Bethia Bridges1

#1305, (circa 1649 - )
Father*Edmund Bridges1 (1612 - 1684/85)
Mother*Elizabeth Manwaring1 (bt 1618 - 1620 - 1664)


Joseph Peabody b. 1644, d. 1721
Children 1.Joseph Peabody Jr.8 (1671 - )
 2.Jonathan Peabody4 (1673 - )
 3.Sarah Peabody4 (1676 - )
 4.Samuel Peabody4 (1678 - )
 5.Bethiah Peabody4 (1681 - )
 6.Lydia Peabody4 (1683 - )
 7.Alice Peabody4 (1685 - 1726)
Birth*circa 1649She was born circa 1649.1 
26 October 1663 As of 26 October 1663,her married name was Peabody.2 
Marriage*26 October 1668She married Joseph Peabody, son of Lieut. Francis Peabody and Lydia _____, on 26 October 1668 at MassachusettsG; Little has 1663.3,4,5 
6 January 1684/85In Edmund Bridges's will dated 6 January 1684/85, Bethia Bridges was named as an heir.6,7 


  1. [S161] George Thomas Little, editor, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1909), four volumes, p. 1602; estimated birth date from marr in 1663.
  2. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1602.
  3. [S798] Topsfield Historical Society, compiler, Vital Records of Topsfield Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849 (Salem, Massachusetts: Newcomb & Gauss, 1903), I:126. Bethia Bridges and Joseph Peabody, marr. 26 Oct 1668. Citing court record, Essex Co. Probate Court.
  4. [S1063] Charles Henry Pope, editor, Peabody Genealogy (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1909), Joseph (Francis, John), born at Hampton about 1644; married first, Oct. 26, 1668, Bethiah, daughter of Edmund Bridges; he married second, at Beverly, Jan. 4, 1714-15, Mary Wheeler, who survived him. Resided at Boxford; was a wheelwright. Freeman, 1677. Will, dated March 20, 1721, proved 3 April, 1722, made bequests to his wife Mary,
    son Jonathan, daughters Sarah Jonson, Bethiah Pebody, Lydia Byxbe and Alice Hoult, and to grandson Moses, son of deceased son Samuel. Children :
    Joseph, b. April 16, 1671.
    Jonathan, b. 1673.
    Sarah, b. Sept. 4, 1676; m. (i) Oct. 22, 1700, Benjamin Smith; m. (2) James Johnson.
    Samuel, b. April 8, 1678.
    Bethiah, b. April 3, 1681; m. Dec. 13, 1727, Robert Holt; d. Feb. 6, 1742.
    Lydia, b. Feb. 4, 1683; m. Jan. 4, 1705 or 8, Joseph Bixby.
    Alice, b. Jan. 4, 1685; m. Dec. 14, 1708, Thomas Holt of Andover; d. July 29, 1726.
  5. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1602, 26 Oct 1663.
  6. [S791] Edmund Bridges will (1685), Probate record of Edmund Bridges, 1685, Ipswich, Essex Co., Mass., Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, Boston, Massachusetts, online Case no. 3298, 9 images. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.). Transcript by Vincent Hartnett:
    The Last Will and Testament of Edmond Bridges Senr Black Smith
    of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New England is as folloeth,

    I Edmond Bridges being of perfect memorie and good understanding, yet by
    Reason of my weakeness of bodie and manie infermities often prevailing
    upon me, doo desire to com~end my soule in to the hands of my Blessed
    Redeemer Jesus Christ, in hope a happy Resurection,
    My will therefore is that my bodie be most decently burried after my
    discease, and all my debts be discharged, my estate be disposed of as
    followeth First I have alreadie given to my all my Children but Mary fair
    portions as was [crossed out] sutaable and convenient into my estate to _____
    of, but as an adition I give unto John Bridges my Rapier unto Josiah
    Bridges I give my Musquit unto Fayth Bridges I give a pewter platter
    marked with E B A, unto Bothiah Bridges the fellow or other pewtter
    plates with the same markes, which things my will is, that they be
    delivered unto the parties before mentioned Att my house upon there
    demand, imediately after my discease.

    Unto my Daughter Mary I give twentie pounds, that is to say a Cow shee
    calls her owne, a fether bed and what beding can conveniently be spared
    with it, And the rest to be made up in such household stuffe as my
    wife shall soo cause to supply her with.

    And my will further is that my beloved wife Mary Bridges shall have
    the res of the whole of my estate undispossed of During the time of
    her life if she remains a widdow, But if shee should marry after
    my discease she shall then have ten pounds payed unto her.

    I Doe allso will, that if my afforesaid wife Mary Bridges should
    marry, or otherwayes at the time of her Discease, that all the
    Remainder of my Estate then left shall be Equallie divided between
    John Bridges my sonne, my sonne Josiah Bridges, my Daughter Fayth
    Bridges Alias Black Bethiah Bridges Alias Peabodie and Mary Bridges
    And I doe hereby Constitute and ordaine my Beloved wife Mary Bridges
    and my sonne John Bridges to be my Executors, in order unto the
    performance of this my last will and testament And I doe desire
    Captn Daniel Epps with Leiftenant John Appleton to be the overseers for
    the fulfilling of this my will, whereunto I have sett my hand and
    seale this 6th of January 1684.

    Signed sealed and delivered [signature and seal of Edmund Bridges]
    in the presence of us
    Daniel Epps
    Edmund ____               The _____________
                        between ye 8th & 9th line
                        from ye top viz, but Mary,
                        was entered before ye
                        perfecting hereof
    Will proved at Court of Ipswich March 30: 85, Proved
    by the Executor to be the last Will & Testament of Edmon Bridges
    by the oath of Mary Bridges, Relect, & John Bridges sone to
    Ed. Bridges to the Best of the there knowledge that he was of a disposing mind
    at the same time.                    Attor. John Appleton ____.
  7. [S166] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2011), I:390, exhibit.
  8. [S602] George Francis Dow, compiler, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1911–1919), V:125, Salem Court Records and Files, Topsfield births: Joseph, son of Joseph and Bethiah Pabodye, 16 Apr 1671.