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 2014, 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 the Netherlands.
  • Towns in Plymouth Colony, England, and the Netherlands 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 68, Number 2, Summer 2020

Editor’s Introduction

The Parents and Siblings of Sarah Church, Wife of Nathaniel Crandall, of Little Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island: A Richard Warren Line

Michael Sean Dunn

The Mayflower 400th Anniversary: Some Notable Commemorations Conducted or Postponed

D. Brenton Simons

The Identity of Elizabeth (Richards) Standish and the Richards Family of Beverly, Massachusetts, and Preston, Connecticut

Susan Kilbride

The Mayflower Compact

Ancestry of Shubael Rowley (1725–1795), Descendant of Edward Fuller

Michelle Norris

Mayflower Increasings, 1651

A Vermont Engineer and a Free Woman of Color in Louisiana Sugar Country—The Paternity of Laura (Brown) Doley (1846–1928): A George Soule Line

Jari C. Honora

The Mayflower Passengers, 1920–2020

Christopher Challender Child

Notable Mayflower Descendants: Cindy Crawford

Rich Hall

James Chilton, a Mayflower Pilgrim, In Canterbury, 1582–1584

Michael R. Paulick

The Identity of Abigail Morton: Daughter of Silvanus Morton, Not the Wife of Thomas Clark

Marian Bowers Natale

Jan Carwet of Leiden: Not the Mayflower Passenger John Carver

George English

Additions and Corrections to MD 67 (2019):15–22

Ralph Jones of Barnstable, Massachusetts, and His Probable Two Wives

Donald G. Blauvelt

Index of Persons in Volume 68