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PILGRIM BIOGRAPHIES

Henry Samson—Overlooked Pilgrim Ancestor

At Compact Day and Thanksgiving Day celebrations when we are asked to stand as the names of our Pilgrim ancestors are read from the list of Compact signers, Henry Samson is often omitted. Have you been one of the ones not invited to "rise to the occasion" and honor your Pilgrim? Why does he, Richard More, and others get left out?

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Iassc Allerton 'Revealed'

Mayflower passenger Isaac Allerton, the first assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony (and as such second in power only to Bradford), was quite an entrepreneur. Robert Charles Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, called him "one of the busiest and most complicated men in early New England." And he truly was.

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Reflections on Isaac Allerton

Isaac Allerton and his sister Sarah were members of John Robinson's congregation in Leiden in 1609. As time passed the congregation recognized the extraordinary organizational abilities of Isaac Allerton. By the time the congregation left Holland Isaac had become one of its prominent members.

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Here Lyeth Richard More

Pilgrim Richard More, was one of two male children on the Mayflower who started family lines in America and yet were too young to sign the Mayflower Compact. (The other was Henry Samson.) Richard is further interesting as the Pilgrim who, landing with the Separatists in Plymouth on the South Shore, went on to become a genuine Puritan, an inhabitant of Salem on the North Shore.

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John and Elizabeth Howland

Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley were married in 1623/4. John was about thirty-one and Elizabeth was about sixteen. They spent their entire lives in Plymouth, and between them participated in every aspect of the Pilgrim experience from its beginning in Leiden up to the merger of the Bay and Plymouth colonies. This article is a retrospective summary of their lives and their contribution to Plymouth.

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Isaac Allerton in Marblehead, New Amsterdam and New Haven

The activities of Isaac Allerton in Leiden and Plymouth are well known. Well known also are the circumstances concerning his dismissal as Plymouth's London agent. The purpose of this article is to piece together information describing his activities after he left Plymouth in 1631 until his death in 1659.

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Myles Standish, Born Where? The State of the Question

Far more attention has been given to speculation about where Myles Standish was born than to consideration of his military experiences in the Low Countries before his emigration on the "Mayflower" to New England. Yet it is rarely remarked that the answer to the unresolved question of his birthplace has no demonstrable bearing on what is known of Standish's post-natal career or of his interaction with other Pilgrims and their acquaintances.

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Isaac Allerton: Saint, Sinner, Entrepreneur

Of the Mayflower passengers accorded biographies in the Dictionary of American Biography, the least considered by the public at large is Isaac Allerton (ca. 1586-1659). Yet Allerton was a proper Saint (Leyden Separatist), was fifth to sign the Mayflower Compact, and in the earliest years of Plymouth Colony was second only to Bradford in rank and power.

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A ‘Tilley Dilly,’ or ‘What’s in a Name?’

In his history, Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford included lists of the 1620 Mayflower passengers. Following the list of the passengers is a list recounting what had happened to them. This list is often referred to as the “decreasings” (i.e. deaths/departures) and “increasings” (i.e. births). He states that among the passengers were “Edward Tilley and his wife Ann.”

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