Mary Gigner

Mary Gigner (later Mary Edwards, Mary Gawthrop, and Mary Marsh) is believed to have been the youngest of at least three children of Robert Gigner and his wife Sarah Mathews of Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.

Mary married John Edwards, a blacksmith of Histon in 1722, but sadly, within two years, she became a widow.

By 1728, Mary had re-married, this time to another blacksmith of Histon, named Richard Gawthrop. Together they had six children before Mary was widowed again in 1744. This left Mary with a young family of at least five surviving children, with the youngest child no more than two years old.

She re-married for the final time in 1746 to John Marsh (also of Histon), but three months later, in January 1747, she died.

It is unclear as to who looked after the young orphaned family, although it is known that there were relatives in Histon, and cousins in London.

Life Events


  • circa 1701 presumably in Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 16th November 1701, at St. Andrew's Church, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • John Edwards (?-1724) on 17th January 1722 at The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • Richard Gawthrop (?-1744) on 10th August 1728, at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • John Marsh (?-17??) on 9th October 1746 at St. Andrew's Church, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • John Gawthrop (1729-1756) married Sarah Archer
  • Richard Gawthrop (1732)
  • Elizabeth Gawthrop (1733-?) married William Benstead
  • Richard Gawthrop (1736-1796) married Sarah Archer, and later to Mary Brady.
  • Mary Gawthrop (1738-1751)
  • William Gawthrop (1742-1797) married Ann Langford (17??-1804)


  • January 1747 in Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 25th January 1747 at St. Andrew's Church, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Robert Gigner (16??-17??)
  • Sarah Mathews (16??-17??)


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