Day after Thanksgiving

Religion in Family History

Today we think of the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday.

Is there historical precedence for shopping on the day after Thanksgiving?

Plenty for All - Thanksgiving 1623 - Leftovers - Black FridayIf we go way back to the Thanksgiving of 1623 we find that their supply ships arrived on the day after Thanksgiving. I am sure that they were digging into the stores on that day.

The ships Anne and Little James both arrived on the day after the feast. The feast that year was on a Wednesday, so it wasn’t Friday 🙂

The ship Anne is important for me as some of my ancestors were on board. The family of Francis Sprague consisted of himself, his wife and two daughters Anna and Mercy. The second daughter, Mercy,  later married my ancestor William Tubbs.

You can read more about how I descend from them in my post Pilgrim Ancestry.

The Pilgrim Migration - Robert Charles Anderson - Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 - Genealogy - Thanksgiving - Great Migration StudyI also heard someone refer to Thanksgiving night as Brown Thursday since many of the stores opened earlier than the midnight openings of recent years.

This made me chuckle a little as whoever came up with the designation probably had no idea that the Pilgrims were known as Brownists. The Pilgrim migration was known as the Brownist migration up until the early 1800’s.

The Pilgrims were Separatists. They did not follow the rule of the Church of England and were persecuted for this. One of the early Separatists was Robert Browne, and it was his followers who became know as Brownists.

Browne was imprisoned more than 30 times in his life for his beliefs. Some of the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth had also spent time in prison for their beliefs.

Even though Browne is known as the first Separatist and the movement bears his name, he abandoned the movement in 1585 when he was in his late 30’s and returned to the Church of England.

I can only imagine what he thought of the those who migrated to Plymouth. He lived until 1633 and would have known of the trials that they went through.

My mind has wandered in a different direction as I wrote this post. I had planned to talk more about the Sprague family. However, I can share more about them in a later post. There are a few interesting tidbits about their life that I would like to share 🙂


This post is part of a series on Religion in Family History. See also:

Religion in Family History

Amish in California?

The Light in the Forest

Stephen Jenks – Singing Master

Amish in Oregon

Amish Origins

Gallup Poll Connection I – Amish

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Pilgrim Ancestry

First Amish Settlements

Irish Heritage

Amish in Oklahoma

The Harper Mansion

The Deerfield Raid

The Frytown Church

Ankerstein - Anker Building - Anker Church - Blocks

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5 Responses to Day after Thanksgiving

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  3. gardenfancyblog says:

    Where did you ever find that incredibly cool image, “There Was Plenty For All”? I stumbled on this post while researching the Plymouth Colony. (And I live only a few miles from the Frytown Church too, BTW….)

    • vanbraman says:

      The image was in one of my Grandma’s Scrapbooks. I first went to church in Frytown. When I was born we lived just outside of Wellman.

      • gardenfancyblog says:

        That’s such a great image! I did some searching online after I left my comment, and found that it was originally an ad placed around 1950 by the Intl. Nickel Company in a number of publications, including this one:,4572260&hl=en
        Inco, like many other businesses and people, was obviously concerned about the rise of communism and socialism in the US and abroad. It’s a great story, and it’s actually based on the account written by Plymouth Governor Bradford, but not a story kids read in schools now….
        Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! 🙂
        We currently live about 5 miles east of Frytown, and my husband grew up a mile west of Kinross (about 10 miles west of Wellman). It’s a beautiful area, filled with Amish buggies and good people — I’m so glad we are able to live here! -Beth

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