Reider-Underwood Genealogy

MaryAge: 58 years15691627

Name
Mary
Birth about 1569
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Latitude: N52.9667 Longitude: E1.1667

MarriageWilliam BrewsterView this family
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire
about 1592 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a daughter
#1
Patience Brewster
about 1600 (Age 31 years)
Nottinghamshire, England
Latitude: N53.2061 Longitude: W0.7796

Marriage of a childThomas PrencePatience BrewsterView this family
August 5, 1624 (Age 55 years)
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Latitude: N41.9584 Longitude: W70.6672

Death April 17, 1627 (Age 58 years)
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Latitude: N41.9584 Longitude: W70.6672

Family with William Brewster - View this family
husband
William Brewster
Birth: Scroobyabout 1566Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: April 10, 1644Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
herself
Mary
Birth: about 1569Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: April 17, 1627Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Marriage: about 1592
9 years
daughter
Patience Brewster
Birth: about 1600Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Pestilent feverDecember 12, 1634Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Shared note

The English origins of Mrs. Mary Brewster are not known. A number o f theories have been proposed over the years, including maiden names s uch as Wentworth, Love, Wyrall, and others. However, no proof to supp ort any of these theories has been found.

We know that Mary was born about 1569, because she stated she was 40 y ears old in an affidavit filed in Leiden, Holland on 25 June 1609. Sh e was presumably from the vicinity of Doncaster, Yorkshire or Scrooby , Nottinghamshire, as she married William Brewster there about 1592 an d had their first son Jonathan born there a year later. She next ha d a daughter Patience, born about 1600 or somewhat earlier. About 160 6, the church congregation began more formally meeting at the Scroob y manor, where she and husband William resided. About this time, pres sure from the English authorities was mounting, and the meetings becam e more and more secretive. She gave birth to another daughter at thi s time, which they named Fear. The couple fled just over a year late r for Holland with the other members of the congregation, and in Leide n they buried an unnamed child: presumably one that had died in infanc y. In 1611, she gave birth to a son they named Love, and two or thre e years later gave birth to their last son, which they named Wrestling .

Mary came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 with husband William, a nd her two youngest children Love and Wrestling. Mary was one of onl y five adult women to survive the first winter, and one of only four w omen to survive to the so-called "first" Thanksgiving in 1621. Son Jo nathan Brewster joined the family in November 1621, arriving at Plymou th on the ship Fortune. Daughters Patience and Fear came on the shi p Anne in 1623. Mary died in 1627 at Plymouth, having reached about t he age of 60. Husband William survived her, and would live another 1 7 years before he died.