James Tiffany[1]

Male 1666 - 1732  (66 years)


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  • Name James Tiffany 
    Born 1666  Milton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1732  Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3301  32 Generations
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2008 

    Father Squire Humphrey Tiffany,   b. 4 Jun 1630, Saint John, Hackney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1685, Between Swansea and Boston Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. Deceased 
    Married Bef 1663 
    Family ID F2755  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bethiah Fuller,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. John Tiffany, ARW,   b. 1 Sep 1710, Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1788, Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F38487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Will named wife Elizabeth, sons: James, Samuel, Benjamin, John, Noah, daus: Elizabet h's children, Anna, Rebecca, Sarah, Martha, Lidia, Bathsheba, Keziah, Althea
      Source:
      RootsWeb World Connect Project
      Note: "Eichler, Servatius, Rood, Fuller, Green", by Stephen Eichler, updated 18 May 2001, downloade d 7 Oct 2001

      # Change Date: 5 Dec 2007 at 19:56
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      Taken from genealogy.com on April 2, 2006 -
      Family History of NY, Vol. IV, New York Family Histories, Page 321
      Genealogical and Family History Page 321

      Noon, July 15, 1685, a thunder storm arose and he and his companion were both killed by lightning, and in accordance with the views of that period it was called "solemn judgement of God." We may add here that the title of "Squire," an abbreviation of Esquire, was the popular title of a man who held the office of justice of the peace, and is continued down to the present day in rural districts. The widow, Elizabeth Tiffany, was appointed administratrix of her husband's estate by the court, October 27, of the same year. Their children were: James, see forward; Thomas; Ebenezer; Consider; Sarah, born July 6, 1683; and Hezekiah, who was drowned December 4, 1685.

      James, eldest son of Squire Humphrey and Elizabeth Tiffany, went to Attleboro, Massachusetts. He had wife, Bethiah, who died February 27, 1711. His second wife, Elizabeth, survived him and married Andrew Grover, of Norton. He moved to Attleboro about 1690 and purchased a farm upon which he built a house, which was standing until the last few years, and in which many generations of the name were born and died. He died in July, 1732, and left a large family. Among the children by his first wife was a son.

      James, born 1697, married, November 11, 1725, Elizabeth Allen, who was born in 1704, died August 1, 1796; they were the parents of seven children.

      James, the third child, was born January 24, 1732, and married, November 15, 1753, his cousin Keziah Tiffany, and had five children.

      James, the fourth child, was born November 10, 1760, died at South Brimfield, Massachusetts, March 25, 1823. He married Mary Howe, and went to New Hampshire, but finally settled at South Brimfield, now called Wales. They were the parents of six children.

      Lyman, the second child, was born in Attleboro, September
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      Taken from genealogy.com on November 24, 2004 -
      New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume I
      Page 511

      (The Tiffany Line).
      For nearly two hundred and fifty years the Tiffany family has been associated with the region of country embracing the county of Bristol, Rhode Island. Long years of faithful service to church and town from generation to generation have been marked family characteristics.

      (I) Humphrey Tiffany, probably the ancestor of most of that name, came to Massachusetts about 1660, and was a citizen of Rehoboth as early as January 22, 1663. His home was in that part of Rehoboth which is now Swansea, and he was killed by lightning, July 15, 1685, while on a journey from Swansea to Boston. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth, who became executrix of his estate. The records of Swansea show that he had a daughter Sarah, born July 6, 1683, in that town. Other known children were: James, Thomas, Ebenezer, Consider and Hezekiah. The lastnamed was drowned December 4, 1685.

