Plymouth County Biographies

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Peregrine White

Peregrine White, son of William White, was born on board the "Mayflower," in Plymouth Harbor, December, 1620, given December 19, 1620, in the old Bible. The name signifies that he was born during a journey. He was brought up in the family of Governor Edward Winslow, whom his mother married shortly after his father's death. he removed to Green Harbor with the Winslows after 1632; married about 1647, Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth Bassett, who came in the ship "Fortune", November 10, 1621. Peregrine settled on an estate given him by his father-in-law, lying between the North and South rivers, not far from their outlet into the ocean. William Bassett was a large landholder: resided in Duxbury and Bridgewater, where he died in 1667. He was captain of the military company and a man of prominence during his long life. He was an assessor 1651-1655; deputy to general court from Marsh field 1659; grandjuryman 1660; selectman 1661-65 and in 1672. He was a soldier in the Pequot War in 1637; oon a committee to lay out highways, 1667; member of the council of war 1673. he was ensign under Captain Myles Standish, 1642; lieutenant in 1637, in Pequot war; admitted a freeman June 3, 1652 but was not admitted to the Marshfield church until in his seventy-eighth year, but must have been a church member to be a freeman. In the Boston Weekly News Letter of July 31, 1704, the fifteenth number of the first newspaper printed in New England, appeared this notice of his death: Marshfield July 20, Capt. Peregrine White of this town died here the 20th inst. aged 83 years and 8 months. he was vigorous and of comely aspect to the last." His wife Sarah died January 20, 1711.

Children: 1. Daniel, born in Marshfield, 1649; married Hannah Hunt. 2. Sarah, born in Marshfield, October 1663; married Thomas Young. 3. Mercy, born in Marshfield; married February 3, 1697, William Sherman. 4. Jonathan, born in Marshield, June 4, 1658; married February 2, 1682, Esther Nickerson. 5. Peregrine, Jr., mentioned below. 6. Silvanus, died 1688.

Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Vol IV. Lewis Historical Publishing company, 1908. pg. 1747-8