James Chilton was born about 1556, the son of Lyonell Chilton and Lyonell's first wife, whose name is not known. James was a resident of Canterbury, England and became part of the Pilgrim Separatist Community at Leyden, Holland.
James, his wife, and one of their ten children, Mary, were passengers on the Mayflower. At age 64, James was the oldest passenger on the ship. He signed the Mayflower Compact on November 11, 1620. He died on Dec. 18, 1620 while the Mayflower was anchored in Cape Cod Harbor at Provincetown.
Mrs. Chilton's first name is not known. She died after James during the first winter at Plymouth. Tradition states that their daughter, Mary Chilton, who later married John Winslow, was the first passenger to leap to the shore.
James has two cenotaphs in Provincetown.
The one at the Winthrop Street Cemetery is pictured as the plaque on the fenced in rock.
The other one is the Mayflower Passengers who died at Sea Memorial which is at Bradford Street at Ryder Street in the park. If you put the Provincetown Hall at your back and see the Pilgrim Monument looming over you, then look down to the ground and to the left. The memorial resembles a tall gravestone, and is a great photo spot!
Bio by: Chip5610