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2021 Annual Meeting Information

SAVE the DATE!!! September 17-19, 2021.

The 2021 Delano Kindred Annual Meeting, to be held both in-person and virtually via ZOOM, is scheduled for September 17-19, 2021, in or near Duxbury, Massachusetts. This post will be kept updated as new information becomes available. Registration will be available via this website.


Ancestor Talk on “1620 – The Mayflower Journey” and Mayflower Descendants

Professional genealogist George English talks on a topic that is close to his heart as his Mayflower Ancestor, Richard Warren, actually travelled to the New World on the original Mayflower voyage.

George will deliver a free talk on Zoom "1620 - The Mayflower Journey: Who went, where from, and why did they go?" on Friday 12 March at 6pm (GMT), 7 pm mainland Europe (GMT+1) and 1 pm EST (GMT-5). This talk has been organised by the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Europe.

2020 was the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower, the voyage that changed the world. Many do not know that two major happenings in other parts of the world more than 100 years before led to the chain of events that caused the Pilgrims to migrate from England.


George’s talk covers the events during the Reformation which led to the Pilgrims’ leaving for the New World; the voyage itself; and the impact the Mayflower has had on Western civilisation ever since. He explores who these people were, the different places that they came from and the reasons that they left their homeland. George will include his Mayflower ancestor, Richard Warren, as well as Alden, Bradford, Brewster, Cooke, Howland, Mullins and Winslow. Philip Delano will also be included.


George has many years’ experience of historical and genealogical research and has published articles in the Mayflower Descendant, Mayflower Quarterly and many other journals.


Click here to register for the talk via Eventbrite.


2020 Annual Meeting and Reunion CANCELLED

Regrettably, the resurgence of the COVID-19 virus has forced us to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting and Reunion planned for Manassas, VA, on September 25-27, 2020. A virtual membership meeting, likely via Zoom, will will be scheduled to take its place. Notice of that meeting will be posted as soon as plans are finalized.


Advance Purchase Offer for "Duxbury: Our Pilgrim Story"

To commemorate the Mayflower passengers and the 400th anniversary of their arrival, the Duxbury 2020 Authors and Board of Directors are publishing a book about the early leaders and families who settled Duxbury, "Across the Bay" and five nautical miles from Plymouth. Included are family names of Alden, Bradford, Delano, Standish, Eaton, Prence, Howland, Browne, Hicks, Samson, Washburn, Brewster, Collier, Soule and others.

The essay collection features 12 local historians and authors, each with a different perspective on the early Duxbury story, including Tony Kelso, Patrick Browne, James Baker, Monty Healy, Sheila Lynch-Benttinen, Paula Peters, Alicia Crane Williams, Peggy Baker, Carolyn Ravenscroft, Stephen O’Neil, Tom McCarthy, Muriel Cushing and George DeLano.

This Advance Offer to purchase "Duxbury: Our Pilgrim Story - a 2020 Perspective" for $20.20 per book plus $1.46 tax is available through June 1, 2020. To order your advance copy, send a check payable to Duxbury 2020 to Duxbury 2020, PO Box 2407, Duxbury MA 02331. At publication date, the book will be available online at a cost of $25.95 with tax and shipping additional.

On your order, please add phone number and email address. If local, you will be contacted when books are ready for pick up.  If you order to ship beyond zip code 02332, please add $4.95 per book for shipping.


Samuel Delano Logbook from the brig GRACE (1791)

Some years ago, the Hoyt Family donated a rare and valuable logbook written by Samuel Delano Jr. to the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society (DR&HS) in Duxbury, MA. This logbook provided a first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, but being over 200 years old, it was physically in rough shape. The Society lacked the necessary funds to preserve and digitize the book at the time, so they sent out requests for donations. As of September, 2019, they were still far short of what was needed. Learning about the book and the Society's plans to preserve it, DELANO KINDRED members enthusiastically voted to provide the remaining funds at our 2019 Annual Meeting in Hyde Park, NY. Here is a description (shamelessly copied from the DR&HS website) of this amazing book:

The logbook for the brig Grace is the first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, long before Admiral Matthew C. Perry commanded the entry of American vessels in 1853. The American brig, Grace, sailed into the harbor of Koshimoto and traded with Japanese villagers on May 1, 1791. Onboard was a 22 year-old Duxbury sailor and shipbuilder named Samuel Delano, Jr. As clerk, Delano kept the log of voyage and it is the only English language version of this momentous first meeting between two cultures.

Historian Scott Ridley (author of Morning of Fire about the sister ship Lady Washington) has described the log as “a rare record of America’s first visit to the closed nation of Japan in 1791. The historic visit is noted in fragments in Japanese archives, but this book, written day-to-day aboard the brig Grace as it lay in the harbor of Koshimoto, is the only American document to emerge from the voyage. It is a remarkable artifact.” The Japan-U.S. Friendship Memorial Museum in Koshimoto is dedicated to this important first contact. Scott Ridley and Hayato Sakurai feature the logbook in their book, “America’s First Visit to JAPAN April 29-May 8, 1791: Voyage of the Lady Washington And the Grace.”

The project was completed November, 2019, much sooner than anticipated. The preserved logbook now resides at the Society’s Drew Archival Library in Duxbury. In addition, the entire logbook is now available online in digital flipbook form on the Society's web page. Check out the logbook and see what other treasures exist in the DR&HS Delano Family Collection by clicking on the link below:

https://duxburyhistory.org/collection-highlights/logbook-for-brig-grace-1791/

Along with the flipbook, there is a transcription of the events from April 29 to May 10, 1791. Further transcriptions and other site enhancements are ongoing. Congratulations to DR&HS for a job well done! The Delano Kindred is honored to have been a part of this project.

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