Monday, November 22, 2010

Plymouth Colony: A Love Story

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins were most likely the third couple to be married in the Plymouth Colony. The story goes that Miles Standish asked John to court Priscilla on his behalf and that Priscilla smiled demurely and asked John if he wanted to speak for himself.
And he did.
And he got the girl.
The stuff of romance.
Then there's the story of Humility Cooper. Humility came on the Mayflower in 1620, in the custody of her aunt and uncle Edward and Ann (Cooper) Tilley. She was little more than a year old at the time. When Edward and Ann died the first winter, Humility was sent back to England. There is no record that she ever married or had children.
This intriques me. What if things had turned out differently for Humility Cooper? What if she had not gone back to England? What if she fell in love and married?
Ah, the tales we could weave....
And then there's Mary Chilton. In 1620, at the age of 13, Mary came with her parents on the Mayflower. Her father was one of the first who died after the ship had anchored off Provincetown Harbor. Edward Winslow's brother John had come to Plymouth on the ship Fortune in 1621. Sometime between 1623 and 1627, John Winslow married Mary Chilton.
I can just picture Mary and her girlfriends rushing to the shore at the news that a ship had been spotted on the horizon! Mary would have watched the passengers disembark, her gaze landing on the handsome (of course he's handsome. It's my story!) fellow seated third from the back of the rowboat.
I imagine she and her friend Priscilla (Priscilla and John A. were not yet married) giggled and batted their lashes at the newcomers...discreetly, of course. Maybe John A. was already in love with Priscilla by this time. What if John A. saw Priscilla giggling with Mary and his heart grew heavy?
What if became worried that Priscilla might throw him over for one of the men who had just arrived? Oh, the torture! John Alden had hired on as a cooper on the Mayflower, never intending to stay in Plymouth. But given the choice, he decided to stay.

I submit that he fell in love.

Who knows the romantic intrigue that might have transpired in the months between these two couples, and the other unmarried men and women in the Plymouth Colony?
Could it be possible that Constance Hopkins was a contender for John Alden’s affections? Constance came with her father Stephen, step-mother Elizabeth, brother Giles, and step-sister Damaris on the Mayflower in 1620, at the age of 14. Constance's future husband, Nicholas Snow, arrived on the ship Anne in 1623.
Constance was probably one of the young ladies who stood with Mary and Priscilla when that first ship arrived. But she had to wait until Nicholas arrived in 1623. What if she thought she'd never have a chance at the happiness her friends were experiencing? It wasn't like there was a plethora of eligible bachelors (or bachelorettes) in Plymouth Colony.
What fun to look at our forefathers (and mothers) as something other than the staid Pilgrims who gave us Thanksgiving turkey and dressing, and squash dressing, and pumpkin pie!
Some of them were young, and optimistic, and longing for a wonderful life in a new land.
A new life with the right man or woman by their side.
If you'd like to look at the list of passengers on the Mayflower and weave a tale or two of your own, click here.
In honor of our Mayflower girls, I’m giving away a copy of Wendy Lawton’s Almost Home: A Story Based on the Life of the Mayflower's Mary Chilton. Leave your email address in your comment, and whether you prefer Kindle edition or Paperback.


CarolM said...

Hmmmm... Didn't Humility Cooper marry Gilbert Winslow in Gilbert Morris' series?

Or am I remembering wrong? I'll look it up in a minute. Or in the morning because I should so be in bed. I do find it intruiging to think about those things though. The 'What ifs' in history - in movies and TV shows - in my life...

But for now, here's coffee [it's magical coffee that turns into your favorite kind - I got it from Mary Poppin's Coffee Shop and Supply Store] and an IV bag of Dr. Pepper for those like me who don't drink coffee ;). I've also got chocolate chip muffies from Panera.

And I would like to say that Julie Lessman is evil. I've started A Passion Denied and I believe that she is. That is, she's evil to her characters and the readers who don't have the luxury of sitting down for hours on end and devouring it all in one setting.

