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Susanna Winslow (Jackson), "Mayflower" Passenger

Also Known As: "White", "Not Anna Fuller [disproven]"
Birthplace: probably of, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: between December 18, 1654 and July 02, 1675 (57-87)
Marshfield, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Old Winslow Burying Ground Marshfield Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Jackson, of Scrooby and Mary Jackson
Wife of William White, "Mayflower" Passenger and Gov. Edward Winslow, "Mayflower" Passenger
Mother of Resolved White, "Mayflower" Passenger; Peregrine White, "Mayflower" Passenger; Infant Winslow; Edward Winslow, III; John Winslow and 2 others
Sister of Thomas Jackson; Daughter Jackson and Daughter Jackson

Occupation: Colonist
Label: Mayflower Passenger
Managed by: Steven Patrick Frank
Last Updated:

About Susanna Winslow, "Mayflower" Passenger

Susanna Jackson

  • Born say 1592, likely of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire
  • Died between 18 December 1654 and 2 July 1675 of Marshfield in the Plymouth Colony
  • Daughter of Richard Jackson and Mary Pettinger
  • Not the daughter of Robert Fuller (seen in older records, but this has been disproved)


Susanna married

  1. William White (b 1597 d 1621) about 1614 in Amsterdam. He was the son of Edward White and Thomasine Cross.
  2. Governor Edward WINSLOW on 12 May 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was the son of Edward Winslow & Magdalen Oliver, and Elizabeth Barker's widower.

Children with William White:

  • Resolved WHITE was born 1617 and died 1690/1694.
  • Peregrine WHITE was born 9 Dec 1620 and died 20 Jul 1704.

Children with Edward Winslow:

  • Edward WINSLOW 1, 2 was born 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • John WINSLOW 1, 2 was born 1626 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • Governor Josiah WINSLOW was born 1628 and died 18 Dec 1680.
  • Elizabeth WINSLOW was born 1631.

disputed origins

From updated September 2017

Susanna Jackson, daughter of Richard and Mary (Pettinger) Jackson, was likely born and raised in Scrooby, and her father held a lease for a portion of Scrooby Manor She may have fled with her father to Amsterdam in 1608, and there married William White about 1615. He was the son of Edward and Thomasine (Cross)(May) White. William and Susanna had their son Resolved about 1615, and son Peregrine was born sometime the last three days of November 1620, after arrival and anchorage off Provincetown Harbor, but before the Pilgrims had explored and found Plymouth.

William died the first winter, 21 February 1620/1, on the same day as three other passengers, including William Mullins His wife Susanna remarried to Edward Winslow a few months later, on 12 May 1621, being the first marriage to occur at Plymouth.

from (historian Caleb Johnson's website) OLD

Susanna White's origins, and maiden name, are unknown.The claim she was Susanna Tilley has been disproven, and the William White who married Anna Fuller in Leiden is now generally believed to not have been the Mayflower passenger.That particular William White witnessed an antenumptual agreement of Samuel Lee in Leiden in April 1621, and witnessed the marriage of Sarah Priest in October 1621, and so couldn't have been the Mayflower passenger So, Mrs. Susanna White's identity and English origins remain unknown.



William White came on board the Mayflower (1620) with his pregnant wife Susanna, son Resolved, then about five years in age and two servants. Susanna gave birth to their son Peregrine on board the Mayflower several weeks after White signed the Mayflower Compact.

William White died late in the first winter on February 21, 1621. With the death of her husband, Susanna White, with newborn Peregrine and five-year-old Resolved, became the only surviving widow out of the many families who perished that winter. By the Spring of 1621, 52 of the 102 persons who originally had arrived on the Mayflower at Cape Cod would be dead.

In May 1621, Susanna White became the first Plymouth colony bride, marrying Edward Winslow, a fellow Mayflower passenger whose wife had perished on March 24, 1621. At least five children were born to Edward Winslow and his wife Susanna.

We do not know the date of Susanna death. Her name appears in her 2nd husband Edward Winslow's will, written in 1654. She is not mentioned in her son Josias' will. It is therefore assumed that Susanna (Jackson) White Winslow died between 18 December 1654 (when Edward Winslow's will was written) and 2 July 1675 (the date of Josias Winslow's will)."

History of Susanna White

Susanna White was a member of the Leiden Separatist community. She and her husband, William, and their young son Resolved were passengers on the Mayflower. Susanna gave birth to another son, Peregrine, in December of 1620 while the Mayflower was anchored in Provincetown Harbor. Peregrine was the first child born to the Pilgrims in New England.

