Patience Brewster Prence was born 1590 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England to William Brewster (1567-1644) and Mary Brewster (1569-1627) and died 12 December 1634 Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married Thomas Prence (1600-1673) 5 August 1624 in Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Patience Brewster was born most likely in Scrooby, England, to Elder William Brewster and Mary (maiden name varies by source). Her birthdate ranges from 1595 to 1603.

Scrooby Separatists


Scrooby Separatists were a mixed congregation of early English Protestants / non-conformists founding living in the border region of of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. They were called "Separatists" because of their rebellion against the religious authority of the Church of England, the official state religion. In 1607/8 the Congregation emigrated to Netherlands in search of the freedom to worship as they chose. Shortly after that they were the basis of the group to sail in the Mayflower to the New World.

They were set on a path of separation from the Anglican Church. From about 1602, Scrooby Manor, Brewster's home, became a meeting place for the dissenting Puritans. In 1606, they formed the Separatist Church of Scrooby.

Plymouth Colony

She arrived in Plymouth Colony aboard the "Anne" in 1623 along with her sister, Fear Brewster (1606-1634). Her parents and brothers, Love and Wrestling, arrived during 1620 on the Mayflower. Her other brother, Jonathan, arrived with her future husband, Thomas Prence, on the ship Fortune.

On August 5, 1624, she married Thomas Prence who would, on January 1, 1634, become the 4th Governor of the Colony. Together, they had four children, Rebecca, Thomas, Hannah and Mercy.

She died in 1634 of "a pestilent feaver", and is buried on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Offspring of Patience Brewster Prence and Thomas Prence (1600-1673)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rebecca Prence (1627-1647)
Thomas Prence (1628-)
Hannah Prence (1629-)
Mercy Prence (1631-1711) 28 September 1631 Plymouth County, Massachusetts 28 September 1711 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts John Freeman (1626-1719)





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