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Society History

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants was formed in 1897.  Throughout the years, state societies have been formed in every state; the Canadian Society is the first society to be formed outside of the United States.

The formation of the Canadian Society was largely due to the efforts of our first Governor, the Reverend James S. McGivern.  In May 1980 Mr. Robert Thurtle, Chairman of the Membership Committee of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, advised Father McGivern that there were seventy-seven General Society members resident in Canada, forty-five in Ontario alone.  With the help of Mr. Thurtle, a list of members with Canadian addresses was obtained.  They were contacted by Father McGivern to find out if they would be interested in establishing a Society in Canada.  The result was that twenty-nine signatures were obtained, an application was sent to Plymouth which was approved, and the Charter signed on September 13th, 1980.

The Charter was presented by Frederick Low, Governor General, on October 18th, 1980, at a meeting held in Toronto.  The first Annual Meeting & Compact Dinner was held 21 Nov. 1981, in Toronto.

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