The Missing Mayflower Pilgrim

Tamura Jones is an Englishman living in Leiden, the city in the Netherlands where the Pilgrims lived from 1608 until 1620, before crossing the Atlantic and creating a new settlement called Plimoth Plantation (usually spelled “Plymouth” these days). As the saying goes, “the rest is history.” Today, millions of Americans and people in numerous other countries count themselves among the descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Not all the Pilgrims’ family trees have been well researched and published. For instance, Tamura Jones has been researching Pilgrim Moses Fletcher’s descendants for ten years. Tamura has now published an overview of his findings, although not all the details. At least, he hasn’t published all the details just yet. The research is not finished and ready for publication today. However, he lists a Twitter account at @LeidenPilgrims to monitor to learn about future research developments and the future publication of his final report.

His overview focuses on Pilgrim Moses Fletcher but also mentions a number of other Mayflower passengers. As he wrote in the report:

“Many Leiden citizens are descendants of Separatists. Some Leiden citizens are descendants of Mayflower Pilgrim Moses Fletcher.

“After the Pilgrims left, the remaining Separatists eventually blended into Leiden society. Many Leiden citizens are descendants of Separatists. Some Leiden citizens are descendants of Mayflower Pilgrim Moses Fletcher.”

Tamura Jones’ research stretches from Moses Fletcher some four hundred years ago until today. It includes thousands of Fletcher’s descendants. Tamura also writes, “If you are as Dutch person with the family name Koet, you are almost certainly a descendant [of Pilgrim Moses Fletcher].”

If you have any Dutch ancestry, it is possible that you also have Mayflower ancestry even though that fact has not previously been documented.

If you have any other Mayflower ancestry or if you are simply interested in the history of the passengers on board that tiny ship, you undoubtedly will also want to read Tamura Jones’ overview, The Missing Mayflower Pilgrim, at https://www.tamurajones.net/TheMissingMayflowerPilgrim.xhtml.

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The overview is very interesting. It makes one wonder how many other descendants are in this same class. A parent was on the Mayflower but they were not.

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There’s somebody else in Leiden around same time as the Separatists were – the French Walloons and the French Evangelical Reformed, eventually opted to be among the first settlers of what was the New Netherlands as part of Dutch West Indies company.

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    Yes, I know Francis Cook’s wife was Hester Mayhew/hieu and she was a French Walloon. She did not come with Francis on the Mayflower. She followed later in another ship.

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To expand on David’s post, there was a Dutch settlement at Ft. Orange – New Netherlands – by 1630 which was later renamed Albany, New York.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Orange_(New_Netherland)
Their names were uniquely Dutch, however, not English, and quite a few of those names have become famous: Rensselaer (first settler who bought land there, and for whom Rensselaer County, NY is named), Van Buren, Fonda, Bogart, Van Patten, Van Dyke, and some names not as familiar like Van Deusen, Schermerhorn, Quackenbush, and Ten Eyck came from the same settlers. The names can be found (among others not as famous) in Dutch Reformed Church records.
https://mathcs.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/albany/refchurch.html
https://archive.org/details/BaptismalRecordsOfTheDutchReformedChurchOfAlbany
The Dutch settlers were not necessarily from Leiden, and not necessarily religious settlers. My own Dutch ancestors originate with a man who is alleged to have been born in Zeeland and came to Ft. Orange as a trumpeter in 1630.

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Margaret A, Calvano October 25, 2018 at 9:22 am

As a reader of Historical Fiction books, I strongly recommend the novel “One Small Candle: the Pilgrims first year in America” by Thomas Flemming. Yes, it is fiction, but obviously well researched. The story gives a realistic account of how the people of Leiden prepared for this voyage to the new world and what their lives were like after they arrived.

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Kudos to Tamura Jones for paying attention to the Pilgrim who went unnoticed! Four hundred years of research to catch up with???? What a job!

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