Mayflower Descendant

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Mayflower Descendant—a journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history—is one of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy.

The journal is published twice per year, in winter and summer. Each issue is approximately 100 pages plus an annual every-name index in summer.

The result of an agreement with the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (MSMD), the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has assumed a ten-year stewardship of the venerable journal the Mayflower Descendant.

First published in 1899 by George Ernest Bowman, founder of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, which published the journal until now, the Mayflower Descendant has long been a highly regarded source of scholarship relating to Mayflower families and related genealogies, their origins in England, and their lives and places of residence in America, from the earliest settlements to their migrations north and westward. Under NEHGS, the Mayflower Descendant will continue to be a significant source of genealogical and historical scholarship and will maintain the Descendant’s historic standards.

Topics to be explored in forthcoming issues:

  • Further genealogical analysis of Pilgrim families in New England and their origins in England and Holland.
  • Towns in Plymouth Colony, England, and Holland with which Pilgrims are associated (similar to items in The Great Migration Newsletter).
  • Genealogical summaries of families in eastern Massachusetts into which Mayflower descendants married, with which they were often associated, or which bore Pilgrim surnames.
  • Mayflower families beyond the fifth generation, often in locations beyond eastern Massachusetts (the “Mayflower diaspora”).
  • Further record transcription from eastern Massachusetts or from areas into which Mayflower descendants moved.

Volume 65, Number 2, Summer 2017

Editor’s Introduction

Wellfleet Vital Records, 1763–1844

Andrew P. Langlois

Elisha Freeman of Provincetown, Massachusetts (ca. 1758/9–1825)

Gregory J. Weinig

Christian (Goodhue) Giddings’s Family: A Richard More Line

John Bradley Arthaud

The Day Journal of Rev. Daniel Lewis of Pembroke, Massachusetts (1747–1749)

Mary Blauss Edwards

Additions and Corrections to the Mayflower Families Volumes

Karen L. Pogoloff

The Family of Nathaniel and Abi (Leonard) Brown of Killingly, Connecticut; Douglas, Massachusetts; and Williston, Vermont: A James Chilton Line

Peter J. Michelson

Additions and Corrections to MD 65 (2017):37–49

Charles Morgan

Mayflower Diaspora: Elias Sprague of Coventry, Connecticut: Descendants of Stephen Hopkins

Jeffery Allen Record

Index of Persons in Volume 65