MADAM: I recently visited St. James’ Church at Shipton in Shropshire. On entering the church I read a plaque on the wall put there by the descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620. There were four young children sent from Shipton on that ship: Elinor, Jasper, Richard and Mary More. They were born to Samuel More and his wife Katharine who lived at Larden Hall in the village. Following the youngest child’s birth Samuel came to the conclusion that his wife had been unfaithful and that none of the children was his. After various lengthy legal processes and a heartfelt and emotional appeal by Katharine, Samuel was awarded control of the four children and decided to send them to America on the Mayflower.
Later research revealed that two of the More children, Jasper and Elinor, died while aboard the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship. Mary died in the winter of 1620 after arriving in America. Richard was the only one to survive and make a life for himself in America. — A. R. WOODBERRY,
St. James’ Church, Shipton, Shropshire and the plaque to the children who sailed on the Mayflower. See letter this page.