William Southworth
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William Southworth (1659 - 1719)

Capt. William Southworth
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1680 (to Dec 1702) in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married 14 Nov 1705 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 60 in Little Compton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Baymap
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William Southworth was born in 1659 at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony. He died 25 Jun 1719 at Little Compton, Newport Co., Rhode Island. He was buried at Old Commons Cemetery, Little Compton. William married Rebecca Pabodie about 1680.[1]

The Southworth family trace back to the de Southworths of Samlesbury Hall, County of Lancaster, England. The name was variously spelled in early English and American records, Sotherworth, Sowthworth, Southwood. Southward and in some cases in later generations it was pronounced and spelled Southard, but the original name was Southworth as in the churchyard inscriptions, County of Lancaster, where the Southworths of Samlesbury Hall (their home for more than 300 years) are buried.

William Southworth's paternal grandmother, Alice Carpenter (widow of Edward Southworth), married as the second wife of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony.

William was born about 1659 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony (now Massachusetts) and his parents were Elizabeth (Collier) and Constant Southworth who had married on 02 Nov 1637. His mother Elizabeth was the daughter of William Collier, "the richest man of the colony". His father was Constant Southworth who immigrated to New England in 1628, when but 14 years of age and was brought up under the influence of his step-father the Governor; and Constant became a man of importance in the colony.

Children of William Southworth and Rebecca Pabodie

William Southworth was first married about 1680 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony to Rebecca Pabodie (b: 16 Oct 1660) and their children included:[1]

  1. Benjamin Southworth
  2. Joseph Southworth
  3. Edward Southworth
  4. Elizabeth Southworth
  5. Alice Southworth
  6. Samuel Southworth
  7. Nathaniel Southworth
  8. Thomas Southworth
  9. Stephen Southworth

His first wife Rebecca died on 03 Dec 1702 in Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island.[1]

Children of William Southworth and Martha Kirtland

William Southworth married secondly on 14 Nov 1705 in Saybrook, Connecticut to the widow Martha (Kirtland or Kirkland) Blaque or Blake and their children included:

  1. Gideon Southworth
  2. Andrew Southworth.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alden.org website: Descendants of John Alden, Third Generation, Rebecca Pabodie : citing Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI: Little Compton Historical Society, 1985, 438, 628. Source Media Type: Book. Mayflower Families: John Alden, Part 1, 71. (Link via Wayback Machine, capture date 18 Nov 20211.)
  • "Vital Records of Little Compton, Rhode Island" v4
- p59 for 1893 Newport County p15 for
SOUTHWORTH William & Rebecca, m: 1680
- children by m2: (Gideon, b: 21 Mar 1707)
& (Andrew, b: 12 Dec 1709)
- p168 for 1893 Newport County p15 for
SOUTHWORTH, b: c1659; d: 25 June 1719.
  • "Mayflower Families through Five Generations" by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes and Alicia Crane Williams & published in 2002 by General Society of Mayflower Descendants of Boston, MA; v16 part#1/3 for pilgrim John Alden.

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Southworth Genealogical Research & DNA Study Project to be Conducted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society

The Southworth Genealogical Research & DNA Study Project’s goal is to determine if Constant Southworth’s (b. about 1612) and Thomas Southworth’s (b. about 1617) ancestors descend from Samlesbury or Clarborough England. As Constant and Thomas Southworth’s potential royal descent has not been definitively proven, I hope that by combining new genealogical research, male Southworth descendant Y-DNA testing and analysis through a New England Historic Genealogical Society study project that Constant and Thomas Southworth’s descendancy will be resolved. Descendants of Sir John Southworth (b. 1526) and Mary Ashton will be identified for Y-DNA testing to compare DNA results against descendants of Thomas Southworth (b. c. 1548), Constant’s and Thomas’ grandfather. Additionally, this project will identify living male descendants of Richard Southworth (b. 1545) and his wife Imogene Aston of Clarborough, Nottinghamshire to compare DNA results. Contact me via private message for more project information.

Background: Earlier genealogical research was often accepted based on loose assumptions (See a discussion: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Cochoit_Working_3). Subsequently, Constant Southworth’s potential royal descent has not been definitively proven.

Additional Research and Analysis Since 1992: Under Gary Boyd Roberts, The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 1:708-709, Mr. Roberts first acknowledges the uncertainty of Edward’s origins: “Edward Southworth, probably [emphasis added] the Leyden Pilgrim…” (p. 708). He then addresses Sue Allan’s “In Search of Separatist Edward Southworth of Leiden” 2017 online monograph https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/in-search-of-separatist-edward-southworth-of-leiden-his-genealogical-origins-uncovered?pass-through=true argument against Leyden as Edward’s correct origin as Edward’s father, Thomas Southworth of Samelsbury, Lancashire was a Protestant, while Thomas’s father, Sir John Southworth, and two of Thomas’ brothers were “sometime ardent Catholics variously imprisoned.” Comment: My understanding is that during this period, most family members tended to practice the same faith, though there can be exceptions such as perhaps Thomas followed Protestantism to avoid being imprisoned.

Alternatively, Ms. Allan presents a circumstantial argument that Edward Southworth of Leyden was born 12 April 1585 at Clarborough, Nottinghamshire, son of Richard Southworth of Clarborough and Immyn Aston; and this Richard was son of Richard Southworth of Clarborough and Welham and Emma Levesey of Keeton (in Nottinghamshire).

posted by Kathryn Smith
edited by Kathryn Smith
Southworth-996 and Southworth-4 appear to represent the same person because: Carolyn Scott added William, Constant and Edward. They already existed in the tree.
posted by Howard Carpenter

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