Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Speedwell

Bashed dreams: reading about my ancestor William Ring. He was part of the Leiden group of Separatists who were aboard the Speedwell (the ship meant to accompany the Mayflower) but had to turn back when the Speedwell proved unseaworthy. The good news? His widow, Mary Ring, and their children did make it to Plymouth in 1629 or 1630. I admire William's sacrifice and the leadership he took to give his family the religious training that was consistent with his convictions. I have thought before about the disappointment the Speedwell passengers must have felt upon seeing the Mayflower sail off without them, but knowing my family was among them makes it more personal.

You can read about Mary Ring here and here.

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