- Michael McGiffert
Cushman, Robert (1579–1625), an organizer and promoter of Plymouth Plantation in New England, was born in Canterbury, England. Little is known about his early life. He was a woolcomber by trade but evidently had some education and private means. It is known that in 1606 he intervened to protect an ill-treated apprentice in Canterbury. That year he married Sarah Reder, with whom he had one child. In 1609 he moved to Leiden, Holland, where he joined John Robinson’s Separatist congregation. In 1617, a year after Sarah’s death, he married Mary, the widow of Thomas Singleton. In that same year, he was appointed one of the Pilgrims’ agents to make arrangements for their migration across the Atlantic....