Mary Brewster, Matriarch of the Mayflower

The execution of Mary Queen of Scots played a role in the life of Mary Brewster. Allow me to introduce you to this remarkable, though less famous, Mary. I consider her the Matriarch of the Mayflower. Being in her early 50s when she sailed, she was one of the older passengers. She devoted her entire adult life to taking care of others. Early Years Mary Brewster grew up in in Northern England. Though genealogists have not […]

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Mayflower Voyage Anniversary

Happy Mayflower Voyage Anniversary! This Sunday, September 6, 2020, marks the 400th anniversary of the third and final attempt by Master Christopher Jones to sail the Mayflower from England to New England. I suspect if Master Jones had known what was in store for him, his crew, and the 102 passengers, he’d have declined the honor. Jones and his crew sailed the wooden cargo ship Mayflower from London to Southampton in July. He’d probably navigated that […]

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Hurricane Season in Houston

It is Hurricane Season in Houston. I am writing this on the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey that swamped Houston starting August 25, 2017. We’re still cleaning up after that monster storm. It is Tuesday and we’re wondering how Hurricanes Laura and Marco will impact our region. In keeping with the 2020 trend of unprecedented events, we’re expecting two hurricanes the same week. Or are we? WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG WITH LATE BREAKING NEWS: Marco […]

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Amsterdam Refugees

When the Scrooby Pilgrims’ 1607 first attempt to immigrate to the Lowlands failed, they returned to Scrooby and organized for another attempt. Their 1608 efforts resulted in successfully becoming the Amsterdam refugees. It was a mixed blessing. No longer must they worry about searchers and enforces rounding them up and handing them over to authorities. Instead they had to worry about where they would live and how they could support themselves in a bustling city, […]

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Pandemics, Protests, Pilgrims, Pokanokets and Puritans

What do pandemics, protests, Pilgrims, Pokanoket and Puritans have to do with the Boston in England? That Boston is one of the many international stops planned along the 2020 Mayflower400 International Partner Trail. Historians spent years planning a series of special events and displays to commemorate the journey that brought Pilgrims to New England in 1620. The 2020 pandemic has cancelled most of those plans. An earlier pandemic played a part in the story, bringing those […]

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