About The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims

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The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations, or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the "saints" and "strangers".

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Pilgrim History

The Pilgrims were a group of English people who came to America seeking religious freedom during the reign of King James I. After two attempts to leave England and move to Holland, a Separatist group was finally relocated to Amsterdam where they stayed for about one year. From there the group moved to the town of Leiden, Holland, where they remained for about ten years, able to worship as they wished under lenient Dutch law.

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Children on the Mayflower

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There were a number of children among the passengers of the Mayflower. This was of great importance to the survival of Plymouth Colony. Many of the children had become accustomed to hard labor since they needed to work in Leiden to help support their families. As with many immigrant families in 17th century Holland, the Pilgrim fathers were generally hired for the lowest paying occupations.

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Notable Descendants

Notable Descendants

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While it is believed that these people are Mayflower descendants, not all have membership in GSMD or have been vetted by the Historian General's office.



PRESIDENTS & VICE PRESIDENTS


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John Adams (1735-1826): 2nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William Mullins.

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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848): 6th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William Mullins.

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George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- ): 41st President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke and John Tilley.

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George W. Bush (1946- ): 43rd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke, John Tilley and Henry Samson.

♦ Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933): 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.

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Charles Curtis (1860-1936): 31st Vice President under Herbert Hoover. Descendant of Pilgrim Peter Browne.

Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951): 30th Vice President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

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James A. Garfield (1831-1881): 20th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim John Billington.

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Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885): U.S. General & 18th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren.

Hannibal Hamlin (1809-1891): 15th Vice President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979): 41st Vice President of the United States, 49th Governor of New York. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945): 32nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton, Francis Cooke, John Howland, Degory Priest, John Tilley and Richard Warren.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850): 12th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton and William Brewster.


STATESMEN/WOMEN

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John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953- ): 43rd Governor of Florida. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke, John Tilley and Henry Samson.

Howard Brush Dean III (1948- ): Physician, 79th Governor of Vermont, U.S. Representative. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

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Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796): Signer of the United States Constitution. Descendant of Pilgrim John Howland.

Daniel Leonard (1740–1829): Lawyer from colonial Massachusetts and a Loyalist in the American Revolution; Chief Justice of Bermuda (1782 – 1806); and in 1821 revealed himself to be "Massachusettensis." Descendant of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

♦ Robert Treat Paine (March 11, 1731 – May 11, 1814): Signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. Descendant of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins.

John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904-1982): U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Publisher of the New York Herald Tribune. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Frances Perkins Wilson (born Fannie Coralie Perkins) (1880–1965): U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. CabinetDescendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren.

CELEBRITIES

Countess Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump (1841-1919): Wife of Tom Thumb. Descendant of Pilgrim John Billington.

Julia Child (1912-2004): American Chef. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (1903-1977): Actor, Singer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

George Robert "Bob" Crosby (1913-1993): Big Band Leader, Vocalist, Brother to Bing. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Alonzo Hersford “Lon” Cushing, Lieutenant Colonel (1841–1863): Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014, 151 years after his death at the Battle of Gettysburg, defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, Francis Cooke, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, William Mullins and Richard Warren.

George Eastman (1854-1932): Inventor of the Kodak camera and roll film. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood (1930- ): Actor, Director, Producer, Composer, Politician. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Richard Gere (1949- ): Actor. Descendant of Pilgrims John Billington and William Brewster.

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944): American Graphic Artist, Creator of the Gibson Girl. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Hugh Hefner (1926- ): Publisher, Founder of Playboy magazine. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Ashley Tyley Ciminella Judd (1968- ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

John Lithgow (1945- ): Actor, Musician, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

George B. McClellan (1826-1885): Major-General, Commander of the Union Forces, Civil War. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962): Actress, Model. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Grandma Moses(born Anna Mary Robertson) (1860–1961): Renowned Americanfolk artist. Having begun painting in earnest at the age of 78. Descendant of Pilgrim Francis Cooke. [G#     DC#    ]

Christopher D'Oiler Reeve (1952-2004): Actor, "Superman". Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Eliphalet Remington (1793–1861): Founder of Remington Arms Company. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.

Cokie Roberts (1943- ): Journalist, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Deborah Sampson (1760-1827): Woman who served in the Continental Army disguised as a man during the Revolutionary War. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (1926- ): Publisher of the New York Times (1963-1992). Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, William Bradford.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933): Artist and Designer. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

John Trumbull (1756-1843): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (1899-1992): Producer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Dick Van Dyke (1925- ): Actor, Comedian, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Jerry Van Dyke (1931 - ): Actor, Comedian. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

George Orson Welles (1915-1985): Actor, Director, Producer. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Joanne Woodward (1930- ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

WRITERS/POETS

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Ina Donna Coolbrith (born Josephine Donna Smith) (1841–1928): Americanpoet, writer, librarian, and a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. Called the "Sweet Singer of California", she was the first California Poet Laureate and the first poet laureate of any American state. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982): Poet, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Phillips Brooks (1835–1893): Episcopal clergyman, Rector of Boston's Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of Massachusetts, lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Descendant of Pilgrims William Brewster, John Howland and John Tilley.

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (1937- ): American Novelist. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Noah Webster (1758-1843): Lexicographer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

ROYALTY

Marie-Chantal Miller (1968- ): Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.


Updated 12/10/2015



Pilgrim Family Societies

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Many descendants like to get involved with the family society devoted to their Mayflower ancestor in addition to joining GSMD. As a member of GSMD, you can easily join one of these family societies.

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