THE PLYMOUTH THANKSGIVING STORY
When the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1620, they landed on the rocky shores of a territory that was inhabited by the Wampanoag (Wam pa NO ag) Indians. The Wampanoags were part of the Algonkian-speaking peoples, a large group that was part of the Woodland Culture area. These Indians lived in villages along the coast of what is now Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They lived in round- roofed houses called wigwams. These were made of poles covered with flat sheets of elm or birch bark. Wigwams differ in construction from tipis that were used by Indians of the Great Plains.
The Wampanoags moved several times during each year in order to get food. In the spring they would fish in the rivers for salmon and herring. In the planting season they moved to the forest to hunt deer and other animals. After the end of the hunting season people moved inland where there was greater protection from the weather. From December to April they lived on food that they stored during the earlier months.
The basic dress for men was the breech clout, a length of deerskin looped over a belt in back and in front. Women wore deerskin wrap-around skirts. Deerskin leggings and fur capes made from deer, beaver, otter, and bear skins gave protection during the colder seasons, and deerskin moccasins were worn on the feet. Both men and women usually braided their hair and a single feather was often worn in the back of the hair by men. They did not have the large feathered headdresses worn by people in the Plains Culture area.
There were two language groups of Indians in New England at this time. The Iroquois were neighbors to the Algonkian-speaking people. Leaders of the Algonquin and Iroquois people were called "sachems" (SAY chems). Each village had its own sachem and tribal council. Political power flowed upward from the people. Any individual, man or woman, could participate, but among the Algonquins more political power was held by men. Among the Iroquois, however, women held the deciding vote in the final selection of who would represent the group. Both men and women enforced the laws of the village and helped solve problems. The details of their democratic system were so impressive that about 150 years later Benjamin Franklin invited the Iroquois to Albany, New York, to explain their system to a delegation who then developed the "Albany Plan of Union." This document later served as a model for the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.
These Indians of the Eastern Woodlands called the turtle, the deer and the fish their brothers. They respected the forest and everything in it as equals. Whenever a hunter made a kill, he was careful to leave behind some bones or meat as a spiritual offering, to help other animals survive. Not to do so would be considered greedy. The Wampanoags also treated each other with respect. Any visitor to a Wampanoag home was provided with a share of whatever food the family had, even if the supply was low. This same courtesy was extended to the Pilgrims when they met.
We can only guess what the Wampanoags must have thought when they first saw the strange ships of the Pilgrims arriving on their shores. But their custom was to help visitors, and they treated the newcomers with courtesy. It was mainly because of their kindness that the Pilgrims survived at all. The wheat the Pilgrims had brought with them to plant would not grow in the rocky soil. They needed to learn new ways for a new world, and the man who came to help them was called "Tisquantum" (Tis SKWAN tum) or "Squanto" (SKWAN toe).
Squanto was originally from the village of Patuxet (Pa TUK et) and a member of the Pokanokit Wampanoag nation. Patuxet once stood on the exact site where the Pilgrims built Plymouth. In 1605, fifteen years before the Pilgrims came, Squanto went to England with a friendly English explorer named John Weymouth. He had many adventures and learned to speak English. Squanto came back to New England with Captain Weymouth. Later Squanto was captured by a British slaver who raided the village and sold Squanto to the Spanish in the Caribbean Islands. A Spanish Franciscan priest befriended Squanto and helped him to get to Spain and later on a ship to England. Squanto then found Captain Weymouth, who paid his way back to his homeland. In England Squanto met Samoset of the Wabanake (Wab NAH key) Tribe, who had also left his native home with an English explorer. They both returned together to Patuxet in 1620. When they arrived, the village was deserted and there were skeletons everywhere. Everyone in the village had died from an illness the English slavers had left behind. Squanto and Samoset went to stay with a neighboring village of Wampanoags.
One year later, in the spring, Squanto and Samoset were hunting along the beach near Patuxet. They were startled to see people from England in their deserted village. For several days, they stayed nearby observing the newcomers. Finally they decided to approach them. Samoset walked into the village and said "welcome," Squanto soon joined him. The Pilgrims were very surprised to meet two Indians who spoke English.
The Pilgrims were not in good condition. They were living in dirt-covered shelters, there was a shortage of food, and nearly half of them had died during the winter. They obviously needed help and the two men were a welcome sight. Squanto, who probably knew more English than any other Indian in North America at that time, decided to stay with the Pilgrims for the next few months and teach them how to survive in this new place. He brought them deer meat and beaver skins. He taught them how to cultivate corn and other new vegetables and how to build Indian-style houses. He pointed out poisonous plants and showed how other plants could be used as medicine. He explained how to dig and cook clams, how to get sap from the maple trees, use fish for fertilizer, and dozens of other skills needed for their survival.
By the time fall arrived things were going much better for the Pilgrims, thanks to the help they had received. The corn they planted had grown well. There was enough food to last the winter. They were living comfortably in their Indian-style wigwams and had also managed to build one European-style building out of squared logs. This was their church. They were now in better health, and they knew more about surviving in this new land. The Pilgrims decided to have a thanksgiving feast to celebrate their good fortune. They had observed thanksgiving feasts in November as religious obligations in England for many years before coming to the New World.
The Algonkian tribes held six thanksgiving festivals during the year. The beginning of the Algonkian year was marked by the Maple Dance which gave thanks to the Creator for the maple tree and its syrup. This ceremony occurred when the weather was warm enough for the sap to run in the maple trees, sometimes as early as February. Second was the planting feast, where the seeds were blessed. The strawberry festival was next, celebrating the first fruits of the season. Summer brought the green corn festival to give thanks for the ripening corn. In late fall, the harvest festival gave thanks for the food they had grown. Mid-winter was the last ceremony of the old year. When the Indians sat down to the "first Thanksgiving" with the Pilgrims, it was really the fifth thanksgiving of the year for them!
