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Sarah (Alden) Standish (abt. 1634 - bef. 1688)

Sarah Standish formerly Alden
Born about in Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1660 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Duxbury, Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap
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Sarah is the daughter of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins and granddaughter of passengers William Mullins and his wife, Alice.


Sarah Alden, born about 1634, was the daughter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.[1] The Aldens moved from Plymouth to the adjoining town of Duxbury during this time, so the actual place of her birth might have been either town.

Sarah married Alexander Standish, son of Capt. Myles Standish[2] and his wife Barbara, about 1660,[3] (estimated marriage date based on approximated birthdates of children).[1][4][5]

Sarah and Alexander Standish had a family of at least seven children, two sons and five daughters:[6]

  1. Lorah,[2]wife of Abraham Samson,[4][6] died after 2 August 1725.[7]
  2. Lydia, wife of Isaac Sampon.[4][6] She was born before 1672 and died after 1748 (son Isaac's will).[2]
  3. Mercy,[2] wife of Caleb Samson.[4][6]
  4. Sarah, wife of Benjamin Soule.[6] She was born about 1666/7 and died 4 March 1740.[2][4]
  5. Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Delano,[4][6] was born before 1670 and died after 1731.[2]
  6. Miles, eldest son,[6] born about 1671, married Experience Sherman.[4][7] Miles died 15 September 1739.[2]
  7. Ebenezer,[6] born about 1672, died 19 March 1755, married Hannah Sturtevant.[2][4][7]
  8. probably David,[2][8] who died before 14 February 1689, when an inquest into the death of David Standish of Duxborough was sworn.[7] The jury decided cause of death was the fall of a tree he was cutting onto his head and his skull was broken.[3][9] David predeceased Alexander, so he is not named in his father's will.

Sarah died before 13 June 1688, when Alexander Standish, in right of his wife Sarah, deceased, and the other heirs of John Alden signed a release on his estate.[3][10] Her husband, Alexander, remarried Desire (Doty) (Sherman) Holmes by 1689[1] and they had three children (all named in Alexander's will): Desire who married Nathan Weston; Thomas who married Mary Carver; and Ichabod who married Phoebe Ring.[4]

When Alexander died on 6 July 1702, aged about 76 years,[6] and his will was proved 10 August 1702, four of his daughters by Sarah Alden, along with their husbands, contested their father's will. Alexander left only five shillings to his five daughters from his first wife, and they argued that an unfair share was given to their brother, Miles, and to Alexander's three children from his second marriage.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Charles Anderson, The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620. (NEHGS: 2020). Alden, page 21 (Sarah); Standish, page 162 (Alexander).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "Mayflower Births and Deaths", Vol. 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. from Roser, Susan E. "Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants". 2 vols, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992). Online at, vol. 2, page 311.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes, edited by Alicia Crane Williams, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 1 (Plymouth, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999), pp. 39-43, not available online.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Mrs. Charles Alden. "Alden Genealogy" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1July 1898). Online at, vol. 52, pages 363-365.
  5. 2020 on (New England Historic Genealogical Society - excerpts from Robert Charles Anderson's "The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633"): John Alden
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 George Ernest Bowman. "Alexander Standish's Will and Inventory and the Settlement of His Estate" in the Mayflower Descendant. (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants). Online at, vol.12, pages 99-108.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Susan E Roser. "Mayflower Increasings" online at, pages 106-107.
  8. NOTE: NEHGR 52:363 lists him as a son of Alexander and his second wife, but this is unlikely.
  9. David T. Konig, Plymouth County Court Records, 1686-1859, (Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1978-1981) 16 vols., Vol. 1:191.
  10. "John Alden's Inventory and Settlement of his Estate" in the Mayflower Descendant, vol. III, no. 1, Jan 1901 (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1901). Online at, page 11.
See also:
  • Warner, Russell, re-edited by Wakefield, Robert S., FASG, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 14, Family of Miles Standish, (Plymouth MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2007).
  • website: Descendants of John Alden, Second Generation, Sarah Alden
  • Genealogies of Mayflower Families from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Volume I, Adams - Fuller. (Baltimore MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985): birth c.1629, death c.1685 (not available online).
  • Fielding, Harriet Chapin. The Ancestors and Descendants of Isaac Alden and Irene Smith, His Wife. (East Orange, N.J, 1903). Online at Google Books, page 8.
  • Landis, John Tannehill. Mayflower descendants and their marriages for two generations after the landing. (Washington, D.C., Bureau of military and civic achievement. 1922). Online at, page 35.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 12 November 2020), memorial page for Sarah Alden Standish (1627–13 Jun 1688), Find A Grave: Memorial #14421267, citing Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Kaaren Crail Vining (contributor 11705756): (headstone photo appears to be that of Elder Cushman, not Sarah Standish).
  • Goodrich, Merton Taylor. "The Children and Grandchildren of Captain Myles Standish" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, April 1933). Online at, vol. 87, pages 153-156.

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Profile reviewed and updated (checked links/dates/sources/cite-checked, etc.). I don't have access to Silver books, so I couldn't check those citations
posted by Traci Thiessen
According to the 2003 edition of the Alden Silver Book, Alexander and Sarah (Alden) Standish did not have a child named Mary. Her profile should be detached from these parents. (page 43)
posted by Sandra (Emmons) DeTora
A private message asked about the death date on this profile. I see it all over the internet but can't find a real source. I suspect that's it's an "after" something happened. We know she died before 13 Jun 1688 at which time her husband in right of his wife Sarah deceased signed a release of part of the estate of her father.
posted by Anne B
The 2002 edition of the Alden Silver book says, "death date unknown, but before 13 June 1688, settlement of her father's estate" (page 39)
posted by Sandra (Emmons) DeTora
Alden-2373 and Alden-4 appear to represent the same person because: There are some differences in dates and attached children.
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers
Alden-2334 and Alden-4 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by M (McQueen) M
Alden-2333 and Alden-4 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by M (McQueen) M
Alden-2188 and Alden-4 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same parents, close dates
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Alden-2182 and Alden-4 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same person. Same spouse. Same parents.
posted by Jane (Harriss) Naus