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My 10x Great Grannie's Pilgrim Home

John Alden & Priscilla Mullins

John Alden was hired as a cooper by the London merchants who financed the Pilgrims' expedition to the New World. Priscilla Mullens made the voyage on the Mayflower with her parents and younger brother. The other three members of her family died during the terrible first winter at Plymouth Colony, and John & Priscilla were married around 1623.

They were my 10x Great Grandfather & 10x Great Grandmother, and it is so extraordinary to connect with their story in the very place where it happened.

"Alden House Historic Site is part of the original property granted to Mayflower Passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins in 1627 and home to generations of their descendants. Their courtship was immortalized as one of America’s great love stories in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Courtship of Myles Standish”. The couple moved to Duxbury c. 1630 where they raised 10 children, built a home, and became prosperous farmers while John also served as one of Plymouth colony’s leaders. Alden House Historic Site is still owned by the Alden family through the Alden Kindred of America." --

John & Priscilla Alden First Homesite

The Alden Home & Historic Site, circa 1651

This home was built by one of John & Priscilla's sons, just a short walk from their original homesite. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the property has been consistently owned by Alden family descendants for the entirety of its existence. It is currently maintained by the Alden kindred and descendants.

We loved getting a private tour of the home, hearing little details of its past and stories of Alden relatives throughout the years.

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