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William WHITE

  • Born: 10 Nov 1591, England
  • Married: 27 Jan 1611/12, Leyden, Netherlands 1 2
  • Died: 21 Feb 1621/22, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 3 4 5

   General Notes:


MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS section on William White family by Ruth and Robert Sherman, officers of Mayflower Society and descendants of William. - - "Little is known about Pilgrim William White. Governor Bradford says that among the Mayflower passengers were 'Mr. William White and Susanna, his wife, and one son called Resolved, and one born a-shipboard called Peregrine, and two servants named William Holbeck and Edward Thompson.' In 1651, he added that 'Mr. White and his two servants died soon after their landing. His wife married with Mr. Winslow.... His two sons are married and Resolved hath five children, Peregrine two, all living. So their increase is seven." "William and Susanna White left England with a son Resolved. At Cape Cod, on November 11, 1620 according to the old calendar, William was one of the forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact. Two to three weeks later son Peregrine was born, the first English birth in Plymouth Colony. Susanna was widowed in February. She became the first colony bride in May, marrying Edward Winslow, a Mayflower passenger before who had lost his wife a few weeks. At least four children were born to Susanna and Edward."

"About 1638, the Winslows with young Peregrine and Resolved White, moved to Green Harbor, now called Marshfield. Edward Winslow rose to prominence as Governor of Plymouth Colony, became Colony representative to England, and at last was persuaded to use his diplomatic skills for Oliver Cromwell, heading a joint commission with the Dutch to award reparations for damage caused to Danish ships. Interesting though it may be to imagine Susanna sharing those years in London with him, a host to officials from various governments, no evidence has been found to show that she accompanied her husband on any of his trips to England. One of the few extant documents mentioning her by name is a "bill of sale" in which 'Susanna Winslow, wife of Mr. Edward Winslow of Marshfield and his Agent in this tyme of is Absence in England' sold for ten years the services of an Indian man. The agreement was dated 12 (11) 1647, that is 22 Jan. 1648 by our calendar."

"Edward spent the last six years of is life in England. His will in 1654 as a resident of London, leaves his land in New England to son Josiah "hee allowing to my wife a full third parte thereof for her life also." If Susanna was living in London at that time, it would have been natural to provide for her there as well." No further record of Susanna has been found. She must have died before 1675 when her son Josiah Winslow made no proviso for her in his will, although he made bequests to numerous relatives and friends....Susanna (----)(White) Winslow was not the sister of Dr. Samuel Fuller as is often claimed. Samuel and Edward Fuller who came on the Mayflower were sons of Robert of Redenhall, England. Robert had no daughter Susanna."

"For many years genealogists have assumed that Pilgrim William White spent his early married years in Holland, marrying at Leiden in 1612 and burying children there in 1615 and 1616. A critical examination of Leiden sources casts heavy doubt on this assumption."


1. Immigration; 1620; Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA. Arrived on the ship 'Mayflower'

2. Occupation. 6 7 Woolcarder

3. Will; 1654.

   Marriage Information:

William married Susanna FULLER, daughter of Robert FULLER and Frances BLACKWELL, on 27 Jan 1611/12 in Leyden, Netherlands 1 2. (Susanna FULLER was born about 1594 in Redenhall, Co. Norfolk, England, died on 1 Oct 1680 in Marshfield, Plymouth Co., MA 3 and was buried in Oct 1680 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA 8.)

   Marriage Notes:

Willian and Susanna were passengers on the Mayflower, and the mother of Peregrine White, born while the ship lay at anchor in Cape Cod harbor.

The "Mayflower Descendants" published a transcript of the marriage records. The following is the record in England: "Entered XXVI Jan. 1612. William White, wool comber, unmarried man, from England, accompanied by William Jepson and Samuel Fuller, his acquaintances, with Ann Fuller, single woman, also from England, accompanied by Rosamond Jepson and Sarah Priest, her acquaintances. They were married before Jasper Van Bamhem and William Cornelius. Tybault, sheriffs, this 11th Feb. 1612." The banns were entered at the recording office January 27, 1612, and published on the following three Saturdays, January 28, February 4 and 11, as shown by the entries. See Leyden Records, book B, folio 8. One child, Resolved, was born in Leyden. They came in the "Mayflower" and their second child, Peregrine, was born on board the ship in Cape Cod harbor in November, 1620. They brought two servants (apprentices), William Holbeck and Edward Thomson, both of whom died soon after landing. White died, February 21, 1621-22, and his widow married (second) Governor Edward Winslow, who also came in the "Mayflower." She died October 1, 1680. Both Resolved and Peregrine had many descendants.


1 Photostat of the Original Marriage Record in Leyden, Holland, Photostat of the Original Marriage Record in Leyden, Holland.

2 Genealogy of the White Family, Thomas and Samuel White, Genealogy of the White Family, (Republican Press Association. Concord. 1895). , Pg. 50.

3 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.

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 Genesis of the White Family, Emma Siggins White, Genesis of the White Family, (Kansas City, MO: Tiernan-Dart Printing Co., 1920). , Pgs. 49 & 50.

6 Ibid., Pg. 50.

7 The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, Charles Edward Banks, (1929. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1962). , Pg. 94.

8 Genealogy of Some Descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller of the Mayflower, William Hyslop Fuller, Genealogy of Some Descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller of the Mayflower, (C. B. Fiske & Co., Palmer, MA, 1910). , Pg. 10.

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