Today I have been thinking of Plymouth Colony as Thanksgiving approaches.
Although it is much discussed and debated, the first Thanksgiving is generally believed to be celebrated at Plymouth Colony with the Pilgrims and Indians.
George Soule was a servant of Edward Winslow and worked with him in Holland in his printing business before fleeing to America with other workers.
See: Mayflower Ancestry
Winslow had printed a controversial book and he was on the run from the King of England. The sailing of the Mayflower came at the right time and they were able to sail with the other separatists.
George Soule along with Edward Winslow were among the signers of The Mayflower Compact.
Another ancestor who lived in Plymouth Colony was Frances Sprague. The Sprague family came to Plymouth Colony in 1623 on the ship Anne. His daughter Mercy later married William Tubbs.
See: Pilgrim Ancestry
My 10th great grandfather Roger Williams also lived in Plymouth Colony for a short time. He had left the Massachusetts Colony for a short time over some disagreements with the Puritans. However, he did return to Salem after a couple years. He was later kicked out of Massachusetts after major disagreements with the Puritans about acquisition of Indian land and separation of church and secular matters.
Plymouth Colony was a separate colony from Massachusetts until 1692 and I had many other ancestors who lived there. I am still researching my Braman family, but they were in Taunton as early as 1653 when they appear in a court record.
In the map above you can see the approximate boundaries of Plymouth Colony. I have yet to sort through all of my known ancestors to see which ones arrived prior to 1692 and whether they lived in Plymouth or Massachusetts.
I had planned on doing much more research before Thanksgiving this year, but too many competing projects got in the way.
Take some time to be thankful tomorrow.