Richard, my older brother, sent me four sets of lineage charts tracing the family’s origins [on my mother’s side] to a least four passengers on the Mayflower. They have been certified by the Mayflower Society. Apparently Mother’s side of the family tree has also been traced to three other passengers but those lineages have yet to be taken through the certification process. The research was done by cousins Alan and David Wright.
When I tried to scan the original charts to create GIFs, the end product was at best barely readable so I decided to recreate them in Power Point (PPT). Each set is comprised of three slides which have been posted in chronological order from left to right. On each slide the names of our direct descendants are boldfaced.
Important Note: The thumbnails are unreadable but when clicked upon display full screen PPT slides. Anyone, especially descendants, interested in having a modifiable copy of the original 12 Slide Power Point presentation can download it using the following hyperlink: Mayflower PPT Presentation.
Out of curiosity I checked Wikipedia.org [English] and was delighted to see everyone’s name on the passenger list. Listed as members of the Leiden, Holland congregation, William Brewster and his wife originally came from Doncaster, Yorkshire while John and Joan Tilley resided in Henlow, Bedfordshire. Stephen Hopkins, a planter by profession, was recruited to join the assembly by the Merchant Adventurers, a commercial enterprise, to provide the governance for the colony as well as assist with the colony’s ventures. Lastly, there is John Howland who Wiki indicates emanated from Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire at the age of 21. On the voyage and for a time thereafter he served as an indentured manservant for Governor John Carver. All of the men were signatories of the Mayflower Compact.
It wasn’t until I started examining the aforementioned Wiki reference that I noticed the names of each of these ancestors is hyperlinked to an accompanying, rather extensive, biographic sketch which makes interesting reading.
I should make mention that everyone’s name on these charts has been certified save for my daughters and me. I guess the process involves little more than a birth certificate, application, and filing fee and my brother Richard has offered to help be take care of that. If and when it’s done, I’ll amend these remarks.
This first set traces the family back to Stephen Hopkins and Elizabeth Fisher.
This second set traces our ancestry back to John Tilley and Joan Rodgers.
The third set traces the family back to John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.
The final set traces the family’s roots back to William Brewster and a woman only identified as Mary.