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  • Name Isaac ALLERTON 
    Born 1585/6  Suffock Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Feb 1658/9  New Haven, Conn Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    • Last Will & Testament of Isaac Allerton, 1659

      At a Court of Magistrates Octob. 19. 59

      A writeing presented as the last will & Testament of Isaac Alerton, late of Newhaven deceased, wth an account of certaine debts, dew to him; & from him;

      An account of Debts at the Duch

      first, 700. & odd gilders from Tho: Hall by Arbitration of Captaine Willet, & Augustine Harman; about Captaine Scarlet wch I paid out,

      And there is 900 gilders owing by John Peterson the Bore, as by Georg Woolseyes booke will appeare; & severall obligations thereto,

      ffrom Richard Cloufe owes, as Georg Woolseyes Booke will make appeare; I thinke 900. gilders, but his Estate being broken. I Desire that what may be gotten may be layd hold on for mee,

      Due from William Goulder 270, od gilders, by his Bill appeares;

      Due from John Snedecare a shoomaker 150, od gilders as by his acco appeares.

      from the widdow of the Hanc Hancson due as by severall Bills & accounts;

      Peter Cornelioussen 120. od guilders as by ye account will appeare.

      Due from Henry Brasser for rent for 28 moneths, from the first October 1656. to the last of May 58: for three roomes at 3 gilders a week. I am in his Debt for worke of the old acco wch must be Deducted;

      156 Isaac Allerton's Will and Inventory.

      there is 20 li in George Woolseyes hand, that came fro. mr Tho Maybue for mee

      There is 420. oaf. gilders that I owe to Nicholas, the ffrenchman, & a Cooper I owe something to, wch I would have that 201; in Georg Woolseyes hand, & the rest of that in Henry Brassers hand to them two;

      And now I leave my son Isaac Allerton and my wife, as Trustees to receive in my debts, & to pay what I owe, as farr as it will goe & what is overpluss I leave to my wife and my sonne Isaac, as far as they receive the Debts to pay what I owe;

      In Captaine Willetts hand. a pcell of booke lace 1300 & odd. guilders Wch I left in trust with Captaine Willett to take care of:

      My brother Bruster owes mee foure score pounds & odd. as the obligations will appeare.

      Besides all my Debts in Delloware Bay & in Virgenia wch in my booke will appeare, & in Barbadoes. what can be gott;
      Witness. Isaac Allerton Senior John Harriman

      saac Allerton, born in 1586, was a merchant and a tailor. He embarked on Mayflower with his first wife Mary Norris, their 3 living children, and his apprentice, John Hooke. His sister Sarah was also a passenger, married to Degory Priest.

      Isaac was chosen as assistant to Governor Bradford in 1621. Members of the colony became dissatisfied with how he managed the finances of the colony, increasing debt and mixing his own business with the colony's finances. He was eventually banished from the colony for his unscrupulous dealings, going on to live in Marblehead, New Amsterdam, and New Haven.

      Around 1626 he married his second wife, Fear, who was the daughter of passenger William Brewster. They had two children. He later married a third wife, Joanna Swinnerton, in New Haven, where he died in 1659.

      Mayflower Passenger List:
      Isaac Allerton
      Isaac Allerton was about 34 years old when he came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620. He had been a long-time member of the Pilgrims' church in Leiden, and was recorded as having been a tailor from London. He married his first wife, Marry Norris, in Leiden, in 1611, and there had children Bartholomew, Remember and Mary, all of whom came on the Mayflower with him. He and Mary buried a child, not yet named, at St. Peters on 5 February 1620. Isaac Allerton had a sister Sarah in Leiden, who married to Mayflower passenger Degory Priest. Mayflower passenger John Allerton, also a Leiden resident, most likely was a relative as well, although the exact relation has not been discovered.

