It Is Possible, Of Course,
That Cushman's Wife And Son Came On The SPEEDWELL From Delfshaven; But Is
Among the passengers, however, were some who, like Thomas
Blossom and his son, William Ring, and others, abandoned the voyage to
America at Plymouth, and returned in the pinnace to London and thence
went back to Holland.
Deducting from the passenger list of the MAYFLOWER
those known to have been of the English contingent, with Robert Cushman
and family, and John Carver, we have a very close approximate to the
SPEEDWELL'S company on her "departure from Delfshaven." It has not been
found possible to determine with absolute certainty the correct relation
of a few persons. They may have been of the Leyden contingent and so
have come with their brethren on the SPEEDWELL, or they may have been of
the English colonists, and first embarked either at London or at
Southampton, or even at Plymouth, - though none are supposed to have
joined the emigrants there or at Dartmouth.
The list of those embarking at Delfshaven on the SPEEDWELL, and so of the
participants in that historic event, - a list now published for the first
time, so far as known, - is undoubtedly accurate, within the limitations
stated, as follows, being for convenience' sake arranged by families:
The Family of Deacon John Carver (probably in charge of John Howland),
Mrs. Katherine Carver,
John Howland (perhaps kinsman of Carver), "servant" or "employee,"
Desire Minter, or Minther (probably companion of Mrs. Carver,
Roger Wilder, "servant,"
"Mrs. Carver's maid" (whose name has never transpired).
Master William Bradford and
Mrs. Dorothy (May) Bradford.
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