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Edward Leister (abt. 1598)

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Edward Leister
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Mayflower 1620 Codicile


Edward Leister was one of two servants Mayflower passenger the other was Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644).

Plymouth Colony Duel - He, along with fellow servant Edward Doty, proved to be somewhat on the rowdy side at Plymouth Colony. They were the last two men to sign the "Mayflower Compact," which has led some to speculate they may have been originally unwilling to sign and required some persuasion.

In June 1621, The two servants committed the second offence in the colony, a duel fought “upon a challenge at single combat with sword and dagger", both wounding each other before the fight was broken up. They were sentenced by the Company to have their head and feet tied together for a full day, but the sentence was commuted after an hour due to their apparent suffering and the plea of their master Stephen Hopkins for their release.

Move to Virginia - Leister was enumerated in the 1623 Division of Land, but disappears by the time of the 1627 Division of Cattle. William Bradford (1590-1657) indicates that as soon as his contract was up, he headed off to Jamestown, Virginia, where he later died. His name does not appear, however, in either of the two lists of Virginia inhabitants compiled in February 1623/4 and February 1624/5.

William Bradford in his history of the colony wrote that “after he was at liberty, went to Virginia and there died.” His name does not appear, however, in either of the two lists of Virginia inhabitants compiled in February 1623/4 and February 1624/5.


  • Source: Robert Charles Anderson, The Piligrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, Boston, New England Historic Genelogical Society 2004 p 304 - 305


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On 16 Mar 2018 at 17:31 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

On 1 May 1707, the united Kingdom of Great Britain came into being, the result of Acts of Union being passed by the parliaments of England and Scotland to ratify the 1706 Treaty of Union and so unite the two kingdoms.

On 16 Mar 2018 at 17:29 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

Edward Leister is mentioned a number of times in "One Small Candle, the First Year in America" by Thomas J Fleming. Publisher W W Norton and Co, New York. 1963. Call F68 F55.

Page 46 says Edward was from London, a servant along with Edward Dotey also of London, of Christopher Martin.

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