The two groups of passengers aboard the Mayflower have sometimes been referred to as the "saints" and "strangers." Some of the passengers left from Leiden, the Netherlands, and were joined in England by a number of families hoping to better their life through work and financial gain. The Leiden congregation, "saints", belonged to the Separatist church who sent its strongest members with aspirations of establishing a New Colony for religious freedom. The other passengers were referred to as "strangers" or members of the established Church of England hired to work and settle the New Colony.
Anyone who arrived in Plymouth aboard the Mayflower in 1620 and survived the initial hardships is now considered a Pilgrim. The reasons they initially sailed is no longer as important as their strength of character, determiniation, sacrifice and the legacy that remains.
Can you trace your lineage back to one of the Mayflower Pilgrims?
Following are the passengers on the Mayflower for whom lineage has been proven and membership applications approved:
- John Alden
- Isaac and Mary (Norris) Allerton, and children Bartholomew, Remember, and Mary Allerton
- John and Elinor Billington
- Francis Billington
- William Bradford
- William and Mary Brewster and child Love Brewster
- Peter Browne
- James and Mrs. James Chilton and child Mary Chilton
- Francis Cooke and child John Cooke
- Edward Doty
- Francis and Sarah Eaton and child Samuel Eaton
- Moses Fletcher
- Edward and Mrs. Edward Fuller and child Samuel Fuller
- Samuel Fuller
- Stephen Hopkins and Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins, and children Constance and Giles Hopkins
- John Howland
- Richard More
- William Mullins
- Priscilla Mullins (child)
- Degory Priest
- Thomas Rogers and child Joseph Rogers
- Henry Samson
- George Soule
- Myles Standish
- John Tilley and Joan (Hurst) Tilley and child Elizabeth Tilley
- Richard Warren
- William White and Susanna White and children Peregrine and Resolved White
- Edward Winslow
There were 102 passengers and 40 crew members on the Mayflower - 142 total. During the first winter in Plymouth Colony more than half of them perished.