Captain Miles Standish, the leader of the Pilgrims, invited Squanto, Samoset, Massasoit (the leader of the Wampanoags), and their immediate families to join them for a celebration, but they had no idea how big Indian families could be. As the Thanksgiving feast began, the Pilgrims were overwhelmed at the large turnout of ninety relatives that Squanto and Samoset brought with them. The Pilgrims were not prepared to feed a gathering of people that large for three days. Seeing this, Massasoit gave orders to his men within the first hour of his arrival to go home and get more food. Thus it happened that the Indians supplied the majority of the food: Five deer, many wild turkeys, fish, beans, squash, corn soup, corn bread, and berries. Captain Standish sat at one end of a long table and the Clan Chief Massasoit sat at the other end. For the first time the Wampanoag people were sitting at a table to eat instead of on mats or furs spread on the ground. The Indian women sat together with the Indian men to eat. The Pilgrim women, however, stood quietly behind the table and waited until after their men had eaten, since that was their custom.
For three days the Wampanoags feasted with the Pilgrims. It was a special time of friendship between two very different groups of people. A peace and friendship agreement was made between Massasoit and Miles Standish giving the Pilgrims the clearing in the forest where the old Patuxet village once stood to build their new town of Plymouth.
It would be very good to say that this friendship lasted a long time; but, unfortunately, that was not to be. More English people came to America, and they were not in need of help from the Indians as were the original Pilgrims. Many of the newcomers forgot the help the Indians had given them. Mistrust started to grow and the friendship weakened. The Pilgrims started telling their Indian neighbors that their Indian religion and Indian customs were wrong. The Pilgrims displayed an intolerance toward the Indian religion similar to the intolerance displayed toward the less popular religions in Europe. The relationship deteriorated and within a few years the children of the people who ate together at the first Thanksgiving were killing one another in what came to be called King Phillip's War.
It is sad to think that this happened, but it is important to understand all of the story and not just the happy part. Today the town of Plymouth Rock has a Thanksgiving ceremony each year in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving. There are still Wampanoag people living in Massachusetts. In 1970, they asked one of them to speak at the ceremony to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrim's arrival. Here is part of what was said:
"Today is a time of celebrating for you -- a time of looking back to the first days of white people in America. But it is not a time of celebrating for me. It is with a heavy heart that I look back upon what happened to my People. When the Pilgrims arrived, we, the Wampanoags, welcomed them with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end. That before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a tribe. That we and other Indians living near the settlers would be killed by their guns or dead from diseases that we caught from them. Let us always remember, the Indian is and was just as human as the white people.
Although our way of life is almost gone, we, the Wampanoags, still walk the lands of Massachusetts. What has happened cannot be changed. But today we work toward a better America, a more Indian America where people and nature once again are important."
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Corn was a very important crop for the people of the northeast woodlands. It was the main food and was eaten at every meal. There were many varieties of corn -- white, blue, yellow and red.
Some of the corn was dried to preserve and keep it for food throughout the winter months. Dried corn could be made into a food called hominy. To make hominy, the dried corn was soaked in a mixture of water and ashed for two days. When the kernels had puffed up and split open, they were drained and rinsed in cold water. Then the hominy was stir-fried over a fire. You can buy canned hominy in most grocery stores. Perhaps someone in your class would like to bring some for everyone to sample.
Corn was often ground into corn meal, using wooden mortars and pestles. The mortars were made of short logs which were turned upright and hollowed out on the top end. The corn was put in the hollow part and ground by pounding up and down with a long piece of wood which was rounded on both ends. This was called a pestle.
Corn meal could be used to make cornbread, corn pudding, corn syrup, or could be mixed with beans to make succotash. A special dessert was made by boiling corn meal and maple syrup.
All parts of the corn plant were used. Nothing was thrown away. The husks were braided and woven to make masks, moccasins, sleeping mats, baskets, and cornhusk dolls. Corncobs were used for fuel, to make darts for a game, and were tied onto a stick to make a rattle for ceremonies.
Corn was unknown to the Europeans before they met the Indians. Indians gave them the seeds and taught them how to grow it. Today in the U.S.A., more farm land is used to grow corn (60 million acres) than any other grain.
This legend is told by Mrs. Snow, a talented Seneca craftswoman.
Many, many years ago, the corn, one of the Three Sisters, wanted to make something different. She made the moccasin and the salt boxes, the mats, and the face. She wanted to do something different so the Great Spirit gave her permission. So she made the little people out of corn husk and they were to roam the earth so that they would bring brotherhood and contentment to the Iroquois tribe. But she made one that was very, very beautiful. This beautiful corn person, you might call her, went into the woods and saw herself in a pool. She saw how beautiful she was and she became very vain and naughty. That began to make the people very unhappy and so the Great Spirit decided that wasn't what she was to do. She didn't pay attention to his warning, so the last time the messenger came and told her that she was going to have her punishment. Her punishment would be that she'd have no face, she would not converse with the Senecas or the birds or the animals. She'd roam the earth forever, looking for something to do to gain her face back again. So that's why we don't put any faces on the husk dolls.
the liberals have to tear down everything, so all that’s left is the government for us to believe in.
Pilgrim & Native Tribes Thanksgiving
Does anyone know the truth?
Will anyone tell the truth.
My Name is Moxahala. I am a College Professor, and a member of the Native Tribes of North America (NTNA). I grew up on reservations in South Dakota, mostly Lakota, but some of my ancestors were Iroquois on my father’s side, and Cherokee on my mother’s side, so I was told. We Native Tribes don’t have written records to trace as those of European Heritage, so little can be proved and lost can be speculated and created. Remember this truth.
