Birth: Richard More was baptized November 13, 1614, in
Shipton, Shropshire, the reputed son of Samuel & Katherine (More)
Death: Richard died in Salem between March 19, 1693/4,
and April 20, 1696. He was buried in the Charter Street Cemetery in
Salem, and has the only known gravestone of a Mayflower passenger.
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: Richard was one of four children, two
sons and two daughters, born to Katherine More. In 1616, Samuel accused
his wife of long-term adultery with Jacob Blakeway, maintaining that
some if not all of the children, were actually Blakeway’s. After a
separation and lengthy divorce proceedings, the four children were
brought to London. There they were placed under the care of John Carver
and Robert Cushman, who transported them to what would become Plymouth
Life in New England: Richard’s siblings died the first
winter in Plymouth. He remained under the care of William Brewster.
Richard apparently sailed to England after 1627, but returned aboard the
Blessing in 1635. He moved from Duxbury to Salem, where he
became a mariner, making trips to Virginia, Maryland and Nova Scotia.
Family: Richard married (1) Christian Hunter in Plymouth
on October 20, 1636. They had seven children and she died in Salem on
March 18, 1676. He married (2) Jane, widow of Samuel Crumpton by 1678.
She died in October 1686. Note: Richard More of Salem in New England
married Elizabeth Woolnough in Stepney October 23, 1645. If this refers
to the Mayflower passenger, then he was a bigamist.
Children of Richard and Christian More, born in Salem: