Solomon Prower was born circa 1596 in Great Burstead, Essex, England to Edward Prower (c1575-1605) and Mary Prower (c1575-1621) and died 24 December 1620 onboard Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes.

Research Notes

Solomon Prower first appears in the records of Great Burstead on 15 September 1619, when an Essex Quarter Sessions presentment reports that young single man, Solomon Prower, was on the King's Watch, and attempted to arrest a drunk blacksmith, John Paprell, who resisted arrest and exclaimed that he "cared neither for the King's Majesty nor for such Jack-an-Apes slaves as he was."

Six months later, on 14 March 1619/20, Solomon Prower was presented by the local vicar in the Archdeaconry Court for "refusing to answer me at all unlesse I would aske him some questions in some other catechism." A note in Latin indicates Solomon personally appeared. The incident took place during Confirmation, when Solomon was supposed to read a scripted response from the Book of Common Prayer when asked who gave him his name. Instead of answering "from my godfathers and godmothers in my baptism," he replied that he did not know who gave him his name, as his father was dead and he did not know his godfathers. Like his stepfather Christopher Martin (c1582-1621), he was refusing to participate in some of the rituals of the Church of England, expressing his Puritan inclinations.

Solomon Prower came on the Mayflower with his step-father Christopher Martin and his mother Mary. He is listed as a servant, because he was over age 21. He died the first winter at Plymouth Colony. News of his death would have reached his family back in England in the spring of 1621. On 19 August 1621, Solomon Prower's older brother, Edward Prower (1594-), baptized his eldest son, naming him Solomon. When the young infant died, he named his second son Solomon as well, baptizing him on 24 November 1622.


Vital Records

Bradford's 1651 Journal

List drafted circa 1651 by Gov Wm Bradford:

Mr. Christopher Martin, and his wife, and 2 servants, Salamon Prower and John Langemore.

Mr. Martin, he and all his, dyed in the first infection; not long after the arrivall.

Cole's Hill Memorial


A large monument was erected in 1921 on Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts to honor the many pilgrims who came to Plymouth Colony in the Mayflower but died during the first terrible winter and were buried here. This person is one of those person's listed thereon.

Pilgrim Monument


National Monument to the Forefathers, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims, (including this person) who came to Plymouth Colony in 1620 on the Mayflower. Dedicated on August 1, 1889, it is thought to be the world's largest solid granite monument. Located on an 11 acre hilltop site on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.



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