Friday 3 April 2015

Peregrine White, 1620–1704 (First known English child born to the Pilgrims in America)

* In 1620, Peregrine White's parents, William White and his pregnant wife Susanna, with their son Resolved White and two servants came on the historic voyage of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower. Peregrine was born while the Mayflower lay at anchor in the harbour at Cape Cod. In later life he became a person of note in Plymouth Colony, active in both military and government affairs.


BIRTH DATA: 19 November 1620 [OS], 06:00 (6 a.m.) LMT (+4:40:43), in the harbour of what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA (42n03, 70w10). ASC: about 15 Sagittarius. RR: AA (from quoted birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites entries in family bible quoted in “Certain Comeoverers" (Vol. 1) by Henry Howl Crapo (London: Forgotten Books, 1912), pp. 49: "'Nov. ye 9th came to the harbour called Cape Cod Harbour in ye dauntless ship.' Under date of November 19, 1620, is this entry: 'Sonne born to Susanna White yt six o'clock in the morning.' The date of Peregrine White's birth as given by Bradford was December 10, 'new style.' And again 'Landed yt Plymouth Dec. ye 11th 1620.' The date, 'new style,' was December 21, since known as 'Forefathers' Day.'"

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