Resolved White

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Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall (1882)

Resolved White (c.1615 – 1687) was a passenger on the Mayflower. Resolved was the oldest child and given his name as the family resolved or "determined" to make a new life for themselves. They were Separatists and did not believe in the teachings of the Church of England.[1]

Voyage[change | change source]

Resolved left Plymouth, England on 16 September 1620. There were 102 passengers and 30–40 crew. On 19 November 1620, the Mayflower spotted land. The Mayflower was supposed to land in the Colony of Virginia, but the ship was too damaged and they were forced to land at Cape Cod now called Provincetown Harbor.[2][3] They landed on November 21. They wrote the Mayflower Compact, which made rules on how they would live and treat each other.[2][4]

Life in Plymouth Colony[change | change source]

William White, died in 1621. Resolved's mother married Edward Winslow, another Mayflower passenger. The family grew and he had five step-brothers and sisters. One of his step-brothers became Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow.[5][6]

When Resolved became a young man he was given 100 acres of land and later he was granted more land.[6][7] In 1658 he was made a Freeman of Plymouth Colony. This gave him many rights such as the right to vote.[6][7]

In 1676, Resolved was a soldier in King Philip's War of 1676 and in 1680.[8]

White married Judith Vassall in 1640.[6] They had seven children: William, John, Resolved[8]Samuel, Anna, Josiah, Susanna, [9]

White died in 1687 at Winslow Cemetery and was bured by his first wife Judith. The burial place of his second wife Abigail is unknown. There is also a monument in the Winslow Cemetery to "The Settlers of Green Harbor Marshfield" with Resolved White, his wife Judith, and his brother Peregrine White are mentioned.[10][11]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ancestral Chronological Record of the William White Family From 1607-8 to 1895 (Concord - prtd by Republican Press Assoc. 1895), Preface, p. 108 [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People, 1620-1691, (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1986), pp. 411-413
  3. Stratton, 20.
  4. George Ernest Bowman, The Mayflower Compact and its signers, (Boston: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1920). Photocopies of the 1622, 1646 and 1669 versions of the document pp. 7–19.
  5. Nathaniel Philbrick. Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community and War (Viking 2006) pp. 90, 104.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Ruth Wilder Sherman, CG, FASG and Robert Moddy Sherman, CG, FASG. Re-edited by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. Vol. 13: Family of William White (Pub. General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2006 3rd Ed.) p. 6
  7. 7.0 7.1 Resolved White Records
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ruth Wilder Sherman, CG, FASG and Robert Moddy Sherman, CG, FASG. Re-edited by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. Vol. 13: Family of William White (Pub. General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2006 3rd Ed.) p. 7
  9. Ruth Wilder Sherman, CG, FASG and Robert Moddy Sherman, CG, FASG. Re-edited by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. Vol. 13: Family of William White (Pub. General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2006 3rd Ed.) pp. 7, 11, 8, 12, 13
  10. Memorial for Resolved White [2]
  11. Memorial for wife Judith [3]