Robert CUSHMAN

Robert CUSHMAN

Male 1578 - 1625  (~ 46 years)

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  • Name Robert CUSHMAN 
    Christened 9 Feb 1577/8  Rolveden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1621  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Fortune 
    Immigration 1621  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1625  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Great Migration Begins, pg. 503: "(On his return from England early in 1626 Myles Standish 'brought them notice of the death of their ancient friend Mr. Cushman, whom the Lord took away also this year' [Bradford 180].)"
    Person ID I28897  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 

    Father Thomas COUCHMAN 
    Mother Elinor HUBBARD 
    Family ID F9630  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sara REDER,   bur. 11 Oct 1616, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 31 Jul 1606  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • St. Alphege
    Children 
     1. Thomas CUSHMAN,   c. 8 Feb 1607/8, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. CUSHMAN,   bur. 11 Mar 1616, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. CUSHMAN,   bur. 24 Oct 1616, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9629  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary,   d. Bef 1621 
    Married 5 Jun 1617  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9631  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 9 Feb 1577/8 - Rolveden, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Jul 1606 - Canterbury, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jun 1617 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Aboard the Fortune - 1621 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1621 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1625 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'The Puritan' 1899 Augustus Saint-Gaudens
    "The Puritan" 1899 Augustus Saint-Gaudens

  • Notes 
    • Great Migration Begins, pgs. 502-504: Robert Cushman migrated from Leiden, Holland in 1621 aboard the Fortune to Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was a grocery in Canterbury, England, and a woolcomber in Leiden, Holland.

      "Several literate and businesslike letters written by Cushman to John Carver, Edward Southworth, William Bradford and to the Leiden congregation are evidence of a well-educated man [Bradford 45, 54, 107, 125, 128, 355, 365, 373]. On 12 December 1621, during his brief sojourn at Plymouth, Cushman preached a sermon whose principal intent was to convince the Pilgrims to accept the terms offered by the London merchants, and was therefore more of an economic than a theological nature. This sermon, accompanied by some additional notes by Cushman, was published in London in 1622 [Young, Pilgrims 255-68]."

      He returned permanently to England in 1621.

      "Beginning in 1617, and continuing right up until the time of his death, Robert Cushman spent much time in London and vicinity negotiating on behalf of the Leiden congregation and later on behalf also of the settlers in Plymouth. He, John Carver and William Brewster labored constantly in their dealings with a number of London merchants, arranging for the shipping and provisions for the Mayflower and the Speedwell in 1620. The details of these negotiations constitute a large portion of the story told by Bradford in his history of these years.

      "Cushman had planned to make the voyage across the Atlantic in 1620, but when the Speedwell had to be abandoned he was one of those who remained behind [Bradford 54]. This original intention of Cushman's and his many other services in behalf of the Pilgrims are undoubtedly the justification for the assignment to Cushman in 1623 of land in Plymouth as if he had been a passenger on the Mayflower.

      "On 2 November 1636 'William Hodgekins & Sara Cushman' were married at Plymouth [PCR 1:45]. Some have held that this was another child of Robert Cushman, but this remains only a surmise [see Small Gen 688-93].

      "Lora Underhill has gathered together every record known to her of the life of Robert Cushman, and in the process has compiled the best biography available of the man. Her treatment also goes into great detail on the career of his son Thomas [Small Gen 669-755], with Robert Cushman at 669-93]. Elizabeth French in 1914 published her research into the ancestry of Robert Cushman, including extensive transcripts of records of the family in Kent [NEHGR 68:181-85]."

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 503.