25 March 2009

Me and John Alden

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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!

7 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I seem to see a certain family resemblance....I don't think we are related, you and I, what are the chances of that! My parents were second generations from a variety of old countries.

Annie B said...

d.moll,l.ac. I'm sure if we take it back far enough we'll discover that we're related :)

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Well, yes, that is sure to be true :~) !!!!!

Ellen Shipley said...

How kewl is that?! I can't wait to see what you come up with. 8-]

Leslie Moore said...

None of those names sound familiar, Annie. Too bad! It would be fun to discover that we're long-lost sisters!

I mentioned you in a recent blog. Hope you caught it.

Phare-Camp said...

Mexican/Apache, Irish/Welsh/Cherokee...nope no Brit. But since my culture counts heritage matrilinially I'm MexiApache...

BTW; I don't know what I'm going to do when I graduate in December and no longer have an adviser!!!!!

Kristen Pennington said...

Hello! I am also a descendant of John Alden and Prescilla Mullins!! My family has been in New Hampshire since the Mayflower! (literally!! haha). My grandmother has a chair of John Alden's that has been passed down. It is a constant reminder of our family's and our country's rich and interesting history. I am going to talk to my grandmother as to our exact lineage (which of their children we came from). Thanks for posting this!!