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George Soule, Sr.

Also Known As: "Signed (35th signer) the Mayflower Compact. He was a close fried and neighbor to John Alden.", "Mayflower Passenger"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Eckington, Worcestershire, England
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth, MA
Place of Burial: Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Soule and Elizabeth Soule
Husband of Mary C. Soule (Beckett)
Father of Zachariah Soule; John Soule, I; Nathaniel Soule, Sr.; George Soule, Jr.; Susannah Elizabeth West (Soule) and 6 others

Occupation: Came over on the May Flower (around 1620), Mayflower passenger, tutor to Winslow children, Mayflower passenger/servant, Arrived on the Mayflour, Was on the Mayflower, Servant of Edward Winslow, "The Pilgrim of Plymouth" was on the Mayflower, teacher
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About George Soule, Mayflower passenger

George was most likely the son of Robert Soule of Eckington. He was orphaned when fire destroyed his parents' home.

He sailed in the Mayflower as one of two servants to Edward Winslow. The Winslow family from which Edward was descended lived in nearby Kempsey Parish and this early neighborhood association may explain the apprenticeship of George to the future Governor. George was probably in London when he joined Edward Winslow on the Mayflower voyage. Droitwich, the Winslow family home at the time, was a salt-mining community connected in a business way with the Salter's Company of London and thus the Winslow-Soule association was established.

George was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact (at Cape Cod in 1620). He sold his lands in Plymouth and moved to Duxbury before 1645, at which time he was Deputy to the General Court at Plymouth; he was also an original Proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645. George, Myles Standish and John Alden laid out the town of Duxbury and all are probably buried there.

George became a relatively well-to-do community leader, businessman and office holder. In 1668, he gave his land in Middleboro to his sons-in-law John Haskell and Francis Walker and their wives (his daughters) Patience and Elizabeth. When he died, his possessions included a gun, books, chest and chair, shears, trammel and wedge, bed and wearing clothes.

As often happens in families when property is concerned, his son John Soule was displeased with the amount of property willed to his sister Patience, and his displeasure came to the notice of his father for he delivered this caveat in a codicil to his Will:

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 Injoyment 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 shall shalbe voyd; and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And she shalbe my sold executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes att Duxburrow, In Witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hande and seale.

There is a marker for George Soule at Duxbury which reads: "Nearby Rests George Soule, Pilgrim, A signer of The Mayflower Compact on Nov 11th 1620, who died in January 1679-80. Erected by Soule Kindred 1971." The Plymouth Genealogy Society isn't sure where he's buried but believes he was buried on his property. Being a founder of the town, he was given a place in the cemetery.

Mayflower: The English ship the Mayflower (a three-masted merchant ship that had originally been constructed for transporting wine). The 180-ton ship was about 12 years old. It was chartered by John Carver who had gone to London to make arrangements for the voyage to America. On Jul 22, 1620, Leiden Separatists, who had initiated the venture, sailed for Southhampton, with 35 of the congregation and their leaders, William Bradford and William Brewster aboard the 60-ton Speedwell. Both the Speedwell and Mayflower sailed from Southhampton on Aug 15, but were twice forced back by dangerous leaks in Speedwell. At the English port of Plymouth, some of Speedwell's passengers were regrouped on Mayflower and on Sep 16, 1620, the historic voyage began. The colonists had been granted territory in Virginia by the London Company, but probably headed for a planned destination near the mouth of the Hudson River. The Mayflower turned back, however, and dropped anchor at Provincetown. The Mayflower crew sighted land off Cape Cod on Nov 9, 1620 and first landfall was made Nov 11, 1620. It is often stated that there were 101 passengers on Mayflower. There were, however, exactly 104 including men, women and children. Of these, just 50 died within a year from the time they sailed from England, most of whom within a few months after their arrival at Plymouth. From the list of 104 passengers, 49 left descendants. Of the 49 who left descendants, 10 were wives, 9 were sons, and 6 were daughters of other passengers. Eliminating these 25 as duplicate ancestors, there remains 24 "heads of families." Of the 24 heads of families, however, there should also be eliminated those of William Mullins and John Tilley, because each left only a daughter, and each of these daughters married one of the other 24. From the remaining 22 are descended all persons who are now members of the various State Societies of Mayflower Descendants, and from no other persons with descent will be accepted. The 22 heads of families are: John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter Brown, James Chilton, Francis Cook, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Degory Priest, Thomas Rogers, Henry Samson, George Soule, Myles Standish, Richard Warren, William White and Edward Winslow.

-------------------- Baptisim of George Soule on 9 February 1595 at Tingrith, Bedford, son of William.

George Soule came on the Mayflower as a servant to the Edward Winslow family, indicating he was under 25 years old at the time; however, he did sign the Mayflower Compact, suggesting he was over 21. This puts his birth year at around 1595-1599. This matches well with his apparent marriage date of around 1625 at Plymouth: by the May 1627 Division of Cattle, he was married to Mary, and they had had one son, Zachariah.

George Soule and family moved to Duxbury very early on, and he was a deputy to the Plymouth Court for a number of years beginning in 1642. He had volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's troops were not needed. He was on various committees, juries, and survey teams, during his life in Duxbury. In 1646, for example, he was appointed to the committee to deal with Duxbury's problem of the disorderly smoking of tobacco.

George Soule made out his will on 11 August 1677, and added a codicil to it on 20 September 1677. The codicil is quite interesting as it gives a little insight into a family squabble between son John and daughter Patience:

"If my son John Soule above-named or his heirs or assigns or any of them shall at any time disturb my daughter Patience or her heirs or assigns or any of them in peaceable possession or enjoyment of the lands I have given her at Nemasket alias Middleboro and recover the same from her or her heirs or assigns or any of them; that then my gift to my son John Soule shall be void; and that then my will is my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxbury and she shall be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxbury."

Last Will 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 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 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 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 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 this Instrument to be 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 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 Injoyment 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 shall shalbe 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 heerunto sett my hande and seale;

Gorge Soule and A seal

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

The Marke D T of Deborah Thomas http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/GeorgeSoule.php

GEORGE SOULE IN 17TH CENTURY RECORDS


George Soule : Mayflower passenger


"The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families ... "Mr. Edward Winslow, Elizabeth his wife and two men-servants called George Soule and Elias Story; also a little girl was put to him called Ellen, the sister of Richard More." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 441-3. George Soule : Signer of the Mayflower Compact


"I shall ... begin with a combination made by them before they came ashore ; being the first foundation of their government in this place. Occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amonst them had let fall from them in the ship: That when they came ashore they would use their own liberty, for none had power to command them, the patent they had being for Virginia and not for New England... And partly that such an act by them done, this their condition considered, might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure. "The form was as followeth : IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 75-76. George Soule & the 1623 Division of Land


The 1623 Division of Land marked the end of the Pilgrims' earliest system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it in this way: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, or that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled wold have been thought great tyranny and oppression." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 120.

Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. George Soule's lands are among "The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May Floure, according as thier lotes were case" and are described as "these lye on the South side of the brooke to the baywards." George Soule & the 1627 Division of Cattle


Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 also tells of the 1627 Division of Cattle: "At a publique court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company... & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot... "The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with (2) him his wife Elizabeth Warren (3) Nathaniell Warren (4) Joseph Warren (5) Mary Warren (6) Anna Warren (7) Sara Warren (8) Elizabeth Warren (9) Abigall Warren (10) John Billington (11) George Sowle (12) Mary Sowle (13) Zakariah Sowle. "To this lott fell one of the 4 black Heyfers that came in the Jacob caled the smooth horned Heyfer and two shee goats." George Soule : a 1626 "Purchaser"


In 1621, King James I authorized the Council for New England to plant and govern land in this area. This Council granted the Peirce Patent, confirming the Pilgrims' settlement and governance of Plymouth. Peirce and his associates, the merchant adventurers, were allotted 100 acres for each settler the Company transported. The Pilgrims had a contract with the Company stating all land and profits would accrue to the Company for 7 years at which time the assets would be divided among the shareholders. Most of the Pilgrims held some stock. The Pilgrims negotiated a more favorable contract with the Company in 1626. In 1627, 53 Plymouth freemen, known as "The Purchasers," agreed to buy out the Company over a period of years. In turn, 12 "Undertakers" (8 from Plymouth and 4 from London) agreed to pay off Plymouth's debts in return for trade benefits. George Soule in the Records of Plymouth


1633 : "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An: 1633 ... George Sowle" "Georg Sowle" was again listed as a Freeman in 1636-7, 1643, 1658 & 1670. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 4, 52 ; Vol. 8, p. 174-5, 189, 198; and Vol. 5, p. 275.

