Mary Betts

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Betts was born on 1 March 1797, in Great Melton, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Betts, was 45 and her mother, Frances Mullinger, was 36. She married Thomas Girdlestone on 17 December 1818, in Great Melton, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Barford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom in 1841. She died on 30 October 1856, in Green River, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Green River, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Girdlestone
Mary Betts
Marriage: 17 December 1818
John Girdlestone
Jane Girdlestone
John Girdlestone
Elizabeth Girdlestone
Thomas Girdlestone
James Girdlestone
Mary Ann Girdlestone
Emma Girdlestone
Frances Girdlestone
Mary Elizabeth Girdleston
Sarah Anne Girdlestone

Sources (51)

  • Mary Girdlestone in household of Thomas Girdlestone, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Mary Betts, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Mary Betts, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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1801 · The Act of Union

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Name Meaning

English: variant of Bett , with excrescent -s, a patronymic or metronymic from the medieval personal name Bett, a short form of Bartholomew, Beatrice, or Elizabeth.

Americanized form of German Betz .

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

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Emma Girdlestone Smith was born March 31, 1835, in Norfold, England, in the village of Borford. She was the second daughter of Thomas Girdlestone and Mary Betts, and the second of eleven childre …

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