Birth: John Alden was born in England around 1599.
Death: He died in Duxbury on September 12, 1687.
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: John Alden was hired in Southampton,
Hampshire to be the cooper (barrel-maker) aboard the Mayflower during
her 1620 voyage.While many towns have been proposed as his place of
origin, none have been proved.
Life in New England: John Alden lived in Plymouth until
1632, when he moved to Duxbury. He served the colony in many capacities,
including Governor’s Assistant, Deputy Governor and treasurer. He
actively participated in Plymouth’s trade on the Kennebec River in
Maine, and in 1634 he and John Howland became involved in a dispute
there which left two men dead. Alden was arrested in Boston while the
controversy was investigated, and later released. John Alden received
many land grants during his life but gave most of this land to his sons.
By 1660, he was “low in his estate” and received “a small gratuity, the
sum of ten pounds” from the Plymouth Court. His inventory totaled only
£49 17s 6d. in movable goods. Family: About 1623 John Alden married
Priscilla Mullins, the only survivor of the Mullins family on the
Mayflower, and had ten children. Priscilla died in Duxbury between 1651
and Alden’s death in 1687.
Children of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins: