Who is your Mayflower ancestor?

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My wife's is William White.
in The Tree House by Foster Ockerman G2G6 Mach 3 (34.5k points)
I am a descendant of William Brewster. My family line is through the Fosdick family.
I am also descended from John, Elinor and Francis Billington. We are cousins.
So far I've only traced my family directly back to John Alden, William and Priscilla Mullins, and George Soule Sr. If I can ever get the info on my familial grandmother, who knows? ;)
You asked who my Mayflower ancestors are:

My proven lines are to Degory Priest, Stephen Hopkins and William Bradford.  If have several others that are not yet proven, and those include John and Elizabeth Tilley, John Tilley and Elizabeth Hurst, William Brewster, Francis Eaton, and George Soule.
I am a descendant of Richard Warren. My grandmother's surname Church goes back to Richard Church who married Richard Warren's daughter, Elizabeth. (the same family as col. benjamin church and traitor 1st surgeon general benjamin church)

My Mayflower Ancestors

Stephen Hopkins - http://tinyurl.com/zybaamv

Constance (Hopkins) Snow - http://tinyurl.com/zyyc29s

Thomas Rogers - http://tinyurl.com/gmbhsva

Joseph Rogers - http://tinyurl.com/h8yn7wf


James Chilton was my 10th g-grandfather. His daughter, Mary, my 9th g-grandmother.
Me, too. with Elinor and Francis. We have three. Proud of this hardworking family who believed in freedom from tyranny including from organized religion.
I should have at least one, but so far, WikiTree doesn't confirm the link.  I'll have to be more patient, I guess?

77 Answers

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Best answer

For direct ancestors who came on the Mayflower my 10th GGFs are Stephen HopkinsDegory Priestand William Bradford as well as 10th GGM Constance (Hopkins) Snow. My 9th GGF is Peter Browne.

by Sandy Culver G2G3 (3.6k points)
selected by Judi Knight
+7 votes
Mine is George Soule, my husband's is William Brewster.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
George Soule and Thomas Rogers.
+6 votes
Mine are Francis Cooke, John Cooke and Richard Warren.
by J. Salsbery G2G6 Mach 2 (29.2k points)
+6 votes
I claim Willilam Brewster.
by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (195k points)
You have to share!
+8 votes
Clean, as far as I know.
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (241k points)
Ditto, I was hoping my husband's vast colonial ancestry would include someone on he Mayflower but they all seem to have come with Winthrop not Winslow.
Me too, lots of Colonial ancestors but no Mayflower.  

I remember when I had to remove Robert Hicks when I discoverd an error in my lineage.  I am still cleaning up from the unsourcing days many years ago, I have learned a lot since then, now I set out to disprove a relationship, if I can't, I can feel good about the connection.
None, lots of PGM and NNS ancestors....
Up until several months ago, I too thought that I didn't have any great grandparents on the Mayflower. Scads of PGM great grandparents in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and every Magna Carta Surety Barron is my great grandfather, but I showed no connection to any of the religious Separatists from Leiden. Then by surprise, I found William and Susanna White, Merchant  Adventurers on the Mayflower. I am decended through Resolved and the Browns to the Brewers and Harveys. The General Society says that all travelers on The Mayflower, regardless of reason, religion, or station, are all included as Pilgrims on The Mayflower. The solving of who Susanna was is very exciting.
+9 votes

My Mayflower ancestors had a rough time of it: they didn't survive the first winter.

I trace my ancestry through two men who didn't accompany their parents on the Mayflower, but emigrated some years later:

  •  Thomas Rogers died during the first winter. His son John, my ancestor, arrived in America in 1630.
  •  Edward Fuller and his wife Ann also died during the first winter. Their son Matthew, my ancestor, arrived in America some time in or before 1640.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Ellen Smith
Very interesting!  Thanks

I also have Henry Sam(p)son. He was one of the two children who accompanied Edward Tilley and Ann Cooper Tilley on the Mayflower. The Tilleys, who were not Henry's parents, died during the first winter and are not known to have had descendants. Henry (who had been a teenager at the time of passage) grew to maturity in Plymouth Colony, married, and had offspring.

Elizabeth Tilley married John Howland and had a large family. Elizabeth and John Howland have millions of descendants.
Elizabeth Tilley is a niece of Edward Tilley and Ann Cooper Tilley. Edward and Ann Tilley had no children.
+6 votes
Mine is Richard Warren.
by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
+6 votes
I have a few Mayflower ancestors, thanks to intermarrying among the original passengers' descendants:

John Alden

Priscilla Mullins (and her parents)

Myles Standish

Richard Warren

Henry Sampson
I am descended from William and Susanna Jackson White.  Barbara Swimelar Kieve
Since answering three and a half years ago, I have added Thomas Rogers to my Mayflower ancestors, thanks to a visit to the NEHGS library.
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I am descended from Edward Doty who was always in trouble.  :-)
by Laura Scott G2G6 (8.8k points)
Love the trouble makers; what did HE do?

