Chilton, (Pilgrim) James Pilgrim-Mayflower

Male Abt 1556 - 1620  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Chilton, James 
    Title (Pilgrim) 
    Suffix Pilgrim-Mayflower 
    Born Abt 1556  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt 1566  Canterbury, Kent England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1620  Cape Cod, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Dec 1620  on ship "Mayflower" Provincetown Harbor. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5387  32 Generations
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2006 

    Father Chilton, Lyonell,   b. Abt 1526, St. Paul's, Canterbury, Kent Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1582/83  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Family ID F4031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Chilton, Lyonell,   b. Abt 1526, St. Paul's, Canterbury, Kent Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1582/83  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 30 May 1547 OR 1557  Canterbury, ENG Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F47952  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Married Bef 1587 
    Children 
     1. Chilton, Isabella,   b. Abt 1586, Canterbury, KENT, Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F47951  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • BORN: About 1556 (he stated he was 63 in a 28 April 1619 Leyden document), probably Canterbury, Kent, England, son of Lyonell Chilton and his second wife (her name is unknown).
      DIED: 8 December 1620, on board the Mayflower
      MARRIED: probably about 1586 based on baptism of first known child. Her name is currently unknown. The claim by John Hunt in The American Genealogist 38:244-245 that his wife was possibly Susanna Furner has been recently disproven on the basis of the discovery of Susanna Furner's baptism record, which indicates she was far too young (only 12) to be married and having children in 1586. See Michael Paulick, "The 1609-1610 Excommunications of Mrs. Chilton and Moyses Fletcher--Mayflower Pilgrims" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume 153 (October 1999) for further information on this.

      James Chilton, a tailor by trade, was the oldest Mayflower passenger, and one of the first to die after reaching the New World. He was born and raised in Canterbury, Kent, England and around 1600 moved to Sandwich, Kent.

      By July 1615, and probably as early as 1610, James, his wife, and at least some of his children were living in Leyden, Holland. On 28 April 1619, James Chilton and his daughter Isabella were caught in an anti-Armenian riot and James was hit in the head with a large stone and required the services of the town surgeon, Jacob Hey.

      He came on the Mayflower with his wife and daughter Mary. James and his wife died the first winter, leaving their daughter orphaned; she probably joined with the household of Myles Standish.

      Mary Chilton came on the Mayflower at the young age of 13, and popular legend gives her the distinction of being the first female to step ashore at Plymouth. She married John Winslow, who came in the ship Fortune in 1621, and was the brother of Mayflower passengers Edward Winslow and Gilbert Winslow.

      From the Leiden Archives...

      008 reg./ONA180fo. 239/30-4-1619State of Facts

      Parties:James Chilton, Leyden, Langebrug,Angel Chilton, daughter of James Chilton,Leyden;

      Statement made at the home of James Chilton at the request of the Leyden Remonstrant Brethren concerning an outbreak of rioting involving some youngsters on Sunday April 28, 1619.In a courtyard at the Langebrug the boys, about twenty in all, had shouted slogans directed at Arminians believed to be meeting there. A heavy stone thrown by one of the rioters had hit James Chilton's head and injured the latter so seriously that he had had to consult Jacob Hey for treatment.

      Witnesses: Jacob Hey,town surgeon,Jan Sebastiaensz,ruby-cutter.