Joseph Windsor's Journal


So here I am, standing on the dock staring at The Ocean's Sword to go to the new world. I have two indentured servants carrying 2 large trunks each. I, Joseph Windsor, am a 35 year old man with a wife and 2 kids. Mary Windsor, my wife, is 33 and we got married on April 13th, 13 years ago. I have a son and daughter, Joseph Jr. is 10 and Annie is 5. I turned around to make sure the kids wanted to go. I looked at them, they nodded because they knew what I was going to say. Mary and Annie looked and felt scared and nervous, I could see Joseph being nervous but he was hiding it with his pride and honor. Joseph was helping me take up a crate of furs, this was a way of paying to go on the ship.

We are moving because all our land is dying out at a standard rate and we are losing wealth so we've decided to go to the new world.


It's been one month already and Annie is starting to get a cough. Mary and I are worried. Joseph just threw up and so did I a few minutes ago. We are very hungry but we can still live. We have never gone out to sea before but Joseph and I have been fishing before and that was the deepest water we've been in. We all miss our home but God has given me a good signal that the new world would change our lives. We pray to see land again.

We were in a storm three days ago and two crew men went over board and drowned. Annie and Mary were safe on the lower deck so Joseph and I had to help out with leaks and ropes connected to the main mast. Everyone was scared, including Joseph and I. Mary and I were desperate to see land for the children and the both of us.


We settled in pretty well but of course the first 6 months is definitely harder than if you were there for 2 years. It's late Spring so it's easier. There are many trees and four carpenters so the colony's houses are being built faster than we expected. The problem is there aren't as many blacksmiths to make nails and tools for everybody to help. The women and young ladies were bringing the men water and bread. The new world seems a lot better than England because back home there were a lot of diseases and our land was dying out. We were losing our wealth but here everything is 3 times better. All 6 farmers are working very hard to make food, we still have a month worth of food on the boat. Sometimes there were too many trees that had to be cut down to make a farm but all the wood went to shelter. And all the men couldn't work 8 hours a day taking down trees. On average we would take down 10 trees a day. And these trees are very tall so when one goes down 2 or 3 comes down with it. My family's house has been built and the ground has been cultivated and crops are being grown. I have given some advice to some servants and 1 of them works for me.


We've found out that Native Americans have a village next to us. Joseph has a problem with the natives, he thinks they are uncivilized because it is said that they live in huts made of straw, mud, and cow manure. Mary, Annie and I feel that it's very nice to have another colony next to us. Some other people thought the same way we do, most of them are our friends. But there were people who had a dislike towards the natives and a few loathed them. Mary and I helped them to picture the good in the natives. I sometimes miss being back in England because I miss my parents and siblings. They went their separate ways after I turned 18. I am the youngest in my childhood family.


It's winter now and everything is a lot harder than we thought. Most of the crops died and we're not sure if everyone has food. We've had two blizzards and many storms. None have died but many are sick. Mary is getting a cough. I warm her up with my furs and my body warmth. We tried to get information from the natives because they have survived these winters before. They were no help at all. But we, the colony, feel like we are doing a good job for this kind of winter. Before all this, I've been doing good with what I do. I've given 20 servants jobs and Mary has sold jumpers and blankets. On average we've received something equal to 10 pieces of gold a month. Mary is teaching 3 kids once a week and she earns a chicken a lesson, a lesson is 3 hours. Native tribes are also trading with us and so is the rest of the colony. The laws in the colony are very fair and there aren't as many as England. The new world has been great.

1 comment:

  1. Very good touches of realism in there. I especially liked the last part of 05/14/1606, about the trees.
    However, the Native American lived in animal-hide-over-branches huts called tepees. Are you just being more realistic, adding stereotype to it?
    I enjoy the little bit of voice you put in there. Put more in, it's good.
    Great job!