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  • 14 Jun 2018 9:08 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    July 1968

    • The cover lists Soule kindred members who are fighting or were injured in the Vietnam War, as well as a memorial to Charles William Soule from Chief Karl W. Gunther of the Police Benevolent Association of Herkimer.
    • A story covering 55 years of products and services offered by Soulé Steel in San Francisco.
    • Martha Soule, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Soule plays Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez in the high school play “Where’s Charley”.
    • Windham College of Putney Vermont names Dr. Patrick M. Soule as Academic Dean.
    • Mayor Charles Soule was revealed as "Jean LaFitte" during coronation ceremonies for Miss Florida.
    • Phyllis Soule, Extension home economist at the University of Vermont explains why “fences are a must at Swimming pools”.
    • An article about “The Ridlon Story” by Colonel John Soule. Reverend Gideon Thomas W. Ridlon was the author of “Contribution to the History, Biography and Genealogy of the Families Named SOLE, SOLLY, SOULE, SOWLE, SOLIS with other Forms of Spelling from the Eighth Century to the Present with notes on Collateral Families both Foreign and American”.

    Summer 1993

    • The cover shows a picture of the Mayflower II promoting the Soule Kindred  Reunion in Plymouth, September 8-12.
    • A description of the 1627 Pilgrim Village and where the families lived.
    • The text of the Mayflower Compact and all of its signatories.
    • The Family Historians Report by Geraldine Sowle Schlosser and an appeal to gather information pertaining to descendants of Pilgrim George Soule.
    • Application for a $1,000 Soule Kindred Memorial Scholarship.
    • A continuation of “Frank Beach Soule’s Family History”.
    • A list of members who are 5th generation descendants of Asa Soule, by Shirley Thomas Denison.
    • Complete list of Soule Kindred members with addresses.


  • 14 Jun 2018 8:40 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)


    William, or Will, Soule took his historic Indian photographs between 1868 and 1875 while clerking at the military forts serving as official photographer at the newly established army post, Fort Sill, deep in Indian territory.

    They were displayed in a Soule Kindred event June 27, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California 

    Click here to see the full article

  • 13 Jun 2018 3:34 PM | Sara Soule-Chapman (Administrator)
    Many descendants of George Soule and Mary Beckett have obtained notoriety.  Listed below are some of them.  Feel free to add to the list!
    • George Soule, Mayflower Pilgrim, signer of the Mayflower Compact, 1620, a founder of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
    • Mary Becket, wife of George Soule, arrived in Plymouth on the Anne in 1623.  She bore nine children: Zachariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience and Benjamin.
    • Benjamin Soule, youngest son of George and Mary, died in King Phillips’s War against the Indians, Rhode Island 1676.
    • William West, grandson of George and Mary, served as Brigadier General in the American Revolution, 1775-1777, Lt. Governor, and Justice of Rhode Island’s Supreme Court, 1787-89.
    • Amasa Soule, abolitionist, moved to Kansas in 1854 to advocate for an anti slavery state.  There he headed the Underground Railway and led slaves to freedom.
    • Silas Stillman Soule, abolitionist, Civil War hero, refused to fire against unarmed Indians at the Massacre at Sand Creek, 1864.  
    • Samuel W. Soule was part of the three-person team that invented the first practical typewriting machine, 1868. 
    • William Stinson Soule is best known for his Indian photographs on the Western plains, 1870’s.
    • Nathan Soule, U.S. Representative from New York, 1831-1833.
    • Augustus Lord Soule served as a Justice on the Massachusetts State Supreme Court, 1877-1881.
    • Edgar C. Soule, served as U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1922.
    • Capt Floyd M. Soule, scientist and pioneer in oceanography, charted iceberg areas of the North Atlantic, 1963.
    • Dick Van Dyke, movie and television actor, descends through George and Mary’s son John.
    • Eldress Gertrude Soule, one of the last Shaker survivors, died at age 93 at the Canterbury Shaker Village, 1988.
    • Richard Gere, movie actor, is a 12th generation descendant who can trace his family to George and 5 other Mayflower passengers.
    • Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush descend from Sarah Soule who was born in England and immigrated to Plymouth after the Mayflower.  It is not known if she was related to George Soule.
  • 1 Oct 2017 5:33 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    Approximately 70 people attended the Soule Kindred 50 year anniversary reunion held in Plymouth MA, September 8-11, 2017.  Some highlights of the reunion were:

    George and Mary Soule actorsRe-enactors from the Plimoth Plantation attended the Friday evening reception; Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation and Viki Oman, Director of Education for Plimoth Plantation, played the roles of George Soule and Mary Beckett and were very authentic and entertaining.


    In memory of George and Mary SouleWe dedicated a garden and plaque at the King Caesar House, in Duxbury, to the memory of George Soule and Mary Beckett (picture on the right). Following the dedication, we toured the King Caesar House, ate our box lunches in the garden and then toured Duxbury. 

    Saturday evening we gathered for a Pilgrim buffet and a presentation by Caleb Johnson on the research being conducted on the origins of George Soule.

    Tours of Plimoth Plantation and Cape Cod, meals together, General Society of Mayflower Descendants events, visits to the Mayflower House, Pilgrim Hall Museum and Burial Hill were enjoyed by many attendees as well.

    For more pictures and details, see the Soule Kindred Newsletter, Vol. LI, Fall 2017.

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