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My Thanksgiving Story

My Thanksgiving Story

Katie M. Wright

My Thanksgiving story is about my 11th Great Grandfather Richard Warren. That is my great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great- great-grandfather.

He was one of the pilgrims who came to America on the ship called the Mayflower in 1620. He was there at the very first Thanksgiving but his wife and five daughters were still in England. They came to America in 1623 on a ship called The Anne, including the middle daughter, my 10th great-grandmother Elizabeth Church.

The first thanksgiving was held in October of 1621, ten months after the pilgrims came to Plymouth. It was to celebrate their first big harvest. They invited the Indians who taught them how to grow corn. There were 51 Pilgrims and 90 Wam-pa-noag Indians at the feast. The chief’s name was Mass-a-soit and the state Massachusetts is named for him.

The Pilgrims served wild turkeys, geese, and ducks. The Indians brought five deer, along with lobsters, clams, oysters, and fish. The feast also included cucumbers, carrots, cabbages, turnips, radishes, onions, beets, corn, and wild fruits. The feast lasted for three days.

[ed. update: three other ancestors were present for that thanksgiving feast: Francis Cooke, John Rogers, and Mary Chilton. Shortly after the feast, the ship The Fortune arrived with thirty-five passengers and no provisions. The colony immediately went on half-rations and times were tough until the arrival of provisions on The Anne in 1623.]

Sources:
http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/feast/
http://www.sail1620.org/discover_feature_after_the_first_thanksgiving.shtml
http://www.nativeamericans.com/Thanksgiving.htm (more…)

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