Mary Brewster

Early English colonist in North America

Mary Brewster (c. 1569 – April 17, 1627) was a Pilgrim and one of the women on the Mayflower.[1] She was the wife of Elder William Brewster.[2] She was one of only five adult women from the Mayflower to survive the first winter in the New World, and one of only four such to survive to the "first Thanksgiving" in 1621, which she helped cook.[1][3] As such, she is included in Plimoth Plantation's reenactment of that Thanksgiving.[3]

She had six children with William: Jonathan, Patience, Fear, Love, an unnamed child who died young, and Wrestling.[4]

Her son, Jonathan Brewster (1593-1659) and his wife Lucretia Oldham, had nine children. One of those children was also named Mary Brewster.

Her life in England is unknown, as is her maiden name; maiden names of Wentworth, Love, Wyrall, and others have been suggested.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Brewster-Mary". Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ "William Brewster Family - Mayflower And Early Families". Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "History Is Served". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ Aspen Design, Westbrook, CT. "Pilgrim Hall Museum - Beyond the Pilgrim Story - William Brewster". Retrieved 31 October 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Further reading

  • Of Mary Brewster: the identity of Mary, wife of elder William Brewster of the Mayflower voyage of 1620 from Plymouth, England, to New Plymouth, New England, by John Griffiths Hunt (1984)
  • The Brewster Genealogy, 1566–1907: a Record of the Descendants of William Brewster of the "Mayflower," ruling elder of the Pilgrim church which founded Plymouth Colony in 1620, by Emma C. Brewster Jones, New York: Grafton Press. (1908)

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