I am currently reading an historical novel, The Hearth and the Eagle by Anya Seton. The author did a substantial amount of research on the history of Marblehead Massachusetts and this research formed the basis for her novel. Imagine my excitement when I read the name Isaac Allerton and thought that sounded familiar. Yes, he was my ancestor – my 10th Great Grandfather and he came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Isaac Allerton plays a key role in the early life of the main figure in this novel. Read on!
Anya Seton is no longer alive; she did her research in the 1940’s. But the story she has woven comes so close to the bone when I discover that one of my ancestors is playing a significant part. How I wish Anya Seton were alive today and we could meet.
I know that a good number of my ancestors were early settlers in the coastal areas of New England but to find one actually developed in a novel is rather special.