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The Pilgrim Women


History and tradition have made heroes of many of the men, and they were entitled to far more glory than they have ever received for their heroic daring. Alas! of the women who shared the burdens and displayed equal courage with the men, little to their credit has been preserved by tradition or history. But when one recalls that in those days women had not the privileges they have now, one realizes that their self-denial, heroism, patience and long-suffering were accepted as a matter of course and no note was taken of it by their selfish the lords.

In November, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers landed from "The Mayflower" at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, and Mary Chilton, it is said, was the first to place her foot upon American soil. The day after the arrival of these Pilgrims, the first child was born. The parents were William and Susanna White. The son was named Peregrine, which signifies Pilgrim. There are very few records of any women of conspicuous effort or influence at this time. Longfellow's poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish" is familiar to us all and presents a more or less authentic picture of the lives of the women of that day in New England.

The wives of the Pilgrims were:
Mrs. Katherine Carver
Mrs. Dorothy Bradford
Mrs. Elizabeth Winslow
Mrs. Mary Brewster
Mrs. Mary Allerton
Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins
Damaris Hopkins
Mrs. Elizabeth Tilley
Mrs. Bridget (Van der Velde) Tilley
Mrs. Mullens
Mrs. Susanna White
Mrs. Sarah Eaton
Mrs. Chilton
Mrs. Helen Billington
Humility Cooper
Mrs. Tinker, no information provided
Mrs. Rigdale, no information provided
Mrs. Rose Standish, no information provided
Mrs. Martin, no information provided
Mrs. Fuller, no information provided

The daughters of these Pilgrim mothers were:
Elizabeth Tilley
Remember Allerton
Mary Allerton
Constance Hopkins
Damaris Hopkins
Mary Chilton
Priscilla Mullens
Desire Minter may be listed as a "Mayflower'' daughter
"Mrs. Carver's maid" must also be mentioned among the women of the Mayflower
The little "bound" girl, Ellen More, is worthy of place in this distinguished group.


Women of America


Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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