The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to America is in 2020.
Since early 2017, as part of the Mayflower 400 project team, we have been researching the background to the story. It is a fascinating one with many different aspects that is still very relevant today as it involves religious intolerance, people fleeing fear of persecution and being refugees in a new country.
Over the last 18 months we have met and spoken to many different experts and publishing audio and video interviews on our web site.
We have been working with Tom Bartlett since 2017. Tom is a descendant of John Howland, one of the passengers on the Mayflower.
John’s name appears on the list of passengers made by William Bradford.
We were introduced to Tom by The Pilgrim John Howland Society early in our research.
Tom’s home town is Plymouth, Massachusetts but he has lived in the UK for over 30 years and has been investigating John’s life in England before he left for America in 1620.
John was born in the 1590s at Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire. His parents are buried in an unknown grave somewhere in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul church.
We recently met Tom at the John Bunyan Meeting House in Bedford to review and discuss his latest research. The Meeting House is a wonderful building with an active community.
Listen to the interview with Tom below: