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!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas- may your day be filled with peace, joy and, happiness.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

May peace be with you this season.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Great Grandfather's Pilgrim Neighbors

This is from a document on the Plimoth Plantation's website and tells who shared this plot of land with my 10th great granfather Edward Bumpasse:

The second lot fel to Mr Isaac Allerton & his Companie joined to
him his wife ffeare Allerton.
3 Bartholomew Allerton
4 Remember Allerton
5 Mary Allerton
6 Sarah Allerton
7 Godber Godbertson
8 Sarah Godbertson
9 Samuell Godbertson
10 Marra Priest
11 Sarah Priest
12 Edward Bumpasse
13 John Crakstone

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation

This what is on the menu this year (2010) at Plimoth Plantation
Bill of Fare

•Cheate Bread and Butter

•A Sallet
•Mussels Seeth'd with Parsley and Beer
•A Dish of Turkey, Sauc'd
•A Pottage of Cabbage, Leeks & Onions
•A Sweet Pudding of Native Corn

•Stewed Pompion
•A Chine of Pork, Roast'd
•Fricassee of Fish
•Cheesecake made with spice and dried fruit
•A Charger of Holland Cheese & Fruit

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas is Coming!...

and I have added this sweet pinkeep and some other Christmas gooded to my selling blog
Come Take a peek!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkins-Oh How Versatile!

Pumpkins! They come in all shapes and sizes! Fat ones, tall, skinny ones, stuffed ones, warty ones , carved ones and, primitive ones!
We use pumpkins in displays both carved and uncarved!
We bake them in pies, breads, cookies! Pumpkins are truly versatile!
Do you know some of the health benefits of eating pumpkin?
Our local hospital had this to say:
Pumpkin can help prevent catarcacts, helps to protect against infections, ans promotes healthy skin, protects our cells form the degenerative process of aging, provides zinc, iron. fiber, and other vitamins tp promote health- so don't feel so guilty about eating those pumpin treats!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Simple Pleasures!

We have so many trees around our house that a lot of leaves had already fallen on our front porch- so today I raked them in a pile and burned them.
They were popping and crackling and the smell of woodsmoke filled the air- for some reason I found this so relaxing and it brought back many childhood memories.
Simple truly is good!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Bartering- A way of Pioneer Survival

To survive the harsh Prairie winters Pioneers traded with Indians. The Indians provided animal furs that the pioneers used for making coats and blankets. In turn the Indians recieved guns and ammunition, glass beads, and many times alchohol.
Eventually the US government kept moving the Indians further west and animals became more scarce from over hunting.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Prairie Bonnets- a Pictorial

Prairie bonnets were worn for protection from the Prairie sun and wind. The styles were so varied. I have surfed the web and found several different styles and fabrics.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Last Chance for Sweet Annie

SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON!Thanks for all the orders!
With in the next week the Sweet Annie will be gone- if you want some you need to order quickly.
5.00 per bundle- 3.00 shipping
Order by email prairieprim@comcast.net

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Laura Ingalls Wilder- A True Pioneer Woman

Recently a very good friend of mine sent me several books wrtitten by Laura Ingalls Wilder ( thank you Holly!)

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them( and I am reading then over again!)

Many of you know Laura as played by Melissa Gilbert in the Little house on the Prairie tv series-( I still watch it by the way!). But the Ingalls family were a real pioneer family that endured many hardships during their life on the prairie- if you get a chance you really should read the books. I thought you might enjoy learning a little bit more about the real Ingalls family. The photos and information were taken from some of the many websites there are about Laura.
Laura was born in Pepin, WI Febraury 7, 1867 and died in Mansfield, MO on February 10, 1957 at the age of 90. Her family moved to Independence, KS which was Indian Territory - after a few years they moved again to Walnut Grove, MN, a few years later to Burr Oak, Ia- back to Walnut Grove, MN and finally to Desmet, South Dakota in 1879. There the family finally stayed.
Laura married Almonzo Wilder in 1885. In 1894 they moved to Mansfield , Mo. They once again experienced many hardships but finally were able to replace the windowless cabin they had moved into with a 10 room farm house. Almonzo died in 1949 at the age of 92.
Their daughter Rose Wilder Lane was also a famous author actually helping her mother start her writing career.

The family photo shows Caroline Ingalls seated on the left, Charles, and Mary.

Standing Carrie Ingalls, Laura, Grace Ingalls

Photo 2- Laura in her later years at age 70

Photo 1- Laura as a young woman

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Early Clothing- the Signfigance of Color


In general, clothing was made of wools and linens. Colors were of wide range but took on significance. Black however was a color of responsibility. Children and servants often wore blue. Russet was worn by the countrymen. Other clothing was made from animal skins such as deer, moose, or elk.

Pilgrim men wore felt hats, ruffle collars, large cuffs, many buttons, balloon breeches, garter belts and stockings. Their shoes had buckles and heels.

1600 Women wore heavily embroidered material. Dresses were long with ruffles or large lace collars.

Men took on the pirate look with balloon pants, tights, tie shoes, plume hats. Clothing was stitched by hand. Long coat type jackets were worn with knee highs, pants to just below the knee where there was tie.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

We Now Have Prairie Bonnet Kits!

We are now offering kits with precut fabic pieces to make your bonnet making easier- all you need is thread and a sewing machine- we have taken a lot of the work out of making a bonnet. Comes with sewing instructions and a coffee dying recipe to age your bonnet.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Thyme to Harvest From the Earth

Today I worked at harvesting some vegetables from my garden.

Cucumbers, green beans, cherry tomatoes, yellow tomatoes and various kinds of red tomatoes.

The cucumbers have been made into refridgerator pickles amd the green beans will be dried tonight. Tomorrow I will pick the green beans at my son's house and ry them tomorrow night along with some of the tomatoes.

It will be so nice to enjoy these vegetables in December and January when the wind and snow is blowing.

With all of the preserving I have been doing I feel connected to all of my great grandmother's both Pilgrim and Pioneer's!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Plimoth Plantation- A pictorial.

My dream is still to visit this plantation and see how my ancestors live- in the mean time I content my self by looking at photos of the plantation.

I would love to live a more simpler life drying vegetables on string on my hearth, or sit in front of my fireplace while doing some needlework. Seeing the ocean when ever I wanted to would be great. For awhille I wouild even love the ambience of the candleight and the glow of lanterns. But could I really live up to all the hardwork Pilgrim woman had to do, or endure being out in the stocks if I committed a minor infraction they meted out stiff punishment for? I think perhaps not but my hat is off to my 10th great grandparents for doing so!

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