Ancestral Men of Faith
Signed the 1620 Mayflower Compact
The first legal social contract composed signed in the New World, 397 years ago by the Mayflower Separatist. One of whom was… George Soule Sr. 1590-1677, 9th GG father
The Mayflower Compact
was a legal social contract that bound the Pilgrims together when they arrived in New England. The majority of the First Mayflower passengers were Separatists, extreme members of a Puritan sect that had split from the Church of England.
All Separatists were Puritans, but not all Puritan were Separatists. Non-separatist Puritans stayed with the Church of England (protestant) advocating for change away from the influence of the Catholic Church.
On November 11, 1620, needing to maintain order and establish a civil society, the adult male passengers signed The Mayflower Compact.
In 1802, John Quincy Adams described the agreement as
“the only instance in human history of that positive, original, social compact” and it is popularly believed to have influenced the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution”
The Text of The Mayflower Compact
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.
I LOVE Genealogy…
Reach out and touch your Elders,
talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.
Have Fun -OmaEagle
I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle