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 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 67, Number 1, Winter 2019

Editor’s Introduction

Sparrow Smith Sage7-8 (1781–1849): Brewster Lines

John Bradley Arthaud

The 400th Anniversary of The Cry of A Stone, 1619, by Pilgrim Robert Cushman

Michael R. Paulick

Notable Mayflower Descendant: William H. Macy

Richard Hall

Was John Cooper of Leiden the English Court Musician John Coprario?

Erica Hahn

Notable Mayflower Descendants in the MF5G Volumes (or Almost So): A Total of Forty

Gary Boyd Roberts

Looking Back to Leiden: Notes Regarding the Mystery of John, Lydia, and Ann Cooper in Plymouth Colony

Erica Hahn

Eastham and Truro Town Records, 1671–1783

Peter Burgess

The Orcutt Family of Scituate, Bridgewater, and Weymouth, Massachusetts (continued from Vol. 66 [2018]:121)

Christopher Challender Child

The Children of Mary Robbins5 and John Robbins of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Eldon W. Gay

The Norton Family Letter of 1847: Transcription and Notations

James Richard Anderson

Seen Elsewhere

Scott Andrew Bartley