Question of the Week: Do you have any ancestors who were on the Mayflower or who were Puritans?

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
Yes. Miles Standish, Edward Doty, George Soule, Stephen and Constance Hopkins.
Logan, have you been able to figure from which puritan you've descended?
Descended from 5 Mayflower passengers:  Peter Browne (11th grand uncle); Richard More (3rd cousin 10 removed); Henry Samson (4 cousin 10 removed); William Mullins (4 cousin 10 removed); Priscilla Mullins (5th cousin 9 removed); and John Tilley (5th cousin 10 removed). So appears that I am cousins with some of you.
Yes, Gov. William Bradford
How would I find this out?iam still learning how to navigate this site as iam on a phone ... is it better on a laptop ? Thanks indvance
Yes , it is better to do geneology on a laptop or desktop as you have more screenspace to work with, and can have mutiple windows open at the same time. I work on Ancestry as well as WikiTree and may have documents open at the same time.
John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley were my 10x great grandparents!  Which line do you extend from?  I'm from Hope & John Chipman.
Hi Bruce, Mike Winslow (Winslow-3184) here from SE Virginia, of Massachusetts origin, and - like you - of Kenelm (1599-1672) heritage.  Recently a GSMD member, and just recently here to WikiTree.  How active would you say you are in tracking our Winslow line?  I am anxious to compare some 2+ years of tree-building history, and I am glad to see that this site demands much more consistency in sourcing citations.
Pricilla mullins is my 1st cousin 13x removed but still looking for coming ancestor
I am descended from Stephen Hopkins and his daughter, Constance Hopkins.

138 Answers

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I have eight Mayflower ancestors in my tree, one of which is GSMD certified (not spending the money for the rest).  So disappointed that the celebrations in Plymouth were cancelled due to COVID. My family was going to make a trip up for the 400th celebration events.
by Sandra DeTora G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
selected by Elizabeth Korf
Next year!  If it helps you, I got to see the launch of the repaired/refurbished Mayflower II from Mystic, CT, this September.  It was splendid!  Jane
I was too!  I watched some wonderful documentaries on YouTube though. Really enjoyed them.
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97 multi-great grandparents so far identified who were part of the Puritan Great Migration.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
+18 votes
I used the Ancestor Listmaker 15 generations back and found 14 Mayflower Ancestors and 471 PGM ancestors. My Parents are both from long time Vermont Families.
by Bill Pease G2G6 Mach 2 (20.9k points)
What is the Ancestor Listmaker and how is it used, please?
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Resolved White and parents, William White and Susanna, are my Mayflower ancestors. I have many PGM ancestors... so far have identified about 50 of them.
by Marguerite Brown G2G1 (1.6k points)
I also have ancestors related to Susanne White. When my great grandmother told us kids one day back in the late 60‘s that her family came over on the Mayflower, were all ears. Later on in life long after she departed, I thought that it was all "old folks tales" until after digging into our past. That was when I discovered the link to the Mayflower which also branched off to the Salem Witch Trials.
John, I had to laugh out loud when I got your response because when I was growing up, in the 40's and 50's, my dad used to tell us that we came over in a rowboat following the Mayflower! We just took it as a joke. Several decades later, working with Family Tree Maker, I found Robert Harrington and Susanna George who were early immigrants to Massachusetts; then Nathaniel Tilden and Lydia Huckstep on my mom's side. Since then, I have found many PGM ancestors on both sides of my family as well as the Mayflower link.  Aren't Wikitree connections just the greatest?!
It gets even better. My grandma from my mothers side said that her family (Grimm), are related to the brothers Grimm. By research on this one brother never married while the other one had over 12 children; some not named. I know her fathers name and grandfathers name but can’t find the link to anyone. Perhaps it’s all nothing but a fairy tale.

Too funnny! Not so "grim" as the Salem witch trials, although some of those fairy tales are pretty creepy. I have an in-law who was one of the first 5 women tried and executed in Salem- Elizabeth Jackson How(e) was an ancestor's sister-in-law. HIghly recommended- Stacy Schiff's book, The Witches, Salem, 1692, pub, 2015. She is a Pulitzer prize winner and the book really goes deeply into the 'dark' life style of that period. Of course, the standard go-to book has been The Devil in Massachusetts by Marion Starkey, which was written ages ago.

