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HUSBAND
845 Francis Girdler
c. 1636
England
d. September 1692
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Deborah ?
b. circa 1647
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
After 1716
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
1665 Marriage Francis Girdler to Deborah (Unknown Surname) in Massachusetts, USA
1695 Marriage Deborah Girdler (widow of Francis Girdler) to 1075 Ambrose Gale
CHILDREN:
  George Girdler b. Circa 1667; bp. 14 Jul 1678 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 11 Jun 1711 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Mary Gale 1687 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Occupation: Fisherman. Ten Children: George, Francis, William, Benjamin, Deborah, John, Robert, Ambrose, Nicholas, and Sarah Girdler
  Francis Girdler, Jr. b. Circa 1667; bp. 14 Jul 1678 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 1694
Died Young  
  Hanna Girdler b. Circa 1672, bp. 14 Jul 1678 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. Before 1696
Died Young  
  Benjamin Girdler b. Circa 1674, bp 14 Jul 1678 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 1729
m.
Sarah Bonfield on 1 Nov 1692 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Occupation: Mariner
  Mary Girdler b. Jan 1676; bp 14 Jul 1678 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. After 1746 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Shoreman/Fisherman Joseph Andrews 15 Nov 1694 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Ten Children: Hannah, Nicholas, Thomas, John, Deborah, Joseph, Mary, William, George, and Elizabeth Andrews
  Anna Girdler b. 1680; bp. 11 Aug 1680 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. ?
m.
Nicholas Merrit 22 Jan 1700 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA One Child: Nicholas Merrit
Ancestor Leaf 790 John Girdler b. 1683; bp May 1684 in Salem , Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. circa 1734
m.

1. Mary Ingalls 15 Jan 1707 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d, 4 Dec 1711 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

2. Widow Margaret Greenfield Henley 16 Dec 1713 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA;

3. Hannah Southwick 1724.

John and Margaret - Two Children: Hannah and Robert Girdler;

John and Hannah - One child John Girdler

  Robert Girdler b. 25 Sep 1687 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Elizabeth Gale 31 Jan 1708 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Two Children: Elizabeth and Francis Girdler
  Hannah Girdler b. 19 Mar 1693 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts; d. 4 Apr 1733 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
George Finch 22 Oct 1710 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA  
What We Know

 

Francis Girdler is our immigrant ancestor for this branch of the Family Tree.

With gratitude to Robert Joseph Girdler, author of the website http://girdler.com.

"Old England was populated with Girdler families nationwide as their records are to be found in almost every Shire (County) and I would imagine there are many there today. With so many in England it is only natural that one would migrate, as many of his countrymen before him, to an English settlement in this new land. The Girdler name first appears in Marblehead, Massachusetts which was founded in 1629 and was governed by the Salem community for several years. The original founders of Marblehead were fishermen who for many years were believed to have migrated from the Island of Guernsey which is situated in the English Channel. The history of Essex Co., Mass. refers to the probable origin of the first settlers. "Authorities differ as to the exact part of England from which these settlers emigrated, though all agree that they were English, and that they made their settlement in the northeastern part of the town, near the headland now known as Peach's Point. From their manners and customs, but more especially from their peculiar dialect, it seemed that they were natives of the Island of Guernsey or Jersey in the British Channel".


More modern research has determined  those early settlers were possibly Cornish Fishermen from the British County of Cornwall. Cornwall was occupied by Romans, Saxons and Celts before the Norman conquest in 1066. Reference is made to the fact that the Cornish spoke a Celtic language that became extinct late in the 18th century. This is probably the peculiar dialect referred to in the early Essex Co. records.

 

 

The first of our name appears in Marblehead records Nov. 16, 1657, "Michell Girdle", there is only one notation on him and I have no knowledge as to his connection with our lineage. The next notation on record, November 1667, Debory Garlier [Deborah Girdler]. September 7, 1671, Fra. Godler [Francis Girdler]. 1672, Fransis Gater [ Francis Girdler]. March 14, 1673, Francis Grodler [Girdler]. October 24, 1673, Francis Godlar [Girdler]. June 21, 1681, Deborah Girdler. July 1, 1685, Deborah Girdler. etc., etc.,  Although several name misspellings are found, subsequent findings verify the correct spelling. Several documents, Salem Church, baptismal records, Town records, Marblehead Church, vital statistics, freeman's oath, estate settlement, etc; provide information on this first family and their descendants. I have attempted to compile and reconstruct these early Marblehead families from the many sources available."

Francis married a woman named Deborah, her surname unknown. After his death in 1692, Deborah Girdler married widower Ambrose Gale, the father of the spouses of two of her sons (and another of our direct descendants).

Francis and Deborah had a number of children who survived to adulthood, married, and had several children of their own, thus starting a line that appeared in many Marblehead families through the next generations.

The information above which is not documented in the Vital Records below was taken from the Girdler.com website. On Ancestry.com, some members record the parents of Francis Girdler as being Hugh Girdler and Anne Brealsforth. I've found nothing which authenticates that information.

 


VITAL RECORDS:

The first record authenticates the marriages of Francis Girdler to Deborah, and more particularly, her second marriage to Ambrose Gale.

The baptisms of some of their children in what was then Salem from the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1849 appear below:

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The next set contains records of the marriages of most of Francis and Deborah Girdler's children as found in the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1849 Database:

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Many of the deaths of the family are not recorded in the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1849 Database. Those that are appear below.

Deborah Girdler relinquished her right to administer her husband's estate to their son George.

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