On April 6, 1673, three hundred and forty years ago today, John Lapham (ca. 1635-1710), my 8th great grandfather, married Mary Mann (ca. 1640-1712), the daughter of William Mann (ca. 1610-1650) and Frances Hopkins (1614-1699), at the Friend’s Meeting House in Newport, Providence, Rhode Island.
Sources: Numerous sources show this date as the marriage date fo John Lapham and Mary Mann, including New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey and Elizabeth P. Bentley (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985), The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal, Vol. 18 (S.G. Drake, 1864), and Laphams in America (1953) by Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge. They all, it should be noted, seem to be based on records of the Society of Friends. However, the original records of Newport were completely destroyed during the American Revolutionary War.