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William WHITE
Susanna FULLER
(Abt 1594-1680)
Peregrine WHITE


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Peregrine WHITE

  • Born: 20 Nov 1620, Cape Cod Harbor 1 2 3
  • Married: 24 Dec 1646, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA
  • Died: 20 Jul 1704, Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA 2 4 5

   General Notes:

Peregrine was born in the cabin of the "Mayflower" as she lay in the Cape Cod Harbor, November 20, 1620, and received his name from the fact that he was born during the journey or peregrination. The event is of historical interest, as he was the first child of English parents born in a New England colony, the first native of English parents. He was brought up in the family of Governor Edward Winslow in Plymouth colony. He came to Green Harbor with the Winslow family in 1632.

Peregrine settled on an estate given to him by Mr. Bassett, lying between North and South rivers and not far from the ocean. This tract was granted early to Bassett who was one of the land committee of the Plymouth colony and who became a large landowner. Mr. Bassett resided in Duxbury, Sandwich and Bridgewater. White settled in Marshfield. He was admitted a freeman in 1644. In 1637 he was one of the thirty volunteers from Plymouth Colony to help the Massachusetts Bay colonists in the Pequot war. He held various offices of trust and honor. He was a rater (assessor) from 1651 to 1655. In November 1651, they voted at the town meeting that Mr. White look to "all such persons as live disorderly in the township and give them warning in case they do not redress their course of life that he shall use such means to redress such abuses as he finds in such persons." He was a deputy to the general court in 1659 and 1673, a grand juror in 1660, a selectman in 1661, 1665, 1672. He was on a committee to lay out highways in 1667 and was one of the council of war in 1673, after which he had the title of captain. He died July 20, 1704, and his wife Sarah, January 20, 1711. His will was dated July 14, 1704, and is published in the "Mayflower Descendants."

The Boston Newsletter of Monday, July 31, 1704 gives the following obituary: "Marshfield, July 22, Capt. Peregrine White of this Town, Aged Eighty three years, and Eight Months; died the 20th Instant. He was vigorous and of a comly Aspect to the last; Was the S on of Mr. William White and Susanna his Wife;' born on board the "Mayflower", Capt. Jones Commander, in Cape Cod Harbour, November 1620. Was the First Englishman born in New-England. Altho he was in the former part of his Life extravagant; yet was much Reform'd in his last years; and died hopefully.: The place of his burial and that of most other "Mayflower" passengers in unknown.


1. Will; 14 Jul 1704. The fourteenth day of July Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and four.

I Peregrine White of Marshfield in ye County of Plimouth in New England Being aged and under many Weaknesses and Bodily Infirmities But of Sound disposing mind and memory praises be Rendered to Almighty God therefore yet in dayly Expectation of my Great Change Do herefore hereby make and Declare this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking and making null any former Will or Wils by me heretofore made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament and no other--

Imprimis I Humbly Commit my Soul to Almighty God that Gave it and my Body to decent Buriall and it Shall Please him to take me hence And Touching my Worldy Estate which it hath pleased the Lord to Bless me with my Will and meaning is that ye same Shall be imployed and disposed as followeth that is to say after my just debts and funerall expenses are payd and discharged by my Executors hereafter named and same shall be Imployed as herein is expressed Item I Give and Bequeath to Sarah my welbeloved Wife all my Goods and Chattels not otherways disposed of by this my Will the same to be for her Support and Comfort for and during ye term of her naturall Life. Item I having already by Deed under my hand and Seal Dated the 19th day of August 1674 Given and Confirmed to my Eldest Son Daniel White my Tenement or Homestead with other my land and Rights of Land in ye Township of Marshfield with ye Exceptions and Reservations therein mentioned--All which lands and premisses I hereby futher Confirm unto him according to ye true meaning of ye said Deed And I do hereby further Give and Bequeath to my said Son Daniell my Great table and fourms my Joynworke Bedstead and Cupboard Also I give unto my said son Daniel ye one moiety or half of my lands and Rights of land in ye Township of Middleborough Always provided that in Consideration thereof he the said Daniel Keep for the use of my said wife both Sumer and Winter one Cow during ye life of my said wife Item I having enjoyned ye said Daniel to pay unto my Daughters Sarah and Mercy each of them ye sum of Ten pounds as in ye above Recited Deed is mentioned. It is my will tha twhat is behind and unpaid by him be duly paid to them out of his Estate according to ye meaning of ye said Deed. Item I Give and Bequeath the other moiety or half my land and Rights of land in ye Township of Middleborough to my two sons Jonathan and Peregrine to be equally parted betweene them I further Give to my said son Jonathan my Rapier and to his Eldest son I Give my Gun. Item It is my will that all my said Goods and Chattels that shall be remaining at my wife her decease be Equally parted between my four children namely Jonathan Peregrine Sarah and Mercy And further it is my will that Sarah my wife enjoy that part of ye Dwelling house that I now live in and enjoy And I hereby Give her the one third of ye Rents and profits of ye land contayned in ye above Recited Deed to hold to her during ye term of her Naturall life. And lastly I hereby nominate and Appoint my said Wife and my said Eldest Son Daniel joynt Executors of this my last Will and Testament And do Request my Good friends and Neighbors Samuel Sprague Senior and John Dogget to be overseers thereof and be helpfull in ye advising of my wife to such methods as may conduce to her comfortable subsistance while she lives In Testimony whereof and in confirmation of ye promisses I ye said Peregrine White have hereunto set my hand and seal on ye Day and year above Written. Item before sealing I Give to Each of my sd Daughters one painted chair and a cushion.

Signed sealed and Declared In ye Presence of

Saml Sprague Thomas Dogget

Mary Joyce her mark

P W The mark of Peregrine White

   Marriage Information:

Peregrine married Sarah BASSETT, daughter of William BASSETT and Elizabeth TILDEN, on 24 Dec 1646 in Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA. (Sarah BASSETT was born about 1630 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA and died on 20 Jan 1710/11 in Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA 2 6.)

   Marriage Notes:

On 6 March 1648/49 Peregrine White and his wife Sarah, both of Marshfield, were fined for fornication before marriage.


1 Bullard and Allied Families, Edgar J. Bullard, Bullard and Allied Families, (Private Publisher, Detroit 1930). , Pg. 194.

2 New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume III, William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Third Series, Volume III, (1915. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996). , Pg. 1362.

3 Genesis of the White Family, Emma Siggins White, Genesis of the White Family, (Kansas City, MO: Tiernan-Dart Printing Co., 1920). , Pg. 49.

4 Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691, Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, FASG, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691, (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1986). , Part Three: Biographical Sketches.

5 Boston Weekly News Letter, Boston Weekly News Letter. , Dated July 31, 1704.

6 Genealogy of the White Family, Thomas and Samuel White, Genealogy of the White Family, (Republican Press Association. Concord. 1895). , Pg. 51.

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