One settler named Edward Winslow wrote,
"We set last spring some twenty acres of Indian corn, and sowed some six acres of barley and peas. According to the manner of the Indians we manured our ground with herrings (alewives) which we have in great abundance and take with great ease at our doors. Our corn did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase in Indian corn. Our barley did indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering. We feared they were too late sown. They came up very well and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom. Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might, after a special manner, rejoice together, after we had gathered in the fruits of our labors. They four in one day killed as many fowl as with little help besides, served the Company for almost a week, at which time, amongst our recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their great king the Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted. They went out and killed five deer, which they brought in to the Plantation, and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. Although it not always be so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. -- We have found the Indians very faithful in their Covenant of Peace with us; very loving and ready to pleasure us. Some of us have been fifty miles into the country by land with them. -- There is now great peace amongst us; and we, for our parts, walk as peaceably and safely in the woods here as in the highways in England. - I never in my life remember a more seasonable year than we have enjoyed." (Mourt)
They all had so much to be grateful for.
We have ancestors who were at the first Thanksgiving. The Billington family was on the Mayflower, and didn't lose anyone over that first deadly year. They were the only family untouched by the sickness that claimed so many. John, Ellen, John Jr and Francis feasted with the Native Americans along with the other colonists. They had a lot to thank Heavenly Father for. It's an amazing feeling having this connection with the first Thanksgiving in America.
Clines, Duane A. "Part 5: The First Pilgrim Thanksgiving." The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony 1620. 2 Nov 2006. n. page. Web. 23 Nov 2012.
Mourt, G. Mourt's Relation. 1622: London. Print. p. 38
Philbrick, Nathaniel. "Thanksgiving." Mayflower. 2006: New York. Print. pp. 104-120.