DATE OF DEATH for Edward Southworth of London & Leiden:
Edward's dod appears in many people's family trees, variously as 1620, 1621, bef. 1622, and even, ridiculously, 1623. Some have his place of death as Leiden, Holland, however this cannot be the case as per Cushman's letter of Aug. 1620 to his friend Edward Southworth, living at Heneage House, Duke Place, LONDON.
In fact, Edward was most likely dead before the Fortune set sail for Plymouth on August 9, 1621. How else would have Bradford known of Alice's widowhood in time to send a letter to her by way of the ONLY POSSIBLE ship, and then have HER come to Plymouth on again, the ONLY POSSIBLE ship?
The Fortune arrived at Plymouth Nov. 9, 1621, unloading 35 new colonists, a few supplies, and most importantly of all, telling the news of London, including the death of Edward Southworth.
There is no doubt that Bradford had to have sent a letter TO Alice, back on the Fortune when the Fortune made her return voyage to England Dec. 3, 1621, for Alice arrived in Plymouth with the *next* set of ships, aboard the Anne (arr. w/the Little James) in 1623.
As these were the ONLY ships of record to have gone between England and the Plymouth Colony, the timeline MUST be that Edward Southworth died, sometime between Robert Cushman's Aug. 17, 1620 letter, and the departure of the 'Fortune' on Aug. 9, 1621.
I therefore place Edward Southworth's date of death as:
BETWEEN 8/17/1620 and 8/9/1621, *probably* in London, though the place is NOT proven. I carry the place of death as "Heneage House" as this the last place of record he is known to be at.
Heneage House was a hotbed of Dissenter's activity. It may be that Edward was living there, for by this time it had become a boarding house, and William Bradford was also living in the same *area* though not at Heneage. It could also have simply been the place where he picked up his mail, and not where he was living.
If anyone has a better estimate, please let us all know!
Deborah Southworth Sweet