Saturday, September 8, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ STANDISH of the Mayflower

Myles Standish's burial ground in Duxbury, Massachusetts


Myles Standish (1584 – 1656), my 8th great grandfather, was not only a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620, but he was also the Captain and leader of the Plymouth Colony military forces until his death.  He served in several civic leadership positions in the colony, such as an Assistant to the Governor on 1 January 1632/3, treasurer in 1644 and many years after, and on May 1653 he was made the Deputy Governor.   Myles Standish is also recognized as the first person to settle in the town of Duxbury, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Although you might read on the internet that Myles Standish was from Lancashire, or even that he was from the Isle of Man, his origins are still unknown.  I know that genealogists and historians are working on proving his origins now, and maybe we will have an answer or a good clue by the 2020 anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in New England?

Standish was a soldier in the war with Spain, and he was in Leyden, Holland when the Scrooby Separatists were there with Pastor John Robinson.  He was hired by the separatists and arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 with his wife Rose, who died that first winter when half the passengers succumbed to some mysterious illness.  His second wife Barbara arrived on the ship Anne in 1623.  They had seven children, including Alexander Standish (about 1626 – 1702), my 7th great grandfather.

Alexander Standish married twice, both times to daughters of Mayflower passengers.  His first wife was Sarah Alden, the daughter of John Alden and Priscilla Mullens.  His second wife was Desire Doty, my ancestress, who was the daughter of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty and his wife Faith Clark.  She was the widow of both William Sherman and Israel Holmes.   Alexander was the constable in Duxbury, and a farmer. 

In the next generation I descend from Desire Standish (1689 – 1766), my 6th great grandmother, wife of Nathan Weston.  She had four children. 

Famous Descendants:
Actor Dick Van Dyke, Vice President Dan Quayle, Revolutionary War Patriot Deborah Sampson, 

For more STANDISH information:

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (Silver book), Volume 14, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 2007.

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume III, pages 1741-1747.

Myles Standish Society (Standish descendants)

My STANDISH genealogy:

Generation 1:  Myles Standish, born about 1584, died 3 October 1656 at Duxbury, Massachusetts; married first to Rose Unknown; married second to Barbara Unknown, mother of seven children.  She died after 6 October 1659.

Generation 2:  Alexander Standish, born about 1626 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, died 6 July 1702 in Duxbury; married first to Sarah Alden; married second to Desire Doty, widow of William Sherman and of Israel Holmes, daughter of Edward Doty and Faith Clark.  She was born about 1645 in Plymouth, and died 22 January 1731 in Marshfield, Massachusetts.  Three Standish children.

Generation 3: Desire Standish, born 5 May 1689 in Marshfield, and died 20 June 1766 in Plympton, Massachusetts; married on 21 February 1716 in Plympton to Nathan Weston, son of Edmund Weston and Rebecca Soule (the granddaughter of Mayflower passenger Edward Soule).  Four children.

Generation 4: Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 5:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 6:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 7:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ STANDISH of the Mayflower”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 8, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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