Person:John Alden (5)

m. 12 May 1622
  1. Elizabeth Alden1623 - 1717
  2. Capt. John Alden, Jr.Abt 1626 - 1701/02
  3. Joseph AldenAft 1627 - 1696/97
  4. Sarah AldenBet 1630 and 1640 - Bef 1688
  5. Capt. Jonathan AldenAbt 1632 - 1697
  6. Ruth AldenAbt 1634/35 - 1674
  7. Mary Alden - after 1688
  8. Priscilla Alden - Aft 1688
  9. Rebecca AldenBef 1643 - Aft 1696
  10. Dea. David AldenAbt 1646 - Bet 1718
  11. Unknown AldenEst 1651 - Est 1651
m. 1 Apr 1659
  1. Elizabeth Alden1665 - Aft 1736
  2. Nathaniel Alden1670 - 1701
Facts and Events
Name Capt. John Alden, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth[7][9] Abt. 1626 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 1 Apr 1659 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Elizabeth Phillips
Alt Marriage 1 Apr 1660 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Elizabeth Phillips
Death[4] Mar. 14, 1701/02 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q16146857?

He became the Naval commander of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, and one of the founders of the old South Church. His slate headstone is imbedded in the wall of the porch of the New Old South. He was accused of witchcraft. He and his wife lived on Alden Street, Boston.

From Richard Ripley <>

John, b. about 1626, m. Boston, 1 April 1660, Elizabeth (Phillips, dau. of William) Everill, widow, relict of Abiell Everill, deceased. Note that there is some discussion that this marriage date should be 1659, and additionally a suppostion that John was married prior to an Elizabeth. John died 14 March 1701/2.

The marriage is also detailed in Savage, volume 2.

He was captain of several armed vessels in the colony, and lived on Alden Street, Boston. For many years he was engaged in trading voyages up the Bay of Fundy.

133. Capt. John Alden. Born ca 1626 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.3 John died on 14 Mar 1702 in Boston, Massachusetts.5

Capt. John "removed to Boston about Dec 1659, and lived in the west part of the town at Alden's lane, now [1849] so called. He had command at different times of several of the Massachusetts armed vessels, and often visited the coast at the eastward, where the few English settlers were much exposed to the attacks of the French and Indians. He accompanied Major Church in his first expedition in 1689 in the Mary sloop. In this as well as in all the other expeditions, he was of essential service to the forces, as he was well acquainted with the coast, and pssessed of considerable skill in naval tactics. His brave and resolute spirit and his open heart gained for him the esteem of all. He again joined the second expedition to the eastward, and also in the fourth, in1696, commanded the Brigantine Endeavor. He continued until late in life in command of the public vessels. In 1696 he went with a reinforcement to Col. Church in the Massachusetts transport, accompanied by Col. Hawthorn of Salem, and in the account of this expedition, given by Church he is called "old Mr. Alden," being at this time over seventy years of age. He did not probably afterwatds engage actively in the campaigns."4

ca 1658 John first married Elizabeth [Alden].5

He was the commodore of the Massachusetts colony navy. He left a small family, and three generations later "none in the name." (most American Aldens descended from his brother Joseph).


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Capt. John Alden Jr. (ca. 1626 or 1627 – 14 Mar 1701/02 (gravestone: "Here lyeth ye body of John Alden Senior aged 75 years deceased March ye 14 17012") was a 17th-century American soldier, politician, merchant, and sailor. He was a well-known public figure in his time but is now chiefly remembered as a survivor of the Salem witch trials, of which he wrote a much quoted and studied account.

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  1.   Edward Robinson. ROBINSON: Memoir of Rev. William Robinson, p. 17.
  2.   James Bowen Johnson. JOHNSON: The Johnson Memorial. (Washington DC: Howard University Print, 1895), p. 16.
  3.   "Mayflower Increasings": 2nd Edition, 2.
  4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. International Genealogical Index (R). (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of May 6, 2004).

    JOHN ALDEN; Male; Birth: 1625; Death: 14 MAR 1701; Father: JOHN ALDEN; Mother: PRISCILLA MULLINS; Spouse: MRS. ELIZABETH ALDEN; Marriage: About 1658 Of, , Plymouth, Massachusetts; Batch Number: F514395; Sheet: 031; Source Call No.: 1553590 Type: Film

  5.   General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620. (New England - United States: General Society of Mayflower Descendants., Various).
  6.   John Alden (Capt.), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  7. 3. John Alden, in Alden Kindred of America Genealogy Database.

    "3. John Alden (John) was born about 1626 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, US. He died on 14 Mar 1701/1702 in Boston, Suffolk, MA, US.

    John married Elizabeth Phillips on 1 Apr 1659/1660 in Duxbury, Plymouth, MA, US. Elizabeth was born before 1640. She was buried on 7 Feb 1695/1696 in Boston, Suffolk, MA, US."

  8.   Capt John Alden, in Find A Grave.
  9. Technically we only know that John was born before the Division of Cattle, 22 May 1627 (see Source:Mayflower Descendant, p. 1:150, for example), but since WeRelate actually sorts "aft. 22 May 1627" before "bef. 22 May 1627" when ordering children, it seems better to use the "abt. 1626" suggested by Source:Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, p. 16:27, to get John to show up as the second child.