AldenFamily Desended From
Alden of Mayflower.
InterestingAncestry of One of
Waukegan’s Families Line
It is notgenerally known here that the Alden family of this city were[sic] direct descendants of John Alden of the Mayflower fame.
A Chicago Sunday papercontained an interesting article regarding the ancestry of John Finney Alden ofChicago, son of Earl Alden, formerly of this city, as being the youngest livingdescendant of the Pilgrim father.
One thingomitted, and a quite interesting fact is that while the male line is directlydescended from John Alden, the female line, beginning with Mrs. R. Alden, ofthis city, also traces back to a pilgrim father, John Howland, who was anassociate of John Alden and came over in the Mayflower. Mrs. Alden was a Howland and is likewise proudof her ancestry which is traced without a break to the Pilgrim father.
Of the youngAlden, the Inter-Ocean said:
John FinneyAlden, of No. 185 Webster avenue,Chicago
, is the youngest livingdescendant of John Alden of Mayflower fame.
He was born Feb. 15 and consequently is just 10 day [sic] old.
Young John is a sturdy strong-lunged youngster,and gives abundant evidence that he will always be able to “speak forhimself.”
This latest John Alden istenth in line from the original and famous, John, who, tradition says, acted asmessenger from Miles Standish to the Puritan Priscilla, asking her hand inmarriage.
And then, as all Americansknow—
Archly the maiden smiled, andwith her eyes
over-running with laughter
Said, in a tremulous voice,
Why don’t you speak foryourself, John?
Young JohnFinney Alden is the son of Earl G. Alden, and traces his ancestry back to theMayflower pioneer through an unbroken male line. Mr. Alden, the father, guards carefully thecopy of a memorial of the Alden family compiled by Dr. Ebenezer Alden of New England in 1867. This memorial gives Rinaldo Alden, grandfatherof young John Finney, as the sixth son of Abner Alden[illegible line probably states that Abner is the sonof Earl Alden], the son of Nathan, who was the son of John, the son of John,son of Joseph, son of John the Mayflower pilgrim and successful suitor ofPriscilla Mulines [sic].
In thebrief and quaint sketch given in the memorial of the original John Alden it istold that he was one of the Plymouthpilgrims and the last male survivor of those who came in the Mayflower andsigned the compact in her cabin in 1620. He was much employed in public business and was an assistant to thegovernor for many years. He was born in1599, and died at Duxbury, Sept. 12, 1687, “in a good old age, an old man andfull of years and was gathered to his people—and his sons buried him.”
He marriedprobably, in 1621, Priscilla, daughter of William Molines[sic], or Mullens, who with his wife came also in theMayflower and both died in the February succeeding their landing.
Theirresidence after a few years was in Duxbury, on the north side of the village,on a farm which is still in possession of their descendants of the seventhgeneration, having never been alienated.
[Retrieved and transcribed by NanciHeadley Kotowski from page 2 of The Waukegan Daily Sun, Monday, February 26, 1900.]