The Mayflower Compact
'Signing The Compact'
The Anniversary of
The Signing of the Mayflower Compact
The Compact was signed in the cabin of the Mayflower, November
11th, Old Style, November 21st, New Style, 1620.
Richard More and Henry Samson were young boys and did not sign the
Compact. Both have descendants.
After a difficult voyage in November 1620, the Mayflower anchored
at Cape Cod, north of the limits of the Virginia Colony, and beyond
any organized law. Some form of government was necessary. Those who
intended to settle here at Cape Cod comprised two separate groups:
the religious dissenters from England and Holland, and those who
hoped to better themselves in this new Colony. Differences
of opinion had arisen between these groups on the voyage. These
differences had to be reconciled if the colony was to survive.
Therefore, on November 21,1620, in the "Great Cabin" aboard the
Mayflower, forty-one male passengers composed a written document,
which was a vow, a pledge a word of honor that all who signed it,
as well as their families promised to abide by its proclamation.
The settlers lived up to the Compact they signed. It brought
the divergent groups into one unified group, and the Compact
remained as the Constitution of the Colony until Plymouth was merged
into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 by order of King William
and Queen Mary.
The Mayflower Compact
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith,etc.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod. the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord King James; of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Ano. Dom. 1620.
John Carver Edward Tilly * Degory Priest
* William Bradford * John Tilly Thomas Williams
* Edward Winslow * Frances Cooke Gilbert Winslow
* William Brewster * Thomas Rogers Edward Margeson
* Isaac Allerton Thomas Tinker * Peter Brown
* Myles Standish John Ridgdale Richard Britteridge
* John Alden * Edward Fuller * George Soule
* Samuel Fuller John Turner Richard Clark
Christopher Martin * Francis Eaton Richard Gardiner
* William Mullins * James Chilton John Allerton
* William White John Crackston Thomas English
* Richard Warren * John Billington * Edward Doty
* John Howland * Moses Fletcher Edward Leister
* Stephen Hopkins John Goodman
* Has descendants