Most of my education was in Native Tribes schools from first grade [no kindergarten in our schools during those days] through college, although I do have some College Degrees from American State Universities. I have minored in American History, but have several Degrees in hard sciences [chemistry, physical sciences and physics] and math.
I am primarily a scientist. However, this is a great advantage over the pure historian as modern history can easily be made to be whatever the author or publisher want it to be, thus nothing your grand-children are learning in history is what your children learned, and very little your children learned is what you learned.
Conversely, a true scientist must follow the facts where ever they lead and interpret them properly, or people die needlessly. Scientist deal in the tiniest of fractions, the most split-second timing and the most ruthless laws of the universe. When the Titanic sank, hundreds drowned: all of the brilliance in building the great ship and the “food intentions” saved know one.
Likewise the Challenger spacecraft exploding in mid-flight and ======burning up on the launch pad.
Only correct science could have saved the day.
Correct Science is Truth! Not assumed truth, supposed truth, desired truth, or politically correct truth. Most people can’t handle truth.
Can you? Let’s try some:
> > Africans make the best athletes, Look at the proof: pro sports
> > Asians are the smartest in pure IQ. Look at the proof: 100,000 test scores.
> > Caucasians are the most creative and innovative. Look at the inventions of 1,000 years.
> > The Jewish people are the most superior over all. Look at the Nobel Prize winners and scientific inventions that exceed the norm by thousands of percent. Modernists often lies but math never does.
> > Males do better in math, science and left-brain skills than females.
> > Women do better at writing language and right brain skills than females.
> > Shorter men are smarter than taller men
> > Heterosexuals live considerable longer than homosexuals
> > Right-handed people live longer than left-handed people
> > Left-handed men are much more apt to be homosexual than right-handed men
The above are simply facts whether you like them or not. Sadly, there is no great claim-to-fame for my own people - perhaps we’re best at tanning hides or taming horses. We did come up with potatoes, corm and tomatoes that goes along way in feeding the world.
This all brings us to Thanksgiving. There is hardly a good thing to be said for the Pilgrims on the Internet and my people (Native tribes) are made to be angelic (too bad I never had them for family, neighbors or school teachers!)
I wish I could promise all of the answers, but I cannot. Truthfully, the most honest, most truthful and most scholarly answer most often in History is “No one really knows!”
None of us were there.
There are no pictures
The Natives tribes involved did not read and write
The only substantive written record in by Bradford, a Pilgrim leader
Approximately 75% of the “revised history” is politically correct conjecture.
Now remember, I cannot promise you a lot of answers, and no new information. What I can do as a scientist and Native tribes Historian is show you the “fallacy” and “assumptions” of the Politically Correct Revisionists:
It is truth you are seeking, this article will help you separate truth from assumption and at least know what is known, is not known and what will never be known.
POINT-ONEOne of the grossest errors then or now in any situation is “stereotyping” and assuming a “whole group” is a certain way because one or two or a portion is that way.
Should all Americans be judged by Billy Graham? Oprah Winfree? David Duke? Jeffery Dahmer? Tanya Harding? Bill Clinton? Richard Simmons? Adam Lambert? You? Your Neighbor? Christians, Atheists? Muslims, democrats, republicans, rich, poor, etc.
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Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen - once.
MYTHS ASSUMPTION:The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.
An epidemic of bubonic plague, most likely brought to the New World by European fishermen in 1617, had killed an estimated 90 percent of the Native population by the time the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts.http://sweetness-light.com/archive/the-pilgrims-were-really-grave-robbers
“What the settlers found were empty villages with crops still in the field because the Indians had either died or left,” Loew said, quoting a version of event laid out by author James Loewen http://www.trinicenter.com/his…..giving.htm.
FACT: The more religious of the settlers — only 32 of the 102 who landed at Plymouth were actually Pilgrims — thought the existing villages and cleared fields were a sign that God was providing for them. http://sweetness-light.com/archive/the-pilgrims-were-really-grave-robbers
NewtonSteinIf the crops were still standing in the fields, why were the pilgrims robbing graves? Do you really know of any “food” that “keeps” buried in the ground with a dead human body?NewtonSteinIf the Pilgrims were robbing graves, why didn’t the Pilgrims get the smallpox or the bubonic plague?
What would we ever do without associate professors of life science like Ms. Loew and “authors” like Mr. Lowen?
ASSUMPTION:By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.
He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation.
At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.
MYTH:But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load.
Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.
But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.
In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.
Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.
Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.
Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- where it remained on display for 24 years.
The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War -- on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.This story doesn't have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast. But we need to learn our true history so it won't ever be repeated. Next Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families. They, also took time out to say "thank you" to Creator for all their blessings.
Odd, I am Cherokee and do not recall this version.
If the Indians (yes we ARE that) didn’t believe in white people as being equals (which we didn’t),
How could we call them grave robbers? That term wasn’t in our vocabulary then.
Logically, if the graves were robbed as you so eloquently put it, I miss the part where you explain WHAT New England TRIBE buried items with it’s people???
This “reporter?” is aware the first historical visit from white people to the Americas that cameacross Indians, were the Vikings, right?
In history Vikings) were known for pillaging, razing etc…?Leif Ericson (Norse: Leifr Eriksson), wrote in his journal that the fiercest band of warriors that the “Vikings” had ever came across were the “Indians” of “North America.”
He went on to state that they were the ONLY other people in the world that he respected, BECAUSE of their “Viking nature (savage), animalistic fighting prowess and their never surrender attitudes!”
Hmm, apparently Patty the Liberal didn’t do her research. BTW, I do not recall euros ever carving fetuses out of Indian women and hanging them up as souvenirs…Indians did. I am
shamed by a lot of what both sides of my heritage did, but that is the worst. Next time,have a little care to actually INVESTIGATE your crap before shoving it down our throats.
The Indians plant their crops then DIE just before its suppose to be harvested. AND… wait.. it gets better.. the Pilgrims go and dig up these poor Indians and steal stuff out of their graves WITHOUT being affected by whatever disease wiped out the indians.
There are some serious problems with this person’s thesis. First of all, Europeans had been on the East coast of the US for about 100 years before the Pilgrims arrived. Juan Ponce de Leon founded St. Augustine, Florida in 1513. Ponce de Leon so mistreated the natives that the Spanish removed him as Governor of Puerto Rico before he went to Florida. I suspect one had to be particularly terrible for the Spanish to remove them. 100 years would have been plenty of time for plague to work its way up the East coast but measles and malaria would have been more likely to spread than plague which would have killed off the settlers in addition to the natives. Plague is spread by fleas. Fleas will bite a native the same as a settler. Settlers had no more or less immunity to plague than the natives did. Natives would have some tolerance to measles. Measles would be a regular “childhood disease” for the settlers but it would have killed practically every native that contracted it.
For example, if a band of settlers were freezing to death, had no sheep or cotton from which to make blankets, I suppose it wouldn’t be too far fetched to believe they might dig up graves if they knew it was a burial custom of the local inhabitants to bury their dead with blankets.
But on the other hand, if the locals were all dead when they arrived, they would have no idea that there were blankets there. The author seems to take certain bits of documented record (a kernel of truth), expand on that without any basis, and ignore the rest of the documentation that is counter to his claims.
Besides, ever try digging in the ground in Massachusetts in the middle of winter? It’s frozen solid. Or it would have been in the 1600’s … during the Little Ice Age.
The less intelligent indians did NOT cross the Atlantic to expand their world and knowledge. Instead, like the Iroquois, they decided to sit around and EAT EACH OTHER. So, the so-called noble environmentalists did nothing but plot to kill other tribal members and consume them. Thank God the Europeans came!
Anyway I thought that it was University people who often raided the graves of natives peoples for “artifacts” for study. It’s called Archeology I think and it’s a course of study offered in every liberal university in the country. Even the booty or “artifacts” are on display for public viewing I believe. ;-) Have a nice Thanksgiving everybody! Hope the Redskins gets’ some scalps on National Television that day!
As far as the pilgrim’s wrong treatment of the Native Americans, I wish we could get it through people’s thick skulls that the new world was not at peace and harmony until the arrival of the ‘evil white man’. Like everywhere else in the world the natives waged war against each other, looked disparagingly down upon those not of their own tribe, formed political alliances, fought over territory, and yes, even practiced slavery.
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Yup, when ever I arrive in a place I have never been, look around and see crops and housing of any sort.I say look what the lord hath provided, and then start digging up graves.Its only natural, right?After all, the Indians had gold fillings in their teeth and were buried with cans of Campbell soup.
How about praising the pilgrims for being the first in North America to recycle?
Just a second, now. "The more religious of the settlers -- only 32 of the 102 who landed at Plymouth were actually Pilgrims
Chapter V, pages 127-156
THE PILGRIM ROLL CALL — FATE AND FORTUNES OF THE FATHERS
On Fame's eternall beadroll wortbie to be fyled.
Edmund Spenser.There were men with hoary hair Amidst that pilgrim band: Why had they come to wither there, Away from their childhood's land?There was woman's fearless eye, Lit by her deep love's truth; There was manhood's brow serenely high, And the fiery heart of youth.
SO sings Mrs. Hemans in her famous poem "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in New England." That devoted little Pilgrim band comprised, indeed, the Fathers and their families together, members of both sexes of all ages.
When the compact was signed in the Mayflower's cabin on November 21, 1620, while the vessel lay off Cape Cod, each man subscribing to it indicated those who accompanied him.
There were forty-one signatories, and the total number of passengers was shown to be one hundred and two. What became of them?
What was their individual lot and fate subsequent to the landing on Plymouth Rock on December 26?
128 THE ROMANTIC STORY OF
For long, long years the record as regards the majority of them was lost to the world. Now, after much painstaking search, it has been found, bit by bit, and pieced together. And we have it here.
It is a document full of human interest.
John Alden, the youngest man of the party, was hired as a cooper at Southampton, with right to return to England or stay in New Plymouth. He preferred to stay, and married, in 1623, Priscilla Mullins, the "May-flower of Plymouth," the maiden who, as the legend goes, when he first went to plead Miles Standish's suit, witchingly asked, "Prithee, why don't you speak for yourself, John?"
Alden was chosen as assistant in 1633, and served from 1634 to 1639 and from 1650 to 1686. He was treasurer of the Colony from 1656 to 1659; was Deputy from Duxbury in 1641-42, and from 1645 to 1649; a member of the Council of War from 1653 to 1660 and 1675-76; a soldier in Captain Miles Standish's company 1643.
He was the last survivor of the signers of the compact of November, 1620, dying September 12, 1687, aged eighty-four years.
Bartholomew Allerton, born in Holland in 1612, was in Plymouth in 1627, when he returned to England. He was son of Isaac Allerton.
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Isaac Allerton, a tailor of London, married at Leyden, November 4, 1611, Mary Norris from Newbury, Berkshire, England. He was a freeman of Leyden. His wife died February 25, 1621, at Plymouth.
