25 March 2009
Me and John Alden
John Alden and Priscilla Mullins from Addison's Romantic Story
Genealogists estimate that there are about 1 million descendants of Mayflower passengers John and Priscilla Alden and their 10 children. At this point in time, after 12 or so generations, these million people represent just about every nationality, religion and ethnicity -- a mirror of the general population of the United States. I want to make a few prints about John and Priscilla because I'm one of those million or so descendants.
My lineage, mainly matrilineal, in an 11-generation nutshell is this:
Me > my mother Mary > my grandmother Verna Ades > Melancie Dever Ades > Susannah Copeland Dever > Alfred Copeland > Daniel Copeland > Jonathan Copeland > Mary Bass Copeland > Ruth Alden Bass > John and Priscilla Mullins Alden. (Faithful blog readers, do let me know if we're related!)
The illustration above is how an artist named A.S. Burbank pictured John and Priscilla back at the turn of the 20th century. Obviously no one really knows what they looked like, but I'm going to take out my artistic license and give it a go myself, Japanese woodblock style!