genealogy · Plymouth Colony · The Mayflower

What do Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, and the Pilgrims Have in Common?


Today I’m searching for more information on one of my family lines, that of William White. His descendants include Henry White who married Celia Page, daughter of Thomas Nelson Page, but so far, their histories are rather gobbledy which I suppose is appropriate for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day feast.

So as I’m sitting here confused and thinking about Plymouth Colony, I run across an informative list of famous folk who descend from one or more Pilgrim fathers. What do Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), Orson Welles (1915-1985), and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) have in common?

All three descend from Pilgrim John Alden!

Check out the descendants list which includes a few politicians, too, at The Pilgrims’ Notable Descendants made available by The Mayflower Society.

Image. above, is John Trumball’s lovely painting of the Mayflower arriving. And wouldn’t you just know it – Mr. Trumball (1756-1843) is also a descendant of John Alden!

Update: the part about my confusion is serious: there appear to have been at least two William Whites: one born appr 1580 in England who came to Jamestown in 1607, the other William White is the Pilgrim fellow who died soon after reaching Plymouth Colony (born November 10, 1591 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands; died February 21, 1621). So far, my research indicates that our White ancestor descends from the Jamestown William White (who jumped ship upon arrival in America and lived with the Native Americans for a couple of years!) and I’m guessing that the two Williams are not members of the same family.

For ships’ passenger lists and information please see the excellent work of  Anne Stevens .


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