“MAYFLOWER” CHIL­DREN

Evergreen - - Spring 2016 - BEWD­LEY, WORCES­TER­SHIRE.

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,

GRA­HAM GOUGH

St. James’ Church, Ship­ton, Shrop­shire and the plaque to the chil­dren who sailed on the Mayflower. See let­ter this page.

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