Allerton married Fear Brewster (his second wife), who died at Plymouth, December 12, 1634. In 1644 he had married Joanna (his third wife). He was an assistant in 1621 and 1634, and Deputy Governor. He was living in New Haven in 1642, later in New York, then returned to New Haven. He died in 1659.
John Allerton, a sailor, died before the Mayflower made her return voyage. Mary Allerton, a daughter of Isaac, was born in 1616. She married Elder Thomas Cushman. She died in 1699, the last survivor of the Mayflower passengers. Remember Allerton was another daughter living in Plymouth in 1627. Sarah Allerton, yet another daughter, married Moses Maverick of Salem.
Francis Billington, son of John and Eleanor, went out in 1620 with his parents. In 1634 he married widow Christian (Penn) Eaton, by whom he had children. He removed before 1648 to Yarmouth. He was a member of the Plymouth military company in 1643. He died in Yarmouth after 1650.
John Billington was hanged 1 in 1630 for the murder of John Newcomen.
1 The murderer Billington, sad to relate, was one of those who signed the historic compact on board the Mayflower. He was tried, condemned to death, and executed by his brethren in accordance with their primitive criminal procedure.
At first, trials in the little colony were conducted by the whole body of the townsmen, the Governor presiding. In 1623 trial by jury was established, and subsequently a regular code of laws was adopted.
The capital offences were treason, murder, diabolical conversation, arson, rape, and unnatural crimes. [homosexuality]
Plymouth had only six sorts of capital crime, against thirty-one in England at the accession of James I, and of these six it actually punished only two, Billington's belonging to one of them. T
he Pilgrims used no barbarous punishments. Like all their contemporaries they used the stocks and the whipping-post, without perceiving that those punishments in public were barbarizing. They inflicted fines and forfeitures freely without regard to the station or quality of the offenders. They never punished, or even committed any person as a witch.
Restrictive laws were early adopted as to spirituous drinks, and in 1667 cider was included. In 1638 the smoking of tobacco was forbidden out-of-doors within a mile of a dwelling-house or while at work in the fields; but unlike England and Massachusetts,
Plymouth never had a law regulating apparel.
His widow, Eleanor, who went over with him, married in 1638 Gregory Armstrong, who died in 1650, leaving no children by her. John Billington, a son of John and Eleanor, born in England, died at Plymouth soon after 1627.132 THE ROMANTIC STORY OF
William Bradford, baptised in 1589 at Auster-field, Yorkshire, was a leading spirit in the Pilgrim movement from its inception to its absorption in the Union of the New England Colonies.
We have seen how, on the death of John Carver, he became the second Governor of Plymouth Colony, and he five times filled that office, in 1621-33, 1635, 1637, 1639-44, and 1645-47, as well as serving several times as Deputy Governor and assistant.
A patent was granted to him in 1629 by the Council of New England vesting the Colony in trust to him, his heirs, associates and assigns, confirming their title to a tract of land and conferring the power to frame a constitution and laws;
but eleven years later he transferred this patent to the General Court, reserving only to himself the allotment conceded to him in the original division of land.
QUOTE:Bradford's rule as chief magistrate was marked by honesty and fair dealing, alike in his relations with the Indian tribes and his treatment of recalcitrant colonists.
His word was respected and caused him to be trusted; his will was resolute in every emergency, and yet all knew that his clemency and charity might be counted on whenever it could be safely exercised.
The Church was always dear to him:
he enjoyed its faith and respected its institutions, and up to the hour of his death, on May 9, 1657, he confessed his delight in its teachings and simple services.
Governor Bradford was twice married, first, as we know, at Leyden in 1613 to Dorothy May, who was accidentally drowned in Cape Cod harbour on December 7, 1620;
and again on August 14, 1623, to Alice Carpenter, widow of Edward Southworth. By his first wife he had one son, and by his second, two sons and a daughter.
Jointly with Edward Winslow, Bradford wrote "A Diary of Occurences during the First Year of the Colony," and this was published in England in 1622. He left many manuscripts, letters and chronicles, verses and136 THE ROMANTIC STORY OFdialogues, which are the principal authorities for the early history of the Colony; but the work by which he is best remembered is his manuscript "History of Plymouth Plantation," now happily, after being carried to England and lost to sight for years in the Fulham Palace Library, restored to the safe custody of the State of Massachusetts.
William Brewster more than any man was entitled to be called the Founder of the Pilgrim Church.
It originated in his house at Scrooby, where he was born in 1566, and he sacrificed everything for it. He was elder of the church at Leyden and Plymouth, and served it also as minister for some time after going out.
Through troubles, trials, and adversity, he stood by the Plymouth flocks, and when his followers were in peril and perplexity, worn and almost hopeless through fear and suffering, he kept a stout heart and bade them be of good cheer.
Bradford has borne touching testimony to the personal attributes of his friend (Brewster), who, he tells us, was "qualified above many," and of whom he writes that "he was wise and discrete, and well-spoken, having a grave and deliberate utterance, of a very cheerful spirite, very sociable and pleasante among his friends, of an humble and modest mind, of a peaceable disposition, under-valewing himself and his own abilities and sometimes over-vallewing others, inoffensive and innocent in his life and conversation, which gained him ye love of those without, as well as those within."
THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS 139Of William Brewster it has been truly said that until his death, on April 16, 1644, his hand was never lifted from Pilgrim history. He shaped the counsels of his colleagues, helped to mould their policy, safeguarded their liberties, and kept in check tendencies towards religious bigotry and oppression.
He tolerated differences, but put down wrangling and dissension, and promoted to the best of his power the strength and purity of public and private life.
Mary Brewster, wife of William, who went out with him, died before 1627.
