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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Hampden

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: John Hampden was born by 1600, assuming he came to New England as an adult.

    Death: Nothing is known of his place or date of death.

    Ship: [possibly] Charity or Swan, 1622

    Life in England: John Hampden was described by Winslow as a “gentleman of London.” He has been identified as the John Hampden, Puritan Member of Parliament, but this remains a possibility only.

    Life in New England: Information about John Hampden comes primarily from Edward Winslow. According to him, Hampden was a gentleman of London wintering with the Plymouth colonists in the winter of 1622/3. Phineas Pratt, one of Weston’s men from Wessagusset [Weymouth], knew him, a fact suggesting that Hampden was one of the men who had come to New England in the summer of 1622.

    Family: Nothing is known of any family members.

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