Person:Dorothea May (1)

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Name Dorothea May
Alt Name Dorothy
Gender Female
Birth? 19 MAR 1590 Wisbech, Cambridge, England
Christening? Wisbech, Cambridge, England
Marriage Banns 15 Nov 1613 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, NetherlandsWilliam Bretfoort, fustian worker, a young man from Osterfeldt, Eng. was affianced to Dorothea May from Witzbutz (Wisbeach, Cambridge, Eng.)
to Governor William Bradford, III
Marriage 10 Dec 1613 Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlandsto Governor William Bradford, III
Burial? Dec 1620 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Ancestral File Number 96BP-6N
Ancestral File Number 1SMH-VCG
Death? 16 Dec 1620 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United StatesDrowned, Plymouth Harbor

Dorothy drowned when she apparently fell over the railing of the ship.

  1.   Ancestral File.
  2.   Nathaniel Philbrick. Mayflower. (New York: Penguin Books (2006)), pg 76.

    "Bradford never wrote about the circumstances of his wife's death. Much later in the century, the Puritan historian Cotton Mather recorded the Dorothy Bradford had accidentally fallen overborad and "was drowned in the harbor". That she fell from a moored ship has caused some to wonder whether she committed suicide."