In real life, I'm sure she's a lovely person. Yep. I'm sure she is!

Off to finish entering grades then going to bed.

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Wow how cool is that, Pam? You history chicks are so smart. I love this post.

I love Panera, Carol. Thank you. I'll just take a couple WITH me.

CarolM said...

Hmmm... you learn something new every day - I always thought Gilbert Winslow was made up - never checked the actual passenger list, but nope. He was real. And in the Morris House of Winslow series he does marry Humility Cooper.

And to make sure Julie knows I like her... she even got a mention in my WIP. Whether it will stay there or not is up for grabs, but for now she has a cameo ;).

Oh and drawingness...

carol at carolmoncado dot com

Martha A. said...

You are kidding, Gilbert Winslow was a real person? All those Gilbert Morris books I read did have some truth to them? I love this post!!! All the what if's.....I was just thinking today about Solomon's daughters and how interesting it would be to write a book about one of them and maybe him arranging a marriage for one of them...but since he had so many children, he would not even know her.

i also agree about Julie Lessman....her books are not easy to put down.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Thanks for such a great "what if?" post. Wouldn't we have paid more attention in history class if we had thought these folks were real people with real emotions?

I brought orange juice for our immune system build-up. We want to bring deals, not germs, back from our Black Friday shopping adventures.

Peace, Julie

CarolM said...

Martha -

Yeah - who knew?!

Apparently, Humility was actually quite young [babyish?] when the Mayflower sailed rather than a young woman. Gilbert Morris was under 21 when he signed the Mayflower Compact. Apparently, both returned to England and never married or had children. I suppose that's why Morris was able to sort of make stuff up for them. Very little seems to be known about their lives after the Mayflower.

Of course, all of their descendants would then be made up...

That info comes from the links on the Mayflower passenger list link in the post.

I made it through about the Civil War books, maybe a bit further with the Winslow series... Think they're up to 40 books at this point... I think I read about half [plus the Cheney Duvall books].

Off to school...

Kirsten Arnold said...


I love this post! I've always loved digging deeper into historical events to find the personal stories. It's amazing what a person can discover.

Thanks for this inside look at those who risked it all for their beliefs and a new life.


Audra Harders said...

I love history when it comes alive. Yep, you guessed, I'm a fan of Night at the Museum 1 and 2.

Great research, Pam. So what kind of series are you plotting around the Mayflower and the Plymouth Colony? Did you see any potential cowboys on that roster?

Hmm, I think I sniff some research on the horizon.

Oh wait! That's the wonderful coffee that's suddenly become Southern Pecan in my mug! Great Panera muffins, Carol. Love 'em!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Pam,

What a fun way to tie in the Thanksgiving holiday.

You can tell we're all writers because we think of all the human stories that go with the historical facts. Great going.

And what about the lives and emotions of the Native Americans that watched these strange looking people arrive with no food or provisions for the winter?

I can just hear the women pestering their husbands to go take some food to the poor folk before they starve to death. And the husbands might have been reluctant. Or eager to get to know these strange beings.

Carol, love the Mary Poppin's Coffee Shop. My coffee turned into Chocolate Velvet just like that. yum

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Pam, this was so unique and intriguing. I love the name Humility. Your post makes me want to read more to find out what so many died of when they got off the ship.

Walt M said...

Well, my first thought when I read this was that Priscilla Mullins was definitely a babe alert.

However, I realized that I've been through this exercise in my head before. In my reading of history, when I've come across women who placed their mark there, I've often wondered what were guys thinking when they came across these women.

Having coffee this morning, sitting at the table, on vacation, and editing. I'm also reading a lot, having brought several book along for the trip (including some wonderful Seeker volumes).

Walt M said...

And as I'm always up for history books, wmussell(at)hotmail(dot)com. PB.

Melanie Dickerson said...

