An American Family History

Martha Jennings Dedman

Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts was first known as Danforth’s Farms. In 1701 the  Framingham Church was organized with the Rev. John Swift as the town's first minister. In 1706 the town hired its first schoolmaster and in 1716 the first schoolhouse was built.

Martha Jennings Dedman was born on September 18, 1696 in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Stephen Jennings and Hannah Stanhope.

She married Samuel Dedman (Dadmun, Deadman) on May 27, 1714. Samuel was born in 1690 in Framingham.

They had at least two children. Their son was Samuel Dedman and they also had a daughter.

Samuel probably died in 1717 or 1718 since Martha and the children were living with her mother in 1718.
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Children of Stephen Jennings
and Hannah Stanhope
  • Eunice Jennings Fiske Johnson
  • Stephen Jennings
  • Hannah Jennings Walker
  • Martha Jennings Dedman
  • Sarah Jennings
  • Spellings of Jennings: Gennings, Jennens, Jennings, Jenyns
    from New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 66, 1912



    Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusett by Ellery Bicknell Crane published by Lewis Pub., 1907

    Samuel Dadmun, the immigrant ancestor of William Slocomb Dadmun, of Worcester, and probably of all of this surname in this section of the country, was said to be of Scotch birth and family. He was born about 1690, and the first record found in which his name is mentioned is that of his marriage at Framingham, Massachusetts, May 27, 1714, to

    Martha Jennings, daughter of Stephen Jennings.

    Her father came to Framingham in 1690, married at Sudbury, January 11, 1685, Hannah Stanhope; he died September 3, 1701, and Hannah, his widow, bought, January 6, 1702-03, of James Brewer and Caleb Johnson part of the Appleton farm lying between Lake Cochituate and Cochituate brook where her descendants lived until after the revolution. The place is known as the Luther Eaton place.

    Martha (Jennings) Dadmun and her children were living there with her mother in 1718. Samuel probably died in 1717 or 1718. Their children were: Samuel, see forward, and a daughter who married Wadsworth. The name is spelled also Deadman and Dedman.

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