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Martha LEWIS of Mohawk, Herkimer Co., NY abt 1765-1812

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I'm trying to find the parents of Martha LEWIS, b. not earlier than abt 1765, possibly in Mohawk, Herkimer Co., NY. She m. abt 1799, probably in or near Mohawk, NY, Lt. Bodwell LADD, a Revolutionary War veteran who served from Methuen, MA. Martha was his 2nd wife; the first was Katey LOVEWELL of Methuen, MA. Martha died 22 Oct 1812 (unverified), place unknown, prob. Herkimer Co., NY. Place of burial unknown. I have not found Martha yet in the records of central New York state, but from what I have seen on this surname in that area, her family could be of Dutch or German origin, not necessarily English.

Bodwell LADD appears in the 1825 NYS census for Town of Alexandria, Jefferson Co., NY. Appearing on the same page of this census are Caleb, Matthew and Michael LEWIS, their relation to Martha LEWIS, if any, unknown. Children of Lt. Bodwell LADD and wife Martha, presumably all born in Herkimer or Madison Co., NY: Mary Polly (1799), Bodwell Jr (1801), Achsah (1805), and Harriet (1809). It's not known if Martha had a previous husband, which raises the question whether LEWIS is actually her maiden surname. Bodwell LADD d. 15 Oct 1829 in Theresa, Jefferson Co., NY and is buried there.

Martha LEWIS is currently the last link in my matrilineal (mother's mother's ... mother) line. So finding her ancestry is important for interpreting my mtDNA tests (currently awaiting FGS test results from FamilyTreeDNA). So far the line looks like this:

Ethel BRETSCH m. Roderick SIMONDS
Geneva GEORGE m. Earl BRETSCH
Lillian SYKES m. Frederick GEORGE
Mary TIMMERMAN m. Lewis SYKES
Elizabeth TERPENING m. Ezra TIMMERMAN
Mary LADD m. Valentine TERPENING
Martha LEWIS m. Bodwell LADD (as his second wife)

That gets me back to 1765 or so -- not that far. I had kind of put Martha on the back burner years ago. But the increasing interest in genetic genealogy, and the chance that it might help me find her origins, has moved her front and center again. Can anyone help me find her parents?

Dave Simonds

Surnames: BRETSCH GEORGE LADD LEWIS SIMONDS SYKES TERPENING TIMMERMAN
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on 2010-10-18 00:06:00

Dave_DC , from Jefferson County, NY originally, and currently lives in Washington DC., has been a Family Tree Circles member since Oct 2010. is researching the following names: SIMONS, CARIS, ROGERS and 19 other(s).

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