Hell-o,My name is Jane Marie Hoon. Henry Martin Hoon(1833-1896)is my 2x grandfather.His wife was Mary White(1842-1932). Her father,Alfred M. White,is a decendant of pilgrim William White. It continues back to the first White(explorer with Sir Walter Raleigh) and a famous colonial artist,John White.(you can google and see his paintings of Native Americans,landscapes,etc.)Virginia Dare is grand daughter to an early William White.(son or grandson of John White?)Nice to meet you. I am a guest on WikiTree.
Experience Mitchell was my ancestor grandfather and Jane Cooke
My 2nd great grandfather claims to have an ancestor accused of witchcraft. I'm still looking on a connection. It would have been started on the Ramsaur tree
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Purtians? Yes. Tons. Anyone wanna borrow one? I'm sure they're all wholesome. =)

Mayflower? Nope. I thought I had one but the line was erroneous. Ah well.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
It took about 40 years for my father and I to find the Mayflower connection. You may still find the connection tucked away.
We'll see. With my luck, the guy was probably hanging on the portside of the Mayflower....the steerage was full. =)
I learned that the Puritans were anything but a joyless people last Fall. I have a feeling convincing anyone of that will be a fool's errand, but it was interesting to me. I was studying for Ministry in University when I became disabled and my life changed enormously over night. People often  assumed before actually meeting me that I would be .... well, a Puritan. Which was weird as I was considered a heretic by people who think women don't belong in ministry. So I have a bit of empathy for these people.
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just in time for this  see

by Will Palmer G2G6 Mach 8 (80.6k points)
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I think fastest way to find the WikiTree information is Chase Ashley's Ancestor Listmaker, which shows that I have 15 ancestors who were passengers on the Mayflower. I count them in 7 family groups: Billington, Brewster, Browne, Fuller, Hopkins, Howland and Tilley.  

The Ancestor Listmaker also shows that I have 389 ancestors whose profiles show the Puritan Great Migration template. I consider it an estimate, as they're constantly being added to and pruned out on WikiTree, but I'm working on a (smaller) inventory of the ones that can be genealogically defined.

I'm not alone, like William Pease in Vermont, there is a pocket of Puritan and Mayflower descendants in the south shore of Nova Scotia, which I call home.

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 8 (83.7k points)
77 PGM, 0 Mayflower. My entire known ancestry was in North America pre-Revolutionary War except for maybe 1.
A friend is descended from John Howland.
Holy cow, amazing! Thank you for the link...89 people on the list, not including Thomas Bradford, a dissenter who went to Rhode Island and whom I've not connected yet.
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Quite a few Puritans on my mom's dad's side of the family.  She has two lines of descent from James Chilton.
by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
My daughter-in-law is descended from Mary Chilton, supposedly the first woman to step ashore.
My mom descends from Mary's older sister, Isabella.
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William Brewster is my 10th G Grandfather.  William was one of the original members of the separatist congregation at Scrooby which became the nucleus of the Pilgrim church.  In 1608, William emigrated with the separatists to Amsterdam, later removing to Leiden in 1609.  In 1617 and 1619, William traveled back to England to negotiate for permission for the congregation to settle in Virginia. William's influence was instrumental in winning the approval of the Virginia Company for the proposal to resettle the congregation in America, and he was one of the few original Scrooby separatists who made the voyage. As there was no minister at the Plymouth church for many years, William Brewster, as lay leader of the Pilgrim church, conducted services regularly for the congregation.  Elder William Brewster died on 10 April 1644,at Duxbury.

by Dorothy O'Hare G2G6 Mach 5 (55.1k points)

I too have William Brewster in my tree, thru his daughter Patience Love Brewster. He too is my 10th G Grandfather.

She married Thomas Prence who came to Plymouth Colony on the ship Fortune in November 1621.  

In 1634, Prence was elected governor, and for the rest of his life he played a role in the colony's governance.

Well met, Cousin!  

William's son Jonathan is my 9G Grandfather.

Hi   Dorothy

we are 9th cousins

Looking at my family tree and DNA matches I seem to have a very long line of religious leaders going from reverends to archbishops. The names I have that share my dna one way or another are Brewster, Treat, Freeman, Tilly, Cooper, White and Alderton, They dont seem to be direct ancestors but cousins, My geographical DNA comes from Devon, Cornwall, Cumbria, Midlands London, The South and South East , Yorkshire and the North, I know some of the settlers came from Devon such as the Treats who are related to President Bush like myself who in turn is also related to King Edward III like myself. Through genetic and family tree investigations I have discovered that everybody is related to everybody some where down the line which means that we really are one big family.
i seem to have any direct ancestors but a very great number of cousins including William Brewster , the Freemans, the Tillys, the Snows, the Whites and who lot more that I cant remember now, I also have a lot of DNA matches from cousins in the South and North of Holland and also South Holland in my modern DNA which makes me think that maybe some married with the Dutch, ( just a theory), My great grandmother was from Harwich England where the Mayflower was built but further back my ancestors were from Devon, Cornwall , Yorkshire , The North, Kent and London.
I am a descendant of William Brewster.  Caroline Amelia Brewster was my great grandmother and a direct descendant of William Brewster.
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Very rare on my family tree.  I have no Mayflower ancestry and I believe just one Puritan from Massachusetts, Edward Riggs.
by James Stratman G2G6 Mach 8 (84.6k points)
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23 direct ancestors were in the Great Puritan Migration, but not one that was aboard the Mayflower.
by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (444k points)
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My ancestors include Stephen Hopkins two children: Elizabeth and Constance.

