Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I want to wish all of my blog followers a safe New Year's Eve and a Happy New Year! I am starting the New Year with a new computer that I needed desperately! Now I just have to figure out how to use it!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Projects!

Well Christmas has come and gone!
I am glad to be working on something that is not Christmas for awhile!
Last night I started a new stitchery and worked om my new candle line!
My computer is not repairable so for a while I will only have computer time once per day Monday- Saturday but that will work for awhile!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

I will be offline Dec. 24th & 25th but will be back Dec. 26th. I want to wish allof my blog reades are very Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Colonial Christmas In Williamsburg

I would really love to visit here at Christmas time- but will probably never get the chance- I found some photos so I thought I would share. I love the natural materials they used!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Icicle Smowmen- a Tutorial

These are the cutest ornies with a great tutorial!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Don't Miss This Sale! 50 Cents A Tart!

For a limited time Brandyanne's Candles is having a 50 cent per tart sale-

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Make It Monday- free Snowman doodle!

A great fast & easy project for your winter decorating!
From: http://birdinthehandprimitives-robin.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Check Out Our Sales!!

We are having a Black Friday sale at http://pilgrimsandpioneersprimitives.blogspot.com
Get 25% off of your entire order.
Also we are having a sale on our scented wax products at http://brandyannessoyvandles.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oh My What a Day!

Hubby and I both had to be in different places at the same time this morning- soooo he dropped me off and went to his appointment. When he came to pick me up he was white as a sheet! It turns out that he had missed a stair step and had fallen- had a hard time getting in the truck to pick me up. he thought he had broken some ribs- so I drove him to the ER,
We spent 6 hours there having various tests- and a lot of pain medicine! Two Vicodin tablets- an hour later a Morphine injection- an hour after that Delaudid injection. After about 4 hours his blood sugar went low- so they did give him something to eat which he promptly threw up!They finally decided his ribs were bruised not broken. I had to go pick my son up so that he could help me get him in to the house as he is walking bent at the waist! and so he could stay with him so I could go to the store.
Of course supper did not stay down x 2! The dog wants to be in his lap all of the time- all 60 pounds of her, Since she can't she thinks dadddy does not love her anymore and has been under my feet ever since we got home.
Don't get me wrong I love my hubby and I know he is in a lot of pain- but I am very glad my patient has finally gone to bed and hopefully will stay there all night! I am pooped!

20% Off Soy Candle & Tart Sale!

Our highly scented candles and tarts are currently on sale for 20% off before shipping. This is a great time to stock up or get some inexpensive Christmas gifts. Sale includes our scented wax bears too!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Make It Monday- Prim Snowman Bowl Fillers

No Pic for this one but they are really cute!
( copy and paste this into your browser)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Make it Monday! Prim Vintage Snowman Snowcone!

This is a wonderful prim vintage style snowman!
Here is the link!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Abraham Lincoln Connection

While reading the article about my gggrandmother Sarah Jones Dow she stated that she had an uncle that married into the Lincoln family. That uncle was William Dickerson- brother to my ggggrandmother Anne Dickerson. The woman that he married was Elizabeth Lincoln a cousin to Abraham. She was born in 1825 to John Lincoln and Francis Day. I have gone to Rootsweb and found the documentation that says this is true.
Sarah also stated that her mother Anne Dickerson was related to Stephen A. Douglas. I know that my gggggrandmother was Judith Douglas- but I have yet to find a connection to Stephen Douglas. I am sure that my grandmother Sarah knew this as a fact but she could have left a few more clues!
I will keep searching and hopefully find it. It would be great to find a connection to both of these famous political rivals!!

A Giveaway!

I am having a quick Give Thanks Giveaway at Brandyanne's/

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Eight is Enough! My GGgrandmother's Combined Family

I recently went through some of my genealogy files- I knew my GGGgrandmother had been married three times and had children with each husband but never took the time to look at them as a group instead of invidual children from individual marriages. I was surprised to see that between them all there were 8 children.
My gggrandmother Sarah Ellen Jones was the first child born to my ggg grandmother Anne Dickerson- followed by two more children- a boy and a girl. After the death of my ggggrandfather she married again- having one male child. This husband also passed away. When she remarried she married a man with a male child whose mother had died this new marriage resulted in the birth of three more children- two girls and a boy.
When the last child was born my gggrandmother Sarah my grandmother was in her late 20's and no longer in the household.
But my grandmother had been sent to live with an aunt when she was 14 years old- she had told this to a reporter when she was interviewed by the then local newspaper- the Tampico Tornando. She did not state why this had happened. Could it have been that her step father had died and her mother could not afford to take care of that many children? Could it have been because she did not get along with the mother's new beau? Or was it perhaps because her aunt needed help caring for a new baby?
I of course will never know the answer. But Sarah Ellen Jones grew up to be an incredibly strong & independent woman at one point in her life owning her own sawmill in the State of Michigan. Instead of her strange family life having an adverse effect on her it would seem to have only made her stronger!
I regret that I never met her but I am so greatful that such a wonderful woman is my anestor!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Make it Monday- Prim Stockings!

These look quick & easy- you could even do them in coffee dyed grungied muslin!
There are some other free patterns also!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

George Washington's Kitchen

I found this on the Mt. Vernon website and thought you might enjoy it!

Because the Washingtons had so many dinner guests, the kitchen bustled with activity day and night. Baking, roasting, broiling, frying and stewing were all accomplished here, both in the fireplace and over piles of hot coals burning at several locations on the hearth.
At least three generous meals were served daily at Mount Vernon. Breakfast was served promptly at 7:00 am; dinner at 3:00 pm; and tea at 6:00 pm.Sometimes a light supper was served at 9:00 pm. As you can imagine, this schedule meant a long and exhausting day for the team of enslaved workers, such as Nathan and Lucy, who did the cooking. Lucy lived in an apartment above the kitchen with her husband Frank, the butler. Assistants or scullions, who lived elsewhere on the grounds, hauled water and wood, washed dishes and cooking utensils, and helped with food preparation.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Make It Monday- Candlewicking Pattern

Candlewicking is a craft done long ago by pioneer women. This pattern is a Maple leaf motif. For more info & patterns go to http://crossstitch.about.com/od/patternsfromyourguide/ig/Free-Candle-Wicking-Patterns/

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Make It Monday- a Great Free Stitchery!

This is another great freebie from Robin!
http://birdinthehandprimitives-robin.blogspot.com/2009/08/another-freebie-doodle-and-chance-to.htmlHappy Stitiching!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Make it Monday- Gobble, Gobble!

This great pattern is by Bird in The Hand Primitives!
Here is the link for the down load
Blogger will still not activate my links so you will need to copy & paste this link into your browser.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Virtual Pumpkin Carving

You can carve a pumpkin with out any of the mess!
It is fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yummy Casserole!

Bierock Casserole

2 lbs ground meat (I like ground round)
2 onions, finely chopped (I use one large onion)
4 cups shredded cabbage (I used a small head of cabbage, shredded then chopped, might be more than 4 cups)
Salt and Pepper to taste or I use Nature's Seasons by Morton
2 tubes crescent rolls (I've found sheet crescent rolls!)
1 lb mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown ground meat and onions, drain. Put cabbage on top of meat and steam for a few minutes. I probably do more than steam. . . I mix it in and like it cooked through. Add salt and pepper (nature's seasons). Using 1 tube, spread crescent roll over the bottom of 9x13 pan (which I grease lightly). Spread the meat - cabbage mixture over it, then the cheese. Fit a second tube of crescent rolls over the top of the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 mins, covering with foil the last 10 mins to soften crust.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Will Ya Look At These Bowl Fillers!!

These Historic breads are on display at Plimoth PLantation.
These are a true primitive!!

Make It Monday-Halloween Tote Bag

There is still plenty of time to make this!
Just follow the link to download the file- it is at the very top of the list!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Bittersweet Eye Candy!

