Mary Alden: Birth: 1638. Death: AFT 1688
Note: According to Bradford, he was hired on as a Cooper aboard the Mayflower at Southampton, England. John Alden died leaving no will, and the thirty-first of October the inventory of his estate was taken by his son Jonathan, who was appointed administrator on the eighth of November. John Alden had deeded certain parcels of land to his children during his lifetime, and since the inventory mentions no real estate it must all have been distributed before his death. This accounts for the smallness of the estate, only �49 17s. 6d. In June of 1660, Plymouth Records show that "In regard that Mr. Alden is low in his estate, and occasioned to spend much time and the courts on the country's occasions, and so hath done this many years, the Court have allowed him a small gratuity, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid by the Treasurer." John Alden was an assistant for the Plymouth colony for many years, and was deputy governor for two years. His marriage to Priscilla Mullins was the subject of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, "The Courtship of Myles Standish", which although a classic has little factual basis. John and Priscilla were among the founders of the town of Duxbury.
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