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George Soule, (Mayflower)

George Soule, (Mayflower)

Male 1593-1600 - Bef 1679  (79 years)

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  • Name George Soule, (Mayflower) 
    Suffix (Mayflower) 
    Born 1593-1600  Eckington, Worcester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 22 Jan 1679  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 1 Feb 1680  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • George Soule

      from "The Great Migration Begins" Anderson pg 1704

      ORIGIN; Unknown

      MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth

      REMOVES: Duxbury

      FREEMAN: In the "1633" Plymouth list of freeman, ahead ofthoseadmittedon 1 January 1632/33 [PCR 1:4], On list of 7 March 1636/7 freemen[PCR1:52].On the 29 May 1670 list of freemen of Duxburrow [PCR 5:275].

      EDUCATION: Signed his name as witness to the will of JohnBarnesofPlymouth 6 March 1667/8 [MD4:98, citing Scrapbook 56].

      OFFICES: Deputy (for Duxburrow), 27 September 1642 (special deputyincaseof war with the Indians). 7 June 1653, 7 March 1653/4, 6 June 1654[PCR2:45,3 :31, 44, 49]. Committee (from Duxbury), 28 October 1645, 3 March1645/6,7 July 1646, 4 June 1650 (to consider the making and repealing laws),5June1651 [PCR 2:94, 95, 104, 154, 167, 11:155]. Grand jury, 7 March 1642/3,6June1643 [PCR 2:53, 56]. Jury 3 June 1656, 3 March 1662/3 [PCR 3:102,7:108].Petit jury, 1 June 1647 [PCR 2:117]. Lot viewer, 4 June 1645[PCR2:88].Committee to draw an order concerning the disorderly drinking of tobacco[!],20October 1646 [PCR 2:108]. Viewer of meadows, 5 May 1640 [PCR 1:151].Committeetoset the range, 1 June 1658 [PCR 3:138].
      One of the "voluntaries," soldiers "that willingly offerthemselvestogo upon ... service" 7 June 1637 [PCR 1:60].



      Last Will & Testament of George Soule, 1677

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      In the Name of God Amen

      I Gorge Soule senir of Duxberry in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England being aged and weake of body but of a sound mind and Memory praised be God Doe make this my last Will and Testament in Manor and for me following Imprimis I comitt my soule into the hands of Almighty God whoe Gave it and my body to be Decently buried in the place appointed for that use whensoever hee shall please to take mee hence; and for the Disposall of my outward estate which God of his Goodnes hath Given mee first I have and alreddy formerly by Deeds under my hand and seale Given unto my two sonnes Nathaniel: and Gorge All my lands in the Township of Dartmouth; Item I have formerly Given unto my Daughters Elizabeth and Patience all my lands in the Township of Middleberry Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughters Sussannah and Mary twelve pence a peece to be payed by my executer heerafter Named after my Decease; And for as much as my Eldest son John Soule and his family hath in my extreame old age and weaknes bin tender and carefull of mee and very healpfull to mee; and is likely soe to be while it shall please God to continew my life heert herfore I give and bequeath unto my said son John Soule all the Remainder of my housing and lands whatsoever to him his heires and Assignes for ever Item I Give and bequeath unto my son John Soule all my Goods And Chattles whatsoever Item I Nominate And appoint my son John Soule to be my sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament; and lastly I Doe heerby make Null and voyde all other and former wills and Testaments by mee att Any time made; and Declare this Instrument to be my last Will and Testament In Witnes wherof I the said Gorge Soule have hee run to sett my hand and seale this eleventh Day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred seaventy and seaven;

      Gorge Soule and a seale

      The above Named Gorge Soule Did signe seale and Deliver thisInstrumenttobe his Last Will and Testament in the prsence of us

      Nathaniell Thomas

      The Marke D T of Deborah Thomas


      Item the twentyeth Day of September 1677 I the above Named GorgeSouleDoeheerby further Declare that it is my will that if my son John Soule above named or his heires or Assignes or any of them shall att anytime Disturbe my Daughter Patience or her heires or Assignes or any of them in peacable Posession or Injoyment of the lands I have Given her att Namassaket tallies Middleberry and Recover the same from her orherheires or Assignesor any of them That then my Gift to my son JohnSouleshall shal be voyd;and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And she shalbe my sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes att Duxburrow, In Witnes wherof I have heer unto sett my hande and seale;

      Gorge Soule and A seal

      The above Named George Soule Did Signe and seale to this addition in the presence of us Nathaniel Thomas

      The Marke D T of Deborah Thomas



      ESTATE: In the 1623 Plymouth division of land received one acre as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle George Sowle, Mary Sowle and Zakariah Sowle were the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth persons in the ninth company [PCR 12:12].

      Assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:10, 27]. He was on the list of purchasers [PCR 2:177].

      On 1 July 1633 he was granted "mow for a cow near his dwelling house" [PCR 1:15]. On 20 March 1636/7 he was allowed the hay ground where he got hay the year before [PCR 1:56]. On 4 December 1637 George Soule was granted a garden place on Ducks borrow side [PCR 1:69]. On 7 May 1638 one acre of land was granted to George Soule "at the watering place" in liew of another acre which was taken from him for other use, and also two acres of stonly marsh at Powder Point were granted to him [PCR 1:83]. On 13 July 1639 George Soule sold to Robert Hicks two acres at the watering place on the south side of Plymouth [PCR 12:45]. On 2 November 1640 he was granted "the meadow he desires" at Green's Harbor [PCR 1:165].

      On 4 May 1658 George Soule was granted five acres of meadow [PCR3:134]. On 22 January 1658 and 17 July 1668, George Soule gave his Dartmouth propriety to his sons Nathaniel and George as a single undivided share [PCLR3:123,245]. On 23 July 1668 George Soule, with "consent of my wife Mary, "gave land to Francis Walker "husband to my daughter Elizabeth" [MD27:39-40,citing [PCLR 3:126. On 26 January 1668[/9] George Soule of Duxbury deeded to "Patience Haskall his true and natural daughter and unto John Haskall her husband "his half share of land at Namassakett [MD27:40, citing PCLR 3:153] On 12 March 1668[/9] George Soule of Duxbury, husbandman, deeded to "my daughter Elizabeth wife unto Francis Walkere" half his share of land at Namascutt [MD27:40-41, citing PLR 10:2:327].

      In his will, dated 11 August 1677 (with codicil dated 20 September 1677 and proved 5 March 1679/80, "G[e]orge Soule Senior of Duxberry ...being aged and weak of body" confirmed that he had formerly given by deeds "unto my two sons Nathaniel and G[e]orge all my lands in the township of Dartmouth ...[and] I have formerly given unto my daughters Elizabeth and Patience all my lands in the township of Middleberry"; to "my daughters Sussannah and Mary" 12d. apiece; "forasmuch as my eldest son John Soule and his family hath in my extreme old age and weakness been tender and careful of me and very helpful to me, and is likely so to be while it shall please God to continue my life here, therefore I give and bequeath unto my said son John Soule all the remainder of my housing and lands whatsoever"; to "my son John Soule all my goods and chattels whatsoever"; "my son John Soule to be my sole executor."In a codicil dated 20 September 1677, "G[e]orge Soule" indicated that if "my son John Soule" were to disturb "my daughter Patience or her heirs" in the peacable possession of lands he had given her in Middleborough, then "my gift to my son John Soule shall be void" and "my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxburrey and she shall be my sole executrix ... and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxburrow" [MD 2:81-83, citing PCPR 4:1:50].

      The inventory of the estate of George Soule of Duxbury, taken 22 January 1679[/80], totalled L40 19s., including 25 pounds in real estate: "dwellinghouse, orchard, barn and upland," 20 pounds; and "meadow land," 5 pounds; John Soule appended a long list of charges against the estate, including an item "for diet and tendance since my mother died which was three year the last December" [MD 2:83-84, citing PCPR 4:1:51].

      BIRTH: By about 1602 based on date of marriage

      DEATH: Between 20 September 1677 (codicil to will) and 22 January 1679 [/80] (date of inventory), and probably closer to the latter date.

      MARRIAGE: By 1627 MARY BUCKETT (in the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle George Soule had wife Mary and son Zachariah; Mary has been identified by many writers as Mary Buckett of the 1623 land division on that basis that no other Mary was available in the limited Plymouth population of the earliest years). She died about December 1672 (son John Soule indicated in an account of 1676 that "my mother died which was three year the last December" [MD 2:83-84]).

