I ran across these people online a few years ago. They are a branch of a Bristol County, MA family descended from Peter Crapo/Pierre Crepeau, cast away as a child during a shipwreck in the early 1700s and brought up a New Englander. They are distant relatives of mine via their mother, Mary Hicks Collins, but there is no known Mayflower lineage there. Her husband was a Gen. 8 White descendant, though, so I have a biggish writeup linking to him (possibly from an 1884 family photo, age 78 but possibly also a smallpox survivor), their children who have photos on findagrave, and grandchildren ditto. I stopped there. This was a family that joined the LDS church when they were migrating to Utah in large numbers and typically you never read about such folk in the family/town/county histories written in the late 1880s and early 1900s. I think both parties cut ties completely, based on the dearth of info on any convert who headed to Utah. Since early days, though, the Utah folk began collecting oral histories (in written form) and you can read about some of those MIA ancestors, if you have any, via groups like Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the BYU Harold B. Lee Library. Occasionally you will find a manuscript in which the emigrant spoke of venturing home for a visit and being thrown out as an apostate and bad influence.
Just a reminder: if a sharper image comes my way I do substitute it for the one already posted. If there is an image of the same person but at a different age, I add it side by side. I just replaced the blurry digitized image I had of Winston Churchill (Allerton & Warren) with a sharper one from a book about his home town. Both were taken around the same time but the replacement photo was simply sharper. I will publish notifications of image updates on the home page, along with the most recent additions and the pilgrim(s) to whom the person is related.
You may have heard or seen something about the recent discovery in an Oklahoma high school that was being refurbished, showing blackboard writing and drawing from 1917, perfectly preserved. A friend (thank you, Allen) forwarded me a news item that contained images of the blackboards. This is the closest I could find online, a link on Buzzfeed. I had thought this was just one or two blackboards in a single room when I heard the story, but it is quite a few, in several rooms, covering subjects like history, music, math, civics, and more. I bet they made paper Pilgrim hats and drew hand turkeys, too.
Happy 91st to my father, provider of my Mayflower genes and an all-around great guy. Thank you for the blue eyes as well, Dad. See you later with some coconut cream pie and family to sing "Happy Birthday." You are a "good kid."
If you click on the alphabetical sections at the bottom left of the home page to look up an individual or family, the surnames are supposed to be bold, for easier reading. Weebly is back to its tricks again of randomly unbolding things. I broke the list up into sections a few months ago figuring that having nearly 500 names, each with an average of almost 2 links apiece, was too much for it to handle. I am not amused.
Last fall I passed along a call by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants to ask our congressional representatives to co-sponsor legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to strike a special Mayflower coin in 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims's landing. Bills were formally introduced on July 8th in the House and Senate so another email has gone out from the 2020 Committee asking us to write/email and urge cosponsorship of these specific bills. The Committee hopes for bipartisan support from states all over America.
The sponsor in the House is Bill Foster of Illinois, as HR 2980. In the Senate it's John Hoeven of North Dakota, S. 1715.
Email and US mail contacts for your state's congressional reps and senators can be found at www.senate.gov
Below are sample letters the Committee wrote; you can personalize them for yourself and your state for the greatest impact. I will keep you posted when I hear more.
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