George Soule… 1590-1677

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

Mayflower Line.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.

Pilgrims Signing the Mayflower Compact - Plimoth Plantation
George Soule Sr.   1590-1677, 9th GG father


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

Abraham Op den Graff… 1651–1731 Ancestral Men of Faith

Signed the 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery.                       The first organized protest against slavery in the Americas was composed 329 years ago in 1688 by four Germantown Quakers, Two of whom were my family.

Garret Hendericks;                Derick up de Graeff – 10th Great Uncle;       Francis daniell Pastorius;     Abraham up Den Graeft – 9th Great Grandfather

op den Graef signature

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Abraham Isacks Op den GRAFF  1651–1731                                                              9th Great Grandfather.

Born in Krefeld, Germany                                                                                     Died in Perkiomen, Montgomery, Pennsylvania

Op den Graeff, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, ‘turned’ Quaker abt. 1679. Brothers, Abraham, Herman, and Dirck, were among the thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving     at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683.

Some descendants continued in / returned to the Mennonite faith. They settled in Skippack, Montgomery County, Pa. and founded ongoing congregations.


The Germantown Protest… 1688

The 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery was the first protest       against Negro slavery made by a religious body in the English colonies.


The Germantown Protest 1688

This is from our meeting at Germantown, held ye 18 of the 2 month, 1688,
to be delivered to the Monthly Meeting at Richard Worrell’s.

In response to fellow Quaker/Mennonite families in Germantown, Pa,                       who wished to practice slavery.

These are the reasons why we are against the traffik of men-body, as followeth. Is there any that would be done or handled at this manner? viz., to be sold or made a slave for all the time of his life? How fearfuland faint-hearted are many on sea when they see a strange vessel -being afraid it should be a Turk, and they should be taken, and sold for slaves into Turkey. Now what is this better done, as Turks doe? Yea, rather is it worse for them which say they are Christians, for we hear that ye most part of such negers are brought hitherto against their will and consent and that many of them are stolen. Now tho they are black we cannot conceive there is more liberty to have them slaves, as it is to have other white ones. There is a saying that we shall doe to all men like as we will be done ourselves; making no difference of what generation, descent or colour they are. And those who steal or rob men, and those who buy or purchase them, are they not alike? Here is liberty of conscience wch is right and reasonable; here ought to be likewise liberty of ye body, except of evil-doers, wch is an other case. But to bring men hither, or to rob and sell them against their will, we stand against. In Europe there are many oppressed for conscience sake; and here there are those oppossd who are of a black colour. And we who know that men must not commit adultery -some do commit adultery, in others, separating wives from their husbands and giving them to others; and some sell the children of these poor creatures to other men. Ah! doe consider well this thing, you who doe it, if you would be done at this manner? and if it is done according to Christianity? You surpass Holland and Germany in this thing. This makes an ill report in all those countries of Europe, where they hear off, that ye Quakers doe here handel men as they handle there ye cattle. And for that reason some have no mind or inclination to come hither. And who shall maintain this your cause, or pleid for it? Truly we can not do so, except you shall inform us better hereof, viz., that Christians have liberty to practise these things. Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, than if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us for slaves to strange countries; separating housbands from their wives and children. Being now this is not done in the manner we would be done at therefore we contradict and are against this traffic of men- body. And we who profess that it is not lawful to steal, must, likewise, avoid to purchase such things as are stolen, but rather help to stop this robbing and stealing if possible. And such men ought to be delivered out of ye hands of ye robbers, and set free as well as in Europe. Then is Pennsylvania to have a good report, instead it hath now a bad one for this sake in other countries. Especially whereas ye Europeans are desirous to know in what manner ye Quakers doe rule in their province — and most of them doe look upon us with an envious eye. But if this is done well, what shall we say is done evil?

If once these slaves (wch they say are so wicked and stubborn men) should joint themselves — fight for their freedom, — and handel their masters and mastrisses as they did handel them before; will these masters and mastrisses take the sword at hand and warr against these poor slaves, licke, we are able to believe, some will not refuse to doe; or have these negers not as much right to fight for their freedom, as you have to keep them slaves?

Now consider well this thing, if it is good or bad? And in case you find it to be good to handel these blacks at that manner, we desire and require you hereby lovingly that you may inform us herein, which at this time never was done, viz., that Christians have such a liberty to do so. To the end we shall be satisfied in this point, and satisfie likewise our good friends and acquaintances in our natif country, to whose it is a terror, or fairful thing that men should be handeld so in Pennsylvania.


