Anyone have sourced lineage Mary Allerton (married Thomas Cushman?)

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Help please! Searching for sourced descendent lineage of Mary Allerton (last living survivor of The Mayflower, and her spouse, Thomas Cushman, Sr.  I've been having hard time on the site and wondering if the downline Cushman profiles possibly have duplicates and possibly errors.  (Isaac Allerton is her father and Robert Cushman is his father.) I have been trying to research Doctor Fuller Cushman which is difficult enough because he's not a physician, it's his first name.

in Genealogy Help by Cynthia Rushing G2G6 Mach 3 (33.2k points)
edited by Cynthia Rushing
link to profile, please? Thanks.
Jillaine thank you for the suggestion. I've added both parents link above in the question.

From the Cushman Genealogy:

Source Citation

Book Title: A Historical and Biographical Genealogy of the Cushmans: The Descendants of Robert Cushman, the Puritan, From the Year 1617 to 1855

Source Information North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

Here is the url to the Cushman Genealogy on


Name: Thomas Cushman
Gender: Male
Birth Date: Feb 1608
Birth Place: England
First Marriage Date: 1635
Death Date: 11 Dec 1691
Father: Robert Cushman
Mother: Mrs Robert Cushman
Spouse: Mary Allerton
Children: Sarah Cushman
Lydia Cushman
Isaac Cushman
Elkanah Cushman
Feare Cushman
Eleazer Cushman
Mary Cushman
Thomas Cushman

Have you read the first person account of the pilgrims in Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1646 by William Bradford? I found a copy in a used book store. I search out personal narratives to get the historical context of what I'm researching. You'll find Cushman and contemporaries in there.

No I haven't read it Victoria. But now that you're suggesting it I'll try and access the writing. Thank you!
I have purchased Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 by William Bradford, online & definitely 2nd or maybe 3rd hand.  It's a Modern Library College Edition.  Easy to obtain, as a matter of fact, I mistakenly bought two from two separate sellers.  Then having heard about Mayflower Families Vol. 17, I noted cost was like $50 +.  Found a new Silver nicely made up book published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1998.  I got it through Amazon, for $39.00, although it was stated it was the last one at that time, about a week ago.  I am related to Robert & Thomas Cushman, also Isaac Allerton.  Reading Bradford's book has aided me in understanding how the Pilgrims went & lived in the Netherlands for 11-12 yrs, then started out, stopping at Southampton, etc.  Joan Heck Morris

I have a

Isaac Allerton


Birth 1586 • London, London, , England

Death 12 FEB 1659 • New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

 I have at least 3 marriages in this line, could be more. these people are mayflower pilgrim's and Quaker I believe. This Isaac Allerton was married to fear (Mayflower Brewster) as one of his wives!

but Isaacs father is

Edward Allerton


Birth 12 OCT 1553 • London, London, England

Death 26 JAN 1590 • London, London, England

step 2nd great-grandfather of 9th great-grandfather

Thanks Joan-  I'm not sure how I missed your message back in November but appreciate it, very helpful. I just tried to see if/how we're related but apparently you haven't added family yet. When you do will be curious through which ancestor.
Thanks David.

7 Answers

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Best answer


William Allerton

Born 1510 in Alton, Wiltshire, England


William Allerton

Born 1529 in Alton, Wiltshire, Englandmap


Died 1559 in England


Edward Allerton

Born 12 Oct 1553 in Backchurch, London, , Englandmap

Son of William Allerton and Mrs. William Unknown

Husband of Rose (Davis) Allerton — married 14 Feb 1579in Backchurch, London, , England

Died 26 Jan 1590 in Backchurch, London, , England



Rose Allerton formerly Davis

Born 1559 in St Peter Cornhill, London, Englandmap

Daughter of James Davis and Agnes (Chandler) Davis

Wife of Edward Allerton — married 14 Feb 1579 inBackchurch, London, , Englandmap

Mother of Isaac Allerton Sr. and Sarah Allerton

Died Jun 1596 in London, England


Isaac Allerton Sr.

Born about 1586 in Englandmap

Son of Edward Allerton and Rose (Davis) Allerton

Husband of Mary (Norris) Allerton — married 4 Nov 1611(to 1621) in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Died before 12 Feb 1659 in Connecticut



Mary Allerton formerly Norris aka Norreys

Born about 1588 in Newbury Berkshire Englandmap

Daughter of John Norreys and Elizabeth Norreys

Wife of Isaac Allerton Sr. — married 4 Nov 1611 (to 1621) in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Died 25 Feb 1621 in Plymouth Colony


Mary Cushman formerly Allerton

Born about 1616 in Leyden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsmap

Daughter of Isaac Allerton Sr. and Mary (Norris) Allerton

Wife of Thomas Cushman Sr. — married about 1636 inPlymouth Colony

Died 28 Nov 1699 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Prov. Massachusetts Bay


  1.  Azel Ames, The May-Flower and Her Log, July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621,Chiefly from Original Sources(Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907) 166-195


by Gerald Jones G2G6 (7.5k points)
selected by David Martin
Thanks so much for that information and it's source Gerald!

Here are the rest of the sources. G. Jones


  1.  Azel Ames, The May-Flower and Her Log, July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621,Chiefly from Original Sources(Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1907) 166-195.
  2.  A Genealogical Profile of Thomas Cushman,( accessed 2016). Plymouth Ancestors: A collaboration between Plimoth Plantation and the New England Historic Genealogical Society
  3.  Roser, Susan E. Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Volumes 1 & 2. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992.

See also:

  • A Genealogical Profile of Thomas Cushman,( accessed 2016). Plymouth Ancestors: A collaboration between Plimoth Plantation and the New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Volume 17: Isaac Allerton 1998, 2, 6.
  • Snow, Nora Emma. The Snow-Estes Ancestry 2 volumes, 1939, 494
  • Austin's One Hundred And Sixty Allied Families, pp. 137-139.
  • The American Genealogist, v. 14:214-5.
  • The Mayflower Descendant, v. 2:118
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 12498378
  • Mayflower Society record for Isaac Allerton
  • Wikipedia for Mary Allerton
Your time is greatly appreciated Gerald. This information will help a lot!
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Your best primary source for Mary and Thomas is MF:17:6  +++
by Tom Allen G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)
What does MF 17:6 say? I assume it also cites some other source?
Mayflower Families vol 17 gives Mary's family for four generations and gives multiple sources for each generation. The best thing for you to do is purchase the book from the Mayflower Society. You might get lucky and find it at a local genealogical society.
Tom thank you very much for this info and explaining tonall of us and any new genealogy searchers reading this in the future. I'd seen similar typing before and wondered myself. Is the 6 referenced in 17:6 indicative of his generation. What about +++   Is that indicating the multiple sources available? Again thank you for lending a hand to newer users.
The actual reference is MF:17:6 which is Mayflower Families vol 17 pg 6. This is reference to the silver books printed and published by the Mayflower Society. For any body wishing to document Mayflower lineage, this is a must have. The +++ refers to the fact that there are multiple pages and generations with references to each generation.
Thank you. I went online to the Mayflower Society webpage and their link to Amazon to checkout the books. Can you think of any reason why purchasing an used "acceptable condition" book would bad idea versus a new book purchase? Also, your explanation of what the number pattern meant came of use when I was reading a different source and I could understand better.
No reason why you can't buy a used copy. Let me know if you get it.
Thanks again.
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Just a naming convention tidbit, but many old traditions named the seventh son "Doc" because it was believed that they were born with an intuitive knowledge of healing herbs. Some followed the tradition by naming the seventh child, male or female, Doc. I've used that notion when I've found a Doc in a family and sure enough, either the seventh male or seventh child who was a male. My tidbit may or may not be of any benefit, but try dropping the "Doctor" when searching or look for Doc, Dock, Dach versions.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (39.3k points)
Fascinating Victoria! This is the first time I've heard this little known tidbit of information but I'll definitely use it in research. Between the name versus label Doctor and multiple recreational genealogists listing him also as Daniel, research has been slow. I've seen one book including Daniel but I've also seen records with a Daniel Fuller and a Daniel Cushman seemingly in similar upper US states that do not appear to be him. I am confused.
I ran across the name "Doc" on several occasions while researching families here in the South which piqued my curiosity. Also, when I have hit brickwalls due to shared names within and throughout early families, I have a list of common naming conventions which has helped clear the confusion with who belongs to whom. It's easy to cross over to another line in the blink of an eye. My Pomeroy line is a very good example. If you'd like, I'll send you the information. It covers male and female children.
Yes that would be great, thank you.

Naming Patterns

You will often see the same names used over and over again in families. While certain names are popular in different areas in different times in history, the repetition could represent a pattern. Many cultures believe in honoring their elders and do so by naming children after them. Angus Baxter in "In Search of Your British and Irish Roots" describes a pattern that was popular in England in the 1700-1875 period:

  • The first son was named after the father's father
  • The second son was named after the mother's father
  • The third son was named after the father
  • The fourth son was named after the father's eldest brother
  • The first daughter after the mother's mother
  • The second daughter after the father's mother
  • The third daughter after the mother
  • The fourth daughter after the mother's eldest sister

If this pattern would result in a duplication of names -- i.e., both grandfathers had the same name -- then they would skip to the next one on the list. Similar patterns have been suggested for other nationalities. This could be a very helpful formula, but many genealogists warn against giving it too much credence. Given human nature, it would be very difficult to follow exactly. It would be pretty hard to convince a new mother of her first-born son to name him after a drunken, abusive father-in-law rather than her own beloved father who had just died.

The article continues with valuable information on names and the importance of naming, so I would highly recommend going and reading the entire article.

