There were 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower when it left England for the New World in 1620, said Alice Teal, of Marmora in Upper Township.

But today, their descendents number in the millions. Teal, 86, is one of them. She traces her roots to John Howland, a young man who almost lost his life when he was swept overboard on the voyage. Luckily, he was rescued.

Teal is a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendents, based in Plymouth, Mass. Full membership is open only to those who can prove their ancestry back to one of the original 102. About 85,000 people have successfully joined in the society’s 116 years, she said.

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The longtime writer and public relations professional has been editor of the society’s Mayflower Quarterly for 20 years. It started as a four-page newsletter, and is now a 100-page softcover publication, Teal said.

She and Upper Township resident Harry P. Folger, another Mayflower descendent, recently put together a 400-page hardcover book, “GSMD Diamond Jubilee Edition,” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the magazine. It includes some of the best articles and photos from 1935 to 2010.

Teal said a good number of Mayflower descendents are in the Cape May County area, because Howland’s granddaughter, Hannah Gorham, moved to the Town Bank area of Lower Township when it was a whaling colony. Descendants can be traced through the Hand, Stites, Spicer, Edmunds, Swain and Schellenger families, and others, she said.

“GSMD Diamond Jubilee Edition” is $50, plus $14 postage and handling. It is available at

Rutgers’ Germain honored

Carol P. Germain, of Mays Landing, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education Alumni Association in April.

Germain, director of nursing program development at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been widely published in nursing journals and books and clinical textbooks.

DeNittis a ‘Top Doctor’

Albert S. DeNittis, medical director of the Brodesser Cancer Center at Cape Regional Medical Center and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Lankenau Hospital, has been named a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report and Philadelphia Magazine for 2013.

DeNittis is ranked among the top 5 percent of physicians in the United States.

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