Tuesday, February 14, 2017


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.

Linking with ABC WEDNESDAY



carol l mckenna said...

What a fascinating post ~ for F ~ and wonderful information ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ahead ~ ^_^

LV said...

I did a lisle research once, and it is surprising what you can find. Very interesting.

Leslie: said...

My sister has done our ancestry and discovered that our line comes from one of the owners of the Mayflower! Isn't it exciting to find such connections. Maybe we're actually related in some way...

abcw team

Hildred said...

Love genealogy. My husbands ancestors (four in the family) came to America on the Winthrop Fleet, a couple of years after the Mayflower. My own maternal family put off leaving England
until 1912 - but my paternal ancestors were Empire Loyalists and came to Canada at the time of the American Revolution.

Pheno Menon said...

Family tree is always fun. Sometimes we get stuck in the roots :)

PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday

Trubes said...

Fabulous post and so interesting,
I love the painting of the ship at the end.
Thank you for sharing some of your lineage
with us.
best wishes.
ABCW team.

Melody Steenkamp said...

interesting and fascinating indeed... i just recently started to look into it... I've already found some things... makes me want to dig deeper

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)

Roger Owen Green said...

This is a GREAT piece of your personal history!


Dina said...

As kids growing up in America we always learned about the ARRIVAL of the Pilgrims, so it is nice and especially interesting to see this map of where the Pilgrims came from.
Good for you for researching your family history.

And good luck to your presently-traveling relatives.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

One of my history instructors at my community college (in California), a long time ago, was Mr. Frank Fletcher. Wouldn't that be amazing if you two were related somehow? Of course, I have no idea where Mr. Fletcher is now.

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