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Mercy Hurd ( 1600-1693 )

Behold ye the image of Mercy Hurd.  


                                                Born about the year 1600 in England. Depicted later in life. Wearing an extravagant round ruffled collar.   
                             
Back of Portrait. Unsigned. Round presentation in a large gilt molded plaster over a round wooden frame ( 20" x 20" ) .

The wife of Thomas Bingham, William Hunt, and Edmund Rice. 
Died in Middlesex County, Massachusetts in 1693. Most of the genealogies mention the first husband. Some researchers disagree on the other husbands. ( see one of the replies to this post) 

She has been wrapped up and hidden away for a very long time. As far as I know, she was forgotten in a New England attic.  This is the first time to my knowledge that her image has been made public with this posting. 
Update:  Good news. She has been returned to her family....to a direct descendant in New York who is having her fully restored. 

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  1. I had failed to leave a comment on this great old painting
    I love round portrait paintings

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  2. Mercy Hurd is my 11 G-Grandmother smile emoticon She was married twice - first to Thomas Brigham (1603-1653) and had two children - Hannah and Samuel
    secondly to Thomas Greenewood and had one child I've confirmed - Thomas

    Mercy was born in 1613 in Yorkshire, England and died on 23 Dec 1693 in Marlborough, MA

    Thank you for sharing this!!! If you were inclined, I would LOVE a digital copy.

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    1. You can do a google images search for her name and she will pop right up. She is on Find A Grave and it is easy there to make all the copies you want. I encourage every descendant to do so to keep her photograph alive. Marshel

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  3. I love this. Mercy is my 9th great grandmother. But I'd like to know more about how you came to find her. Were you in New England, or did she end up down in Alabama. Confused about that one. Thank you!

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  4. I love this. Mercy is my 9th great grandmother. But I'd like to know more about how you came to find her. Were you in New England, or did she end up down in Alabama. Confused about that one. Thank you!

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    1. I bought her at an on line auction from New Hampshire. She was part of an estate clean out of an old family home.

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  5. Just curious...how was it determined this was Mercy Hurd?

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  6. The family who inherited the painting were descendants and had always known who she was. They were there in New England. She was sold at auction as identified.

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