15. Richard WARREN
REF CAG7. He was the 12th signer of the Mayflower Compact.
Most of the information in this file is from "Families of the Pilgrims:
Richard Warren," second revision, 1986, pub. by Mass. Society of
Mayflower Descendants. It begins as follows:
"Richard Warren is among the most enigmatic of the pioneers who
crossed the Atlantic in 1620 in the Mayflower. Clearly a man of some
rank, he was accorded by Governor William Bradford the prefix 'Mr.,'
pronounced Master, used in those times to distinguish someone because
of birth or achievement. From his widow's subsequent land transactions,
we can assume that he was among the wealthier of the original Plymouth
"Nathaniel Morton, who supplements Bradford and a few other on-site
17th century historians in giving us our knowledge of early Plymouth,
reviewed in his 1669 'New Englands Memoriall' the year 1628, and he
commented: 'This year died Mr. Richard Warren, who was an useful
instrument; and during his life bare a deep share in the Difficulties and
Troubles of the first settlement of the Plantation of New-Plimoth.' We
are indebted to Morton for our knowledge of who signed the Mayflower
Compact, and Morton has Warren as the 12th signer (out of 41), which is
probably more an estimate of Morton's view of Warren's importance than
historical fact, for Morton's transcription of the Compact signers was
most likely his own modification of the List of Passengers from
Bradford's 'History of Plimoth Plantation.'
"In 'Mort's Relation,' published in 1622, we learn that Warren was
chosen, when the Mayflower stopped at Cape Cod before reaching
Plymouth, to be a member of a ten-man exploring party, and he was
described as being 'of London.' Charles Edward Banks in 'Ancestry and
Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers' tells us: "Richard Warren came from
London and was called a merchant (by Mourt). Extensive research in
every available source of information -- registers, chancery, and
probate, in the London courts -- proved fruitless in an attempt to
identify him." Although research has continued since Banks, we still
cannot find records of Warren's parentage or activities in England.
"He married prior to 1611 Elizabeth ______ . We might assume he
was born around 1580. He was not of the Leyden, Holland, Pilgrims, but
joined them in Southampton to sail on the Mayflower, leaving his wife
and five daughters to follow in 1623 on the Anne. His two sons were
born in Plymouth. Although Warren would seem to be among the more
important of the colonists, Bradford does not mention him in his
'History,' except in the List of Passengers.
"In the 1627 Division of Cattle, Warren appears as one of the heads of
the 12 groups which are formed to own the cattle. He is also among the
58 'Purchasers' who in 1627 became the sole proprietors of land in
Plymouth Colony. However, he was not among the inner group of eight
'Undertakers,' who in 1626 had 'undertaken' full responsibility for all
debts to the merchants in England who had financed the colonization,
even though by supposed position and wealth he might seem to belong in
this group. A possible reason could be long-term illness prior to his
death in 1628.
Another recommended source is "Mayflower Increasings (for Three
Generations)" by Susan E. Roser, 1989. Paperback, provides sources.
As of February 7, 1992, the Mayflower Society does not recognize any
ancestry for Richard Warren or his wife Elizabeth ___ (telephone call).
Notable descendants: Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
b. ABT 1580, England
d. 1628, Plymouth, MA
b. BEF 1583
d. 2 Oct 1673
ch: *Anna [Next Generation]