So my First Thanksgiving on this blog was November 14, 2009 when I posted this
by Jennie Brownscombe both scenes rather idolized, as there were only 68 pilgrims left at that point.
So I am a Mayflower descendant through my Father's Mother's Grandmother who was a Fuller and is related to Dr. Samuel Fuller who signed the Mayflower compact. Also Priscilla Mullens and John Alden of the famous line from the poem The Courtship of Miles Standish where Priscilla says "Speak for yourself John." if you know that work.
John and Pricilla's graves in Duxbury Plymouth
Classic reproductions of what John Alden and Priscilla Mullen Alden were thought to look like.
Elizabeth Alden Paebody
This is an early painting of John Alden's daughter Elizabeth Alden Paebody. Her future ancestor was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who wrote the poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish" from family stories handed down. He also wrote "The Midnight ride of Paul Revere".
Then there are lots of grave stones until we come to
Jonas Chilson Conkey husband of Mary Loretta Fuller Conkey. Her Fathers family led back to Rev. Samuel Fuller and her Paternal Grandmother was a Loring who led back to John Alden and Priscilla Mullens.
About this time one of my female relatives painted this picture of their home in what I think is Chatham, Ohio. I used it as the backdrop for this photo. This is a behind the scenes look. My Dad gave it to me and it hangs in my daughter's house now.
After that great, great grandmother who was a Fuller came her daughter Parmelia, the older woman in the first row of this family picture.
She was named Parmelia called Millie and mother to my Grandmother Muriel
Who was mother to my Father
and I had 2 little girls who had the following children
So I explained all this to this little girl (my little assistant) and she thought and said, "Hmm you and Grampy are my Mom's parents right"? Then she said, "Wait a minute, Nana you came on the Mayflower???"
This little girl has English, French, German, Croatian, French Canadian and Belgium, Irish and Choctaw ancestors too.And who am I giving thanks for? These little miniatures too.
Just for the record these children also have English, French, Croatian, Irish, Spanish, and Italian in them. Were just an American Family.
And don't think for a minute, if my Tynietoy furniture wasn't back in Pennsylvania I wouldn't be trying THIS scene.
Plymouth today as an historical site.
Is it timely to say, we were Immigrants all (excepting the Choctaw)
Happy Thanksgiving and I am grateful for our blogging community too! That means you, Cheers, CM