Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I40064
  • Name: John ALDEN
  • RELA: Spouse of 4th cousin 13x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1598 AND 1599 in England
  • Death: 12 DEC 1687 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA
  • Occupation: Cooper
  • Event: Fact 11 NOV 1620 Signed the May Flower Compact
  • Event: Immigration 1620 Mayflower
  • Note:
    According to Bradford, he was hired on as a Cooper aboard the Mayflower at Southampton, England.
    John Alden died leaving no will, and the thirty-first of October the inventory of his estate was taken by his son Jonathan, who was appointed administrator on the eighth of November. John Alden had deeded certain parcels of land to his children during his lifetime, and since the inventory mentions no real estate it must all have been distributed before his death. This accounts for the smallness of the estate, only 49 17s. 6d.
    In June of 1660, Plymouth Records show that "In regard that Mr. Alden is low in his estate, and occasioned to spend much time and the courts on the country's occasions, and so hath done this many years, the Court have allowed him a small gratuity, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid by the Treasurer."
    John Alden was an assistant for the Plymouth colony for many years,
    and was deputy governor for two years. His marriage to Priscilla Mullins
    was the subject of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, "The
    Courtship of Myles Standish", which although a classic has little factual
    basis. John and Priscilla were among the founders of the town
    of Duxbury.

    Marriage 1 Priscilla MULLINS b: 1602 in Dorking, Surrey, England
    • Married: 12 MAY 1622 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    1. Has Children Elizabeth ALDEN b: BET 1623 AND 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    2. Has Children John ALDEN b: 22 MAY 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    3. Has Children Joseph ALDEN b: 22 MAY 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    4. Has Children Priscilla ALDEN b: ABT 1628 in England
    5. Has Children Jonathan ALDEN b: ABT 1632 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    6. Has Children Sarah ALDEN b: BET 1629 AND 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
    7. Has Children Ruth ALDEN b: BET 1634 AND 1638 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA
    8. Has No Children Mary ALDEN b: 1638
    9. Has Children Rebecca ALDEN b: BET 1640 AND 1644 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA
    10. Has Children David ALDEN b: BET 1642 AND 1646 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA
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