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Mary Chilton, daughter of James Chilton, was born probably shortly before her baptism at St. Peter's, Sandwich, Kent, England, 31 May 1607.1 She died at Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, before 1 May 1679, and was buried at King's Chapel Burying Grounds, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.1

Mary married John Winslow, son of Edward Winslow and Magdalene Oliver, between 1623 and 1627.1,2

Mary is said to be the first female to reach shore from the Mayflower; either at Cape Cod or at Plymouth, and is the only female passenger to leave a will.1 which was dated 31 July 1676 and proved 11 July 1679, whereby "Mary Winslow of Boston in New England" bequeathed:
to "my son John Winslow my great square table";
to "my daughter Sarah Middlecott" moveables "and to each of her children a silver cup with a handle";
to "my grandchild William Paine my great silver tankard";
to "my daughter Susanna Latham" moveables;
to "my grandchild Ann Gray" moveables and £10;
"my executor shall pay four pounds in money per annum for three years unto Mrs. Tappin . . . towards the maintenance of the said Ann Gray";
to "Mary Winslow daughter of my son Edward Winslow my largest silver cup with two handles and unto Sarah daughter of the said Edward my lesser silver cup with two handles, also I give unto my said son Edward's children six silver spoons to be divided between them";
to "my grandchild Parnell Winslow" £5;
to "my grandchild Chilton Latham" £5;
"the rest of my spoons be divided amongst my grandchildren according to the discretion of my daughter Middlecott";
to "my grandchild Mercy Harris my white rug";
to "my grandchild Mary Pollard forty shillings";
to "my grandchild Susanna Latham my petticoat with silk lace";
to "Mary Winslow daughter of my son Joseph Winslow" £20;
residue to be equally divided among "my children John Winslow, Edward Winslow, Joseph Winslow, Samuel Winslow, Susanna Latham and Sarah Middlecott";
"my trusty friend Mr. William Tailer of Boston aforesaid merchant" to be sole executor;
to "Mr. Thomas Thacher pastor of the third church in Boston" £5

The inventory of the estate of "Mrs. Mary Winslow," taken 29 July 1679, totaled £212 11s. 9d., including "one-half of the house which was formerly Mr. Joseph Winslow's" valued at £67.3

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John Winslow b. 16 Apr 1597, d. bef. 21 May 1674
  • Joseph Winslow1
  • Susanna Winslow+1 b. bef. 1630, d. 14 Nov 1685
  • John Winslow1 b. bef. 1630
  • Mary Winslow1 b. abt. 1631
  • Edward Winslow1 b. abt. 1635
  • Sarah Winslow1 b. abt. 1638
  • Samuel Winslow+1 b. abt. 1641, d. bef. 26 Jan 1680
  • Isaac Winslow1 b. abt. 1644
  • (…) Winslow1 b. bef. 1650, d. bef. Mar 1673
  • Benjamin Winslow1 b. 12 Aug 1653, d. bef. 31 Jul 1676
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  1. [S38] Robert Moody Sherman, Verle Delano Vincent, Robert S. Wakefield and Lydia Dow Finlay, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620: Volume Fifteen: Family of James Chilton and Family of Richard More (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), 5-7, further cited as Sherman, Vincent, Delano, Wakefield, and Finlay, MF 15.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1698, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S676] Robert Charles Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony: 1620-1633 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), 511-515, further cited as Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration.