John Alden

From: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, Vol. 1x p. 33.

Alden John, born in England 1599: Died at Duxbury, Mass. Sept. 1686. One of the "Pilgrim Fathers," a cooper of Southampton, who was engaged in repairing the Mayflower and became one of the party which sailed in her. He is said to have been the first to step on the Plymouth Rock, though this honor is also assigned to Mary Chilton. He settled at Duxbury and in 1621 married Pricilla Mullens. The incidents of their courtship form the theme of Longfellow's "Courtship of Miles Standish." He was a magistrate in the colony for more than 50 years, and out lived all the other signers of the Mayflower Compact.

Vol. 1x p. 713

Mullens (Mul'enz) or Mullins (Mul'inz), Pricilla. The wife of John Alden, and the heroine of Longfellow's poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish."


Longfellow's work The Courtship of Stanley Mullins

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THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH.

I. Miles Standish

II. Love and Friendship

III. The Lover's Errand

IV. John Alden

V. The Sailing of the May flower

VI. Priscilla

VII. The March of Miles Standish

VIII. The Spinning-Wheel

IX. The Wedding-Day