Wow, Pam! That's really fascinating! Who knew! I never thought about romance and the Mayflower. But of course, if romance can flourish in the impossible places of the harsh west, like in Mary Connealy's stories, it could even flourish in the Plymouth colony!

That was fun.

Janet Dean said...

Thanks, Pam, for bringing the pilgrims alive in Seekerville!! Such fun to imagine the romance flourishing in Plymouth Colony.

Carol, thanks for the chocolate chip muffins!! Loved them, but those chips melted in my hot little hands and I'm leaving tracks on the keyboard. Where's the napkins? LOL

Julie, thanks for the oj. I'm fighting cold germs.


Pam Hillman said...

CarolM, Humility did marry Gilber Winslow in Gilbert Morris' series.

I don't know why he chose those two to marry, other than the fact that it gave him the license to tweak the story as needed, since records indicate they both returned to England, and that they both died without heirs.

Pam Hillman said...

Julie, pass some of that juice. I need it bad!

Got a sinus infection to beat sixty.

Hoping it's run its course by Thanksgiving.

Pam Hillman said...

Hey, and in digging around on the site that lists the passengers, it shows some of the descendents.

I've got to head out to work right now, but Marilyn Monroe, and George W. Bush, along with several other famous folks, are listed.

Granted, I have no idea if the facts have been checked on that site, but it's a good place to start.

Pam Hillman said...

Okay, people, I'm late for work already!

Have fun 'til I return.

Carol, gimme one of those muffins to go.


Kav said...

Who says history is boring? It's full of romance. Sigh -- if only my history textbooks read like that I'd have paid more attention! Instead I daydreamed about the latest historical romance I was reading. LOL

Julie Lessman said...

Pammy!!! What a COOL post this is -- so intriguing and ripe with possibilities. I actually found myself pulled in to your scenarios you suggested, craving more, so I certainly hope you are contemplating a trilogy about Constance, Mary and Priscilla???

Like Cheryl, I LOVE the name "Humility Cooper" -- it just has a nice ring to it and makes me want to know more.

And I do believe I heard my name mentioned in vain here today ... CarolM!!!!! And just for the record, I am NOT evil ... that's Charity's MO, not mine ... :)


Missy Tippens said...

How fun, Pam! I love dreaming up stories like that. Thanks for the fodder for my imagination this morning! I know nothing about those who traveled on the Mayflower. Very interesting!

Keli Gwyn said...

What a fun post, Pam. I never thought to ponder the romantic aspects of the Plymouth colony. Who knew Miles Standish was clueless? Asking another man to go courting on his behalf? What was he thinking?

Missy Tippens said...

Julie, thanks for the vitamin C! My son has had the flu (even though he had the vaccine). So far, the rest of us are okay. But we've washed hands until they're chapped. I'm just hoping we can keep the plague away since my family is coming in town Wednesday!

So I'll be drinking your OJ! :)

Pepper Basham said...

Oooh, Pam-
You are trodding on some of my favorite territory in this post.
Love reading about this time period. And if you've ever read Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, it hits you in the spiritual gut.

How very weak I felt in my walk with God after reading the trust that these people had in their most difficult trials. Oh my - but it also inspired me to get to know my Savior the way those men and women knew theirs. WOW!!

So Pam - are you finishing Humility Coopers story? :-) There's a maid on the Mayflower whose name was Dorothy, but there is nothing else known about her.
I stealing her story ;-)

Susie Sheehey said...

That's one of my favorite parts about history... thinking about what really happened between the blank lines in a history book... or thinking what would have happened if he went the other direction, or if she said yes... so cool to think about!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

susie.sheehey (at) verizon . net

DaisyTea said...

I have always been intrigued by just this kind of daydreaming! Thanks for sharing!
Would love a chance at winning the book! <3

Glynna Kaye said...

Fun post, Pam! I love history and love seeing it "come alive!" Remembering that nobody in the past was just a name & age, but a living, breathing human being with hopes, dreams, challenges and disappointments.


