John ALDEN I
December 28, 1850-?
Father: George ALDEN (?-?)
- BIRTH: December 28, 1850, Southampton or Harwick, England
Mother: Jane UNKNOWN (?-?)
Father: John ALDEN (?-?)
Mother: Elizabeth DAYE (?-?)
Priscilla MULLINS (c.1602-c.1680)
- FACTS: Said to be the first passenger of The Mayflower to set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620. He was a ship-carpenter by trade and a cooper for The Mayflower, that was usually docked at Southampton. He was also one of the founders of the Plymouth Colony and the seventh signer of the Mayflower Compact. Distinguished for practical wisdom, integrity and decision, he acquired and retained a commanding influence over his associates. Employed in public business he became the Governor's Assistant, the Duxbury Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth, a member under arms of Capt. Miles Standish's Duxbury Company, a member of Council of War, Treasurer of Plymouth Colony, and Commissioner to Yarmouth.
- DEATH: September 12, 1687, Duxbury, Massachussetts
John ALDEN II (1622-1701) *married Elizabeth PHILLIPS EVERILL
Elizabeth ALDEN (1623-1717) *married William PABODIE (PEABODY)
Joseph ALDEN (?-?) *married Mary SIMMONS
Sarah ALDEN (?-?) *married Alexander STANDISH
Jonathan ALDEN I (1632-February 14, 1697)
Ruth ALDEN (c.1637-1674)
Rebecca ALDEN (?-?) *married Thomas DELANO
Mary ALDEN (?-?)
Priscilla ALDEN (?-?)
David ALDEN (?-1718/19) *married Mary SOUTHWORTH
|--John ALDEN I
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins were likely the third couple to be married in Plymouth Colony. William Bradfordís marriage to Alice Carpenter on 14 August 1624 is known to be the fourth. The first was that of Edward Winslow and Susannah White in 1621. Francis Eatonís marriage to his second wife, Dorothy, maidservant to the Carvers, was possibly the second.
Priscilla is last recorded in the records in 1650, but oral tradition states that she died only a few years before her husband (which would be about 1680). She lies buried at the Miles Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury, Massachusetts. While the exact location of her grave is unknown, there is a marker honoring her.
Notable descendants include: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ichabod Alden, Orson Welles, Dan Quayle, Raquel Welch, Frank Nelson Doubleday, Samuel Eliot Morison, Gamaliel Bradford, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Herbert Henry Dow, Martha Graham, Adlai Stevenson III, Jan Garrigue Masaryk, Dick Van Dyke, Julia Child, William Cullen Bryant, John Trumbull, Ned Lamont, Matt Hasselbeck and Marilyn Monroe.
1. John. Born 1622. Moved to Boston and married there Elizabeth (Phillips) Everill, widow of Abiel Everill. They also had thirteen children. He was a mariner and became a naval commander of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a member of the Old South Church of Boston and his ancient slate headstone is embedded in the wall there. Perhaps the best known event of his life is when, on a trip to Salem, he was accused of witchcraft, spending fifteen weeks in a Boston jail. He escaped shortly before nine of the other "victims" were executed during the Salem witch trials. He was later exonerated. Died 1701.
2. Elizabeth. Born 1623. Married William Pabodie (Peabody), a civic and military leader of Duxbury, where all thirteen of their children were born. They moved to Little Compton, Rhode Island where Elizabeth died in 1717 at the age of about ninety-four. Their descendants were prominent in settling areas of Rhode Island and Connecticut. From Elizabethís line comes the one individual most credited with spreading the fame of John and Priscilla far and wide, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his "Courtship of Miles Standish."
3. Joseph. Moved to Bridgewater where he was a farmer on land purchased earlier from the Indians by his father and Myles Standish. He married Mary Simmons. They had a total of seven children. Joseph died sometime after 1696/7.
4. Sarah. Her marriage to Myles Standish's son, Alexander, undercuts any idea of a long-standing feud between the Aldens and the Standish clan. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that John and Myles remained lifelong friends or, at the minimum, associates. Sarah and Alexander lived in Duxbury until Sarahís death sometime before June 1688. (Alexander subsequently married Desire Doty, a twice widowed daughter of Pilgrim Edward Doty.) They had seven or possibly eight children. The Duxbury house where they lived still stands.
5. Jonathan. Married Abigail Hallett December 10, 1672. Lived in Duxbury until his death February 14, 1697. Was the second owner of the Alden House which he received from his father. The house then passed to his own son, John. Six children. At his funeral oration, Jonathan was described as "a sincere Christian, one whose heart was in the house of God even when his body was barred hence by restraints of many difficulties which confined him at home."
6. Ruth. Married John Bass of Braintree, Massachusetts, where they lived and had seven children. Of the more illustrious descendants of this union came Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Ruth died on October 12, 1674.
7. Rebecca. Married Thomas Delano of Duxbury by 1667, a son of Philip Delanoye, one of the original settlers of Duxbury. They had nine children. Died in Duxbury sometime after June 13, 1688.
8. Mary. No record of birth or marriage. Died after June 13, 1688.
9. Priscilla. Same information as for Mary.
10. David. Married Mary Southworth, daughter of Constant Southworth of Plymouth Colony. Died sometime during 1718 or 1719. Six children. A man described as "a prominent member of the church, a man of great respectability and much employed in public business."
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