25 March 1633 : "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of o'r soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scotl., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use by the Gov'r, Mr Will Bradford ... to be brought in by each pson as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vi s[hillings] p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing ... George Sowle, 00 : 09 [shillings] : 00." George Soule was again "rated" 9 shillings in 1634. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 9-10, 27.

1 July 1633 : "Orders about mowing of Grasse for the prnt Yeare, 1633 ... That George Sowle mow for a cow neere his dwelling howse." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 14-15.

14 March 1635-6 : "At a Generall Meeting the 14th of March, concerning the Hey Grownds for Plymoth & Duxburrough ... "That Manasseh Kempton & George Sowle haue theirs against the fence of the sd George, & against the fence of Thomas Little." In 1636-7, George Soule was again granted hay grounds, "To Georg Sowle, where he gott hey the last yeare." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 39-41, 56.

1636 [a law was passed requiring every man mark his cattle and record the mark] : "Georg Soale a peece cut out like a [cross] of the under side of the right eare downewarde." Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 1.

3 January 1636-7 : "Georg Soule complains agst Natha'll Thomas, in a plea of trespasse, to the damnag of fourty pounds. The jury found for the plt, the beasts to be restored to him, & gaue him xii d damnag, & costs of suite." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 4.

2 May 1637 : "It was ordered by this Court, that a jury should be empanelled to set forth the heigh wayes about Plymouth Ducksborrow, and the Eele Riuer, wch was accordinge sumoned ... "The Verdict or Order of thabouesaid Jury, prformed by them the tenth Day of May, 1637, and deliuered by them into the Genall Court held the xij'th of July next after, and by the same confirmed in these words following, vizt : "... To the Eele Riuer, from Plymouth ... The heigh way from Thomas Clarks stille to passe betweene his house and his hoggs coate downe to George Soules, next the riur, and the said Georg to allow a sufficient way from thence ou the riuer by a bridge, and so to another heighway alowed for that neighbourhood; to the wch neighbourhood we allow a way from Mr Hopkins house downe to a p that leads to the fishing poynt..." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 58-60.

7 June 1637 : "It is concluded and enacted by the Court, that the colony of New Plymouth shall send forth ayd to assist them of Massachusetts Bay and Conectacutt in their warrs against the Pequin Indians, in reveng of the innocent blood of the English wch the sd Pequins haue barbarously shed, and refuse to giue satisfaccon for... "The Names of the Souldiers that willingly offer themselues to goe vpon the sd Service, wth Mr Prince & the Leiftent [William Holmes]. Voluntaries. Francis Clarke, Richard Church, Georg Soule ..." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 60.

4 December 1637 : "A garden place is graunted to Georg Soule, on Ducksborrow side, by Samuel Nashes, to lye to his ground at Powder Poynt." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 69.

7 May 1638 : "One acre of land is graunted to Georg Soule at the watering place, in lue of another acre wch was taken from him for other vse, puided it be so layd forth that it be least prjudiciall to the neighbourhood there; and also that pcell of Stony Marsh at Pouder Poynt, containeing two acres, be it moore lesse, compassed about wth the lotts of lands there graunted vnto him." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 83.

26 July 1638 : "The stock at this tyme was thus disposed ... "Mr. John Holmes sixe shares, Mr Thomas Hill foure shares, Ralph Wallen two shares, in the browne back cowe was at Georg Soules." Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 4.

1639 : "Memorand the xiij'th July 1639 That Georg Sowle doth acknowledge that for & in consideracon of one Steere Calfe to him payd & Deliuered by Robte Hicks of Plymouth hath freely and absolutely bargained and sould vnto the said Robte Hicks his heires & assignes all those his two acrees of lands lying at the lace called the watering place on the South side of the Towne of Plymouth and all his right title & interrest of and into the same wth all and singuler thapprtencs therevnto belonginge To haue and to hold the said two acrees of lands wth all and singule the apprtences therevnto belonging vnto the said Robte Hicks his heires & Assignes foreu to the onely pper vse and behoofe of him the said Robte Hicks his heires and assignes for euer." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, pg. 45.

5 May 1640 : "John Winslow, Nicholas Snowe, Nehemiah Smythe, Georg Soule, Josuah Pratt - are appoynted to view all the meddowes at Greens Harbour, wch are not graunted forth, & to measure them, and to make report thereof the next Court." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 151.

2 November 1640 : "George Soule is graunted the meddow he desires against Mr Princes lands at Greens Harbour, if in case Mr Howland do not exchaung fiue acres wth Mr Bradford, and Mr Bradford take his further of to fitt him wthall, or make exchaung wth Mr Burne & Mrs Fuller, whereby he may be furnished." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 165.

7 December 1641 : "Georg Bonum & Thom Clark compl agst James Luxford, in an action of trespasse vpon the case, to the dam of x li debts. [Good] Attached. "In the hands of Joseph Greene 00 [pounds] : 12 [shillings] : 01 [pence]. In the hands of Thom Morton 00 : 15 : 01. In the hands of George Soule 2 : 6 : 11" Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, pg. 27.

27 September 1642 : "This Court was occationed by the Indians to puide forces against them for an offensiue & defensiue warr; and though all the inhits were warned, yet they appeared by their seuall deputies, as they had liberty to doe ... "For Duxborrow, Capt. Miles Standish, Mr John Alden, Johathan Brewster, Mr Comfort Starr, Mr Wm Wetherrell, Willm Basset, Christopher Waddesworth, Georg Soule." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 45-6.

7 March 1642-3 : "Constables for eich Towne ... "Duxborrow, - Thom Bonney constable. Loue Brewster & Georg Soule, grand jury men." George Soule was sworn in as a member of "The Grand Inquest" on 6 June 1643. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 53, 56.

4 June 1645 : "Whereas Jonathan Brewster desireth a pcell of land at Namassacheesett, wch Mr Collyer, Mr Alden, & Georg Soule are appoynted to view and make report thereof unto the Court; and as the Court shall approve, it so to be graunted unto him... The inhabitants of the towne of Duxborrow are graunted a competent pporcion of lands about Saughtuckquett, towards the west, for a plantacion for them, and to have it foure miles every way from the place where they shall sett up their center (pvided it entrench not upon Winnetuckquett, formly graunted to Plymouth,) and have nominated Captaine Miles Standish, Mr John Alden, George Soul, Constant Southworth, Joseph Rogers, and Willm Brett to be feoffees in trust for the equall devideing and laying forth of the said lands to their inhabitants." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 88.

28 October 1645 : "The Names of the Comittees this Court ... Duxborrow [:] Mr John Alden, George Soule." Again on 3 March 1645-6 : "The comittees of the seuall townes : ... Duxborrow, [:] Mr John Alden, Georg Soule." 7 July 1646 : "The comittees of the seuall towneshipps : ... Duxborrow [:] Mr John Alden, George Soule." 4 June 1650 : "The comitties of the seuerall Townes that serued at this Court ... Duxbery [:] Gorg Soule, Constant Southworth." 5 June 1651 : "Comitties of the seuerall Townshipes ... Duxber [:] Gorge Soule, Constant Southworth." 7 June 1653 : "The Deputies of the seuerall Townes ... Duxburrow [:] Gorg Soule, Constant Southworth." 6 June 1654 : "The Names of the Deputies of the seuerall Townshipps. Mr. John Howland, Mr John Winslow, John Dunham, Senir, John Cooke, Gorge Soule, ... [et al]" Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 94-5, 104, 154, 167 and Vol. 3, p. 31, 49.

20 October 1646 : "Antony Thacher and George Sole were chosen a comittee to draw vp an order concerning disorderly drinking of tobacco." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 108.

1 June 1647 :"Capt Miles Standish, compl, agst Gilbert Brookes, in an accon of trespas vpon the case; dam v li. The jury found for ye defend 2 d dam, & charge of ye Courte. "Thomas Prence, gent, compl, agst Edward Holeman & Nicolas Hodges, def: Accon, trespass vpon ye case; dam 40 s. The jury found for the plaint. his peece & locke made good by ye defend, & cost of Court, and iudgmt therevpon was graunted. "The Petty Jury for these Trialls. John Finney, Rich Sparrow, Robte Wickson, Sam Nash, George Soule, [et al], jur. sworne." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 116-7.