Love Brewster, son of Elder William, born in England, married (1634) Sarah, daughter of William Collier. He was a member of the Duxbury company in 1643, and died at Duxbury in 1650.
Wrestling Brewster, son of Elder William, emigrated at the same time; he died a young man, unmarried.
Richard Britteridge died December 21, 1620, his being the first death after landing.
Peter Brown probably married the widow Martha Ford; he died in 1633.
William Button, a servant of Samuel Fuller, died on the voyage.
John Carver, first Governor of the Plymouth Colony, landed from the Mayflower with his wife, Catherine, and both died the following spring or summer.
Carver was deacon in Holland. He left no descendants.
Robert Carter was a servant of William Mullins, and died during the first winter.140 THE ROMANTIC STORY OFJames Chilton died December 8, 1620, before the landing at Plymouth, and his wife succumbed shortly after.
Their daughter Mary, tradition states, romantically if not truthfully, was the first to leap on shore. She married John Winslow, and had ten children.
Richard Clarke died soon after arrival.
Francis Cook died at Plymouth in 1663.
John Cook, son of Francis Cook by his wife, Esther, shipped in the Mayflower with his father. He married Sarah, daughter of Richard Warren.
On account of religious differences he removed to Dartmouth, of which he was one of the first purchasers. He became a Baptist minister there. He was also Deputy in 1666-68, 1673, and 1681-83-86. The father and son were both members of the Plymouth military company in 1643.
John Cook died at Dartmouth after 1694.
Humility Cooper returned to England, and died there.
John Crackston died in 1621; his son, John, who went out with him, died in 1628.
Edward Dotey married Faith Clark, probably as second wife, and had nine children, some of whom moved to New Jersey, Long Island, and elsewhere. He was a purchaser of Dartmouth, but moved to Yarmouth, where he died August 23, 1655. He made the passage out as a servant to Stephen Hopkins, and was wild and headstrong in his youth, being a party to the first duel fought in New England.
THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS 143Francis Eaton went over with his first wife, Sarah, and their son, Samuel. He married a second wife, and a third, Christian Penn, before 1627. He died in 1633.
Samuel Eaton married, in 1661, Martha Billington. In 1643 he was in the Plymouth military company, and was living at Duxbury in 1663. He removed to Middleboro, where he died about 1684.
Thomas English died the first winter.
One Ely, a hired man, served his time and returned to England.
Moses Fletcher married at Leyden, in 1613, widow Sarah Dingby. He died during the first winter.
Edward Fuller shipped with his wife, Ann, and son, Samuel. The parents died the first season.
Samuel Fuller, the son, married in 1635 Jane, daughter of the Reverend John Lothrop; he removed to Barnstable, where he died October 31, 1683, having many descendants.Dr. Samuel Fuller, brother of Edward, was the first physician; he married (1) Elsie Glascock, (2) Agnes Carpenter, (3) Bridget Lee; he died in 1633. His descendants of the name are through a son, Samuel, who settled in Middleboro.
Richard Gardiner, mariner, was at Plymouth in 1624, but soon disappeared.
John Goodman, unmarried, died the first winter.144 THE ROMANTIC STORY OFJohn Hooke died the first winter, as did also William Holbeck.
Giles Hopkins, son of Stephen, married in 1639 Catherine Wheldon; he moved to Yarmouth and afterwards to Eastham, and died about 1690.
Stephen Hopkins went out with his second wife, Elizabeth, and Giles and Constance, children by a first wife. On the voyage a child was born to them, which they named Oceanus, but it died in 1621. He was an assistant, 1634-35, and died in 1644. His wife died between 1640 and 1644.
Constance, daughter of Stephen, married Nicholas Snow. They settled at Eastham, from which he was a Deputy in 1648, and he died November 15, 1676; she died in October, 1677, having had twelve children. Damaris, a daughter, was born after their arrival and married Jacob Cooke.
John Howland married Elizabeth, daughter of John Tilley. He was a Deputy in 1641, 1645 to 1658, 1661, 1663, 1666-67, and 1670; assistant in 1634 and 1635; also a soldier in the Plymouth military company in 1643. He died February 23, 1673, aged more than eighty years, and his widow died December 21, 1687, aged eighty years.
John Langemore died during the first winter.
William Latham about 1640 left for England, and afterwards went to the Bahamas, where he probably died.
Edward Leister went to Virginia.THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS 147Edmund Margeson, unmarried, died in 1621.
Christopher Martin and wife both died early; his death took place January 8, 1621.Desire Minter returned to England, and there died.
Ellen More perished the first winter.
Jasper More removed to Scituate, and his name is said to have become Mann. He died in Scituate in 1656; his brother died the first winter.
William Mullins shipped with his wife, son Joseph, and daughter Priscilla, who married John Alden. The father died February 21, 1621, and his wife during the same winter, as did also the son.
Solomon Power died December 24, 1620.
Degory Priest married in 1611, at Leyden, widow Sarah Vincent, a sister of Isaac Allerton; he died January 1, 1621.
John Rigdale went out with his wife, Alice, both dying the first winter.
Joseph Rogers went with his father, Thomas Rogers, who died in 1621. The son married, and lived at Eastham in 1655, dwelling first at Duxbury and Sandwich. He was a lieutenant, and died in 1678 at Eastham.
Harry Sampson settled at Duxbury, and married Ann Plummer in 1636. He was of the Duxbury military company in 1643, and died there in 1684.
George Soule was married to Mary Becket. He was in the military company of Duxbury,
148 THE ROMANTIC STORY OFwhere he resided, and was the Deputy in 1645-46, and 1650-54. He was an original proprietor of Bridgewater and owner of land in Dartmouth and Middleboro; he died 1680, his wife in 1677.
Ellen Story died the first winter.
