You know you’re from New England if…. Are you a descendant of those arriving on the Mayflower in Plymouth, MA?

Below is a list of some of the confirmed adults who landed in Plymouth, MA via the Mayflower - Following their names is also a list of descents known to many of us today. Could you be a relative of Julia Child, George Bush, Hugh Hefner, or Marilyn Monroe? 

 An 18th Century home originally built by Edward Winslow, great-grandson of the Pilgrim Edward Winslow.

An 18th Century home originally built by Edward Winslow, great-grandson of the Pilgrim Edward Winslow.

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Founded in 1897, The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, more commonly known as the Mayflower Society is an organization of individuals who have documented their descent from one or more of the 102 passengers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

A primary goal of the Society is to educate the public about the role of the Pilgrims in the early history of what would later become the United States of America. There are Mayflower societies in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Today, it is estimated that up to tens of millions of Americans have at least one ancestor who was among this group of early settlers.The following are the names of 31 adult Mayflower passengers currently known to have descendants.

PS, Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on the Mayflower in 1620.

John Alden

Priscilla Alden (née Mullins)

Isaac Allerton

Mary (née Norris) Allerton

John Billington

William Bradford

Love Brewster

William Brewster

Peter Browne

James Chilton

Francis Cooke

Edward Doty

Francis Eaton

Moses Fletcher

Edward Fuller

Samuel Fuller

Stephen Hopkins

Elizabeth (née Fisher) Hopkins

John Howland

Richard More

William Mullins

Degory Priest

Thomas Rogers

Henry Samson

George Soule

Myles Standish

John Tilley

Joan (née Hurst) Tilley

Richard Warren

William White

Edward Winslow

A List of Notable Descendants from the GSMD's Web Site. 

What do Marilyn Monroe, George Bush and Dr Spock have in common?  Possibly you!
While it is believed that these people are Mayflower descendants, not all have membership in GSMD or have been vetted by the Historian General's office.

PRESIDENTS & VICE PRESIDENTS

John Adams(1735-1826): 2nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William Mullins.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848): 6th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William Mullins.

George Herbert Walker Bush (1924- ): 41st President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke and John Tilley.

George Bush (1946- ): 43rd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke, John Tilley and Henry Samson.

Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933): 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.

Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951): 30th Vice President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

ames A. Garfield (1831-1881): 20th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim John Billington.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885): U.S. General and 18th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren.

Levi Parsons Morton (1824 – 1920): 22nd Vice President of the United States, the 31st Governor of New York and the U.S. Minister to France, in which capacity he placed the first rivet in the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979): 41st Vice President of the United States, 49th Governor of New York. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945): 32nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton, Francis Cooke, John Howland, Degory Priest, John Tilley and Richard Warren.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850): 12th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton and William Brewster.

STATESMEN/WOMEN

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953- ): 43rd Governor of Florida. Descendant of Pilgrims John Howland, Francis Cooke, John Tilley and Henry Samson.

Howard Brush Dean III (1948- ): Physician, 79th Governor of Vermont, U.S. Representative. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796): Signer of the United States Constitution. Descendant of Pilgrim John Howland.

Daniel Leonard (1740–1829): Lawyer from colonial Massachusetts and a Loyalist in the American Revolution; Chief Justice of Bermuda (1782 – 1806); and in 1821 revealed himself to be "Massachusettensis." Descendant of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

Robert Treat Paine (1731 – 1814): Signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. Descendant of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. 

John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904-1982): U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Publisher of the New York Herald Tribune. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Frances Perkins Wilson (born Fannie Coralie Perkins) (1880–1965): U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet.  Descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren.

CELEBRITIES

Countess Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump (1841-1919): Wife of Tom Thumb. Descendant of Pilgrim John Billington.

Julia Child (1912-2004): American Chef. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (1903-1977): Actor, Singer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

George Robert "Bob" Crosby (1913-1993): Big Band Leader, Vocalist, Brother to Bing. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Alonzo Hersford “Lon” Cushing, Lieutenant Colonel (1841–1863): Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014, 151 years after his death at the Battle of Gettysburg, defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, Francis Cooke, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, William Mullins and Richard Warren.

George Eastman (1854-1932): Inventor of the Kodak camera and roll film. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood (1930- ): Actor, Director, Producer, Composer, Politician. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Richard Gere (1949- ): Actor. Descendant of Pilgrims John Billington and William Brewster.

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944): American Graphic Artist, Creator of the Gibson Girl. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Hugh Hefner (1926-2017): Publisher, Founder of Playboy magazine. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Ashley Tyley Ciminella Judd (1968- ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

John Lithgow (1945- ): Actor, Musician, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

George B. McClellan (1826-1885): Major-General, Commander of the Union Forces, Civil War. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962): Actress, Model. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) (1860–1961): Renowned American folk artist. Having begun painting in earnest at the age of 78. Descendant of Pilgrim Francis Cooke.

Christopher D'Oiler Reeve (1952-2004): Actor, "Superman". Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Eliphalet Remington (1793–1861): Founder of Remington Arms Company. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.

Cokie Roberts (1943- ): Journalist, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Deborah Sampson (1760-1827): Woman who served in the Continental Army disguised as a man during the Revolutionary War. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (1926- ): Publisher of the New York Times (1963-1992). Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, William Bradford.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933): Artist and Designer. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

John Trumbull (1756-1843): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (1899-1992): Producer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Dick Van Dyke (1925- ): Actor, Comedian, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Jerry Van Dyke (1931 - ): Actor, Comedian. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

George Orson Welles (1915-1985): Actor, Director, Producer. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Joanne Woodward (1930- ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

WRITERS/POETS

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

 Ina Donna Coolbrith (born Josephine Donna Smith) (1841–1928): American poet, writer, librarian, and a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. Called the "Sweet Singer of California", she was the first California Poet Laureate and the first poet laureate of any American state. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982): Poet, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

Phillips Brooks (1835–1893): Episcopal clergyman, Rector of Boston's Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of Massachusetts, lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Descendant of Pilgrims William Brewster, John Howland and John Tilley.

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (1937- ): American Novelist. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William Brewster.

Noah Webster (1758-1843): Lexicographer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

ROYALTY

Marie-Chantal Miller (1968- ): Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden.

 

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