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Notable ancestors

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These are a few of the interesting characters I've come across as I explore the roots and branches of our family trees.

Mayflower PassengersElder William Brewster (1566-1644) Bingham line
Brewster was a leader in the so-called Puritan movement of English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. They sought to "purify" the Church of England from its "Catholic" practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.
Brewster joined other Puritans who moved from England to Holland. In 1619 Brewster and Edward Winslow published a religious tract critical of the English king and his bishops. King James ordered Brewster’s arrest and Brewster went into hiding while preparing to depart for America.

He obtained a land patent from England and sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. Also aboard were his wife, Mary, and two of their sons, Love and Wrestling.
After the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Colony, Brewster became the senior elder and the …