THE HOLE FAMILY              Some family history facts for you!


Each year at Thanksgiving we like to take time to remember Jonathan's great grandpa Richard Warren who was not only a passenger on the Mayflower but among the ten men in the landing party with Myles Standish at Cape Cod on November 11, 1620.  Warren co-signed the Mayflower Compact and was one of  19 signers who surved the first winter.  While we are able to document and trace Jonathan's family lineage to Richard Warren, the fact is there are millions of descendants throughout history and most don't even know it.  One reason for this is that all of Richard Warren's children survived to adulthood, married, and also had large families.  Among his descendants (and thus also in Jonathan's family tree) are Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Gere,  Longfellow, Amelia Earhart, Orson Welles, the Wright Brothers, and Sarah Palin.

Warren is actually one of the least documented Mayflower pioneers. Clearly a man of rank, Warren was accorded by Governor William Bradford the prefix "Mr.," pronounced Master, used in those times to distinguish someone because of birth or achievement. From his widow's subsequent land transactions, we can assume that he was among the wealthier of the original Plymouth settlers. And yet, Bradford did not mention him in his History of the Plimouth Plantation except in the List of Passengers.