Saturday, November 22, 2014


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 

then me

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.

                       The John Alden house today a Museum in Duxbury Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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


Neen said...

CM, yep, one way or the other, we are all immigrants in the US (except for the Native Americans). I love that about this country. Your little assistant's question is a classic, and, ironically, some of your DNA did come over on the Mayflower! I think some of your little people celebrating Thanksgiving are also immigrants. (Me? German, Russian, English, Polish, and lots of iconoclast.)


My Realitty said...

Greetings Buddy, every time I use my Keruig I toast you! Well maybe the Chocktaws migrated from Asia??? CM

Neen said...

Well, there was that land bridge.... My Keruig keeps me going! Miss you!

Plushpussycat said...

Nice post! Nice perspective on Thanksgiving. I'm grateful for you and our blogging community too! xo Jennifer

My Realitty said...

Thanks Plush Pussycat. Every miniature picture has a story behind it. C

The grandmommy said...

Nice presentation! I am African-American. My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but I lived in the Northeast and learned a lot about those who did!

My Realitty said...

Hi Grandmommy Happy Thanksgiving. After the Civil War the only way the Choctaw could keep their land is by registering as black. So we are black too, and definitely some of that French is Creole. One big extended family. xo CM

Shale said...

A wonderful post! I enjoyed learning about your ancestors and your descendants. There is so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

My Realitty said...

I think your Canadian Thanksgiving is past. What is your's based on? Always wondered. xo CM

Daydreamer said...

Happy Thanksgiving! One branch of My ancestors landed in Ipswich, MA, in 1638, and played a role in the Salem Witch frenzy, another in Connecticut in 1650's and others in Nova Scotia in the early 19th Century. They say if you go back far enough... we are ALL related! LOL! It is fascinating to see pictures of so many of your ancestors, and I love the set-up with the dolls family!

My Realitty said...

Fantastic! I'm sure we're related. I'll tell you one thing if you were at Plymouth you are pretty much related to everyone else who was there eventually... Pricilla Mullens was the ONLY marriagabe woman at the time. Hence she was sought after by both Miles Standish AND John Alden.

Shale said...

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada can be traced back to the 1578 voyage of Martin Frobisher who was then in search of the Northwest Passage, but it officially became a holiday on the second Monday in October in 1957. It was celebrated on various dates in between. As with American Thanksgiving it is a celebration of the harvest and the booty of the earth and family.

My Realitty said...

Well I'm just glad you Canadians celebrate "Booty". Or did you mean "Bounty????" Just asking, I've heard about Toronto...