Thanks for posting this most interesting information about the early history of our country :-)

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving Day.


CarolM said...

Julie! Don't deny it! Though having read a bit more this morning, I'll give you that Charity's evil, but just remember who made her...

I am starting to see a bit of hope for her though...

You know you've got it bad when suddenly your main character is a fan of the book you're reading though ;).


Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome post, I loved it!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I love this. Just love it. And a Blodgett married a Mayflower descendant in the 1600's which makes my husband cool, but me...

Shanty Irish and proud of it!

And mouthy. Oh, my. I brought cookies for the table, left over ones from my book signing and maybe fresh stuff later. Got caught up in my story this morning, hated to stop, hated it THIS MUCH.... Which means I'm fully invested in the part I'm working on so it moves quickly.

And three days until my boys come home. CAN'T WAIT.

I love holidays. Family "discussions" on football, religion and politics, OH MY!!!

Where's my yellow brick road?

But there's eggnog, lots of pies, stuffing and gravy....

Right there is reason enough to give thanks.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

And I agree that Julie is evil...

But that's all I saw, so I'm ducking away before she smacks me.

nmetzler said...

Can't help but enjoy speculating on what might have happened...

Julia M. Reffner said... interesting. Thanks for this post. I confess I haven't heard of any of these people but would love to learn more about them.


Melanie said...

Fascinating post. I've been thinking about the Pilgrims after looking at Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower" in the bookstore recently--and also because I live in Massachusetts, so they're inescapable. I'd love a chance to win the book (paperback.)

melaniej_evans AT yahoo DOT com

Carla Gade said...

I loved, loved, loved this post!

I have planned to write a tale about my own Mayflower ancestors - John Howland (who fell of the Mayflower and was rescued) and Elizabeth Tilley. John was a manservant of John Carver. 16 year old Elizabeth's parents died the first winter and the Carver's took her in. John and Elizabeth married and had many children and both lived to be the last of the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower. And I am there 10th generation granddaughter.

Myra Johnson said...

Intriguing post, Pam! Reminds me of our trip to Boston several years ago and the day trip to Plymouth. Hard to imagine what these people's lives were like--the hardships they endured to settle here and make new lives.

Do you suppose it ever entered their minds that a day would someday be declared in their honor, that kids would dress up as pilgrims, turkeys, and sheaves of grain in school plays, and that we'd gorge ourselves senseless on pumpkin pie?

Carla Gade said...

Forgot to include my email address. I'd love to win a paperback copy of the book!
carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

Mary Connealy said...

I don't think Pilgrims were allowed to giggle, Pammy.

Rose said...


Interesting stuff and in the spirit of Thanksgiving too!

Ruth Logan Herne said...


Picture me being John Wayne:

"Well... Hello, Pilgrim."

I love that you know your personal history that well. That rocks, dudette!

Dianna Shuford said...

Such a fun post, Pam! I must admit that I've never wondered about the pilgrims lives. I think that has always been too far past, but now that you have me thinking...

It's been a long time since I popped in, but as always I enjoyed reading the post. Would love to be included in the drawing.


Pam Hillman said...

Keli, James Fenimore Cooper (a descendent of John Alden) wrote about John Alden and Miles Standish in "The Courtship of Miles Standish.

Apparently it was a story handed down through his family.

Surely the tale had been embellished over the years!!!

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Cool post Pam!

Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

Pam Hillman said...

Audra, I'd probably want to take too many liberties with Priscilla and John Alden's courtship. I don't imagine their descendents would be too happy with me.

Probably why Gilbert Morris made sure he picked characters documented as having no descendents.

Pam Hillman said...

Go ahead, Pep! Right now I'm not planning anything set on Plymouth Rock.

But I never say never!

Pam Hillman said...

Carla! Your ancestor was the one who fell overboard and was rescued???

I saw that on Charlie Brown's Mayflower "movie" the other night.


