Peregrine White Sr.

Peregrine White Sr. (abt. 1620 - 1704)

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Capt. Peregrine White Sr.
Born about in Provincetownmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 6 Mar 1649 (to 20 Jul 1704) in Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Marshfield, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Peregrine White was the first English child born to the Pilgrims in the New World. He was born in Provincetown Harbor to William and Susanna White, before the passengers of the Mayflower had decided where they would settle. Aboard the Mayflower with his parents was his older brother Resolved, who was about five at the time. "Peregrine" means "one who journeys to foreign lands," or, more simply, it is a French and Middle English word for "pilgrim."

William White died the first winter, Susanna White married fellow Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow. This was the first wedding in "New Plymouth." Winslow later adopted Peregrine and made him an heir.

In 1636, the family, now numbering 6 - Edward and Susanna White Winslow, Resolved and Peregrine White, and the two children born to Edward and Susanna, Josias and Elizabeth Winslow - moved to the new settlement of Marshfield, north of Plymouth.

Peregrine had his first military experience at age 16 and continued to serve in the militia, first as a lieutenant and then a captain. Like most of the settlers, Peregrine was a farmer. He also served his community as a representative to the General Court.

Peregrine married Sarah Basset about 1648. Sarah'’s parents, William and Elizabeth Bassett, had been members of the Leiden Separatist community. They arrived in Plymouth in 1621 in the Fortune. Sarah was born after their arrival in Plymouth, sometime before 1627. The Bassets had considerable land in Marshfield and Peregrine moved onto his in-laws land, buying several adjacent pieces of property as the years progressed. Peregrine and Sarah had 7 children.

White's name appears frequently in the records of the colonists. He was an esteemed member of the community as the first child born in New England. He later became a citizen of the settlement of Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, and held some minor civil and military offices.

At age 78, Peregrine officially joined the Marshfield church. He lived until July of 1704, dying at Marshfield aged 83.


  • Peregrine White : his birth on the Mayflower: "The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families…...Mr. William White and Susanna his wife and one son called Resolved, and one born a-shipboard called Peregrine ..."[1]
  • " pleased God that Mistriss White was brought a bed of a son, which was called Peregrine."[2]
  • "Before the End of November Susanna Wife of William White was delivered of a Son, who is called Peregrine being the first Born since their arrival and I conclude the first of the European Extract in New England."[3]


Date: 4 Dec 1620


Husband: Peregrine White
Wife: Sarah Bassett
Peregrine and Sarah had seven children: Daniel b. ca. 1649; Unnamed, b. ca 1650/1d. y.; Jonathan, b. Marshfield 4 June 1658; Peregrine, b. ca. 1660; Sarah, b. Marshfield, Oct 1663; Sylvanus, b. Marshfield bef. 1669; and Mercy, b. ca. 1670
  • 6 March 1648: "Wee present Peregrin White, and Sarah, his wife, both of Marshfield, for fornication before marriage or contract. Cleared by paying the fine[4]


Marshfield Vital Records note the death of "Capt. Peregrine White" on "July ye 20:1704." [5]

"Marshfield, July 22, Capt. Peregrine White of this Town, Aged Eighty three years, and Eight Months; died the 20th Instant. He was vigorous and of a comly Aspect to the last; Was the Son of Mr William White and susanna his Wife; born on board the Mayflower, Capt. Jones Commander, in Cape Cod Harbour, November 1620. was the First Englishman born in New-England. Altho’ he was in the former part of his Life extravagant ; yet was much Reform’d in his last years ; and died hopefully."[6]

Peregrine White liv’ed in great Health and Vigour to the 84th Year of his Age, when a Fever carried Him off on July 22, 1704 [7]


Date: JUL 1704
Place: Marshfield Hills Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place: Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield, Plymouth County, MA



