~ Pilgrims and Strangers ~

Old Plymouth ~

Edward Doty ~
Views of old Plymouth, pictures of objects owned by Mayflower passengers
and the memorial to my 8-g-grandfather, Edward Doty.
This memorial to my ancestor, Edward Doty, located on Plymouth's Burial Hill, is somewhat
misleading, because reading it may give the impression that Edward Doty was a Pilgrim.  He
was, indeed, on
The Mayflower, however, there were as many "Adventurers" or "Strangers,"
as the Pilgrims called them, on
The Mayflower as there were "Saints" (as the Pilgrims called
themselves).  The London Company in England and the Adventurers who sailed to the
New World considered the expedition to be a financial investment for the former and the
beginning of a new life of independence and hopeful prosperity for the latter.
The stone's inference notwithstanding, Edward Doty didn't travel to New England as a
Pilgrim in search of religious freedom, he was a servant/apprentice to adventurer
Stephen Hopkins.  His story is not the story of a "Saint," but it's an amazing story.  Edward
Doty was one of only half of the
Mayflower passengers to survive the first brutal winter in
New England.  Gov. Bradford describes the ordeal in
Of Plymouth Plantation:

"But that which was most sadd & lamentable was, that in 2 or 3 moneths time, halfe of their
company dyed, espetialy in January & February, being ye depth of winter, and wanting houses
& other comforts; being infected with ye scurvie & other diseases, which this long vioage &
their inacomodate condition had brought upon them; so as ther dyed some times 2 or 3 of a
day, in ye foresaid time; that of 100 & odd persons, scarce 50 remained.
"And of these in ye time of most distres, ther was but 6 or 7 sound persons, who, to their great
comendations be it spoken, spared no pains, night nor day, but with abundance of toyle and
hazard of their owne health, fetched them woode, made them fires, drest them meat, made
their beds, washed their lothsome cloaths, cloathed & uncloathed them; in a word, did all ye
homly & necessarie offices for them wch dainty & quesie stomacks cannot endure to hear
named; and all this willingly & cheerfully, without any grudging in ye least, shewing herein
their true love unto their friends & bretheren. A rare example & worthy to be remembred."

Edward Doty survived and prospered in the New World, leaving many descendants to honor
him and celebrate his accomplishments.  His name is worthy to be remembered.
-- Nancy
Plymouth Rock
Signing of the Mayflower Compact
A representation of how the first seven homes might have
looked at the end of winter in 1621.
The colonists were only able to complete a couple of houses during the winter of 1620,
because of weather conditions, the sickness among them and, also, fires caused by sparks
hitting the thatched roofs.   In December, they assigned plots of land to each of the 19
families; the plots were 50 feet deep and the width was 8 feet times the number of people
in the household.  Most people continuted to live aboard the
Mayflower that winter.
The next year, December, 1621, found 7 family houses finished, as well as, 4 common
houses.  The
Fortune (1621) and the Anne (1623) brought more colonists and, by 1624,
there were 32 houses in Plymouth.
Above, Plymouth houses in the year 1622.
A  sign marks the spot where one of the original seven houses stood.
Burial Hill, 1892
The Plymouth scenes below were taken in the late 1800's.
Two views of the old Plymouth Rock monument.  
This structure was demolished in 1920 and a new
monument erected.  Cole's Hill can be seen above.
The first street in Plymouth was appropriately named
First Street (later changed to Leyden Street) - claimed
to be the oldest continuously inhabited street in the
thirteen colonies.  It has been used since the
original settlers built houses here in 1620.
Left and above, Burial Hill, Plymouth; left,
monument to Governor William Bradford.
John Carver chair ~ Myles Standish sword
William Brewster chair
Objects Owned by Mayflower Passengers
Myles Standish platter and pot
Thomas Clark mug and wallet and
a Mayflower Bible
Edward Doty lamp
Photo Credits:
Peter Brown site:
Map of lots:
Views of Plymouth: