It used to be that having a Mayflower Pilgrim in your family tree made you a member of a rather exclusive club. With each successive generation the odds that you or the person you marry have a Plymouth pedigree are exponentially greater. Thanks to the bottleneck of the Black Death, and a quirk of genealogy that has more slots available for ancestors with each preceding generation than there were individual people alive back then to serve in that capacity, just about all of us with European ancestry can justly claim to be royal bastards of one sort or another.
Still, for Yankees of old Puritan stock there is a special allure to finding a Brewster or Alden in the family foliage. There is, in fact, a Mayflower Pilgrim lurking in my ancestral files somewhere though I cannot offhand recall his name - who was one of the many who did not survive that first winter of 1620-1621. His wife and children remained behind in England, and one of his progeny eventually made a more successful go of it in the New World.
And then there is Thomas Standish. That is a name to capture the imagination, for it would be tantalizing indeed to link my ancestor who was born in 1612 and died in 1693 with the red-bearded captain of the Plymouth militia made famous in a wholly fictional romance by Longfellow.
Myles Standish came over with his wife Rose, who died with so many others that winter. his second wife Barbara arrived in Plymouth in 1623 and all of his known children were by her. None of these is Thomas Standish, whosettled in WethersfieldCT. Wethersfield, which vies with Windsor for the claim to be the oldest settlement in Connecticut, was established by Puritans from Plymouth. Could Thomas Standish have been a child of that first marriage, left in England as a lad of eight? So far, there is no verified connection between the two Standishes.
Thomas Standish had a daughter Lydia who married John Belden, of an old Norman Yorkshire family with links to noble houses, and from there to Charlemagne, and ancient Picts, and if the Royal pedigrees are to be believed - to Joseph of Arimathea, but no Myles. Not yet.