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Impoverished “Marcy” Lamberd
Was Married to Daniel Gowing
Daniel Gowing and Martha “Marcy” Lamberd declared their
marriage intent at their church in Lynn, Massachusetts June 9,
1754, according to “Lynn Records,” Volume II. The marriage
was opposed by her parents who declared that she should have
no dowry. Apparently all parties remained firmly resolved.
After waiting almost seven months for her parents to relent, the
couple went ahead with their marriage plans the following
On December 25, 1754, they were married. “Said Daniel
Gowing took the said Marcy naked; except a sheet and a shift
[chemise] that she borrowed,” according to the church records.
Children born to Daniel Gowing and Martha “Marcy” Lamberd
Gowing include Ezra Gowing. He was born November 4, 1765
in Lynn, according to the town’s birth records. He appeared as
the head of a household of eight people in the 1790 census of
Lynfield, Massachusetts, according to “Heads of Families,