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Patience Prence (Brewster)

Also Known As: "Patience Prince", ""
Birthplace: Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Pestilential fever
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of "Elder" William Brewster, "Mayflower" Passenger and Mary Brewster, "Mayflower" passenger
Wife of Thomas Prence, Governor of Plymouth Colony
Mother of James Prence; Thomas Prence, V; Rebecca Freeman; Hannah Sparrow; Mercy Freeman (Prence) and 1 other
Sister of Jonathan Brewster; Fear Allerton; a child of William Brewster; Love Brewster, "Mayflower" Passenger and Wrestling Brewster, "Mayflower" Passenger
Half sister of Jonathan Brewster and Unknown Peck

Managed by: Daniel Robert May
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About Patience Prence

circa 10 July 1623, on the ship "Anne"

Died in the smallpox epidemic of 1634.

Patience was born after 1594 and died before December 12, 1634. She was Thomas's second of three wives.

a passenger on the Anne which arrived in Plymouth in 1623. She was born circa 1600 probably in Scrooby a small village, where her father was born, in the northern part of the English county of Nottinghamshire and died before December 12, 1634 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, of a "pestilent fever." She was a daughter of Elder William Brewster (pilgrim), (c. 1567 - April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower.


Thomas PRENCE b: 22 May 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Rebecca PRENCE (PRINCE) b: 1 Jun 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Hannah PRENCE b: 1628 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Robert PRENCE b: Abt 1626-1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Mercy PRENCE (PRINCE) b: 4 Jan 1631 in Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Hannah PRENCE b: 1628 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
James PRENCE b: 1625-1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts

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Daughter of William Brewster, patriarch of Mayflower 1620 voyage. Died at age 32 "she died late in 1634 (in a letter to his son John Winthrop Jr. dated 12 Dec 1634, John Winthrop reported that "the pestilent fever hath taken away some at Plimouth(spl), amoung others Mr. Prence the governor his wife.." Her body was interred at Cole's Hill, in Plymouth.

Patience Brewster was born circa 1600 at Probably, Scrooby, England. She was the daughter of William Brewster and Mary Wentworth. Patience Brewster immigrated in July 1623; came in the Ann. She married Gov. Thomas Prence, son of Thomas Prence Sr. and Elizabeth Todlerby, on 5 August 1624 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Patience Brewster died on 27 March 1633 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; died in the small pox epedemic. She died before 12 December 1634 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; she is called deceased in a letter from Gov. Winthrop ot the Bay Colony to his son.
Patience Brewster, daughter of Pilgrim Elder William Brewster on August 5, 1624. Patience died in an outbreak of “pestilent fever” in 1634, which was later determined to have been a smallpox and influenza outbreak, and was quite destructive to both English and Indians. She was buried at Burial Hill in Plymouth. Her sister Fear Brewster, the wife of Isaac Allerton, also died during this time.

Arrived in America on "Anne" 1623 with sister, Fear.

Arrived on the ship "Anne 1623

Birth: unknown Scrooby Nottinghamshire, England Death: 1634 Plymouth Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

Patience Brewster was born most likely in Scrooby, England, to Elder William Brewster and Mary (maiden name varies by source). Her birthdate ranges from 1595 to 1603.

She arrived in Plymouth aboard the "Anne" in 1623 along with her sister, Fear. Her parents and brothers, Love and Wrestling, arrived during 1620 on the Mayflower. Her other brother, Jonathan, arrived with her future husband, Thomas Prence, on the ship Fortune. On August 5, 1624, she married Thomas Prence who would, on January 1, 1634, become the 4th Governor of the Colony. Together, they had four children, Rebecca, Thomas, Hannah and Mercy.

She died in 1634 of "a pestilent feaver", and is buried on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Some SOURCES: 1. BOOK: Mayflower Families in Progress, WILLIAM BREWSTER of the Mayflower and his Descendant for Four Generations, revised edition, 2000 (MFIP Brewster #20).

2. A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, With Genealogical Registers, by Justin Winsor, published online by, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, 2007. Originally published Boston, 1849, reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1995.

3. The History of Cape Cod: The Annals of The Thirteen Towns of Barnstable County, Volume II], by Frederick Freeman, Published Boston 1862, published online by Google Books 2009, original publisher Geo. C. Band & Avery & Cornhill, Boston, Mass. 1858

4. Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People, 1620-1691, (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1986), pp. 340, 341

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