One of my ancestors, Thomas Rogers, was among those who traveled here on the Mayflower.
An excerpt from the Thomas Rogers Society site:
“Governor Bradford says in his history of the Plymouth settlement that on board the Mayflower were ‘Thomas Rogers and Joseph his son; his other children came afterwards......Thomas Rogers died in the first sickness but his son Joseph is still living (1650) and is married and hath six children. The rest of Thomas Rogers' [children] came over and are married and have many children.’ Therefore we know that Thomas and his son Joseph arrived at Cape Cod aboard the ship Mayflower and on 11 November 1620 according to their calendar, or 21 November on ours, Thomas was one of forty-one signers of the Mayflower Compact. Thomas did not live through the rigorous winter which carried off half the group but young Joseph, like so many of the children, did survive.”
I’m so grateful for Thomas Rogers’s convictions… for being brave enough to leave everything behind to seek the freedom to worship as he pleased.
I’m also grateful for and humbled by the many blessings that I enjoy – family, faith, shelter, food, health, friends, freedom… the list is never-ending. I am unbelievably fortunate and blessed.