Rev Thomas Cushman Sr.

Rev Thomas Cushman Sr.

City of Canterbury, Kent, England
Death 10 Dec 1691 (aged 83)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot 01
Memorial ID 12498413 · View Source
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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.

This is a granite column, twenty-five feet high, and it is by far the most conspicuous monument on the hill. It reads:
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."

South side: --


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.


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,

Family Members



Here lyeth buried ye body of that precious servant of God, Mr Thomas Cushman, who, after he had served his generation according to the will of God, and particularly, the church of Plymouth, for any years in the office of Ruling Elder, fell asleep in Jesus, December ye 10th, 1691, and in the 84th year of his age

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