Mary Turner Chittenden

  • Birth 12 Feb 1739
  • Death 6 Dec 1792
  • Burial Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 95566051

Inscription: "Mrs. Mary Chittenden, 1792, in the 53rd year of her...(illegible)"

Mary is buried outside the granite walls of the cemetery, next to a stone for Thomas Holmes, and also another stone, mostly illegible, but with the last name Chittenden/ Chittendon (difficult to discern "e" or "o" on her stone; the name is spelled either way in records, but mostly with an 'e'). She is listed in Scituate death records as having died of small pox.

During the small pox epidemic from 1791-93, the town of Scituate utilized the nearby James homestead for use as a hospital in which to isolate those who were stricken with small pox and those who chose to be immunized against it. Though the inoculation method was controversial at the time, there were only 12 deaths over two years out of a population of 2,862.

Mass. Deaths, Vital Records:
'wid. Mary Chittenden, dy'd 11th or 12th mo, 1792, Scituate, small pox.'

Scituate Death Records state:
'wid. Chittenden, smallpox, 1792, Mary, wife of Capt. Isaac, Dec. 6, 53yrs.'
(This would put her birth date c.1739.)

Scituate Marriages, Vital Records:
'Capt. Isaac Chittenden of Malden and Mary Turner of Scituate in 1779.'

Scituate Births, Vital Records:
'Mary, daughter of James Turner and his wife Mary, b.2/12/1739, Scituate.'

This James Turner and his wife had children including Mary, above, and a daughter Mehitable, b.1743, who in 4/1773 in Scituate married Gideon Chittenden, b.1749, Scituate, d.1799, Scituate, son of Israel Chittenden,Jr. and Deborah (Vinal) Chittenden, Jr. This could mean two Turner sisters married Chittenden's, and possibly Chittenden brothers.

Some Chittenden/Turner/James connections:

'American Families', page 2617 states: 'Thomas Chittenden was born about 1595, a linen weaver from Wapping, in county Kent, ENG. He came from London in the "Increase" in 1635, age 51, with wife Rebecca, age 40, and children Isaac and Henry. They settled in Scituate, MA where his descendants are found....son Isaac, b.abt.1625, 4/1646 married Martha Vinal of Scituate...parents of 8 ch....Henry, b.abt.1629, ENG, married and had 4 ch...'

John James and Eunice (Stetson) had a son Benjamin who married Mercy (Stockbridge), and also had a son:

Deacon John James, b.1709, who married Prudence (Stanton), who had a son:

Deacon Elisha James, b.1744, who 1st married Sarah (Foster) in 1773, Scituate, then 2nd married widow Mrs. Ruth (Foster) Chittenden in 1803, Scituate. This Ruth a sister of his first wife Sarah. Ruth had 1st married Nathaniel Chittenden, son of Israel and Mary (Pickels) Chittenden. Widow Mary (Pickels) Chittenden 2nd married Benjamin Turner and they had a son, Elisha Turner.

Deacon Elisha James's sister, Prudence James, married this Elisha Turner, his 2nd marriage, and they had a daughter Abigail Turner. This Abigail Turner married Benjamin James and Mercy (Stockbridge)'s son, John James, in 1838 in Scituate.

NOTE: Compiler is still researching the early intertwined Turner, Vinal and Chittenden/Chittendon families of Scituate, with the hope of learning who might be interred next to Mary, and to establish her relationship to the James family and reason for burial here. Was it just the connection mentioned above with Abigail Turner's marriage to Benjamin James, or also that it was convenient as at this time the James family homestead was being used as a small pox hospital? Should someone have information on this family connection, please use the "Suggest" or "Edit" tab and I will receive the notice.

(FYI: This cemetery was a JAMES family cemetery first; became James-Clapp Cemetery in 1871.)

(Bio and research written by Annette Langley Markward, great-granddaughter of Elijah Thomas Clapp and Ann Rosini (Clapp) who are also buried here. Comments and other findings are welcome. Please follow FindAGrave guidelines for permission to use content.)





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  • Added: 18 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95566051
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