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Richard Warren

One of my first known relatives that came to the “New World” was Richard Warren. He came over to America on the Mayflower. He was born in 1580 in London, England. He was married to Elizabeth Walker on 14 April 1610 at Great Amwell, Hertford, and the two of them had 5 daughters. He made his way to America when he was 40 years old.

Clearly a man of rank, he was accorded by Governor William Bradford the prefix “Mr.”, pronounced Master, used in those times to distinguish someone because of birth or achievement. From his widow’s subsequent land transactions, we can assume that he was among the wealthier of the original Plymouth Settlers.” And yet, Wm Bradford did not mention him in his “History of the Plimouth Plantation” except in the List of Passengers.

In ‘Mort’s Relation’, published in 1622, we learn that Warren was chosen, when the Mayflower stopped at Cape Cod before reaching Plymouth, to be a member of a ten-man exploring party, and he was described as being ‘of London.’ Charles Edward Banks, in ‘Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers’ tells us: ‘Richard Warren came from London and was called a merchand of that city (by Mourt)

Elizabeth and the girls came over on the ship “Anne” in 1623. The couple would have two boys later…Nathaniel and Joseph.


He received his acres in the Division of Land in 1623, and his family shared in the 1627 Division of Cattle.  But he died a year later in 1628, the only record of his death being found in Nathaniel Morton’s 1669 bookNew England’s Memorial, in which he writes: “This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who was an useful instrument and during his life bare a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the first settlement of the Plantation of New Plymouth.”

Richard was also one of the men that signed the “Mayflower Compact”.

All of Richard Warren’s children survived to adulthood, married, and had large families: making Richard Warren one of the most common Mayflower passengers to be descend.

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