Garret Hendericks;                Derick up de Graeff; – 10th Great Uncle.

Francis daniell Pastorius;     Abraham up Den Graeft – 9th Great Grandfather.


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

Rev. Gerard Beekman… 1558–1625 Ancestral Men of Faith

Translated The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version

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Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558-1625                                                                                 11th Great Grandfather

He lived most of his life at Cologne on the Rhine. Died at Mülheim, Germany

The Beekmans were steadfast Protestants from the time that Martin Luther       in 1521 protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

Gerardus Beekman received a University education and studied theology at Frankendale in the Palatinate Region, during the years 1576-78. He became one of the most learned scholars of his time. He is said to have been able to “speak, think and dream” in five languages.

He lived during the unsettling times succeeding the religious movement begun by Martin Luther, when a fanatical warfare was waged between the Roman Catholics and the followers of the reformed religion.

The persecution of Protestants by the Archbishop of Cologne was the cause of Gerardus’ settling in the neighboring city of Mülheim, a refuge for Protestants. Rev. Gerard Beekman took a prominent part in the support of the principles of the new church and was chosen one of the delegates to visit the Duke of New Berg, the Elector of Brandenburg and James I to secure their support in behalf of the reformed religion.

He was a distinguished theologian and one of the distinguished scholars who translated the Bible from the original manuscripts into English, The King James Version, for King James I.   -This is the Version we use.

He received special honors from the King for his services.

King James I. granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.


“Distinguished Families in America, Descended from Willhelmus Beekman & Jan Thomasse VanDyke” by William B. Aitken. A.M., Ph.D. Illustrated by the author. New York & London, The Knickerbocker Press, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. published 1912, 316 pages


It is of interest to note here that,

the Beekmans have always been large landowners, and their preference has always been for a water view from their home estates, whether it was on the Rhine; on the Hudson or East Rivers of New York; or the Raritan or Millstone Rivers of New Jersey.

When the Princess of Portugal visited Holland in the seventeenth century the Dutch government received the permission of the Beekman family then residing at Nijmegen to hold the reception in her honor at their house.


The name Beekman is from “beck,” the Dutch for “mouth,” the English “beak,”          or it maybe an abbreviation of “bekken,” the Dutch word for basin.

According to Putnam’s Historic New York, “Beekman or the man of the brook;           this interpretation of the name was recognized by King James I. of England,           when he granted to the Rev. Mr. (Gerard) Beekman, grandfather of William,               as a coat of arms, a rivulet running between roses.” The crest is three feathers             on a helmet of steel represented in profile. The motto is: Mens conscia Recti.

This coat of arms was used by the grandson Wihelmus Beekman in his correspondence with Governor Stuyvesant.


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

Holiday Foods – Easter


Easter time / Spring is all about renewal…


The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers, and the Trees are all ‘waking’ up.
All the critters are ‘twitterpated’. Their songs fill the air, Spring is everywhere.
You will notice decorations of colorful eggs, baby bunnies, ducklings, baskets full of beautiful flowers, etc.

This is a time of rebirth, roots to shoots, flowers to fruits. Eggs bringing forth frogs and birds to serenade us. Baby Mammals being born. Life springs anew, bringing us hope.


Our Easter Feast


In our family our feast reflects all things new.

We rely on all things right outside our backdoor, Strawberries, New Potatoes, Parsley, Thyme and other herbs from our wintered herb tub. We also forage out our backdoor for wild edibles for our spring greens salad: Wintercress, Dandelions, Violet leaves and flowers, Nettles, Mints, etc. We buy regional and seasonal Asparagus (since our beds died out), and our Spring Lamb. I guess the only exception to this rule would be the Coconut? The Lamb is a spiritual and humbling reminder of Jesus’ Grace and Sacrifice for Us.


This is our Bullseye Menu



  • Spring Fruit Cup
  • Hot Dandelion / Spring Greens Salad
  • Lamb with thyme and homemade mint jelly.
  • ,Asparagus & Parslied Potatoes
  • Easter Egg Bread
  • Coconut Bunny Cake
  • Coconut Custard
  • Homemade Coconut Cream Eggs


But on occasion, the best laid plans get thwarted…


Easter Dinner…
Lamb with jar mint jelly, Asparagus, Scalloped Potatoes,

Easter Dinner

and Homemade Artisan Bread.

