|Ambrose Gale||Mary Ward||John Codner||Joana Bartoll|
|b. abt. 1631 in England||b. abt. 1632 in Hingham, Massachusetts||b. 1620 in England||b. ? in England|
|d. Aug 1708 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. 5 Feb 1695 in Salem, Massachusetts||d. probate 28 Mar 1710 in Marblehead Essex, Massachusetts||d. 1669 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Benjamin Gale||Deliverance Codner|
|bp. 17 May 1663 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts||b. abt. 1648 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|d. d. 3 Apr 1714 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Apr 1723 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||abt. 1676||Benjamin Gale to Deliverance Codner in Marblehead|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|Mary Gale b. 6 Apr 1677; m. 14 Sep 1696 John Dod (abt. 1675, d. 1 Jul 1720); twelve children: Benjamin, John, Joseph, John, Deliverance Benjamin, Sara, Mary, Thomas, Benjamin, Charity, and Ambrose Dod|
|John Gale b. 13 Sep 1679; m. 12 Nov 1702 Meriam Stacey (bp. 13 Jun 1686); eight children: John, Annie, Joseph, Benjamin, Ambrose, Ambrose, Benjamin, and Edward Gale; d. 1714. Miriam Stacey Gale m. 2) Ephraim Sandin (b. 1695); ten children: Annis, Miriam, Samuel, Charity, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Charity, Miriam, and Sarah Sandin|
|Ambrose Gale b. 1 Feb 1683; m. 22 Mar 1710 Jemima Pousland (b. abt. 1690); one child: Benjamin Gale; d. 1714|
|Elizabeth Gale b. 1 Sep 1685; m. 31 Jan 1709 Robert Girdler;|
|Delyverance bp. 29 Sep 1690; m. 26 Nov 1713 Robert Knight (b. 12 Dec 1686); five children: Elizabeth, Mary, William, Robert, and Hannah Knight|
|Benjamin Gale b. 5 Nov 1694; 7 Dec 1715 Elenor Scadlock (b. abt. 1696); four children: Ann, Deliverance, Mary, and Elizabeth Gale; d. 1723|
|Samuel Gale b. 3 Oct 1699; m. 7 Dec 1719 Mary Stadden (bp. 28 Apr 1700, d. 2 May 1772;six children: Mary, Samuel, Elizabeth, Deliverance, Hannah, and Samuel Gale; d. 1772|
Benjamin Gale was the eldest son of Ambrose and Mary Ward Gale. He was a shoreman by trade. His wife, Deliverance, was the daughter of John and Joan(a) Bartoll Codner. Their story begins with genealogical puzzles surrounding her name. As shown below, the Marriage Records indicate that Benjamin had two wives, the first a Lydia with unknown surname, and the second, Deliverance Codner. The Birth Records shown are all the birth records of children born in this time period to Benjamin and Lidia, Benjamin, or Deliverance.
Fortunately, three sets of Probate records assist in clearing up the mystery and arriving at the conclusion that Benjamin Gale had only one wife, Deliverance Codner (aka Lydia/Lidia Codner):
Now for the second mystery: Did Benjamin and Deliverance Gale have seven or eleven children? Let's assume they had all eleven of those listed even though the four names of children under "Possibles" had baptism records that did not follow the format of the others. The first Deliverance in that list did not survive as evidenced by a sister of the same name being born later. The name "Joseph" does not appear as one of the children in their grandfather Codner's will. Note that there were three girls named "Deliverance/Delyverance" in the two lists, and this gives rise to the second mystery: which Deliverance married Robert Knight? If all eleven were siblings, then only the last-born Deliverance would have survived childhood to marry Robert Knight. So what doesn't work perfectly with that scenario? 1. The marriage record for Robert Knight shows that he married "Delyverance" Gale, the same spelling as the only Delyverance/Deliverance in the first list; 2) the last Deliverance would have been only 15 or 16 when she married. Not impossible of course, but I don't think it was as likely. Spellings of names varied much in those days. Gale was spelled as Gall, Giulle, Ghoul, etc., so the spelling in and of itself would not be a definitive answer. However, the age of the final Deliverance at marriage coupled with the spelling leads me to the conclusion that only the seven were their children. That conclusion is still not absolutely certain, but what we do know for sure is that only seven were named in the will.
Benjamin operated a fishing business from his father's property while his father lived, and then inherited the house and land beneath from his father upon his death. The property went to Robert Girdler, the husband of his sister Elizabeth, after his death.
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The research on this family is basically complete.
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