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?
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.
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 🙂
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