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My Ancestor Myles Standish March 1, 2017

mum38qar_medium  Yes this is Myles Standish of Mayflower fame.  He is my  8th  Great Grandfather.

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Captain Myles Standish was an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony.  He was one of the passengers on the Mayflower.

Myles Standish was not a Pilgrim but it was in his capacity as a military man that he was in the Low Countries to help the Dutch in their war against Spain.  And it was in Leyden in Holland that he got to know the Pilgrims there.  It was through his acquaintance with the Pilgrim Pastor John Robinson that he came to be hired as their military captain to command and train their militia.  Thus Myles and his first wife Rose were among the passengers, the original settlers,  on the Mayflower.

After the Mayflower made landfall on the tip of Cape Cod in late October 1620, he led most of the exploratory missions looking for a place to settle.  Many of the settlers who arrived in the Mayflower were weakened and ill after their voyage across the Atlantic.  Sadly, Myles wife Rose was among those who did not survive those early months.  She died in late January 1621.

Myles remarried in 1623.  His 2nd wife, Barbara, arrived on the ship “Anne” in July 1623.  Myles and Barbara had 6 children, 4of whom survived infancy.  The most important of whom from my standpoint was their surviving son Josiah, who became my 7th Great Grandfather.

 

 

All Things Nantucket October 19, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Nantucket Island,Nathaniel Philbrick — Janet @ 3:49 am

Living on the NW Corner of the West Coast I do not meet many people with whom I can share my love of Nantucket Island which is so well known and loved by East Coast people.  The magical island of Nantucket, 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is the site of many happy memories, not only for me but for other members of my family and friends.  I first visited the island when I was 10 years old.  One of my older sisters had a summer job there as a waitress.  That was the first of many memorable visits.  Both of my older sisters met their future husband there.  A family friend had a large house in Siasconset in a more remote part of the island – my mother and I were house guests for a few weeks during several summers. The family of a college friend rented a house in Wauwinet for many years.  College friends were invited to join them.  Summer in Nantucket – magical.

Visits to the Island have been infrequent in subsequent years but I continue to read about  Nantucket and its fascinating history.  I’m particularly intrigued by its whaling history.

I have learned a lot from the writings of Nathaniel Philbrick.  And I have read Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick twice.  Several prominent names in Nantucket’s history are Macy, Starbuck, and Coffin.  I am thrilled that I have found  a number of ancestors named Coffin – and they resided on Nantucket!  More information will be forthcoming in due course.

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Foote Document June 19, 2016

Foote document   Researching my genealogy and reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s latest book about the American Revolutionary War can lead me in all sorts of directions.   This is fascinating.  Waterbury Connecticut to Clinton New York at the very western edge of the American frontier – they were my ancestors.  And really not all that long ago. Brave frontier men and women creating and carving the American dream out of the wilderness.

 

It’s All Too Easy March 5, 2016

Here I am, housebound recovering from hip replacement surgery.  I’m finding it all too easy to buy books to add to my genealogy collection.  Just search on Amazon.com and lo and behold – there’s a great book – the virtual bookstore!  Here are some of my finds.

A book about Nantucket

A book about the descendants of Widow Elizabeth Curtiss

A book about the wave of English ancestors coming to America in the 1600’s

Pictures to follow.  I have photos of each book  but I haven’t figured how to access my photo files and show them on my blog.

Pictures of my cat yes.  solstice 016

 

Book Collecting March 4, 2016

In the course of researching my genealogy I seem to be finding more and more books to purchase.  Surprised?  Rather obscure and unexpected finds.  My latest acquisition is a book by Nathaniel Philbrick, well known for his book The Mayflower.  Mr. Philbrick, as you probably know, lives on the island of Nantucket where he has documented the history of the island and the whaling industry.   Three of my favorite topics – Nantucket, Whaling, Early Settlers

Away Off Shore, Nantucket Island and its People, 1602 – 1890

 

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more cat v birds 004  My cat likes to participate

 

 

ArmstrongSperry Armstrong Sperry – great interest in whaling