William White died during February of 1621. Susanna married Edward Winslow (another Mayflower passenger, whose wife had also died during that hard first winter) in April of 1621. This was the first wedding in the new colony. By her second marriage with Edward Winslow, Susanna White Winslow had 5 children, although only 2 lived to adulthood : Josiah, born c1629 and Elizabeth, born in the 1630's.

Edward Winslow was " ... one of the most energetic and trusted men in the Colony. He went to England in 1623, 1624, 1635 and 1646, as agent of the Plymouth or Massachusetts colonies; and in 1633 he was chosen governor, to which office he was reelected in 1636 and 1644. He did not return to New England after 1646. In 1655 he was sent by Cromwell as one of three commissioners to superintend the expedition against the Spanish possessions in the West Indies, and died at sea near Hispaniola, on the 8th of May of that year ..." (Alexander Young, Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers (Boston Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1841), p. 274-5.

There is no evidence that Susanna White Winslow ever accompanied her husband Edward Winslow on his journeys out of Plymouth Colony.

The Winslows lived on a large estate named Careswell, in Marshfield (north of Plymouth).

We do not know the date of her death. Her name appears in her husband's will, written in 1654. She is not mentioned in her son Josias' will. It is therefore assumed that Susanna White Winslow died between 18 December 1654 (when Edward Winslow's will was written) and 2 July 1675 (the date of Josias Winslow's will).

CITED FROM: Pilgrim Hall Museum

Susanna White Winslow in the records of the 17th century

Susanna White in Leiden, Holland

"Foller, En (Anne or Susanna Fuller) of England, acc[ompanied]. by Rosem Jepson (Rosamond Jepson nee Horsfield) and Sara Pryst (Sarah Priest nee Allerton) betr[othed]. 27 Jan. 1612, mar[ried]. 11 Febr. 1612 to Willem With (William White) of England, Wool-comber, acc[ompanied]. by Willem Jepson (William Jepson) and Samuell Fulle (Samuel Fuller) his acq[uaintance].

[Compare with William White's entry :]

"With, Willem of England, Wool-comber, acc. by Willem Jopsen and Samuel Folle his acq. betr. 27 Jan. 1612, mar. 26 Febr. 1612 to En Foller of England, acc. by Rosemen Jepson and Sara Pryst her acq."

Johanna W. Tammel, The Pilgrims and other people

from the British Isles in Leiden (Isle of Man :

Mansk-Svenska Publishing Co., Ltd., 1989), p. 95 and 291.

Most authorities, however, believe that this "En Foller" was NOT Susanna White Winslow at all. The confusion arises from the presence of more than one William White in Leiden. At least one William White was still living in Leiden after Pilgrim William White had died in Plymouth in early 1621.

Another clue to her identity may be found in a letter written by Edward Winslow to his uncle (NEHGR 1955:242-3) :

"almost two years since I wrote to my father-in-law declaring the death of his son White & the continued health of his daughter and her two children; also how that by providence she was become my wife. My wife hath had one child by me, but it pleased him that gave it to take it again unto himself; I left her with child at my departure (whom God preserve) but hope to be with her before her delivery."

Susanna White : 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. William White and Susanna his wife and one son called Resolved, and one born a-shipboard called Peregrine ..."

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.

Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 442.

" pleased God that Mistriss White was brought a bed of a son, which was called Peregrine."

Mourt'sRelation, ed. Jordan D. Fiore (Plymouth, Mass. :

Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1985), p. 26-27.

Susanna White : Widow, bride & mother

"Feb. 21 [1621]. Die Mr. William White, Mr. William Mullins, with two more ...

"March 24 [1621]. Dies Elizabeth, the wife of Mr. Edward Winslow ...

"May 12 [1621]. The first marriage in this place, is of Mr. Edward Winslow to Mrs. Susanna White, widow of Mr. William White."

Thomas Prince's New England Chronology as reprinted in :

Nathaniel Morton, New England's Memorial (Boston :

Congregational Board of Publication, 1855), p. 289, 291, 292.

[Note: May 12 is "Old Style" dating. Using today's calendar, the marriage took place on May 22.]

"May 12 was the first marriage in this place which, according to the laudable custom of the Low Countries, in which they had lived, was thought most requisite to be performed by the magistrate, as being a civil thing, upon which many questions about inheritances do depend, with other things most proper to their cognizance and most consonant to the Scriptures (Ruth iv) and nowhere found in the Gospel to be laid on the ministers as a part of their office."

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.

Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 86.

"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 ...

