2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Commemorative publications, programs, and tours are planned in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands by various organizations, including the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Plymouth 400, Inc.
In preparation for the festivities, we will be blogging about our resources for different Mayflower families throughout the year. This month we’ll explore the family of the Mayflower passenger with the most ancestors, Richard Warren!
Richard Warren was born ca. 1585 in County Hertford, England, and died in 1628 in Plymouth. He married Elizabeth Walker on April 14, 1610 in Hertfordshire.
Mr. Warren was not part of the church in Leiden and may have joined the Pilgrims as a Merchant Adventurer from London. He was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact and was part of the early expedition to Cape Cod.
His wife and 5 daughters did not come on the Mayflower with him. He waited 3 years until he felt conditions were safe before sending for his family aboard the Anne in 1623. All 7 of his children lived to adulthood and had large families, making him one of the most common Mayflower ancestors with over 14 million descendants.
The first generation of Richard Warren descendants:
- Mary, born ca. 1610, married Robert Bartlett in 1629 in Plymouth.
- Ann, born ca. 1612, married Thomas Little on April 19, 1633 Plymouth.
- Sarah, born ca. 1613, married John Cooke on March 28, 1634 in Plymouth.
- Elizabeth, born ca. 1615, married Richard Church on March 7, 1636 In Plymouth.
- Abigail, born ca. 1619, married Anthony Snow on November 8, 1639 in Plymouth.
- Nathaniel, born ca. 1624 in Plymouth, married Sarah Walker on November 19, 1645 in Plymouth.
- Joseph, born ca. 1627 in Plymouth, married Priscilla Faunce ca. 1653 in Plymouth.
Want to learn more about Richard Warren’s descendants? Stop by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center and browse through volume 18 of Mayflower Families through five generations (SC 929.2 May)
- Wakefield, Robert S. et. al. Mayflower Families in Progress: Richard Warren of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations. Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995.
- Wakefield, Robert S. Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620, Vol. 18: Family of Richard Warren. Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999.
- American Ancestors: Richard Warren
- Mayflower 400: Who was Richard Warren?
- Pilgrim Hall Museum: Richard Warren, Mayflower passenger
- Caleb Johnson’s Mayflower History: Richard Warren
- Geni: Richard Warren, Mayflower passenger
(posted by Cristina)