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George Soule

By Joan Reed Miller

Date of birth: before 1600
Baptized: unknown
Marriage: probably Mary Buckett, before 1626, probably at Plymouth, MA
Children: Nine (9)
1. Zachariah b. 22 May 1627
2. John b. about 1632, married 1. Rebecca Simmons, 2. Esther (Delano) Sampson
3. Nathaniel b. about 1637, married Rose/Rosamond Thorn
4. George Jr. b. about 1639, married Deborah (Thomas?)
5. Susanna b. about 1642, married Francis Waste/West
6. Mary b. about 1644, married John Peterson
7. Elizabeth b. about 1646, married Francis Walker
8. Patience b. about 1648, married John Haskell
9. Benjamin b. about 1651, killed by the Indians in King Philip's War
Death: between 20 September 1677 and 22 January 1679, Duxbury, MA
Burial Site: Memorial gravestone, Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, MA

 

  • The house of George Soule at Plymouth Plantation.George Soule's origins in England have not been discovered.
  • He came on the Mayflower as a servant to the Edward Winslow family, which would indicate that he was under 25 at the time; however, he did sign the Mayflower Compact which would suggest that he was over 21.
  • The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort of the foundation of all the Plantations¬† and Colonies in New England; and their families..."Mr. Edward Winslow, Elizabeth his wife and two men-servants called George Soule and Elias Story; also a little girl was put to him called Ellen, the sister of Richard More.
  • The 1623 Division of Land, recorded in the handwriting of Governor William Bradford: "George Soule's lands are among "The Falles of their grounds which came first over in the May Floure, according as their lotes were case" and are described as "these lye on the South side of the brooke to the baywards.""
  • The 1627 Division of Cattle: "The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with (2) him his wife Elizabeth Warren (3) Nathaniell Warren (4) joseph Warren (5) Marry Warren (6) Anna Warren (7) Sara Warren (8) Elizabeth Warren (9) Abigail Warren (10) John Billington (11) George Sowle (12) Mary Sowle (13) Zakariah Sowle. To this lotte fell one of the 4 black Heyfers that cam ein the Jacob caled the smooth horned Heyfer and two see goats."
  • The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An:1633... Geoge Sowle" was again listed as a Freeman in 1636-7, 1643, 1658 and 1670.
  • 27 September 1642: "This Court was occationed by the Indians to puide forces against them for an offensiue & defensiue warr; and though all the inhits were warned, yet they appeaered by their seuall deputies, as they had liberty to doe... "For Duxborrow, Capt. Myles Standish, Mr John Aldej, Johathan Brewster, Mr Comfort Starr, Mr Wm Wetherrell, Willm Basset, Christopher Waddesworth, Georg Soule."
  • In 1644: "The severall lots layed forth and bounded lying and being upon Pochade necke neare unto Namassakett graunted unto severall psons afternamed are as followeth... "Gorge Soule, 21 Lott is bounded with two red oakes marked..."

  • George Soule and family moved to Duxbury very early on, and was a deputy to the Plymouth Court for a number of years beginning in 1642.
  • He ad volunteered for the Pequot War of 1637, but Plymouth's troops were not needed.
  • 7 March 1642/3: "Constables for eich Towne..."Duxborrow, -Thom Bonney constable. Loue Brewster * Georg Soule, grand jury men." George Soule was sworn in as a member of "The Grand Inquest" on 6 June 1643.
  • March 1653/4: "Att this Court, Kanelme Winslow complained against John Soule for speaking falsly of and scandaliciing his daughter in carying diuers falce reports betwixt Josias Standish and her; the which complaint, att the request of Gorge Soule, father of the said John Soule, was refered vntill another Court, to bee tryed by a jury of twelue of his equalls."
  • He was on various committees, juries, and survey teams during his live in Duxbury. In 1646, he was appointed to the committee to deal with Duxbury's problem of the disorderly smoking of tobacco. Another example was on 1 June 1658: "Gorge Soule, Constant Southworth, and Philip Delanoe are appointed by the Court to sett the range betwixt Mr Bournes and Anthony Snowes lands att Marshfield, to run the line on the same point of the compase that Mr Bournes now runes to the South Riuer; and what they aformencioned appointed shall dow therein shall stand feirme for the future."

REFERENCES
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (Silver Books)
Pilgrim Hall Muesum
Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647, William Bradford
Caleb Johnson's MayflowerHistory.com