Congratulations to Rebecca Delano (Bisbee) Hamlen, who is not actually a Delano but IS a 12-pilgrim descendant, tying with Jessie Murdock for most Mayflower ancestors. You will meet people today who have more than that but given that these people lived 200 years ago, 12 is pretty amazing.
I had heard of Washington Old Hall in northeastern England (Tyne and Wear), ancestral home of George Washington's "Wessyngton" ancestors by 1183 A.D. but apparently they picked up and moved west a couple of centuries later, then picked up and moved again centuries after that, winding up in the English Midlands at a place now called Sulgrave Manor. It was from there that the Washingtons who went to Virginia Colony in what would become the United States departed. (Side note: immigrant John Washington's father, Rev. Lawrence Washington (1602-1653), played an "instrumental" role in driving some of your New England ancestors out of the UK for religious reasons, according to his wikipedia writeup.) Visiting such locales on a trip to the UK can bring home some of the lessons your history teachers tried to hammer into your head.
The UK is actually stuffed with sites of historic interest. One way to find out which have a distinct American connection is via groups such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), which organizes focused tours to destinations of member interest. If you are a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) member you can join an Overseas Chapter. (If you're a "pin person," yes, there's a pin for that.) In England, both the St. James Chapter in Westminster and the Walter Hines Page Chapter in London support the Benjamin Franklin House ("the world's only remaining Franklin home") and the American Museum in Britain ("the only museum of America decorative and folk art outside the U.S.") in Bath. The St. James Chapter also supports the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum in Scotland and the Ulster American Folk Park Centre for Emigration Studies in Northern Ireland. (Side note to knitters: a company called "KnittingTours.com" will take you there.) The WHP Chapter supports Sulgrave Manor and the Second Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich, which includes some WWII air bases, for the modern or military history enthusiast. There are Overseas Chapters in 13 foreign countries and any DAR member can join for an Associate Membership fee of typically $15-35. I have belonged to the Walter Hines Page Chapter for about 5 years and have just applied to the St. James Chapter, and am a former member of the now-defunct Washington Old Hall chapter. DAR members, give it a try. The rest of you, broaden your horizons and visit another country. Both the UK and Netherlands, home of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, are easy places to venture forth if you're a first-time overseas traveler speaking only English.
Normally I don't like to keep dipping into the same book or the same family but mix it up to make this site of interest to ALL Mayflower descendants. Noticing that William Bradford was approaching the 100-descendant picture milestone, though, I could not resist, and posted a number of his Cleaveland/Cleveland descendants' images & bios.
Both spellings are found in the same family. The GSMD's silver books and thus the NEHGS's searchable Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 database use "Cleveland." (The latter will find your person in a "Cleaveland" search but change the name to "Cleveland." So does Weebly's spellchecker, unfortunately.)
I hope you remembered the departed service personnel in your family and your town today and put your American flag out and attended a ceremony in remembrance of the deceased military. The holiday is considered to have been formally launched in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic to honor the fallen Union dead but in the South, Confederate families were no doubt also placing garlands and decorations on their loved ones' graves. It took another 50+ years and a World War to become the national event we know of today.
Here in AZ the five Allied Orders - lineage groups spun off from (and with the sanction of) the Grand Army of the Republic - were for the first time all participants in official Memorial Day Celebrations. TWO, actually. At Pioneer Memorial Park & Military Cemetery near the state capitol in Phoenix I presented a wreath for the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic. One of my Arizona Mayflower Society assistants presented one for the Woman's Relief Corps (wearing her grandmother's badge from 100 years ago), and a third member of our state society represented the Auxiliary to Picacho Peak Camp #1, Department of the Southwest, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Margaret Warner Wood Detached Tent #1 (find them on Facebook) Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Department of the Southwest and its Picacho Peak Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, were also represented but I don't know if the presenters had any Mayflower ancestors. More representatives of the five Allied Orders presented memorial wreaths at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in north Phoenix this morning as well. If any of these groups sound intriguing, please click on the links above. Only the Daughters (DUVCW) requires a straight-line descent from a Union soldier of the Civil War, The Woman's Relief Corps (WRC) requires only an interest in being a good citizen and in Union Army history. The others will allow you to join as a descendant of someone whose brother served in the Union Army or Navy. Pilgrims Howland, Tilley, Allerton, Chilton, Warren, Cooke, Alden, Mullins, Rogers, Doty, Brewster, Soule, and Browne were all represented today by their grateful descendants. Happy Memorial Day!
This is the oath of office taken by the newly commissioned second lieutenants at the University of Arizona today, including my nephew. It was an honor to be invited and I am very proud of him. It was a long four years for him and his classmates and the 13 young women and men who took this oath today have just signed an undated blank check, made out to all of us, for an unknown sum, up to and including their lives. Please thank and support the service personnel and veterans in your life.
