This week is Thanksgiving week and a time to remember all the things that we are thankful for this year.
We all have many blessings whether they are physical or spiritual. We should be thankful for them and make sure that we share them with others.
As Thanksgiving approaches I think back to the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth and think of what my ancestor George Soule went through the previous year.
See: Mayflower Ancestry
George Soule was listed as a servant of Edward Winslow, but was still allowed to sign The Mayflower Compact.
The compact was signed while the Mayflower was anchored in Provincetown Harbor.
There were 102 on the Mayflower and by the end of the winter 45 of them had died including 13 of the 18 adult women.
By the time of the Thanksgiving feast in November only 53 remained of the original 102. Not long after the feast they were joined by additional settlers who were passengers on the Fortune.