Martha Bishop

1708–1752 (Age 43)
Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Bishop was born on 5 February 1708, in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, her father, William Bishop, was 24 and her mother, Dorothy Hooper, was 27. She married Jeremiah Phillips in 1730, in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She died about 1752, in Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 44.

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Martha Bishop
Jeremiah Phillips
Marriage: 1730
Andrew Philips
Amy Phillips
Jeremiah Phillips
Lydia Philips
Mercy Phillips
Joshua Philips
Adam Phillips
Ephraim Phillips
Amey Philips

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States


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Name Meaning

English: from Middle English biscop, Old English bisc(e)op ‘bishop’, which comes via Latin from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’. The Greek word was adopted early in the Christian era as a title for an overseer of a local community of Christians, and has yielded cognates in every European language: French évêque, Italian vescovo, Spanish obispo, Russian yepiskop, German Bischof, etc. The English surname has probably absorbed at least some of these continental European cognates. The word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons, among them service in the household of a bishop, supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop, and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on St. Nicholas's Day.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Martha Bishop, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"
  • Martha Bishop, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"
  • Martha in entry for Andrew Phillips, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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