When Martha Maria Liggett was born on 25 November 1838, in Saline, Missouri, United States, her father, Joseph Liggett Jr, was 30 and her mother, Mary Polly Thompson, was 31. She married William McMahan Gwinn on 24 July 1855, in Saline, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 9 daughters. She lived in De Witt Township, Carroll, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Harper, Kansas, United States in 1895. She died on 11 October 1896, in Harper, Harper, Kansas, United States, at the age of 57.
English (now found mainly in northern Ireland): habitational name predominantly from Lydiate in Lancashire, or sometimes from Lidgate in Suffolk. The name derives from Middle English lidyate ‘gate in a fence between plowed land and meadow’ (Old English hlid-geat ‘swing-gate’).