Individual: John Faunce 
Birth: ABT 1602 at: Purleigh, Essex, England 
Marriage: ABT 1638 at: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
Death: 29 Nov 1653 at: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 

Spouse: Patience Morton 
Birth: ABT 1617 at: Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands 
Marriage: ABT 1638 at: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
Death: 16 Aug 1691 at: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts 
Father: George Morton 
Mother: Julian Carpenter 
Spouses: Thomas Whitney 

Children: Mary Faunce
Patience Faunce
Priscilla Faunce
Sarah Faunce
Elizabeth Faunce
Mercy Faunce
John Faunce
Joseph Faunce
Thomas Faunce


Source 1. Genealogical Dictionary Of New England vol. 1.

Source 2. New England Marriages Prior To 1700 by Torrey pg:260. .

Source 3. The Faunce Family by James Freer Faunce, pg: 5-13;

Source 4: History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters; book: 974.4 C5h; pg: 121

Source 5: The Original List of Persons of Quality: Licenses To Go Beyond The Seas; Book: 973.W2h; John Faunce, Pilgrim, came in the Ship Anne in 1623; A Manasseh Faunce also came; We have not identified this Manassah; (The two ships Ann & James started the voiage together); The vessels parted compann at sea; the Ann arrived the later part of June, and the Little James some week or ten days later; part of the number were the wives and childen of persons already in the Colony & had come on the Mayflower;

Source 6. Inventory of Estate: 15 Dec 1653;

Source 7. Anncient Landmarks of Plymouth; Book: 974.482 D29d John Faunce came in the Anne in 1623;

John Faunce was a purchaser and on the 1633 freeman list.
He served on juries and obtained various land grants.

His house was located in the southern part of Plymouth near the Eel River.

John Faunce, who was born probably about 1600, joined the Pilgrims who sailed from England in 1623; He was not a member of the original Scrooby group, but was a stranger recruited by the merchant adventurers who financed the colony and a friend of the Francis Cooke family.

Francis Cooke sailed on the Mayflower, with his son, but his wife Hester, with their three other children, came on the Ann in 1623, as did our John Faunce. Most of the passengers on the Ann had made two previous attempts to come to Plymouth on the ship Paragon.

Bayles, in his history of New Plymouth, tells of the misfortunes of John Pierce and his ship paragon.

On the 16th of October, 1622, he despatched the ship Paragon from London for New Plymouth with sixty-seven passengers, but the weather was so tempestous and the ship so leaky, that in fourteen days seh was compelled to return, after which she was delayed some time for repairs. She sailed again on 22 December with one hundred and nine passengers, amongst whom was Pierce himself, but the weather continueing unfavorable, and the ship being in great danger there was a ganeral determination to give over the voyage, and the ship arrived at Portsmouth England about the middle of February in 1623. Discouraged by his losses and disappointments, Pierce was induced for the sum of 1500 to relinquish his patent, which had cost 1640. Another ship, called the Anne, was hired to transport the passengers, in which sixty embarked;

The Anne arrived in Plymouth in July of 1623 after three months on the ocean, among the persons aboard were George Morton, his wife, and their children. Little did John Faunce then realize that he would eventually marry their eight year old daughter, Patience Morton; She did indeed become the bride of John Faunce ten years later (in 1633) at Plymouth, she being about eighteen and he around thirty three. She had been born in Leyden, Holland, during the Pilgrims sojourn there.

John after an active life of helping the new wilderness settlement grow and progress, died on 29 November 1653, and the inventory of his estate was taken on 15 December 1653.

The widow, Patience, married again, probably in 1661, becoming the second wife of Thomas Whitney, who died in March of 1674. Patience lived another seventeen years.
Her son, Thomas Faunce, the town clerk recorded her death:

My deere Mother Whitteney deceased 16 August 1691, being entered into the 77 yeare her age.

The location of the graves of John and Patience are unknown.

Their son, Elder thomas Faunce, told Deacon Ephraim Spooner that the graves of his parents were leveled and sown over in order to conceal them from the Indians

Source 8: The Great Migration Begins: .

Source 9: Plymouth Colony Biographical Sketches: pg: 290-291; John Faunce arrived at Plymouth in 1623 on the Anne. Banks guessed that he came from Perligh, County Essex, England because he could find the surname only in that area, but others have found it elsewhere. He was a Purchaser and on the 1633 freeman list. Faunce married Patience Morton, daughter of George and Juliana (Carpenter) Morton.

He served on juries and obtained various land grants. His house was located in the southern part of Plymouth near the Eel River.

He died 29 Noveber 1654. His children are given in Moore Families P: 244-247, and the line is further carried forward of James F. Faunce,

Source 10: The Faunce Family History and Genealogy.

One of Johns sons was the famed Elder Thomas Faunce, who lived to be almost 100, dying in 1746. A well known story originated in a talk given in the nineteenth century at Plymouths Old colony Club that at age ninety-five Elder Faunce was driven to town in an open wagen from Eel River and taken to Plymouth Rock. He told people gathered there how he had talked to John Howland and his wife, John Alden, Giles Hopkins, George Soule, Frances Cooke and his son John, and Mrs Cushman, born Mary Allerton who died but yesterday. All of these, he said, told him that upon that rock they had stepped ashore, and John Winslows wife, Mry (Chilton) had come there on her seventy-fifth birthday and laughed as she stepped on the rock and said she was the first woman to have stepped on it. This story, relayed to posterity verbally by one who claimed to hear it from a person who had been in Elder Faunces audience that day, is as far back as we can go to auathenticate that what we call today Plymouth Rock was in fact the first land at Plymouth touched by the Mayflower passengers. For other information on Faunces descendants, see James Freer Faunce, The Faunce Family;

Source 10: New England Historical & Genealogical Register: 114; 115;

Source 11: History and Genealogy of the Mayflower planters and first comers to ye olde colonie by Leon Clark Hills, published 1877; Book: 974.4 H2hl

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