Just saw your post of Jan 1, 2001.The following might be of interest to you concerning the Aldens.
Birthplace might have been Southhampton, England.
Mayflower passenger in 1620.He was a cooper.
Moved to Duxbury, MA 1632.His house in Duxbury, MA may still be visited.
Buried near Eagle Tree Pond, Duxbury, MA
Research:See file in section O.S. Ancestry, Compuserve, by Jennifer Bates Nath, 72634, 1265 PLYMOUTH COLONY ITS HISTORY & PEOPLEby Eugene Aubrey Stratton, pgs. 232-233, 331, quoting from Bradford (Ford) 2/40.
The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Pope, pg. 12.
Sources:Duxbury Records 974.42 D9800
Cutter, Genealogy of Connecticut 974.6C991 Vol. l, 2, 4 pg. 370-72, 1134, 1746.
Saints and Strangers, Willison, pg 407, 48.
Mayflower Descendants and their Marriages, Southern Book Co., Baltimore 1956.
Extensive research has been done into the ancestry of John Alden, but nothing has conclusively been found.There are two major theories that have been presented over the years:
Charles Edward Banks, in his book, the English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, 1929, puts forward a theory that John is the son of George Alden and Jane(?) and grandson of Richard and Avys (Aoys) Alden of Southhampton, England.Since Bradford says John Alden was hired in Southampton, this would be a logical place to start looking for Aldens.No other supporting evidence has been found, and it has been noted by many researchers that the names George, Richard, and Avys do not accur anywhere in John Alden's family.Naming children after parents and grandparents was an extremely common practice in the seventeenth century, and the absence of such a name is nearly enough evidence to disprove this theory.
The currently popular theory is that John Alden came from Harwich, Essex, England.There was a sea-faring Alden family living there, who were related by marriage to Christopher Jones, captain of the Mayflower.It has ben suggested John Alden may be the son of John Alden and Elizabeth Daye, but this is not fully proven either.
William Bradford wrote, in his history of Plymouth Plantation."John was hired for a cooper (barrel maker) at Southampton where the ship (Mayflower) victualed, and being a hopeful youngman was much desired but left to his own liking to go or stay when he came here; but he stayed and married here."and Bradford later wrote,"John Alden married Priscilla, Mr. Mullin's daughter, and had issue by her as is before related.
John Alden was assistantfor the Plymouth colony for many years, and was deputy governor for two years.His marriage to Priscilla Mullins was the subject of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem,"The Courtship of Myles Standish", which although a classic has little factual basis.John and Priscilla were among the founders of the town of Duxbury.
In 1634, John Alden was on the Kennebec River assisting in the forceful rmoval of John Hocking who was illegally fishing and trading on land that had been granted to the Pilgrims.Hocking refused to leave, and when the party arrive at his ship by canoe to board and remove, he shot and killed Moses Talbot.In return, Hockings was shot and killed.The Massachusetts Bay Colony took matters into its own hands, and arrested John Alden (even though he was not the one who fired the shot).Myles Standish was sent by Governor Bradford to obtain Alden's release, which he successfully did.
In his later years, John Alden was on many juries, including even a witch trial--though in Plymouth's case, the jury found the accuser guilty of libel and the alleged witch was allowed to go free.Plymouth Colony only had two witch trials during its history, and in both cases the accuser was found guilty and punished.
John and Priscilla Alden probably have the largest number of descendants of any Mayflower passenger, but with stiff competition from Richard Warren and John Howland.They are ancestors to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Vice President Dan Quayle.
See notes on Priscilla Mullins.
More ref:The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Pope, p. 12, of the Mayflower.