Alden, John,c.1599–1687, Puritan settler in Plymouth Colony. He came to America on the Mayflower and was prominent as assistant to the governor of the colony. He moved (c.1627) to Duxbury and there was neighbor and friend of Miles StandishStandish, Miles or Myles,
c.1584–1656, American colonist, b. England. After serving as a soldier for a number of years, Standish accompanied the Pilgrims to America on the Mayflower
..... Click the link for more information. . Alden's marriage to Priscilla Mullens gave rise to the romantic legend made familiar by Longfellow's poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish.
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(1599–1687) speaks to Priscilla Mullins for Miles Standish. [Am. Lit.: “The Courtship of Miles Standish” in Hart, 188–189]
(c. 1599–1687) too timid to ask for Priscilla’s hand in marriage. [Am. Lit.: “The Courtship of Miles Standish” in Benét, 230]
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Alden, John(c. 1599–1687) Pilgrim; born in England. He was a cooper aboard the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact. Although he did marry Priscilla Mullens, there is no basis for the story told in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Courtship of Miles Standish. He held several important posts within the Duxbury colony, where he had moved to from nearby Plymouth c. 1627.
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