Richard Warren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With the help of ancestry.com and the work of my relatives (Thanks, Mark!) I've been mapping out my family's genealogy. Today I hit the thirteenth generation back, and found an ancestor on the Mayflower, Richard Warren of whom I'm a direct descendant.
Reading his bio, I'm guessing a lot of us are his direct descendants. My mother though was a Warren. And her name goes straight back to this guy. I'd like to take a moment here to thank Richard Warren and the rest of the pilgrims for being balls-crazy enough to sail the Atlantic and for everything else.
Richard Warren (c. 1580–1628) was a passenger on the Mayflower (old "May Floure") in 1620. He settled in Plymouth Colony and was among ten passengers of the Mayflower landing party with Myles Standish at Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. Warren co-signed the Mayflower Compact and was one of nineteen (among 41) signers who survived the first winter.
Although most sources agree that his wife's name was Elizabeth, there is some dispute as to what her maiden surname was. One reference indicates her maiden name was Elizabeth Walker, and that she was baptised 1583 in Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, died October 2, 1673. She and his first five children, all daughters, came to America in the ship Anne in 1623. Once in America, they then had two sons before Richard's untimely death in 1628.
Although the details are limited, Richard Warren and wife, Elizabeth, and children were mentioned in official records or books of the time period. All seven of their children survived and had families, with thousands of descendants, including: President Ulysses S. Grant, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, astronaut Alan Shepard, author Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series), actor Richard Gere, and the Wright brothers