52 Ancestors: Hannah Simmons #7

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower‘s arrival to the shores of what would later become the country of the United States. The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has set up a special website to commemorate the event and share information about the Mayflower passengers.

One of my cousins gave me a copy of our Mayflower lineage about 10 years ago. I copied it into my personal tree and didn’t explore it too much until recently. I read the book Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World by Nick Bunker to get a fairly in-depth introduction to the Pilgrims both before and after their arrival in the New World. After I joined NEHGS, I began to use the information they have on the Mayflower descendants and early New England. One of the more recent additions has been the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 database and it was there I found Hannah Simmons. She was a descendant of John Alden and Myles Standish.

Hannah was born in 1718 in Duxbury, MA to parents Benjamin Simmons and Priscilla (Delano) Simmons. She married William Richards in 1938 and had nine children with him. After the last child was born in 1762, they sold the land in Duxbury her father had given them and moved to Bristol, Maine in Lincoln County. There, they lived the rest of their lives and were buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. The headstone to their left is for their son William Jr. and his wife Ruth.

Credit: Sharon Pulkkinen on Find A Grave

Hannah’s connection to Alden and Standish was through her mother Priscilla (Delano), the full line being: Priscilla Delano, Elizabeth Standish, Sarah Alden, John.


“Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880,” digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 26 January 2018), Profile of Hannah Simmons.

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