This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

My First Families of America

My ancestors were the first families of America. They arrived in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 1620s, 30s and 40s, following their religious leaders to in order to establish a new world based on the teachings of Christ. These families followed the teachings of John Cotton, Thomas Hooker, Increase Mather, and Samuel Stone.

But it didn't take very long for future generations to forget this holy mission, which Cotton Mather, the grandson of John Cotton, called *The Declension* (see The Great Works of Christ in America). By the way, *declension* is just a fancy term for *decline*. And the Puritans declined very quickly in their dedication to their faith. Cotton Mather decried the disinterest that members of his generation had in the original concept of creating a sacred city on a hill. And this was only 1702!

By the way, in case you are also descended from the First Families of America, here are mine listed below. Let me know if we're cousins!

Humphrey Atherton - Came to America on the *James* August 7, 1635.

Thomas Nash - Came to America on the *Hector* July 26, 1637.

Thomas Ford - Came to America on the *Mary and John* March 20th, 1628.

Elder John Strong - Came to America on the *Mary and John* March 20th, 1628.

Reverend George Phillips - Came to America on the *Arbella* with John Winthrop on June 2, 1630.

Reverend Samuel Stone - Came to America on the *Griffin* September 4, 1633 with Thomas Hooker and John Cotton.

Rowland Stebbins - Came to America on the "Francis of Ipswich" April 30 1634.

Richard Treat - Member of John Winthrop's council 1663, Deputy, elected annually up to 1658

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