The Mayflower has landed!
After 66 days of rough seas and during the height
of the North Atlantic storm season,
the Mayflower with it's 102 passengers
and 28 crew sighted land,
Cape Cod on November 9,1620.
This isn't where they were suppose to go.
But after such a terrible journey, this is where
they decided to stay!
Look what I finished.
"Coming to America"
The Women of the Mayflower
Celebrating 400 Years
a design by Brenda Gervais
The cross stitch listed the 18 married women
who travelled on the Mayflower
with their husbands.
Only 5 women survived the first winter
and only 4 were there for the famous Thanksgiving,
Ellen Billington, Elizabeth Hopkins,
Mary Brewster, and Susannah White who later
married Elizabeth Winslow's widowed husband.
My Mayflower descendant,
Francis Cooke arrived with his son, John.
(My 9th great grandfather)
They had decided that Hester and the other 4 children
were to remain in Leiden, Netherlands until later.
And I'm glad they decided to do that!
Hester and the kids arrived in 1623 on the ship, Anne.
And the Cooke's had one more child,
Mary, who I am descended from.
The Pilgrims didn't leave a list of the
provisions that they brought with them, but
based on other lists, historians have
taken a educated guess.
Did you know two dogs travelled on the Mayflower?
An English Spaniel and an English Mastiff
The Pilgrims survived.
They would celebrate their arrival
in the New World and all that the
Wampanoag Indians had done for them
with a feast on the one year anniversary of
their arrival in the autumn of 1621.
Well, Francis lived a very long life (80 years)
and Hester (82 years).
I would have to say they were strong and
I feel honored to have these two people
in my family and hope
to keep their story alive for generations to come.
Wishing you and your family
a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
I have fallen down the cross stitch
rabbit hole. I've started another project
by Blackbird Designs.
I knew this might be a problem!
Until Next Time-