Ancestry

I began researching my ancestors in December of 2008. In the following several years, an enormous amount of information was uncovered about my family's background on my mother's side. Several years before this my mom's sister compiled an album of family documents and photographs, including some extensive genealogies. (On the first page of this album she had written a scripture from IPeter 1:24-25 "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever." and I will continue the verse: "And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." ) That album is where I began, and before long, I had a list of ancestors that all came to this country in the 1600's looking to worship God freely. As I learn more about them, I continue to be amazed. I thank God that I have ancestors that feared God.

One group of these immigrants are the passengers of the Mayflower in 1620 and many on other boats in subsequent years coming to Massachusetts. I am directly descended from the following passengers on the Mayflower: John Alden, Pricilla Mullins Alden, Peter Brown, James Chilton, Mrs. Chilton, Francis Cooke, John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley Howland, William Mullins, Mrs. Alice Mullins, Thomas Rogers, Joseph Rogers, Myles Standish, John Tilley, Joan Hurst Tilley, and Mary Chilton Winslow.

Another group of these immigrants began to gather in Rhode Island in the 1630's and 1640's and established what became known as Six Principle churches (based on the six principles of the doctrine of Christ in Heb 6:1-2). The first recorded formation of this group occurred in 1639 in Providence, Rhode Island when they began to conduct meetings.  Several more Six Principle churches were formed in other towns of Rhode Island shortly after. I have established with certainty that I am descended from various men that settled Rhode Island and established these Six Principle churches. The most notable among them are Chad Brown, John Crandall, Samuel Gorton, John Greene, Ezekiel Holliman, Obadiah Holmes, John Sweet, Stukely Westcott, John Warner, John Wickes, and William Wickenden.

Here is a link to some photos gathered after research about Myles Standish and Samuel Gorton: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1382308285626.2056115.1469536436&type=1&l=3016d61277

Here is a link to some photos gathered after research about John Howland and Stukely Westcott: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1662656254150.2094424.1469536436&type=1&l=1d592ec69b