Alice Harford was the youngest daughter of Thomas Harford, a Quaker, and was born in about 1708. Thomas Harford had married Martha Butler, Alice's mother, on !8 Mar 1688 in the Society of Friends meeting house in Bristol. The Harford family owned estates in Marshfield in Gloucestershire and either for economic reasons or religious reasons a number of the branches of the family moved to Bristol and took a prominent role in the city's affairs and in particular with the trade to Virginia and Pennsylvania. Alice had at least five elder siblings.

Thomas Harford's uncle Charles Harford (d 1709) was a prominent Bristol Quaker merchant, imprisoned for his beliefs but clearly a man of substantial wealth. There are a number of documents in Bristol Archives that describe some of the Harford family activities, although not directly those of the family of Thomas and Martha.

One key document that ties the Harford family to the Marten family, the subject of many pages on this web site, is the will of the widow Martha Harford, Alice's mother, who did not die until 1742. Here she names her grandchildren Martha Marten and Humphrey Marten, whilst also appointing, her husband's cousin, Truman Harford, the well documented grandson of Charles Harford as executor of her will.

It is reasonable to presume that Alice was therefore brought up in her early years as a Quaker. She was probably christened into the Church of England in 1722. There is a CofE Baptism in Clifton dated 24 Aug 1722, that is probably her. She married Robert Amberson Marten on 6 Apr 1724 in Clifton, reputedly at the age of 15. Her Quaker upbringing must have been a strong influence on the religious thoughts of both her husband and her son Nathaniel Marten, whose autobiographies bear witness to some considerable struggle of conscience and differing non-conformist attitudes.

Some time in the 1730's she moved with her family to London. In 1736 they were living in Millbank as, her husband, Robert Amberson Marten was working for the brewery of Mr Pitt (Williiam Pitt, the Younger's grandfather) and the business seemed to have been centred on the West End. Her husband pursued a diverse career as a merchant and general entrepreneur and was probably away from home for periods of time, certainly by the early 1740's the family was living in Stepney, close to the expanding docks of the Port of London.

Alice had at least six children. Her eldest son was baptized William Lloyd Marten on 2 Apr 1725, but died young. The name William Lloyd allows us to identify Alice's great grandfather with some certainty as William Lloyd.

After her husband's death in 1758, Alice may have returned to Bristol. Her brother Charles had left a large orphaned family in Bristol and she is mentioned in two of her nephew's wills. It would appear she die on 14 Mar 1780 and was buried a Qualer on 17 Mar 1780 in Bristol.


Family of Robert Amberson MARTEN and Alice HARFORD

See also
Robert MARTEN's parents: William MARTEN (1655- ) and Elizabeth AMBERSON 
Robert MARTEN's siblings: Elizabeth? MARTEN (1680-1760), William MARTEN (1685- ), Lydia MARTEN (1691- ) and George MARTEN (1696- )
Alice HARFORD's parents: Thomas HARFORD (bap.1659, d.1720) and Martha BUTLER (bap.1669, d.1742)
Alice HARFORD's siblings: Thomas HARFORD (1689-1748), Mary HARFORD (1690-1742), Mark HARFORD (1692-1693), Martha HARFORD (1695-1759) and Charles HARFORD (1703-1745)


Husband: Robert Amberson MARTEN (1699-1758)
Wife: Alice HARFORD (1709-1780)
Children: William Lloyd MARTEN (1725-bef1730)
  Martha MARTEN (1726-1773)
  Humphrey MARTEN (1730-1790)
  Nathaniel MARTEN (1735-1816)
  Robert Amberson MARTEN (1736-1773)
  Alicia MARTEN (1740-1823)
Marriage 6 Apr 1724 Clifton, Gloucestershire

Husband: Robert Amberson MARTEN

Name: Robert Amberson MARTEN
Sex: Male
Father: William MARTIN (1655- )
Mother: Elizabeth AMBERSON 
Birth 2 Sep 1699 Glastonbury 1
Baptism 5 Sep 1699 (age 0) Glastonbury (St John The Baptist)
Death 1758 (age 58-59) Dorset
Burial 13 Sep 1758 (age 59) St Mary's, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Wife: Alice HARFORD

Name: Alice HARFORD
Sex: Female
Father: Thomas HARFORD (bap.1659, d.1720)
Mother: Martha BUTLER (bap.1669, d.1742)
Birth 1708  
Christening 24 Aug 1722 (age 12-13) Clifton, Gloucestershire
Death 1780 (age 70-71) Bristol

Child 1: William Lloyd MARTEN

Name: William Lloyd MARTEN
Sex: Male
Birth 1725  
Baptism 2 Apr 1725 (age 0) St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Death bef 1730 (age 4-5)  

Child 2: Martha MARTEN

Name: Martha MARTEN
Sex: Female
Spouse 1: Edward POSGATE ( -1762?)
Spouse 2: Stephen GOULDER ( - )
Birth 1726  
Death 1773 (age 46-47)  

Child 3: Humphrey MARTEN

Name: Humphrey MARTEN
Sex: Male
Spouse: PAWPITCH ( -1771)
Birth 2 Feb 1730 Bristol
Baptism 20 Feb 1730 (age 0) Bristol
Death 26 Jun 1790 (age 60) Windsor

Child 4: Nathaniel MARTEN

Name: Nathaniel MARTEN
Sex: Male
Spouse: Martha CLARKSON (1736-1790)
Birth 19 May 1735 London
Occupation btw 1770 and 1790 (age 34-55) Freeman of the Cooks Company
Death 17 Oct 1816 (age 81) Assembly Row, Mile End
Burial 24 Oct 1816 (age 81) Bunhill Fields MI

Child 5: Robert Amberson MARTEN

Name: Robert Amberson MARTEN
Sex: Male
Birth 27 May 1736  
Baptism 14 Dec 1749 (age 13) St Dunstans, Stepney
Death 1773 (age 36-37)  

Child 6: Alicia MARTEN

Name: Alicia MARTEN
Sex: Female
Spouse: Burton BINDON (1726-1799)
Birth 1740  
Death 21 Apr 1823 (age 82-83) Clonmel, Ireland