      Isaac Allerton was one of the more active and prominent members of early Plymouth. He was elected as Governor Bradford's assistant in 1621, and continued as an assistant into the 1630s. In 1627, he was sent to negotiate the Plymouth Colony's buyout of the Merchant Adventurers, the investors who had originally funded (and had hoped to profit from) the Colony. The Colony was about £2500 in debt; a small group of Plymouth's residents, including Bradford, Brewster, Standish, Fuller, and Allerton, sought to assume the debt themselves in return for the rights to profit from the company. Allerton was sent to England to negotiate further, and would return to England on several more occasions. Unfortunately for the others, Allerton began to use his "free" trips to England to engage in some private gains, purchasing goods and selling them in the Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth. He also used his capacity as Plymouth's designated negotiator to engage the Colony in a number of unapproved money-making schemes: he went so far as to purchase ships (which he partially used for his own private trading), and to attempt to negotiate grants and patents for trade--all at great cost to the company and none of it approved by the others back at Plymouth. When his trading schemes failed, the Company found itself in far greater debt than it ever started out with.

      When Allerton's wife Fear died at Plymouth about 1634, and with the general ire of the Colony against him, he had little reason to stay. He moved to the New Haven Colony, and by 1644 had remarried to his third wife, Joanna Swinnerton. Isaac Allerton remained an active trader, and did regular business with the Dutch at New Netherland in modern-day New York. Records of his trading can be found in numerous other colonies as well, including Virginia and Barbados.
    Person ID I2836  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 24 May 2005 

    Family 1 Mary Norris,   b. Newbury, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1620/1, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 4 Nov 1611  Leyden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Isaac Allerton may have come from the vicinity of Ipswich, co. Suffolk, England. He first appears in Leiden, Holland records on 4 November 1611, when he married Mary Norris. Isaac had a sister named Sarah who also resided in Leiden, and who married future Mayflower passenger Degory Priest. He was probably also related, perhaps a brother, to Mayflower passenger John Allerton.

      Isaac Allerton is one of the most complex figures in early Plymouth Colony. He was elected assistant to Governor Bradford in 1621, and continued in that capacity well into the 1630s. He was the individual sent to handle most of the buyout negotiations with the London investors that ccommenced in 1627, and continued through the early 1630s. Allerton soon began to take advantage of his position by engaging in some personal trading deals, and engaging the Pilgrims' joint-stock company in business ventures they had not authorized. After driving the colony deeper into debt with ill-advised business opportunities, he was eventually removed and replaced by Edward Winslow. After the death of his wife Fear in 1634, he retreated to the New Haven Colony and married there to Joanna Swinnerton.

      Allerton became an active merchant trader, engaging in transactions and trade with many neighboring colonies including the Dutch at New Netherlands; New Sweden; Virginia; Massachusetts Bay; and Barbados.
      From http://mayflowerhistory.com/allerton-isaac/
     1. Bartholomew Allerton,   b. Abt 1612,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Remember Allerton,   b. Abt 1614,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mary Allerton,   b. Abt 1616,   d. 1699  (Age ~ 83 years)
     4. Son Allerton,   b. 22 Dec 1620, At sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1620  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Fear BREWSTER,   b. Abt 1606, prob Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Married Abt 1626  Plymouth, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Fear Brewster became the second wife of Isaac Allerton I by whom she had an only son, Isaac Allerton II, of Virginia. She came to Plymouth in the ship Anne, July 1623. Died at Plymouth Dec 12, 1634.
      Isaac Allerton I was born in 1585 or 1586 and resided in London, England prior to joining the Pilgrims at Leyden, Holland where he was admitted as a free-man. He came to Plymouth on the Mayflower with his wife, Marry Norris and their three children. He was a signer of the Mayflower Compact, assistant to the Deputy-Governor, 1621-24.
      Built the "Hope" which was used in trading with the Dutch of New Amsterdam and the Virginia colonists.
      About 1634. removed from Plymouth and founded Marblehead, Mass
      He conducted an extensive trade between Massachusetts colonies, New Amsterdam and Virginia,
      Northumberland county, VA, about 1650, he established a plantation on the Machodoc river (now Westmoreland co). His son took up residence there a few years later.
     1. Isaac ALLERTON, II,   b. Between May 1627 and 1630, Plymouth, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 25 Oct 1702 and 30 Dec 1702, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     2. Sarah Allerton,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F965  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Joanna Swinnerton,   d. Between 14 May 1680 and 10 Mar 1683, Plymouth, MA ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1635  Marblehead, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1585/6 - Suffock Co, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Nov 1611 - Leyden, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1626 - Plymouth, Mass Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1635 - Marblehead, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Feb 1658/9 - New Haven, Conn Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S50] Pioneer History of Meigs Co, Oh to 1949.