Resolved White
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Resolved White (abt. 1615 - aft. 1687)

Resolved White
Born about in Leiden, Holland, Netherlandsmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 18 Apr 1640 in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married 5 Oct 1674 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Marshfield, Plymouth, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
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The English origins of the White family have recently been discovered and published. [1] [2] These articles correct many errors and theories which have been published regarding these Mayflower families. The family originated in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, however, it is likely Resolved White never lived in England as his parents had moved to Leiden, Holland, in 1608.


Resolved White, son of William and Susanna (Jackson) White, was born about 1615 probably in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands, where his parents moved about 1608. He deposed that he was age 59 in 1674[3][4] and aged 63 in 1678.[5]
A precise date of 9 September 1615 which can be found on the internet is unsupported by any record. Statements that his parents never lived in Leiden so they must have joined the Mayflower in London are incorrect.[6]


William White, wife Susanna, son Resolved, and Perigriene (born aboard), 2 servants (William Holbeck, Edward Thomson) sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. [7][8]

White Family : William Bradford's List

In the 1623 Plymouth division of land William White received five acres as a passenger on the Mayflower (even though he had been dead for two years).[9] In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle Resolved White and Peregrine White were the tenth and eleventh persons in the third company.[10]


Resolved married, first, Judith Vassall, daughter of William Vassall, on 18 April 1640 in Scituate, Plymouth Colony.[11] This date is recorded in the Plymouth Colony Records. It should be noted that the Scituate Vital Records state they were married 5 November 1640.[12] The reason for the discrepancy between these two dates is not known. Judith (c. 1619-1670) was the daughter of William and Ann (King) Vassal. William's 1655 will specifically names daughter Judith White, wife of Resolved White.[6]
Resolved White married, second, Abigail Unknown, widow of William Lord, on October 5, 1674 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.[6][13]

Plymouth Colony Etc.

Just before his marriage to Judith, 3 Aug 1640, Resolved White was granted 100 acres in Scituate, next to Mr. William Vassal's land.[6][14] He was granted more land in Scituate 7 Mar 1642/3.[6][15]

Judith's father, William Vassall, left New England in 1646, eventually settling in Barbadoes, where he acquired land and died in between 1655 and 1657. He divided his estate among his children. Two deeds indicate that Resolved and perhaps Judith, visited Barbados for the purpose of settling William's estate. 17 Mar 1656/7 Resolved White of Scituate in New Plymouth in New England, gentleman, and his wife Judith, daughter of William Vassall of this Island [Barbados], Esq. sold to Nicholas Ware of St. Michael's, merchant, their one fifth of two thirds of Vassal's plantation in St. Michael's. A couple of months later, 11 May 1657, Resolved witnessed the sale by Mary Vassal of Barbados to her brother-in-law, the same Nicholas Ware as above, her share of her father William Vassal's plantation.[6][16]

Resolved White became a Plymouth Colony freeman 1 Jun 1658.[6][17]

Resolved of Scituate, planter, sold land in Scituate to William Wills in 1662 and in 1663, Judith, his wife acknowledged the deed.[6] This included land he recieved by deed of gift from William Vassal in 1646.[18]

He was elected as the surveyor of highways in Marshfield 3 Jun 1668[6][19] and Mr. Resolved White was on the 29 May 1670 list of freeman in Marshfield.[6][20]

21 April 1669 Resolved White, husbandman, of Marshfield sold to Humphrey Johnson his rights in the Common in Scituate etc., in which he had formerly been a resident.[21]

He and Peregrine were refered to as brother in the will of Gov. Josiah Winslow 2 July 1675, who left him a suit of clothes and a cloak.[6][22] Resolved's mother married Josiah Winslow's father in 1621.

Resolved was elected a freeman in Salem 19 May 1680.[6][23]

Resolved's second wife, Abigail, named her now husband, Resolved, in her 1682 will.[24][6]


Resolved White died after 19 September 1687 presumably in Marshfield, Plymouth Colony. On that date his son William White quitclaimed his rights to land to John Branch, mentioning his father, but not as "deceased," and mentioning the earlier deed of "my father Mr. Resolved White." [25]

Noted Pilgrim researcher George Bowman stated that Resolved White died between 1690 and 1694. [26] While not impossible or even unlikely, the record evidence for these dates is not known. These dates of 1690 and 1694 are commonly found on the internet, but are not used here until the primary records are found to support them.
No death, burial or probate record was recorded for Resolved White.[6] This was not uncommon in the time. He perhaps had already given away all of his land and possessions to his children and had no need of a will.


Children of Resolved White and Judith Vassal: [27][6]
  1. William White son of Resolved, Scituate, April 10, 1642 [27]
  2. John White son of Resolved, Scituate, 11th March 1644[27]
  3. Samuel White son of Resolved, Scituate, 13 March 1646 [27]
  4. Resolved White son of Resolved, Scituate 12 November 1647 [27]
  5. Anna (White) Hayward daughter of Resolved, Scituate 4 June 1649 [27]
  6. Elizabeth White daughter of Resolved, Scituate, 4 June 1652 [27]
  7. Josiah White son of Resolved, Scituate, 29 September 1654 [27]
  8. Susannah White b. Aug 1656 n.f.r.[6]


  1. The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 2 (April 2017): 81-94.
  2. The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 3 (July 2017): 168-188.
  3. Mayflower Families cites Essex Quarterly Courts Vol VI p. 112, but it is not there.
  4. Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899- . (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010) (1935) Vol 33:99 Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  5. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686]] (The Essex Institute, 1919) Vol. 7 1678-1680 pp 112
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 Lainhart, Ann Smith, & Wakefield, Robert S. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA., 2004-) Volume 13 (2006). William White family, p 3; Resolved White family pp 6-8
  7. Bradford's list of Mayflower Passengers
  8. Bradford's History Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation (Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856) pp 448, "Mr. William White, and Susana, his wife, and one sone, caled Resolved, and one borne a ship-bord, caled Peregriene; & 2, servants, named William Holbeck & Edward Thomson. p. 452 "Mr. White and his 2, servants dyed soone after ther landing. His wife maried with Mr. Winslow (as is before noted). His 2 sons are maried, and Resolved hath 5. children, Perigrine tow, all living. So their increase are 7."
  9. Pulsifer, David. New Plymouth Colony; Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England Vol. 12 Deeds, &c. Vol. 1 1620-1651 & Book of Indian Records for their lands (New York : AMS Press, 1861) 12:4.
  10. Plymouth Colony Records, 12:10).
  11. Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 8 (1857): Page 19.
  12. Scituate Vital Records, vol 2 (1909): Page 325.
  13. Salem Vital Records 4:462 Lord, The Massachusetts Vital Records Project: Abigaile, wid., and Resolved White, 5: 8m: 1674 [8m in 1674 would be October]
  14. Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet; Pulsifer, David New Plymouth Colony; Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England Vol 1. Court Orders 1633-1640 (1855)p. 159
  15. Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England Vol. 2 Court Orders 1641-1651 (1855) p. 54
  16. Moriarty, G. Andrews. Barbadian Notes. New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1913) 67:369
  17. Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England. Vol. 3 Court Orders 1651-1661 (1855) p. 137
  18. "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1651-1681 vol 2-4 > image 242 of 677; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts. Vol 3 pt 1 pg 3.
  19. Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England. Vol. 4 Court Orders 1661-1668 (1855) p. 181
  20. Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England. Vol. 5 Court Orders 1668-1678 (1856) p. 277
  21. "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1651-1681 vol 2-4 > image 511 of 677; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts. Plymouth Land Records. Vol 4:1:130
  22. Bowman, George Ernest. "Governor Josiah Winslow's Will and Inventory." The Mayflower Descendant 5:82
  23. Shurtleff, Nathaniel. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England (William White, Boston, 1854) Vol. 5 1674-1686 vol 5 p. 539
  24. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686 (The Essex Institute, 1911-1975) Vol. 8 (1921) 1680-1683 pp 361-362
  25. Pilgrim Notes and Queries, volume 5 (1917): page 87.
  26. The Mayflower Descendant, volume 2 (1900): page 120.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 Records of the Colony of New Plymouth
Footnotes and citations:
Source list:
  • The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 2 (April 2017):81-94. The English Origin and Kinship of Mayflower Passengers William1 White and Dorothy1 (May) Bradford of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, by Caleb Johnson, Sue Allen and Simon Neal.
  • The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 3 (July 2017):168-188. The English Origin and Kinship of Mayflower Passengers William1 White and Dorothy1 (May) Bradford of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (cont.), by Caleb Johnson, Sue Allen and Simon Neal.
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England, vol. 8: Miscellaneous Records 1633-1689. (Boston, 1857): 19. LINK
  • Pilgrim Notes and Queries, volume 5 (1917): page 87. Plymouth County Mass., Records of Deed, by the editor. LINK
  • The Mayflower Descendant, volume 2 (Boston, 1900): page 120. The Mayflower Genealogies, by George Bowman. Books, LINK

