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Florence Earle Coates (1850-1927)

Florence Earle Coates (1850-1927)A pilgrim Heritage Posterity has not provided us with an abundance of information about the life of Philadelphia poet Florence Earle Coates—one of twenty founders of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1896—but from the snippets of information I have been able to piece together, it would appear that live indeed belonged to Mrs. Coates.

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Distinguished Mayflower Descendants

Who Do You Think You Are?What do Marilyn Monroe, George Bush and Dr. Spock have in common? Possibly you. Visit our distinguished descendants gallery to learn who your famous cousins are. You may be surprised to discover who you have common genes with.

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John Trumbull (1756-1843)

John TrumbullJohn Trumbull, aide-de-camp of George Washington, father of American historical painting, the man through whose eyes generations of school children have seen the Revolutionary War, had Mayflower heritage.

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Henry Samson—Overlooked Pilgrim Ancestor

At Compact Day and Thanksgiving Day celebrations when we are asked to stand as the names of our Pilgrim ancestors are read from the list of Compact signers, Henry Samson is often omitted. Have you been one of the ones not invited to "rise to the occasion" and honor your Pilgrim? Why does he, Richard More, and others get left out?

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John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, son of John and Abigail of Braintree (now Quincy), MA, was conscious of his heritage. Like his father, he was happy to repeat the story that his great-great-great grandfather, John Alden, was the first Mayflower passenger to set foot on Plymouth Rock.

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Iassc Allerton 'Revealed'

Mayflower passenger Isaac Allerton, the first assistant Governor of Plymouth Colony (and as such second in power only to Bradford), was quite an entrepreneur. Robert Charles Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, called him "one of the busiest and most complicated men in early New England." And he truly was.

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James Mitchell Varnum (1748-1789)

James Mitchell VarnumJames Mitchell Varnum, a brigadier general in the Continental Army, commanded the Rhode Island brigade, which for its part defended, by the "Satr Redoubt," the bank of the Schyllkill River. Washington called him the "light of the camp."

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Robert E. Lee, Zachary Taylor and Isaac Allerton

Robert E. Lee, Zachary Taylor and Isaac AllertonWhat do these two well-known individuals have in common with Pilgrim Isaac Allerton (1585-1659)? Answer: General Zachary Taylor is a direct descendant of Isaac Allerton, and Robert E. Lee is collaterally related to Hancock Lee, husband of Sarah Allerton (1670-1731), granddaughter of Isaac. Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, and Robert E. Lee was the famous general of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.

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Reflections on Isaac Allerton

Isaac Allerton and his sister Sarah were members of John Robinson's congregation in Leiden in 1609. As time passed the congregation recognized the extraordinary organizational abilities of Isaac Allerton. By the time the congregation left Holland Isaac had become one of its prominent members.

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