      (II) James, son of Humphrey and Elizabeth Tiffany, resided in Swansea until 1690, when he removed to Attleboro, Massachusetts. There he secured a farm, on which he built
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      Taken from genealogy.com on November 24, 2004 -
      My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut
      Page 64


      HUMPHREY TIFFANY came to America about 1660. The records of Rehoboth show--Jany 22, 1663 "Humphrey Tiffany permitted to be a sojourner and to buy or to hire." He lived in Swansea in 1683. Very little is recorded concerning him.
      Samuel Sewall writes in his Diary: Wednesday P. M. July 15, 1685,
      "Very dark and great Thunder and Lightning. One Humphrey Tiffany and Frances Low, daughter of Anthony Low, are slain with the Lightning and Thunder about a mile or a mile and a half beyond Billingses Farm, the Horse also slain that they rode on, and another horse in Company slain and his rider who held the garment on the Maid to steady it at the time of the Stroke, a coat or cloak, stounded but not killed. Were coming to Boston. Anthony Low being in Town the Sad Bill was put up with (regards) of that Solemn judgment of God. Fast day Forenoon July 15, 1685, 2 persons, 2 horses."
      On Oct. 27, 1685 at a General Court at Plymouth, Gov. Thomas Hinckley granted administration to Elizabeth, the relict of Humphrey Tiffany, deceased.

      Children:
      Ebenezer b. 1663, d. Feby. 10, 1747, m. Elizabeth. James b. d. July 1732, m. Bethia (???).Thomas b. ab. 1665, m. Hannah ab. 1689. Consider b. ab. 1670, d. m. Abigail Niles. Ephraim b. ab. 1675, m. Leshia, had: Samuel b. Apl. 7, 1701, Consider b. Apl. 28, 1703, Humphrey b. Feby. 7, 1706.
      Hezekiah the son of Humphrey Tiffany and of Elizabeth his wife wasdrowned in Swanzey River on the 4th of December near night Anno 1685.Sarah b. July 6, 1683.
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      Taken from genealogy.com on November 24, 2004 -
      Lamont-Eldredge Family Records
      Page 89

      TIFFANY

      "Tiffany Genealogy" by Nelson Otis Tiffany. -- Swansea Records.
      Humphrey Tiffany, probably ancestor of most of that name, came to Mass. 1660 and was a citizen of Rehoboth as early as Jan. 22, 1663. His home was in that part of Rehoboth which is now Swansea, and he was killed by lightning July 15, 1685 while on a journey from Swansea to Boston. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth. The records of Swansea show he had a daughter Sarah born July 6, 1683 in that town. Other children were: James, Thomas, Ebenezer, Consider, Ephraim, and Hezekiah. The last named was drowned Dec. 4, 1685.

      Squire Humphrey -- a popular title of a man who held the office of justice of the peace.
      While riding on horseback with Frances Low, a daughter of a neighbor, from Swansea to Boston on Wed. P. M. July 15, 1685, a thunder storm arose and he and his companion were both killed by lightning and in accordance with views of that period it was called "The solemn judgment of God."
      Ebenezer2 (Humphrey1) Tiffany born 1663 in what was later Swansea, Mass.; died in Barrington, R. I. Feb. 10, 1747; married Elizabeth (???) (b. 1665 -- died in Barrington, R. I. March 7, 1749). Ebenezer Tiffany was a prominent member of Barrington Congregational Church and was
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      “Tiffany’s of America. History and Genealogy. Published by Nelson Otis Tiffany for and in the interest of Charles Lewis Tiffany of New York City, and of the Tiffany family.”
      Author: Harold Robinson Date: 27 Jul 2004 5:21 PM GMT
      Classification: Query

      Dear Listers: My wife’s maiden name is Tiffany. We have a Xerox copy of the book “Tiffany’s of America. History and Genealogy. Published by Nelson Otis Tiffany for and in the interest of Charles Lewis Tiffany of New York City, and of the Tiffany family.” This book was published in 1903. I have copied every page of this book into a WORD document and am attempting to update as many of the numerous lines to the present time as possible. Would you be interested in contributing to my undertaking? If you would, please send me only full names and dates of birth, death and marriage from yourself back at least three or four generations. Hopefully that will lead to someone in the book. I am NOT soliciting any money for my project. I’m doing this as a hobby. My wife’s lineage goes back to THOMAS TIFFANY who married Meletiah Tingley (daughter of Captain Timothy Tingley and Martha Day). Thomas was born on 31 May, 1756 and died on 12 May, 1835. He married in Attleboro, Massachusetts on 10 June, 1779 Meletiah Tingley. She was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on 5 October, 1762 and died in Hartford, Pennsylvania on 7 May, 1835. In the book it states, “In 1794, Squire Thomas Tiffany went from Attleboro, Massachusetts, with his wife and seven children, to what is now Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he was with the famous “Nine Partners.” He built for himself and family a home on a hill overlooking the site of the historical “Nine Partners” spring, around which his descendants and those of his brother-in-law, Elkanah Tingley, annually gather. The home is owned by his family, and is occupied by his grandchildren. In 1799, he was commissioned justice of the peace, resigning the office in 1808, when his brother Hosea was appointed in his place. In 1893 there were five Tiffanys in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania holding the commission of justice of the peace from the governor of the commonwealth.” Here is my wife’s lineage back to Humphrey: Tonya Tiffany Robinson her father: Guy Randolph Tiffany, Sr. her grandfather: Finley Strayer Tiffany her great-grandfather: John Wallace Tiffany her great-great grandfather: Orville Tiffany her great-great-great grandfather: Thomas Tiffany her great-great-great-great grandfather: John Tiffany her great-great-great-great-great grandfather: James Tiffany her great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather: Humphrey Tiffany I hope you’ll give serious consideration to contributing your personal history to my undertaking. Thank you, Harold Robinson Gettysburg, PA

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      Family of James Tiffany, b. c. 1666
      Author: Shawn Potter Date: 12 May 2003 10:11 PM GMT
      Surnames: Tiffany, Fuller, Alger
      Classification: Query

      Can anyone help me to resolve a question about one of the children of James Tiffany, who was born about 1666 in Massachusetts?

      Two days ago, I discovered that the wife of Preserved Alger was named Martha Tiffany. Compiled genealogies call Preserved Alger’s wife, Martha “Pafeney.” But, her true surname is provided in their marriage record: "Book B1, p. P59: Tefeney, Martha 1730 Dec 9 Swansea Aulgur, Preserved Swansea" ["Vital Records of Dighton, Bristol County, MA: 1700-1899," vol. iii, p. 99, Dighton Marriages--Women]

      Based on information on the internet about Tiffany families living in Massachusetts at the time, James Tiffany was the only son of Humphrey Tiffany who had a daughter named Martha.

