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Constant Southworth

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
Death: March 10, 1679 (64-65)
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Southworth, of Samlesbury & Leiden and Alice Bradford
Husband of Elizabeth Southworth
Father of Nathaniel Southworth; Mercy Freeman (Southworth); Edward Southworth; Alice Church; Capt. Nathaniel Southworth and 4 others
Brother of Capt. Thomas Southworth, of the Plymouth Colony
Half brother of Maj. William Bradford, Jr., Dep. Gov. of Plymouth Colony; Mercy Vermayes and Joseph Bradford, of Plymouth

Occupation: of Plymouth Colony, Ensign, General
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About Ens. Constant Southworth


Constant Southworth was born about 1614, based on his date of marriage. He died on March 11, 1678/9, in Duxbury. His ship was possibly White Angel, 1628

He lived in Holland. Constant Southworth was the son of Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, married in Leiden on May 28, 1613. His father was a say worker [weaver] there.

The family attempted to emigrate to New England in 1620, but apparently abandoned the voyage at London. In August 1620, Robert Cushman wrote a letter to Edward Southworth, the father, addressing it to Heneage House in London. It is unclear whether Edward Southworth died there or returned to Leiden.

Alice Southworth, the mother, emigrated to Plymouth Colony in 1623, leaving her two sons behind, either in England or Leiden. She probably left them with their Aunt Julia, the aunt who brought them both over in 1628. Alice Southworth married Governor William Bradford as his second wife that same year, soon after arriving.

Constant came to Plymouth in 1628, where he was admitted a freeman on January 1, 1637/8.

He moved to Duxbury by 1639. Constant held many influential and high-ranking positions in the Plymouth Colony government for many years, including Governor’s assistant, colony treasurer and deputy for Duxbury to the Plymouth court. He was also a frequent committee member.

At his death he owned a grist mill and land in Duxbury, Eastham, Marshfield, and Taunton.

Constant Southworth married Elizabeth Collier on November 2, 1637, in Plymouth and had eight children. She died after February 20, 1678/9.

Eight children of Constant and Elizabeth Southworth include:

Mercy was born about 1640. She married Samuel Freeman on May 12, 1658, in Eastham and had five children.

Priscilla was born about 1642. She married (1) Samuel Talbot on March 1, 1689, in Bristol, Rhode Island. She married (2) John Irish on May 1, 1708, in Bristol, but had no surviving children.

Edward was born about 1644. He married Mary Pabodie on November 16, 1671, in Duxbury and had eight children. He died between March 29, 1720, and November 7, 1727. She died after December 11, 1727.

Alice was born about 1646. She married Benjamin Church on December 26, 1667, and had six children. He died on January 17, 1717/8, in Little Compton. She died on March 5, 1718/9, in Little Compton.

Nathaniel was born about 1649. He married Desire Gray on January 10, 1672, in Plymouth and had six children. She died on December 4, 1690. He died on January 14, 1710.

Mary was born about 1654. She married David Alden by 1674 and had six children. She died after March 28, 1718. He died between July 2, 1718, and April 1, 1719, in Duxbury.

William was born about 1659. He married (1) Rebecca Pabodie and had nine children. She died on December 25, 1702. He married (2) Martha (Kirkland) Blague in November 1705 and had two sons. He died on June 25, 1719, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She died on February 7, 1737/8.

Elizabeth was born about 1661. She married Samuel Gallup on May 2, 1685, in Bristol.

Source: Adapted or quoted from" Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Constant Southworth", Robert Charles Anderson, New England Genealogical Society


Ensign Constant Southworth was born in 1615, Leiden, Holland,; he died 10 Mar 1678/79, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA. He married Elizabeth Collier 2 Nov 1637, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, daughter of William Collier and Jane Clarke.

Children of Ensign Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Collier were:

Mercy Southworth b 11 May 1638, married Samuel Freeman.

Priscilla Southworth b abt 1642, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md (1) Samuel Talbot 1 Mar 1688/89, Bristol, MA, (2) John Irish 1 May 1708.

Edward Southworth b about 1644, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d about 1727; married Mary Pabodie 16 Nov 1669, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA.

Alice Southworth born about 1646, died 5 Mar 1718/19, d prob Little Compton, Newport, RI; married Col. Benjamin Church 26 Dec 1667.

Nathaniel Southworth b abt 1649, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 14 Jan 1710/11, Middleborough, MA; md Desire Gray 10 Jan 1671/72, Plymouth, MA.

Mary Southworth b abt 1654, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md David Alden abt 1673.

William Southworth b abt 1659, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, d 25 Jun 1719, Little Compton, Newport, RI; md (1) Rebecca Pabodie abt 1678, (2) Martha Kirtland Nov 1705, Saybrook, MA.

Elizabeth Southworth b abt 1661, Duxbury, Plymouth, MA; md Samuel Gallup 12 May 1685, Bristol, MA.


The following links to a very well written narrative account of the Southworth Family, quite readable and informative.


A genealogy of the Southworths (Southards) descendants of Constant Southworth By Samuel Gilbert Webber pub 1905

Will Alica Carpenter Southworth including items left to Constant found at:


Joined his mother in Plymouth a year after she immigrated. Traveled with his brother, Thomas, and his aunt, Juliana Carpenter Moore. He was a volunteer in the Pequot War (1637), Ensign (1646), Representative (1647-1669), during King Philip's War. source: http://catorfamily.com/genealogy/Southworth.html

Constant came to the New World in 1628 and became a Freeman in 1637. Constant and Elizabeth lived in Duxbury. Among his responsibilities: Volunteer in the Pequot War 1637, Ensign 1646, Representative beginning in the year 1647 till 1669. Treasurer 1663-1679. Commissary General during King Philip’s War. Constant was a friend of John Alden.

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Ens. Constant Southworth's Timeline

Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
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Leyden, Holland
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England, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, MA
May 11, 1638
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Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
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Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts