Mary Chilton (c1605-1679)

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Mary Chilton Winslow was born 1605 in England, United Kingdom to James Chilton (1556-1620) and Susannah Furner (1564-1621) and died 16 May 1679 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married John Winslow (1597-1674) 12 October 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Mary Chilton Winslow - a daughter that was left an orphan at Plymouth, survived and later married John Winslow, brother of Edward Winslow. She is believed to be the first woman to set foot on Plymouth Rock. Later moved to Boston, where she died before 1-May-1679.

Biography Edit

Mary Chilton was baptized on May 31, 1606 in Sandwich, Kent, England and was the daughter of the Mayflower passenger, James Chilton. Mary Chilton's mother's name has been listed as "Susannah, possibly Furner" in many places. She is listed by William Bradford as "Mrs. Chilton" or "James Chilton's wife." He may have never known her given name.[1] At the age of thirteen, Mary Chilton accompanied her parents on the voyage to Plymouth. Her father, age sixty-four, was the oldest passenger on the Mayflower.[2]


Site of Mary Chilton Winslow's home on Spring Lane in Boston

Her father died on December 18, 1620 and her mother died six weeks later on January 21, 1621, both shortly after arriving at Plymouth Rock, both of "the first infection of the disease" reportedly by Governor William Bradford in 1650. Once orphaned, she may have become the ward of Myles Standish or John Alden. Chilton was given three shares in the land division of 1623, one for herself and one each for her deceased parents. Her property was situated between those of Standish and John Howland.

She was one of eleven minor girls on the Mayflower, nine of whom survived the first year at Plymouth Rock and would have been present at the time of the famous First Thanksgiving in 1621. In contrast, only four of the 14 adult women survived the first year.


Mary Chilton Winslow's burial site in the Winslow tomb at King's Chapel Burying Ground - Boston MA.

She married John Winslow (possibly on October 12, 1624) and thus became the sister-in-law of Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow. They had ten children: John, Susannah, Mary, Edward, Sarah, Samuel, Joseph, Isaac, an unnamed child who probably died in infancy, and Benjamin. All but Benjamin married, and Benjamin's birth is the only one listed in the records of Plymouth colony.


The family moved to Boston some time after the birth of Benjamin in 1653. There John Winslow is said to have prospered as a merchant.

She made out a will on July 31, 1676 (one of two female passengers from the Mayflower who did so, Elizabeth Tilley being the other) and died before May 1, 1679 in Boston. Her gravestone is at Kings Chapel Burying Ground in Boston.


Offspring of John Winslow and Mary Chilton (c1605-1679)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Winslow (1628-1664)
Joseph Winslow (1628-1679)
Susanna Winslow (1630-1685)
Edward Winslow (1633-1682)
John Winslow (1634-1683)
Sarah Winslow (1639-1726) 1639 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 1726 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Myles Standish (1629-1661)
Tobias Payne (1634-1666)
Richard Middlecott (1628-1704)

Samuel Winslow (1641-1680)


Offspring of James Chilton and Susannah Furner (1564-1621)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Isabella Chilton (c1587-)
Ingle Chilton (c1599-)
Mary Chilton (c1605-1679) 1605 England, United Kingdom 16 May 1679 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts John Winslow (1597-1674)

Unknown Chilton (-1609)

Vital statisticsEdit

  • Daughter of James Chilton (1556-1620) (oldest Mayflower passenger) and his wife Susanna.
  • Born circa 1605
  • Baptized - 31-May-1607 at St Peters Parish, Sandwich, Kent, England
  • 1620 - traveled on Mayflower to Plymouth_Colony with parents - who both died in the first winter there.
  • married John Winslow (who came to Plymouth in 1621 on the Fortune), a brother of Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow. In the 1650s they moved to Boston where John established a successful shipping business.
  • Died 1-May-1679 - Boston, MA.

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