The family sailed from England when they had a chance to come to America. The hardship of the voyage and the harsh conditions in the colonies took a toll on the surviving members of the family. They wondered about the decision to live in the new world, and felt lost without the comfort and status of British society. Carving out an existence turned out to be much more difficult than they had ever imagined. They lost touch with the roots of their family back in England and had no way to return even if they wanted to go. They had little money and just barely the time to protect and feed their offspring.
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