Sandi has just decorated for Fall with bittersweet- some great eye candy. Check out her great hooked rugs too!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Make It Monday- Dry Sink tutorial

It is on this wonderful blog

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Pilgrim Grandfather's Land Mates ( Neighbors)

I found this document on an educational site while doing research on my 10th great grandfather Eduoard Bompasse that arrived at Plimoth Plantation in 1621 having made his journey on the passenger ship Fortune. These people would have been his neighbors in the year 1623. It is interesting to see the Olde English spelling of some words:
these lye on the north side of the towne next adjoyning to their gardens which came in the Fortune.

Edward Winslow 4
Richard Warren
John Goodman
John Crackstone
John Alden
Marie Chilton
Captin Myles Standish 2
Francis Eaton 4
Henerie Samson 1
Humillitie Cooper 1

The fales of their ground which came in the Fortune according as their lots were cast 1623. This ship came Novr1621
these lye to the sea, eastward.

William Hilton 1
John Winslow 1
William Coner 1
John Adams 1
William Tench & John Cannon 2

These lye beyond the fort to the wood west.

William Wright & William Pitt 2
Robert Hickes 1
Thomas Prence 1
Stephen Dean 1
Moses Simonson & Philipe de la Noye 2
Edward Bompass 1
Clemente Brigges 1
James Steward 1
William Palmer 2
Jonathan Brewster 1
Benet Morgan 1
Thomas Flavel & son 2
Thomas Morton 1
William Bassite 3

Monday, September 21, 2009

Make It Monday- Old Bats & Candy Corn

I think these are great!
Here is the link

Friday, September 18, 2009

Conner's Prairie- Living History Museum

This museum is located just North of Indianapolis, IN.
This gentleman has posted some photos of it on his website
For some reason Blogger will not activate this link- you will have to copy & paste it into your browser. Sorry!
Enjoy your trip!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Make It Monday- Gourd Lamps

My friend Cindy has made these wonderful gourd lamps!
You can get the directions at http://primcynscraftroom.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 13, 2009

These are a Few of My Favorite( Fall) Things!

Fall is certainly my favorite time of year.
There is many things that I love about it-
Warm Days & Cool Nights
Trees with beautiful Colored Leaves
Bonfires at Night
Sweet Annie & Bittersweet
Pumpkins & Gourds of all colors, shapes, and sizes and the list goes on!
My friend Holly loves Fall too and creates some really great graphics for it- like the one on the right! To see more of her great graphics go to

Friday, September 4, 2009

I just love this graphic! You can get your own at http://penniwigs.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Make it Monday- a little early!

I will be gone a big share of the day tomorrow so I am posting this today.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Prim Items On P&P Blog

Some new primitive items have been added to the Pilgrims and Pioneers Primitives!
To see them all click the logo on the right.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Sad Day for our Pilgrims & Pioneers Family

This past Saturday my cousin lost his battle with colon cancer.
He was only 58 years old.
Life can be so short so I urge all of you to take the time for your family- do the things you want to do with them and say the things you want to say- memories are so precious- make sure you have some.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Make It Monday- Black Cat Pillow or Table Topper

This pattern has direction for both the pillow and the table topper!

1830's Log Cabin in Georgia

I found this article this morning and thought many of you would enjoy it!

Constructed in the 1830s, this hand hewn, yellow pine cabin was occupied until the 1930s. The last family to live in its two rooms filled it to overflowing with 15 people. In 1959, the cabin was relocated to Callaway Gardens from neighboring Troup County. Here it serves as a reminder of the challenges our forefathers faced daily.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Make It Monday- Witch Cat w/ Crow

Isn't this wonderful! You could change the cat color if you wish & still give it a black hat or make it as shown. To get the pattern follow the link below!! http://www.patternmart.com/pattern/1341/PM~WitCh+Cat+with+CRow+__num__015~E-Pattern~Primitive+HaLLoween+doll

Friday, August 14, 2009

Look At These Great Earrings!

Aren't they wonderful! You can see more of them at www.penniwigs.etsy.com

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Make It Monday- on Wednesday!

