Family History Thanksgiving Story 2013 – Mayflower Passenger George Soule

From the Pilgrim Hall Museum

Explore this link to share the stories of the pilgrims and the origin of Thanksgiving.

Remember our ancestor was George Soule, a servant/teacher for Edward Winslow’s children.

George had been orphaned when his home burned and his parents died. His brother Robert raised him. When he heard of the opportunity to go to the new world, he did so with the Edward Winslow family.

George Soule was a signer of the Mayflower Compact. A document where all of the people agreed to govern as a group.

Read more from the Pilgrim Hall Museum web site.


4 MARRIED WOMEN: Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Elizabeth Hopkins, Susanna White

5 ADOLESCENT GIRLS: Mary Chilton (14), Constance Hopkins (13 or 14), Priscilla Mullins (19),
Elizabeth Tilley (14 or15) and Dorothy, the Carver’s unnamed maidservant, perhaps 18 or 19.

9 ADOLESCENT BOYS: Francis & John Billington, John Cooke, John Crackston, Samuel Fuller
(2d), Giles Hopkins, William Latham, Joseph Rogers, Henry Samson.

13 YOUNG CHILDREN: Bartholomew, Mary & Remember Allerton, Love & Wrestling Brewster,
Humility Cooper, Samuel Eaton, Damaris & Oceanus Hopkins, Desire Minter, Richard More,
Resolved & Peregrine White.

22 MEN: John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter
Brown, Francis Cooke, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, [first name unknown] Ely, Samuel Fuller,
Richard Gardiner, John Goodman, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Edward Lester, George
Soule, Myles Standish, William Trevor, Richard Warren, Edward Winslow, Gilbert Winslow.

 ALDEN: John
 ALLERTON: Isaac with children Bartholomew, Mary, Remember; the Allerton servant
William Latham
 BILLINGTON: John & Eleanor with sons Francis, John Jr.
 BRADFORD: William
 BREWSTER: William & Mary with sons Love, Wrestling; their ward Richard More
 CARVER: The Carver ward Desire Minter; the Carver servant John Howland; the Carver
maidservant Dorothy.
 COOKE: Francis with son John
 EATON: Francis with son Samuel
 ELY: Unknown adult man
 FULLER: Samuel with nephew Samuel 2d
 GARDINER: Richard
 HOPKINS: Stephen & Elizabeth with Giles, Constance, Damaris, Oceanus; their servants
Edward Doty and Edward Leister.
 MULLINS: Priscilla
 ROGERS: Joseph
 STANDISH: Myles  TILLEY: Elizabeth
 TILLEY: Tilley wards Humility Cooper and Henry Samson
 WARREN: Richard
 WINSLOW: Edward & Susanna with her sons Resolved White & Peregrine White; Winslow
servant George Soule
 WINSLOW: Gilbert
Note: In Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford lists the Mayflower passengers and also tells us who died during the
first winter of 1620/1621 and spring of 1621. No other ships arrived in Plymouth until after the “First Thanksgiving”
celebration. The Pilgrims at the “First Thanksgiving” are all the Mayflower survivors.


George Soule Seventh Generation – Adelia C. West Kenyon

Continuing with the Seventh Generation from Pilgrim George Soule is Adelia C. West Kenyon.  Adelia was born 23 Jan 1814 in Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York, the first child of Joseph West and Mary Ann Brock. Adelia married Thomas Armsbury Kenyon who was born 13 April 1813 in Petersburg, Rensselaer County, New York. Thomas Kenyon was the son of Potter Kenyon and Martha Armsbury.

Thomas and Adelia Kenyon moved to Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin about 1850. Thomas died 01 December 1859 in Albion, Dane County, Wisconsin.


Children of Thomas Kenyon and Adelia C. West Kenyon:

1.  Mary Salina Kenyon b. 07 February 1840 in Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York

2. Joseph P. Kenyon born 1846, Petersburg, Renesselaer County, New York.

Adelia C. West Kenyon died 19 April 1894 at her home in Albion, Wisconsin.


The Sabath Recorder Vol 50 No. 17, p 272, 1894:

At her home in Albion, Wisconsin, April 19, 1894 Mrs. Adelia C. Kenyon. Sister Kenyon was the daughter of Joseph and Mary West, she was born at Grafton, NY, Jan. 1814. In early life moved with her parents to Verona. She received her education in DeRuyter. Was for several years a member of Edd. Alexander Campbell’s family. During this time she was converted and united with the Pawcatuk Church.

She moved with her family to Wisconsin, probably in the year 1850. On October 9, 1859, she and her husband were received into membership with the Albion Church. Sister Kenyon has been a widow since 1859. Her interest in the church and its work was continuous to the last. She died at her home, April 9, 1894. A quiet burial was had from the home, April11, with no sermon, by request of the departed.


  1. Title: FamilySearch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Url:
  2. Title: Evergreen Cemetery, Albion, Wisconsin
    Author: Bernie Farmer
    Publication: Rock County Genealogical Society, Inc., 1988
    Page: 6
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    Page: 81225608




George Soule Fifth Generation – Benjamin West (Jr.)

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

741 Benjamin West (Benjamin West, William West, Susannah Soule, George), b. Hopkinton RI, 30 Nov. 1761; died Verona, formerly Grafton, NY, July 1853 aged 91 years.

Benjamin West
B. Hopkinton, RI 30 Nov 1761
D. Verona, formerly Grafton NY
July 1853 aged 91 years

He m. 4 Feb 1782 ELIZABETH DAVIS, dau. of John and Bethiah (Rogers) Davis, b. 15 March 1755; died Verona NY, 29 Nov. 1827.

Elizabeth Davis West
B.15 March 1755; D. Verona NY 29 Nov. 1827

He with his brothers Rusemire and Thomas were original landholders of the Roxborough section of the Rensselaerwyck Manor as of 1791. He and his brother Thomas were residents of Oneida CO. NY when they executed a deed in Rensselear Co.25 Jan 1822. There is no probate in Rensselaer Co. NY.

Children (WEST)b. Grafton NY:

i. Benjamin, b. 15 June 1783,
ii. Elizabeth, b. 15 Sept. 1788
iii. JOSEPH, b. 26 June 1794
iv. John, b. 6 June 1796; d. 1805
v. Olive, b. 30 July 1801; d. 1804
vi. Isaac, b. 29 Nov 1806

Obituary for Benjamin West
From the “Sabbath Recorder.” Vol 10, No. 3, p. 11, June 30, 1853

In Verona, N.Y., May 11th, Benjamin West, aged 91 years. Brother West was a member of the 2nd Seventh-day Baptist Church in Petersburg,, but he observed the Sabbath of the Lord. When re removed to Verona, he united with the Seventh-day Baptist Church, of which he remained a worthy member until removed by death to join the church above.

References: Rogers Davis Fam Bible (sheets); JOHN DAVIS GEN, p. 111; SDB Record 8:32, p. 127; MAXSON FAM, p. 15; Rensselaer CO. LR 25:72 (Benjamin West).

George Soule Fourth Generation – Benjamin West

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

181 Benjamin West (William West, Susannah Soule, George ), b. probably No. Kingtown or Newport RI ca 1730; died NY State 1782.

He m. Briston RI, 7 June 1753 ELIZABETH SMITH, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth (Drown) Smith, b. Bristol RI 14 Dec. 1733.

He was Benajmin Weast of Stonington CT 11 Feb 1754 and as Benjamin of Newport RI with wife Elizabeth on 25 July 1766 sold 6 acres in Westerly RI. He early became a member and then Deacon of the S.D. Baptist church of Hopkinton RI and emigrated to Burlington – Farmington CT before the revolution. He and two of his sons, Benjamin jr. and Hezekiah signed the Farmington Petition to the Connecticut legislature for permission to labor on the first day since their Sabbath was the seventh. Five of his children married five of the children of Elder John Davis of Hopkinton and Farmington CT. He died in NY State but his estate was probated in Farmington CT in 1782. However, no estate papers exist.On the plot map dated 1791-2 of Roxborough, Rensselaer Co. NY, he may be the landowner of property adjoining Rusemire, Thomas and Benjamin jr.

