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Descendants of the Puritans

Two of Governor John Winthrop's eleventh-generation descendants made a visit to St Botolph's Church.

John Winthrop (left) and John Winthrop Sears stand by the 'Vision Stone' at the end of the Puritan Path which quotes from Governor Winthrop's famous sermon, "A Model of Christian Charity" which he preached on board the "Arbella" in 1630

Very proud of their heritage, John Winthrop (a direct descendant) and John Winthrop Sears (a descendant) came over with a group of Americans, led by Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration Study Project based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Many of the group members are descendants of the Puritans who have been commemorated in the Puritan Path at the church. The Puritans, who sailed as part of the 'Winthrop Fleet', founded a new colony in the Massachusetts Bay - named their new settlement 'Boston' and they chose John Winthrop, from Groton in Suffolk as the first Governor of the new colony.