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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Edward Leister

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Edward Leister was born in England.

    Death: His place and date of death are unknown.

    Ship: Mayflower, 1620

    Life in England: Nothing is known of his life in England.

    Life in New England: Edward Leister, along with Edward
    Doty, came to Plymouth Colony as servant to Stephen Hopkins.
    The two servants committed the second offence in the colony,
    a duel fought “upon a challenge at single combat with sword
    and dagger.” Both were wounded, although not seriously, and
    were punished by having their head and feet tied together.
    Leister was included in the land division of 1623, but his name
    does not appear in the division of cattle held in Plymouth
    Colony in May 1627, so he had left the colony by then.William
    Bradford in his history of the colony wrote that “after he was at
    liberty, went to Virginia and there died.” His name does not
    appear, however, in either of the two lists of Virginia inhabitants
    compiled in February 1623/4 and February 1624/5.

    Family: As a servant, Edward Leister was most likely unmarried.
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