Resolved White Sr

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

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Resolved White Sr
Born about in Englandmap
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 Colonymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 18 Nov 2019 | Created 14 Sep 2010
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William White, wife Susanna, son Resolved, and Perigriene (born aboard), 2 servants (William Holbeck, Edward Thomson) [1]



The English origins of the White family have recently been discovered and published. [2] [3] 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.


Born: About 1615 in Leiden, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
Deposed aged 59 in 1674 and aged 63 in 1678.
The birth record of Resolved White has never been found. He was almost certainly born in Leiden where his parents had been living since 1608. 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.[4]

Marriage and Children

Married: 1st - Judith Vassall, daughter of William Vassall, on 18 April 1640 in Scituate, Massachusetts. [5] 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. [6] The reason for the discrepancy between these two dates is not known.
Married: 2nd - Abigail Unknown, widow of William Lord, on October 5, 1674 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.[4][7]
Children of Resolved White and Judith Vassal: [8][9]
  1. William White son of Resolved, Scituate, April 10, 1642 [8]
  2. John White son of Resolved, Scituate, 11th March 1644[8]
  3. Samuel White son of Resolved, Scituate, 13 March 1646 [8]
  4. Resolved White son of Resolved, Scituate 12 November 1647 [8]
  5. Anna (White) Hayward daughter of Resolved, Scituate 4 June 1649 [8]
  6. Elizabeth (White) Wheeler daughter of Resolved, Scituate, 4 June 1652 [8]
  7. Josiah White son of Resolved, Scituate, 29 September 1654 [8]
  8. Susannah (White) Johnson[citation needed]


Died: After 19 September 1687 presumably in Marshfield, Plymouth Colony.
Burial: Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.[10]
It is assumed Resolved was still living on 19 Sep 1687 when 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." [11]
Noted Pilgrim researcher George Bowman stated that Resolved White died between 1690 and 1694. [12] 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. As was not uncommon in the time, it appears likely he had already given away all of his land and possessions to his children and had no need of a will.


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Footnotes and citations:
  1. Bradford's list of Mayflower Passengers
  2. The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 2 (April 2017): 81-94.
  3. The American Genealogist, vol. 89 no. 3 (July 2017): 168-188.
  4. 4.0 4.1 E.g. Lainhart:: Vol. 13 (2006), William White, page 3
  5. Plymouth Colony Records, vol. 8 (1857): Page 19.
  6. Scituate Vital Records, vol 2 (1909): Page 325.
  7. Lord, The Massachusetts Vital Records Project: Abigaile, wid., and Resolved White, 5: 8m: 1674 [8m in 1674 would be October]
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Records of the Colony of New Plymouth
  9. WikiTree was source for children listed (profiles attached as his children as of Feb. 9, 2016). His Find a Grave memorial says they had eight children, but does not give a source.
  10. Find a Grave memorial #16671222 for Resolved White. Does not include sources, but photograph of memorial marker included; caution needed with memorial markers, as they are not a contemporary record.
  11. Pilgrim Notes and Queries, volume 5 (1917): page 87.
  12. The Mayflower Descendant, volume 2 (1900): page 120.
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
  • Wikipedia:Resolved_White
  • Mayflower Society record for William White family
  • 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
  • Early Massachusetts Vital Records 1600-1849
  • Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1909) Vol. 2 Marriages and Deaths: White Resolved and Judith Vassall d William Nov 5, 1640. [Apr 8, 1640 P.C.R]
  • The Massachusetts Vital Records Project (accessed Feb. 9, 2016)
    • Surname index for White does not include Scituate (town or county)
    • page for Salem/White does not have William m Abigail
    • page for Scituate (Plymouth County) did not include a listing for White, Vassal, or Lord
  • William Bradford's list of "Decreasings and Increasings," 1650. Vol. 1 (1899), page 10, Entry # 6."The 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)
  • Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004)
  • Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 (Ancestry Publication)
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon. Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985) Resolved White, Birth 1614; Marriage to Judith Vassall, 5 Nov 1640, Scituate, Plymouth Colony (Plymouth County, MA); Death About 1685
  • White, Thomas. Ancestral Chronological Record of the William White Family (Republican Press Assoc., Concord, N.H., 1895) Page 25: "He is supposed to have been six years of age at the time of the Mayflower's arrival."
  • Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England (AMS Press, New York, 1855) Pub. Baltimore 1976 Transcribed by Claire Dietz Plymouth Page 213 Births
  • The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 Vol. III p. 1980-1981 (White family). Charles C. Anderson NEHGS 1995.

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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

posted by Alton Rogers
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
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

Rejected matches › Resolved White (abt.1784-)

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