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Rev. Robert Cushman

Male 1577 - 1625  (48 years)


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  • Name Robert Cushman 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 2 Feb 1577  Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 390151096525:1030:116238515 
    Died Jun 1625  London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I17525  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2015 

    Family Sarah Reder,   b. 1580, Sandwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1616, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1606  St. Alphage, Canterbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Thomas Cushman,   b. 8 Feb 1607, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1691, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F2570  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Feb 1577 - Canterbury, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • At the time of her marriage, Sarah lived in the precincts of the Cathedral at Canterbury. Soon after Thomas' baptism, the Cushman family disappears from the Canterbury records. At this time, it is surmised that Robert and his family joined the Reverend John Robinson's Puritan colony in Holland. Their marriage record reads "Robert Cushman vnto Sara Reder dwelling with in Pr'cinct's of Christchurche" [the Cathedral] They were married before Andries Hasperson van Vesanevelt and Jacob Paedts, Sheriggs, this fifth of June 1617".

      He came to the Plymouth colony on board the Fortune in late November 1621. "One of the leading passengers on board the Fortune was Robert Cushman, accompanied by his son Thomas. Thomas in later life would become the church Elder for the Colony. Robert Cushman had been the London agent for Leiden and in 1620 was involved in Mayflower and Speedwell voyage preparations. In 1620 Cushman had negotiated a Mayflower(financial support) contract with the Merchant Adventurers that Bradford and others of the Leiden contingent refused to approve at Southampton with the Leideners saying the contract was all in the Adventurers favor and to the settlers detriment. Cushman’s purpose of coming to Plymouth was to convince the Plymouth settlers to finally approve this agreement that had been unsigned for over a year. Governor Bradford knew that, so far, the Adventurers had nothing to show for their investment, and after assurance from Cushman that Weston could be counted on to be trusted, Bradford and the others signed the agreement that Cushman had brought from the Merchant Adventurers." (Wikipedia)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1306] Assorted Genealogical Notes, Subject: Various (1997, 1998), 186 (from notes sent to Mr. Tibbetts by Charon Lee (Mathews)Sellers, 34 Brookings Bay Road, Woolwich, ME 04579).

    2. [S1310] Mayflower Families in Progress - Isaac Allerton of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Genera, p. 4.