Re: Great Question...Where DID he come from???
By mitty April 16, 2002 at 09:28:17
I have just been looking through all the books I have on the Mayflower families (I don't have a whole great many), but the ones I don have are by Stratton, the Mayflower Soc. (silver books and pink books etc.) and Bradford's own Of Plymouth Plantation and Mourts Relations.Since the last two do not have Index's (g-r-r-r-r), I have to browse page for page for the name John Summers and have only seen his name mentioned one time with no significance to this at all.
But you are right!Where did this man come from, on what ship did he sail?Perhaps he came up from VA?I'm just guessing now.
The ONLY thing I could find on him is that his last name might also be spelled SOMERS, he is ~Possibly~ a son of John Summers (eee gads another one), a minister who was named in the will of John Parker as "brother" in 1665, OR ~possibly~ a son of Walter Summers of Pennsford, England.
There is a bit more about the John Somers / Summers being mentioned in the Parker will and being called "my brother Mr. John Summers minister the sum of 5 pounds and 5 pounds to Mr. John Summers his eldes son"also to Samuel Summers and to the three daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail.
Then a John Somers of 1702 Dartmouth and a tanner by trade received a bequest of his father, Walter Somers late of Penndford.Apparently no children for John and Mary (Samson) Summers.
This is right out of the Henry Samson book which you have probably already seen.
Surely someone knows where this man came from and on which ship he sailed.
Even Stratton's book on Plymouth Colony has no entry for him, but then this book has a terrible Index and not every page that a person is mentioned on is in the Index as I have discovered so it might be that there is info there I just have run acrossed it yet.
If I should find anything in Bradford's book, I will let you know.
Good Luck on your research and Please let us know if you find out anything about this mysterious John Summers/Somers.