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.
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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