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Our Family's "Mayflower" Connection

(This section last updated: 12/25/2016 08:45 AM)


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Through the diligent and laborious efforts of my grandfather (Gramps), Dr. Edwin S. Flinn, my family's lineage has been traced to one of the passengers who came over to the new world on the Mayflower in 1620 - a man named Stephen Hopkins.  Actually, Hopkins had come over on an earlier voyage to the Jamestown colony in 1609.  For those reasons, our family is eligible for membership in both the Mayflower Society and the Jamestown Society.

Hopkins is known to have been one of the more interesting people on the Mayflower, having made a previous journey to the new world in 1609, and for being shipwrecked on an island in the Bermudas for ten months on that first journey.  He was also the Assistant Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  At one point, Hopkins had been sentenced to death for mutiny against the current governor while he was a castaway on that island in the Bermudas.

In looking through Gramps' documentation, I am finding that our ancestors not only came over on the Mayflower, but subsequent generations of the Hopkins and Taylor bloodlines were living and working on American soil when the Declaration of Independence was signed.  They lived mostly in Massachusetts, in Eastham, Chatham,  and Orleans, on Cape Cod.  How ironic that the house in which I now live is on "Cape Cod" Circle!

These are the charts that Gramps put together showing our lineage to Stephen Hopkins.  The charts end at my father, Donald H. Flinn, but the soon-to-be-posted PowerPoint slides will show the lineage down to and including my children (click on an image to see full size):

       

Through the incredible help and knowledge of my Aunt Pat, who has many of the actual articles and background about the things you will see in these pages, I hope to put together a historical documentation of our family's connection with the early pilgrims, and early American history.  So check back often, as these pages will be extremely dynamic as new information and treasures are discovered. 

It is therefore my quest for 2008 to get all of the official documentation in place so that my children, their children, and their children's children can apply for membership in either or both of these great historical societies.  I think it is important to be able enjoy and to proudly claim our rich and historical heritage, not only because it is who we are, but to help preserve the many other traditions and history on which our country was founded. This portion of the Gonzo's Garage site is therefore dedicated to my family and as a lasting momentum of the treasures and discoveries that materialize from this search.

 

 
 

       

 

 

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