Martha Giles

about 1710–October 1774 (Age 64)
Downton, Wiltshire, England

The Life of Martha

When Martha Giles was born about 1710, in Downton, Wiltshire, England, her father, Jacob Gale, was 40 and her mother, Susan Blackman, was 34. She married Richard Quinton on 23 July 1729, in Downton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She died in October 1774, in Downton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 64, and was buried in Downton, Wiltshire, England.

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Family Time Line

Richard Quinton
Martha Giles
Marriage: 23 July 1729
Susanna Quinton
Richard Quinton
Sarah Quinton
Elizabeth Quinton
Jane Quinton

Spouse and Children

23 July 1729
Downton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom


    Susanna Quinton


    Elizabeth Quinton


    Richard Quinton


    Sarah Quinton




+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Gale


    Susan Blackman




    Anna Gale


    Abraham Gale


    Isaac Gale


    Jacob Gale


    Laban Gale


+4 More Children

World Events (4)

1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 10

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.
1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 42

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.
1754 · Seven Years' War

Age 44

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.

Name Meaning

Some people derive this name from Aegidius, from a Greek word meaening a goatskin. Others translate the word as a kid, or a young goat. The name Giles may often be derived from Julius.

Sources (3)

  • Martha in entry for Unknown, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Martha in entry for Susanna, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Martha in entry for Elizabeth, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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