Francis Billington was the son of John and Elinor Billington and came on the Mayflower at age 14 along with his brother John, age 16. He was a rambunctious child who nearly caused a disaster on the Mayflower when he shot off his father’s gun inside a cabin, nearly sparking an explosion in a barrel of gunpowder. In 1630, he married Christian Eaton, a widow of another Mayflower passenger. The couple had 9 children, Elizabeth, Joseph, Martha, Mary, Isaac, Rebecca, Dorcas, Mercy, and an unnamed child who died young.
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 Francis 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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