Immigrants Francis Cooke, Hester le Mahieu Cooke, Jane Cooke, and Experience Mitchell
Francis Cooke (my ten times great-grandfather) was a Mayflower passenger. I stumbled across his lineage while investigating the Packards in Part 22. Francis was born in England in 1583. Curiously, we find him living in Leiden, Holland, about eight years before John Robinson and the rest of the Pilgrims arrived. This period was before the time of Protestant persecution in England under King James, so the original motivation to move to Holland is unknown. His occupation was that of wool comber. Continue reading →
Immigrants Robert Lee, Mary Atwood Lee, and Samuel Sturtevant Sr.
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My grandmother’s maiden name was Sturtevant, which can be traced back to Plymouth in the years following the Mayflower landing, and back to England before that.
Samuel Sturtevant Sr. (my eight times great-grandfather) was born in England around the year 1624. He was in Plymouth by 1640, which would put him in his teens at the time he immigrated. The name of his ship and his exact date of arrival are unknown. Continue reading →
For our fourth episode, we return to Plymouth. Three years have passed since Isaac Allerton’s arrival on the Mayflower, and that first fateful winter when half the original colonistsdied. (See Climbing My Family Tree, Part One.)
Joshua Pratt, my nine times great-grandfather, sailed from England to Plymouth on the Anne in 1623. My research introduced me to Joshua quite some time before I learned of any of my Mayflower foreparents. I was ecstatic to “meet” Joshua as he was a true-to-life passenger on the ship that carried my fictional character, John Wilkins, on his journey to Plymouth in my book, John Wilkin’s New Plymouth. I found this to be an astonishing coincidence, as I knew nothing about Joshua at the time I wrote the book. Continue reading →
Immigrants Isaac Allerton,Mary Norris Allerton, and Mary Allerton Cushman
When you think of Plymouth Pilgrims, Mr. Isaac Allerton is frequently at the top of the list, undoubtedly the consequence of his surname beginning with the initial letter of the alphabet.
Isaac Allerton is my nine times great-grandfather. He arrived off the shores of Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower in November 1620, accompanied by his wife, Mary Norris Allerton (my nine times great-grandmother), his three children, Bartholomew, Remember, and Mary (my eight times great-grandmother). They also traveled with Isaac’s apprentice, John Hooke. Continue reading →