14 AUG 1704 [8]
He died testate, having written a will dated 14 July 1704, and it was proved on 14 August 1704.


  • Peregrine White and the 1623 Division of Land: The 1623 Division of Land marked the end of the Pilgrims' earliest system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it in this way: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, or that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled wold have been thought great tyranny and oppression."[9]
  • Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. Peregrine White is not mentioned by name but his father, William White, who had died early in 1621 is mentioned. The inference is that land is being given to the surviving family of William White. The land is described as "The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May Floure, according as their lotes were cast … William White 5 … this .5 akers lyeth behind the forte to the litle ponde."
  • Peregrine White and the 1627 Division of Cattle: "At a publique court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company ... & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot ...The third lot fell to Capt Standish & his companie Joyned to him (2) his wife Barbara Standish (3) Charles Standish (4) Allexander Standish (5) John Standish (6) Edward Winslow (7) Susanna Winslow (8) Edward Winslow (9) John Winslow (10) Resolued White (11) Perigrine White (12) Abraham Peirce (13) Thomas Clarke. To this lot fell the Red Cow wch belongeth to the poore of the Colonye to wch they must keepe her Calfe of this yeare being a Bull for the Companie. Also to this lott Came too she goats."[10]
  • 27 September 1642 : "Memorand That Mr Edward Winslow came into the publik Court and did acknowledg That he hath absolutly & freely giuen graunted enfeoffed and confirmed vnto Peregrine White his sonn in law all & singuler those his lands lying at the Eele riuer wth all and singuler thapprtenences therevnto belonging and all his right title and interrest of & into the same To haue and to hold all and singuler the said lands wth their apprtences vnto the said peregrine white his heires and assignes for euer to the onely pper use and behoofe of him the said Peregreene White his heires and Assignes for euer."[11]
  • 29 October 1649 : "Presentments by the Grand Inquest: "Wee psent William Halloway and Peregrin White, both of Marshfeild, for fighting. Cleared, with admonission to take heed for the future."[12]
  • 16 September 1653 [Edward Winslow had agreed to take on Nathaniell Covell as an indentured servant in April of 1653] : "These are to signify that Mr Edward Winslow by a letter sent to mee bearing Date the 2cond of May 1653 gave mee power in his name to assigne over the pty within Names (Nathaniell Covell) to Mr Perigrine White his sonneinlaw to serve him according to this Indenture and the full time therof the which I have now Donne this 16th of September 1653 they both appeering before mee at this time; By mee William Bradford Governor: "Alsoe the said Mr Perigrine White Doth heerby bind himselfe his heires exequitors and assignes to pforme the Covenants within specifyed to this his servant mencioned in this Indenture and Discharge Mr Edward Winslow of the same and for that end hath heerunto put his hand; Perigrine White"[13]
  • 6 December 1653 : "Memorand; That Leiftenant Perigrine White of the towne of marshfeild in the Jurisdiction of new Plymouth in New England in america Doth acknowlidge that for and in consideration of the full summe of forty pounds to him in hand payed by capt: Thomas Willett of the Towne of Plymouth in the Jurisdiction aforsaid wherwith hee Doth acknowlidge himselfe Satisfyed contented and fully payed; hee hath freely and absolutly barganed allianated and sold enfeofed and confeirmed and by these Doeth bargane sell enfeofe and confeirme unto the said capt: Willett all that his prte and proprietie of land which as Purchaser or old comer; belongeth unto him att Sowamsett Mattapoisett and places adiacent both upland and meddow with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities belonging unto the same; as alsoe the said Leiftenant White is to Defray all charges ariseing by the Indian purchase of the siad prmises; To have and to hold his said prte portion and proprietie of land both upland and meddow which as purchaser or old comer belongeth unto him att Sowamsett Mattapoisett and places adiacent with all and singulare the appurtenances privilidges and emunities belonging therunto or to any prte or prcell therof unto the said captaine Thomas Willett his heires and assignes forever; The said prmises with all and singulare the appurtenances therunto belonging to appertaine unto the onely proper use and behoofe of him the said capt: Willett his heires and assignes for ever; and alsoe the said Leiftenant White heerby covenanteth that his brother Resolved white shall give his [-----] and full consent unto the sale of the abovesaid premises: "This sale was acknowlidged before capt: Standish assistant; the Day and yeare above written."[14]
  • 2 March 1668-9 : "Leiftenant Peregrine White, of Marshfeild, complaineth against Benjamine Higgens, of Eastham, in an action of the case, to the damage of sixteen pounds, for not paying a debt due to him, the said White, or his assignes, for a boate bought of him, the said White, the said debt being due, and to be payed the fifteenth of November last past.: "The parties agreed, and the action withdrawne."[15]
  • In 1667, he inherited from his father-in-law, William Bassett, the largest collection of books in the colony. In 1667, he also served as a member of the jury laying out roads, andi n 1675 he was foreman of the jury laying out roads. In 1672, he served another term as selectman, and in 1673 he returned to the General court, serving also as a member of the Council of War and being styled as Captain. [16]


