Mary

Female 1569 - 1627  (~ 57 years)


Personal Information

  • Name Mary  
    Born @1569  Doncaster, Yorkshire or Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    PASSENGER Dec 1620 
    Mayflower 
    Died 17 Apr 1627  Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The English origins of Mrs. Mary Brewster are not known. A number of theories have been proposed over the years, including maiden names such as Wentworth, Love, Wyrall, and others. However, no proof to support any of these theories has been found.

      We know that Mary was born about 1569, because she stated she was 40 years old in an affidavit filed in Leiden, Holland on 25 June 1609. She was presumably from the vicinity of Doncaster, Yorkshire or Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, as she married William Brewster there about 1592 and had their first son Jonathan born there a year later. She next had a daughter Patience, born about 1600 or somewhat earlier. About 1606, the church congregation began more formally meeting at the Scrooby manor, where she and husband William resided. About this time, pressure from the English authorities was mounting, and the meetings became more and more secretive. She gave birth to another daughter at this time, which they named Fear. The couple fled just over a year later for Holland with the other members of the congregation, and in Leiden they buried an unnamed child: presumably one that had died in infancy. In 1611, she gave birth to a son they named Love, and two or three years later gave birth to their last son, which they named Wrestling.

      Mary came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 with husband William, and her two youngest children Love and Wrestling. Mary was one of only five adult women to survive the first winter, and one of only four women to survive to the so-called "first" Thanksgiving in 1621. Son Jonathan Brewster joined the family in November 1621, arriving at Plymouth on the ship Fortune. Daughters Patience and Fear came on the ship Anne in 1623. Mary died in 1627 at Plymouth, having reached about the age of 60. Husband William survived her, and would live another 17 years before he died.
    Person ID I2396  Root Tree
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2010 

    Family Elder William Brewster,   b. @1566/1567, probably Doncaster, Yorkshire, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married @1592  probably Scrooby, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Brewster,   b. 12 Aug 1593, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1659, New London, Connecticutt Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Patience Brewster,   b. @1600, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     3. Fear Brewster,   b. @1606
     4. unnamed child who died young Brewster,   d. 1609, Leyden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Love Brewster,   b. 1611, Leiden, HOLLAND Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Wrestling Brewster,   b. 1613-1614, Leyden, HOLLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1644  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2010 20:40:42 
    Family ID F832  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart