There are no Mayflower Pilgrims in my family tree, and if there were I'd probably shake them out. A strange group of people they were, I don't think, no I know, they would not like me one bit, and I don't think I would like them either. Still, it would be interesting to sit across from them over a Thanksgiving dinner and ask about their beliefs and their lives. I wonder if they regretted leaving their homes to pitch up in a harsh and unwelcoming land?
Many of my ancestors came to America during The Great Migration, 1630's- until the start of the English Civil War. At that point reverse migration started with folks returning to live in a Puritan England. A book which I found to be very helpful in understanding something of their character, their beliefs, they ways of living is a called Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer.
The book is divided into four sections, each focusing on a group of british migrants to America. It includes the Puritans, The Cavaliers, and others from across England and Scotland.
Its a great book and I recommend it highly. You can find out more about this book by looking in my Genealogy Store.
|By David Hackett Fischer|