A day in the life of a Pilgrim Boy with reenactment photos everywhere.
Who Was Samuel Eaton~
Samuel Eaton was seven years old in 1627. He and his family sailed to the New World on the Mayflower, the first English ship to bring colonists to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Eaton family came to the New World for economic reasons, not for religious ones. They were probably originally from Bristol, England.
The Mayflower landed first on Cape Cod, but the travelers didnt find a suitable place for a settlement so they continued to Plymouth. Because it was winter and the Pilgrims had to build houses to live in, many spent most of the winter living on board the ship. More than half of the passengers, including Samuels mother, died that first winter of overexposure to the cold, and inadequate diet.
Samuels father, Francis, was a carpenter. He traded his skill for goods, and the family was neither the poorest nor the richest in the village. Samuels father remarried, and Rachel was born. In the years after 1627, Samuels stepmother had two more children.
Samuel grew up and apprenticed for seven years in husbandry, which is farming. Then he married and had his own farm, first in Duxbury and then in Middleboro, Massachusetts. Samuel married twice and had six children. The four about whom there are records were named Sarah, Samuel, Mercy, and Bethiah. Samuel lived to be 64 years old.
Text and photographs follow a six-year-old Pilgrim boy through a busy day during the spring harvest in 1627: doing chores, getting to know his Wampanoag Indian neighbors, and spending time with his family