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Allison Janney learns that her ancestor arrived on the Mayflower in 1620.

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In a new episode Who do you think you are? On air Sunday, Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney found out about her relationship with Mayflower in 1620.

Because of her strong bond with her grandmother, Jenny was interested in learning more about the maternal side of her family. Traveling through her ancestors, the actress traced her family tree all the way back to her 11-time great-grandfather, Stephen Hopkins, who was born in 1582. Jenny learned that Hopkins had first arrived in Bermuda, which would eventually become the first English plantation, in 1609—more than a decade before Mayflowertravel across the Atlantic. The actress then traveled to Bermuda to learn more about Hopkins’ journey and experience, and it was there that she learned that her ancestors had died in Massachusetts.

At the Pilgrim’s Hall Museum in Plymouth, Jenny was told that the name Hopkins was “familiar in these parts” due to the fact that he, his second wife and four children traveled to Massachusetts on a historical route. Mayflower in 1620.

It is historically known that after a grueling 10-week voyage at sea Mayflower reached America and anchored in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. However, before they set foot on shore, the Mayflower Treaty was written and signed. As Jenny continued to read, she was shocked to see her 11-fold great-grandfather’s name signed as a witness on November 11, 1620, which was, in fact, one of the earliest manifestations of representative government in America.

“Stephen Hopkins is absolutely unique in that he laid the foundation for the creation of three English plantations. He was in Jamestown, was at the origin of what became the English plantation in Bermuda, and then was here, arrived on Mayflower in 1620 to found Plymouth Colony,” explained Donna Curtin, executive director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

Jenny was amazed by the fact that her ancestor was the only person who was part of all three established colonies, and by the fact that she was related to Mayflower “to a great extent.” And learning what an admiration he was, Jenny was not at all surprised to learn that he later became an elected official and assistant to the governor. However, she was shocked to learn that the Pilgrim’s Hall Museum still holds an artifact that once belonged to him.

The members of the court made an inventory of everything they had. Among the items on the list was a hat. Curtin told Jenny, “We have a hat that came from your ancestor, Stephen Hopkins’ daughter, Constance. It is from the beginning of the 17th century.

Jenny was delighted with the hat as she joked, “Wow. This is a great looking hat. And I love hats. Looks like Farrell might have copied it.

“If it was just under 400 years old, I would let you try it on,” Curtin joked back.

At the end, Jennie shared, “I feel a sense of pride that I come from someone who was such a huge part of the beginnings of America. I can’t wait to tell my family. Stephen had no idea what role he was going to play. play in history. He was just a man who wanted a better life for himself and his family. And he thought he could have it here in America and was willing to risk a lot to get it. And he has achieved all this with great success here. I like to think that I got some stuff from Stephen Hopkins.”

“He was simply unstoppable. And I felt it on myself – resilience and determination to achieve something in my life. And now, having found all this information about Steven, I feel completely inspired by his life and his story. In the future, there is little that can knock me off my feet. I really, really feel like I come from a strong family, and now I understand why. So it’s great,” Jenny stated.

Who do you think you are? airs on Sundays at 19:00 NBC.

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