George Soule came on the Mayflower as a servant to Edward Winslow. He was involved in various land divisions at Plymouth, acquiring a considerable amount of land and settling in Duxbury.
George married Mary Becket/Buckett circa 1627. Mary had arrived on the Anne in 1623. Their origins are unknown. George was born about 1595-99.
|The George Soule house at Plimoth Plantation|
They had nine children, none of whose births are recorded but are known from his will and various other documents: Zachariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience, and Benjamin. Zachariah and Benjamin are the only children not named in George’s will, so they must have predeceased him.
George had some formal education as he signed his documents and served on various committees and juries, once serving on a committee to develop an order to control the disorderly smoking of tobacco. He was also deputy to the Plymouth Court and was a volunteer for the 1637 Pequot War, but Plymouth troops were not needed.
|George Soule's signature|
A codicil to his will was written 20 Sept 1677 and the will proved 5 March 1679/80, so he died between those two dates. He mentions land at Dartmouth he already gave to two of his sons and land in Middleborough and Duxbury, including meadow and an orchard. He’s concerned about his son John giving his daughter Patience a hard time over the land George gave Patience at Middleborough. If John disturbs Patience, his own inheritance would become void, so there must have been a squabble between the two.
There is a replacement stone for George Soule at the old Standish cemetery (corner of Chestnut Street and Pilgrim By Way in Duxbury MA).
|Photo of George Soule's replacement stone, taken in 2008.|
My line from George Soule, not yet submitted to the Mayflower Society:
1 George Soule 1595 - 1679
+Mary Becket ? - 1676
2 John Soule 1632 - 1707
+Rebecca Simmons 1635 - 1675
3 Sarah Soule 1660 - 1691
+Adam Wright 1644 - 1724
4 Isaac Wright 1685/86 - 1766
+Mary Cole 1697 - 1759
5 Joseph Wright 1721 - 1804
+Sarah Brewster 1726/27 - 1812
6 Deborah Wright 1749 – 1812
+Seth Washburn 1738 - 1826
7 Ephraim Washburn 1794 - 1870
+Mary Lucas 1792 - 1860
8 Seth Washburn 1828 - 1921
+Mary Briggs Bumpus 1840 - 1916
9 Charles Francis Washburn 1857 - 1941
+Hattie Maria Benson 1861 - 1914
10 Carrie Clyfton Washburn 1896 - 1974
+George Brewster Smith 1895 - 1913
11 Arthur Elmer Washburn Davis 1913 - 1976
+Mildred Louise Booth 1917 - 1999
12 my parents
There has been a good deal of incorrect information on George and his descendants published in books and on the Internet. The Mayflower Society has a new “pink book,” George Soule, four generations, revision of Volume 3, 6th ed., originally compiled by John E. Soule and Milton E. Terry, revised by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG and Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2011). The pink books are soft-covered books that are still in progress toward the five generation “silver book.”
Dick Van Dyke is a descendant of George Soule (source Notable Kin by Gary Boyd Roberts).
The Pilgrim Hall Museum has transcriptions of records pertaining to George Soule: http://www.pilgrimhall.org/soulegeorgerecords.htm.
For information on the Soule Kindred In America Society: http://www.soulekindred.org/.