Lancashire History Quarterly Vol. 3, No. 3, September 1999 (pp. 102-109)

 

For a note on errata, etc. see Part One. In this article all the footnotes have been restored as in the original. The most important change since 1999 has been the renumbering of later members of Family A, resulting from further research which allowed the solution to various previous muddles. Alexander (10D1) in 1999 has become Alexander (10A1) 1567-1622. His biography has been on A DUXBURY Family Website since 2004. His sons and grandsons obviously also become Family A rather than D. Updated and more detailed Family Trees appear elsewhere on this website under Standish of Duxbury. All illustrations used in this article have been placed at the end.

 

PILGRIM FATHER CAPTAIN MYLES STANDISH OF
DUXBURY, LANCASHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS

(Part Two)

Helen Moorwood  

HIS ANCESTRY, LANDS & FAMILY CONNECTIONS

In Part One (Vol. 3, No. 2), a summary was presented of research into the ancestry and early life of Captain Myles Standish (EB),(1) soldier in the Netherlands, on the Mayflower in 1620 and Military Governor of the Pilgrim Fathers until his death in 1656. He first achieved mild fame after American Independence, when the search for a national identity and national heroes inevitably generated great interest in the Forefathers (as they called themselves), among whom he was one of the most prominent and colourful characters. His fame reached new heights after the publication of Longfellow (EB, C)'s poem “The Courtship of Myles Standish” in 1858.(2) He is incontrovertibly Lancashire's most famous son in the United States, but is woefully uncelebrated in the county of his birth.(3) The main 20th century controversy has been whether his ancestry lay in the families of Duxbury and Standish, Lancashire, or in a cadet Standish of Standish branch of Ormskirk and the Isle of Man. The answer (already given in the last article, with sources of the proof) is that he was definitely a Standish of Duxbury and Standish.

MYLES MYSTERIES - UNTIL NOW

He has been surrounded for centuries by mysteries about his ancestry, hereditary lands, birth-date, birth-place, name, missing baptism, education, wives, religion, and the “lost years' 1609-20 - in fact almost the whole of his pre-Mayflower life. A brief list of solutions to most of these mysteries was given in the last article, and this and subsequent articles will present these in more detail.

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