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Many years ago I created a document titled Our Vassall Ancestry and added to it over the years. It is now 22 pages - detailing the lives of Resolved White and wife Judith Vassall and her Vassall ancestry, at least as much as research reveals.

I wrote the Wikipedia articles for ancestors William Vassall and Resolved White and much of the articles are in the Vassall ancestry.

The latest version of Our Vassall Ancestry was created in Feb. 2019 and a copy can be sent as an e-mail attachment to any interested person who contacts me.

Have also participated in updating the WikiTree records on the White family ancestry from the 3 TAG documents were published in April, July and October of 2017.

Alton Rogers [email address removed]

posted by Alton Rogers
I would very much like an emailed copy of your Vassall Ancestry 'compendium'. Judith Vassall and Resolved White are my 8th g-grandparents. William Vassall is my 9th g-grandparent. I tried to find a way to contact you privately. I apologize for leaving this request on a public comment
These statements about being part of the London merchant group are incorrect. William White moved to Leiden in 1608 where he was an important part of of the separatist movement there in the Henry Ainsworth congregation.
posted by Joe Cochoit
The Whites are believed to have boarded the Mayflower as part of the London merchant group, and not necessarily with the members of the Leiden Holland religious movement - i.e. Pilgrims. (although many Merchant Venturers who financed the Pilgrims and Puritans also happened to be English Reformers and sympathetic to them). Evidence of the William White family boardig the Mayflower when it stopped in England and not Holland comes from William Bradford’s Mayflower passenger list which has "Mr. William White" in his section for London merchant.

The White family, as recalled by William Bradford in 1651, per their Mayflower voyage, plus the birth of Peregrine: “Mr. William White, and Susana, his wife, and one sone, called Resolved, and one borne a ship-bord, called Peregriene; and *2* servants, named William Holbeck and Edward Thomson.”

Resolved White’s father William White died on February 21, 1621. With her husband's death, Susanna, with her newborn son Peregrine and five-year-old Resolved, became the only surviving widow out of the many families who perished that first winter. On May 12, 1621 Resolved’s mother Susanna married widower Edward Winslow, a Mayflower and later a Plymouth colony notable with whom she had five children, one of whom was Josiah Winslow, future Plymouth governor.

Thank you for your work on this person.
Big thank you to all the managers who worked on this. I'm stunned to find a direct ancestor on the Mayflower, and know I would not have been able to uncover this on my own. Many, many thanks to you and the managers who worked the Crapo line.
posted by Jenn Jackson
White-16542 and White-505 appear to represent the same person because: They appear to both be the Resolved White, born in Leiden, Netherlands & died in Massachusetts Colony.
posted by Lauren S

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