6 May 2022 - Reception for Board of Assistants
7 May 2022 - Virginia Society General Membership Meeting
Plymouth, MA (May 27, 2021) – Scott Watson, U.S. Army Retired, grew up in America, went on to defend his country, and now has become the 100,000th descendant to be accepted into the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). His ancestor, William Brewster, landed here in 1620 on the ship Mayflower. Fifteen generations later, Brewster’s family is still telling the story.
“GSMD has member societies in every U. S. State, District of Columbia, Canada, Europe, and Australia,” said GSMD Governor General Jane Hurt. “Since this year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, the interest in the Mayflower story has been enormous.”
In an emotional Zoom call this week, Scott learned the news from Governor General Jane Hurt, Historian General Midge Hurtuk, Virginia Society Governor James Maloney and Virginia Society Historian Jamie Callender. As they all traded stories about how they first learned of their Mayflower heritage, lots of laughs were exchanged.
“I am honored to continue the lineage to a Mayflower ancestor and to get to know all my distant relatives when I attend Virginia meetings,” said Watson. “Now that I know I am a Mayflower descendant, I am anxious to go to Plymouth and see where it all began.”
Lucky for Scott, he will get his wish. In addition to bestowing a gift certificate to Scott for Mayflower Society swag, he will receive a trip for two to Plymouth, compliments of See Plymouth, the local tourism organization.
“This society has prevailed since 1897 because the Mayflower Story is so important to American history,” said Historian General Midge Hurtuk. “It is through encouraging those who descend from the Pilgrim ancestors to research their lineage that we make sure this story is told forever.”
Stamps and Coins. The Mayflower Stamp and a Booklet about preparation of that stamp are available from the Postal Service; go to USPS Mayflower Stamp to place your order. The US Mint has announced the design of the Mayflower coin and medal and it is accepting orders. Go to the Mint’s sales office:
US Mint - 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage (SOLD OUT)
The $10 gold coin and a silver proof medal are available individually, or the $10 gold coin and the silver medal are both available paired with a coin from the Royal Mint. The US proof medal costs $76.00, and the US gold $10 coin costs $690.00. The Royal Mint is accepting orders for its £2 Mayflower Coin; register to order at
As more and more information becomes available on the internet, descendants are reaching out to connect their Revolutionary War Patriots with the Mayflower Society.
The Patriot to Passenger Project is a growing published list of Patriots who descend from Mayflower passengers, in an effort to build a bridge between other heritage societies such as Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution.
The Patriot to Passenger Project is a way to help others find their link to a Mayflower Pilgrim and also benefits our Mayflower members to discover other Mayflower lines of descent so that they can submit supplemental applications to honor and recognize all of their ancestors.
This is a work-in-progress by Florida Society Historian Muriel Cushing, so check back often. Suggestions and ideas are always welcome!
Learn more and check out the GSMD Patriot to Passenger Project.
Richmond, VA (November 19, 2022) – Proposed amendments to the Society’s Constitution and Bylaws were presented at the last Virginia Board of Assistants meeting. These changes include, among other things, provisions for electronic Board of Assistants meetings and more flexibility in meeting dates for Society’s Luncheons. These proposed changes were voted upon at the November membership meeting.
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