PLEASE NOTE: The new Part 2 covers ONLY the first four children of Billington son Francis (Elizabeth, Joseph, Martha, and Mary.) It does NOT contain anything about the next four: Isaac, Rebecca (who may have died young), Dorcas (Billington) May, and Mercy (Billington) Martin. I see no place where the buyer is informed of this - it is not on the cover, the spine, the title page, or mentioned in any of the front matter (introductory material.) The Doty silver books Parts 2 & 3, the Alden books Parts, 2-5, the Samson books Parts 2 & 3, and the Vol. 23 Howland silver books Parts 1, 2, & 3 all specify which child of that pilgrim is covered in that book. Perhaps someone thought that because Elizabeth, Joseph, Martha, and Mary were grandchildren of the father of the Billington clan, John, there was no need to state anything about the coverage of this book. Only one of the two Billington sons is known to have left children, so technically all books are about descendants of John's son Francis. Let's not stand on technicalities, though, particularly paternalistic technicalities. Fifty percent of the people who buy, consult, or receive this book as a gift are going to feel cheated. I know I did, madly flipping between the two volumes, trying to help an applicant over the phone, and wondering why I couldn't find her ancestor. The introduction mentions Rhode Island Billingtons and the writeup on the GSMD's shop-online page states "The book covers the Billington surname in Rhode Island" and "Part 3.... will include the Billington surname in Maine." Maybe the info about which grandchildren were covered in this volume was left off the title page in the excitement over this geographical oddity - that (apparently) the first 4 grandchildren moved south and the last 4 moved north. Lineage is what gets someone into the Mayflower Society, though, not where her/his ancestors lived. Hopefully Part 3 will appear soon (though I doubt it) and correct the oversight on its title page. Maybe the team could throw in a sticker to put on the Part 2 title page with the missing names, and change their advertising to be genealogy related, not a geography lesson.
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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