Mercy Wadsworth Alden was born 7 September 1724 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts to Ichabod Wadsworth (1685-1746) and Margaret Marshall (1702-1773) and died 23 April 1812 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. She married Briggs Alden (1723-1796) 19 November 1741 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Daughter of Ichabod Wadsworth 1686-1745 and Margaret Marshall 1702-1773.

Mercy became the wife of Colonel Briggs Alden, son of John Alden and Hannah Briggs. She was a direct descendant of Mayflower pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

1653 Alden House in Duxbury

John Alden House in Duxbury MA. Built in 1653, replacing the first house he built in 1629.

By 1629, Mayflower pilgrim John Alden, Sr. and his family had moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts where they built their first family home, only 38 feet x 10 feet big, in which he would raise a family of 10 children. He would build a much larger home in 1653, which much of the business of Plymouth Colony was transacted as he served as court clerk. Today, 1653 Alden House, which stands on Alden Street, is operated as a Alden family history museum by Alden Kindred Society.

His oldest brother Samuel, living in England, becomes the owner of the Alden family home (1739), but Briggs Alden, continues to live in the house with his family. Samuel Alden dies in England in 1757 (age 44), leaving the house to his brother, Briggs. He and his family are primary residents here from 1739 to 1796.

Briggs and Mercy had at least 8 children, all raised int he Alden House.


Offspring of Col. Briggs Alden and Mercy Wadsworth (1724-1812)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hannah Alden (1743-1789)
John Alden (1744-1766) 24 January 1745 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 17 November 1766 Casco Bay, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Baby Alden (1746-1748)
Deborah Alden (1748-1793)
Judah Alden (1750-1845)
Nathaniel Alden (1752-1833)
Edith Alden (1754-1815)
Abagail Alden (1755-1801)
Samuel Alden (1757-1778)
Amherst Alden (1759-1804)


Vital Records

Duxbury Gravestone




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