Edward Doty later became a wealthy land owner, but his argumentative nature and display of temper caused him to be in the Plymouth court many times over the years.[8]

Doty was one of the Mayflower passengers that have left an extensive record of his personality. He had a quick temper that often was out of control and had many business dealings that in some cases bordered on the fraudulent. Other troublemakers were often removed from Plymouth (i.e. Isaac Allerton was forced out) but Doty lived there throughout the rest of his life.[2]

Doty's first problem with the law came just after the Pilgrims had begun constructing their settlement. The early eighteenth century notes of Thomas Prince describe an incident of June 18, 1621 when the first duel (with a sword and dagger) was fought in New England between two servants of Stephen Hopkins, Edward Doty and Edward Leister. The duel ended with one being wounded in the hand and one in the thigh. Their punishment was to be tied head and feet together for twenty-four hours without meat or drink. But soon their master Stephen Hopkins, apparently taking pity on their "great pains", made a "humble request, upon promise of a better carriage" and they were released by the governor.[9][10]


He is also my ancestor.  Being descended from him automatically qualifies a person to join the Internation Society of Black Sheep Genealogists.  I comment on this on a post in 23andMe and got a blast of (fill in the blanks) from another Doty descendent.  He talked about his goodness, and I copied the info on him from the Mayflower page.
I belong to the Black Sheep Society through another ancestor, the one who was hung.
Laura, thanks for the Doty details. Love this stuff!
Me another black sheep
Edward Doty was my 10th generation grandfather.  I too have read the stories of his temperament.  Guess that's where mine comes from.  I have documentation that leads me direct to him.  My cousin did the footwork years ago.  He did have one glitch but fixed it.
I am trough his daughter Mary, who married Samuel Hatch.
Edward Doty is my line but I am having problems connecting some dots.  From what I have it goes: Doty, Hatch, Turner, Lebaron, Reno, Brotherton, Flege (my mother-in-law is the Flege).  I can get my tree back to Lebaron but lose it after that and it ends at Edward Doty.  If anyone can help me connect the dots between Lebaron, Turner, Hatch, Doty, I sure would appreciate the help.
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Mine are John TILLEY with wife Elizabeth HURST and daughter Elizabeth, and John HOWLAND (who married Elizabeth TILLEY).  John came on the Mayflower as a servant to John Carver.  He's best remembered for having fallen off the Mayflower during a mighty storm (but being rescued).  John and Elizabeth are my 9th great-grandparents.
by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (440k points)
+5 votes
William Brewster on both my Mom and Dad's sides, and Richard Warren on my Mom's side.
by Heather Brown G2G4 (4.0k points)
+5 votes
Edward Doty
by Female Rothman G2G1 (1.4k points)
+5 votes
Dr. Samuel Fuller
by Leila Schutz G2G2 (2.8k points)
+5 votes
Also George Soule
by Kerry Skiffington G2G Crew (710 points)
+4 votes
My ancestors are Stephen Hopkins and his daughter Constance Hopkins Snow.
+5 votes
My ancestors are Stephen Hopkins and his daughter Constance Hopkins.
by Michael Hatfield G2G Crew (600 points)
+5 votes
:Presently the focus is on John Howland but in line are the Tillys, Rogers, Brewster & Foord. It's one thing to make the connection but another to prove it all the way up the line - so, I am going one at a time.
by Christopher Wright G2G5 (5.0k points)
Yes, you are going at it the right way.  By your use of the word "prove" I take it you are working on an application to the Mayflower Society?  I just proved my wife's line last spring.  Good luck!
Congratulations on yours. I'm pretty confident but at the moment waiting on 'overkill' documents to make sure no stone is left unturned. It has been a challenge - I thought I had lot's of proofs but they put my nose to the grindstone. I expect it's a bit flatter now.
i just last week learned my application for the Ancient Planters was accepted.  I was blocked c. 1830's proving a father-son connection and hired a local volunteer for the historical society of the county to look for "over kill" documents.  She found a court order listing heirs which sealed the proof.  Good luck.
What do you both mean by "over kill" documents? Not a phrase I've heard related to Mayflower applications.
Perhaps a 'preponderence of evidence' would be more comfortable, though longer. In many cases with lineage societies, what is significant 'proof' for one party doesn't have the same value to another party.

Consequently, Applicants that I am familiar with recommend a plethora of evidence points from multiple sources if possible. This is in order to save multiple letters and emails back and forth in an already lengthy process.  Delays and differences of opinion can raise wider-ranging doubts.

On another side, when dealing with issues where there are no records or the ones available are illegible, one has to 'build a case', a logical progression of other events that indicate a significant liklihood - e.g. where there are no death records but there is a tombstone and a letter mentioning the funeral along with a dispersion of properties.
A reason for having as much evidence as possible is that, in order to save time/paper/confusions i guess, the actual application leaves room for a minimum of proofs to be documented and, I have noticed different State Historians for them sometimes use different terms of documentation.

Acceptance into some of these societies is a long and arduous process and one doesn't want to 'not' have a quick backup if there is a glitch.
Jillaine:  by your comment do you mean there are never too many documents?
Another term that came to mind is the legal "due diligence". If ones goal is to validate something, why not do it as completely and fully as possible
Foster, no, I was simply asking for an explanation of "over kill" documents.
Christopher, please forgive my presumption, but if you are working towards presenting your lineage for membership in a society, check with the society first.  I found that my lineage was already verified all the way down to my great-great grandmother.  I had to only prove those few generations.
Helpful Joan.
Please know that we appreciate your work on all of our ancestors.
+4 votes
William Bradford also.
by Henry Chadwick G2G6 Mach 4 (48.8k points)
+4 votes
So far in our family research: John Alden, William Brewster, Francis Cooke, Edward Doty
by Brandon Masterson G2G1 (1.4k points)
edited by Brandon Masterson
+4 votes
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins
by Michael Sackett G2G6 Mach 1 (16.7k points)

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