Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Mayflower travel bag & John Carver

From Massachusetts Historical Society Archives An ancient traveling bag. It is of a heavy woolen homespun stuff ribbed like corduroy, mounted with green leather bindings, straps, handles, etc. It is shaped like a mail-bag, and the straps laced through large eyelet holes. This bag is believed to have held the possessions of John Carver (picture below from history genius) on the Mayflower. Carver was the first signer of the Mayflower Compact. He married 1st Marie de Lannoy and 2nd Catherine White Leggatt, widow of George Leggatt.

  • Caleb Johnsons's Mayflower History
  • Signers of the Mayflower Compact, Volume 1 By Annie Arnoux Haxtun
  • Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691 By Eugene Aubrey Stratton
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War By Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 - Complete By Azel Ames
  • History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters By Leon C. Hills, Leon Clark Hills

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