WOW! THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME AND I’VE COMPLETED MY APPLICATION PACKAGE
I’m very happy to be at the point of having put my package of proof/evidence together and being ready to mail it.
Long ago I set my goal to “someday” joining the Mayflower Society. I had in mind which line might be the one. However, I didn’t find that crucial piece of evidence I needed until June of this year. I wrote about that BIG find here FINALLY! Proving the father of my 3rd great grandmother, Olive Doten Hart (1805-1887–WHAT DID I FIND?
Here we are 6 months later and I’m ready.
Included in my application package is evidence of my connection to passenger EDWARD DOTY. The line of descent has been proven up to Generation 5, my 4th great grandfather, Isaac Doten, Sr. (1768-1852) and his wife Sally Nimblet (about 1766-1849).
My job was to provide evidence from Generation 6, my 3rd great grandparents down to me in generation 12. THAT’S PROVING 7 GENERATIONS.
Piece by piece, generation by generation, I collected the documents. Most of them were already saved on my computer and connection to each person in my Legacy program.
For the missing marriages of my 3rd great grandparents and my great grandparents, I needed to provide other evidence that showed they were a couple and that they produced children together. Census records and birth and/or death records of their children, their own death certificates and obituaries helped to fill the gap of the missing marriage records.
As I wrote in a previous post, I was missing my own marriage certificate. I went to our county office and got a copy of that.
Here are the generations from Edward Doty, Mayflower passenger to me.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
Here is a picture of the 2” thick application package.
Here is a photo showing the seven generations for which I provided evidence, all separated and displayed.
And finally…..here is the envelope on the scale at the UPS office, ready to be sent out. 100 pages of evidence, 3 pounds, an original and one copy.
I mailed the package Monday and it was received last night. There is only one other application ahead of mine, for revue. Once it is reviewed and the information entered on the “official” application form, it will be sent to another person for final approval. I understand that process can take months.
So, unless I am contacted by them for more information or further evidence all I can do is wait.
I’ll let you know if my package was complete enough or whether I missed something.
I’m excited that the process has moved forward and hope I’m accepted into the society.
Are you a member of the Mayflower Society? If so, from which passenger do you descend? Maybe we are distant cousins?
To read my other posts about my Mayflower Society journey, click here.
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