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The Winslow Family Tree Genealogy

Winslow Family Ancestor
Mercy Winslow (1668-1755)
8th Great Grandmother
Donald Scott Lee Winslow Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee (1945)
Wendell Orie Lee (1922-1999)
Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Joseph Francis Lee (1868-1933)
2nd Great Grandfather
3rd Great Grandmother
Betsy Ann Benson (1814-1889)
4th Great Grandfather
Benjamin Benson (1773-1846)
5th Great Grandfather
6th Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Ellis (1719-1741)
7th Great Grandfather
Joel Ellis (1688-1731)
8th Great Grandmother
Mercy Winslow (1668-1755)
Winslow Family Ancestor Genealogy
8th Great Grandmother
Mercy Winslow (1668-1755)
Mercy Winslow was born in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Plymouth Colony. Her father was Colonel Kenelm Winslow II (1635-1715), the son of an immigrant from England whose name was Kenelm as well. Her mother was Mercy Worden (c1641-1688). Mercy married Freeman Ellis (1662-c1728), the son of Lt. John Ellis, an Plymouth Puritan immigrant.
Ref. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-2011, Mercy’s date of birth and marriage to Freeman Ellis.
Winslow Home in Marshfield, MA.
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Image courtesy of Fae at Wikimedia Commons
9th Great Grandfather
Kenelm Winslow II (1635-1715)
Kenelm was born on April 20, 1635, in the Marshfield Township of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Kenelm married Mercy Worden (c1641-1688) on September 23, 1667, who was the daughter of Peter Worden, who was Kenelm’s cousin.
Kenelm Winslow and Mercy Worden had seven children while they were married. In the order of the oldest, they were: Kenelm, Josiah, Thomas, Samuel, Mercy, Nathaniel and Edward.
Mercy Worden died in 1688, when she was about 47 years old. Kenelm remarried a second time to Damaris Eames and they had four children. Their names were Damaris, Elizabeth, Eleanor and John.
Kenelm died in Harwich, Massachusetts in 1715. Document Kenelm’s father was Kenelm Winslow, Plymouth immigrant.
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Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee 2017 Marshfield.
10th Great Grandfather
Kenelm Winslow I (1599-1672)
Kenelm Winslow I (1599-1672) was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England on April 29, 1599. Kenelm is our immigrant ancestor in the Winslow family tree. Kenelm was surveyor for the town of Plymouth in 1640. Kenelm arrived in Plymouth, several years after his older brother, Edward, who became governor of Plymouth. Kenelm arrived at Plymouth on May 15, 1629, aboard another voyage on the Mayflower. He was 30 years old, and an accomplished carpenter and joiner. It is said that Kenelm made the coffins for those who died while he was in Plymouth. Kenelm was a designer and builder of fine early colonial furniture and many of his pieces ar preserved in the Metropolitan Museum. (See article about Kenelm’s activity in his trade at by Peter Follansbee.)
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Kenelm married the widow of John Adams, Ellen Newton, in 1634. Document Kenelm and Eleanor had five children. Kenelm, Eleanor or Ellen, Nathaniel and Job. Kenelm’s mother was Magdalene Ollyver, of Droitwich, Worcestershire, England. Kenelm’s father was Edward Winslow, a salt manufacturer in Droitwich.
Kenelm died on September 13, 1672, while in Salem, Massachusetts, on business, or perhaps, since he was ill when he traveled to Salem, he was seeking medical attention. Nevertheless, Kenelm is buried in the Old Winslow Burying Ground, in Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
11th Great Grandfather
Edward Winslow Sr. (1560-c1620)
Edward was born on October 17, 1560 and christened ten days later at St. Andrew, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England. Edward married twice. His first wife was Eleanor Pelham of Worcestershire, who died about 1583. Edward’s second wife was Magdalen Olyver, who he married on November 4, 1594, at St. Bride’s Church, Fleetstreet, London, England. Document
The children of Edward and his first wife, Eleanor Pelham, are listed to be, Richard Winslow (c1585), and Margaret Winslow (c1589).
The children of Edward and his second wife, Magdalen Olyver, are listed to be, Edward Winslow (b. 18 Oct 1595), John Winslow (b. 16 Apr 1597), Eleanor Winslow (b. 22 Apr 1598), Kenelm Winslow (b. 29 Apr 1599), Gilbert Winslow (b. 12 Oct 1600), Elizabeth Winslow (b. 6 Mar 1602), Magdalene Winslow (b. 26 Dec 1604), Josiah Winslow (b. 11 Feb 1606), Mary Magdalene Winslow (b. 24 Dec 1610). All of the children were born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England.
Edward Winslow Sr. was a wealthy salt manufacturer in Droitwich, Worcestershire, England. Edward passed away in the early 1620s. He is buried in Droitwich. Edward was, according to author Charles Banks, most likely the son of a Kenelm Winslow of Kempsey. Wikipedia
Mayflower Passengers
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Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee; Plymouth, 2017.