5 June 1650 : "Att the Generall Court of freemen holden the fifte of June 1650 ... "Wheras a Comittie was Chosen by the court viz Mr Tho: Prence Mr Willam Collyare Mr Tho: Dimacke Mr James Cudworth Mr Josiah Winslow John Dunham sei. Gorg Soule and Constant Southworth to Consider of the pprosition propounded by the comitties at the last october Court concerning the Maior pt of the court to order the aiornments and desolutions of the generall Courts and the making and Repealling of lawes they the said Comittie declared theire minds to bee that things in respect of the aforsaid perticular doe Rest vnalltered as they are... "Wheras A Comittee was chosen viz: Mr Tho: Prence Mr Willam Collyare Mr Tho: Dimmacke Mr James Cudworth Mr Josias Winslow John Dunham senir. Gorge Soule and Constant Southworth to consider of the proposition propounded by the deputies att the Court held in October 1650 concerning the major pte of the Courts to order the adjurnments and desolutions of the generall Courts and the makeing and repealing of lawes they the said Comittee declared theire minds to bee that matters in the aforsaid respects to rest vnaltered as they were and that for the future as formerly in the makeing and repealing of lawes and adjournment of Courts wherin Comittes are requisite the majestrates and deputies bee considered as one body." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 11, pg. 56, 79.

26 September 1651 : "An Inventory of all and singulare the goods and Chattels of Willam Thomas gent: of the Towne of Marshfeild late Deceased taken the 26th Day of September Anno Dom 1651 ... Gorg Soule, Josias Winslowe. "At the Request of Captaine Nathaniell Thomas Wee Gorge Soule and Josias Winslow have according to our best widsom and Descrecion vallued the goods and Chattels above expressed but soe it is that the said Deceased in his life time Did lend to Divers of his Naighbors; and other Divers pticulars which are not Returned as yet; which are Included in the Inventory and vallued by us from his Informacion" Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 10, p. 163-4.

January 1652-3 : "These prsents Witnesseth That George Soule of Duxburrow hath covenanted with Mr John Winslow of Plymouth That ; Mary Soule his Daughter shall Dwell abide and continew with him the said Mr John Winslow the full tearme of seaven yeares begining from the first day of this prsent month called January and from the said Day fully and compleatly to bee ended; And in case the said Mary Soule Doe not change her condicon by marriage shee is to Dwell and abide with him the full tearme of eight years begining from the first of this prsent month as aforsaid and from thence fully to bee ended." Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 1, p. 214.

7 March 1653-4 : "The deputies of each towne appeering, according to the summons directed to each towne for that purpose, the occation of sending for them was declared, viz : that wheras a letter hath been somtime sence receiued from the Generall Court of the Massachusetts conserning the confedderacon of the Vnited Collonies, wherunto an answare was required to bee made, accordingly the Court framed an answare, and ordered that in theire name it should bee sent with the first conveniency. "The names of the deputies that appeered and acted in the abouesaid occations were thus following : - Mr John Howland, Mr John Winslow, Leift Thomas Southworth, John Cooke, Gorg Soule, [et al]..." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, pg. 43-44.

7 March 1653-4 : "Att this Court, Kanelme Winslow complained against John Soule for speakeing falsly of and scandalicing his daughter in carying diuers falce reports betwixt Josias Standish and her; the which complaint, att the request of Gorge Soule, father of the said John Soule, was refered vntill another Court, to bee tryed by a jury of twelue of his equalls." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, pg. 46-7.

3 June 1656 : "Att this Court, a jury was appointed to giue meeting to Mr John Alden, Assistant, on the 18th day of this psent June, att the house of Mr Arther Howland, att the South Riuer, by the said Mr Alden to bee impanneled to lay outt or deuide the lands of the said Arther Howland and Tho Chillingsworth, deceased, according to theire best euidence. "Theire names are as followeth : - Mr. Anthony Eams, Tho Bird, Josepth Andrews, Leiftenant Torry, Ensigne Williams, Serjeant Johnson, Christopher Wadsworth, Gorg Soule, [et al]" Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, pg. 102.

4 May 1658 : "Mr. Kanelme Winslow, Anthony Snow, and Timothy Williamson are requested and deputed by the Court with all convenient speed to lay out a pcell of meddow, being fiue acres graunted vnto Gorge Soule according to the graunt vpon record." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, pg. 134.

1 June 1658 : "Gorge Soule, Constant Southworth, and Phillip Delanoe are appointed by the Court to sett the range betwixt Mr Bournes and Anthony Snowes lands att Marshfeild, to run the line on the same point of the compase that Mr Bournes range now runes to the South Riuer; and what they aformencioned appointed shall doe therein shall stand feirme for the future." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, pg. 138-9.

1660 [Purchase of Dartmouth] : "Att a generall meeting of the Purchasers att Plymouth the seaventh of march 1652 It was ordered and fully agreed unto and Concluded by the whole that all that Tract and tracts of lands lying from the Purchassers bounds on the west side of coughcusse to a river called Accusshaneck and three miles to the Eastwards of the same; with all Ilands meddows woods waters rivers Creekes and all appurtenances therunto belonging Should bee given to those whose names are heerunder written Containing thirty four shares and was then given alloted Assigned and sett over to them by the whole to have and to hold to them and their heires and Assignes for ever ; to Devide and Dispose of the same as theys hould see good; and they are to Satisfy the Indians for the Purchase therof and to beare all other Due Charges that shall any way arise about the same According to their severall proportions "William Bradford a moyety, Captaine Standish ... Gorge Soule ... [et al] "Wheras these Purchasers whoe by agreement of the whole had theire proportions of Purchase land falling unto them in the places above mencioned whoe by agreement had theire severall names entered into a list (together with some other old Comers) under the hand of the honored Govr: late Deceased they Did Desire that the list of theire Names might bee recorded; but the above written originall list of Names and the agreement Could not bee found in some yeares ; soe that it was Judged lost These purchasers notwithstanding still Desiring that what was theire right might bee recorded; wherupon order was given by the aforsaid Govr that it might bee Done ... "The names of those whoe by order of the Purchasers mett att Plymouth the seaventh Day of march 1652 whoe by Joynt consent and agreement of the said purchasers are to have theire prtes shares or proportions att the place or places commonly called and knowne by the names of Acushena alias acquessent which entereth in att the westeren end of Neckatay and to Coaksett alias acoakius and places adjacent ... The said Tract or tract[s] of Land soe bounded as abovesaid which is purchased of the Indians which were the right propriators therof; as appeers by a Deed under their hands with all the mershes meddows rivers waters woods Timber; and all other profitts privilidges emunities comodities and appurtenances belonging to the said Tract or Tracts above expressed or any prte or prcell therof to belonge unto the prties whose names are underwritten (whoe are in number thirty four whole prtes or share and noe more) to them and their heires and assignes for ever ... "Mr. Willam Bradford one whole prte or share, capt: Standish one whole prte or share, ... Gorge Soule one whole share..." Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 4, p. 185-188.

3 March 1662-3 : "Richard Church and John Tompson complained against Capt Thomas Willett, in an action of the case, to the damage of twenty four pounds, for non pforming an agreement, according to couenants, about the meeting house att Plymouth. "Find for the defendant the cost of the suite... "The names of the jury that tryed the action betwixt Richard Church and John Tompson, plaintiffes, and Capt Willett, defendant, are as followeth : John Bourne, Gorge Soule, James Walker, Barnabar Laythorp, Josepth Beedle, Henery Sampson, Benjamine Nye, Resolued White, Francis Crooker, John Whiston, Stephen Winge, John Wadsworth, sworne." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, pg. 105-6, 108.

1664 : "The severall lots layed forth and bounded lying and being upon Pochade necke neare unto Namassakett graunted unto severall psons afternamed are as followeth ... "Gorge Soule, 21 Lott is bounded with two red oakes marked ... " Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 34, p. 80-82.

