From contributor Ken Smith:|
Martha was born on March 27, 1628 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, the daughter of Michael Metcalf and Sarah Elwyn. Her father was hounded out of England because of his religious beliefs and the family traveled to New England in 1637. They settled in Dedham, Massachusetts. Martha was married to Willaim Bignell about 1655. Martha and William had three children, all born in Concord, so it seems that they settled there after the marriage. William died on Aug. 16, 1659. A couple of years later, after the wife of Nathaniel Stow died, Martha and Nathaniel were married in Concord on August 20, 1662. Nathaniel and Martha had three children of their own. Her second husband, Nathaniel, died in 1684, but Martha didn't marry again. She lived in Concord as a widow until her death on December 26, 1717. She is buried with Nathaniel in the Old Hill Burying Ground in Concord.
From James Savage's GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY of THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND:
METCALF, MICHAEL, Dedham, b. 1586, at Tatterford, in Co. Norfolk, was a dornock weaver at Norwich, and free of the city, where all his ch. were b. m. 13 Oct. 1616, Sarah, had Michael, b. 13 Nov. 1617, d. soon; Mary, 14 Oct. 1618, but the geneal. of the fam. in Reg. VI. 173, says 14 Feb. 1619; Michael, again, 29 Aug. 1620; John, 5 or 15 Sept.1622, bef. ment. Sarah, 10 Sept. 1624: Elizabeth 4 Oct. 1626; Martha, 27 Mar. or Oct. 1628, Thomas, 27 Dec. 1629 or 30; Ann, 1 Mar. 1631 or 34, d. soon; Jane, 24 Mar. 1632; and Rebecca, 5 Apr. 1635.
BRIGNALL, WILLIAM, Dedham, m. Martha, d. of Michael Metcalf, had William, d. soon after.
1. William Brignall.
2. Concord marriages: nathan stow and martha Bignell were maryed 20. agust. 1662.
Concord deaths: Martha Stow Relicks of Nathanill Stow her Late Husband Dyed Decemr the 26 : 1717 [in her 90th yr. G.S.].
Children: Nathaniel, b. 1663; Samuel, b. 1666, d. 1667; Ebenezer, b. 1668.