On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the 6th state to join the Union. The birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Massachusetts has long been associated with leadership as well as the American Revolution.
Massachusetts ranks 44th in land mass, and 13th in population. The state flower is the Mayflower, the bird the chickadee, and its tree the American elm. The Massachusetts’ state flag has a white field with a blue shield picturing the image of a Native American, Massachuset. He holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto: ” By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty”.
Plymouth Rock, the landing place of the Pilgrims, is still visible. It is about the size of a coffee table, composed of glacial moraine. The date 1620 is cut into its surface. The Rock was dragged around the town of Plymouth by ox teams to inspire Revolutionaries, and later gouged and scraped by 19th-century souvenir hunters. It now rests near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
Another historical landmark in Massachusetts is the USS Constitution ‘Old Ironsides’, the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the US Navy. It is permanently berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard.
If your family has been in America for a century or more, it’s likely at least one branch resided in Massachusetts.