Wooden Shovel

The wooden shovel
The wooden shovel

The family that I know who immigrated to America all came in the 1620’s on the mayflower. My dad’s side of the family stayed in Plymouth and is still there today; my mom’s side moved out of Plymouth and spread across the country. There really aren't many families that can link themselves all the way back to the Mayflower. The shovel belonged to one of my great-great-great grandparents who moved to Georgia from the north with their family. This wooden shovel was one of many tools used on their farm, you can even see where it was worn down from being driven into the ground again and again. Long after those great-great-great-grandparents had died and the family moved out of the farm, the shovel found its way to Virginia, where it now hangs on the living room wall of my grandmother's house. To me the shovel represents the strong willed identity of my family to push on and make the best out of what they have. 

Place(s): Plymouth
Year: 1620

– Ben Hathaway

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more