Birth: Thomas Cushman was baptized at St. Andrew, Canterbury
February 8, 1607/8, and so was born shortly before that date.
Death: He died in Plymouth December 11, 1691, and was
buried on Burial Hill, Plymouth.
Ship: Fortune, 1621
Life in England: Thomas Cushman was born to Robert and
Sara (Reder) Cushman in Canterbury, Kent. His father was a grocer,
having served his apprenticeship in that trade. When Thomas was very
young, the family emigrated to Holland.
Life in Holland: Robert Cushman was a wool-comber in
Leiden. In 1616, his wife, Sara, and two children were buried at St.
Peter’s church. Robert married (2) Mary (Clark) Shingleton on June 5,
Life in New England: Robert Cushman and his son,Thomas,
came over on the Fortune in November 1621, but Robert returned
shortly thereafter, leaving Thomas in the care of Governor William
Bradford. Thomas remained in Plymouth, serving as surveyor of highways
and rate-assessor, as well as numerous other minor positions. He was
chosen as Ruling Elder of the church on April 6, 1649, a position he
held until his death.
Family: Thomas married Mary, daughter of Isaac Allerton,
about 1636 and had eight children. She died in Plymouth November 28,
1699, the last of the Mayflower passengers.
Children of Thomas and Mary Cushman: