Elinor Billington was the wife of John Billington and came on the Mayflower with their two sons John, age 16, and Francis, age 14. She was one of only four women to survive to the time of the First Thanksgiving in the Autumn of 1621. The Billington’s had a reputation for being trouble makers. Six years after her husband was tried and hung for murder, she was sentenced to sit in the stock and be whipped for slander against John Doane. Elinor later married Gregory Armstrong in 1638 but had no children with him.
The Mayflower left England in September 1620 with 102 men, women and children bound for Virginia. After 65 days they arrived far north of their preferred destination. They created a government on arrival forming the Mayflower Compact, which stated the colonists would create “laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices…,” follow their Christian faith, work together for the common good, and be loyal subjects to King James.
This Elinor Billington history mug is part of our Mayflower history series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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