The Family Refugee
Sunday, November 22, 2015
My ancestor left his home country while being persecuted for his faith. He didn’t have the money to pay for passage to the US, and became an indentured servant for 7 years in order to leave a country that did not want him.
I have not thought much about the pilgrim journey with so much emotion as I have this year. The Mayflower was not luxury accommodations, but it was much better than the life rafts that Syrian refugees are using. What a tough life for my ancestor Jonathan Seule and the 85 other voyagers.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.