Reverend Elder William Brewster

Male 1566 - 1644  (78 years)


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  • Name William Brewster 
    Prefix Reverend Elder 
    Born 24 Jan 1566  Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education University of Cambridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hhe studied briefly at Cambridge, the only Pilgrim Father to have some university training. 
    Occupation Printer 
    Occupation Reverend Elder of the Pilgrim's church at Plymouth 
    Stories and Notes Mayflower Passenger 
    • Came over on the Mayflower - Published many Religious pamplets which made him a fugitive from the King of England. Was the Oldest Mayflower Passenger to be at the First Thanksgiving, he was in his Fifies.
      Was a leader of the PILGRIMS, who established Plymouth Colony.
      A member of the local gentry in Scrooby, Yorkshire, he helped organize a separatist religious congregation in 1606 and financed its move to Holland in 1608. His influence was instrumental in winning the approval of the Virginia Company for the p roposal to resettle the congregation in America, and he was one of the few original Scrooby separatists who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620.
      As the church's ruling elder in Leyden and then in Plymouth, Brewster shared with William Bradford and Edward Winslow in the leadership of the Pilgrim enterprise
    Stories and Notes 12 Jun 1609  Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    See Notes 
    • A Leyden record shows that William Brewster and Ann Peck gave power of attorney to Thomas Simkinson, merchant of Hull. Presumably Thomas Simkinson has some relation to Brewster's mother's first husband John Simkins
    Died 10 Apr 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3911  Enchanted Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2012 

    Father William Brewster, II,of Scrooby,   b. 1535, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1608, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Mary Smythe,   b. 1534, Stainford, Hatfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1567, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 1560  Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2224  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Wentworth,   b. 1565, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1592  Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan Brewster,   b. 12 Aug 1593, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1659, New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Patience Brewster,   b. 1600, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +3. Fear Brewster,   b. 1606, Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1634  (Age 28 years)
     4. A. Child Brewster,   b. 1609, Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1609, Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Love Brewster,   b. 1611, Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1650  (Age 39 years)
     6. Wrestling Brewster,   b. 1614, Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1644  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F2163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jan 1566 - Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Hhe studied briefly at Cambridge, the only Pilgrim Father to have some university training. - - University of Cambridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1592 - Scrooby, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsStories and Notes - See Notes - 12 Jun 1609 - Leiden, , Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Apr 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Burial Hill
    Burial Hill
    William Brewster Headstone

    Histories
    Passenger List for the Mayflower
    Passenger List for the Mayflower
    Plymouth Residents - 1627 Division of Cattle
    Plymouth Residents - 1627 Division of Cattle

  • Sources 
    1. [S167] William Brewster Of The Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, Barbara Lambert Merrick, (General Society of Mayflower Descendants).

    2. [S43] - City, County, State, or Church Records, Leyden, England Records (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S80] The Great Migration Begins, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston).

    4. [S168] The Brewster Book, Brewster, (Picture of the Book: Book. copies of which were in 1896 housed at the Boston Public Library.).
      William Brewster dyed at Plymouth in New England the 10th of April l 1644