Mayflower Descendant

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Mayflower Descendant—a journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history—is one of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy.

The journal is published twice per year, in winter and summer. Each issue is approximately 100 pages plus an annual every-name index in summer.

The result of an agreement with the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (MSMD), the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will assume a ten-year stewardship of the venerable journal the Mayflower Descendant.

First published in 1899 by George Ernest Bowman, founder of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, which published the journal until now, the Mayflower Descendant has long been a highly regarded source of scholarship relating to Mayflower families and related genealogies, their origins in England, and their lives and places of residence in America, from the earliest settlements to their migrations north and westward. Under NEHGS, the Mayflower Descendant will continue to be a significant source of genealogical and historical scholarship and will maintain the Descendant’s historic standards.

The main subjects we hope to explore in this and in forthcoming issues are the following:

  • Further genealogical analysis of Pilgrim families in New England and their origins in England and Holland.
  • Towns in Plymouth Colony, England, and Holland with which Pilgrims are associated (similar to items in The Great Migration Newsletter).
  • Genealogical summaries of families in eastern Massachusetts into which Mayflower descendants married, with which they were often associated, or which bore Pilgrim surnames.
  • Mayflower families beyond the fifth generation, often in locations beyond eastern Massachusetts (the “Mayflower diaspora”).
  • Further record transcription from eastern Massachusetts or from areas into which Mayflower descendants moved.

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Volume 64, Number 1, Winter 2016

Editor’s Introduction

Ruth, First Wife of Solomon Cushman
Marian Bowers Natale

Elizabeth (Briggs) Shippey and Her Husband Ishmael of Raritan Landing, New Jersey, and Their Descendants Though the Specimens of Josiah Shippey
Christopher Carter Lee

Focus on Scituate
Robert Charles Anderson

Mayflower-Related Documents in the Records of the Court of King’s Bench
Simon Neal and Caleb H. Johnson

Revisiting George Ernest Bowman’s “The Inventory of Samuel2 Eaton (Francis1) and the Settlement of His Estate” (reprinted from MD 2 [1900]:172–73)
Christopher Challender Child

The Orcutt Family of Scituate, Bridgewater, and Weymouth, Massachusetts
Christopher Challender Child

Additions and Corrections to the Mayflower Families Volumes
Louise Walsh Throop

Easton, Mass. Vital Records (concluded)
David Allen Lambert

Additions and Corrections to MD 44 (1994):127–30 and MD 58 (2009):1–10
Henry B. Hoff

Notable Mayflower Descendants: Horatio Alger (1834–1899)
Gary Boyd Roberts and Julie Helen Otto

Additions and Corrections to MD 61 (2012):155–64
John Bradley Arthaud

Notable Mayflower Descendants: Willis Haviland Carrier (1876–1950)
Gary Boyd Roberts and Julie Helen Otto

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