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For Mayflower descendants, Thanksgiving is a family affair

For Mayflower descendants, Thanksgiving is a family affair

Like many Americans, George Seal sees Thanksgiving as a day for remembering the family members, past and present, who have helped make possible the life he lives and loves today.

Take one of his ancestors: a 17th-century Englishman who attempted and survived a hazardous Atlantic crossing, helped found and lead a new society in what is now Massachusetts, and wrote a history of his life and times.

Or another, a prickly rogue whom the first man disliked, declared guilty of murder and ordered hanged.

Seal happens to descend from what might very well be the two most dissimilar men who sailed to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620: William Bradford, the second...

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