5 June 1665: "We whose names are below written, were empaneled upon a Jury for the laying forth of a sufficient footway through the land of Moses Simons and Samuel Chandler, the which we have done according to our best discretion, and bounded it as follows, that is to say, from the east side of the land of Samuel Chandler, unto the west side of the land of Moses Simons, marked out as follows, with six small saplings in the land of Samuel chandler, and so unto four dry stakes in the land of Moses Simons, and so unto five green stakes, which reach the other way. George Sole Sen., Phillip Dellano Sen., Experience Michill, Edman Weston, Francis West, Abraham Samson, William Clarke, Henry Samson, Rogen Glass, Joseph Prior, Samuel Hunt, John Sprague." Records of the Town of Duxbury 1642-1770, p. 10-11.

5 March 1667-8 : "Att this Court, Nathaniel Soule, being sumoned, appeered to answare for his abusing of Mr John Holmes, teacher of the church of Christ att Duxburrow, by many false, scandulous, and approbriouse speeches, as appeered to the Court by many testimonies, for which hee was centanced by the Court to make a publicke acknowlidgment therof att this psent Court, and to find surties for his good behauior, and to be sett in the stockes duering the pleasure of the Court; att the earnest request of the said Mr Holmes, the latter pte of the centance was remitted; the two former ptes therof were pformed as followeth ... "Nathaniel Soule acknowlidgeth to owe vnto our sou lord the Kinge the sume of 20 [pounds] : 00 : 00. Gorge Soule, Senir, the sume of 10 [pounds] : 00 :00. John Soule, the sume of 10 [pounds] : 00 :00. " Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 4, pg. 179.

6 March 1667-8 : "The last Will and Testament of Mr John Barnes of Plymouth in New England late Deceased; exhibited to the court held att Plymouth the 29th of October anno Dom 1671 on the oathes of Mr Samuell Saberry and Samuell hunt as followeth ... "Signed and sealed In ye prsence of George Soule Senr: Saml: Seabury samuell hunt" Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 4, p. 98-100.

23 July 1668 : " I Gorge Soule senir of Duxburrow ... plantor; Doe by and with the Consent of Mary my wife give ... unto Francis Walker husband to my Daughter Elizabeth halfe my whole share of lands att Namassakett both upland and meddow land for quantity and quallitie; and wheras there is three Devisions of Land alreddy : viz: a hundred acrees and twenty five acrees and twenty acrees; The said Francis shall have the lower halfe of the hundred acree lott next towards the meddow and the twenty acree lott with halfe of all the rest yett to be Devided both upland and meddow "The witnesses were Samuel Nash and Jonathan Alden. " This deed was acknowlidged this twenty fourth of the fift month 1668 before mee John Alden Assistant. " Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 27, p. 39-40.

26 January 1668-9 : " Gorge Soule of Duxburrow ... for and in Consideration of the love and naturall affection; and for other valluable causes and Considerations ... Doth give ... unto Patience haskall his true and Naturall Daughter: and unto John haskall her husband; all that his halfe share of land at Namassakett both upland and meddow land ... haveing given the other halfe share formerly unto Francis Walker ... and if the said Patience shall Die before her husband John haskall and have noe Child ... then the abovesaid halfe share of lands shalbe the proper Inheritance of the abovesaid John haskall ... but if the abovesaid Patience shall survive her husband John haskall and have noe Child by him ... then the whole half share of land to belong unto the abovesaid Patience her heires and assignes "The witnesses were Samuel Nash and David Alden. " This Deed was acknowlidged the twenty sixt of the eleventh month 1668 by Gorge Soule senir before mee John Aldin Assistant. " Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 27, p. 40.

12 March 1668-9 : " Duxburro 12th 1 mo 1668 ... I George Soul of Duxburro ... husbandman do give ... all my right title & Interest In a percell of land lying att Namascutt viz The moyety or half part of all my sd Lands meado Swamps &c unto my Daughter Elizabeth Wife unto Francis Walker To her And her heirs for Ever ... I do farther ... give unto my sd Daughter the moyety or half part of all my purchase or purchasess lying And being as before Expresst In yet place Comonly Called Namascutt I do further give And grant unto my sd Daughter all the privilidges That may or Shall arise on ye sd Lands &c ... further I do declare This To be my Will as To Deed of Gift As tho it were more fully Exprest yet looking on this As a sufficient deed unto her And her heirs for Ever and further These may declare That my Wife Mary Soul doth also give up all her iInterest In That half part unto my sd Daughter Elizabeth. "The deed was signed by George Soule only. It was witnessed by Samuel Seabury and Rudolphus Thacher, but was not acknowledged." Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 27, p. 40-41.

27 October 1674 : "Gorge Soule, of Duxburrow, complained against John Peterson, of Duxborrow, aforsaid, in an action of the case, to the damage of an hundred pounds, for better cecuritie for the payment of a debt of six pounds seauen shillingssss and thripence due, to haue bin payed the first day of Nouember last, as appeers by a bill bearing date the thirtieth day of July, in the yeare of our Lord 1672; as alsoe for the payment of sixty three pounds twelue shillings and ninepence due, heerafter to be payed att seuerall payments, as by seuerall bills of the aforsaid date appeereth, which said sume of seauenty pounds, being behind and vnpayed, is pte of the sume of eighty pounds contracted to be payed by the said John Peterson to the said Gorge Soule, for the purchase of a certaine tract of land lying in Powder Point, in Duxburrow, aforsaid, att the time of the said purchase of the lands of and in the occupation of the said Gorge Soule, and now in the occupation of the said John Peterson and the said Gorge Soule. "The jury find for the defendant the cost of the suite." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, pg. 193. George Soule : 1650


"And seeing it hath pleased Him to give me [William Bradford] to see thirty years completed since these beginnings, and that the great works of His providence are to be observed, I have thought it not unworthy my pains to take a view of the decreasings and increasings of these persons and such changes as hath passed over them and theirs in this thirty years... "One of his [Edward Winslow's] servants died, as also the little girl, soon after the ship's arrival. But his man, George Soule, is still living and hath eight children." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 443-7. George Soule's wife, Mary


1 March 1658-9 : "John Smith, Junir, of Plymouth, Goodwife Howland, the wife of Henery Howland, Zoeth Howland and his wife, John Soule and Goodwife Soule, the wife of Gorge Soule, of Duxburrow, Arthur Howland and his wife, of Marshfeild, Mis Cudworth, Goodwife Coleman, Willam Parker, and his wife, of Scituate, haueing bine prsented for frequently absenting themselues from the publicke worship of God, were sentanced by the Court to pay, according to order of Court, each ten shillings, to the collonies vse." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 8, pg. 95.

The inventory of the goods of George Soule, deceased 1679


Note: inventories are valued in pounds (L), shillings (s) and pence (d). There were 12 pence (or pennies) to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound.

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

    

-------------------- GEORGE SOULE


George Soule came to Plymouth on the Mayflower as a servant of Edward Winslow.

George Soule married after the voyage to Plymouth. His wife was named Mary. By the time of the Division of Cattle in 1627, they had one son Zachariah. Mary Soule is probably Mary Buckett, who is listed in the 1623 Division of Land. George and Mary Soule had 9 children. Children of George Soule and birth years: Zachariah Soule (22 May 1627) John Soule (about 1632) Nathaniel Soule (about 1637) George Soule (about 1639) Susanna Soule (West) (about 1642) Mary Soule (Peterson) (about 1644) Elizabeth Soule (Walker) (about 1648) Patience Soule (Haskell) (about 1648) Benjamin Soule (about 1651)

George Soule moved to Duxbury and acquired considerable property. He was a volunteer in the Pequot War and served as a deputy for Duxbury and as a member of numerous town committees.

