When Bradford and a few other pilgrims returned to the Mayflower, after exploring the country shortly after landing, the Pilgrim Republic says: "A son had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. White, and in token of the pilgrimage then in progress the little stranger was named Peregrine. He was destined to outlive every member of the company into which he was born; and after a youth unduly gay for his day and generation, even in the next century, long after Plymouth Colony had been merged in Massachusetts, a fine, hearty looking veteran of Marshfield used to be pointed out with great respect as Capt. Peregrine White, the first English child born in New England. It was in 1632 that Peregrine White went to Marshfield with his stepfather's family. In 1636 he volunteered for the Pequod war. In 1642 he was ancient bearer (or ensign) of the train band, under Myles Standish. He was a member of the General Court and also a member of the Council of War. In 1648 he married Sarah, daughter of Wm. Bassett, by whom he had six children. She died in 1711. He was very attentive to his mother, visiting her daily in his later years. He made these visits on a black horse and wore a coat with buttons the size of a silver dollar. He was vigorous and of a comely aspect to the last. In 1665, at the request of the King's commissioners, the General Court gave 200 acres of land to him, as the first white native in New England." His estate was held in the family through all the generations up to within two or three decades. It is now held and occupied, at the beginning of the 20th century, by Alonzo Ewell, who keeps upon it the largest flocks of poultry, ducks, geese and pigeons
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