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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Crackstone/Craxton

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: John Crackstone was born by about 1575, based on his daughter’s marriage date.

    Death: He died in Plymouth between January 11 and April 10, 1621.

    Ship: Mayflower, 1620.

    Life in England:  There is nothing known of John Crackstone’s life in England, although the family was likely from the Colchester, Essex, area. Anna Crackstone described herself as being from Colchester in her 1618 betrothal.

    Life in Holland: The family was in Leiden as of June 1616.

    Life in New England:  John Crackstone came over with his son, John. John Crackstone, Sr., died in the first winter of the general sickness. Sometime after May 22, 1627, John Crackstone, Jr., died. Bradford said, “having lost himself in the woods, his feet became frozen, which put him into a fever of which he died.”

    Family: John Crackstone married Katherine Bates at Stratford St. Mary, Suffolk, on May 9, 1594. This identification remains tentative

    Children of John and _____ Crackstone:

    • Anna was born about 1600. She married Thomas Smith in Leiden on December 22, 1618. No children of this marriage have been identified.
    • John was born about 1602. He died unmarried of a fever about 1627–8.
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