This is a free stitchery pattern form http://birdinthehandprimitives-robin.blogspot.com It can also be used for needlepunch!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Day Trip

I finally went to see my Aunt Dororthy yesterday. She was 90 years old on the 16th of July.I had not seen her for 39 years!
I am so glad I went! She was so happy to see me & when I left she told me she would be reliving our visit over & over again before she went to bed. her children have all passed away and it had been two years since her granddaughter had visited. She was so happy & so was I. It triluy is the little things in life that mean the most!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

No Computer!

We were struck by lightening last night and although my computer works I do not have internet access. I am using the library computer for now- not sure they are open on Sunday though!
Oh My!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Abe Lincoln

I was surfing the web when I ran across this print of Abe Lincoln's funeral procession. I am posting it for it's historical information.
This is the description that accompanied the print:

Print of Lincoln's funeral procession in Chicago, IL
Coverage / Year
1865 to 1870; Middle Victorian, Springfield, IL
"Funeral Service of President Lincoln at Chicago, Illinois. May 1- Removing the Coffin From the Funeral Train to the Catafalque- From a Photograph by Alschuler." Lithograph on newsprint, mounted on white paper. Large crowd lines street, soldiers carry coffin toward large catafalque under canopy. Catafalque under center of three arches with various mottos on them, many flags and flowers. L 15" x W 10 3/4".
One of many images of the funeral processions throughout the country. Lincoln's funeral train took 20 days to get from Washington, DC to Springfield for his funeral and burial on May 4. The train basically reversed the route his inaugural train took in 1861. Along the way, many cities had services and processions so that as many people as possible could see his coffin and pay their respects.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Prairie Bonnet Pattern

After many requests I have decided to sell my prairie bonnet pattern.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

MyAunt Dorothy is 90!

Or will be in a few days! Last Tuesday two of my cousins & her grandaughter went to see her and took her to lunch for her upcoming birthday. I had planned to go but could not so I am planning on going August 4th now. My cousin sent some pics to me & I was so thrilled to get them- my aunt Dorothy was never one for fancy & fluff but her mild manner always made her so special!
I can not wait to go see her!

Lincoln Days at Propheter Park

This Saturday- July 18th- there is going to be a celebration for Abe Lincoln's 200 year birthday. It is put on by the local Historical Society. It will be held at Propheter Park in Sterling as this is where a statue of Abe Lincoln is. It will run from 1-5 pm.
This is the first time for it so I do not know how big it will be but I know there are Lincoln & Mart Todd impersonaters giving presentations and some vendors- I will be vending my wares that afternoon. If you are in the area stop on by and chat!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Christmas in July is On!

Come see what we have been creating!

New things...

have been added to

Tarts to make spice scent lover's drool!

some Halloween & Christmas itmes have been recently added and I will be adding more Christmas items throughout the day and starting Christmas in July so check back often today!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Make it Monday

Today's Make it Monday is a graphic for you to use in your own creative way- use it to make tags, cards, or print it onto muslin fabric for pillows or ornies. Right click to save- if you have a graphics program you should be able to resize it to suit your needs.
Happy crafting!
The Church Building. The church building itself had no significance to the Pilgrims, and was kept intentionally drab and plain, with no religious depictions, crosses, windows, fancy architecture, or icons, to avoid the sin of idolatry. At Plymouth, the Pilgrim's church was the bottom floor of the town's fort--the top floor held six cannons and a watchtower to defend the colony. The church room was also the town's meetinghouse, where court sessions and town meetings took place. Isaac de Rasieres, who visited Plymouth in 1627, reported how the Pilgrim's began their church on Sunday: "They assemble by beat of drum, each with his musket or firelock, in front of the captain's door; they have their cloaks on, and place themselves in order, three abreast, and are led by a sergeant without beat of drum. Behind comes the governor, in a long robe; beside him on the right hand, comes the preacher with his cloak on, and on the left hand, the captain with his side-arms and cloak on, and with a small cane in his hand; and so they march in good order, and each sets his arms down near him." During the early years of Plymouth, failing to bring your gun to church was an offense for which you could be fined 12 pence.
For more information on Pilgrim Religion go to http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/History/plymoth7.php

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I won a Great Giveaway!