Children of Benjamin West:

739 i Hezekiah, b. 13 June 1754
740 ii Mary/Polly, b. ca. 1758
741 iii Benjamin, b. ca. 1762
742 iv Michael, b. after 1762
743 v Rusemire (Rusimiah) b. after 1762
744 vi Thoma, b. 2 March 1767

References: CT (Farmington) PR: 2906 (Benjamin West); CSL Barbour Index: Farmington; David (John) Gen; VR RI: Bristol; WEsterly RI LER 9:198, 10:164 (Benjamin West/Weast), Map: 10 Roxborough of Rensselaerwyck Manor, Rensselaer Co. NY.

George Soule Third Generation – William West

Continued from Mayflower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

36 WILLIAM WEST (Susanna Soule, George ), b. No. Kingstown RI 31 May 1681.

He m. (1) ABIAH SPRAGUE, dau. of William and Deborah (Lane) Sprague, b. Hingham, 27 Jan, 1688/9, died before April 1721. Her father’s will dated 7 April 1721, probated in Providence RI, 11 Nov. 1723 named Deborah, John, William and Abiah West as his grandchildren.

He m. (2) place unknown bef. 1725 JANE TANNER, dau. of Francis and unk (Babcock) Tanner. On 27 July 1741 the Charlestown RI Town Council ordered “William West, wife and children” be transported to No. Kingstown. William and some of his family were in W. Greenwich as guests of Benjamin Tanner by July 1742 when the Town Council asked Benjamin Tanner for an explanation. There are no Probate records.

Children (West) first four by Abiah Sprague; five through eleven by Jane Tanner.

i Deborah, b. ca. 1710; n.f.r.
178 ii John, b. ca. 1712
179 iii William, b. ca. 1715
iv Abiah, b. bef 1721; n.f.r.
180 v Joseph, b. ca. 1724
181 vi Benjamin, b. ca 1730
182 vii Thomas, b. ca 1732
183 viii Francis, b. ca Aug 1735
184 ix Ebenezer, b. prob. bef 1739
185 x Jane
186 xi Susanna

References: MD 26:10ff; FAM OF PILGRIMS; Providence RI PR 2:158 (William Sprague); No. Kingstown RI LR (William West); Charlestown RI Town Rec Bk 1738; np (William West), SOULE NEWSLETTER 8 12304; SPRAGUE GEN. VR RI; HOPKINTON, NEWPORT.

George Soule Second Generation – Susanna Soule West

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

5. SUSANNA SOULE born probably in Duxbury pos. ca. 1642; died probably Kings Towne, Rhode Island on or after 1684.

She married place and date unknown FRANCIS WAST/WEST and resided with him in that part of Kings Towne Rhode Island which became North Kingstown in 1722/3. We have been unable to find place or date of birth, date of death or parentage for Francis.

When Gov. Andros took over the King’s Province in 1687, he levied taxes on the inhabitants of Kingstown RI – renamed Rochester. Included in the list were Francis Wast senior, Francis Wast junior, and Richard Wast. Only Francis senior had a rate, that of 2 shillings 1 pence. The children of this family have been difficult to trace. Francis, Susannah, and Martha remained in the Kingstown RI area; William removed to Newport RI, probably after the death of his first wife; Clement moved to Charlestown RI, and then disappears from RI records, perhaps moving to Dutchess County NY; Richard returned to Plymouth and Bristol County, living in Middleboro and Taunton. We have not found Peter, John nor Thomas. This family name has a variety of spellings in the public records: WAST, WEST, WASTE, WEAST being common variants. Of the four “WEST” families in Plymouth Colony only this family has its surname used in forms other than W E S T suggesting that the original name, while phonetically similar, was distinct from West. Some of Susanna’s children are identified in the Samuel West Memorandum Book published in the Mayflower Descendant.

Children (WEST) b. in that part of Kings Towne which became No. Kingstown RI.

32 i. Francis, b. ca 1660
33 ii. Richard, b. ca. 1661-4
34 iii. Susanna, b. ca 1666
iv. Peter, B. ca 1668/9; n.f.r.
v. John, B. ca 1672; n.f.r.
35 vi. Martha, b. ca 1675
36 vii. William, b. 31 May 1681
37 viii. Thomas, b. 18 Sept. 1684, twin
38 ix. Clement, b. 18 Sept. 1684, twin

References: MD 26:10ff; NEHGR 35;12406, 181-185; FAM OF PILGIMS, pp. 138ff; VR RI; No. Kingston RI BK 1:30.

