_Richard ALDEN ______ | _George ALDEN _______| | (1575 - ....) | | |_____________________ | | |--John Blunden ALDEN | (1599 - 1687) | _____________________ | | |_Jane _______________| | |_____________________
William Bradford wrote, in his history Of Plymouth Plantation: "John Alden was hired for a cooper [barrel maker] at Southampton where the ship [Mayflower] victualed, and being a hopeful young man was much desired but left to his own liking to go or
stay when he came here; but he stayed and married here." and later wrote "John Alden married Priscilla, Mr. Mullin's daughter, and had issue by her as is before related."
John Alden was an assistant for the Plymouth colony for many years, and was deputy governor for two years. His marriage to Priscilla Mullins was the subject of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, "The Courtship of Myles Standish", which although a
classic has little factual basis. John and Priscilla were among the founders of the town of Duxbury.
In 1634, John Alden was on the Kennebec River assisting in the forceful removal of John Hocking who was illegally fishing and trading on land that had been granted to the Pilgrims. Hockings refused to leave, and when the party arrived at his ship by
canoe to board and remove him, he shot and killed Moses Talbot. In return, Hockings was shot and killed. The Massachusetts Bay Colony took matters into its own hands, and arrested John Alden (even though he was not the one who fired the shot). Myles
Standish was sent by Governor Bradford to obtain Alden's release, which he successfully did.
In his later years, John Alden was on many juries, including even a witch trial--though in Plymouth's case, the jury found the accuser guilty of libel and the alleged witch was allowed to go free. Plymouth Colony only had two witch trials during its
history, and in both cases the accuser was found guilty and punished.
John and Priscilla Alden probably have the largest number of descendants of any Mayflower passenger, but with stiff competition from Richard Warren and John Howland. They are ancestors to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, poet Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, and Vice President Dan Quayle.
John Alden's House built in 1653 still stands, and tours are given by the Alden Kindred of America.
_Charles HOWELL _____+ | (1721 - 1759) _John HOWELL ________| | (1755 - 1830) m 1793| | |_Deborah JESSUP _____ | (1723 - 1765) | |--Jane Williamson HOWELL | (1794 - 1883) | _____________________ | | |_Eleanore SEELY _____| (1774 - 1855) m 1793| |_____________________
Descendants of Edward Howell
Descendants of Edward Howell
_Edward LEWIS _______+ | _John LEWIS _________| | | | |_Hannah COBB ________+ | | |--Gershom LEWIS | | _John HUCKINS _______+ | | |_Elizabeth HUCKINS __| | |_Hope CHIPMAN _______+
_John PALMER ________+ | (1544 - ....) _Walter PALMER ______| | | | |_Elizabeth VERNEY ___+ | | |--William PALMER | | _Thomas BLOSSOM _____ | | (1568 - ....) |_Frances BLOSSOM ____| | |_Ann PALMER _________+
_Richard SANBORN ____+ | (1654 - 1759) _John Benjamin SANBORN _| | | | |_Ruth MOULTON _______+ | | |--Sarah SANBORN | | _James PHILBRICK ____ | | |_Sarah PHILBRICK _______| | |_Hannah PERKINS _____+