Oldest Mayflower Obituary

Did you realize that American obituaries go back well over 300 years, reaching right back to the Mayflower?

For example, this is Peregrine White’s obituary.

An obituary for Peregrine White, Boston News-Letter newspaper article 24-31 July 1704
Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 24-31 July 1704, page 2

He was born 20 November 1620 onboard the Mayflower, and died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, in 1704.

I found his obituary in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.

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