With Thanksgiving around the corner, our minds turn to the pilgrims. I found a rather drawn-out Chandler connection to a pilgrim ancestor when researching another branch of our tree. Capt. John’s wife Bethiah Rickard’s father Samuel was married to Rebekah Snow. Her father William was married to Rebecca Brown whose father Peter Brown(e) came over on the Mayflower, and signed the Mayflower Compact.

Peter was born about 1594 in Dorking, Surrey, England. He arrived on our shores in 1620 when he was 20 years old. He married in 1626 the widow Martha Ford who had two small children. Historians believed she must have died since Peter married a woman by the name of Mary in 1630, and had three surviving children by both wives; Mary, Priscilla, and Rebecca. He died in 1633 as his estate was administered November 11, 1633 by Widow Mary Brown.

I’ve heard it said if you really want a clear and concise understanding of something  get a children’s book. Hence the video, ‘This is America Charlie Brown’ The Mayflower Voyagers Part’s 1&2.’ It is entertaining and gives a detailed explanation of the hardships the Pilgrims experienced coming to America and what it was like in Plymouth Colony when the Mayflower landed.

‘This is America Charlie Brown’ The Mayflower Voyagers Part 1.’

‘This is America Charlie Brown’ The Mayflower Voyagers Part 2.’


Name: Bethiah Rickard
Birth Date: 15 Oct 1698
Father’s Name: Samuel Rickard
Mother’s Name: Rebekah
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50123-1
System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM
Source Film Number: 874028
Reference Number:
Collection: Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Family Search

Margaret Harris Stover from various sources, 2006
Junior Membership Chair, General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Past State Governor, Mayflower Descendants in the State of Florida

Mayflower Passenger List; http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/PeterBrowne.php


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