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  1. William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 442.
  2. Mourt’s Relation, ed. Jordan D. Fiore (Plymouth, Mass. : Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1985), p. 26-27.
  3. Thomas Prince, New England Chronology, 1736.
  4. Ref: Plymouth Colony." Records 2:138
  5. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations Volume 13 William White 2006 page 9
  6. The Boston News-Letter for Monday 31 July 1704
  7. Boston Weekly News-Letter for Friday 29 August 1755
  8. Last Will & Testament
  9. William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 120.
  10.  : Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. 1 1627-1651
  11. Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 12, p. 86.
  12. Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 2, p. 147.
  13. Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 9, p. 163-4.
  14. Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 4, p. 86.
  15. Records of Plymouth Colony, Vol. 7, p. 153.
  16. "Ancestral Lines, Third Edition," published by the author in Santa Clarita, California in 1998.
  • A biography of Peregrine White was published by Carl Boyer 3rd in "Ancestral Lines, Third Edition," published by the author in Santa Clarita, California in 1998.
  • Additional information was obtained from the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth (
  • Sherman, Ruth Wilder, CG, FASG, and Robert Moody Sherman, CG, FASG (Re-edited by Wakefield, Robert S, FASG), Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 13 Third Edition p. 8-10. Family of William White, Published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2006
  • Boston News-letter, Boston, Massachusetts (online archive) Note: Boston News-letter. Boston, Massachusetts, Online images. : 2010.
  • Shirley Amacher Robinson (Researcher) 1002 South Brown Street, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.
  • William White family from Mayflower society
  • The Howland Homestead (Society of the Descendants of Pilgrim John Howland, of the Ship Mayflower, Boston, 1911) No. 2, Page 8: Bible record.
  • The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol. III p. 1980-1981 White family). Robert C. Anderson NEHGS 1995.
  • The American Genealogist Whole No. 354 Vol. 89, No. 2 April 2017 p. 94

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On 15 Jan 2018 at 01:18 GMT Christine (Raffo) Zakary wrote:

This person needs his merge completed with the earlier original Resolved White. Please complete merge soon because it is confusing the William White family tree because it makes it look like Resolved has a half brother by the same name.

On 20 Dec 2017 at 02:43 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

corrected father to prevent problems :) (There are two William White's and the one he now is connected to is the correct one (father)



On 17 Dec 2017 at 02:10 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

White-38855 and White-1129 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth info, and father's first name. Same death date, son Jonathan on both profiles. Please merge to -1129 which is PPP

On 15 Nov 2015 at 13:06 GMT Annie Blanchard wrote:

White-1129 and White-25302 appear to represent the same person because: When compared, so many similarities including date of birth and death, father, etc. One wrong husband for White-25302 (since same sex marriage wasn't allowed) but otherwise, these seem to be the same person.

On 2 Nov 2015 at 21:26 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

White-19164 and White-1129 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same dates, mothers need to be reconciled

On 2 Nov 2015 at 21:26 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

White-19164 and White-1129 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same dates, mothers need to be reconciled

On 29 Jun 2014 at 17:14 GMT Wayne Jordan wrote:

White-17588 and White-1129 are not ready to be merged because: Differing data

On 29 Jun 2014 at 14:40 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

White-17588 and White-1129 appear to represent the same person because: This is Mayflower Passenger Peregrine White. Please approve the merge for the two profile. Thanks, Becky

On 29 Jun 2014 at 13:36 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

This profile will be merged with its duplicate. The merge is now pending. When the merge has been completer, there will only be one profile for Mayflower Passenger Peregrine.

On 10 Jun 2014 at 03:35 GMT Melissa (Molvik) Martin wrote:

how to delete ?

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