      CHILDREN:

      i ZACHARIAH, b. by 1627; m. by 1663 Margaret_____[Scrapbook20].
      ii JOHN, b. about 1632 (deposed 8 March 1705/6 aged "about
      seventy-four years" [MD 5:46, citing PLR 7:35]); m.(1)by about
      1656 Rebecca Simonson, daughter of MOSES SIMONSON(estimated b.of
      eldest child [MF 3:7]); m. (2) by 1679 Esther (_____)Samson,
      widow of Samuel Samson [TAG 15:165-67; TG 1:233; MF 3:7].
      iii NATHANIEL, b. between say 1634 and 1646 (adult by 1667/8 [PCR
      3:178]); before 4 March 1673/4 fathered a child withanunnamed
      Indian woman and ordered to pay ten bushels of corn to her for the
      keeping of the child [PCR 5:163]; m. by 1681 Rose_____(eldest
      child b. Dartmouth 12 January 1681[/2]).
      iv GEORGE, b. about 1639 (deposed 1 March 1672/3 "aged 34 years or
      thereabouts" [Newport Court Book A30]); m. by 1671 Deborah_____
      (estimated birth of first children [MF 3:9]).
      v SUSANNA, b. say 1640; m. by 1660 Francis West(estimated birth of
      first child [MF 3:10]).
      vi MARY, b. about 1642 (in 1653 bound out for seven years or eight if
      she did not marry [MD 1:214]); m. by 1667 John Peterson(estimated
      birth of first child [MF 3:10]).
      vii ELIZABETH, b. say 1644 (fined for committing fornication 3 March
      1662/3 [PCR 5:34]; sued Nathaniel Church 5 October 1663 for
      refusing to marry her [PCR 7:111]; ordered whipped 2 July 1667 for
      committing fornication a second time [PCR 5:162]); m. by 23 July
      1668 Francis Walker.
      viii PATIENCE, b. say 1646; m. Middleboro January 1666[/7]JohnHaskell
      [MiddleVR 1:1].
      ix BENJAMIN, b. say 1652; fell with Capt. Pierce 26 March 1676 during
      King Philip's War [Bodge 350]; unm.

      COMMENTS: Bradford, in his list of passengers of the Mayflower, included George Soule as one of "two men-servants" of Mr. Edward Winslow Bradford 441]. In 1651 Bradford summed up the group headed by Winslow, saying that one of the servants died, "but for his man, George Soule, is still living, and hath eight children" [Bradford 444].

      On 3 January 1636/7 George Soule and Nathaniel Thomas sued and countersued each other over two heifers [PCR 7:4]. On 3 June 1662 "Gorg Soule" was on a list of free men desiring to look for additional land "being the first born children of this government" [PCR 4:19].

      On 5 March 1667/8 George Soule Sr. stood surety with his son John for the good behavior of his son Nathaniel Soule who had verbally abused Mr. John Holmes, teacher of the church at Duxburrow [PCR 4:178].

      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1980 the General Society of Mayflower Descendants published a genealogy of five generaions of descent from George Soule as the third volume in its series of silver volumes [John E. Soule and Milton E. Terry, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Three: George Soule (Plymouth 1980), ed. Anne Borden Harding]. This is a serious flawed volume, which should not be relied upon. George E. McCracken and Neil D.Thompson published lengthy reviews pointing out some of the problems [TG1:225-5;8;TAG 57:57-58].


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      The Last Will and Testament of George Soule
      "In the name of God Amen
      "I Gorge Soule senir of Duxberry in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England being aged and weake of body but of a sound mind and Memory praised be God Doe make this my last Will and Testament in Manor and forme following Imprimis I comitt my soule into the hands of Almighty God whoe Gave it and my body to be Decently buried in the place appointed for that use whensoever hee shall please to take mee hence; and for the disposall of my outward estate which God of his Goodnes hath Given mee first I have and alreddy formerly by Deeds under my hand and seale Given unto my two sonnes Nathaniel: and Gorge All my lands in the Township of Dartmouth; Item I have formerly Given unto my Daughters Elizabeth and Patience all my lands in the Township of Middleberry Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughters Sussannah and Mary twelve pence a peece to be payed by my executer heerafter Named after my Decease; And forasmuch as my Eldest son John Soule and his family hath in my estreame old age and weaknes bin tender and carefull of mee and very healpfull to mee; and is likely soe to be while it shall please God to continew my life heer therfore I give and bequeath unto my said son John Soule all the Remainder of my housing and lands whatsoever to him his heires and Assignes for ever Item I Give and bequeath unto my son John Soule all the Remainder of my housing and lands whatsoever to him his heires and Assignes for ever Item I Give and bequeath unto my son John Soule all my Goods and Chattles whatsoever Item I Nominate And appoint my son John Soule to be my sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament; and lastly I Doe heerby make Null and voyde all other and former wills and Testaments by mee att Any time made; and Declare this Instrument to be my last Will and Testament In Witnes wherof I the said Gorge Soule have heerunto sett my hand and seale this eleventh Day of august in the yeer of our Lord one Thousand six hundred seaventy and seaven
      "Gorge Soule and a seale
      "Item the twentyeth Day of September 1677 I the above Named Gorge Soule Doe heerby further Declare that it is my will that if my son John Soule above named or his heires or Assignes or any of them shall att any time Disturbe my Daughter Patience or her heires or Assignes or any of them in peacable Posession or Injoymenht of the lands I have Given her att Namassakett allies Middleberry and Recover the same from her or her heires or Assignes or any of them That then my Gift to my son John Soule shalbe voyd; and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And shee shalbe my sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes at Duxburrow, In Witness wherof I have heerunto sett my hand and seale
      "Gorge Soule and A seal"

