We have William Bradford to thank for taking pen in hand and keeping records of the early years. He wrote down the names of the passengers and did a separate accounting of the increasings and decreasings of these passengers thirty years later. Unfortunately, one piece of information he did not record in his history was the name of the ship Mayflower. It is known only from a 1623 land division in which settlers were listed under the name of the ship in which they came, viz: “The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May-floure”. This land division can be found in Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England (PCR, 12:306).
The following is Bradford’s list of passengers. I have included a (*) for those who are known to have been part of the Leyden congregation and a (+) for those who died the first winter. Although I have included the Carvers in this death count, he died in the spring and she in the summer.
The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families.
Mr. John Carver. *+ Katherine his wife*+. Desire Minter*; & 2 man-servants, John Howland, Roger Wilder. + William Latham, a boy. & a maid servant. & a child yt was put to him called, Jasper More. +_
Mr. William Brewster*. Mary, his wife*, with 2 sons, whose names were Love* and Wrasling. * and a boy was put to him called Richard More; and another of his brothers.+ the rest of his children were left behind & came over afterwards.
Mr. Edward Winslow* Elizabeth his wife, *+ & 2 men servants, called Georg Sowle, and Elias Story+; also a little girle was put to him called Ellen, + the sister of Richard More.
William Bradford*, and Dorathy his wife*+, having but one child, a sone left behind, who came afterward.
Mr. Isaack Allerton*, and Mary. His wife*+; with 3 children Bartholomew Remember, & Mary and a servant boy, John Hooke. +
Mr. Samuell fuller*; and a servant, called Wiliam Butten. + His wife was behind & a child, which came afterwards.
John Crakston*+ and his sone John Crakston*
Captin Myles Standish* and Rose, his wife*+
Mr. Christpher Martin+, and his wife+; and 2 servants, Salamon prower,+ and John Langemore.+
Mr. William Mullines,+ and his wife+; and 2 children Joseph,+ & priscila; and a servant Robart Carter.+
Mr. William White, *+ and Susana* his wife; and one sone called resolved, and one borne a ship-bord called perigriene; & 2 servants, named William Holbeck, + & Edward Thomson.+
Mr. Steven Hopkins, & Elizabeth his wife; and 2 children, called Giles, and Constanta a doughter, both by a former wife. And 2 more by this wife, called Damaris, & Oceanus, the last was borne at sea. And 2 servants, called Edward Doty, and Edward Litster.
Mr. Richard Warren, but his wife and children were lefte behind and came afterwards.
John Billinton, and Elen his wife: and 2 sones John, & Francis.
Edward Tillie, *+ and Ann his wife*+: and 2 childeren that were their cossens; Henery Samson, * and Humillity Coper.*
John Tillie, + and his wife+; and Elizabeth their doughter.
Francis Cooke, * and his sone John*; But his wife & other children came afterwards.
Thomas Rogers, *+ and Joseph his sone,* his other children came afterwards.
Thomas Tinker, *+ and his wife, *+ and a Sone.*+
John Rigdale+; and Alice his wife. +
Check out Bradford’s original list on the State Library of Massachusetts website.
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