Puritans coming to America
To clarify, *Puritans* were people of faith, in England, who were interested in *purifying* the Church of England. They were not *separatists*, who were those people who wanted to completely break away from the Church of England, and England itself. In common usage today, separatists are known as *Pilgrims*. Ultimately, the Church of England turned their back on both the Puritans and the Separatists, which made these groups of people seek other places to live, among them America, which is where the story of my family starts.
The Separatists (the Pilgrims) established a colony at Plymouth. This isn't my family. I really don't know much more about the Pilgrims that what most kids are taught at school around Thanksgiving. The bottom line about this group is that they were trying to establish a *New World* in the wilderness, far away from the influence of England.
The Puritans established a colony at Boston, and this is my family. Boston was a busy port, and ships sailed to and from England regularly. The statue in the picture is of Samuel Stone in Hertford, England. He is among the first of my family to come to America.
Posted by Brad Hall