years she came to Boston
to live and was a member of the Old South Church.
In her will she left the Church
five English pounds.
(It was ‘the widow's mite,’ as she was then ‘Widow Winslow
’). In three hundred years that has amounted to $500,000. No wonder Old South is the richest church in Boston
In less than a week after the first women went ashore, Rose Standish
passed to a land of sunshine and flowers.
Others soon followed, Ann Tilly
, Mrs. Martin
, little Ellen More and Mary Chilton
Another month, and Mary Allerton
, John Tilly
's wife, Sarah Eaton
and Mrs. Edward Fuller
were numbered with them, and soon Elizabeth Winslow
and Katharine Carver
Their monument is the hill by the seashore on which their graves were made, and their remembrance shall last as long as Mayflowers blossom.
It is indeed remarkable that even twelve women and children remained.
and Elizabeth Tilly
, Priscilla Mullins
and Mary Chilton
were indeed truly alone.
On the five women the care and responsibility fell heaviest, though the girls and children had their share in the division of labor.
Each served when there was nursing to be done.
Cooking was not only a duty but a serious problem in finding something to tempt failing appetites, the women often going hungry that others might have more.
Gradually came a lessening of the strain of known evils.
The problem of the Indians had been solved on the day that they heard the word ‘Welcome’ from an unknown voice; and their visits from these strange people became frequent and helpful as well.
The day of making another covenant was one marked by color and animation in the doleful life of those early months for the women with just strength enough for interest.
They met and entertained the sovereign of the savages to the lively music of drum and trumpet.
The green rug on which they sat in one of the unfinished houses must