Turkey day is almost upon us and I thought you would enjoy a piece of trivia. After the Pilgrims
were about settled, an Indian came out of the woods and going toward the nearest Pilgrim, asked in perfect English, "Do you have any beer?"
It seems that the Indian Squanto had spent some time in England having travelled there with a English Ship fishing off the coast of MA.
Naturally being a descendent of John Howland and
Elizabeth Tilley, I would like to believe that
John was the man he spoke to.
John, Hi cousin (somewhat removed). My daughter has done extensive family history research and has traced family lines to several of the Pilgrims including John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley and seven others. Surname line is Howland, Cushman, Cooke, Bisbee, Sexton, Stewart, and White.
My Howland Line is through John, dau Hannah, Hannah Bosworth, Hannah Capron, Leah Scott, Alden Bucklin, John Bucklin, Marcia Bucklin Fred Fuller,
Mabel Fuller, ME
John Howland's daughter Hannah was one of the younger daus, so your line is probably senior to ours.
I am saying this without ref to Notes.
Also through DNA testing, by several Fuller Male cousins we have a line from Edward Fuller of the Mayflower.
Do you have any presidential connections, or lines back to European Royality ?. If so I might
be able to suggest a couple of references.
Always good to find another cousin
Hey, all my relatives were on the Mayflower. And the earliest any of them arrived here was 1842. Go figure!
I believe some of my relatives were already here.
My wife's family was here by 1630. They assume that since the Mayflower went back and forth to England that her family came over on one of the later voyages. I do not believe there is a record of how many times the Mayflower made the trip back to England and then back to the states again.
The family joke is the reason why they did not come over with the first sailing is 'That they missed the boat'.
Thomas Dewey came over in 1633, but I've not been able to determine on what boat/ship. Most all the Dewey's you find here are descendent from him, but I don't know about the Duey name though.
Do any of you have John Bent (1596-1672) in your trees? He arrived in Massachusetts in 1638, so he clearly missed the early boats!
Mom'side of the family has been traced to the first families of Virginia, Dad's from Germany got here 1742. Came from one of two Rhine villages
My family tree only goes back to the one they hung Grandpa in!
I have discovered that you can search family trees that other amateur genealogists have made public at ancestor.com ("Search Public Member Trees"). I knew that my 4xgreat-grandmother was Tryphenia Bent, and that name is a lot easier to search on than, say, Jane Smith. Anyway, I found that Tryphenia's 4xgreat-grandfather was the John Bent I asked about above. Since he got to the Massachusetts colony just 18 years after it was founded and other people in this thread have indicated ancestors there at about that time as well, I just wondered if they might be related.
I have people in my family who came about 10 years after the Mayflower, and others who came about 1900, and other times between. My wife descends from Rebecca Towne Nurse, who was hanged in Danvers Mass during the witch trials. The poor lady was not a witch. Interestingly every generation gets a little more "mixed" One son married a woman who has descended from Chocta Indians. She is blonde and their son is blonde! My first cousin's mother was Mexican, their son married a Costa Rican and the grandson married a Filipino. Both my wife's brother and sister had some great grandchildren who are part black, and my grandson married a Cambodian.
Anyway a few more generations and we will all be mixed and hopefully the racial bias will have disappeared.