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 8, 2012

Christmas Sampler

Christmas Sampler 2

2- Cookies for Santa ( shortbread, caramel and, chocolate)
2- Prairie Cabin Christmas ( Pine, cedar, cinnamon. clove and mistletoe)
2 Spiced Eggnog
5.00 plus shipping

Christmas Sampler 1
2- Prairie Christmas Pine
2-Gingerbread House
2-Christmas Berries- ( spiced cranberry)
5.00 plus shipping( only one of Christmas Sampler 1 available)

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Biography of a Pilgrim

Life in New England: Edward Bumpas arrived in Plymouth as a single man. He lived in Duxbury by 1639 and Marshfield by 1643. The bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield were redrawn in 1643, so it might have been the town line, rather than the Bumpass family, which moved. Edward Bumpass might have run into financial difficulties later in life.He was the recipient of a cow from Marshfield's stock for the poor in 1656.
Family: Edward Bumpas married Hannah _____ by 1631 and had twelve children. She died in Marshfield on February 12, 1693.
Children of Edward and Hannah _____:
  • Sarah was born on March 9, 1631/2. She married Thomas Durram in Marshfield on March 31, 1659.There is no further information.
  • Elizabeth was born on March 9, 1633/4. She married Joseph Rose in Marshfield on June 6, 1653, and had at least seven children.They both died sometime after January 29, 1710/1.
  • John was born on June 2, 1636. He married Sarah _____ by 1671, and had nine children. He died in Rochester shortly before March 7, 1715/6.
  • Edward was born on April 15, 1638. He died in Marshfield on April 3, 1693, unmarried. In July 1679, he was whipped for “striking and abusing his parents,” but his punishment was reduced “in regard hee was crasey brained.”
  • Joseph was born on February 15, 1639/40. He married Wybra Glass by 1669 and had eight children. He died in Middleboro on February 10, 1704/5. She died in Middleboro on December 27, 1711.
  • Isaac was born on March 31, 1642.There is no further record.
  • Jacob was born on March 25, 1644, in Marshfield. He married Elizabeth (Banks) Blackmer/Blackmore on January 24, 1676/7, in Scituate and had three children. He died in Rochester before September 5, 1720.
  • Hannah was born on April 3, 1646, in Marshfield. She died sometime after March 4, 1672/3, when she was described as “a distracted person.”
  • Philip was born in Marshfield about 1648. He married Sarah Eaton by 1686 and had eight children. He died in Plainfield, Connecticut on January 24, 1724/5. She died after Februry 24, 1725/6.
  • Thomas was born in Marshfield about 1650. He married Phebe Lovel in November 1679 in Barnstable and had ten children. He died before 1724.
  • Mary was born in Marshfield about 1652. She married Daniel Crocker on January 2, 1682, in Marshfield and had four children. She died after his death on February 5, 1692.
  • Samuel was born about 1654. He died, unmarried, at Pawtucket on March 26, 1676, fighting in King Philip's War.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eating at Plimoth Plantation tomorrow

This is the menu this year ( there is also a buffet menu)


Menu Accompaniments:
  • Fall Harvest Fruits and Assorted Nuts
  • Relish Tray
  • Wood Pressed Apple cider


  • Split Pea Soup

Main Course

  • Roast Native Turkey with Giblet Gravy
  • Traditional Stuffing with Bell’s Seasoning
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Steamed White Turnip
  • Harvard Beets
  • Creamed Onions
  • Cranberry Relish
  • Hot Crusty Rolls
  • Cider Cake
  • Ginger Bread


  • Indian Pudding
  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
Adults - $88.95
Children under 12 - $64.95
Couldn;t be a Poor Pilgrim to eat there.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I had so much fun making the faux tobacco- I am sure my 8th great grandmother Mourning had some real tobacco hanging on her plantation!
Faux Tobacco & Sweet Annie
Tobacco 15.00 plus shipping
Sweet Annie 5.00 per bundle plus shipping

Monday, August 27, 2012

I am thrilled!!

My 3rd great grandmother and her descendents has been the subject of many hours of research many times coming up empty handed- but last night I found this treasure. Cora Aber was my ggg grandmother Anna Dickerson Jones Aber Underhill's grand daughter- she married a half blood Chickasaw Indian named Henry McLish. This is a photo of their son Glenn. He was born in 1902 so I am guessing that this was around 1910. Photo from the archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Woes of Tracking Kate Appleby Lane

