Sarah Masterson

F, b. circa 1620, d. before 2 April 1701
     Sarah was born circa 1620 in Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands. She was the daughter of Richard & Mary [Goodall] Masterson. In 1629, Sarah left her home in England aboard another ship named the "Mayflower", bound for New England. She traveled with her parents & her brother, Nathaniel.. Her father died in 1633 in Plymouth. Her mother and William Brewster were appointed guardians of her and her brother. Later, her mother married second, Reverend Ralph Smith.1 Sarah married John Atwood, son of Johannes Atwood and Joan Coleson, circa 1643 in Massachusetts.2 John & Sarah had children: Mary[ -1/06/1715][m. 12/11/1661 Reverend John Holmes & 2nd. 1676 Major William Bradford, s/o William Bradford of the Mayflower], Sarah [ -ca 1685][m. 2/13/1678/79 John Fallowell], Abigail [ -ca 1698][m Samuel Leonard], John [3/04/1650], Nathaniel [2/25/1642-12/17/1724][m. 1683 Mary Morey], Isaac [2/27/1654], Mercy [1656-3/04/1697], Elizabeth [ca 1658][m. Caleb Nye] & Hannah [ -12/16/1718][m. 2/01/1693 Richard Cooper].2,3 Sarah's husband, John, died before 26 January 1676 in Plymouth, leaving her a widow.4 Sarah departed this life in Plymouth. The inventory of Sarah's estate was taken on Saturday, 2 April 1701.5 Her will was probated in 1701 by her son, Nathaniel.


John Atwood b. c 24 Dec 1614, d. b 26 Jan 1676


  1. [S1389] Percival Hall Lombard, The Seal of the Plymouth Colony, page 6 - Rev. Hugh Goodyear, John Keable and Will Jepson were authorized to sell Richard's house in Leyden, all the above were living in Leyden. This document is the earliest found to bear the Plymouth Colony Seal [1931].
  2. [S1257] Elijah Francis Atwood, Ye Atte Wode Annuals, Part 1: page 9.
  3. [S506] Note: Harmon Atwood - Freeman, Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 1645 - Massachusetts: Miscellaneous Census Substitutes, 1630-1788, 1840, 1890 - -…
  4. [S1253] , page 12 - The following marginal notes appear on the church records "John Atwood died in England, July, 1654.
  5. [S1388] Ruth Wilder Sherman, Mary Atwood Sampler, page 25.