Here's another great blog on names and naming patterns with an extensive list of male and female nicknames.
Wow that's great. Thank you!  Now when I've been searching for first name "Doctor" and others show up also, I start thinking about their birth order. It's a great trick/tool.
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I forgot that I had "The Great Migration News Letter Volumes 1-20" Robert Charles Anderson. I found Isaac Allerton with numerous references. Let me sift through the newsletters and see what surfaces. Robert and Thomas Cushman, too.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (39.3k points)
Thank you so much!!
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Here's an interesting source:

Doris Jones-Baker, "'The rest left no posterity here...' in Plymouth Colony: The 'Lost Descendants' of the Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620 in England and Holland," Genealogists' Magazine 24 (1994); 489-495.

Isaac Allerton is one of the five Mayflower Families discussed. Might be worth a look.

by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (39.3k points)
I'll check it out. Thx.
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I found the Cushman genealogy, descendants of Robert Cushman, the Puritan through eight generations. It includes Dactur F Cushman. I have also found where he deserted during the Civil War and at some point acquired a name change from Dactur to Daniel.

Sound interesting?
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 3 (39.3k points)
Hi Victoria,

From everything I've come up with that is the same person. I looked at the spelling on and appeared a transcription error. I sent a message to them and a short time later received a reply of thank you and case closed. Huh? Not sure what that meant. As far as the name change to Daniel and the desertion note could you help direct me to that source. I saw it one time and have never seen it again. I was curious about the desertion comment and looked a little and saw he joined a second regiment after. Now I'm really intrigued and wonder if the original researcher didn't know that and made an assumption. Love to get to the bottom of it but the issue of Daniel is of most importance as affects direction of research.

Here is the info and two sources on the Civil War service of a Doctor F. Cushman. Now, as far as the inference that he might have made a name change, I only saw that notation on Find A Grave, so I consider that subject to scrutiny. I have not found a legal name change record yet.


Or: Web: Illinois, Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

Original data: Databases of Illinois Veterans. Illinois State Archive. accessed 5 August 2014.

Name: Doctor F Cushman
Rank: Private
Company: H
Unit: 95th Illinois Infantry
Height: 6' 1
Hair: DARK
Eyes: BLUE
Complexion: LIGHT
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Farmer
Birth Date: Abt 1818
Birth Place: Rupert, Bennington CO, VT
War: Civil War
War Years: 1861-1865
Service Entry Age: 44
Service Entry Date: 9 Aug 1862
Service Entry Place: Greenwood, IL
Joined By Whom: CHAS H TRYON
Period: 3 YRS
Muster In Date: 4 Sep 1862
Muster In Place: Rockford, IL
Residence Place: Greenwood, McHenry CO, IL
Record Source: Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls

Sorry I haven't figured out how to do an attachment yet. Still learning

From the Cushman Genealogy: 2293. Doctor Fuller b.15 May 1817, is a farmer, resides at Governeur, NY (at the time of publication). p. 687. Eighth Generation.

Source Citation

Book Title: A Historical and Biographical Genealogy of the Cushmans: The Descendants of Robert Cushman, the Puritan, From the Year 1617 to 1855

Source Information North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.



You are awesome Victoria! A huge thank you.
You are very welcome. I can send the url to the Cushman Genealogy. I had hoped to send you the exact page and title page, but it's been a no-go so far. It was published in 1855, which is why it stops at Doc's farm in NY.
That would be great Victoria, your generosity is assisting me and all of us is greatly appreciated!
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Relationship Trail

1. Gerald is the son of Neumon Jones [unknown confidence] 
2. Neumon is the son of Lawson Woodard Jones [unknown confidence] 
3. Lawson is the son of Carroll W. Jones [unknown confidence] 
4. Carroll is the son of Mary Carder (Hutchins) Jones [unknown confidence] 
5. Mary is the daughter of Moses John Hutchins [unknown confidence] 
6. Moses is the son of Charles Christopher Hutchings [unknown confidence] 
7. Charles is the son of Christopher Hutchings [unknown confidence] 
8. Christopher is the son of John Michael Hutchings [unknown confidence] 
9. John is the son of Sarah (Cushman) Hutchins [unknown confidence] 
10. Sarah is the daughter of Mary (Allerton) Cushman [unknown confidence] 

This trail tells us that Mary is the eighth great grandmother of Gerald.

by Gerald Jones G2G6 (7.5k points)
Thanks Gerald. Mary Allerton is my 9th great grandmother.

Hi Cousin!

Mary Allerton and Thomas Cushman are my 9th great grandparents as well.  I have a DNA match that goes back to her daughter Lydia Cushman. 

I found a lot of great information about the Cushman and Allerton families in Descendants of Edward Small of New England, and the allied families, with tracings of English ancestry. by Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury.


Thanks cousin! I will definitely checkout that resource. Nice to "meet you." We had some great+ grandmother didn't we? When I first saw her statue near Plymouth Rock I only had family myth that she was our grandparent. Genealogy is wonderful to prove such claims.
I had no idea - we have a couple family myths that I have sadly proven untrue, but this one was a surprise - I called my mom and told her to sit down - were are related to two mayflower families. I'm working on transferring a smaller GEDcom to wikitree because my original file was way too big.
What a wonderful story Kimberly. Which Mayflower passengers are you related to? I did relationship finder but it shows no path yet.

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