Westport’s Mayflower Children and Grandchildren presented by Richard Gifford
Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. Local historian and genealogist Richard Gifford discusses the many descendants of Mayflower passengers who settled in Old Dartmouth including the grandchildren of the Mayflower passengers George Soule, John Cooke, Francis Cooke, Richard Warren, William White, John Alden, William Mullins, Thomas Rogers and William Bradford.
While John Cooke was the only Mayflower passenger to live in Old Dartmouth (in the part that became Fairhaven), there were four children and dozens of grandchildren of Mayflower passengers who settled in Westport. Cooke’s daughter Mary married Philip Taber, who built a grist and saw mill on the site that is now Gray’s Grist Mill. His daughter Elizabeth married Daniel Wilcox, who spent much of his early life living among the local Wampanoags. Suggested donation $5.