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Thomas Cushman, Sr

  • Birth 9 Feb 1608 City of Canterbury, Kent, England
  • Death 10 Dec 1691 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot 01
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  • Memorial ID 12498413

Immigrated with his father to Plymouth Colony on the ship "Fortune" on November 9, 1621.

Son of Deacon Robert Cushman and Sara Reder.

He was elected to be the Ruling Elder, First Church of Plymouth Colony.

He was the husband of Mary Allerton, who was the last surviving Mayflower passenger.

Father of Thomas Cushman, Jr., Sarah, Martha, Isaac, Elkanah, Feare, Eleazer and Lydia Cushman.

CUSHMAN MEMORIAL
This is a granite column, twenty-five feet high, and it is by far the most conspicuous monument on the hill. It reads:
ROBERT CUSHMAN,
Fellow exile with the Pilgrims in Holland,
Afterwards their chief agent in England,
Arrived here IX November, MDCXXI,
With Thomas Cushman his son:
Preached IX-. December,
His memorable sermon on "the Danger of self-love
And the sweetness of true friendship:"
Returned to England XIII December,
To vindicate tho enterprise of Christian emigration;
And there remained in the service of the Colony Till MDCXXV,
When, having prepared to make Plymouth His permanent home.

West side: --

He died, lamented by the forefathers
as "their ancient friend, - who was
as their right hand with their friends
the adventurers, and for divers years
had done and agitated all their business
with them to their great advantage."

"And you, my loving friends, the adventurers
to this plantation, as your care has been first
to settle religion here before either profit
or popularity, so, I play you, go on. --
I rejoice -- that you thus honor God
with your riches, and I trust you shall be repaid
again double and treble in this world, yea,
and the memory of this action shall never die."
DEDICATION OF THE SERMON.

South side: --

THOMAS CUSHMAN.

Son of Robert, died X December, MDCXCI,
Aged neatly LXXXIV years.
For more than XLII years he was
Ruling Elder oú the First Church in Plymouth,
By whom a tablet was placed to mark his grave on this spot,
Now consecrated anew by a more enduring memorial.

MARY,

widow of Elder Cushman, and daughter of Isaac Allerton,
Died XXVIII November, MDCXCIX, aged about XC years,
The last survivor of the first comers in the Mayflower.

East side:

Erected by
The descendants of
Robert Cushman
In memory of their Pilgrim Ancestors,
XVI September, MDCCCLVIII.


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  • Created by: ReLyRoTh
  • Added: 25 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12498413
  • Janis Paulding Swanson
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Cushman, Sr (9 Feb 1608–10 Dec 1691), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12498413, citing Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by ReLyRoTh (contributor 46556292) .