      If Martha was a daughter of James Tiffany, then I suspect she was a daughter of his second wife, Elizabeth Fuller for the following reasons. 1. Elizabeth Fuller’s first husband, John Shepardson, died December 3, 1708. 2. James Tiffany’s first wife, Bethia, died December 27, 1711. 3. James Tiffany’s second wife, Elizabeth Fuller, had a child--named Jonathan--on June 21, 1714. 4. I imagine James Tiffany would have felt compelled to remarry soon after Bethia's death, because his infant son and other young children would have needed a mother. If James remarried in early 1712, and if Martha was about 18 years of age when she married Preserved Alger in 1730, then Martha was born in late 1712 and was a daughter of Elizabeth Fuller. The idea that Martha would marry at age 18 fits the ages at first marriage of other women in this family. For example, Keziah Tiffany--another daughter of Elizabeth Fuller and James Tiffany--and John Lane published their intention to marry on June 6, 1734, when Keziah was not quite 18 years of age; and Elizabeth Fuller married John Shepardson when she was not quite 16 years of age. If Martha was not the first child of James Tiffany and his second wife, Elizabeth Fuller, then we must conclude either that James waited about 18 months to remarry (in late of 1713) or that James and Elizabeth didn’t have their first child until about two and a half years after their marriage. Neither one of these scenarios seems as likely as the alternative conclusion that Martha was their first child. If we consider information about the known children of James Tiffany and Bethia, this too suggests that Martha was a child of James Tiffany and Elizabeth Fuller. According to William Richard Cutter, “New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume I,” (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996, reprint of 1915 edition) pp. 511-512, the children of James Tiffany’s first marriage were: Elizabeth, born April 16, 1689; Joseph, about 1693; James, 1697; Samuel, 1701; Benjamin, 1702; Ann, 1703; Rebecca, 1704; Sarah, 1705; Mary, 1706; Martha, 1707; Lydia, 1708; Bathsheba, 1709; John, September 1, 1710. If James Tiffany was born in 1666--which seems right based on when he was sent to learn to read and write with Rev. Thacher and from the known ages of his younger brothers, then Cutter’s statement that his first child was born in 1689 makes sense. His first child probably couldn’t have been born much earlier than this, because that would mean that he married before he was 21 years of age. Nevertheless, this chronology presents two problems: (1) if Martha was born in 1707, then she would have been 23 years of age when she married Preserved Alger--possible, but unusually late for a woman to marry for the first time in early New England and the other girls in James Tiffany's family did not marry so late; and (2) there seem to be too many children listed as being born within the time span between 1689 and 1710 or 1711 (see my later comment). It is strikingly odd that four years separate each of the births of the first four children and only one year separates each of the births of the next nine children. I’ve never seen an instance where so many children were born only a year apart. On the other hand, if these children were born two years apart--which I have found is by far the most common interval between children’s births in early New England records, and if Martha was not a daughter of Bethia but of Elizabeth Fuller, then the list of the children of Bethia and James Tiffany is as follows: Elizabeth (b. April 16, 1689) Joseph (b. 1691) James (b. 1693) Samuel (b. 1695) Benjamin (b. 1697) Anna (b. 1699) Rebecca (b. 1701) Sarah (b. 1703) Mary (b. 1705) Lydia (b. 1707) Bathsheba (b. 1709) John (b. September 1, 1710) I suspect that John was born September 1, 1710. The Bristol County vital record does not record the exact year. It actually says: "John (Tifaney), s. Jam[e]s and "his former wife," Sept. 1, 17--." So, John could have been born just a few months before his mother died. It is interesting that we seem to have exact birth dates that frame the period when the children of James Tiffany and Bethia were born. Even without exact birth dates for the middle children, we know that they were all born between 1689 and 1710/11. And there does not appear to be room for one of these children--Martha--to have been a child of James Tiffany’s first marriage. So, if she was a daughter of James Tiffany, then I believe she must have been a child of his second marriage with Elizabeth Fuller. I welcome anyone’s thoughts about Martha Tiffany’s parents. And I would be especially grateful if anyone can post or send me a copy of James Tiffany’s will.

      Thanks, Shawn Potter shpxlcp@comcast.net
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      According to the Tiffanys of America - History and Genealoby published by Nelson Otis Tiffany for and the in the interest of Charles Lewis Tiffany of New York City and the of the Tiffany Family - input on May 28, 2001.

      Introduction

      Squire Humphrey is the earliest Tiffany mentioned in Colonial History and hi is undoubtedly the ancestor of the majority of Tiffanys in America. The following notes copied from reliable records seem to fix the date when be became a citizen of the town of Rehoboth, Mass. (which town was incorporated in 1645, and contained the present towns fo Seekonk, Rehoboth, Attleboro, parts of Swansea, Mass., and Pawtucket, R.I.). The birth of a daughter, Sarah July 6, 1683; his death by lightning; the administration of his estate by wife Elizabeth; the death of his son, Hezekiah, the same year by drowning; ending with a record from the vital records of Rehoboth, which affirm his heirs in 1689 to be proprietors not inhabitants of property in Rehoboth, Mass.

      Notes of Humphrey Tiffany --

      Records of Ancient Rehoboth, History of New Plymouth, by Baylis, Vol I page 209. Jan 22, 1663, Humphrey Tiffany permitted to be a sojourner and to buy and hire.

      the town o'Rehoboth, Mass., was incorporated 1645 and contained the towns of Seekonk, Rehoboth, Attleboro, Swansea, Mass., and Pawtucket, RI.

