Gilbert Winslow
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Gilbert Winslow (1600 - 1631)

Gilbert Winslow
Born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Died in Ludlow, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Gilbert Winslow, son of Edward and Magdalen (Oliver) Winslow was baptized at St. Peter's Church, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, 29 October 1600, and born the Sunday before.[1][2][3] Gilbert was the brother of Edward Winslow, Governor of the Plymouth Colony.

"Gilbart" Winslow embarked on the Mayflower and made the journey to New England in 1620.[4] William Bradford's list of passengers includes Gilbert in a group of other men "Edmond Margeson, Peter Browne, Richard Britterige, Richard Clarke, Richard Gardenar, Gilbart Winslow," "strangers," who were not among the higher class, but not servants. In this case "strangers" are defined as those persons who were residents of England (not Leiden Church members) when they joined the Mayflower. They generally had some connection to a church member or to the merchants underwriting the voyage.[5]

Gilbert signed the "Mayflower Compact" in Nov 1620.[6] In the 1623 Plymouth land division "Gilbard Winslow" received one acre, on the south side of the brook, because he had been a Mayflower passenger.[7]

William Bradford in 1650/1 recorded that Gilbert Winslow lived in Plymouth for "divers years" before he "returned into England and died there".[4] Gilbert was not listed in the 1627 cattle division.[7]

Gilbert was buried 11 Oct 1631, in Ludlow, co. Salop (ie. Shropshire). His brother Edward, visiting at the time, administered his intestate estate, valued at £30 6s 6d. Records do not indicate a wife or children. [8]

1 Jun 1663, the Plymouth Court acknowledged that Gilbert Winslow, deceased, was a first-comer, and had a right to land as such and his heirs should look for a parcel of land and propose it for the court's approval.[9] The 1673 inventory of Kenelm Winslow lists "The one half of the portion of land Granted by the Court to him and his brother Josiah Winslow upon the accoumpt of thiere Bother Gilbert"[10]


  1. "Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Edward Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4:297. (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1850.) The data on the early Winslow Family came from a family record, in an ancient Bible, possessed in 1850 by Mr. Isaac Winslow, descendant of Edward Winslow.
  2. Appleton, William S. "English Ancestry of the Winslow Family. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 21: 210 Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1867. This is a confirmation of the Bible records from St. Peter's church Droitwich. "1600. October 29. Gilbert Wynslowe sonne of Edward Wynslowe baptized & borne the Sunday next before.
  3. Birth date Calculation: Most of the online day of the week calculators show the 29th to be a Sunday. Example Gilbert's birth would have been 22 Oct 1600. However at least one calculator shows the 29th to be a Wednesday, making Gilbert's birth the 26th.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation (Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856) p. 449 "Moyses Fletcher, John Goodman, Thomas Williams, Digerie Preist, Edmond Margeson, Peter Browne, Richard Britterige, Richard Clarke, Richard Gardenar, Gilbart Winslow," ; p. 454 "Gilbert Winslow, after diverse years aboad here, returned into England, and dyed ther."
  5. Johnson, Caleb. "New Light on William Bradford's Passenger List of the Mayflower" The American Genealogist 80:98, 99 Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  6. Prince, Thomas. A Chronological History of New England (Cummings, Hilliard and Co., 1736) Vol 1 p. 86
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pulsifer, David (ed.) Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England; printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by New Plymouth Colony. Vol. 12 Deeds, &c. Vol. 1 1620-1651 & Book of Indian Records for their lands. (Boston: Press of William White, 1861) 1623 p. 4 1627, p. 8+
  8. Thompson, Neil D. "The English Burial and Estate Administration of Gilbert Winslow of Plymouth Colony." The American Genealogist 81:246 (2006) Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  9. Shurtleff, Nathaniel Bradstreet. Records of the colony of New Plymouth, in New England; printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by New Plymouth Colony, by Shurtleff and David Pulsifer Vol. 4 Court Orders 1661-1668 (New York: AMS Press, 1855) p. 40
  10. Plymouth Colony records, wills, 1633-1686, vols. 1-4 Wills, vols. 1-4, 1633-1686. Volume 3 p. 57
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004). p. 510 free Link at AmericanAncestors
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.) Vol 3, P-W, p. 2026. Same as Pilgrim Migration.
  • Bradford, William, 1590-1657. Of Plimoth Plantation: manuscript, 1630-1650. State Library of Massachusetts "List of Mayflower Passengers." In Bradford's Hand.
  • Johnson, Caleb H. The Mayflower and Her Passengers. (Caleb H. Johnson, 2006) p. 261
  • Caleb Johnson's
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 March 2020), memorial page for Gilbert Winslow (26 Oct 1600–Oct 1631), Find A Grave: Memorial #155063665, ; Maintained by Sprague (contributor 47471891) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Oct. 1631: Buried in Ludlow, Shropshire, England. Note: No specific burial, no stone. Lists his birth as the 26th which is disputed, it may be the 22nd. Lists death as Oct 1631.

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