George SOULE

George SOULE

Male Abt 1602 - Aft 1677  (~ 75 years)

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  • Name George SOULE 
    Born Abt 1602  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1620  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Aboard the Mayflower 
    Living 1642  Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Aft 20 Sep 1677  [1
    Person ID I32241  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2011 

    Family Mary BUCKETT,   d. Abt Dec 1672 
    Married Abt 1627 
    Children 
     1. Zachariah SOULE,   b. Abt 1627
    +2. John SOULE,   b. Abt 1632, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1707, Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     3. Nathaniel SOULE,   b. Abt 1634
     4. George SOULE,   b. Abt 1639
     5. Susanna SOULE,   b. Abt 1640
     6. Mary SOULE,   b. Abt 1642
     7. Elizabeth SOULE,   b. Abt 1644
     8. Patience SOULE,   b. Abt 1646
     9. Benjamin SOULE,   b. Abt 1652,   d. 26 Mar 1676  (Age ~ 24 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F10649  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Aboard the Mayflower - 1620 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 1642 - Duxbury, 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 
    • George Souls appears in the 1633 Plymouth list of freemen, ahead of those admitted on 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:4]. He was a Deputy (for Duxburrow) in 1642 (special deputy in case of war with the Indians), 1653, and 1654; Committee (from Duxbury) 1645/6 and 1650 (to consider the making and repealing of laws), 1651; grand jury 1642/3; Jury 1656, 1662/3; petit jury 1647; lot viewer 1645; committee to draw an order concerning the disorderly drinking of tobacco [!] 1646; viewer of meadows 1640; committee to set the range 1658.

      "One of the 'voluntaries,' soldiers 'that willingly offer themselves to go upon ... service' 7 June 1637 [PCR 1:60].

      "In the 1623 Plymouth division of land received one acre as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle George Sowle, Mary Sowle and Zakariah Sowle were the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth persons in the ninth company [PCR 12:12].

      "Assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:10, 27]. He was on the list of purchasers [PCR 2:177].

      "On 1 July 1633 he was granted 'mow for a cow near his dwelling house' [PCR 1:15]. On 20 March 1636/7 he was allowed the hay ground where he got hay the year before [PCR 1:56]. On 4 December 1637 George Soule was granted a garden place on Ducksborrow side [PCR 1:69]. On 7 May 1638 one acre of land was granted to George Soule 'at the watering place' in liew of another acre which was taken from him for another use, and also two acres of stony marsh at Powder Point were granted to him [PCR 1:83]. On 13 July 1639 George Soule sold to Robert Hicks two acres at the watering place on the south side of Plymouth [PCR 12:45]. On 2 November 1640 he was granted 'the meadow he desires' at Green's Harbor [PCR 1:165].

      "On 4 May 1658 George Soule was granted five acres of meadow [PCR 3:134]. On 22 January 1658 and 17 July 1668, George Soule gave his Dartmouth propriety to his sons Nathaniel and George as a single undivided share [PCLR 3:123, 245].

      "On 23 July 1668 George Soule, with 'consent of my wife Mary,' gave land to Francis Walker 'husband to my daughter Elizabeth' [MD 27:39-40], citing PCLR 3:126]. On 26 January 1668/9 George Soule of Duxbury deeded to 'Patience Haskall his true and natural daughter and unto John Haskall her husband' his half share of land at Namassakett [MD 27:40, citing PCLR 3:153]. On 12 March 1668[/9] George Soule of Duxbury, husbandman, deeded to 'my daughter Elizabeth wife of Francis Walkere' half his share of land at Namascutt [MD 27:40-41, citing PLR 10:2:327].

      "In his will, dated 11 August 1677 (with codicil dated 20 September 1677) and proved 5 March 1679/80, 'G[e]orge Soule Senior of Duxberry ... being aged and weak of body' confirmed that he had formerly given by deeds 'unto my two sons Nathaniel and G[e]orge all my lands in the township of Dartmouth ... [and] I have formerly given unto my daughters Elizabeth and Patience all my lands in the township of Middlebery'; to 'my daughters Sussannah and Mary' 12d. apiece; 'forasmuch as my eldest son John Soule and his family hath in my extreme old age and weakness been tender and careful of me and very helpful to me, and is likely so to be while it shall please God to continue my life here, therefore I give and bequeath unto my said son John Soule all the remainder of my housing and lands whatsoever'; 'my son John Soule to be my sold executor.' In a codicil dated 20 September 1677, 'G[e]orge Soule' indicated that if 'my son John Soule' were to disturb 'my daughter Patience or her heirs' in the peacable possession of lands he had given her in Middleborough, then 'my gift to my son John Soule shall be void' and 'my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxburrey and she shall be my sole executrix ... and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxburrow [MD 2:81-83, citing PCPR 4:1:50].

      "The inventory of the estate of George Soule of Duxbury, taken 22 January 1679[/80], totalled L40 19s., including L25 in real estate: 'dwelling house, orchard, barn and upland,' L20; and 'meadow land,' L5; John Soule appended a long list of charges against the estate, including an item 'for diet and tendance since my mother died which was three year the last December' [MD 2:83-84, citing PCPR 4:1:51]."

      Bradford, in his list of passengers of the Mayflower, included George Soule as one of 'two men-servants' of Mr. Edward Winslow [Bradford 441]. In 1651 Bradford summed up the group headed by Winslow, saying that one of t6he servants died, 'but his man, George Soule, is still living, and hath eight children' [Bradford 444].

      "On 3 June 1662 'Gorg Soule' was on a list of freemen desiring to look for additional land 'being the first born children of this government [PCR 4:19].

      "On 5 March 1667/8 George Soule Sr. stood surety with his son John for the good behavior of his son Nathaniel Soule who had verbally abused Mr. John Holmes, teacher of the church at Duxburrow [PCR 4:178]."

      "In 1980 the General Society of Mayflower Descendants published a genealogy of five generations of descent from George Soule as the third volume in its series of silver volumes [John E. Soule and Milton E. Terry, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Three: George Soule (Plymouth 1980), ed. Anne Borden Harding]. This is a seriously flawed volume, which should not be relied upon. George E. McCracken and Neil D. Thompson published lengthy reviews pointing out some of the problems [TG 1:225-58; TAG 57:57-58]." [2]

  • 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., 1706.

    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., 1704-1708.