John Alden

about 1598–12 September 1687 (Age 89)

The Life Summary of John

John Alden was born about 1598, in England. He married Priscilla Mullins from 12 May 1621 to July 1623, in Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He registered for military service in 1643. In 1664, at the age of 79, his occupation is listed as acting deputy governor in Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America. He died on 12 September 1687, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 89, and was buried in Duxbury, Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America.

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John Alden
Priscilla Mullins
Marriage: from 12 May 1621 to July 1623
Captain Jonathan Alden
Elizabeth Alden
Rebecca Alden
Mary Alden
Priscilla Alden
John Alden
Joseph Alden
Sarah Alden
Ruth Alden
David Alden

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  • Marriage
    from 12 May 1621 to July 1623Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America
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    World Events (3)

    1600 · The Honourable East India Company
    Age 2
    The Honourable East India Company, a British joint-stock company, was established in 1600 for trade in the Indian Ocean region. At its height, the British East India Company had a private army which was twice the size of the British Army, ruled large sections of India, and revenues in the millions.
    Age 22
    In 1620, after 2 rough months at sea, 102 Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and established one of the very first English settlements in America.
    1642 · The English Civil War
    Age 44
    A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.

    Name Meaning

    English: from a Middle English personal name. This is either Aldwin, Aldin (representing Old English Ealdwine with loss of -w-) or Middle English Alwin with an intrusive -d- (see Alwin ), or Aldan, a variant of the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Healfdene (see Haldane ).Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in western Norway, so named because of its situation below a high mountain Alden, from an unattested word ‘high, standing out’.History: John Alden (c. 1599–1687) was one of the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. He moved from Plymouth to Duxbury, MA, c. 1627. Many of his descendants were merchant seamen, among them James Alden (1810–77), who twice circumnavigated the globe.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (19)

    • Broadside (Printed Notice) of the Death of John Alden
    • John Alden, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
    • John Alden, "BillionGraves Index"

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