9 Mayflower Descendants as Famous as Their Pilgrim Ancestors – FamilySearch September 10, 2020

I saw this on FamilySearch today – 9 Mayflower Descendants as Famous as Their Pilgrim Ancestors: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/9-famous-mayflower-descendants/. I thought a brief overview of the article while listing all 9 famous descendants was a good way to draw attention. I removed the photos in the link as the first one was a dead giveaway to one of them.

September 10, 2020  – by  Jessica Grimaud


The Mayflower set sail for America in 1620 with 102 passengers. Though only 53 passengers lived to see the following spring, an estimated 35 million people worldwide are descendants of this small but hardy group. With that many descendants, it’s no surprise that you might recognize a few of them—you might even be one! Here’s a short list of famous Mayflower descendants and the mark they, like their pilgrim ancestors, have made on American history.

Famous Mayflower Descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins

John Adams

The second president of the United States descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins through their son William Mullins, who was also a Mayflower passenger. Adams isn’t the only president to descend from a Mayflower passenger—George W. Bush, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ulysses S. Grant can also trace their ancestry to one or more Mayflower passengers.


Marilyn Monroe

Born in 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson, this famous Mayflower descendant later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and became one of the most famous American actresses in history. She is even included in the Smithsonian’s list of “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.”


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Famous Mayflower Descendants of William and Mary Brewster

Julia Child


Bing Crosby


Katherine Hepburn


Famous Mayflower Descendants of William Bradford

George Eastman


Clint Eastwood


Noah Webster


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