Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase

In my last blog post, I shared an announcement from FamilySearch, American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that they are working together to make available records for descendants of Mayflower passengers. In exploring the website for this collaboration, I found that I purportedly descend from John Alden andContinue reading “Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase”

Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage

Thanksgiving: A Mayflower Connection Thanksgiving festivities in the United States commonly harken back to what many call “The First Thanksgiving” celebrated by the Plymouth pilgrims after their first harvest in the Americas in October 1621.[1] Though there are debates about when and where the first Thanksgiving celebration actually happened in what is now the UnitedContinue reading “Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage”

Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part II: Growing Up on the Ranch

“Fern was born and raised on a ranch near Bancroft, Idaho.” Even today, Bancroft is remote. The majority of the community is laid out in a grid of four by eleven streets. As of 2018, the population was 348. It was always said that Grandma was born in Bancroft, but in reality, she was bornContinue reading “Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part II: Growing Up on the Ranch”

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