Gov. Edward WINSLOW

Gov. Edward WINSLOW

Male 1595 - 1655  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Gov. Edward WINSLOW 
    Title Gov.  
    Christened 20 Oct 1595  Droitwich, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1620  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Mayflower 
    Immigration 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living 1643  Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 May 1655  [1
    • Edward Winslow died at sea near Hispaniola, "aged 59 years, 6 months, 18 days" [NEHGR 4:297]. [1]
    Person ID I29445  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2011 

    Father Edward WINSLOW 
    Mother Magdalen OLIVER 
    Family ID F9840  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth BARKER,   d. 24 Mar 1620/1, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 12 May 1618  Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9842  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Susanna,   d. Aft 1654 
    Married 12 May 1621  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "The first marriage in this place, is of Mr. Edward Winslow to Mrs. Susanna White, widow of Mr. William White" [Prince 190]. [2]
    Children 
     1. WINSLOW,   b. 1622/3,   d. 1622/3  (Age 0 years)
     2. Edward WINSLOW,   b. Abt 1624,   d. Aft 1627  (Age ~ 4 years)
     3. John WINSLOW,   b. Abt 1626,   d. Aft 1627  (Age ~ 2 years)
    +4. Josiah WINSLOW,   b. Aft 22 May 1627
     5. Elizabeth WINSLOW,   b. Abt 1631
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F9843  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 20 Oct 1595 - Droitwich, Worcestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 12 May 1618 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Aboard the Mayflower - 1620 - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 May 1621 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 1643 - Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    'Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor' by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
    "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall, 1882, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

  • Notes 
    • Edward Winslow emigrated from Leiden, Holland in 1620 aboard the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts. He removed to Marshfield by 1643. His occupation was Merchant, and he made many return trips on personal and colony business.

      "As governor, appears at head of the '1633' list of Plymouth freemen [PCR 1:3]. In list of Plymouth Colony freemen of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:52]. In Plymouth section of 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen [PCR 8:173], then erased and entered in Marshfield section of same list [PCR 8:177, 195]."

      "He had a hand in writing Mourt's Relation and also authored three other important pamphlets: Good Newes from new England, or A Relation of Things Remarkable in That Plantation (1624), Hypocrisie Unmasked (1646) and New England's Salamander (1647)."

      He held the offices of Governor [of Plymouth Colony] (1632/3, 1635/6, 1644); Assistant (1633/4, 1634/5, 1636/7, 1637/8, 1640/1, 1641/2, 1642/3, 1645, 1647, 1648, 1650); and in the Marshfield section of the 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms.

      "In the 1623 Plymouth division of land Edward Winslow was granted four acres as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle Edward Winslow, Susanna Winslow, Edward Winslow and John Winslow were in the sixth through the ninth persons in the third company [PCR 12:10].

      "In the 25 March 1633 Plymouth tax list 'Edward Wynslow, Gov[erno]r,' was assessed L2 5s., and the same amount in the list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:9, 27].

      "In his will, dated 18 December 1654 and proved 16 October 1655, 'Edward Winslowe of London, Esquire, being now bound in a voyage to sea in the service of the commonwealth,' bequeathed to 'Josia my only son' the entire estate 'he allowing to my wife a full third part thereof for her life'; to 'the poor of the Church of Plymouth in New England L10 and to the poor of Marshfield where the chiefest of my estate lies L10'; 'my linen which I carry with me to sea to my daughter Elizabeth'; residue to 'my son Josias, he giving to each of my brothers a suit of apparell'; 'son Josias my executor'; 'my four friends Dr. Edmond Wilson, Mr. John Arthur, Mr. James Shirley & Mr. Richard Floyd' overseers 'for the rest of my personal estate in England [MD 4:1-2, Waters 179, citing PCC 377 Aylett]."

      "Bradford describes his fellow Mayflower passenger as 'Mr. Edward Winslow, Elizabeth his wife and two men-servants called George Soule and Elias Story; also a little girl was put to him, called Ellen, the sister of Richard More' [Bradford 441]. In 1651 Bradford reported that 'Mr. Edward Winslow his wife died the first winter, and he married with the widow of Mr. White, and hath two children living by her marriageable, besides sundry that are dead' [Bradford 444].

      "Edward Winslow was a valued agent for Plymouth Colony, as is evident from the pages of Bradford's history, and for Massachusetts Bay Colony as well. He was in the service of Cromwell's Commonwealth when he died in the West Indies.

      "No attempt is made in these sketches to trace all the activities of the four Winslow brothers who remained in Plymouth Colony, for they were among the most prolific creators of records in that period. The available literature on these men is scattered, and Edward, at least, deserves a full-scale biography."

      "In 1850 Lemuel Shattuck published a 'Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Edward Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony,' which included in a footnote a list of birth and baptismal dates for Edward and his siblings [MEHGR 4:297-303]. Savage objected to this list of dates [Savage 4:598-99], but in 1866 William S. Appleton examined the original parish registers of Droitwich and in 1867 published the results of his research, which were in agreement with the 1850 article [NEHGR 21:209-11].

      "From 1965 through 1970 John G. Hunt published seven short, intriguing articles on the Winslow family, examining the ancestry of the five brothers, both on the paternal and material sides [TAG 41:168-75, 42:52-55, 186-87, 43:239-41; NEHGR 121:25-29, 122:175-78, 124:182-83].

      "The standard genealogy of the Winslows, now considerably out of date, was published in 1887 and 1888 by David P. and Frances K. Holton [The Winslow Memorial, 2 volumes (New York 1877, 1888)]. The bulk of these two volumes is devoted to the descendants of Kenelm Winslow, who had far more posterity in the male line than his four brothers combined.

      "Edward Winslow has been treated by Ruth C. McGuyre and Robert S. Wakefield in the fifth volume of the Five Generations series of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants [MF 5:3-27]." [3]

  • 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., 2024.

    2. [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., 2025.

    3. [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., 2023-2026.