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  • 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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