Congratulations and a heartfelt personal thank-you to the National Writers Union, the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a number of individual writers for their courage, tenacity, and relentlessness in pursuing a class action lawsuit on behalf of freelance writers ripped off by publishers of electronic databases. Publishers fought what became known as the Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation for nearly two decades but these stalwarts never gave up. Justice was ultimately served, both sides settled (the writers actually won), and last week we received very welcome checks in the mail.
Here is why: Many readers don't know that nonstaff writers (and photographers) sell a specific "right" when they deal with a publisher. (Staff writers & photographers are paid a salary and the work they create is "for hire" and thus owned by their employer, who can then republish it at will.) I freelanced in the 1980s and 1990s and typically sold "First North American Serial Rights," meaning permission to print something I had created - one time only, in North America only, and in that magazine or newspaper (a "serial" publication) only. Publishers of integrity, when doing a reprint, would contact me and offer a stipend for permission to run the piece again somewhere, maybe in a book, a collection, another paper or magazine, or a European publication. Not all of them had integrity - I had to sue a print publisher once, threaten a lawsuit against two, and write a demand letter to yet another to collect my agreed-upon fee and expenses - after they had used my work. With the advent of the Internet, print publishers began licensing the content of their publications to electronic databases or creating such commercial databases themselves. This brought them more revenue but they did not ask the authors (creators of the content they were reselling) for permission or pay them for the right to publish their work again. This was patently a violation of copyright law - a polite way of saying "stealing" - carried out by very big names in American publishing. (Click on the blue link above naming the litigation to see who the defendants were. You will recognize most of them.)
Genealogists - professionals and hobbyists alike - who write and publish anything (an article, a family history, a book, a web site, a blog, and so on) are authors in the sense this lawsuit describes. Imagine being a lone author and going up against the electronic universe. That's where a class-action lawsuit and guts was able to carry the day. So, thank you National Writers Union, Authors Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors, U.S. Constitution, and our American legal system (expensive, but priceless.) And if you have ever wondered why I credit every source at the end of each writeup, and why I put warnings all over this site about not downloading and reprinting any image that is not personally owned by you or in the public domain, this is one reason why. It's theft, and from an ordinary person, like me and like you.
Raise your hand if you have DNA...... Seriously, there is such a thing as DNA Day (probably invented by the DNA kit manufacturers) and today is it. Enjoy.
If you've ever wondered what happens to old Easter bunnies, look no further than Spain. ("Friskies with Chicken & Bunny"). I bought this in 1989 so perhaps Spanish cats have moved on. My excuse for posting this picture was that someone told me recently that there was a Basque province in France (Spain has adjacent Basque provinces) and one of them was named "Soule." She wondered if anyone was pursuing the idea that George's surname might be a place name, indicating his family's place of origin. The area was under English administration from 1261 to 1449 due to royal marriages and the 100 Years War. Soule Kindred of America is one of the organizations using DNA evidence and genealogical sleuthing to look for George's origins. At their last annual meeting the project was described as being limited to Britain with outreach to the Netherlands (which was ruled by the Spanish king specifically in the 1500s.) Do any of you "purebred Soules" out there have DNA evidence that links you in any way to Basque Country?
Mom (1925-2017) and Dad (1924-2018) passed away less than 3 months apart. This is them circa 1948/49, I think when they were engaged and possibly at the New Bedford, MA airport, pretty much a grass strip at the time. I have been told that Dad, a commercial pilot and co-owner of a flying school, built the first permanent structure at the airport and I know that he lived at the airport when he met Mom. He was born and grew up within walking distance of the airfield and loved cars, airplanes, and us. Dad was a descendant of Mayflower passengers Francis Cooke, Thomas Rogers, Peter Browne, William & Mary Brewster, George Soule, Richard Warren, John Alden, William & Priscilla Mullins, and Edward Doty if my latest supplemental is approved. [UPDATE: It was! Thank you, GSMD!] He was also a descendant of William Phillips, a founding purchaser of Taunton. Phillipses fought (and sometimes died) in King Philip's War, other colonial wars, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWII, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and the Cold War. Mom was a descendant of johnny-come-lately Famine Irish (1840s-1860s) who also served (and died) in the Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Thank you for being great parents, Mom & Dad, we love you very much.
Their weekly on line newsletter announced that the NEHGS consultation fee will go from $70/hr to $85 (+21%) for members and from $90/hr to $105 (+27%) for nonmembers. Ouch. Those who book the appointment before January 1st will have the 2017 rate honored, though. If you were thinking of asking for something like that for Christmas (or purchasing it for someone else), do it quickly!
The author is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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