Kate Appleby Lane was the wife of my first cousin 3x's removed Charles Otto Lane. She was born In Texas in 1885. Charles died in 1921 at the age of 36. I wondered what had happened to his wife and children after that. They had four children together - one died at the age of two.
When I found Kate on Ancestry the only other thing I could find after Charles died was her death as Kate Long in Californis in 1974.
I resorted to using Google. I found a personal website that said she had three husbands- Long- Sims- Lane. I mistakenly thought that was the order of her marriages but was stumped as to why she would have taken the name of Long back before she died.
I also learned that she had a daughter by the last name of Sims. I searched Ancestry again to no avail.
I then turned to Family Search. org and at last figured out the rest of her life. Charles Lane ended up being her first husband, Sims her second husband with whom she had a daughter. The marriage does not seem to have lasted long and there are no clues as to why it ended.
She then married a man by the last name of Long and had a son. At sometime they moved from Oklahoma to California. I am glad to have unraveled the nystery of this pioneer woman that led a very full life.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mike Shere Passed Away

I recently learned of the passing away of my cousin- he was a good man and will be missed.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Laura Ingall's Sister

Grace Pearl Ingalls shown with husband Nathan Dow. Nathan's father Thomas was a brother to my third great grandfather Whitcher Dow- this makes him a brother in law to Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Antique Photos

These are some antique photos of my family. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing them. Please do not copy them.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Related to Frank and Jesse James??

I found this on the internet- am I related to the James brothers- maybe- maybe not . In any case it is an interesting story.
Robert Woodson, 5th Great Grandfather of Jesse & Frank James

Robert Woodson b. 1634 m. Elizabeth Ferris, d. ca. 1707. Last known to be living in 1707, Henrico Co., VA. when he made a deed to his grandson, William and Joseph Lewis Woodson.

He married Elizabeth Ferris, daughter of Richard Ferris, of Henrico, with whom, among others, received a patent, 21, October 1687, for 1785 acres at White Oak Swamp in Varina Parish, in that county.

This man was the direct ancestor of Jesse Woodson James, and his brother, Alexander Franklin "Frank" James, the famous James Boys.

Robert2 Woodson married Elizabeth Ferris:

son Benjamin3 Woodson, married Sarah Porter;

their son Robert4 Woodson (d. 1748/50) married Rebecca Pryor.

Their daughter Elizabeth married Shadrach Mims (1734-1777) and became the mother of

Elizabeth Mims (b. 1769) who married Robert Poor (1763-1801), a cornet in the American Revolutionary War. Their daughter in turn,

Mary Poor, (died 1825) married John James (1775-1827), son of William and Mary (Hinds) James of Goochland County, Virginia.

Their son Robert Sallee James, who died in the Gold Rush area of California, married Zerelda Cole and they had sons Frank James and Jesse James.

(See: Background of a Bandit, by Joan M. Beamis and William E. Pullen (1971).

Jesse Woodson James, the bandit, married his cousin Zerelda "Zee" Amanda Mims.

She was also a descendant of Elizabeth Woodson Mims, who married Robert Poor.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yes I am connected to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Shirt tail realtives. Her sister Grace married Nathan Dow. Nathan's father Thomas Dow and my great great great grandfather Whitcher Dow were brothers, Grace and Nathan were married 40 years and had no children.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Found a Treasure!

While doing family history research I found this picture posted. I was in shock. Jerusha Bumpus is my 4th great grandmother! She was born in 1746. The bottom of this sampler says: yrs 81 made so it would have been stitched in 1827. I do not know if the person that posted this picture actually has the sampler but if they do what a treasure!
I am sure that you have already guessed that I will be attempting to graph a pattern for this historical in the near future- yes I surely will!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Antique photos of Wild West Oklahoma

Round Pond , Oklahoma January 1894

Guthrie,Oklahoma- May 1893
In line at the Land Office- 9:00 am- September 23, 1893

Friday, January 20, 2012

Vintage Quilt Top- needs to go!

SOLD- Thank You!

I discovered this quilt top when we moved into my husband's grandparents house 10 years ago.
It was made by my husband's grandmother. She passed away in 1974 so it is at least 38 years old.
The pattern has 6 point stars and it looks like to me that it is a scrap quilt form 1930's-1940's fabrics.
I had planned on finishing it but after 10 years I have to admit I will never do that.
It is unfinished but what is done is 80" wide x 84" long. A few of the solid green blocks have some light discoloration- it may be permanent but may not- a good washing may cure that.
I have not done so as I do not have the special soap needed to wash it in.
I am asking 30.00 for this top, plus 6.50 shipping
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Pioneer New Year

It has been so long since I have posted that one would think I have been idle, but I really haven't been.
I have been working on the book. If work a little more each day it will soon be finished!
I also made these prim Valentine hearts!
These can be purchased by email prairieprim@comcast.net
20.00 plus 5.50 shipping

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Old Cabins- A Pictorial

I spent part of the day looking at old cabins- I love them!

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