I'm sharing some ancestry today, it is so fascinating to me and I hope you find it interesting.
One of my paternal grandparents was Patrick Fletcher, we were always told he was from Ireland. After doing months of research and DNA we have discovered that his direct ancestor and my 9th great-grandfather. Moses Fletcher was one of the signers of the Mayflower Contract.
I found this graphic that shows where all of the Pilgrims originated from.
Moses lived in Sandwich England by 1599, he was the Sexton of St. Peter from 1604-1606 but was excommunicated by the church three time. He buried one of his daughters in a manner that the church did not approve of. Moses left England and moved to Holland in 1613 and worked as a "smith"
To escape religious freedom he became a passenger on the "Mayflower". It is not clear if he took his family but I do see first names of family members on the manifest but do not know if they were his family.
Like many of those first pilgrims he lost his life that first winter. Many of his children followed on additional ships in the years afterward.
The monument in Plymouth, Massachusetts to honor the passengers of the "Mayflower".
Now I have a good reason to travel to this area of our country, very excited to see this in person.
How do we connect with others today? My Dad who passed away in 1992 would not believe what has changed in twenty five years.
During my work on Ancestry.com I have connected with a second cousin. We are now sharing pictures and stories of our heritage on phone, e-mail, tweets, texts and would love to connect in person but we live about 20 hours apart.
Connecting with friends and family in person is always the best-- a hand shake--a hug- attending a special event for someone would be best.
Church is a great place to connect.
A special meal:
Even a fun game:
Today I'm connecting with all you great ABC bloggers!
Over the holidays we had the best time playing a new game. You could play this anytime you wanted to-not just Christmas. I can imagine this with Easter treats to.
"Christmas Ball game"
You start with a layer of saran wrap and add a few goodies--candy--anything really for fun. Start rolling a ball and adding more goodies every layer. Ours had batteries, hand sanitizer and money for examples.
The added fun is you have to unroll when it is your turn using a variety of hand covers--mitts-gloves-mittens. A timer is set and you try to unroll-whatever falls out is yours by the time the timer goes off.
I'm putting on my thinking cap and am going to make an effort to stay ahead and keep up every week.
Get out those ABC blocks and study those dictionaries!! Hopefully we will get someone to keep up with the meme and I have so appreciated Denise, Roger, Leslie, Gattina, Melody, Joyce, Di, Pheno and Troy for their great work.
I tell you one thing I AM ready for and that is the NFL Playoffs. Our beloved Kansas Chiefs are in the AFL and we are only two steps away from the Super Bowl!!!!!!
2017 is up and running and I hope to enjoy the next 26 weeks with you!!!