Miles Standish, that romantic figure in the Pilgrim history, did good service for the Colony, and practically settled the question whether the Anglo-Saxon or the native Indian was to predominate in New England.
Born in Lancashire about 1584, and belonging to the Duxbury branch of the Standish family, he obtained a lieutenant's commission in the English army and fought in the wars against The Netherlands and Spain.
His taste for military adventure led to his joining the Pilgrims at Leyden, and when the Mayflower reached Cape Cod, he led the land exploring parties. Soon he was elected military captain of the Colony, and with a small force he protected the settlers against Indian incursions until the danger from that quarter was past. When they were made peaceably secure in their rights and possessions, and warlike exploits and adventures were at an end,
Standish retired to his estate at Duxbury, on the north side of Plymouth Bay: but in peace, as in war, he was still devoted to the interests of the Colony, frequently acting as Governor's assistant from 1632 onward, becoming Deputy in 1644, and serving as treasurer between that year and 1649.
THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS 151His wife Rose Standish, who sailed with him in the Mayflower, died January 29, 1621, but he married again, and had four sons and a daughter.
He died on October 3, 1656, honoured by all the community among whom he dwelt, and his name and fame are perpetuated in history, in the poetry of Longfellow and Lowell, and by the monument which stands upon what was his estate at Duxbury, the lofty column on Captain's Hill, seen for miles both from sea and land.
Edward Thompson died December 4, 1620.
Edward Tilley and his wife Ann both died the first winter.
John Tilley accompanied his wife and daughter Elizabeth; the parents died the first winter, but the daughter survived and married John Howland.
Thomas Tinker, with his wife and son, died the first winter.John Turner had with him two sons, but the party succumbed to the hardships of the first season.
William Trevore entered as a sailor on the Mayflower, and returned to England on the Fortune in 1621.
William White went out with his wife Susanna, and son Resolved. A son, Peregrine, was born to them in Provincetown Harbour, who has been distinguished as being the first child of the Pilgrims born after the arrival in the New World. This is his strongest claim, as his early life was rather disreputable, though his obituary, in152 THE ROMANTIC STORY OF1704, allowed "he was much reformed in his last years." William, the father, died on February 21, 1621; his widow married, in the May following, Edward Winslow, who had recently lost his wife.
Resolved White married (1) Judith, daughter of William Vassall; he lived at Scituate,
Marshfield, and lastly Salem, where he married, (2) October 5, 1674, widow Abigail Lord, and died after 1680. He was a member of the Scituate military company in 1643.
Roger Wilder died the first winter, and Thomas Williams also died the first season.
Edward Winslow, an educated young English gentleman from Droitwich, joined the brethren at Leyden in 1617, and accompanying them to New England, was the third to sign the compact on board the Mayflower, Carver and Bradford signing before, and Brewster after him, then Isaac Allerton and Miles Standish.
Winslow was one of the party sent to prospect along the coast. Before leaving Holland, he married at Leyden, in 1618, Elizabeth Barker, who went out with him, but died March 24, 1621, and as we have seen, he shortly afterwards married widow Susanna (Fuller) White.
Winslow proved himself a man of exceptional ability and character, and gave the best years of his life to the service of the Colony. While on a mission to England in its interests in 1623, he published an account of the settlement and struggles of the Mayflower Pilgrims, under the title "Good
News for New England, or a relation of things remarkable in that Plantation."
Later he wrote (and published in 1646) "Hypocrisie Unmasked; by a true relation of the proceedings of the Governor of Massachusetts against Samuel Groton [sic], a notorious Disturber of the Peace," which is chiefly remarkable for an appendix giving an account of the preparations in Leyden for removal to America, and the substance of John Robinson's address to the Pilgrims on their departure from Holland.
Winslow was Governor of the Colony in 1633, 1636, and 1644, and at other times assistant. In 1634 he went to England again on colonial business, and before sailing accepted a commission for the Bay Colony which required him to appear before the King's Commissioners for Plantations.
Here he was brought face to face with Archbishop Laud, who could not resist the opportunity of venting his wrath upon the representative of the Plymouth settlement, about whose sayings and doings he had been duly informed.
Winslow was accused of taking part in Sunday services and of conducting civil marriages. He admitted the charges, and pleaded extenuating circumstances; but Laud was not to be appeased and committed the bold Separatist to the Fleet Prison, where he remained for seventeen weeks, when he was released and permitted to return to America, wounded in his conscience by the cruel wrong done him and impoverished by legal expenses.
156 THE ROMANTIC STORY OF In October, 1646, against the advice of his com-patriots, Winslow undertook another mission to the old country, this time in connection with the federation of the New England Colonies, and, accepting service under Cromwell, sailed on an expedition to the West Indies, caught a fever, and died, and was buried at sea on May 8, 1655.
Gilbert Winslow, another subscriber to the compact in the Mayflower's cabin, returned subsequently to England and died in 1650.
Apart from the events of their after lives, the spirit which possessed the Mayflower Pilgrims and guided their leaders in exile is well expressed by Mrs. Hemans when she says, in her stirring lines —
They sought a faith's pure shrine! Ay, call it holy ground, The soil where first they trod; They have left unstained what there they found — Freedom to worship God.
DID YOU KNOW…….Did you know that one in every 130 people living in the U.S. today is a Native American?
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado is a Native American and Senator
Daniel Akaka is a Native Hawaiian.
What do the countries of Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru have in common? They all have a Native American language as an official language, in addition to Spanish.
