The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan is proud to announce that mother and daughter, Marguerite Pitcher- Wicker and daughter Judith Bargeon of Monroe along with Margaret’s brother, Frances L. Pitcher of Texas, has successfully completed the necessary documentation of their ancestry to qualify for membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants. They were able to link heritage to passenger John Howland and his wife Elizabeth Tilley, who arrived in the harbor near Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the Mayflower ship in November 1620.

Marguerite Pitcher, 92, is a former resident of Carlisle. Her parents were Leonard H. Pitcher and Elsie A. Bennett Pitcher.

Mr. Howland of the "Mayflower" was one of the 41 adult male passengers who signed the immortal Mayflower Compact on the 11th of November (Old Style) 1620. They had come to settle in a new land and to found a new home and government, for the benefit of themselves and their posterity. Their struggles and hardships, which in the first year after their landing left only one-half of their number; necessitated years of continued bravery and fortitude against innumerable trials of the severest kind. Their acts and example have been instrumental in the establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty throughout the land. Therefore, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was formed by lineage descendants of that band of pilgrims;

To preserve their memory, their records, their history, and all facts relating to them, their ancestors, and their prosperity;

To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom;

3. To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose, and steadfastness of the Pilgrim Fathers, and

4. To secure united effort to discover and publish original matter, and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots made memorable by Pilgrim association.

If you have information and/or documentation that leads you to believe you may be directly descended from a passenger on the Mayflower voyage of 1620 that terminated on the shores of New England at Plymouth, you may be eligible to join the Society. For further information on the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan, please call Bonnie Vokits, Fruitport, Michigan at 231-865-7103, or visit our website at