      Att the General Court holden att Plymouth the first day of March, Anno Dorn 1663, Humphrey Tiffany made a complaint against an Indian for abuse received.

      Humphrey Tiffany, Rehoboth, 1663, by wife Elizabeth had Sarah born July 6, 1683, and was an inhabitant of Dover for some time but killed July 15, 1685, on the journey between Swanzey and Boston by a stroke of lightning. -- Savage

      From Mass. Historical Society, Vol 14., page 125, July 15, 1685, Humphrey Tiffany and Frances Low Travelling betwix Swanswey an Boston were slain with lightning.

      Plymouth Colony Records, Vol 6, page 175. Att a General Court of hi Majtie att Plymouth, Oct, 27, 1685, administration is granted by this court to Elizabeth, the relict of Humphrey Tiffany deceased, on all the goods and chattles of sd., Tiffeney she bringing in true inventory there of and giving bond with two sufficient sureties for her administering according to law. Major John Walley is ordered the Court to give ye oath to the inventory of sd. Tiffeney and to deliver her the letter of administration granted by the Court, her having given a bond as afore sd.

      Hezekiah, the son of Humprey Tiffinee and of Elizabeth his wife, was drowned in Swansey River on the 4th of December near night, anno 1685. From the Town records of Swansea, Mass., furnished by town clerk Henry O. Wood.

      From the Vital Records of Rehoboth, page 917, Humphrey Tiffany's heirs are quoted as proprietors not inhabitants, Feb 7, 1689, of property in Rehoboth.

      The emigration of the sons of Humphrey Tiffany was for a time limitied to short distances. We hear of James at Attleboro, Mass., 1693; Thomas his brother, first at Bristol, the at Ashford; Ebenezer another brother at Barrington, RI; Consider and Ephraim seem to have found their way to the town of New Shoreham, which town was admitted to the Colony as Block Island, May 4, 1664. Here per New Shoreham records funished by town clerk of New Shoreham -- Consider Tiffany and Abigail Niles were married and had children. Here also his brother Ephraim (of whose descendants this history deals), and wife Leshia, had issue.

      Generation Second:

      Descent: Humphrey (1), Ephraim (2)

      Ephraim (2), son of Humphrey (1), and Elizabeth Tiffany m. Leshia -- and had issue, b. in New Shoreham, Block Island. 1. Samuel (3), b. April 7, 1701 2. Consider (3), b. April 28, 1703. 3. Humphrey (3), b. February 7, 1706. Ephraim (2) and his brother, Consider (2) bought a large tract of land in Lyme, Conn., June 11, 1701. Consider (2) Moved to LYme and made a number of transfers of real estate from time to time. Ephraim did not settle in Lyme till late in 1706 or the first of 1707, judging from an agreement between him and his partners, Ball and Banning. For a long time I find no transfers in his name but he was living in Lyme, Connecticutt, in 1724 and dided there previous to 1734. Was living in 1732.



      Father: Humphrey Tiffany b: Abt 3 Jun 1630 in St. John, Hackney, London, England c: 3 Jun 1630 in St. John's Parish Hackney, London, England
      Mother: Elizabeth RAY b: Abt 1646 in Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA


      Marriage 1 Bethia FULLER b: Abt 1670 in , Mass., Bay, Colony

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      Can anyone help me to resolve a question about one of the children of James Tiffany, who was born about 1666 in Massachusetts?

      The wife of Preserved Alger was named Martha Tiffany. Compiled genealogies call Preserved Alger's wife, Martha Pafeney. But, her true surname is provided in their marriage record: "Book B1, p. P59: Tefeney, Martha 1730 Dec 9 Swansea Aulgur, Preserved Swansea" ["Vital Records of Dighton, Bristol County, MA: 1700-1899," vol. iii, p. 99, Dighton Marriages--Women]

      Based on information on the internet about Tiffany families living in Massachusetts at the time, James Tiffany was the only son of Humphrey Tiffany who had a daughter named Martha. If Martha was a daughter of James Tiffany, then it is probable she was a daughter of his second wife, Elizabeth Fuller for the following reasons.

