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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Phillip Delano/De la Noye

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth:  Philip Delano was baptized in the Walloon church of Leiden on November 6, 1603, so he was born shortly before that date.

    Death:  He died in Duxbury between August 22, 1681, and March 4, 1681/2.

    Ship:  Fortune, 1621

    Life in Holland: Philip’s parents were Walloons, Protestants from what was Walloon Flanders, now part of northern France. Jan de Lano of Tourcoing and Mary Mahieu of Lille were betrothed on January 13, 1596, in the Walloon church of Leiden. Philip was baptized in the church on November 6, 1603. His father died within a year or two, and his mother was betrothed to Robert Mannoo, a woolcomber from Namur on February 18,1605. Philip grew up in Leiden, but further details are unknown.

    Life in New England: Philip Delano came to Plymouth as a single man in November 1621. He most likely lived at first with his aunt and uncle, Francis and Hester (Mahieu) Cooke. He served on a number of juries,was appointed surveyor for several years, and volunteered to serve in the Pequot War in 1637.He lived in Duxbury by 1639.

    Family: It is not clear how many children Philip Delano had, their birth years or which of his two wives bore them.The following is the current estimation. Philip married (1) Hester Dewsbery on December 19, 1634, in Plymouth. She died between 1648 and 1653. Philip married (2) Mary (Pontus) Glass by January 17, 1653/4.

    Children attributed to Philip and Hester Delano:

    • Mary was born about 1635. She married Jonathan Dunham on November 29, 1955, and died childless.
    • Philip was born about 1637. He married Elizabeth Sampson about 1670 and had five children. He died in Duxbury in December 1708.
    • Thomas was born about 1639. He married Rebecca Alden by 1667, and had nine children. He died in Duxbury on April 13, 1723.
    • Esther was born about 1641. She was not mentioned by name in her father’s estate and may have been dead by then.
    • John was born about 1644. He married Mary Weston by about 1679 and had six children. He died in Duxbury after September 5, 1721.
    • Jonathan was born about 1648. He married Mercy Warren on February 28, 1677/8, and had thirteen children. He died in Dartmouth on December 28, 1720.
    • Children attributed to Philip and Mary Delano:
    • Jane was born about 1655. She was living at the settlement of her father’s estate in 1682.There is no further information.
    • Rebecca was born about 1657. She married in Plymouth John Churchill on December 28, 1686, and had five children. She died in Plymouth on April 7, 1709.
    • Samuel was born about 1659. He married Elizabeth Standish by 1679 and had nine children. He died in Duxbury before August 9, 1728.
    • A daughter was born about 1661. Nothing further is known and her birth is based on the wording of various bequests in Philip’s will.
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