"Mr. Edward Winslow his wife died the first winter, and he married with the widow of Mr. White and hath two children living by her, marriageable, besides sundrey that are dead ...

"Mr. White and his two servants died soon after their landing. His wife married with Mr. Winslow, as is before noted. His two sons are married and Resolved hath five children, Peregrine two, all living. So their increase is seven."

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, ed.

Samuel Eliot Morison (New York : Knopf, 1991), p. 442.

Susanna White Winslow & the 1627 Division of Cattle

Plymouth Colony Records, Deeds, &c, Vol. 1 1627-1651 is the oldest record book of the Plymouth settlement. It 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 third lot fell to Capt Standish & his companie Joyned to him (2) his wife Barbara Standish (3) Charles Standish (4) Allexander Standish (5) John Standish (6) Edward Winslow (7) Susanna Winslow (8) Edward Winslow (9) John Winslow (10) Resolued White (11) Perigrine White (12) Abraham Peirce (13) Thomas Clarke

"To this lot fell the Red Cow wch belongeth to the poore of the Colonye to wch they must keepe her Calife of this yeare being a Bull for the Companie. Also to this lott Came too she goats."

Susanna White Winslow

Susanna's name appears in the will of John Jenney, dated 1644 : "whereas Abigaile my eldest Daughter had somewhat given her by her grandmother and Henry Wood of Plymouth aforesaid is a suter to her in way of marriage my will is that if shee the said Abigaile will Dwell one full yeare w'th mr Charles Chauncey of Scittuate before her marriage ... And in case mr Chauncey be against it then I would have her dwell w'th m'ris Winslowe of Careswell the said terme of one yeare ffurther"

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 1, p. 169-170.

The last mention of Susanna White Winslow is in her husband Edward Winslow's will (Somerset House, London) :

"I Edward Winslowe of London. Esquior. being now bound in a voyage to sea in the service of the comon welth do make publish & declare this to be my last will and testam't touching the disposing of my estate. ffirst I doe give will devise & bequeath all my lands & stock. in New England & all my possibilities & porcons in future allotm'ts & divicons to Josia my. onely sonne & his heires, hee allowing to my wife. a full third parte thereof for her life Also ...

"witness my hand & Seale the Eighteenth day of December In the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand Six hundred fifty & ffower."

The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 4, p. 1-2.

Marriage Notes for a different Susanna and William White

The "Mayflower Descendants" published a transcript of the marriage records. The following is the record in England: "Entered XXVI Jan. 1612. William White, wool comber, unmarried man, from England, accompanied by William Jepson and Samuel Fuller, his acquaintances, with Ann Fuller, single woman, also from England, accompanied by Rosamond Jepson and Sarah Priest, her acquaintances. They were married before Jasper Van Bamhem and William Cornelius. Tybault, sheriffs, this 11th Feb. 1612." The banns were entered at the recording office January 27, 1612, and published on the following three Saturdays, January 28, February 4 and 11, as shown by the entries. See Leyden Records, book B, folio 8. One child, Resolved, was born in Leyden. They came in the "Mayflower" and their second child, Peregrine, was born on board the ship in Cape Cod harbor in November, 1620. They brought two servants (apprentices), William Holbeck and Edward Thomson, both of whom died soon after landing. White died, February 21, 1621-22, and his widow married (second) Governor Edward Winslow, who also came in the "Mayflower." She died October 1, 1680. Both Resolved and Peregrine had many descendants.

Susanna White Winslow was married to passenger William White when they sailed to America on the "Mayflower" with their son Resolved. She gave birth to Peregrine White, the first pilgrim child born in America in a cabin on the ship while it was anchored off the tip of Cap Cod. William died not long after and she then married fellow "Mayflower" passenger Edward Winslow in 1621. There's was the first marriage at Plymouth. She died sometime after 1654.

On October 30 1623 Susanna's second husband, Edward Winslow, wrote a letter from London to his uncle, Robert Jackson. He wrote "almost two years since I wrote to my father-in-law declaring the death of his son White (Winslow considered Susanna's father-in-law his also) & the continued health of his daughter and her two children;also how that by God's providence she was become my wife....My wife hath had one child by me, but it pleased him that gave it to take it again unto himself;I left her with child at my departure (whom God preserve) but hope to be with her before her delivery".

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Susanna Winslow, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
September 9, 1615
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederland

Resolved White
in the Family Data Collection - Births
Name: Resolved White
Father: William White
Mother: Susanna Fuller
Birth Date: 15 Sep 1614
City: Leiden
County: Zuid Holland
Country: Netherlands
Source Information
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
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