And, you know what else is SO wonderful? Even these guys (and gals) who were NOBODY in England were the founding fathers and mothers in the New World.

John Alden was a cooper who hired on as a deckhan, but became a pillar of the community in Plymouth.


What would his life have been like back in England? Lower class maybe?

Even the maidservants and menservants had opportunities to better themselves.

Good grief, even the convicts could do the same.

Most of my ancesters probably came from the penal colony in Georgia.


Pam Hillman said...

With a name like Priscilla, she had to have giggled.

Especially if John Alden tickled her under the ribs.

So there.

Mary Connealy said...

It might've been the Puritans that didn't giggle.

Or maybe the Shakers.

Or maybe I'm making it all up.

Julie Lessman said...

I'll give you that Charity's evil, but just remember who made her...

Yep ... and don't you forget it ... RUTHY!!!!


Cara Lynn James said...

Pam, I'm a descendent of William Brewster (the head elder), Francis Cooke (a separtist) and Richard Warren (a merchant)--all who came over on the Mayflower.

All my New England English ancestors stayed in either Massachusetts (Cape Cod area) or went all the way to Rhode Island. The families have been there for almost 400 years. Not a very adventurous lot!

Linnette R Mullin said...

Hi, all! Sorry I haven't been around. Sundays are busy for me and I rarely get on. Saturdays are hit and miss. Today, I had to run to the doctor. Long, boring, painful story, so I'll spare you.

Priscilla Mullins is actually part of my husband's lineage. The Mullin family line is pretty sketchy and hard to trace, but I'm certain my bil traced us back as far as Priscilla. Neat fact of the day.

Thanks for sharing. This was a fun post.

As far as the drawing, it depends on if the printed copy is autographed or not. If it's not autographed, Kindle is fine with me...or whichever is less expensive.

lr. mullin at live. com



Linnette R Mullin said...

Carla, so cool! So you family and my husband's family journeyed together to the new world and here we are today on ciberspace chatting about it! How awesome is that?


CarolM said...

I take it all back. Julie is evil.

I've gotten absolutely nothing done except travel on a ship from Ireland to the States - or partway anyway.

Yep - Julie is evilness!

Carol [who doesn't mention that she just got an email saying her copy of A Hope Undaunted just shipped]

Vince said...

“Philosophy Alert”

On evil characters.

Do characters in a Romance have freewill?

If the author is a true pantser, I’d say yes they do. But if the author is a genuine plotter, I’d say no they don’t.

Of course, this assumes that the author has freewill. And that assumes the author’s author has freewill. And that assumes that in a world of physical law, which admits to causality, that freewill is even possible. Of course, one could assume dualism obtains but then this leaves the mind/body problem to deal with.



Julie is not evil.

Charity is one of the Graces.

Orthodox Puritans didn’t giggle (but they were allowed to chortle six days a week).

Seekerville is a fertile ground for recruiting Daughters of the American Revolution.

My father’s family were Lace Curtain Irish.

The Pilgrims knew they would become famous the moment they signed their “Compact with America”.

There’s just 8 days until the “Early Bird” release of “The Rancher’s Reunion” and “The Rocky Mountain Hero”.

And for the first time, I believe, a book prize is available for the Kindle! : ) Happy dance for all who require very large type!!!


P.S. Thanks Pam for a very original post. Look how much we are learning! Please entry me for a Kindle book.

vmres (at) swbell (dot) net.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Oh my stars, this is so much fun. When I was at Ellis Island a bunch of years back, I bought the German and Irish immigrant cookbooks. So fun to imagine those recipes, those people, coming over. Dave's German relatives came over AS CHILDREN alone in 1911, at age 11 and 13. Dad was here, mom wouldn't get on the ship. She asked a nice couple to look out for them.

Can you imagine????

And they made it fine, but Grandma's name was changed from Lena Rosina to Magdaline Rose. The "Americanized" it as she came through Ellis Island.

My family was potato famine immigrants, tough lot on both sides of the ocean for a while, but I had the nicest grandfather, just a good, good man.

So if any of you Mayflower folks have Blodgetts in your lineage (they came over in 1635, the only Blodgetts to ever emigrate to the United States) then we're related.

I'm so sorry.

Pam Hillman said...

Wow, Cara, it's so amazing to know that much about your family history.

I'm not sure how far back I could trace, mine....

or how far I'd want to!


Pam Hillman said...

Carla, Cara, and Linnette, I'm sure there is a "Direct descendents of the Mayflower passengers" group somewhere.

If not, you three should form one!!!

Pam Hillman said...

See, Mary, they were allowed to chortle. Vince said so!

Ruthy! Mom wouldn't get on the boat but sent the kids???? Oh my.

You know, that's another thing... the Pilgrims, emmigrants, and the families who migrated west in the covered wagaons knew they would never see family again.

That took some backbone!

Cindy W. said...

What an interesting post. Thank you for including the list of people on the Mayflower. I can always count on Seekerville to share wonderful information with us all. :o)

Cindy W.


Carla Gade said...

Such a fun conversation. Reminds me of God's providence. Yeah, to be talking with ye fellow passengers descendants.

CarolM said...

Ah - if we're going with Daughters of the Revolution - I'm in ;).

My... 5 greats? grandfather fought in the Revolution [he was from Ireland Julie!] but as far as I know, my family doesn't date to the Mayflower.

However, I'm relatively certain that one side was French Hugeonots [sp?] - I can trace it back to a guy named [Something I'm blanking on] born in a county in TN in one year and trace it forward to a guy with the same name in the same county 2 years earlier. We think they're actually the same guy but we can't officially go any farther in either direction last time I checked.

Okay - now that I've wasted my afternoon reading A Passion Redeemed, I'm willing to say that Julie isn't PURE evil. Partially? Maybe. But not purely. And of course, it wasn't actually WASTED. And then the whole family rallied and cleaned the upstairs [which wasn't bad] and part of the basement [which still needs work ;)].

And now I think I may try to write and avoid the next book that's sitting in my room...

Linnette R Mullin said...

Vince, you're a breath of fresh air!

Ruthy, no Blodgetts in my family lineage that I'm aware of. We have Hampton, Dace, Scaggs, Pennington, Snider/Schnieder...but no Blodgetts.

You've got me totally curious about reading a romance set in the era and now I want to read it. Hint, hint...

Audra, since I'm at least a quarter Cherokee, I'm very interested in knowing how all these people interacted with one another. I can't imagine the betrayal that happened between the natives and the immigrants - sometimes on the part of the immigrants, others on the part of the natives. My hubby loves history and some of the stories he tells me break my heart.

Pepper, so true! Many people have a huge misconception of the Puritans. They see them as rigid and legalistic, but they knew not only how to follow God, but they knew how to enjoy life to the fullest - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. They were amazing men and women of faith!

Walt, I've often wondered the same thing. How did people see each other back then? I can't even imagine.


PS...All this talk of food is making me hungry. Will somebody please eat for me? I can't even have Jello until tomorrow...

Pam Hillman said...

Linnette, why are you on a jello fast? Praying for you girl.

Okay, Seekers, no more talk of food today!

Linnette R Mullin said...

LOL, Pam! No problem! I have chronic pancreatitis - a lovely complication to my chronic Lyme disease. I had an attack at three this morning and went to the doc today. She put me on liquids today and blands tomorrow to give my system a rest. While I am hungry, I wouldn't dare eat anyway. I can tell it would throw me right back into an attack.

I so appreciate the thoughts and prayers! There's always something with me, so I try to take it all in stride.

LOL...I'm just now seeing the Dr. Pepper IV Bag! My sons were joking about giving that to a friend of theirs for Christmas because he's totally addicted to the stuff. :D

Thanks for being sweet, Pam!

