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  • 6 Sep 2020 11:35 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    In Plymouth Harbour

    From “the Speedwell’s Log” for August 28 [o.s.]/September 7 [n.s.]: “At anchor in Plymouth harbor. Conference of chief of Colonists and officers of MAY-FLOWER and SPEEDWELL.  No special leak could be found, but it was judged to be the general weakness of the ship, and that she would not prove sufficient for the voyage.  It was resolved to dismiss her the SPEEDWELL, and part of the company, and proceed with the other ship.”

  • 6 Sep 2020 11:33 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    Speedwell and Mayflower arrive in Plymouth together.

    The Speedwell, the smaller of the two ships (according to William Bradford, a “smale ship of 60 tune”), had sprung a leak the day before when the ships were about 100 leagues (345 miles) out, and both ships decided to turn back.  They arrived back in Plymouth harbour together today.

  • 30 Apr 2020 6:15 AM | Allison Pence (Administrator)

    Soule Kindred is sorry to announce that, due to the Covid19 situation, this year's reunion scheduled for September 11-13 in Plymouth, has been canceled. However, a "Virtual Reunion" with lots of fun online activities is currently being planned for the same weekend this September at no cost to our members. 

    Stay tuned for more details on this as they evolve. For those folks who have already registered for the reunion in Plymouth, our treasurer, Russell Francis, is working on getting refunds out to you. They will come to the credit card you used to register. No contact by you is necessary at this time.

    Just a reminder: Don't forget to contact your lodging and travel providers to cancel your reservations with them. SKA is considering having an in-person reunion once it is safe for us all to travel, possibly in 2021 or 2022, so please reach out to your Board and let them know your preferences in this matter. We apologize for your inconvenience, but know that you understand.

    Be well, Cousins!

  • 20 Apr 2020 10:00 AM | Sara Soule-Chapman (Administrator)

    We are in the process of evaluating whether or not to hold the reunion in Sept. 2020 or to postpone it.  We expect to make a decision in the next month or so.  We will keep you updated.  Thanks

  • 12 Jan 2020 1:00 PM | Allison Pence (Administrator)

    The Soule Kindred Reunion Committee wishes to thank all those who participated in the logo contest for our 2020 SKA Reunion coming up this September in Plymouth. And the winner is…

    Steven Soule of Escondido, California! 

    Steven, a 14 th generation descendant of Pilgrim George, is a web designer in Southern California. He is honored that his design was chosen to represent Soule Kindred for this special 400th Mayflower Anniversary year.

    Reunion Registration will open on February 1st. Watch for an announcement on our Facebook page and on the SKA website. We’re hoping to make registration an easy process for our members, so you may register and pay with a credit card through the SKA website. Or, if you prefer, you may print off your registration form and send it with a check to the address on the form.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really excited to meet many new cousins and friends at our upcoming reunion!  So many meaningful and fun events are being planned and it promises to be a wonderful weekend to remember!

    - Lori Soule, Reunion Committee Chair (lorisoule3@gmail.com)

  • 23 Oct 2018 5:03 PM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    Do you wonder how many other Soule Kindred members share a common Soule Ancestor with you? You may have a few closer cousins than you think.

    One of the features of our new Soule Kindred website allows members to search the lineage of other members who have a known lineage to George Soule.

    How to find other Soule Kindred members with similar lineage:

    If you are a member, login to the website, go to the MEMBERS ONLY menu item and select MEMBERS WITH ACCEPTED LINEAGE. (If you are not yet a member, please consider joining as one of the benefits of membership in Soule Kindred is having access to the Directory of Members with Accepted Lineage.)

    You’ll see an alphabetical list of members who have had their lineage accepted by our Lineage Assistance Committee. If your lineage has already been accepted, you’ll find your name on that list. Just type your name in the search box and your name and accepted lineage should pop up on the list.

    If you wish to find other members with a similar lineage, just type the name of one of your ancestors and all members with that name in their list will pop up. In the following example, I typed “Abigail Anthony” and found one member who had the name Abigail Anthony in her lineage. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this member and I share the same 4th-5th great grandmother, Abigail (Soule) Anthony.

    Are you curious how many members share one of George Soule’s children or grandchildren with you? Just type in the name of the child or grandchild and you find a list of all members who share the same child or grandchild (please see the note that follows). If I type in “Sylvanus”, I find 36 members with that name in their profile.

    Note: The search is not field specific, so if you search by name, it could be anywhere in any approved lineage, or in a member’s name. So you’ll need to go through the list of results to be sure the name is the one you’re searching for. For instance, when I did the search for “Anthony”, the list displayed a member with the name Anthony but who had no Soule descendants with the name Anthony. If you type “John”, one of George’s sons, you find 181 matches because a lot of members have the name John in their lineage that are not the son of George. Despite this flaw, I think your find this search feature very useful and a nice benefit of membership in Soule Kindred.

    Finally, if you click on a member’s name in the list, it will bring up part of his/her profile allowing you to send a message to that individual. This information is only available to dues-paying members. If that does not include you, won’t you join Soule Kindred now by clicking here.

    Just to clarify, the Directory of Members with Accepted Lineage is separate from the Family Tree Database (FTD). The FTD is a completely different database containing complete lineages of many of our members with supporting documentation. In order to insure the integrity of the FTD, your lineage must first be accepted by the Lineage Assistance Committee (LAC). The LAC will then enter your lineage in the Directory of Members with Accepted Lineage. To access the FTD you must register for a separate user account. Contact Deanna Lucas for questions regarding the FTD.

  • 14 Jun 2018 9:08 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    July 1968

    • The cover lists Soule kindred members who are fighting or were injured in the Vietnam War, as well as a memorial to Charles William Soule from Chief Karl W. Gunther of the Police Benevolent Association of Herkimer.
    • A story covering 55 years of products and services offered by Soulé Steel in San Francisco.
    • Martha Soule, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Soule plays Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez in the high school play “Where’s Charley”.
    • Windham College of Putney Vermont names Dr. Patrick M. Soule as Academic Dean.
    • Mayor Charles Soule was revealed as "Jean LaFitte" during coronation ceremonies for Miss Florida.
    • Phyllis Soule, Extension home economist at the University of Vermont explains why “fences are a must at Swimming pools”.
    • An article about “The Ridlon Story” by Colonel John Soule. Reverend Gideon Thomas W. Ridlon was the author of “Contribution to the History, Biography and Genealogy of the Families Named SOLE, SOLLY, SOULE, SOWLE, SOLIS with other Forms of Spelling from the Eighth Century to the Present with notes on Collateral Families both Foreign and American”.

    Summer 1993

    • The cover shows a picture of the Mayflower II promoting the Soule Kindred  Reunion in Plymouth, September 8-12.
    • A description of the 1627 Pilgrim Village and where the families lived.
    • The text of the Mayflower Compact and all of its signatories.
    • The Family Historians Report by Geraldine Sowle Schlosser and an appeal to gather information pertaining to descendants of Pilgrim George Soule.
    • Application for a $1,000 Soule Kindred Memorial Scholarship.
    • A continuation of “Frank Beach Soule’s Family History”.
    • A list of members who are 5th generation descendants of Asa Soule, by Shirley Thomas Denison.
    • Complete list of Soule Kindred members with addresses.

  • 14 Jun 2018 8:40 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    William, or Will, Soule took his historic Indian photographs between 1868 and 1875 while clerking at the military forts serving as official photographer at the newly established army post, Fort Sill, deep in Indian territory.

    They were displayed in a Soule Kindred event June 27, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California 

    Click here to see the full article

  • 13 Jun 2018 3:34 PM | Sara Soule-Chapman (Administrator)
    Many descendants of George Soule and Mary Beckett have obtained notoriety.  Listed below are some of them.  Feel free to add to the list!
    • George Soule, Mayflower Pilgrim, signer of the Mayflower Compact, 1620, a founder of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
    • Mary Becket, wife of George Soule, arrived in Plymouth on the Anne in 1623.  She bore nine children: Zachariah, John, Nathaniel, George, Susanna, Mary, Elizabeth, Patience and Benjamin.
    • Benjamin Soule, youngest son of George and Mary, died in King Phillips’s War against the Indians, Rhode Island 1676.
    • William West, grandson of George and Mary, served as Brigadier General in the American Revolution, 1775-1777, Lt. Governor, and Justice of Rhode Island’s Supreme Court, 1787-89.
    • Amasa Soule, abolitionist, moved to Kansas in 1854 to advocate for an anti slavery state.  There he headed the Underground Railway and led slaves to freedom.
    • Silas Stillman Soule, abolitionist, Civil War hero, refused to fire against unarmed Indians at the Massacre at Sand Creek, 1864.  
    • Samuel W. Soule was part of the three-person team that invented the first practical typewriting machine, 1868. 
    • William Stinson Soule is best known for his Indian photographs on the Western plains, 1870’s.
    • Nathan Soule, U.S. Representative from New York, 1831-1833.
    • Augustus Lord Soule served as a Justice on the Massachusetts State Supreme Court, 1877-1881.
    • Edgar C. Soule, served as U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1922.
    • Capt Floyd M. Soule, scientist and pioneer in oceanography, charted iceberg areas of the North Atlantic, 1963.
    • Dick Van Dyke, movie and television actor, descends through George and Mary’s son John.
    • Eldress Gertrude Soule, one of the last Shaker survivors, died at age 93 at the Canterbury Shaker Village, 1988.
    • Richard Gere, movie actor, is a 12th generation descendant who can trace his family to George and 5 other Mayflower passengers.
    • Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush descend from Sarah Soule who was born in England and immigrated to Plymouth after the Mayflower.  It is not known if she was related to George Soule.
  • 1 Oct 2017 5:33 AM | Russell Francis (Administrator)

    Approximately 70 people attended the Soule Kindred 50 year anniversary reunion held in Plymouth MA, September 8-11, 2017.  Some highlights of the reunion were:

    George and Mary Soule actorsRe-enactors from the Plimoth Plantation attended the Friday evening reception; Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation and Viki Oman, Director of Education for Plimoth Plantation, played the roles of George Soule and Mary Beckett and were very authentic and entertaining.

    In memory of George and Mary SouleWe dedicated a garden and plaque at the King Caesar House, in Duxbury, to the memory of George Soule and Mary Beckett (picture on the right). Following the dedication, we toured the King Caesar House, ate our box lunches in the garden and then toured Duxbury. 

    Saturday evening we gathered for a Pilgrim buffet and a presentation by Caleb Johnson on the research being conducted on the origins of George Soule.

    Tours of Plimoth Plantation and Cape Cod, meals together, General Society of Mayflower Descendants events, visits to the Mayflower House, Pilgrim Hall Museum and Burial Hill were enjoyed by many attendees as well.

    For more pictures and details, see the Soule Kindred Newsletter, Vol. LI, Fall 2017.

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