Both came over on the Mayflower.

I became a member in February 2020.
by R Sander G2G1 (1.3k points)
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My grandmother's . . . great-grandfather's . . . mother's. . . mother, Freelove Wilbur, was a Mayflower descendant. It took me a while to realize that I am a Mayflower descendant too!

by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
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My son, George Bell & grandchildren, Jack & Emmalee Bell just became MayflowerSociety members in October.

Stephen Hopkins, daughter, Constance
by R Sander G2G1 (1.3k points)
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Yes. lots of Puritans in the south west of England. Also Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, and other Dissenters.  In the latter part of the 17th century, there were so many Nonconformists in Bridport (Dorset) that it became impractical to try to enforce the law that said officeholders needed to be CoE.

My nth g-grandfather went to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 1630s, making him part of the PGM, but he and his family returned to England about 1650.
by Janet Gunn G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
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William and Mary Brewster are my 11th Great Grandparents.
by Sheryl Jeffries G2G1 (1.3k points)
I am related to William Brewster thru his daughter Patience Love.  He is my 10th G Grandfather.
Hello, Cousin!

William and Mary are my 10G Grandparents via their son Jonathan.
Make that hello cousins!

William and Mary Brewster are my 10th GGrandparents as well... which makes us 11th cousins!
+14 votes

I have a few: Francis Cooke, Edward Doty Sr., Elizabeth Fisher, Constance Hopkins, Stephen Hopkins, Joseph Rogers, Thomas Rogers. Since virtually none of my ancestors left the area in the 350 years following the arrival of the Mayflower, the odds rise that descendants will find each other in marriage. Then the PGM ancestors - so far I'm aware of 335 of them, and still more research is ongoing. (Thank you Chase for making it SO easy to identify and count them!)

It is a shame that the 400 celebrations have been cancelled.

by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (211k points)

I have Stephen Hopkins, Constance (& son Oceanus, born on ship).  Also have John Alden.  The book 'Mayflower', by Nathaniel Philbrick, mentions the 3 Hopkins names.

great answer -we had stories of baby born now we know family thankyou
I am directly related to both Thomas and Joseph Rogers (GSMD cert). The lineage goes from Thomas (all last names Rogers), Joseph, James, James, James, Jonathan,Timothy, Albert Cobb Rogers, Timothy Otis Rogers,Fred Kimball Rogers, Otis Wendell Rogers, Frederick Wendell Rogers (me).Listmaker reveals that I also share lineage with: Brewster, Constance Hopkins, Giles Hopkins, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland,Joan Hurst, Both Thomas and Joseph Rogers of course, Elizabeth Tilley, and Mary Brewster. For some there are multiple lines . I would enjoy hearing from other cousins.
Pretty much the same here. Five direct lines going back to the 1600’s, including numerous Mayflower passengers and ones that settled mostly along the south shore of Mass coast. I have some in Boston and north of there as well as Rhode Island. Hopefully, my children and grandchildren will stay true to our strong New England roots and continue the lines. :)
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I used the ancester listmaker, 20 generations back and found 3 mayflower ancesters Samuel Fuller and his parents Edward and Unknown.  PGM Listed 94 unique and 9 duplicate ancesters.
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
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Ooodles and Ooodles of ancestors who came during the Puritan Great Migration. Many others who don't quite fit but are close. So far I've only got one Mayflower ancestor, George Soule

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
My daughter-in-law is descended from Mary Chilton who later married John Winslow.

A friend is descended from John Howland.
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I have 12 direct confident ancestors on WikiTree who were Mayflower passengers (click name for relationship trail).

My niece has 17 Mayflower passengers, including all of the above plus:

I agree, Laurie, Chase Ashley's app showed me how I had two direct lines to an an ancestor where I had only seen one before.   

His app says that I have 145 ancestors within 20 generations who meet the Puritan Great Migration list criteria.

(edited to add Puritan ancestors count and my niece's additional passenger links).

by John Kingman G2G6 Mach 3 (31.4k points)
edited by John Kingman

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