Mary Prior

Female22 March 1738–

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Prior was born on 22 March 1738, in Long Island, New York, United States, her father, Samuel Prior, was 45 and her mother, Mary Powell, was 40. She had at least 2 sons and 4 daughters with John Searing.

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John Searing
Mary Prior
Mary Searing
Mary U Searing
John Searing
John Searing
Amey Searing
Phebe Searing

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  • The English ancestry of Reinold and Matthew Marvin of Hartford, Ct., 1638

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Children (6)

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Siblings (4)

World Events (6)


Age 38

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


Age 38

New York is the 11th state.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 62

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English (southern), Scottish, Dutch, and German: ultimately from Latin prior ‘superior’, used to denote a prior, a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a prior.

Irish: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora ‘son of the prior’ (this is the usual origin in counties Cavan and Leitrim). Some examples may be Anglo-Norman, the same name as in 1 above.

Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan: from prior, probably denoting someone in the service of a prior or a nickname for someone who behaved in a pompous way.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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RobertMarvin-1587-1635-LVY6-WQK 168 Appendix Page 148. In May, 1649, there was at Southampton, Long Island, a Robert Marvin (9Q7D-MY2), who was possibly Robert7(9 …

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