Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Mayflower Ancestor James Chilton

Parent Category: Seastrom and Stevens

signing of the Mayflower CompactJames Chilton, son of Lyonell was the oldest passenger on board the Mayflower. He was born before 1563 in Canterbury, Kent, England. Around 1600, he moved to Sandwich, England. By 1615 he was in Leyden, Holland with some of his children. On April 28, 1619, James and his daughter Isabella (our Phillips>Seastrom>Stevens ancestor) were caught in an anti-Arminian riot and James was hit in the head with a large stone and required the services of the town surgeon, Jacob Hey. On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. On board was James, his wife (unknown), and daughter Mary. James died on board the Mayflower anchored in Provincetown Harbour a few weeks after signing the Mayflower Compact. His wife died within weeks of landing. Mary was orphaned and was assumed to have joined the Myles Standish household. She earned the distinction of being the first female to step ashore at Plymouth. She later married John Winslow who arrived on the ship "Fortune".

Their daughter Isabella (of our family line) was married to Roger Chandler five years before the Mayflower sailed. They came over about 1630 and lived in Duxbury, which was a village near Plymouth Plantation.