Did my Ancestors Come Over on the Mayflower?

Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving tradition in America originated with the Pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower. There were 102 passengers {plus crew} that came over on the Mayflower.  However, by the end of that first winter over … Continued

Before the Mayflower: The Fight to Reach A New World

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The Pilgrims decided to relocate to Virginia, but there were still numerous obstacles ahead. Negotiations were touch and go with the Merchant Adventurers, the stock company that back them.  Some investors signed on before eventually backing out.  The plan was … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Life in Leiden

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Leiden was a thriving industrial center while the Pilgrims lived there, but life was not easy for many of them. This group, which was around a 125 people, were initially thrilled to be in Leiden.  They were drawn to the … Continued

Before the Mayflower: The Scrooby Congregation

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The Scrooby Separatist Church was established by William Brewster at the Scrooby Manor House in around 1606. To avoid arrest the meetings were held in secret. The principle members of the congregation were Richard Clyfton, John Robinson and William Brewster.  … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Origins of Conflict

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We think about the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower.  But what was their life like before that voyage? The core group of the Pilgrims originated from Scrooby, England.  This group held Separatist beliefs not conforming with the Church … Continued