Person:Degory Priest (1)

Degory Priest
b.Est 1579 London, England
m. 4 Nov 1611
  1. Mary PriestAbt 1613 - Abt 1686
  2. Sarah PriestAbt 1614 -
Facts and Events
Name Degory Priest
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][6] Est 1579 London, England
Marriage 4 Nov 1611 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Sarah Allerton
Emigration[1] 1620 Aboard Mayflower
Occupation[1] Hatter
Death[1][3] 1 Jan 1620/21 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q5251803?


Wikipedia Extract

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Degory Priest (c. 1579 – c. 1621) was a member of the Leiden contingent on the historic 1620 voyage of the ship Mayflower. He was a hat maker from London who married Sarah, sister of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton in Leiden. He was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact in November 1620 and died less than two months later.

In some documents of the time, his name was also written as Digory Priest.


Very little is known about Degory Priest. Since he was married in Holland in 1611, it is clear that he was a religious Separatist very early on, and was an early member of the Pilgrims' Leyden congregation.[7]

Degory was called a hatter of London. On October 4, 1611, his intention to marry was published, an d a month later, November 4, he married Sarah Vincent, of London, widow of John Vincent and s ister of Isaac Allerton, his witnesses being William Lysle and Samuel Fuller and hers Jane Diggens and Rosamund Jepson. November 1615; Admitted to city of Leyden, Holland, Isaac Allerton "guaranteeing for him" upon his admission to civic rights in that city. [8]


Degory was the 29th signer of the Mayflower Compact. He came alone on the Mayflower, planning to bring wife and children later after the colony was better established. His death the first winter ended those plans. His wife remarried in Leiden to Godbert Godbertson, and they had a son Samuel together shortly thereafter. Godbert, his wife Sarah, their son Samuel, and his step-children Mary and Sarah Priest all came on the ship Anne to Plymouth in 1623.


It has been suggested that Degory Priest of the Mayflower may have been the Degorius Prust, baptized 11 August 1582 in Hartland, Devon, England, the son of Peter Prust. The suggestion was made in NEHGR 111:320 in a note by John G. Hunt, who noted that the entry may also have meant that "Digorius" was the son of Hugh Prust, deceased, and his wife Agnes Wood buried at Hartland 19 Jan 1582/3.

However, given that the baptism appears to be about 3 years too late, and the fact that none of the Leiden Separatists are known to have come from Devonshire, there is good reason to doubt this baptism belongs to the Mayflower passenger. Degory Priest was one of the earliest to have arrived in Leiden, so it is more reasonable to suspect he is from the Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire region, the Sandwich/Canterbury region, the London/Middlesex region, or the Norfolk region: all of the early Separatists in Leiden appear to have come from one of these centers.[9]

Great Migration, as a result of surveying literature as of 1995, found his parents undetermined, as did the volume of Mayflower Families through Five Generations on his descendants.

Text References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Degory Priest sketch, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland
    MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower
    OCCUPATION: Hatter (when admitted as a citizen of Leiden) [Leiden 216].

    BIRTH: About 1579 (aged about forty in 1619 [Dexter 630]).
    DEATH: Plymouth 1 January 1620/1 [Prince 287].

  2. Johnson, Caleb.

    Degory Priest deposed that he was 40 years old in a document signed in Leiden in April 1619; this would place his birth at about 1579 in England.

  3. Allertons of New England and Virginia, MAYFLOWER GENEALOGIES, 58.
  4.   Degory Priest, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  5.   Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Mayflower Compact. (Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States)
  6. Degory Priest sketch, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    MARRIAGE: Leiden 4 November 1611 [NS] "Sara Vincent, widow of Jan Vincent" [MD 7:129-30; Leiden 216]; Priest is said to be of London.

  7. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 8, Degory Priest.
  8. Genealogical and Memoirs - Cutter
  9. Johnson, Caleb. [1]

The Mayflower (1620)
The Mayflower was the first settlement voyage to New England, carrying primarily English Separatists known as Pilgrims. It was destined for the mouth of the Hudson River, but landed at Cape Cod in present-day Massachusetts.
Sailed: 6 Sep 1620 from Southampton, England under Captain Christopher Jones
Arrived: 11 Nov 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts
After spending the winter aboard ship, the surviving passengers moved ashore on 21 Mar 1621.
Next Vessel: The Fortune (1621)

104; 24 families left descendants (Full List)
Pilgrim Families: Allerton (Asst. Gov. Isaac) - Bradford (Gov. William) - Brewster (Rev. William) - Chilton - Cooke - Fuller (Edward) - Fuller (Samuel) - Priest - Rogers - Sampson - Tilley (Edward) - Tilley (John) - White - Winslow (Edward)
Other Families and Servants: Alden - Billington - Browne - Doty - Eaton - Hopkins - Howland - Mullins - Soule - Standish (Capt. Miles) - Warren - Winslow (Gilbert)

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)
Wikipedia: Mayflower (voyage) - Passenger List - Pilgrims - Plymouth Colony - Captain Christopher Jones

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