Hugs, Linnette

Pam Hillman said...

Aw, Linnette, you poor dear!

DH's cousin has Lyme disease and it was years before they diagnosed her correctly.

She has good days and not so good.

Praying for you to get a good night's rest and feel better tomorrow!

Linnette R Mullin said...

Awe! So you understand. Thanks, Pam! I've had it 30 years plus, diagnosed 4 1/2 years ago. God is good to me, though. There are a lot of others out there who have suffered far worse than I with it.


KC Frantzen said...

I love this whole Thanksgiving theme y'all have going! Thanks! Yes please, sign me up - may at maythek9spy dot com

(speaking of that - Vince - if you get the chance - email me at the above addy - your sister isn't too far from us!!!)

traveled 21 hours today - off to crash now... yawn

Anonymous said...


What a rich source of ideas. And while perhaps staid in demeanor, I think they must also have been adventurous in spirit--having charted a wildly new course for their lives in coming here. So I’m guessing they were adventurous in love, too. Thanks for the link. And if I win Wendy Lawton’s Almost Home: A Story Based on the Life of the Mayflower's Mary Chilton, I’d prefer the paperback. No Kindle—yet.

Mary Kay
mary [at] marykaymoody [dot] com

Charlotte Kay said...

Exciting adventures from history brought to the present once again by you talented writers.
I am blessed once againby simply visiting this site!
Blessings and more blessings to you!

Chakasa58 at gmail dot com

I prefer paperback so that I can pass it around and share:)

Pam Hillman said...

Mary Kay, you are so right! Most of us would never dream of travelling halfway around the world to an mostly uninhabited wilderness.

Without a cell phone or even a SAT phone!

Pam Hillman said...

What a wonderful day we've had. We are so thankful for our adventurous ancestors who braved the terror of the seas to board the Mayflower and move to the New World.

Especially Carla, Cara, and Linnette who can trace their lineage all the way back to Plymouth Rock. That is amazing that we have 3 here in this little group who can do that.

Uh, that means it would probably be pretty easy to find someone related to Jesse James or Big Harpe, or even Capt'n Jack!

Winner of Wendy Lawton's book will be announced in the WE on Sunday, so stop by to check for your name!

Elaine Cooper said...

Sigh...and if John and Priscilla had not fallen in love, I would not be here. They are two of my ancestors. Must be where my love of a good romance came from! ;-)


Anita Mae Draper said...

Great post, Pam. Such a wonderful imagination you have. I love reading about romance and you detailed it all so clearly, I could picture it.


Anita Mae.

Pam Hillman said...

Elaine, so glad you stopped by! I imagine you can tell the REAL story behind John and Priscilla Alden's courtship.

Did I get it right, huh?

I picture John as being a little shy, (but oh, so handsome and musculars. Sigh). And Priscilla knew what she wanted, and nudged poor ol' John along!

But once he knew that she loved him, and only him, there was no stopping him!

Beth said...

Thank you for the information. Love reading about our ancestors.

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Brandirae said...

never read Gilbert Morris, but i really enjoyed your story...and i love finding family in stories..Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow are my 8th gen Great,Great,Great,Great,Great Grandparents...Thank you.. It was wonderful...

Pam Hillman said...

Brandirae, you're kidding??? You're a descendent of Nicholas and Constance Snow? Wow!

That is amazing, and amazing still that you connected here on the internet with the Seekers, over 2 years after I posted about Plymouth Colony!

So happy you left a comment here after all this time. :)

Please feel free to join the Seekers in "real time" as we talk about books. You can click on the Seeker Home page and visit us any time.

But if that's not your cup of tea (or coffee! lol), I'd love for you to stay in touch with me on my facebook author page... Pam Hillman, Author

Thank you, and again, I'm just tickled that you found this post and commented. :)

Brandirae said...

Pam... Loved your story..Would love to have permission to add an piece of your story to my family tree e-mail me and let me know...