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John Alden, Jr.

Also Known As: "Sailor"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in Boston, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Boston, Middlesex County, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Alden, "Mayflower" Passenger and Priscilla Mullins, "Mayflower" Passenger
Husband of Elizabeth Alden and Elizabeth Alden (Phillips)
Father of Mary Alden; William Alden; Elizabeth Alden; Capt John Alden; John Alden and 9 others
Brother of Elisabeth Pabodie; Hannah Alden; Joseph Alden, Sr.; Sarah Standish; Joseph Alden and 13 others

Occupation: Sea captain, merchant
Managed by: Carol Ann Selis
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About John Alden, Jr.

Son of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower

Captain John Alden Jr. (c.1623 - 4 March 1701) was the son of John Alden Sr. and Priscilla Mullins, who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

He moved to Boston and married there Elizabeth (Philips) Everill, widow of Abiel Everill. They had 13 children. A sea captain, Boston merchant, and a charter member of Rev. Samuel Willard's Third Church in Boston, he held a military command during King William's war. He was a member of the Old South Church of Boston and his ancient slate headstone is embedded in the wall there.

He sailed to Quebec, February 1692 to ransom British prisoners captured in the Candlemas attack on York, Maine, but perhaps the best known event of his life is when, on a trip to Salem, he was accused of witchraft and spent fifteen weeks in a Boston jail. He escaped shortly before nine of the other victims were executed, fleeing to Duxbury, where he stayed with friends until, as he later said, "the public had reclaimed the use of its reason." When he returned, he was cleared by proclamation along with some 150 other accused.

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Capt John Alden Sr was born 16 May 1622 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts to John Alden (c1599-1687) and Priscilla Mullins (1602-1680) and died 14 March 1701 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Phillips (1622-1695) 1 April 1659 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Vital Stats Edit Son of Mayflower Pilgrims, John Alden (c1599-1687) and Priscilla Mullins (1602-1680) 1622-May-16 : Birth at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony 1659-Apr-01 : Marriage at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony to Elizabeth Phillips (1622-1695) 1701-March-14 : Death at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony (ref: Date on Gravestone) Biography Edit He was a sea-captain, a merchant in Boston, and a charter member of Rev. Samuel Willard's Third Church in Boston. His tombstone is preserved at the portico there after having been discovered during excavations where it had been dumped after the removal of the graves.

In addition to the troubles at Salem he was involved in a number of scandals and controversies. However the only one to bring much modern attention occurred in Salem, Massachusetts when he stopped there on his return home from Quebec, where he had gone in February 1692 to ransom British prisoners captured in the Candlemas attack on York, Maine. He was subsequently accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials in May 1692. He had been inclined not to make much of the matter, but was prevailed upon by some friends and broke out of jail. He escaped to Duxbury, where he stayed with friends until, as he later said, "the public had reclaimed the use of its reason". When he returned, he was cleared by proclamation.

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John Alden, Jr.'s Timeline

1626
June 1, 1626
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1659
April 1, 1659
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 17, 1659
Age 33
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1660
November 20, 1660
Age 34
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1662
1662
Age 35
1663
March 12, 1663
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1663
Age 36
1665
April 9, 1665
Age 38
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1666
March 5, 1666
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1667
1667
Age 40