      The inventory of the goods of George Soule, deceased 1679

      [Textile Glossary] [Tool Glossary]
      Item Dwelling house orchyard Barne and upland praised at 20 00 00
      Item Meddow Land 05 10 00
      Item bed and beding and wearin Clothes 10 00 00
      Item a Gun 00 15 00
      Item bookes 01 00 00
      Item a Chest and Chaire 00 05 00
      Item 2 paire of Sheers a tramell and wedge 00 06 00
      Item to other old lumber 00 03 00
      Item by Debts Due to the estate 03 00 00
      40 19 00

      An Acompt of Debt Due unto John Soule to be payed out of his fathers estate
      Anno: 1674 Impr for plowing in one bushell of wheat & one bushell of pease 00 06 00
      for reaping Rye and pease 00 7 00
      Item one Day plowing Greensword 00 05 00
      Item for plowing in weeding 00 02 00
      Item 2 Dayes and an half plowing in of Rye 00 08 06
      Item to Willam Clarke 00 00 09
      1675 Item for one Day plowing in of pease & two Days Reaping of Rye 00 07 06
      Item 1 locke for a Barne Dore 00 01 06
      Item for Goods taken up att Edmun Mufords att Boston viz: 4 yards 1'2 Carsey 19 01
      Item for 7 yards of penistone 2 s 09 d pr yard 00 19 03
      Item for 10 yards of Canves att 1 s 6 d pr yard 00 15 00
      Item for buttons and silke 00 01 10
      Item for blew linnine 00 02 02
      Item for thred browne Coullered 00 02 08
      Item for four yards of Red Cotton att 2 s 6 d pr yard 00 10 00
      Item for three hundred of shooe Nailes 00 01 00
      Item payed to Mr Mumford upon the old accoumpt 00 08 09
      1676 for Drawing 13 load of Brush and hedging about a feild 00 05 00
      Item for plowing in of pease and wheat 2 Dayes 00 08 00
      Item for Makeing a prteing fence between the orchyard 00 08 00
      Item for makeing stone wall about the orchyard 02 00 00
      Item for 12 yards of teicking of William Vobes 01 10 00
      Item for 20 yards of Canvis att 1 s 9 d pr yard 01 15 00
      Item for Dowlis of Mr hetman 7 yards att 2 s 3 d pr yard 00 18 00
      Item for eight yards of Osenbrigg of mr Thomas att 1 s 2 d pr yard 00 09 04
      Item for serge for a paire of briches 00 10 00
      Item for one paire of sheets 00 10 00
      Item for Diett and tendance since my mother died which was three yeer the Last December except some smale time my sister Patience Dressed his victualls 01 00 00
      Item for funerall charges 01 00 00 [2]
    Person ID I3765767  7_families
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 

    Father Robert Soule,   b. 1564, , Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1612, Eckington, Worcester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Tylson,   b. 1568, Of Pinchbeck, Lincoln, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1251551  Group Sheet

    Family Mary (Bucket) Beckett,   b. 17 Jan 1590, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1676, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Bef 1626  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Zachariah Soule,   b. 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1663, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +2. John Soule,   b. 1632, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Nathaniel Soule,   b. Abt 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. George Soule,   b. Abt 1639, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1704, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
     5. Susannah Soule,   b. 1642, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1684, Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     6. Mary Soule,   b. 1644, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1720, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Elizabeth Soule,   b. 1645, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Patience Soule,   b. 1648, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1706, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     9. Benjamin Soule,   b. 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1676, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 
    Family ID F1250979  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1593-1600 - Eckington, Worcester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1626 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 22 Jan 1679 - Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Feb 1680 - Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Signature of George Soule
    Signature of George Soule

  • Sources 
    1. [S12672] George Soule of the Mayflower, John E. Soule, Milton E. Terry, Robert S. Wakefield, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c1999), 3 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S7702] The Great Migration Begins 1620 - 1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1995).