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November 11, 2021 By: Kathy Parmenter
Free Mayflower Compact Certificate

P.O. Box 929, Keene, NH   603-209-2434


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        PICTURES: ON REQUEST 

LIBERTY TREE SOCIETY -Est. 1967, a non-profit organization celebrating the Liberty Tree of Boston

Walpole, NH   

Email:  libertytreesociety@gmail.com                                            

Website: www.libertytreesociety.org                                            



That’s right. On November 11, 1620, 401 years ago the Pilgrims from Holland landed in America and signed the “Compact” which many consider “America’s First Constitution.” This document laid the foundation for the Freedom we cherish to this day.

Those who signed the document, called the Mayflower Compact, made a commitment to govern themselves. For the first time in history, they united “together into a civil body politic ...to enact...such just and equal laws...unto which” they promised  “all due...obedience .”

As we approach the celebration of the 401st anniversary of America, the Liberty Tree Society, Walpole, NH, is offering, at no cost, a Mayflower Compact Certificate to any all-male descendant of the Mayflower Compact signer. To get your Certificate, send the list of your ancestors and their birth year to libertytreesociety@gmail.com.  LTS will send you a Certificate (photo available upon request), on parchment, suitable for framing in 8 1/2” x 14” frame available from local framery.

Those interested in history but, are not Mayflower descendants, may request a Mayflower Certificate without the lineage panel.

The Liberty Tree Society seeks to celebrate the Liberty Tree of Boston where Freedom was born there 150 years after landing in Plymouth, descendants of the Compact signers rallied around the Liberty Tree and organized the Revolution which set them free. More information about the society is available at their website www.libertytreesociety.org

Call (603)209-2434 if you have questions or would like more information.



“What a wonderful idea!  Would it be possible to obtain one for each of the Mayflower Pilgrims from whom I descend?”

“I am related to Isaac Allerton. I love what you are doing and am interested in the anniversary Memorial.” – Dick Lanier, Agawam Lions Club, MA

“This sounds interesting!...As President of the Soule Kindred in America I’d like to learn more about your project. Thanks. I applaud efforts to both expand knowledge about the lives of our Pilgrim ancestors and repopulate our country with Elm trees!” Sara Renee Soule- Chapman, MN

“I was very interested in what you wrote about the Pilgrims as we are connected to Peregrine White first baby boy born on the Mayflower to parents William and Susanna White.” Mary Starkweather, CT

501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization      •      www.libertytreesociety.org

November 1, 2021 By: Saundra Leininger
The Voyage of the Mayflower
The following is from Caleb Johnson's MayflowerHistory.com
The Mayflower was hired in London, and sailed from London to Southampton in July 1620 to begin loading food and supplies for the voyage--much of which was purchased at Southampton.  The Pilgrims were mostly still living in the city of Leiden, in the Netherlands.  They hired a ship called the Speedwell to take them from Delfshaven, the Netherlands, to Southampton, England, to meet up with the Mayflower. The two ships planned to sail together to Northern Virginia.  The Speedwell departed Delfshaven on July 22, and arrived at Southampton, where they found the Mayflower waiting for them.  The Speedwell had been leaking on her voyage from the Netherlands to England, though, so they spent the next week patching her up.
On August 5, the two ships finally set sail for America.  But the Speedwell began leaking again, so they pulled into the town of Dartmouth for repairs, arriving there about August 12.  The Speedwell was patched up again, and the two ships again set sail for America about August 21.  After the two ships had sailed about 300 miles out to sea, the Speedwell again began to leak.  Frustrated with the enormous amount of time lost, and their inability to fix the Speedwell so that it could be sea-worthy, they returned to Plymouth, England, and made the decision to leave the Speedwell behind.
The Mayflower would go to America alone.  The cargo on the Speedwell was transferred over to the Mayflower; some of the passengers were so tired and disappointed with all the problems that they quit and went home.  Others crammed themselves onto the already very crowded Mayflower
Finally, on September 6, the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, and headed for America.  By the time the Pilgrims had left England, they had already been living onboard the ships for nearly a month and a half.  The voyage itself across the Atlantic Ocean took 66 days, from their departure on September 6, until Cape Cod was sighted on 9 November 1620.  The first half of the voyage went smoothly, the only major problem was seasickness.  But by October, they began encountering several Atlantic storms that made the voyage treacherous.  Several times, the wind was so strong they had to just drift where the weather took them, it was not safe to use the ship's sails.  The Pilgrims intended to land in Northern Virginia, which at the time included the region as far north as the Hudson River in the modern State of New York.  The Hudson River, in fact, was their originally intended destination.  They had received good reports on this region while in the Netherlands.  All things considered, the Mayflower was almost right on target, missing the Hudson River by just a few degrees.
As the Mayflower approached land, the crew spotted Cape Cod just as the sun rose on November 9.  The Pilgrims decided to head south, to the mouth of the Hudson River in New York, where they intended to make their plantation.  However, as the Mayflower headed south, it encountered some very rough seas, and was nearly shipwrecked.  The Pilgrims then decided, rather than risk another attempt to go south, they would just stay and explore Cape Cod.  They turned back north, rounded the tip, and anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor.  The Pilgrims would spend the next month and a half exploring Cape Cod, trying to decide where they would build their plantation.  On December 25, 1620, they had finally decided upon Plymouth and began construction of their first buildings.
October 11, 2021 By: Kathy Parmenter
Cousins Chart
The following is from familysearch.com/

What Is a Second Cousin?

The number associated with your cousin has to do with how many generations away your common ancestor is. For example:

  • First cousins share a grandparent (2 generations)
  • Second cousins share a great-grandparent (3 generations)
  • Third cousins share a great-great-grandparent (4 generations)
  • Fourth cousins share a 3rd-great grandparent (5 generations)

Quick Tip: Count how many “greats” are in your common ancestor’s title and add 1 to find out what number cousin your relative is. Note that grandparents have no “greats” in their titles, so cousins who share grandparents are first cousins because 0 + 1 = 1. However, keep in mind that this trick only works if you are both the same number of generations removed from the common ancestor.

Sometimes you and your cousin may share a common ancestor, but you each call this ancestor something different. For example, the common ancestor may be your great-grandparent, but your cousin’s great-great grandparent.

This is where the phrase “once removed” comes in handy.

You can download a cousins chart (and more information about family relationships) from this link: http://fh.familysearch.org/system/files/team/ait/images/blog/cousin-chart.pdf