George Soule died in 1679. Burial: Miles Standish Burial Ground South Duxbury Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

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"

-------------------- This was the George Soule who came to America on the Mayflower. -------------------- George was orphaned when fire destroyed his home . He was brought up by his brother, Robert Soule of Selter Co. George Soule (c. 1595–1679) was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact, and one of the original 102 Pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

George Soule was born in England in about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 and was one of 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact in November of 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In about 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. George Soule eventually became a prominent landowner in Duxbury, Massachusetts. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. He also served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1679, leaving a sizable estate. (Wikipedia 2007) Link to his last will and testament: http://www.pilgrimhall.org/willgsoule.htm -------------------- George was orphaned when fire destroyed his home . He was brought up by his brother, Robert Soule of Selter Co. George Soule (c. 1595–1679) was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact, and one of the original 102 Pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

George Soule was born in England in about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 and was one of 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact in November of 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In about 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. George Soule eventually became a prominent landowner in Duxbury, Massachusetts. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. He also served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1679, leaving a sizable estate. (Wikipedia 2007) Link to his last will and testament: http://www.pilgrimhall.org/willgsoule.htm -------------------- Came over on the Mayflower as tutor to the Winslow children. Signed the Mayflower Compact. -------------------- Mayflower -------------------- Soule was born in England about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 probably as an indentured servant. He was one of forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact in November 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In the 1623 Plymouth division of lands, Soule received 1-acre (4,000 m2) as a passenger on the Mayflower. About 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. Soule moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts at some point before 1642 and eventually became a prominent landowner there. He served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury to the Plymouth General Court and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1680, leaving a sizable estate. He was likely buried in Miles Standish Burial Ground.[1][2] -------------------- Came over on the Mayflower -------------------- Came to America on the Mayflower as indentured servant to the Winslow family. -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soule -------------------- George was most likely the son of Robert Soule of Eckington. He was orphaned when fire destroyed his parents' home.

He sailed in the Mayflower as one of two servants to Edward Winslow. The Winslow family from which Edward was descended lived in nearby Kempsey Parish and this early neighborhood association may explain the apprenticeship of George to the future Governor. George was probably in London when he joined Edward Winslow on the Mayflower voyage. Droitwich, the Winslow family home at the time, was a salt-mining community connected in a business way with the Salter's Company of London and thus the Winslow-Soule association was established.

George was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact (at Cape Cod in 1620). He sold his lands in Plymouth and moved to Duxbury before 1645, at which time he was Deputy to the General Court at Plymouth; he was also an original Proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645. George, Myles Standish and John Alden laid out the town of Duxbury and all are probably buried there.

George became a relatively well-to-do community leader, businessman and office holder. In 1668, he gave his land in Middleboro to his sons-in-law John Haskell and Francis Walker and their wives (his daughters) Patience and Elizabeth. When he died, his possessions included a gun, books, chest and chair, shears, trammel and wedge, bed and wearing clothes.

As often happens in families when property is concerned, his son John Soule was displeased with the amount of property willed to his sister Patience, and his displeasure came to the notice of his father for he delivered this caveat in a codicil to his Will:

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 Injoyment 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 shall shalbe voyd; and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And she shalbe my sold executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes att Duxburrow, In Witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hande and seale.

There is a marker for George Soule at Duxbury which reads: "Nearby Rests George Soule, Pilgrim, A signer of The Mayflower Compact on Nov 11th 1620, who died in January 1679-80. Erected by Soule Kindred 1971." The Plymouth Genealogy Society isn't sure where he's buried but believes he was buried on his property. Being a founder of the town, he was given a place in the cemetery.

Mayflower: The English ship the Mayflower (a three-masted merchant ship that had originally been constructed for transporting wine). The 180-ton ship was about 12 years old. It was chartered by John Carver who had gone to London to make arrangements for the voyage to America. On Jul 22, 1620, Leiden Separatists, who had initiated the venture, sailed for Southhampton, with 35 of the congregation and their leaders, William Bradford and William Brewster aboard the 60-ton Speedwell. Both the Speedwell and Mayflower sailed from Southhampton on Aug 15, but were twice forced back by dangerous leaks in Speedwell. At the English port of Plymouth, some of Speedwell's passengers were regrouped on Mayflower and on Sep 16, 1620, the historic voyage began. The colonists had been granted territory in Virginia by the London Company, but probably headed for a planned destination near the mouth of the Hudson River. The Mayflower turned back, however, and dropped anchor at Provincetown. The Mayflower crew sighted land off Cape Cod on Nov 9, 1620 and first landfall was made Nov 11, 1620. It is often stated that there were 101 passengers on Mayflower. There were, however, exactly 104 including men, women and children. Of these, just 50 died within a year from the time they sailed from England, most of whom within a few months after their arrival at Plymouth. From the list of 104 passengers, 49 left descendants. Of the 49 who left descendants, 10 were wives, 9 were sons, and 6 were daughters of other passengers. Eliminating these 25 as duplicate ancestors, there remains 24 "heads of families." Of the 24 heads of families, however, there should also be eliminated those of William Mullins and John Tilley, because each left only a daughter, and each of these daughters married one of the other 24. From the remaining 22 are descended all persons who are now members of the various State Societies of Mayflower Descendants, and from no other persons with descent will be accepted. The 22 heads of families are: John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter Brown, James Chilton, Francis Cook, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Degory Priest, Thomas Rogers, Henry Samson, George Soule, Myles Standish, Richard Warren, William White and Edward Winslow. -------------------- George Soule (c. 1595 – 1679) was a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and one of the original 102 Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

Soule was born in England about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 as an indentured servant. He was one of forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact in November 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In the 1623 Plymouth division of lands, Soule received one acre as a passenger on the Mayflower. About 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. Soule eventually became a prominent landowner in Duxbury, Massachusetts. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. He also served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1680, leaving a sizable estate.

-------------------- 1620- Mayflower passenger.

1623- Allotted one acre of land at Plymouth, MA "on the south side of the brooke to the baywards." He lived near Eel River.

1633- Freeman of Plymouth Colony. Taxed 9 shillings.

1637- Volunteer during the troubles with the Pequot Native Americans.

1642- He was appointed to a committee to plan for offensive and defensive war against the Native Americans.

1645- One of the founders of Duxbury, MA with Myles Standish and others. He located at powder point where he lived the rest of his life.

He served at Duxbury, MA as selectman and civil magistrate frequently.

1642-5, 1650-51, 1653-54: Representive to the General Court.

He was assigned with Governor Prince, Winslow, and Constance Southworth, to revise the laws of the Colony. -------------------- ref;

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-------------------- Mayflower Passenger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soule -------------------- George Soule's origins in England have not been discovered. The most promising record found to date is the baptism of a George Soule on 9 February 1595 at Tingrith, Bedford, son of William. Other Soule families using the name George can also be found in Sudbury, Suffolk, and Flitwick, Bedford. George Soule came on the Mayflower as a servant to the Edward Winslow family, indicating he was under 25 years old at the time; however, he did sign the Mayflower Compact, suggesting he was over 21. This puts his birth year at around 1595-1599. This matches well with his apparent marriage date of around 1625 at Plymouth: by the May 1627 Division of Cattle, he was married to Mary, and they had had one son, Zachariah. George Soule and family moved to Duxbury very early on, and he was a deputy to the Plymouth Court for a number of years beginning in 1642. He had volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's troops were not needed. He was on various committees, juries, and survey teams, during his life in Duxbury. In 1646, for example, he was appointed to the committee to deal with Duxbury's problem of the disorderly smoking of tobacco. George Soule made out his will on 11 August 1677, and added a codicil to it on 20 September 1677. The codicil is quite interesting as it gives a little insight into a family squabble between son John and daughter Patience: "If my son John Soule above-named or his heirs or assigns or any of them shall at any time disturb my daughter Patience or her heirs or assigns or any of them in peaceable possession or enjoyment of the lands I have given her at Nemasket alias Middleboro and recover the same from her or her heirs or assigns or any of them; that then my gift to my son John Soule shall be void; and that then my will is my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxbury and she shall be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxbury." -------------------- George arrived at Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 as an employee of pilgrim Edward Winslow. George and Mary were married before 1626 in Plymouth, Ma. He was a teacher of Edward Winslow's (Winslow was the 3rd, 6th &10th Governor of Plymouth Colony) children. Later, he was a Plymouth volunteer for the Pequot War in 1637. He was a signer of the Mayflower Compact. Some of his glassblowing work is in the Plymouth Pilgrim Museum. He is buried next to John Alden and Priscilla at Duxbury; and near to Miles Standish. He, John Alden and others bought land for Gov. Prence.

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" -------------------- Soule was born in England about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 probably as an indentured servant. He was one of forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact in November 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In the 1623 Plymouth division of lands, Soule received 1-acre (4,000 m2) as a passenger on the Mayflower. About 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. Soule moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts at some point before 1642 and eventually became a prominent landowner there. He served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury to the Plymouth General Court and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1680, leaving a sizable estate. He was likely buried in Miles Standish Burial Ground.[1][2] -------------------- Mayflower passenger -------------------- Mayflower Passenger -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soule

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George was most likely the son of Robert Soule of Eckington. He was orphaned when fire destroyed his parents' home.

He sailed in the Mayflower as one of two servants to Edward Winslow. The Winslow family from which Edward was descended lived in nearby Kempsey Parish and this early neighborhood association may explain the apprenticeship of George to the future Governor. George was probably in London when he joined Edward Winslow on the Mayflower voyage. Droitwich, the Winslow family home at the time, was a salt-mining community connected in a business way with the Salter's Company of London and thus the Winslow-Soule association was established.

George was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact (at Cape Cod in 1620). He sold his lands in Plymouth and moved to Duxbury before 1645, at which time he was Deputy to the General Court at Plymouth; he was also an original Proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645. George, Myles Standish and John Alden laid out the town of Duxbury and all are probably buried there.

George became a relatively well-to-do community leader, businessman and office holder. In 1668, he gave his land in Middleboro to his sons-in-law John Haskell and Francis Walker and their wives (his daughters) Patience and Elizabeth. When he died, his possessions included a gun, books, chest and chair, shears, trammel and wedge, bed and wearing clothes.

As often happens in families when property is concerned, his son John Soule was displeased with the amount of property willed to his sister Patience, and his displeasure came to the notice of his father for he delivered this caveat in a codicil to his Will:

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 Injoyment 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 shall shalbe voyd; and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And she shalbe my sold executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes att Duxburrow, In Witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hande and seale.

There is a marker for George Soule at Duxbury which reads: "Nearby Rests George Soule, Pilgrim, A signer of The Mayflower Compact on Nov 11th 1620, who died in January 1679-80. Erected by Soule Kindred 1971." The Plymouth Genealogy Society isn't sure where he's buried but believes he was buried on his property. Being a founder of the town, he was given a place in the cemetery. -------------------- George Soule is one of the original Pilgrims on the Mayflower. He is a signer of the Mayflower Compact ad help plan Duxbury< Ma. -------------------- George Soule was probably in London when he joined Edward Winslow on the Mayflower voyage. Droitwich, the Winslow family home at the time, was a salt-mining community connected in a business way with the Salter's Company of London and thus the Winslow-Soule association was established. George was the 28th signer of the Mayflower Compact (Aboard the Mayflower,1620). He was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. He married Mary Beckett in Plymouth theyhad 9 children:

Zachariah Soule (22 May 1627) John Soule (about 1632) Nathaniel Soule (about 1637) George Soule (about 1639) Susanna Soule (West) (about 1642) Mary Soule (Peterson) (about 1644) Elizabeth Soule (Walker) (about 1648) Patience Soule (Haskell) (about 1648) Benjamin Soule (about 1651)

Before 1645 he sold his land in Plymouth, moved to Duxbury, acquired considerable property and became a relatively well-to-do community leader, businessman and office holder. He was a volunteer in the Pequot War and served as a deputy for Duxbury and a member of numerous town committees. He was also Deputy to the General Court at Plymouth and an original Proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645. In 1668, he gave his land in Middleboro to his sons-in-law John Haskell and Francis Walker and their wives (his daughters) Patience and Elizabeth.

He died in 1679 In Duxbury, the town he Myles Standish and John Alden laid out. There is a marker for George Soule at Duxbury which reads: "Nearby Rests George Soule, Pilgrim, A signer of The Mayflower Compact on Nov 11th 1620, who died in January 1679-80.


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-------------------- George Soule came on the Mayflower as a servant to the Edward Winslow family, indicating he was under 25 years old at the time; however, he did sign the Mayflower Compact, suggesting he was over 21. This puts his birth year at around 1595-1599. This matches well with his apparent marriage date of around 1625 at Plymouth: by the May 1627 Division of Cattle, he was married to Mary, and they had had one son, Zachariah. George Soule and family moved to Duxbury very early on, and he was a deputy to the Plymouth Court for a number of years beginning in 1624. He had voluntered for the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's troops were not needed. He was on various committees, ,juries, and survey teams, during his life in Duxburg. In 1646, for example, he was appointed to the committee to deal with Duxbuy's problem of the disorderly smoking of tabacco. George Soule made out his will on 11 August 1677, and added a codicil to it on 20 September 1677. The codicil is quite interesting as it gives a little insght into a family squabble between son John and daughter Patience: "If my son John Soule above-named or his heirs or assigns or any of them shall at any time disturb my daughter Patience or her heirs or assigns or any of them in peaceable possession or enjoyment of the lands I have given her at Nemasket alias Middleboro and recover the same from her or her heirs or assigns or any of them; that then my gift to my son John Soule shall be void; and that then my will is my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxburg and she shall be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxbury." -------------------- Soule was born in England about 1595, and as a young man became a teacher to Edward Winslow's children. Soule came with Winslow to America on the Mayflower in 1620 probably as an indentured servant. He was one of forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact in November 1620. Soule was among the one half of the population that survived the first winter in Plymouth and was present at the time of the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621. In the 1623 Plymouth division of lands, Soule received 1-acre (4,000 m2) as a passenger on the Mayflower. About 1626, Soule married a woman named Mary (likely Mary Buckett), and they had nine children: Zacariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna West, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. In 1637, Soule volunteered to serve during the Pequot War. Soule moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts at some point before 1642 and eventually became a prominent landowner there. He served as a deputy (representative) for Duxbury to the Plymouth General Court and on many committees in Plymouth Colony. Soule died in 1680, leaving a sizable estate. He was likely buried in Miles Standish Burial Ground.[1][2]


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George Soule: Notes

George was most likely the son of Robert Soule of Eckington. He was orphaned when fire destroyed his parents' home.

He sailed in the Mayflower as one of two servants to Edward Winslow. The Winslow family from which Edward was descended lived in nearby Kempsey Parish and this early neighborhood association may explain the apprenticeship of George to the future Governor. George was probably in London when he joined Edward Winslow on the Mayflower voyage. Droitwich, the Winslow family home at the time, was a salt-mining community connected in a business way with the Salter's Company of London and thus the Winslow-Soule association was established.

George was the 35th signer of the Mayflower Compact (at Cape Cod in 1620). He sold his lands in Plymouth and moved to Duxbury before 1645, at which time he was Deputy to the General Court at Plymouth; he was also an original Proprietor of Bridgewater in 1645. George, Myles Standish and John Alden laid out the town of Duxbury and all are probably buried there.

George became a relatively well-to-do community leader, businessman and office holder. In 1668, he gave his land in Middleboro to his sons-in-law John Haskell and Francis Walker and their wives (his daughters) Patience and Elizabeth. When he died, his possessions included a gun, books, chest and chair, shears, trammel and wedge, bed and wearing clothes.

As often happens in families when property is concerned, his son John Soule was displeased with the amount of property willed to his sister Patience, and his displeasure came to the notice of his father for he delivered this caveat in a codicil to his Will:

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 Injoyment 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 shall shalbe voyd; and that then my will is my Daughter Patience shall have all my lands att Duxburrey And she shalbe my sold executrix of this my last Will and Testament And enter into my housing lands and meddowes att Duxburrow, In Witnes wherof I have heerunto sett my hande and seale.

There is a marker for George Soule at Duxbury which reads: "Nearby Rests George Soule, Pilgrim, A signer of The Mayflower Compact on Nov 11th 1620, who died in January 1679-80. Erected by Soule Kindred 1971." The Plymouth Genealogy Society isn't sure where he's buried but believes he was buried on his property. Being a founder of the town, he was given a place in the cemetery.

Mayflower: The English ship the Mayflower (a three-masted merchant ship that had originally been constructed for transporting wine). The 180-ton ship was about 12 years old. It was chartered by John Carver who had gone to London to make arrangements for the voyage to America. On Jul 22, 1620, Leiden Separatists, who had initiated the venture, sailed for Southhampton, with 35 of the congregation and their leaders, William Bradford and William Brewster aboard the 60-ton Speedwell. Both the Speedwell and Mayflower sailed from Southhampton on Aug 15, but were twice forced back by dangerous leaks in Speedwell. At the English port of Plymouth, some of Speedwell's passengers were regrouped on Mayflower and on Sep 16, 1620, the historic voyage began. The colonists had been granted territory in Virginia by the London Company, but probably headed for a planned destination near the mouth of the Hudson River. The Mayflower turned back, however, and dropped anchor at Provincetown. The Mayflower crew sighted land off Cape Cod on Nov 9, 1620 and first landfall was made Nov 11, 1620. It is often stated that there were 101 passengers on Mayflower. There were, however, exactly 104 including men, women and children. Of these, just 50 died within a year from the time they sailed from England, most of whom within a few months after their arrival at Plymouth. From the list of 104 passengers, 49 left descendants. Of the 49 who left descendants, 10 were wives, 9 were sons, and 6 were daughters of other passengers. Eliminating these 25 as duplicate ancestors, there remains 24 "heads of families." Of the 24 heads of families, however, there should also be eliminated those of William Mullins and John Tilley, because each left only a daughter, and each of these daughters married one of the other 24. From the remaining 22 are descended all persons who are now members of the various State Societies of Mayflower Descendants, and from no other persons with descent will be accepted. The 22 heads of families are: John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter Brown, James Chilton, Francis Cook, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Degory Priest, Thomas Rogers, Henry Samson, George Soule, Myles Standish, Richard Warren, William White and Edward Winslow.

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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

Note: inventories are valued in pounds (L), shillings (s) and pence (d). There were 12 pence (or pennies) to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound.

[Textile Glossary] [Tool Glossary]


Item Dwelling house orchyard Barne and upland praised at


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Item Meddow Land


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Item a Gun


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Item bookes


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Item 2 paire of Sheers a tramell and wedge


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Item to other old lumber


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Item by Debts Due to the estate


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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


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for reaping Rye and pease


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Item one Day plowing Greensword


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Item for plowing in weeding


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Item 2 Dayes and an half plowing in of Rye


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Item to Willam Clarke


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1675 Item for one Day plowing in of pease & two Days Reaping of Rye


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Item 1 locke for a Barne Dore


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Item for Goods taken up att Edmun Mufords att Boston viz: 4 yards 1'2 Carsey

 

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Item for 7 yards of penistone 2 s 09 d pr yard


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Item for 10 yards of Canves att 1 s 6 d pr yard


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Item for buttons and silke


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Item for four yards of Red Cotton att 2 s 6 d pr yard


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Item for three hundred of shooe Nailes


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Item payed to Mr Mumford upon the old accoumpt


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1676 for Drawing 13 load of Brush and hedging about a feild


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Item for plowing in of pease and wheat 2 Dayes


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Item for Makeing a prteing fence between the orchyard


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Item for makeing stone wall about the orchyard


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Item for 12 yards of teicking of William Vobes


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Item for 20 yards of Canvis att 1 s 9 d pr yard


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Item for Dowlis of Mr hetman 7 yards att 2 s 3 d pr yard


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Item for serge for a paire of briches


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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


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GEORGE SOULE IN 17TH CENTURY RECORDS

George Soule : Mayflower passenger

"The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families ... "Mr. Edward Winslow, Elizabeth his wife and two men-servants called George Soule and Elias Story; also a little girl was put to him called Ellen, the sister of Richard More." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 441-3.

George Soule : Signer of the Mayflower Compact

"I shall ... begin with a combination made by them before they came ashore ; being the first foundation of their government in this place. Occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers amonst them had let fall from them in the ship: That when they came ashore they would use their own liberty, for none had power to command them, the patent they had being for Virginia and not for New England... And partly that such an act by them done, this their condition considered, might be as firm as any patent, and in some respects more sure. "The form was as followeth : IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 75-76.

George Soule & the 1623 Division of Land

The 1623 Division of Land marked the end of the Pilgrims' earliest system of land held in common by all. Governor Bradford explains it in this way: "And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, or that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled wold have been thought great tyranny and oppression." William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed. Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 120.

Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It begins with the 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford. George Soule's lands are among "The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May Floure, according as thier lotes were case" and are described as "these lye on the South side of the brooke to the baywards."

George Soule & the 1627 Division of Cattle

Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. I 1627-1651 also tells of the 1627 Division of Cattle: "At a publique court held the 22th of May it was concluded by the whole Companie, that the cattell wch were the Companies, to wit, the Cowes & the Goates should be equally devided to all the psonts of the same company... & so the lotts fell as followeth, thirteene psonts being pportioned to one lot... "The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with (2) him his wife Elizabeth Warren (3) Nathaniell Warren (4) Joseph Warren (5) Mary Warren (6) Anna Warren (7) Sara Warren (8) Elizabeth Warren (9) Abigall Warren (10) John Billington (11) George Sowle (12) Mary Sowle (13) Zakariah Sowle. "To this lott fell one of the 4 black Heyfers that came in the Jacob caled the smooth horned Heyfer and two shee goats."

George Soule : a 1626 "Purchaser"

In 1621, King James I authorized the Council for New England to plant and govern land in this area. This Council granted the Peirce Patent, confirming the Pilgrims' settlement and governance of Plymouth. Peirce and his associates, the merchant adventurers, were allotted 100 acres for each settler the Company transported. The Pilgrims had a contract with the Company stating all land and profits would accrue to the Company for 7 years at which time the assets would be divided among the shareholders. Most of the Pilgrims held some stock. The Pilgrims negotiated a more favorable contract with the Company in 1626. In 1627, 53 Plymouth freemen, known as "The Purchasers," agreed to buy out the Company over a period of years. In turn, 12 "Undertakers" (8 from Plymouth and 4 from London) agreed to pay off Plymouth's debts in return for trade benefits.

George Soule in the Records of Plymouth

1633 : "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An: 1633 ... George Sowle" "Georg Sowle" was again listed as a Freeman in 1636-7, 1643, 1658 & 1670. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 4, 52 ; Vol. 8, p. 174-5, 189, 198; and Vol. 5, p. 275.

25 March 1633 : "According to an order in Court held the 2d of January, in the seaventh yeare of the raigne of o'r soveraigne lord, Charles, by the grace of God King of Engl., Scotl., France, & Irel., defendor of the faith, &c, the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use by the Gov'r, Mr Will Bradford ... to be brought in by each pson as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vi s[hillings] p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing ... George Sowle, 00 : 09 [shillings] : 00." George Soule was again "rated" 9 shillings in 1634. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 9-10, 27.

1 July 1633 : "Orders about mowing of Grasse for the prnt Yeare, 1633 ... That George Sowle mow for a cow neere his dwelling howse." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 14-15.

14 March 1635-6 : "At a Generall Meeting the 14th of March, concerning the Hey Grownds for Plymoth & Duxburrough ... "That Manasseh Kempton & George Sowle haue theirs against the fence of the sd George, & against the fence of Thomas Little." In 1636-7, George Soule was again granted hay grounds, "To Georg Sowle, where he gott hey the last yeare." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 39-41, 56.

1636 [a law was passed requiring every man mark his cattle and record the mark] : "Georg Soale a peece cut out like a [cross] of the under side of the right eare downewarde." Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 1.

3 January 1636-7 : "Georg Soule complains agst Natha'll Thomas, in a plea of trespasse, to the damnag of fourty pounds. The jury found for the plt, the beasts to be restored to him, & gaue him xii d damnag, & costs of suite." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, p. 4.

2 May 1637 : "It was ordered by this Court, that a jury should be empanelled to set forth the heigh wayes about Plymouth Ducksborrow, and the Eele Riuer, wch was accordinge sumoned ... "The Verdict or Order of thabouesaid Jury, prformed by them the tenth Day of May, 1637, and deliuered by them into the Genall Court held the xij'th of July next after, and by the same confirmed in these words following, vizt : "... To the Eele Riuer, from Plymouth ... The heigh way from Thomas Clarks stille to passe betweene his house and his hoggs coate downe to George Soules, next the riur, and the said Georg to allow a sufficient way from thence ou the riuer by a bridge, and so to another heighway alowed for that neighbourhood; to the wch neighbourhood we allow a way from Mr Hopkins house downe to a p that leads to the fishing poynt..." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 58-60.

7 June 1637 : "It is concluded and enacted by the Court, that the colony of New Plymouth shall send forth ayd to assist them of Massachusetts Bay and Conectacutt in their warrs against the Pequin Indians, in reveng of the innocent blood of the English wch the sd Pequins haue barbarously shed, and refuse to giue satisfaccon for... "The Names of the Souldiers that willingly offer themselues to goe vpon the sd Service, wth Mr Prince & the Leiftent [William Holmes]. Voluntaries. Francis Clarke, Richard Church, Georg Soule ..." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 60.

