I found a person whose name was StVladi...that was their first or Christian name...and several called Metitable and a Dorcas...I like that name very much. It's unusual without being daft...then there are two Ebenezer's...can you imagine looking at your beautiful new born baby boy and deciding to call the poor little creature Ebenezer...it's very nearly as awful as Horace.

The people I'm adding to the rapidly expanding family tree were Plymouth Brethren who were classed as among the founding fathers of America which probably goes some way to explaining their old Biblical names...Hephzibah was another favourite for girls...

Something I didn't know, was that far from going to America to escape religious persecution, the Founding Fathers went so that they themselves could be the persecuters and persuade those who'd come before and after them to follow their religious beliefs with a certain amount of force if needed. Not physical force but an insidious force of being unable to hold positions of any worth in the new communities for instance.

And the first settlers sailed in fleets of ships...I had presumed one ship set off on it's own but not so....up to twenty ships set sail together and stayed together for the long vovage across the atlantic. There would have been saftey in numbers of course and had there been a fire on board one vessel then the passengers could have transferred to another...

I'm going to see if I can find out more about the crossing and the ships that were used..and how much it cost to go. I wonder if food was provided or if you were expected to bring your own supplies...all I really know was that you had to perch on a little plank suspended over the sea to have a wee or to do a poo...I think I might have waited until the ship arrived actually...the thought of gathering your skirts up and exposing your nether regions to all and sundry would have been quite enough to give me severe constitpation...never mind teetering about above the Atlantic swell...