Daughter of a Pilgrim and of the American Revolution

The Teal - Mayflower Quarterly
Alice Teal holds bound volumes of  the Mayflower Quarterly.


With roots to historic events over 400 years ago, the late Alice Carnrite Teal aptly came into the world on Flag Day. In 1620, the Mayflower, with 102 passengers and a crew of about 35 enduring extremely cramped conditions, departed England. Among these passengers, John Howland, came as a manservant to John Carver, who would be elected the first governor of Plymouth. Howland signed the Mayflower Compact and helped found the Plymouth Colony.

One of his many descendants, Alice Carnrite Teal, former member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), lived at The Shores. Since joining these two organizations, Alice considered them as family.

The NSDAR, a service organization boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world and focuses on promoting historic preservation, education and scholarships, patriotism, and honoring Revolutionary War patriots. Also, they educate and help prepare immigrants to take the test to become citizens. During a June 2014 interview, Alice proudly reflected, “In one calendar year, we logged in over 4,000,700 service hours.”

Alice was appointed National Vice-Chairwoman of the DAR for the Restoration of Ellis Island. She fondly remembered touring the Great Hall clad in a hardhat during the restoration project. As a longtime member of the Advisory Board of Historic Cold Spring Village, Alice named its successful annual signature event, Feasting on History.

While on a pilgrim tour she enjoyed the privilege of ringing the Howland Church Bell in Fenstandon County, Huntington, England, John Howland’s ancestral hometown.

Associates and residents at The Shores feel proud of Alice’s contributions and know she would be extremely pleased about the new scholarship honoring her memory, as reported by The Gazette. Read the article here.