 1723 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
Mary Pedrick in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA on 22 Feb 1749. Seven Children: Robert (1), Sarah, Eleanor, Margaret, Robert (2), Joseph, and Thomas Girdler
What We Know

A few available records exist for John and Margaret Girdler, both of whom were the children and grandchildren of some of the earliest arrivals in this area of Massachusetts. John was described as a fisherman or a mariner in several deeds where he was recorded as a grantor or grantee in Marblehead.

Both John and Margaret were married previously to being married to each other.

Margaret married Elias Henley, Jr. of Salem, a mariner, and the son of Elias, Sr. and his wife Sarah Thompson. The father Elias Henley (also spelled Hendley) arrived in Boston in 1637. Margaret and her husband had two sons Elias and Benjamin and four other children who were still living when his estate was probated in 1716 (he died in approximately 1712). A record exists of the couple being summoned to court as witchcraft witnesses in 1692, but he "being at sea", they did not appear.

John married first Mary Ingolls in 1707, and no records can be found of any children born to this particular couple.

Widow Margaret Greenfeild (Greenfield) Henley married John Girdler on 16 Oct 1713 in Marblehead. They had two children, Hannah born about 1720 and Robert, our ancestor, born about 1724. There is some evidence which suggests that John

Girdler may have taken a third wife named Rebekah sometime after 1722. There is a record for a child John born to John and Rebekah baptized in 1733. If this is the case, then Margaret would have died sometime about 1722.

Margaret's son Elijah Henley, born about 1687, married in December 1710 Hannah Stadden. They had nine children including three who died young enough that they each had namesake siblings. Margaret's second son, Benjamin, born about 1701, was a Selectman in Marblehead for many sessions between the years 1733 and 1751. He was also a deacon in the First Church of Marblehead from 1749 until his death.

John and Margaret's daughter Hannah married twice, and had one known child with her first husband, Daniel Lisbrill or Lesbrill. No records of births exist for her with her second husband Joseph Dolliber.

John and Margaret's second child together, Robert, our direct ancestor, married Mary Pedrick and they had a total of seven children



The page below from the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1849 offer records of John's first marriage, Margaret's first marriage, and their marriage to each other. Beside the Marriages page is the page with the records of the baptisms of their two children:


The record of the marriages of John and Margaret Girdler's two children. Robert and Mary are our direct ancestors.


Genealogical articles like the following are informative. This particular one is of Margaret Greenfield's first husband's family. She and her children as well as her second husband, John Girdler, are delineated on the second page.



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