Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Caleb Johnson's Site

Do you have Mayflower 1620 passengers in your ancestry? If so, you may want to check out Caleb Johnson's wonderful website at The home page looks like this:

There are sections for the:

* Introduction (" is the Internet's most complete and accurate web site dealing with the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and early Plymouth Colony")

* The Mayflower Passenger List

* Pilgrim History (the ship, the pilgrims, the voyage, life in Plymouth, the Wampanoags, modern Plymouth, exploring Cape Cod, and additional readings)

* Mayflower Genealogy (including genealogies)

* Primary Sources and Books (texts of Plymouth records)

* Societies and Museums

* Bookstore and Gift Shop

All in all, a nice one-stop website for everything related to the Mayflower passengers in 1620, and to Plymouth Colony in general.

The Primary Sources and Books link interested me today - there was a link to a page for Primary Sources: Writings of the Pilgrims:

Both of those pages have active links to full text books on Google Books for many of the primary source books listed. For instance, here is the Google Book screen for the first book on Plymouth Records:

There are many more gems hiding on these web pages. For instance, every passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 has a web page that provides basic information along with a short biographical sketch.

If you find in your genealogical research that you have passengers on the Mayflower in 1620, or even residents in Plymouth in the 17th century, Caleb's Mayflower History website is a good place to start finding more information about them.

My ancestry has at least six Mayflower 1620 passengers (William White, Elizabeth (--?--) White, George Soule, Francis Cooke, John Cooke, Richard Warren) and probably several more (through my Dill line on Cape Cod, and my Martin line in Woodbridge NJ). There are, of course, authoritative genealogies for each of these ancestors, mainly in the periodical literature and the "Silver Books" and pamphlets put out by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

This site is so good that the General Society of Mayflower Descendants doesn't try to compete, they just refer everyone to Caleb's site. The GSMD's site isn't nearly as good. His books are good, too.

Unknown said...

Having viewed the YouTube video “George Soule: Mayflower Passenger Documentary,” I may have some information on who George Soule's parents might be. George Soule is my 8th great-grandfather and I come though his son, John, on my father’s line. Looking at my family tree on, it shows George’s parents as Jan Soules (born 1565 in Brussels, Brussels, Belgium, and death 1627 in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands) and Maecken Labus (1565-?). It also shows that the marriage was 30 August 1586 at the Dutch Reformed Church, Austin Friars Abbey, London, England. Jan Soules/Sols had fled Brussels about 1585, but returned a year or two after his marriage. George is their 8th child, born in Haarlem, Haarlem, Netherlands. [see Soule Kindred Newsletter, Fall 2011, Vol. XXXXV, No. 4, it is also posted on Family Search].

Thank you for the documentary. It is my hope that this may be of help, and, I am interested in knowing if your research can verify who George’s parents are.

Marilyn Gray