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Man overboard from the Mayflower

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"John Howland fell overboard the Mayflower during a
storm and was almost lost at sea but managed to grab the
topsail halyards, giving the crew enough time to rescue
him with a boat hook. His descendants include Franklin D
Roosevelt, George H W Bush, George W Bush, the poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Humphrey Bogart


So, without a well placed topsail halyard we would not have had African Queen! The others also made a contribution here and there.


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My ancestor as well, according to family history and somewhat verified by Ancestry.com.  (I do not claim a place on the above list, however.)  John Howland had a long life and a large family, leading to tens if not hundreds of thousands of descendants living today. 

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