Thanks for joining me on this second year journey of family history stories. This week I am highlighting George Soule, the first recorded immigrant ancestor to America .
Here is where George fits into this family:
George Soule married Mary Beckett after arriving in 1620 in America on the Mayflower; daughter Susanna Soule who married Francis West; son William West who married Jane Tanner; son Benjamin West who married Elizabeth Smith; son Benjamin West Jr. who married Elizabeth Davis and served in the War for Independence or Revolutionary War. All these marriages and children, dates and places are recorded in the Mayflower history “silver books” and “pink books.”
The next generations are Joseph West who married Mary Ann Brock; daughter Adelia C. West who married Thomas Armsbury Kenyon; daughter Mary Salina Kenyon who married Edwin R. Squires who served in the Civil War; daughter Grace Irene Squires who married Robert Sidney Foreman; daughter Mary Frances Foreman who married Bernard Floyd Hancock and had seven children, Grace Evelyn (my mother), Pearl, Charlotte and Charlene (twins), Dorothy, Shirley and Robert Hancock.
Left to right is Mary Salina Kenyon Squires; Grace Irene Squires Foreman and Mary Frances Foreman Hancock.
The path west was Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, to Hopkinton, Kings County, Rhode Island; to Verona, Oneida County, New York; Rock County, Wisconsin to Elbert, Elbert County, Colorado.
George Soule was a tutor to the children of Edward Winslow on the Mayflower and is listed as a freeman with his signature on the Mayflower Compact which is the document accepted by the colonists as their “constitution.”