Some Of George Soule’s Indian Friends

For the young ones in the family here is a story of the Indian friends of Pilgrim George Soule. These stories are taken from the Soule Kindred Newsletter Volume Xii, No. 1, January 1978.


There were at least four individual Indians who were close friends with the Pilgrims. One famous Indian was the Great Sachem (Chief) of the Wampanoags. This assures us that George was very familiar with Indians and their ways.

The first acquaintance the Pilgrims made was with a handsome man called Samoset. On a fair warm day in March 1621, Miles Standish had called George Soule, John Alden, and John Howland along with all the other stronger men together to finish some military orders they had started before but had been interrupted. Suddenly the men looked up to see a nearly naked savage. They were alarmed, but they watched as he walked on very boldly between the newly built houses. He presented himself to them where they stood and said in perfect English “Welcome!” Can you imagine the surprise and amazement George felt?

We know Samoset was handsome because the Pilgrims called him “seemly” a word which meant the same.

“He said his name was Samoset,” we read from Bradford’s Journal. “And he was not of these parts, but from Mortiggon, it lying a days sail with great wind, and five days if by land.”

Samoset meets the Pilgrims

He had learned English from the English fishermen who came to fish at Monhiggan Island. He had come to Plymouth eight months before. The wind came up a little and they put a coat about his shoulders as he wore only a leather about his waist with a fringe about a span long. He was a tall, straight man, the hair of his head black, long behind, short before and no hair on his face at all. He carried a bow and two arrows, one headed and one unheaded.

They talked all afternoon with him and when he did not choose to leave they decided to put him on shipboard for the night as a safety measure. The Mayflower lay at anchor in the bay but the wind was high and the tide running out so they lodged him that night at Stephen Hopkins house. They watched him throughout the night but he slept soundly and left in the morning. He left with a promise to return later with a friend of his who could speak even better English than he. He said the name of his friend was Squanto.


Very little is known of Massasoit before the Pilgrims came to Plymouth. He was born in 1580 and became Sachem of the Wampanoags in 1607. He had the reputation of being a great warrior in his youth. He had an able body, was grave of countenance and spare of speech. In his dress he appeared little different from his followers except a great chain of white bone beads about his neck.


He signed a treaty with the Pilgrims which was kept until he died. He was well respected by the Pilgrims and became a close friend of Edward Winslow whom he called, “Win-snow.” Once when Massasoit thought he was dying, Winslow traveled to his home in the tribe and treated him. Winslow wrote of this very touching time of warmth and understanding between them.

In 1655 Edward Winslow died. (George Soule came to America on the Mayflower as a tutor to Edward Winslow’s children.) Massasoit knew his time was running short so he turned over his leadership to his sons, Wamsutta and Pometacon. Thinking it might keep up good relations with the Pilgrim Colony, he ordered his sons to go to Plymouth to adopt English names. The magistrates were so impressed with the regal bearing of the two young giants that they named the older one Alexander and the younger, Philip, after Alexander the Great and Philip of Macedon the two great kings who lived long ago.

Sometme in 1662, Massasoit died. Many Indian dignitaries came, and many beautiful words were spoken at the services for this man of peace, but perhaps the most moving tribute was made almost forty years earlier when Hobomok spoke the tribute (below) to the Great Sachem when he told Edward Winslow.


Hobomok led Winslow on journeys into Indian areas. He lived all his life with Miles Standish, so of course George Soule would have known him well. Hobomok respected Massasoit. Once he spoke of Massasoit to Edward Winslow saying, “You will never see his like again among the Indians, he was not a liar, nor was he bloody and cruel like some other Indians. From anger he was soon reclaimed, easy to be reconciled toward those who had offended him. His reason was such that he could receive advise from lesser men, and he governed his people with fewer strokes than others gave. He was truly loving when he loved, he oftimes restrained the malice of the Indians against the English. He is the most faithful friend the English have.”

This illustration of Hobomok is from the book by Lydia Maria Child.
(click on picture to enlarge)