John Alden & Priscilla Mullins, Miles Standish info 1858
The Heroine op Longfellow's New Poem. One ofthe descendants ol John Alden and Pris - cilla Mullins, tho two characters who figure con - spicuously iu tho Courtship of Miles Standish, publishes the following statement in the Boston Daily Advertiser. Moasrs Editors : Observing that the poem recently published of Prof. Longfellow's has elicited enquirios relative to some of the persons therein portrayed, I am led to communicate the following which may possibly interest somo of your readers. John Alden was born in tueyear 1599. At the age of 21, he came out in the Mayflower in 1620. 'The stripling ' John Adams said, who first leapt upon Plymouth Bock.' He married Pnscilla, the dugh;er ot wunani mut - lins. For a few years they lived iu Plymouth. Thoy then settled In Duxbury, on a farm, whioh 1 believe still remains in the possession or his decendants. They had eight children, four sons, John, Joseph, David, Jonathan ; four daughters JEUzaDetn mamed Wm. feaoody ; oaran married Alexander Standish, son of the valiant Miles ; Ruth married John Bass of Baintree, now Qaincy ; Marv married Thomas Delano. "Toe Hon. John Alden died September 12th, 1687, aged 88 years, having filled various offices of honor and trust. In 1601 a coat of arms was assigned to John Alden of the Middle Temple. Your correspondent takes exception to the name of MuUius, which I think inapplicable and un - courtoous ; and although ungracious to his ear, it is music to mine ; and though now extinct, is held in grateful remembrance by offspring almost as numerous, as the Bed Men would say as the leaves of tho forest, some of thorn bcariDg names as 'euphonius' as any in our mother tongue. Joseph Adams, grandfather of John Adams, second President of these United States, married Hannah, granddaughter of John Alden, the daughter of John and Ruth Alden Bass. But why these strictures on the name of Mullins ? To the most fastidious 'the rose by any other name would smell as sweot,' and there are reasons of sufficient inducement to cause the name of Mullins to be cherished with great veneration by your humble servant. Naio.