I was so pleasantly surprised this morning to find out I had won a truly wonderful giveaway!
If you have not been to this blog you really need to go!
The Olde Country Cupboard's Christmas in July

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stitchin' & Stuffin'!

It is pouring down rain here this morning- again!
I am going to spend the day stitchin' & stuffin" for the Christmas In July coming to Pilgrims & Pioneers Primitives.
By the end of the day I should have 2 full size cross stitch Santa pillows, a cross stitch Santa cupboard hanger, 2 cross stitch mittens, Snowman pops, Snowmen & candy cane ornies, a framed cross stitch Santa in a black distressed wood frame, three strawberry Fobs ( look great as Christmas ornies on a Christmas Tree!) and... a Halloween cupboard hanger!
I hope to have everything up & Posted by Monday July 13th.

Don't Miss This Giveaway!

It is for a "Cuttlebug"!
Go here to enter http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/2009/07/are-you-ready-for-giveaway.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Make It Monday- on Tuesday!

I am sorry this is so late- was so busy yesterday!
This is a new Moonchild's Primitive Freebie- a pumpkin head witch and black cat stocking!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Met Life Blimp Overhead!

My son called me about an hour ago and said "go out into your front yard and look East".

Of course I did and the Met Life Blimp was flying over head. It was low enough that I could see the basket( or what ever it is called) underneath. I am not sure where it was coming from or where it is headed for sure but, I see next week it is going to be at the John Deere Classic next week - that is only about 60 miles away from me.

The Met Life website does have a schedule- you can check the schedule & if it is near you - you may see it too!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!

To my hubby (AKA as Burl Ives )
He was born at 10:30 pm today- he was almost a little firecracker! I'll bet his mom felt like he was anyway!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Great Graphics!

This great Primitive flag comes from a dear friend of mine- there are several other styles too!
The great litttle angel is available in more colors and holding different items! These great graphics are free! To see the other ones and get your own go to:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Linnie Dennison Shere- A Gibson Girl

This photo was taken in 1904 of Linnie Dennison and her sister Lois.
Linnie is dressed in true Gibson Girl fashion! She was 16 in this photo.
Linnie was born in 1888 & married my dad's cousin John "Jack" Shere.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

50 cent Soy Tart Sale- Hurry!

The Tarts Have All Been Sold! Thank You!
I am cleaning out my space at the Market and these tarts need a new home!All tarts are on sale for .50 each plus shipping- multiple tarts will receive combined shipping.

go to http://brandyannessoycandles.blogspot.com/ to view the scents available.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Woo Hoo! The Santa is Finally Done!

It seems like it took me forever!
I opted not to do the green straight stitching around the outside- but may add it yet- can't decide.
This one will be made into a pillow.
Hubby is stitching another Santa & I am too.
May be able to do a Christmas in July yet!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

1821 Sewing Pocket Pattern

This great pattern is available for download at Pattern Mart http://www.patternmart.com/pattern/2824/~1821+Sewing+Pocket~+Pattern

Primitive Gathering for sale on P&P Primitives

I have a primitive gathering for Sale- sampler, seedbag w/ Sweet Annie. and Threshed Wheat bowl filler for sale at http://pilgrimsandpioneersprimitives.blogspot.com

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hand made in the USA!

I found this shop on Etsy & I think it is wonderful!

The earrings are so beautiful & best of all they are hand made by this talented artist!
They come in their own little tin & shipping is only a $1- yep $1 what a bargain.
These would make great gifts too!

Prairie Wild Morning Glory

Prairie  Wild Morning Glory

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Phlox

Prairie Sundrops

Prairie Sundrops

The Famous Rock!

The Famous Rock!
Plymouth Rock dated 1620

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
The Village

Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation
A Keeping Room