John Alden


No Will – See Inventory


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  Volume 16, Part I:   John Alden
1999. 800pp. + Index


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 John Alden’s ancestry has not yet been discovered.  According to Bradford, he was hired on as a Cooper aboard the Mayflower at Southampton, England.  He was born about 1599 and died in his 89th year on 12 Dec 1687 in Duxbury, MA.  He married Priscilla Mullins, daughter of William Mullins and died after 1651.  


[MD 3:10+] John Alden died leaving no will, and the thirty-first of October the inventory of his estate was taken by his son Jonathan, who was appointed administrator on the eighth of November. John Alden had deeded certain parcels of land to his children during his lifetime, and since the inventory mentions no real estate it must all have been distributed before his death. This accounts for the smallness of the estate, only Ј49 17s. 6d.


In June of 1660, Plymouth Records show that “In regard that Mr. Alden is low in his estate, and occasioned to spend much time and the courts on the country’s occasions, and so hath done this many years, the Court have allowed him a small gratuity, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid by the Treasurer.”  [PCR 3:195]


Due to poor records, the children of John and Priscilla are somewhat difficult to account for sequentially.The following is the accounting as found in The Great Migration Begins, Robert Charles Anderson, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995: [1:23-4] For specific record sourcing see this and the new Alden genealogy.


Longfellow’s famous poem about the couple’s courtship is endearing but not factual.


Children of John and Elizabeth were:


Elizabeth, born abt. 1624, m. Plymouth 26 (or 20) 1644 William Pabodie.  She d. Little Compton RI 31 May 1717.


John, b. about 1626, m. Boston, 1 April 1660, Elizabeth (Phillips, dau. of William) Everill, widow, relict of Abiell Everill, deceased.  Note that there is some discussion that this marriage date should be 1659, and additionally a suppostion that John was married prior to an Elizabeth. John died 14 March 1701/2.


Joseph, b. about 1627 m. by abt 1660 Mary Simons, daughter of Moses Simons or Simonson and Sarah _____.


Priscilla, born, say, 1630, living and unmarried in 1688


Jonathan, b. about 1632, m. Duxbury 10 Dec 1672 Abigail Hallett.  He d. Duxbury 14 Feb 1696/7. 


Sarah, b. say 1634, m. by about 1660 Alexander Standish.


Ruth, b. say 1636, m. Braintree 3 Feb 1657/8 John Bass


Mary, b. say 1638 living, unmarried in 1688


Rebecca, b. say 1640, married in 1667 bef. 30 Oct, Thomas Delano


David, b. say 1642, m. by 1674 Mary Southworth, dau. of Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Collier — she being mentioned in Constant’s will of 27 Feb 1678 as Mary Alden.