Billington Descendants of the Mayflower

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  • June 30, 2016

John Billington family

I am related to this Billington Family that came over on the Mayflower.  This family has some interesting stories.  Have you ever wondered if you are a descendant of the Mayflower?

John Billington was born in England, about 1580 and was executed, more than likely by hanging, at Plymouth in September 1630.  His wife’s name was Ellinor who was also born in England about 1580.   The Billington’s came over on the Mayflower to become independent of the Separatist church group from Leiden. The ship had 102 passengers and a crew of about 30-40 in extremely cramped conditions.   On November 11, 1620 John Billington signed the Mayflower Compact on board the ship anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts.  A few days later on December 5, 1620 am unnamed Billington son, in his father’s absence, fired a gun near an open half-keg of gunpowder in the crowded cabin of the Mayflower, endangering ship and passengers.

In May 1621, John Billington, the son got lost in the woods and wandered for some 5 days living on berries and whatever else he could find.   He ended up on an Indian plantation about twenty miles south of his residence.  He was found by the Indians of Cape Cod and Chief Massasoit sent word to Plymouth that John was safe.  Ten men went after the boy on June 11, 1621 and brought the boy home.  This encounter and others led to a long and beneficial friendship between the colony and the Indians of the Cape.

John Billington was executed for killing a John Newcomen whom he saw as his enemy, and his eldest son, John died before him.  His second son, Francis married and had several children.   Ironically, the first European man executed in Plymouth colony was an ancestor of President James Abram Garfield who was assassinated.  In 1636, wife Elinor (Eleanor) was sentenced to sit in the stocks and be whipped for slandering John Doan

The Billington Sea which is a 269-acre warm water pond located in Plymouth, Massachusetts was named after Francis Billington.  The pond is fed by groundwater and cranberry bog outlets.

Mayflower Compact 1620 was signed by many people including John Billington.

  • John Billington
  • Moses Fletcher
  • John Goodman
  • Mr. Samuel Fuller
  • Mr. Christopher Martin
  • Mr. William Mullins
  • Mr. William White
  • Mr. Richard Warren
  • John Howland
  • Mr. Steven Hopkins
  • Digery Priest
  • Mr. John Carver
  • Mr. William Bradford
  • Mr. Edward Winslow
  • Mr. William Brewster
  • Isaac Allerton
  • Myles Standish
  • John Alden
  • John Turner
  • Francis Eaton
  • James Chilton
  • John Craxton
  • Thomas Williams
  • Gilbert Winslow
  • Edmund Margesson
  • Peter Brown
  • Richard Britteridge
  • George Soule
  • Edward Tilly
  • John Tilly
  • Francis Cooke
  • Thomas Rogers
  • Thomas Tinker
  • John Ridgdale
  • Edward Fuller
  • Richard Clark
  • Richard Gardiner
  • Mr. John Allerton
  • Thomas English
  • Edward Doten
  • Edward Liester


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