James Chilton

b. 1556-Cantebury, England d. 8 Dec 1620-off Cape Cod Harbor aboard the Mayflower

Susanna

No information availabe on Susanna



Their Family:

01. Chilton, Mary b. 30 May 1607-Sandwich, Kent, England d. 1 May 1679-Boston, MA

Notes:

James Chilton:
IN 17TH CENTURY RECORDS
James Chilton : English background
"James Chilton, tailor, was listed as a freeman of Canterbury in 1583. He married before 1587 just possibly Susanna Furner, daughter of his step-mother and her first husband Francis Furner. Seven children were baptized in Canterbury to James, then about 600 the family moved to neighboring Sandwich where three more children were baptized, including youngest daughter Mary, who was baptized at St. Peter's in 607." Robert M. Sherman, ed.,

Mayflower Families through Five Generations : Volume Two
(Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1978), p. 3
James Chilton : Mayflower Passenger
"The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families...
"James Chilton and his wife, and Mary their daughter; they had another daughter that was married, came afterward."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647,
ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 441-3.
James Chilton : Signer of the Mayflower Compact
"I shall ... begin with a combination made by them before they came ashore; being the first foundation of their government in this place. Occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amongst them had let fall from them in the ship : That when they came ashore they would use their own liberty, for none had power to command them, the patent they had being for Virginia and not for New England ... And partly that such an act by them done, this their condition considered, might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure.

"The form was as followeth : IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647,
ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 75-76.

The Death of James Chilton
Governor William Bradford, writing in 1650 :
"And seeing it hath pleased Him to give me [William Bradford] to see thirty years completed since these beginnings, and that the great works of His providence are to be observed, I have thought it not unworthy my pains to take a view of the decreasings and increasings of these persons and such changes as hath passed over them and theirs in this thirty years ....
"James Chilton and his wife also died in the first infection, but their daughter Mary is still living and hath nine children; and one daughter is married and hath a child. So their increase is ten."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647,
ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 443-7.
www.pilgrimhall.org

Event 1: 1583, Freeman of Canterbury
Event 2: 1609, James wife was excommunicated from St. Peter's Church, Canterbury, England
Event 3: 1610, Moved to Leyden, Holland to escape religious prosecution
Fact 4: 1620, James and daughter were passengers on Mayflower
Fact 5: 1620, Died shortly after signing the Mayflower Compact

Occupation: Tailor by trade
Residence: England, Holland
Ethnicity/Religion: Separatist

Comment 1: December 18, 1620, James died in route to Plymouth, at Cape Cod Harbor
Comment 2: 1620, Oldest Mayflower passenger, and one of the first to die
Comment 3: April 28, 1619, James was caught in a riot, and hit on head with rock
Comment 4: April 28, 1619, Injury from riot required the services of Jacob Hey a surgeon in Leyden, Holland

Mary Chilton
For notes on Mary, see link to Mary Chilton/John winslow Family.

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