Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!




THE 53 PILGRIMS

AT THE 

FIRST THANKSGIVING :




4 MARRIED WOMEN : Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Elizabeth Hopkins, Susanna White Winslow.

5 ADOLESCENT GIRLS : Mary Chilton (14), Constance Hopkins (13 or 14), Priscilla Mullins (19), Elizabeth Tilley (14 or15) and Dorothy, the Carver's unnamed maidservant, perhaps 18 or 19.

ADOLESCENT BOYS : Francis & John Billington, John Cooke, John Crackston, Samuel Fuller (2d), Giles Hopkins, William Latham, Joseph Rogers, Henry Samson.

13 YOUNG CHILDREN : Bartholomew, Mary & Remember Allerton, Love & Wrestling Brewster, Humility Cooper, Samuel Eaton, Damaris & Oceanus Hopkins, Desire Minter, Richard More, Resolved & Peregrine White.

22 MEN : John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter Brown, Francis Cooke, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, [first name unknown] Ely, Samuel Fuller, Richard Gardiner, John Goodman, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Edward Lester, George Soule, Myles Standish, William Trevor, Richard Warren, Edward Winslow, Gilbert Winslow.



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Edward Winslow, Plymouth, MA

 "Our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.  And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want,  that we often wish you partakers of our plentie."


--Edward Winslow, regarding the First Thanksgiving, Plymouth, MA, December 11, 1621


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William BradfordOf Plimoth Plantation :
In the original 17th century spelling


"They begane now to gather in ye small harvest they had, and to fitte up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health & strenght, and had all things in good plenty; fFor as some were thus imployed in affairs abroad, others were excersised in fishing, aboute codd, & bass, & other fish, of which yey tooke good store, of which every family had their portion. All ye somer ther was no want.  And now begane to come in store of foule, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).  And besids water foule, ther was great store of wild Turkies, of which they tooke many, besids venison, &c. Besids, they had about a peck a meale a weeke to a person, or now since harvest, Indean corn to yt proportion.  Which made many afterwards write so largly of their plenty hear to their freinds in England, which were not fained,  but true reports."



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30 Days of Thanksgiving


I am thankful for God's providence! It was His sovereign leading that brought believers to this new land. I am thankful that they made that journey across the ocean and then braved the harsh elements to carve out a new settlement. I thank God how He providentially lead the Pilgrims and people who settled this great country. I am thankful for God's providence in my own life.

8 comments:

Lloyd said...

Thank you Gregg for this history lesson on our country's first Thanksgiving. I want to personally thank you for being such a blessing for folks out here in cyberspace. Thank you for being a good and faithful servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless, Lloyd

Becky said...

Gregg, Thank you for posting this.

Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family Gregg. Have a wonderful time.

Yvonne.

Seams Inspired said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thanks for the history lesson. :o)

Persis said...

Very interesting post, Gregg. Thank God for His providential hand on this country and all of our lives.

I hope you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

RaD said...

That was a pretty neat read, thanks for sharing!

Spherical said...

Happy Thanksgiving Gregg. I am thankful for your sharing on the Internet. I have often received encouragement by your writing. Thank-you.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hi I am thankful for your daily blog to keep me on the straight and narrow, there is an award for you on my blog entitled Happy Thanksgiving Day.