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The American Indians

The 1500's

Having American Indian ancestors has allowed me to appreciate and have a deep respect for the American Indian culture. I have learned that my ancestry traces

all of the way back to (and further) William Brewster.

My aunt (Grace Travis Wilson) is a genealogist¹ and she's good at it!

She has worked hard for many years to put this big puzzle together.

Elder William Brewster Born 24 January 1560, was a Mayflower passenger and a Pilgrim colonist leader and preacher who in 1620, traveled to the New World on board the Pilgrim Fathers ship the Mayflower.

William Brewster was born in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England, on 24 January 1560 (although no birth records have been found), and died at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 10 April 1644. He was the son of
William Brewster and Mary (Smythe) (Simkinson) and he had a number of half-siblings. His paternal grandparents were William Brewster (1510-1558), and Maud Mann (1513-1558). His maternal grandfather was William Smythe (1505-1560)

He was raised in Scrooby, north Nottinghamshire. In the seventeenth century, Scrooby Manor was in the possession of the Archbishops of York. Brewster's father, William senior, had been the estate bailiff for the archbishop for thirty-one years, from around 1580. With this post went that of postmaster, which was a more important one than it might have been in a village not situated on the Great North Road, as Scrooby was then.

William studied briefly at Peterhouse, Cambridge before entering the service of William Davison in 1584. In 1585, Davison went to the Netherlands to negotiate an alliance with the States-General. In 1586, Davison was appointed assistant to Queen Elizabeth's Secretary of State Francis Walsingham, but in 1587 he lost the favour of Elizabeth, after the beheading of her cousin (once removed) (Get it?? Beheading - Once removed??)) Mary, Queen of Scots. Brewster was the only Pilgrim with political and diplomatic experience. With his mentor in prison, Brewster had returned home to Scrooby for a time, where he took up his father’s former position as postmaster.

His religion: Separatist

From the best I can tell Separatists were English Christians in the 16th and 17th centuries who wished to separate from the Church of England and form independent local churches were influential politically under Oliver Cromwell , who was himself a separatist. They were eventually called Congregationalists . The Pilgrims who established the first successful colony in New England were separatists

Anyways, Enough about William Brewster

The Indian Connection

My ancestry also includes the Cherokee and Seneca Indian

The Seneca were the largest of the 5 tribes which comprised the Iroquois League or the Five Nations. Along with the Seneca, the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League includes the Oneida, Mohawk, Onondaga, and Cayuga. Later the Tuscarora, or "shirt wearing people" became the 6th Nation to join the confederacy, fleeing from British occupied North Carolina. Today, nearly 10,000 Seneca live on reservations in Western New York; the Cattargaurus, Allegany, and Tonawanda reservations, with some also settled in Oklahoma, and Ontario, Canada; they ore the only Nation to own a U.S. city, Salamanca, which is situated on land owned by the Allegany Indian reservation.

I have been to Salamanca many times.


As El Rush bo would say

"For those of you in Rio Lindo"

¹ A genealogist is a person that conducts a study of family ancestries and/or histories and records or keeps account of the ancestry and descent of a person or a family.

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