Mayflower Philbrick

I just finished reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I found it to be a very interesting read both from a historical and a genealogical point of view. He tells a 55-year epic of the Pilgrims from the crossing of the Mayflower in 1620 through King Philip’s War in 1676. He tells the real story — the good, the bad, and the ugly. He discusses their relationships with the Native Americans and the other colonists who followed them. He covers King Philip’s War in great depth, the causes, the heroism, the horrors, the aftermath, and its impact on the course the history of New England and America. I highly recommend it. There’s much more to the Pilgrims’ story than the myth we learned in school.

I had a genealogical interest in the book since I have eight direct ancestors among the Mayflower’s passengers. They were: Isaac Allerton, Mary (Norris) Allerton, Mary Allerton, Francis Cooke, John Howland, John Tilley, Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley, and Elizabeth Tilley. Of the eight, Mary (Norris) Allerton, John Tilley, and Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley did not survive the first winter. John Howland nearly didn’t survive the voyage when he was knocked overboard in a storm. Somehow he managed to grab a line that happened to be in the water and he was pulled back on board.


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