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The Women Who Came in the Mayflower

Annie Russel Marble

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Title: The Women Who Came in the Mayflower Author: Annie Russel Marble

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THE WOMEN WHO CAME IN THE MAYFLOWER

BY

ANNIE RUSSELL MARBLE

FOREWORD

This little book is intended as a memorial to the women who came in _The Mayflower_, and their comrades who came later in _The Ann_ and _The Fortune_, who maintained the high standards of home life in early Plymouth Colony. There is no attempt to make a genealogical study of any family. The effort is to reveal glimpses of the communal life during 1621-1623. This is supplemented by a few silhouettes of individual matrons and maidens to whose influence we may trace increased resources in domestic life and education.

One must regret the lack of proof regarding many facts, about which are conflicting statements, both of the general conditions and the individual men and women. In some instances, both points of view have been given here; at other times, the more probable surmises have been mentioned.

The author feels deep gratitude, and would here express it, to the librarians of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New England Genealogic-Historical Register, the American Antiquarian Society, the Register of Deeds, Pilgrim Hall, and the Russel Library of Plymouth, private and public libraries of Duxbury and Marshfield, and to Mr.

Arthur Lord and all other individuals who have assisted in this research. The publications of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and the remarkable researches of its editor, Mr. George E. Bowman, call for special appreciation.

ANNIE RUSSELL MARBLE. _Worcester, Massachusetts._

CONTENTS

FOREWORD

I ENDURANCE AND ADVENTURE: THE VOYAGE AND LANDING

II COMMUNAL AND FAMILY LIFE IN PLYMOUTH 1621-1623

III MATRONS AND MAIDENS WHO CAME IN "THE MAYFLOWER"

IV COMPANIONS WHO ARRIVED IN "THE FORTUNE" AND "THE ANN"

INDEX