Person:James Chilton (1)

James Chilton
m. Bef 1555
  1. John ChiltonEst 1555 -
  2. James ChiltonEst 1556 - 1620
  3. Alice ChiltonEst 1559 -
  4. Anne Chilton1566 -
  5. Margaret Chilton1569 -
m. Est 1583
  1. Joel Chilton1584 - 1593
  2. Isabella Chilton1586/87 -
  3. Jane Chilton1589 -
  4. Mary ChiltonEst 1590 - 1593
  5. Elizabeth Chilton1594 -
  6. James Chilton1596 - Bef 1603
  7. Ingle Chilton1599 -
  8. Christian Chilton1600 -
  9. James Chilton1603 -
  10. Mary Chilton1607 - Bet 1676 & 1679
Facts and Events
Name James Chilton
Gender Male
Birth[1] Est 1556 Canterbury, Kent, England
Marriage Est 1583 to Unknown (25775)
Immigration[1] 1620 Plymouth aboard the Mayflower
Death[2] 8 Dec 1620 Off the coast of PlymouthAboard the Mayflower
Reference Number? Q6131303?


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James Chilton (c. 15561620) was a Leiden Separatist passenger on the historic 1620 voyage of the ship Mayflower and was the oldest person on board. Upon arrival in the New World, he was a signer of the Mayflower Compact. James Chilton was one of the earliest to die that winter, perishing within the following month.

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James was a tailor and freeman of Canterbury in 1583. James Chilton and wife had seven children born in Canterbury, Kent, before moving about 1600 to Sandwich, Kent, where he had his last three children baptized. In 1609, his wife (unfortunately called simply "___ Chilton wife of James Chilton,") was charged by the Archdeaconry Court with attending the secret burial of a child (they opposed the "popish" burial ceremonies of the Church of England). It was presumably not long before the family left for Holland. In 1619, James Chilton (aged 63) and his oldest daughter Isabella were caught in the middle of an anti-Arminian riot in Leiden, and he was hit in the head with a stone, requiring the services of the town surgeon Jacob Hey.

James, his wife, and his youngest daughter Mary came on the Mayflower in 1620. James, at the age of 64, was the oldest person to have made the Mayflower's voyage. James died on 8 December 1620 onboard the Mayflower, which was then anchored off Provincetown Harbor--one of six passengers to die in the month of December. His wife also died sometime the first winter, but daughter Mary survived.[2]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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
    FIRST RESIDENCE: Died before Mayflower reached Plymouth
    OCCUPATION: Tailor

    BIRTH: About 1556 (aged 63 in 1619 [Bangs 34]), probably at Canterbury, Kent, son of Lionel Chilton by an unknown first wife [TAG 38:244].
    DEATH: 8 December 1620 off Cape Cod [Prince 165].

  2. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    Citing Prince, A Chronological History of New England, which cites a notebook by William Bradford. The 18 Dec date would be a correction for the 1752 calendar change.

  3.   James Chilton, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
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