Artisian Bread

I did not even get to make my Beatrice Potter tablecloth, :/



This post is a little behind schedule, but I needed to get it up.

Foraging wild edibles, always puts me in mind of our Old World Folks gleaning farms, fields and by-ways for their Spring Tonic / Winter Purge. -Future Post.

What are some of your Traditional Easter Holiday Foods, and why. – OmaEagle


I Called My Kidneys ‘Polly and Sis’… March is National Kidney Month

I called my Kidneys, Polly and Sis.

– I have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)


There is no cure, but there is hope! Check it out.

It’s more common than Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hemophilia and Huntington’s Disease, combined. It’s the most common life-threatening genetic disease, affecting more than 600,000 Americans and an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide.

In PKD, cysts are found primarily in the kidney but they can also affect other organs, including the liver, pancreas, spleen and ovary. Protrusions may occur in the walls of the large intestine and in the walls of blood vessels in the brain, where they may cause aneurysms. They may also be found in the abdominal wall, causing hernias. In addition, the valves of the heart may be involved, becoming floppy and resulting in a heart murmur and / or A-fib in some patients.

PKD is a dreadful disease…

Kidneys are normally the size of your fist. In the earlier stages, my kidney were very large at least 9½ inches across, as much as they could see. [they extend down past my navel] UGH! So between having two enlarged kidneys and an enlarged polycystic liver, it often made it hard to breath and eat. Yes, and then in End Stage 5, in order to continue living you will need dialysis or a transplant.

I was on Dialysis 4¾ years. Peritoneal Dialysis for 3¾ years, and Hemodialysis for 1 year.

That is not the whole story…

  • The Decades of dealing with chronic ‘discomfort’, a.k.a. PAIN, but you smile and tell yourself… ‘It’s not there’.
  • The physical & chemical changes happening: chronic anemia, high blood pressure, lethargy, You become a chemistry experiment as they constantly switch meds in and out.
  • Finally, your kidneys continue to expand over the decades, filling your abdominal cavity, squeezing out your other organs. You lose lung capacity, stomach room, have intestinal / bowel compression, nerve issues, and consistent high blood pressure issues from the kidneys pressure on the veins and arteries. Plus there is the possibility of secondary para-thyroidism. You look like you’re pregnant with twins. I called them my twins, ‘Polly & Sis’.
  • Most people never knew my struggle, of trying to ignore my pain & discomfort, and trying to stay well, because I was always smiled and singing, I was ‘Happy to be Alive’. Living & sharing happiness… Too many miserables out there, I refused to join them.

October 2012

They will be taking both kidney out, it’s called a bi-lateral nephrectomy. They need to make room to receive a transplant. (I will be doing Hemodialysis now) How much do you think they will weigh? I say about 25-30 pounds. What is your guess? They were about 40-45 lbs. They were actually cube shaped. My right was 16½” x 16½”, left was 14½”x 14½”.

December 2013 – The Greatest Christmas ever.

Christmas morning I got a call for a kidney. I was not to eat or drink all day, just wait for their call with further instructions. They finally got back to me that evening, evidently it took some time to go and harvest the kidney, then run the biopsy on it.

I got the call when I finally decided to call it a day and go to bed. I was tired of waiting all day. When the call finally came and I was right out the door with the car running before my family was even dressed. 🙂

They gave me 2 kidneys… Yes, TWO… Thank you Lord.

Donate and Be an organ donor, and don’t forget to make your family aware of your wishes. -OmaEagle

Soap Dope

I’ve always Loved this cute poem / ditty, it was in my Church Bulletin in the early 60’s.  I’ve kept it with me since then.

Soap Dope

DUZ you DREFT with the TIDE? VEL, now is the time to CHEER up. If you want real JOY, the TREND is to BREEZE to Church Sunday. But too many people WOODBURY their heads in a pillow or work to make their car SPARKLE, forgetting that the Lord’s day was made for LESTOIL. When the Lord is put first, a DOVE will never have to be out with an S.O.S. 4-U who put the Almighty last. Maybe we ought to DIAL you and remind you of the IVORY palace yonder. This is not silly BAB-O. Worship is intended as your LIFEBUOY, now why not WISK yourself out of bed next Sunday, dress SPIC ‘N SPAN and DASH like a COMET to Sunday School. As you sing PRAISE to God, and hear his work, you ALL will get a wonderful CLEANSER for your soul, and you’ll feel like MR. CLEAN all week.

Hope you enjoyed it also. – OmaEagle