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Re: RE-JOHN BILLINGTON FROM THE MAYFLOWER
Posted by: Debbie Henriod Date: December 02, 2001 at 15:51:31
In Reply to: RE-JOHN BILLINGTON FROM THE MAYFLOWER by DONNA JETT of 884

I've also been interested in learning more about our Billington ancestors. My Mom-in-law gave me a book called "Plymouth Colony - Its history & People, 1620-1691" which gave me some more info.

John had 2 sons, Francis & John. John the younger died before John the elder was hung, drawn & quartered. Francis married a widow, then they had 9 children between them. They farmed out some of their kids - until adulthood.

John the younger wandered off and stayed with the Indians for a while, until a party of men sent off to retrieve him. Francis nearly blew up the Mayflower, when he shot off a gun or something in the cabin (full of kegs of gunpowder). Francis also "discovered" a pond/lake, which still exists, and is called Billington Sea.

It was obvious from reading Bradford's account that he detested the Billington family, but wouldn't it be cool to find G-Gma Eleanor's journal or something?! I want to know THEIR side of the story.

I also found some info about the Billingtons at: http://members.aol.com/calebj/mayflower.html

~Debbie~


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