During World War II, the Japanese army could not break the "secret code" of the U.S. Military. The "secret code" was simply a group of Native American volunteers speaking their Native American language on their field radios! (Navajo, Sioux and other tribes)
Did you know that the names of over half of the states in the USA came from Native American languages? For example, "Utah" is the Ute tribe's name for themselves in their language - "Oklahoma" means "red people" or "home of the red people" in the Choctaw language - "Kentucky" means "planted field" in the Iroquois language.
Washington DC, our nation's capital, is built on the banks of a river called the "Potomac," which is a Native American word for "where the goods are brought in."
"Miami," "Cuba" and "Chicago" are a few more examples of the many familiar names that are derived from Native American words.
Since Christopher Columbus had never seen anyone smoking before, he was very surprised to observe "Indians" holding "burning leaves" in their mouths. The "Indians" called these strange things "tobacos."
Native Americans used pine sap to help heal cuts, and they found that witch hazel tea was a good remedy for sprains and bruises.
" Squash" comes from a Native American word, "isquoutersquash," which means "green thing eaten green."
"Barbecue" also comes from a Native American word.
In prehistoric times, Native Americans had developed a process by which dried cactus-eating insects could be turned into red dye called cochineal.
This "Indian" dye, one of the most important exports from the New World in the late 16th century and highly valued by the European cloth industry for hundreds of years, was used to dye the red British uniforms in the Revolutionary War.
In 1896, the head of the Board of Indian Commissioners said, "To bring the Indian out of savagery and into citizenship we must make him more intelligently selfish.
A desire for property . . . is needed to get the Indian out of the blanket and into trousers - and trousers with a pocket in them, and with a pocket that aches to be filled with dollars."
Foods From The Native Americans
The Indians gave us many foods that we eat today. Can you imagine what our lives would be like without the
Berries Avocado Peppers Squash Maple Sugar Wild Rice Wild Cherries Vanilla Pecans BlueberriesCorn Sunflower Seeds Cranberries Tomato ChocolatePotatoes
Thanksgiving from a Native Point of ViewBy Jacqueline KeelerThanksgiving is the truly American holiday, celebrating the romantic history of arrival in the New World and cooperation with its inhabitants. For a Native American, the story is a much less happy one -- yet PNS commentator Jacqueline Keeler finds some occasion for hope. Keeler, a member of the Dineh (Navaho) Nation and the Yankton Dakota Sioux works with the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in Winds of Change, an American Indian journal.
Thanksgiving from a Native Point of ViewBy Jacqueline Keeler
I celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. This may surprise those people who wonder what Native Americans think of this official U.S. celebration of the survival of early arrivals in a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people.
Thanksgiving to me has never been about Pilgrims. When I was six, my mother, a woman of the Dineh nation, told my sister and me not to sing "Land of the Pilgrim's pride" in "America the Beautiful." Our people, she said, had been here much longer and taken much better care of the land. We were to sing "Land of the Indian's pride" instead.
I was proud to sing the new lyrics in school, but I sang softly. It was enough for me to know the difference. At six, I felt I had learned something very important. As a child of a Native American family, you are part of a very select group of survivors, and I learned that my family possessed some "inside" knowledge of what really happened when those poor tired masses came to our homes.
When the Pilgrims came to Plymouth Rock, they were poor and hungry -- half of them died within a few months from disease and hunger.
When Squanto, a Wampanoag man, found them, they were in a pitiful state. He spoke English, having traveled to Europe, and took pity on them. Their English crops had failed. The native people fed them through the winter and taught them how to grow their food.
These were not merely "friendly Indians." They had already experienced European slave traders raiding their villages for a hundred years or so, and they were wary -- but it was their way to give freely to those who had nothing.
Among many of our peoples, showing that you can give without holding back is the way to earn respect.
Among the Dakota, my father's people, they say, when asked to give, "Are we not Dakota and alive?" It was believed that by giving there would be enough for all -- the exact opposite of the system we live in now, which is based on selling, not giving.
To the Pilgrims, and most English and European peoples, the Wampanoags were heathens, and of the Devil. They saw Squanto not as an equal but as an instrument of their God to help his chosen people, themselves.
Since that initial sharing, Native American food has spread around the world. Nearly 70 percent of all crops grown today were originally cultivated by Native American peoples. I sometimes wonder what they ate in Europe before they met us. Spaghetti without tomatoes? Meat and potatoes without potatoes? And at the "first Thanksgiving" the Wampanoags provided most of the food -- and signed a treaty granting Pilgrims the right to the land at Plymouth, the real reason for the first Thanksgiving. What did the Europeans give in return? Within 20 years European disease and treachery had decimated the Wampanoags. Most diseases then came from animals that Europeans had domesticated. Cowpox from cows led to smallpox, one of the great killers of our people, spread through gifts of blankets used by infected Europeans. Some estimate that diseases accounted for a death toll reaching 90 percent in some Native American communities.
By 1623, Mather the elder, a Pilgrim leader, was giving thanks to his God for destroying the heathen savages to make way "for a better growth," meaning his people. In stories told by the Dakota people, an evil person always keeps his or her heart in a secret place separate from the body. The hero must find that secret place and destroy the heart in order to stop the evil. I see, in the "First Thanksgiving" story, a hidden Pilgrim heart. The story of that heart is the real tale than needs to be told. What did it hold? Bigotry, hatred, greed, self-righteousness? We have seen the evil that it caused in the 350 years since. Genocide, environmental devastation, poverty, world wars, racism. Where is the hero who will destroy that heart of evil? I believe it must be each of us. Indeed, when I give thanks this Thursday and I cook my native food, I will be thinking of this hidden heart and how my ancestors survived the evil it caused. Because if we can survive, with our ability to share and to give intact, then the evil and the good will that met that Thanksgiving day in the land of the Wampanoag will have come full circle. And the healing can begin.
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