Mrs Mary Brewster
Cenotaph

Mrs Mary Brewster

Birth
Nottinghamshire, England
Death
17 Apr 1627 (aged 57–58)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Cenotaph
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID
208851584 View Source

This is a cenotaph. Mary Brewster's exact place of burial is unknown. The monument depicted in the photograph attached to this memorial was erected by the Elder William Brewster Society in 1967 on Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It states, in part, "Both (meaning Mary and her husband William) rest in unknown graves in Plymouth, possibly in or near Burial Hill."

HER PREMARITAL IDENTITY IS UNPROVEN AND HER PARENTS ARE NOT KNOWN. Caleb Johnson writes, "A number of theories have been proposed over the years, including maiden names such as Wentworth, Love, Wyrall, and others. However, no proof to support any of these hypotheses has been found." (Johnson, Caleb. "Mrs. Mary Brewster." http://mayflowerhistory.com/brewster-mary/, accessed 18 Apr 2021). The General Society of Mayflower Descendants does not recognize any of the parents proposed for this lady as there is no evidence to confirm any of the theories.

Unfortunately, the memorial placed at Burial Hill by the Elder William Brewster Society incorrectly identifies Mary Brewster as "Mary Wentworth." This represents a snapshot in time when some mistakenly viewed this as a viable theory as to her identity. Today, both the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Elder William Brewster Society are in agreement that Mrs. Mary Brewster's maiden surname is unknown.

Mary Brewster was the wife of Elder William Brewster. She was a Pilgrim, a passenger on the ship Mayflower. She was one of only five adult women from the Mayflower to survive the first winter in the New World, and one of only four to survive to participate the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

She was married to William Brewster by 1593 and accompanied him on the Mayflower with two of their sons. She died April 17, 1627. They had six children: Jonathan, Patience Prence, Fear Allerton, Love, a child buried at St. Pancras in Leiden, and Wrestling.

A blue and white information sign at the foot of Burial Hill claims both William and Mary Brewster were buried at that site, but no contemporary documentation survives that identifies their burial place. The earliest grave markers would have been wooden boards that deteriorated long ago. Stone gravestones were not regularly used in this area until much later.

The monument erected at Burial Hill in 1967 by the Elder William Brewster Society to the memory of Mary Brewster and her husband, Elder William Brewster, only states that they were buried "...in unknown graves in Plymouth possibly in or near Burial Hill."

This is a cenotaph. Mary Brewster's exact place of burial is unknown. The monument depicted in the photograph attached to this memorial was erected by the Elder William Brewster Society in 1967 on Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It states, in part, "Both (meaning Mary and her husband William) rest in unknown graves in Plymouth, possibly in or near Burial Hill."

HER PREMARITAL IDENTITY IS UNPROVEN AND HER PARENTS ARE NOT KNOWN. Caleb Johnson writes, "A number of theories have been proposed over the years, including maiden names such as Wentworth, Love, Wyrall, and others. However, no proof to support any of these hypotheses has been found." (Johnson, Caleb. "Mrs. Mary Brewster." http://mayflowerhistory.com/brewster-mary/, accessed 18 Apr 2021). The General Society of Mayflower Descendants does not recognize any of the parents proposed for this lady as there is no evidence to confirm any of the theories.

Unfortunately, the memorial placed at Burial Hill by the Elder William Brewster Society incorrectly identifies Mary Brewster as "Mary Wentworth." This represents a snapshot in time when some mistakenly viewed this as a viable theory as to her identity. Today, both the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Elder William Brewster Society are in agreement that Mrs. Mary Brewster's maiden surname is unknown.

Mary Brewster was the wife of Elder William Brewster. She was a Pilgrim, a passenger on the ship Mayflower. She was one of only five adult women from the Mayflower to survive the first winter in the New World, and one of only four to survive to participate the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

She was married to William Brewster by 1593 and accompanied him on the Mayflower with two of their sons. She died April 17, 1627. They had six children: Jonathan, Patience Prence, Fear Allerton, Love, a child buried at St. Pancras in Leiden, and Wrestling.

A blue and white information sign at the foot of Burial Hill claims both William and Mary Brewster were buried at that site, but no contemporary documentation survives that identifies their burial place. The earliest grave markers would have been wooden boards that deteriorated long ago. Stone gravestones were not regularly used in this area until much later.

The monument erected at Burial Hill in 1967 by the Elder William Brewster Society to the memory of Mary Brewster and her husband, Elder William Brewster, only states that they were buried "...in unknown graves in Plymouth possibly in or near Burial Hill."


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