      1. Elizabeth Fuller's first husband, John Shepardson, died December 3, 1708.

      2. James Tiffany's first wife, Bethia, died December 27, 1711.

      3. James Tiffany's second wife, Elizabeth Fuller, had a child--named Jonathan--on June 21, 1714. 4. James Tiffany may have felt compelled to remarry soon after Bethia's death, because his infant son and other young children would have needed a mother. If James remarried in early 1712, and if Martha was about 18 years of age when she married Preserved Alger in 1730, then Martha was born in late 1712 and was a daughter of Elizabeth Fuller. The idea that Martha would marry at age 18 fits the ages at first marriage of other women in this family. For example, Keziah Tiffany--another daughter of Elizabeth Fuller and James Tiffany--and John Lane published their intention to marry on June 6, 1734, when Keziah was not quite 18 years of age; and Elizabeth Fuller married John Shepardson when she was not quite 16 years of age.

      If Martha was not the first child of James Tiffany and his second wife, Elizabeth Fuller, then we must conclude either that James waited about 18 months to remarry (in late of 1713) or that James and Elizabeth didn't have their first child until about two and a half years after their marriage. Neither one of these scenarios seems as likely as the alternative conclusion that Martha was their first child. If we consider information about the known children of James Tiffany and Bethia, this too suggests that Martha was a child of James Tiffany and Elizabeth Fuller.

      According to William Richard Cutter, “New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume I,” (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996, reprint of 1915 edition) pp. 511-512, the children of James Tiffany's first marriage were:

      Elizabeth, born April 16, 1689;
      Joseph, about 1693;
      James, 1697;
      Samuel, 1701;
      Benjamin, 1702;
      Ann, 1703;
      Rebecca, 1704;
      Sarah, 1705;
      Mary, 1706;
      Martha, 1707;
      Lydia, 1708;
      Bathsheba, 1709;
      John, September 1, 1710.

      If James Tiffany was born in 1666--which seems right based on when he was sent to learn to read and write with Rev. Thacher and from the known ages of his younger brothers, then Cutter's statement that his first child was born in 1689 makes sense. His first child probably couldn't have been born much earlier than this, because that would mean that he married before he was 21 years of age.

      Nevertheless, this chronology presents two problems: (1) if Martha was born in 1707, then she would have been 23 years of age when she married Preserved Alger--possible, but unusually late for a woman to marry for the first time in early New England and the other girls in James Tiffany's family did not marry so late; and (2) there seem to be too many children listed as being born within the time span between 1689 and 1710 or 1711 (see my later comment). It is strikingly odd that four years separate each of the births of the first four children and only one year separates each of the births of the next nine children. Ive never seen an instance where so many children were born only a year apart.

      On the other hand, if these children were born two years apart--which I have found is by far the most common interval between children's births in early New England records, and if Martha was not a daughter of Bethia but of Elizabeth Fuller, then the list of the children of Bethia and James Tiffany is as follows:

      Elizabeth (b. April 16, 1689)
      Joseph (b. 1691)
      James (b. 1693)
      Samuel (b. 1695)
      Benjamin (b. 1697)
      Anna (b. 1699)
      Rebecca (b. 1701)
      Sarah (b. 1703)
      Mary (b. 1705)
      Lydia (b. 1707)
      Bathsheba (b. 1709)

      John (b. September 1, 1710) I suspect that John was born September 1, 1710. The Bristol County vital record does not record the exact year. It actually says: "John (Tifaney), s. Jam[e]s and "his former wife," Sept. 1, 17--." So, John could have been born just a few months before his mother died.

      It is interesting that we seem to have exact birth dates that frame the period when the children of James Tiffany and Bethia were born. Even without exact birth dates for the middle children, we know that they were all born between 1689 and 1710/11. And there does not appear to be room for one of these children--Martha--to have been a child of James Tiffany's first marriage. So, if she was a daughter of James Tiffany, then it is reasonable to conclude she must have been a child of his second marriage with Elizabeth Fuller.

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