Marla had traced her ancestry back to the Mayflower and had discovered that she was a descendant of two of the Mayflower people: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins. John was a cooper on the Mayflower. Priscilla came with her shoemaker parents William and Alice Mullins and her brother Joseph.
Unfortunately her family was amongst the 45 of the 102 pilgrims that perished that winter of 1620-21. The immigrants were buried on Coles Hill where there names have been memorialized in stone.
John and Priscilla were later married. Years later their union was immortalized by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow wrote the romanticized poem “ The Coutship of Miles Standish”. In this literature it describes the love triangle between Miles, Priscilla and John.
The Alden’s were her 11th great grandparents and we had wanted to check out their house and the early pilgrim village.
Marla-Bucket list, check.
So after the “Cookie Incident”, we headed towards the historic downtown. We made our way along the bay near Plymouth Rock to find some parking before getting giddy over a gift shop. With disbelief there stood before us was the John Alden gift shop!
It was hard to believe that Marla’s descendant’s name was over a Gift Shop. So, we had to have a photo op, and buy some souvenirs. She bought the coffee mug that read “I’m a Descendant of John Alden”. However we did not get a family discount and not even a smile for asking, like they must hear that all the time.
Across the street was the Plymouth rock which honestly paled in comparison to Marla’s 11th great grand dad’s gift shop.
The rock, which represents the disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims, looked smaller and lonely.
Since this original posting, Marla’s sister Karen took these pictures in Plymouth, UK …… where the Mayflower journey began.