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ALDEN Honorable John

ALDEN Honorable John

Male 1598 - 1687  (89 years)Deceased

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  • Name  ALDEN Honorable John  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix  Honorable 
    Born  1598  Harwich, , Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  1599  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1620  [1, 2
    cooper (barrel maker) 
    Emigration  6 Sep 1620  Plymouth, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    to America aboard the "Mayflower" 
    • The ship sailed with 102 passengers (three of whom were pregnant women) and 30 crew members. They anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor on 11 Nov 1620. After the loss of one passenger at sea and a voyage of 2750 miles traveled at just under 2 mph, they settled in what is now Massachusetts.
    Moved  Abt 1627 
    • From The Story of a Pilgrim Family by John Alden, pages 360-361:

      About this time [approx. 1627], a number of the settlers desiring to extend their domain, determined on a settlement at Mattakeeset, the Indian name of the territory now included in Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke, Hanson, and the Bridgewaters; and of the twenty signers of the compact who survived the first winter, six removed their families to Duxbury: Elder Brewster, Captain Standish, John Alden, John Howland, Francis Eaton, and Peter Brown. They were, however, obliged to return to the village of Plymouth in the winter season for several years. This removal was rendered necessary from the need of combining all their forces in case of an attack from the Indians, and to better facilitate their meeting in council and at religious gatherings. The early settlers on this side included quite a number of the principal men who could not be spared for a permanent absence.
    Occupation  From 1640 to 1650  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    deputy to the colonial council 
    Will  Abt 1687  [5
    • His youngest son, Jonathan, was named as administrator.
    Died  12 Sep 1687  South Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age  89 years 
    Buried  Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gravestones of John and Priscilla  Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestones of John and Priscilla Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Gravestone of John Alden at Myles Standish Burying Ground in Duxbury, MA
    Person ID  I4787  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  13 Jun 2013 

    Family  MULLINS Priscilla,   b. 1602, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1685, South Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 83 years 
    Married  Abt 1623  Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 7, 8
    • Theirs was the first marriage to take place in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They had eleven children born to them, but the names of only eight were recorded. The other three probably died very young. [6]
    Children 
     1. ALDEN Captain John,   b. Abt 1622, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1701/02  Age: ~ 80 years
     2. ALDEN Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1624, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1717, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 93 years
     3. ALDEN Joseph,   b. 1627,   d. 1697  Age: 70 years
     4. ALDEN David,   d. 1719
     5. ALDEN Captain Jonathan,   b. Abt 1627,   d. Feb 1696/97  Age: ~ 70 years
     6. ALDEN Sarah,   b. Abt 1627,   d. 1688, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 61 years
     7. ALDEN Ruth,   b. 1637,   d. 12 Aug 1674, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 37 years
     8. ALDEN Mary,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F2211  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1598 - Harwich, , Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 1599 - , , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - to America aboard the "Mayflower" - 6 Sep 1620 - Plymouth, , Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1623 - Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - deputy to the colonial council - From 1640 to 1650 - Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Sep 1687 - South Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    A sketch of John Alden, member of the 'Mayflower' voyage in 1620
    A sketch of John Alden, member of the "Mayflower" voyage in 1620

  • Notes 
    • The Hon. John Alden was one of the pilgrims of Leyden, who came in the May Flower to Plymouth, in 1620. He was about twenty two years of age, when he arrived, and was one of those who signed the original civil compact formed and solemnly adopted by the first adventurers at Cape Cod Harbor, on the 15 November. He was a single man and appears to have been an inmate in the family of Capt. Myles Standish. He was the "stripling who first leaped upon the rock", as mentioned by President Adams in a certain communication.

      It is well known that of the first company, consisting of one hundred and one, about one half died in six months after the landing, in consequence of the hardships they were called to encounter. Mrs. Rose Standish, consort of Capt. Standish, departed this life on the 29 January, 1621. This circumstance is mentioned as an introduction to the following anecdote, which has been carefully handed down by tradition:

      In a very short time after the decease of Mrs. Standish, the Captain was led to think that if he could obtain Miss Priscilla Mullins, a daughter of Mr. William Mullins, the breach in his family would be happily repaired. He therefore, according to the custom of those times, sent to ask Mr. Mullins' permission to visit his daughter. John Alden, the messenger, went and faithfully communicated the wishes of the Captain. The old gentleman did not object, as he might of done, on account of the recency of Capt. Standish's bereavement. He said it was perfectly agreeable to him, but the young lady must also be consulted. The damsel was then called into the room, and John Alden, who is said to have been a man of most excellent form, with a fair and ruddy complexion, arose, and in a very courteous and prepossessing manner, delivered his errand. Miss Mullins listened with respectful attention, and at last, after a considerable pause, fixing her eyes upon him, with an open and pleasant countenance, said, "prythe John why do you not speak for yourself?" He blushed and bowed and took his leave, but with a look that indicated more than his diffidence would permit him otherwise to express. However he soon renewed his visit and it was not long before their nuptials were celebrated in ample form. From them are descended all of the name Alden in the United States. What report he made to his constituent after the first interview, tradition does not unfold, but it is said, how true the writer knows not, that the Captain never forgave him to the day of his death. [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S42] Genealogical & Personal Memoirs of Families of Boston and Eastern MA, William Richard Cutter, (New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908.), Vol. 2: p. 1106. (Reliability: 3), 23 Jan 2011.

    2. [S137] The Story of A Pilgrim Family, John Alden, (Boston, MA: James H. Earle, 1889.), p. 358. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2011.

    3. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 83, 110, 143. (Reliability: 3), 21 Apr 2011.

    4. [S51] History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Nahum Mitchell, (Boston, MA: Kidder & Wright, 1840.), p. 83. (Reliability: 3), 21 Apr 2011.

    5. [S137] The Story of A Pilgrim Family, John Alden, (Boston, MA: James H. Earle, 1889.), p. 372. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2011.

    6. [S137] The Story of A Pilgrim Family, John Alden, (Boston, MA: James H. Earle, 1889.), p. 360. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2011.

    7. [S37] Genealogy of 14 Families of the Early Settlers of New England, Elisha Thayer and Stephen White Thayer, (Dedham, MA: J. Farmer, 1835.), p. 9. (Reliability: 3), 7 May 2010.

    8. [S137] The Story of A Pilgrim Family, John Alden, (Boston, MA: James H. Earle, 1889.), p. 371. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2011.

    9. [S37] Genealogy of 14 Families of the Early Settlers of New England, Elisha Thayer and Stephen White Thayer, (Dedham, MA: J. Farmer, 1835.), 9-10. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2009.