Martha Close

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Close was born about 1762, in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Stephen Close, was 24 and her mother, Hester Sheppard, was 28. She married Benjamin Brooks on 28 September 1788, in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters.

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Benjamin Brooks
Martha Close
Marriage: 28 September 1788
Mary Brooks
Elizabeth Brooks
Susanna Brooks
Benjamin Brooks
Susannah Brooks

Sources (5)

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

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Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some sort, such as a courtyard set back from the main street or a farmyard, from Middle English clos(e) (Old French clos, from Late Latin clausum, past participle of claudere ‘to close’). Possibly also a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in such a place.

English: from Middle English clos(e) ‘secret’, applied as a nickname for a reserved or secretive person.

Dutch: variant of Cloos .

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

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