Thursday, November 26, 2009

Going overboard for Thanksgiving

I thought I'd share one of my favorite Thanksgiving stories, one which has been in the family since 1620.

Please welcome today's guest blogger, William Bradford, who will tell us the tale of my ancestor...

'Pilgrim overboard' print by Mike Haywood

...John Howland, the lustie yonge man who fell off the Mayflower.

In sundrie of these stormes the winds were so feirce, & ye seas so high, as they could not beare a knote of saile, but were forced to hull, for diverce days togither. And in one of them, as they thus lay at hull, in a mighty storme, a lustie yonge man (called John Howland) coming upon some occasion above ye grattings, was, with a seele of ye shipe throwne into [ye] sea; but it pleased God yt he caught hould of ye top-saile halliards, which hunge over board, & rane out at length; yet he held his hould (though he was sundrie fadomes under water) till he was hald up by ye same rope to ye brime of ye water, and then with a boat hooke & other means got into ye shipe againe, & his life saved; and though he was something ill with it, yet he lived many years after, and became a profitable member both in church & comone wealthe.

Thanks, William!

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