Saturday, July 29, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ ALLERTON , a Mayflower Passenger


My 11th great grandfather, Isaac Allerton (1586 – 1659) arrived in New England on board the Mayflower in 1620 with his pregnant wife and three children.  His origins are unknown.  There was another passenger on board named John Allerton, but their kinship is unknown.  Isaac’s sister Sarah was married to fellow Mayflower passenger Digory Priest (they were married on the same day as Isaac and his wife, Mary Norris).   He was the fifth man to sign the Mayflower compact, listed after Carver, Bradford, Winslow and Brewster.  Only Brewster and Allerton used the prefix “Mr.”

Upon arriving in Cape Cod bay, many of the Mayflower passengers fell ill, and half died that first winter including John Allerton, and Isaac’s wife, Mary, and their new infant child born on board the ship.  Isaac was left a widower with three young children who survived the winter.  He remarried to Fear Brewster, daughter of Elder William Brewster, in 1623.

Isaac Allerton acted as a business agent in the colony’s dealing with the Plymouth Company in England.  He was named assistant governor to Bradford until 1624.  He returned to England in 1626 to obtain supplies for the colony and to renegotiate their agreements with the investors on paying off their debt. He returned again to England in 1628 for a grant for a trading post in Kennebeck, Maine.  He made  a third voyage in 1630, and he was dismissed as the agent for the colony for mishandling their funds.

In 1632 the trading post on the Kennebec River was destroyed by the French.  He set up another trading post at what is now Machias, and he began fishing out of Marblehead.  He is considered one of the founders of Marblehead, where he lived briefly.   He was persuaded to leave Marblehead for his religious views.  The post at Machias was destroyed by the French in 1634.  He removed from Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut, where he lived until his death in 1659.

Isaac Allerton is an ancestor to Presidents Zachary Taylor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Remember Allerton, my 10th great grandmother, was only about five years old when she was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620. She lost an infant sibling and her mother before they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Her father and two other siblings survived.  She married Moses Maverick, and had six children. She died sometime between the baptism of her child in 1652 and 1656 when her husband remarried to Eunice, the widow of Thomas Roberts.   I descend from her third child, Abigail Maverick (1645 – 1686), my 9th great grandmother.

Some ALLERTON resources:

(There are many, many resources available on Mayflower passengers, but these two books are the best in my opinion)

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995, Volume 1, pages 35 – 39 for a sketch on Isaac Allerton and his children.

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Seventeen: Isaac Allerton [one of the Silver books series], 1998, pages 1 – 3 for Isaac Allerton, pages 4 – 6 for Moses Maverick and Remember Allerton, and pages 9 – 10 for Abigail Maverick and Samuel Ward.  Martha Ward and John Tuttle are outlined on pages 26 – 27, and Martha Tuttle and Mark Haskell are on pages 65 – 66.

My ALLERTON genealogy:

Generation 1:  Isaac Allerton, born about 1586 in England, died between 1 and 15 February 1659, New Haven, Connecticut; married on 4 November 1611 in Leyden, Holland to Mary Norris, daughter of Edward Norris and Elizabeth, his wife.  She was born 1587 in Newbury, Berkshire, England, and died 25 February 1621 on board the Mayflower, off the coast of Cape Cod, New England. They had four children.

Generation 2:  Remember Allerton, born about 1614 in Leyden, Holland, died before 22 October 1656; married before 6 May 1635 in Marblehead, Massachusetts to Moses Maverick, son of John Maverick and Mary Gye.  He was baptized 3 November 1611 in Huish, Devonshire, England.  Six children.

Generation 3:  Abigail Maverick m. Samuel Ward
Generation 4:  Martha Ward m. John Tuthill
Generation 5:  Martha Tuthill m. Mark Haskell
Generation 6:   Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7:   Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8:   Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9:   Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ ALLERTON , a Mayflower Passenger”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 29, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. I also have Isaac Allerton, though I think at this point and after all these years, we've established that we're distant cousins many times over. :) I wonder why he was chosen to act as the business agent. He must have been a man of some education or importance.

  2. I have a long long line of Tuttle and variants from NE to south to IA. Nathaniel Tuttle/Tuthil m to Abigail Baker, to Joseph m to Elizabeth Gardiner, James J m to Mary Roscrans, to James/Joseph m to Nancy to Patience Rebecca Tuttle m to John Jackson Morrow dau Rebecca ma John C Scott. down down to down to me.
    Grandmother was a SCOTT.
    I believe I have them also in another downline. Susi