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William Mullins, (Mayflower)

William Mullins, (Mayflower)

Male 1578 - 1621  (43 years)

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  • Name William Mullins, (Mayflower) 
    Suffix (Mayflower) 
    Born 1578  Of, Dorking, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1578  Of Dorking, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1621 
    Died 21 Feb 1621  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Caleb Johson's website:

      ANCESTRAL SUMMARY: William Mullins does not have any Molyneaux ancestors--one ofthemostcommon (and most absurd when you examine the "evidence") claimsinall ofMayflower genealogy. He has no proven royal ancestry, noprovenHuguenotancestors, and the names of his parents have never beenproven(thoughJohn Mullyns and Joane Bridger of Dorking seem to bethebestcandidates). [Mayflower Descendant 44:41]

      Further, the maiden name of his wife Alice is not known. It hasnotbeenshown to be Atwood, Poretiers, or any of the otheridentificationsthatare floating around. [Mayflower Descendant 44:44].Theidentification ofher as Alice Atwood is based solely on the factthatWilliam Mullinsmentions a "Goodman Woodes" in his will. That isclearlynot enoughevidence to make a genealogical connection! There isnoevidence at allto show that Alice was the daughter of Nicholas AtwoodofWestminster,Middlesex as claimed by the I.G.I. and Ancestral Files oftheMormanchurch.

      The occasionally published death date of 15 March 1620/1 forAliceistotally absurd--no such record exists. Alice was alive on April2,1621,as evidenced by the will of William Mullins. No doubt she wasalsoalivethree days later on April 5, 1621 when the Mayflowerfinallysetsail--otherwise the will would have been changed.

      Last Will & Testament of William Mullins, 1621

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      [April 2, 1621]

      In the name of God Amen : I comit my soule to God that gave it andmybodieto the earth from whence it came. Alsoe I give my goodesasfolloweth Thatfforty poundes in the hand of goodman Woodes I givemywife tenn poundes,my sonne Joseph tenn poundes, my daughterPriscillatenn poundes, and myeldest sonne tenn poundes Also I give to myeldestsonne all my debtes,bonds, bills (onelye yt forty poundes exceptedinthe handes of goodmanWood) given as aforsaid wth all the stock inhisowne handes. To my eldestdaughter I give ten shillings to be paiedoutof my sonnes stockFurthermore that goodes I have in Virginiaasfolloweth To my wife Alicehalfe my goodes & to Joseph and Priscillatheother halfe equallie to bedevided betweene them. Alsoe I have xxjdozenof shoes, and thirteene paireof bootes wch I give into theCompanieshandes for forty poundes at seavenyears and if thy like them atthatrate. If it be thought to deare as myOverseers shall thinck good Andifthey like them at that rate at thedivident I shall have nyneshareswhereof I give as followeth twoe to mywife, twoe to my sonneWilliam,twoe to my sonne Joseph, twoe to my daugherPriscilla, and one totheCompanie. Allsoe if my sonne William will come toVirginia I give himmyshare of land furdermore I give to my twoe OverseersMr John CarverandMr Williamson, twentye shillinges apeece to see this mywillperformeddesiringe them that he would have an eye over my wifeandchildren to beas fathers and freindes to them ; Allsoe to have aspecialleye to my manRobert wch hathe not so approved himselfe as I wouldheshould have done.

      This is a Coppye of Mr Mullens his Will of all particulars hehathegiven.In witnes whereof I have sett my hande John Carver,GilesHeale,Christopher Joanes.

      Vicesimo tertio : die mensis Julii Anno DominiMillesimosexcentesimovicesimo primo Emanavit Commissio Sare Blunden alsMullinsfilie naturaliet legitime dicti defuncti ad administrand bona iuraetcredita eiusdemdefuncti iuxta tenorem et effectum testamentisuprascriptieo quod nullumin eodem testamento nominavit executorem debene ect Jurat.68, Dale.

      [TRANSLATION OF THE LATIN]: In the month of July Anno Domini 1621.Onthe23d day issued a commission to Sarah Blunden, formerlyMullins,narturaland legitimate daughter of William Mullins, late ofDorking inthe Countyof Surrey, but deceased in parts beyond the seas,seized &c.,foradministering the goods, rights and credits of thesaiddeceased,according to the tenor and effect of the will of thesaiddeceasedbecause in that will he named no executor. In due form&c.swears.

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      BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: William Mullins was a fairly well-to-do shoe and boot dealerfromDorking,Surrey, England. He purchased a number of shares inthePilgrimsjoint-stock company, becoming one of the MerchantAdventurers.He broughthis wife Alice, daughter Priscilla and son Josephto Americaon theMayflower. Only Priscilla would survive the firstwinter,however.William Mullins made out his death-bed will on 21February1620/1, inwhich he mentions his wife Alice, daughter Priscilla,sonJoseph, andmarried children William and Sarah who were still inDorking.He alsomentions a "Goodman Woodes" who remains unidentified, anda"MasterWilliamson" which was likely a Dutch pseudonym forWilliamBrewster whowas a fugitive at the time (for printing illegalreligiouspamphlets inLeyden).

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      SOURCES: 1. Mayflower Descendant 1:231-232, "The Will of William Mullins"

      2. Mayflower Descendant 7:37,179, "The Estates of William(2)Mullins",byGeorge Bowman

      3. Mayflower Descendant 44:39-44, "The Mullins Family", byAliciaCraneWilliams

      4. Mayflower Quarterly 39:83, "William Mullin's GrandchildreninEngland",by Robert S. Wakefield

      5. Alicia Crane Williams, Families of Pilgrims: John AldenandWilliamMullins, Mass. Soc. of Mayf. Desc., 1986


      William Mullins, a Mayflower passenger, was born in Dorking, County Surrey, England. He sailed on the Mayflower with his wife Alice, his children Joseph and Priscilla, and a manservant, Robert Carter.

      William Mullins died February 21, 1621. His wife Alice and son Joseph died during the first year, as did Robert Carter. William Mullins daughter, Priscilla, married John Alden
    Person ID I2512995  7_families
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2004 

    Family Alice Atwood,   b. Jan 1574, St. Martin, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1621, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 1595  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F774768  Group Sheet

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    Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor