4 September 2012
The first settlers of Plymouth came over seas from England in 1620. These first settlers traveled to the “new land” on a ship called the Mayflower. After the first settlers arrived in Plymouth – or the “new land” – they did not take residence on the land; they lived on their boat the Mayflower. During this time they would travel back and forth between the Mayflower and Plymouth, or the “new land”, building houses and setting up their new settlement. After about a year had passed and their houses and settlement were built, they moved ashore permanently. As these new settlers quickly found out, the life style on this new land was extremely rough, especially during the first winter. Many of the first settlers died during this difficult first winter due to sickness and illnesses and disease. During this time, disease spread and swept throughout the new colony, killing and creating serious sicknesses. It was believed that around seventy percent of the new settlers died during the first winter.
George Hall was one of the first settlers to move to Plymouth. George traveled to Plymouth in 1636 and got married in 1640 to his wife Mary. Later on George and Mary had two sons, Samuel and Joseph, and a daughter, Charity. He had two jobs, and was a farmer and a blacksmith. From reading George’s last will and testament one can see that he gave his children a lot of money and some of his land. From reading this one can imply that George was quite wealthy and owned a lot of land. From reading George Hall’s last will and testament one could tell that George was a very generous person and he was a member of the church and was very religious man.
It was difficult for George and his family to begin to farm when they first settled in Plymouth. The farming was extremely different than what George was used to his farming in England. Since the land was new to them some of the difficulties... [continues]
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