4 December 1637 : "A garden place is graunted to Georg Soule, on Ducksborrow side, by Samuel Nashes, to lye to his ground at Powder Poynt." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 69.

7 May 1638 : "One acre of land is graunted to Georg Soule at the watering place, in lue of another acre wch was taken from him for other vse, puided it be so layd forth that it be least prjudiciall to the neighbourhood there; and also that pcell of Stony Marsh at Pouder Poynt, containeing two acres, be it moore lesse, compassed about wth the lotts of lands there graunted vnto him." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 83.

26 July 1638 : "The stock at this tyme was thus disposed ... "Mr. John Holmes sixe shares, Mr Thomas Hill foure shares, Ralph Wallen two shares, in the browne back cowe was at Georg Soules." Records of the Town of Plymouth, Vol. 1, p. 4.

1639 : "Memorand the xiij'th July 1639 That Georg Sowle doth acknowledge that for & in consideracon of one Steere Calfe to him payd & Deliuered by Robte Hicks of Plymouth hath freely and absolutely bargained and sould vnto the said Robte Hicks his heires & assignes all those his two acrees of lands lying at the lace called the watering place on the South side of the Towne of Plymouth and all his right title & interrest of and into the same wth all and singuler thapprtencs therevnto belonginge To haue and to hold the said two acrees of lands wth all and singule the apprtences therevnto belonging vnto the said Robte Hicks his heires & Assignes foreu to the onely pper vse and behoofe of him the said Robte Hicks his heires and assignes for euer." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 12, pg. 45.

5 May 1640 : "John Winslow, Nicholas Snowe, Nehemiah Smythe, Georg Soule, Josuah Pratt - are appoynted to view all the meddowes at Greens Harbour, wch are not graunted forth, & to measure them, and to make report thereof the next Court." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 151.

2 November 1640 : "George Soule is graunted the meddow he desires against Mr Princes lands at Greens Harbour, if in case Mr Howland do not exchaung fiue acres wth Mr Bradford, and Mr Bradford take his further of to fitt him wthall, or make exchaung wth Mr Burne & Mrs Fuller, whereby he may be furnished." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, pg. 165.

7 December 1641 : "Georg Bonum & Thom Clark compl agst James Luxford, in an action of trespasse vpon the case, to the dam of x li debts. [Good] Attached. "In the hands of Joseph Greene 00 [pounds] : 12 [shillings] : 01 [pence]. In the hands of Thom Morton 00 : 15 : 01. In the hands of George Soule 2 : 6 : 11" Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 7, pg. 27.

27 September 1642 : "This Court was occationed by the Indians to puide forces against them for an offensiue & defensiue warr; and though all the inhits were warned, yet they appeared by their seuall deputies, as they had liberty to doe ... "For Duxborrow, Capt. Miles Standish, Mr John Alden, Johathan Brewster, Mr Comfort Starr, Mr Wm Wetherrell, Willm Basset, Christopher Waddesworth, Georg Soule." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 45-6.

7 March 1642-3 : "Constables for eich Towne ... "Duxborrow, - Thom Bonney constable. Loue Brewster & Georg Soule, grand jury men." George Soule was sworn in as a member of "The Grand Inquest" on 6 June 1643. Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 53, 56.

4 June 1645 : "Whereas Jonathan Brewster desireth a pcell of land at Namassacheesett, wch Mr Collyer, Mr Alden, & Georg Soule are appoynted to view and make report thereof unto the Court; and as the Court shall approve, it so to be graunted unto him... The inhabitants of the towne of Duxborrow are graunted a competent pporcion of lands about Saughtuckquett, towards the west, for a plantacion for them, and to have it foure miles every way from the place where they shall sett up their center (pvided it entrench not upon Winnetuckquett, formly graunted to Plymouth,) and have nominated Captaine Miles Standish, Mr John Alden, George Soul, Constant Southworth, Joseph Rogers, and Willm Brett to be feoffees in trust for the equall devideing and laying forth of the said lands to their inhabitants." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 88.

28 October 1645 : "The Names of the Comittees this Court ... Duxborrow [:] Mr John Alden, George Soule." Again on 3 March 1645-6 : "The comittees of the seuall townes : ... Duxborrow, [:] Mr John Alden, Georg Soule." 7 July 1646 : "The comittees of the seuall towneshipps : ... Duxborrow [:] Mr John Alden, George Soule." 4 June 1650 : "The comitties of the seuerall Townes that serued at this Court ... Duxbery [:] Gorg Soule, Constant Southworth." 5 June 1651 : "Comitties of the seuerall Townshipes ... Duxber [:] Gorge Soule, Constant Southworth." 7 June 1653 : "The Deputies of the seuerall Townes ... Duxburrow [:] Gorg Soule, Constant Southworth." 6 June 1654 : "The Names of the Deputies of the seuerall Townshipps. Mr. John Howland, Mr John Winslow, John Dunham, Senir, John Cooke, Gorge Soule, ... [et al]" Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 94-5, 104, 154, 167 and Vol. 3, p. 31, 49.

20 October 1646 : "Antony Thacher and George Sole were chosen a comittee to draw vp an order concerning disorderly drinking of tobacco." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 108.

1 June 1647 :"Capt Miles Standish, compl, agst Gilbert Brookes, in an accon of trespas vpon the case; dam v li. The jury found for ye defend 2 d dam, & charge of ye Courte. "Thomas Prence, gent, compl, agst Edward Holeman & Nicolas Hodges, def: Accon, trespass vpon ye case; dam 40 s. The jury found for the plaint. his peece & locke made good by ye defend, & cost of Court, and iudgmt therevpon was graunted. "The Petty Jury for these Trialls. John Finney, Rich Sparrow, Robte Wickson, Sam Nash, George Soule, [et al], jur. sworne." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 2, pg. 116-7.

5 June 1650 : "Att the Generall Court of freemen holden the fifte of June 1650 ... "Wheras a Comittie was Chosen by the court viz Mr Tho: Prence Mr Willam Collyare Mr Tho: Dimacke Mr James Cudworth Mr Josiah Winslow John Dunham sei. Gorg Soule and Constant Southworth to Consider of the pprosition propounded by the comitties at the last october Court concerning the Maior pt of the court to order the aiornments and desolutions of the generall Courts and the making and Repealling of lawes they the said Comittie declared theire minds to bee that things in respect of the aforsaid perticular doe Rest vnalltered as they are... "Wheras A Comittee was chosen viz: Mr Tho: Prence Mr Willam Collyare Mr Tho: Dimmacke Mr James Cudworth Mr Josias Winslow John Dunham senir. Gorge Soule and Constant Southworth to consider of the proposition propounded by the deputies att the Court held in October 1650 concerning the major pte of the Courts to order the adjurnments and desolutions of the generall Courts and the makeing and repealing of lawes they the said Comittee declared theire minds to bee that matters in the aforsaid respects to rest vnaltered as they were and that for the future as formerly in the makeing and repealing of lawes and adjournment of Courts wherin Comittes are requisite the majestrates and deputies bee considered as one body." Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 11, pg. 56, 79.

26 September 1651 : "An Inventory of all and singulare the goods and Chattels of Willam Thomas gent: of the Towne of Marshfeild late Deceased taken the 26th Day of September Anno Dom 1651 ... Gorg Soule, Josias Winslowe. "At the Request of Captaine Nathaniell Thomas Wee Gorge Soule and Josias Winslow have according to our best widsom and Descrecion vallued the goods and Chattels above expressed but soe it is that the said Deceased in his life time Did lend to Divers of his Naighbors; and other Divers pticulars which are not Returned as yet; which are Included in the Inventory and vallued by us from his Informacion" Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 10, p. 163-4.

January 1652-3 : "These prsents Witnesseth That George Soule of Duxburrow hath covenanted with Mr John Winslow of Plymouth That ; Mary Soule his Daughter shall Dwell abide and continew with him the said Mr John Winslow the full tearme of seaven yeares begining from the first day

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George Soule, Mayflower passenger's Timeline

1593
February 9, 1593
Eckington, Worcestershire, England
1620
1620
Age 26
MA
1620
Age 26
MA
1625
1625
Age 31
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1627
May 22, 1627
Age 34
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1632
1632
Age 38
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1632
Age 38
Plymouth County, MA
1634
1634
Age 40
Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1639
May 17, 1639
Age 46
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1640
1640
Age 46
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States