UpFront: The Forgotten Thanksgiving




David Thomson might have been repairing his fishing nets when Miles Standish arrived at his home in 1623. Thomson, the state's first non-Native American resident, lived on what is now called Odiorne Point in Rye and fished for cod in the nearby waters. It was the cod Standish was interested in. He was on a mission from Plymouth Plantation to find food for its starving residents. After a good harvest two years before - celebrated at the original thanksgiving dinner - the situation had turned dire, and Thomson's cod was needed for survival. Seacoast-based writer and lover of history J. Dennis Robinson says that soon after the cod arrived a supply ship from the motherland arrived as well, so "another solemn day was set apart" by the thankful Pilgrims "and appointed for that end." Robinson calls the ensuing feast Thanksgiving II. In a satirical account of the real event ("Turkeygate," online at www.seacoastnh.com), he complains that New Hampshire's role in Thanksgiving has been ignored: "Where are the little candles shaped like David Thomson and his wife Amias, the little codfish mobiles, the popout centerpieces of Pannaway Manor (the name of Thomson's home)?" Check it out and learn about the nefarious effort to make sure few know of Thomson's role in the Thanksgiving story and what's being done to restore him to his rightful place. Who knows? The story could become the Thanksgiving version of "The Night Before Christmas." More Information: Thomson is sometimes spelled Thompson, as in Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, which is named after the Granite State's first settler. For more information about him visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_New_Hampshire#Founding:_1600.E2.80.931775 http://www.scotsgenealogy.com/online/DavidPart01.htm
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. 2016 It List
    Our 2016 It List is the who’s who of New Hampshire. In a time of fact-checking the...
  2. Katrina Simpson is breaking military ground
    Meet the first woman in the National Guard to graduate from the US Army infantry officer basic...
  3. Local artisanal food and drink gift ideas
    The foodie on your shopping list will love any of these 15+ local items
  4. Sweeten the season with the Cookie and Candy Tour
    Visitors can tour 11 Mount Washington Valley inns decked out in their holiday finery, offering...
  5. Dealing with Panic Attacks
    Symptoms can feel like a heart attack.
  6. Pilobolus: The Pioneers
    New Hampshire-born troupe Pilobolus celebrates their 45th anniversary this year. Here, take a...
  7. Holiday decorating tips from the experts
    Three local design experts don their "merrymaker" hats to bring you their very best tips for...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags