By Joan Reed Miller

Date of birth: unknown, probably in Hertford, England
Baptized: unknown
Marriage: Elizabeth Walker, 14 April 1610, England
Children: Seven (7)
1. Mary b. about 1610, married Robert Bartlett
2. Anna b. about 1612, married Thomas Little
3. Sarah b. by 1613, married John Cooke
4. Elizabeth b. about 1616, married Richard Church
5. Abigail b. about 1618, married Anthony Snow
6. Nathaniel b. about 1624, married Sarah Walker
7. Joseph b. about 1626, married Priscilla Faunce
Death: 1628, Plymouth, MA
Burial Site: unknown


'The signing of the Mayflower Compact', bas-relief memorial in Provincetown, MA

  • The date and place of his birth is unknown. He married in England 14 April 1610, Elizabeth; baptized Sept 1583 and died 22 October 1673 at Plymouth aged above 90 years.
  • Richard Warren came from London and was called a merchant of that city. He came alone as one of the "Strangers" that joined the Pilgrims in Southampton to sail on the Mayflower.
  • He was among the 10 passengers of the landing party with Myles Standish at Cape Cod 11 November 1620, and one of the third exploring party which was surprised by the Indians, 8 December 1620, at spot later known as "The First Encounter."
  • Under the land division of 1623, Richard Warren's apportionment, as one of the 'Mayflower' passengers, fell in the north side of the town with William White, Edward Winslow, John Goodman, John Crackston, John Alden, Marie Chilton, Captain Myles Standish, Francis Eaton, Henry Sampson and Humilitie Cooper.
  • He was one of the nineteen signers of the Compact who survived the first winter. A contemporaneous authority described him as 'grave Richard Warren, a man if integrity, justice and uprightness, of piety and serious religion,' and as a useful instrument during the short time he lived, bearing a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the plantation'.
  • Richard Warren was in the party that explored the outer cape in early Dec 1620; he was described as being of London.

  • Very little is known about Richard Warren's life in America. He came alone on the Mayflower in 1620, leaving behind his wife and five daughters. They came to him on the ship Anne in 1623.
  • In the 1623 Plymouth division of land, Richard Warren received two acres of land "on the North side of the town next adjoining to their gardens" one for coming on the Mayflower and one for his wife on the Anne. He also received five acres of land "on the other side of the town towards the Eel River" for his daughters who came on the Anne."
  • The 22 May 1627 Division of Cattle names Richard Warren, wife Elizabeth Warren, Nathaniell Warren, Joseph Warren, Mary Warren, Anna Warren, Sara Warren, Elizabeth Warren and Abigail Warren.
  • In his accounting of the passengers of the Mayflower, Bradford included "Mr. Richard Warren, but his wife and children were left behind and came afterwards." As of 1651, Bradford reported that "Mr. Richard Warren lived dome four or five years and had his wife come over to him, by whom he had two sons before he died, and one of them is married and hath two children. So his increase is four. But he had five daughters more came over with his wife, who are all married and living, and have many children.
  • Richard Warren was bestowed the prefix of Mr. (Master) by Gov. Bradford, used in those times to distinguish someone of good birth or achievement. He is believed to have been a man of station though Bradford mentions him only briefly in his text of Plymouth's history.
  • Richard Warren is unusual because, although Bradford in his "decreasings and increasings" gives him the honorific title "Mr." he does not mention him at all in the text of his history, and very little is known about him except for a few brief mentions elsewhere.
  • The only record of his death being found in Nathaniel Morton's 1669 book New England's Memorial, in which he writes: "This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who was an useful instrument and during his life bare a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the first settlement of the Plantation of New Plymouth."
  • All of Richard Warren's children survived to adulthood, married, and had large families: making Richard Warren one of the most common Mayflower passengers to be descended from.
  • Richard Warren's descendants include such notables as Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alan B. Shepard, Jr. the first American in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon.


General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (Silver Books)
Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Families of the Pilgrims - Richard Warren (2nd Revision, 1986)
Caleb Johnson's