PEREGRINE WHITE: THE FIRST NEW ENGLANDER BORN IN AMERICA
Massachusetts Bay (JFK+50) Peregrine White* was born 396 years ago today, November 20, 1620 aboard the Mayflower anchored in Massachusetts Bay. He was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
The name Peregrine was taken from the Latin word peregrinus which means pilgrim. The baby's parents were William and Susanna White who are believed to be from the London merchant group aboard the Mayflower rather than the Leiden Holland religious group.
Other members of the White family included a son, Resolved White and two servants. On display in the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts is a cradle believed to have been brought aboard the Mayflower by the Whites for their new baby.
Peregrine White grew up to be a farmer and was active in the military activities of the Plymouth Colony rising to the rank of Captain. He and his wife, Sarah Bassett, had six children. He died on July 20, 1704 at the age of 83 and, according to Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History.com, was given "the only known newspaper obituary for anyone associated with the Mayflower voyage."
*Peregrine White (1620-1704) lived out his life in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and according to his obituary..."although he was in the former part of his life extravagant...was much reformed in his later years."
I know it is fashionable for Americans to make they claim that they are descendants of Mayflower passengers but, even though my name is White, I cannot make that claim. In tracing our family tree, we can only go back as far as Alexander White who was born in 1812. We believe that he came to Tennessee from Virginia.
"Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History.com, www.mayflowerhistory.com/