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Bridget White Robinson
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Birth: 1575
Bassetlaw District
Nottinghamshire, England
Death: 1643
Leiden Municipality
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Bridget White, dau. of Alexander White, yeoman, and Eleanor Smith, of Sturton (now Sturton-Le-Steeple), Nottinghamshire, England, b. there after July 3, 1575. This approximate date of birth is deduced by an entry in the Dutch records of July 3, 1641 in which in the City of Leiden Archives translation she is called "Bridget Robinson nee White, ca. 66, widow of John Robinson, Leyden." Her age in the corresponding written Dutch is "omtrent 66 jaren" (about 66 years.) The writer assumes in 1641 it was equivalent to the Dutch saying, in Latin, she was Ætatis suæ 66, meaning she was then 65 years old, born AFTER July 3, 1575. The companion interpretation is on the bronzed plaque for husband John Robinson on the wall of the Pieterskerk, which states at his death in Mar. 1625, John was then "Æt. XLIX" (Ætatis suæ 49.)

On Feb. 15, 1603/4 at St. Mary's church in the parish of Greasley, in southwest Nottinghamshire, Bridget m. John Robinson, at the time an ordained priest of the Anglican Church of England. By Aug. 1599 both of her parents had died leaving extensive wills on record. She was probably presented for marriage by her oldest brother Charles, who inherited from their father a 99-year lease to the land of the former Beauvale Abbey at Greasley.

To the descendants of Rev. John Robinson, his current memorial sketch in FindaGrave includes several erroneous statements, gross exaggerations, or misinterpretations of known facts. One of his American descendants, Rev. William Albert Robinson (1840-1910), was a member of the committee instrumental in 1891 that placed the commemorative bronze tablet on the outer wall of the Pieterskerk (St. Peters Church) at Leiden.

John was born at Sturton-Le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, betw. Mar. 2 and Sept. 5, 1576, the s. of John Robinson and his wife Ann. He d. at Leiden, the Netherlands on Mar. 1, 1625 in the Dutch calendar (Mar. 1, 1624/5 in the old English calendar), "Ætatis suæ" 49, meaning he was then 48 years of age. Many books have been written about Rev. Robinson and his writings; the rare book division of the British Library holds copies of many of his works published in the Netherlands while he was living. Suffice it to say, he is an historical figure in the history of the Congregational Church in both America and England and many countries that were once part of the British Empire. When the subject matter remotely touches on the founding of the Plymouth Colony, authors do not fail to mention John's involvement in the foundation of America's history. His sermon in 1620 aboard the Speedwell to the Pilgrims departing from the Netherlands for passage to America is represented in a large oil painting that hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building in Washington, DC.

Rev. John Robinson and wife Bridget White were the parents of possibly upwards of eight children, but only six have names. Of the six named children, four lived to adulthood. An unnamed child was interred at St. Peter's Church at Leiden in 1621 before the following Oct. 15, 1622 poll tax census of the family:

• Jan Robbenson predicant, Brugitta Robbenson sijne huy svrouwe, Jannes, Brugitta, Isack, Mercy, Ferer, Jacobus - Robbenson kinderen ent Marietje a hardy dienstmeijt."

• Translation. John Robinson preacher, Bridget his wife, John (in Dutch "Jannes"; John [Jan] son of John [nes]), Bridget, Isaac, Mercy, Fear, James, the Robinson children and Marie a hardy maid-servant.

Contrary to the claim by earlier writers, John and Bridget were not the parents of a daughter named Ann bapt. Apr. 16, 1605 at St. Andrew's Church at Norwich, England. Although John may well have performed the baptism, she was the infant daughter of George Robinson and the child was buried at St. Andrew's churchyard June 21, 1605. Under then existing rules of the English Church, children were required to be baptized at the parish church where the parents resided. In 1605 Rev. Robinson was residing in the adjoining parish of St. Peter Hungate, perhaps as little as two blocks from the site of St. Andrew's church. Thus, John's first two children, son John and daughter Bridget, were baptized at the St. Peter Hungate parish church.

Bridget (White) Robinson's oldest sister, Catherine, was the wife of John Carver. The Carvers sailed in 1620 on the Mayflower with Carver designated the first Governor of the Plymouth Colony. Unfortunately, both John and Catherine died at Plymouth by the spring of 1621 whereby William Bradford became the historically celebrated Governor of the Plymouth Colony.

The claim that Bridget along with son Isaac, and daughters Mercy and Fear sailed to America in 1629 on the so-called Mayflower II is a fabrication. It is a result of a misinterpretation of a passage in a March 1629 letter from James Sherley to William Bradford [Bradford's Letter Book] that was not corrected until 1866 by Rev. Dr. Henry Martyn Dexter. Bridget never left Leiden following her husband's death, Mercy was buried in her adolescence at Leiden in 1623, Isaac did not arrive in America until 1631, and Fear married and died at Leiden.

Bridget (White) Robinson's will was written by a Dutch notary at Leiden, Holland on Oct. 28, 1643. But when she died and where she is interred cannot be confirmed. Her interment is assumed to have been at the Pieterskerk (St. Peters Church) at Leiden where her husband and at least three of her children are known to have been interred.

In Oct. 1643 Dr. John Robinson, Jr., Bridget's oldest son, was residing in England and younger son Isaac was residing in New England at Barnstable, Mass. Bridget's two surviving daughters both married and raised families at Leiden.

While this presentation began with John and Bridget's grandson Peter Robinson at Windham, Conn., it has grown beyond initial intent. The writer is reminded of a comment made to him several years ago by a well-respected U.S. genealogist that the only claim to fame the Robinson family has is they descend from Rev. John Robinson. The more important view is what did the descendants of Rev. John Robinson become in their own right? The commenter would be amazed at who they are.

Revised and Edited 6/1/2015
Family links: 
  Alexander Whyte (1550 - 1596)
  Eleanor Smith White (____ - 1599)
  John Robinson (____ - 1625)*
  John Robinson (1606 - ____)*
  Bridget Robinson Lee (1607 - ____)*
  Isaac Robinson (1610 - 1704)*
  Mercy Robinson (1612 - 1623)*
  Fear Robinson Jennings (1616 - 1670)*
  James Robinson (1621 - 1638)*
  Katherine White Carver (____ - 1621)*
  Bridget White Robinson (1575 - 1643)
*Calculated relationship
Leiden Municipality
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Nov 13, 2009
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Bridget <i>White</i> Robinson
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Thank you for your part in bringing about my life, for the love you gave and the sacrifices you made. May you rest in peace.
- Joseph R. Klett
 Added: Jan. 2, 2016

 Added: Dec. 5, 2015
R.I.P. - 12x-Great-Grand-Mother of my son (b.1998).
- Robert Kuhmann
 Added: Nov. 27, 2015
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