The original document has been lost, but three versions exist from the 17th century: printed in Mourt's Relation (1622), which was reprinted in Purchas his Pilgrimes (1625); hand-written by William Bradford in his journal Of Plimoth Plantation (1646); and printed by Bradford's nephew Nathaniel Morton in New-Englands Memorial (1669). Wikipedia
Winslow Research
John Winslow
John Winslow migrated to Plymouth in 1621 on the ship called ‘Fortune’. He moved to Boston in 1655. John was a merchant. His name appears on the 1633 list of freemen in Plymouth. John was a Deputy for Plymouth to the Plymouth General Court beginning in 1652. He was also on the list for those who were able to bear arms.
John received one acre of land as a passenger on the Fortune. In 1627 Plymouth division of cattle, John Winslow and Mary Winslow were 5th and 6th persons in the sixth company.
Ref. New England, The Great Migration Vol.3, pg. 2027
Winslow Coat of Arms
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Copied from the Tracy and Winslow Families compiled by Scott Lee Boyd (1933)
Edward Winslow Jr.
11th Great Uncle
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Image of Edward Winslow Jr. courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Edward Winslow Jr. (1595-1655) arrived in the new world with his wife, Elizabeth Barker, aboard the Mayflower in 1620. They were married in Leiden, Holland about 1618. Elizabeth died soon after arriving at the Plymouth Colony on March 24, 1620 or 1621. Edward married a second time to Susannah, widow of William White, in the Plymouth Colony. Edward arrived several years earlier than his younger brother, Kenelm.
Edward served three different times a governor of Plymouth and several times as assistant governor. Edward was awarded four acres for his voyage on the Mayflower. He moved to the Marshfield section of the Plymouth Colony in 1643. Edward died at sea near Hispaniola in the West Indies, which is now called Haiti and Dominican Republic, on May 8, 1655.
Historic Downtown Plymouth, MA
photo of historic plymouth downtown square
Photo courtesy of D. Scott Lee 2017 Plymouth
First Thanksgiving in Plymouth
“The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving’
By John Hanc from 
November 21, 2016
“Edward Winslow—diplomat, printer, author, trader and politician (some might even call him a social scientist and a public relations practitioner)—was one of the most important, and today, perhaps least remembered, leaders of the group of separatists called Pilgrims. Without Winslow, Plymouth—and indeed, the New England colonies—might not have survived.”
Read John Hanc’s article at:
Massasoit (c1581-1661)
Supreme Leader of the Wampanoags
Massasoit ’s friendship was an integral part of the Pilgrim’s ability to survive in the early times at the Plymouth Colony. He forged ties with the Colonial leaders William Bradford, Edward Winslow and others early on and remained neutral during the Pequot War in 1636. Massasoit Ousamequin lived in Montaup, a Pokaboket village near what is now called Bristol, Rhode Island.
Indian chief Massasoit of Wampanoag indians
Image courtesy of D. Scott Lee, 2017; Plymouth.
Although the tradition of Thanksgiving didn’t officially begin until President George Washington designated Thursday, Novermber 26th as our Thanksgiving holiday in 1789, the Pilgrims did celebrate a Thanksgiving-like three-day ‘Harvest Festival’ celebration in 1621.
For the first few years, the local Indian chief of the Wampanoag tribe, Massasoit, and his braves, supplemented the food supply of the Pilgrims. Massasoit and his tribe joined in with the Pilgrims to celebrate the first harvest.
According to the Smithsonian, “…without Edward Winslow, we probably wouldn’t even be celebrating the holiday.” A letter written by Edward, December 1621, describes the event, the food, and the visit of King Massasoit. Read more here.
massasoit protector of the pilgrims 1621
Image courtesy of D. Scott Lee, Plymouth 2017.
Pylmouth Rock
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Photo image by D. Scott Lee, 2017, Plymouth.
The Mayflower Compact
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The Signing of the Mayflower Compact by Jean Leon Ferris (1863-1930); Image courtesy of MarshalN20 at Wikimedia Commons.
Edward Winslow was the third passenger to sign the Mayflower Compact. Jean Leon portrays notable Pilgrim figures including Bradford, Standish, Winslow, Alden and others signing the document which became the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the male passengers who called themselves ‘Saints’.
willliam bradshaw
Bradford’s Mayflower Compact courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Page Background Image Credits: Landing of the Pilgrims by Michele Felice Corne. Painting hangs in the White House. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
References and Sources: Rootsweb: Kenelm “Immigrant” Winslow. Wikitree: Kenelm Winslow. Miller-Aanderson Kenelm Winslow. New England, The Great Migration 1620-1635. Outreach Bibles
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