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Constant Southworth, 10th Great-Grandfather

June 20, 2018 ,

Constant Southworth in the Colony

Constant Southworth in the Colony

Constant Southworth was born circa 1614 at Leyden, So. Holland, Netherlands. He married Elizabeth Collier, daughter of William Collier and Jane Clarke, on 2-Nov-1637 at Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Constant Southworth died on 10-Mar-1678/79 at Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Constant Southworth, the son of Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, was probably born at Leiden ca. 1614-16, for his parents married there 28 May 1613 (Leiden Records, as in MD 10:2). The same records show that Edward Southworth had a brother Thomas then living in Leiden. Edward Southworth died, and his widow Alice came to Plymouth and married Gov. William Bradford on 14 August 1623.

Constant came to Plymouth in 1628, probably on the White Angel, and a contemporary account shows that the Plymouth Company paid twenty shillings for his passage and four shillings, eight pence per week for eleven weeks for his food (MHS Collections, 3rd Series, 1:199). It is assumed that he, and his brother Thomas, who must have come over later, lived with their mother and step-father, Governor Bradford. The Southworth family was apparently of gentle birth, but claims that Edward Southworth was identical with the Edward Southworth, son of Thomas and Rosamond (Lister) Southworth, or Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire, are not adequately supported. Constant Southworth married Elizabeth Coller daughter of William Collier (PCR 1:68). In his will, dated 27 February 1678/79, inventory 15 March 1678/79, he named his wife Elizabeth, son Edward; son Nathaniel; son William; daughter Mercy Freeman; daughter Alice Church, daughter Mary Alden daughter Elizabeth Southworth provided she did not marry William Fobes; daughter Priscilla Southworth; grandson Constant cousin Elizabeth Howland; and his brother Thomas. Constant held many important posts, including treasure, and ensign in the Duxbury military company.

Constant Southworth (1615 – 1679)
10th great-grandfather
Alice Southworth (1645 – 1719)
daughter of Constant Southworth
Elizabeth Church (1665 – 1691)
daughter of Alice Southworth
William Little Jr (1685 – 1756)
son of Elizabeth Church
Jane Jeanette Little (1713 – 1764)
daughter of William Little Jr
Andrew Armour (1740 – 1801)
son of Jane Jeanette Little
William Armor (1775 – 1852)
son of Andrew Armour
William Armer (1790 – 1837)
son of William Armor
Thomas Armer (1825 – 1900)
son of William Armer
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
daughter of Thomas Armer
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
son of Lucinda Jane Armer
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
daughter of George Harvey Taylor
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee Taylor

Constant Southworth was born about 1614, based on his date of marriage. He died on March 11, 1678/9, in Duxbury. His ship was possibly White Angel, 1628

He lived in Holland. Constant Southworth was the son of Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, married in Leiden on May 28, 1613. His father was a say worker [weaver] there.

The family attempted to emigrate to New England in 1620, but apparently abandoned the voyage at London. In August 1620, Robert Cushman wrote a letter to Edward Southworth, the father, addressing it to Heneage House in London. It is unclear whether Edward Southworth died there or returned to Leiden.

Alice Southworth, the mother, emigrated to Plymouth Colony in 1623, leaving her two sons behind, either in England or Leiden. She probably left them with their Aunt Julia, the aunt who brought them both over in 1628. Alice Southworth married Governor William Bradford as his second wife that same year, soon after arriving.

Constant came to Plymouth in 1628, where he was admitted a freeman on January 1, 1637/8.

Constant Southworth married Elizabeth Collier on November 2, 1637, in Plymouth and had eight children. She died after February 20, 1678/9.

Constant’s brother, Thomas, is my paternal 10th great-grandfather.  Their mother, Alice Carpenter, came to Plymouth a widow and married Governor Bradford in the first year after arrival.

Thomas Southworth (1617 – 1669)
10th great-grandfather
Elizabeth Southworth (1645 – 1716)
daughter of Thomas Southworth
Elizabeth Howland (1673 – 1724)
daughter of Elizabeth Southworth
Eleazer Hamblin (1699 – 1771)
son of Elizabeth Howland
Sarah Hamblin (1721 – 1814)
daughter of Eleazer Hamblin
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Sarah Hamblin
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

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I love reading updates on your family history! I find it fascinating!


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

June 23, 2018

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