The website BillionGraves (a worthy competitor to findagrave that includes GPS coordinates) has posted a lengthy blogpost on Thanksgiving & the Mayflower pilgrims. There are lots of pictures, including (naturally) gravestones, and it makes for interesting reading. That said, the first part saying 36 adults and 15 children on the Mayflower left descendants makes it sound like there are 51 bloodlines on which one can join. There are actually only about 25ish, as BillionGraves counted each individual (Mom, Dad, children) when actually 2 parents + 1 child make for 1 line of descent. Details, details! Read and enjoy, and a very happy Thanksgiving to all you readers out there.
The Arizona Mayflower Society broke its previous attendance record with about 140 attendees at yesterday's annual Compact Day luncheon. A very good time was had by all. Brewster "cousin" Laurie & husband Lincoln (a GSMD member but not my "cousin") surprised us all with a very cool proclamation (see below.) It came from our state governor, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the signing of the original Mayflower Compact in 2020. I hope you can enlarge it enough to read what it says because it was very thoughtfully worded and she was able to get a Republican governor and a Democratic secretary of state (Lt. Gov.) both to sign it. They also had a proclamation from the city of Scottsdale, and had both handsomely framed. We heard an update on 2020 plans in AZ and MA, and got a very educational presentation by AZ Elder and Alden-Mullins "cousin" Tom, on another ancestor, John Robinson, leader of the Leiden congregation. (Pastor Robinson did not come to America but 2 of his children did later.) Robinson sent the Mayflower contingent off with a letter of instruction that turned out to contain instructions to be sure and formalize self-government along the principles that the Leiden congregation had developed during their sojourn in Holland. So the pilgrims did not actually make up the Mayflower Compact ad lib, on the spot. Your host on this website (i.e., me) was surprised to receive a GSMD-authorized award for service as AZ Historian Thank you all, I am very grateful and will try to live up to it.
Photo © Maura Mackowski, 2019
It looks like a small group but only because a football field is so big. The square inside the arc of red and white is a group of khaki-clad ROTC cadets at the University of Arizona taking their oaths to serve and protect the USA. The giant flag was held (and waved) by current cadets and UA's Pride of the Southwest marching band (they really are that good) played patriotic songs. We gave the cadets a standing O. Best wishes to all of them!
Photo © Maura Mackowski 2019.
The Sons of the American Revolution need a better logo than this:
They are looking for a new logo that better conveys a sense of their identity (male descendants of Revolutionary War patriots) and of patriotism more broadly construed. They have a few other stipulations, like maximum number of colors (4), fonts, ease of use on sellable items like patches, etc. (For the rules, click here.) The Sons are asking for graphic artists or friends of graphic artists to enter the competition, which ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2019. First prize is $5,000 and two other competitors will get $1,000 apiece. If you are patriotic and artistic, please give them a hand. They really need help in this department.
Today we wear poppies and remember with gratitude the service performed by others so that we can enjoy our freedoms. Veterans Day was originally "Armistice Day," to commemorate the end of World War I on 11/11, at 11:11 a.m. Thank you Joe, Bill, Harold, and Frank Lynch for your service.
Photo © Maura Mackowski 2019.
One of the tastiest part of the tours my husband and I took part in last month with the multi-New England genealogy society fall meeting hosted by First Families of Rhode Island was the tour of Kenyon's Grist Mill in Usquepaugh (US-keh-pog), RI. I love free samples! The owners' sons expertly grilled these Johnnycakes (and told us what the difference is between Johnnycakes and Jonnycakes) and gave us their tip for improving on the recipe on the box. They served us these topped with whipped butter (not margarine) into which had been added genuine Rhode Island maple syrup. I briefly mentioned the tour in an earlier blogpost, facebook entry, or tweet but thought it was time for a reminder that if you want a teaching moment at your Thanksgiving feast (or just want a Johnnycake) now would be a good time to order a box of their genuinely stone ground (on real stones, see above), New England-grown cornmeal (with Johnnycake recipe.) There are many recipes for their various grain products on their web site and a link where you can order online. Happy cooking!
photo of St. Francis Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ, © Maura Mackowski, 2019
Today is the Feast of All Souls (Nov. 2nd, the day after the feast known as All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, Nov. 1st (making Oct. 31st All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween.) The burial locations of some Mayflower passengers are known (Gov. Bradford, Mary Allerton, Edward Doty, Francis Cooke, the Brewsters, and possibly John Howland on Burial Hill in Plymouth; Myles Standish, John Alden, & Priscilla Mullins Alden at Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury; Richard More at Burial Point in Salem, MA; and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland at Ancient Little Neck Cemetery in East Providence, RI) but you can honor any and all of them by visiting the final resting places of their descendants, i.e. your parents and grandparents, today (or any day.) Veterans Day is coming up on Nov. 11th...
Congratulations to Bessie M. Coe (married name Nelson) of New Bedford, MA, who is our 200th Howland-Tilley face thanks to her Nantucket Macy ancestors. Bessie is our 1,213th individual profiled on this website. The image comes with an asterisk because it was from a newspaper reprinting of a 1908 class reunion photo and it relies on the accuracy of the paper to match the right name with the right face. If you are a descendant of Bessie (Coe) and John Nelson and are sure that is NOT your great grandmother Nelson, please let me know. In the meantime, congratulations to the Howland-Tilleys.
This just out today. It's a single stamp, with colorful new artwork depicting the "desolate beauty" of the ship's arrival in 1620. Click here to see the official picture and statement. Thank you to everyone who wrote to the U.S. Postal Service, requesting they issue a commemorative stamp.
The Millyard Museum in Manchester, NH holds a good reminder of why it pays to investigate your ancestor's life outside of being born, marrying, dying, and giving birth. On display is a large poster with photographs of 13 members of the Amoskeag Textile Club who took part in an amateur dramatic production. Each person's full name is given (the "Miss" indicating single marital status for the 5 females) and the role he or she played in the club's production of "Ermine." None are depicted in costume and makeup. All were in ordinary clothing with their faces unhidden by a mask, prop, or other character. If you are interviewing elderly relatives about their memories of parents, grandparents, great aunts or uncles, ask them about hobbies. There may be an old handbill or advertisement featuring the star of YOUR show.
photo © Maura Mackowski, 2019.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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