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They married in in Plymouth. Priscilla was most likely born in Dorking in Surrey , the daughter of William and step-daughter of Alice Mullins. She was just eighteen when she boarded the Mayflower. She lost her father, step-mother and her brother Joseph during the first winter in Plymouth.
William Bradford 's marriage to Alice Carpenter on August 14, is known to be the fourth. Francis Eaton's marriage to his second wife Dorothy, maidservant to the Carvers, was possibly the second. Priscilla is last found in the records in , but oral tradition states that she died only a few years before her husband which would be about The exact location of her grave is unknown, but there is a marker honoring her.
She is known to literary history as the unrequited love of newly widowed Captain Miles Standish , the colony's military advisor, in Henry Wworth Longfellow 's poem The Courtship of Miles Standish. According to the poem, Standish asked his good friend John Alden to propose to Priscilla on his behalf, only to have Priscilla ask, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?
Longfellow was a direct descendant of John and Priscilla, and based his poem on a romanticized version of a family tradition although, until recently, there was little independent historical evidence for the . The basic story was apparently handed down in the Alden family and published by John and Priscilla's great-great-grandson Rev.
Timothy Alden in Scholars have recently confirmed the cherished place of romantic love in Pilgrim culture,  and have documented the Indian war described by Longfellow. Miles Standish and John Alden were likely roommates;  Priscilla Mullins was the only single woman of marriageable age. Priscilla and John Alden had ten children, with a possible eleventh dying in infancy.
It is pd, although not documented, that the first three children were born in Plymouth, the remainder in Duxbury. Archived from the original on Retrieved July—October The American Genealogist. ISSN OCLC Daniels, Puritans at Play , Goodwin, The Pilgrim Republic , For information on the genealogy of Henry Alden, see Mayflower Descendant —29, —; —30, — The Courtship of Miles Standish. Mayflower passengers and related topics.
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