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Name: Michelle Rossi-Voorhees
Age: 38
From: Massachusetts

In the 21st century, Michelle Rossi-Voorhees is a seamstress and runs her own business. On the Colony, she and her family represent the bulk of early colonists: skilled, middle-class adventurers seeking opportunity in a new world.

"I am proud of my ability to master the task of making enjoyable meals with only seven basic ingredients. I am satisfied that I kept my house in good working order. I believe I kept my family's clothing as clean and in as good repair as I was able. However, I was unable to abandon the morals and beliefs that are part of me no matter what century I inhabit. For the first time in my life I was confronted by others as to my religious beliefs and practices (or seeming lack thereof). In contemplating these challenges to my spirituality I became more grounded in my understanding of myself and the choices I have made in my life. I thank those who forced me to ponder such topics."

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As a young married couple, John and Michelle left their rural village in Worcestershire with their son Giacomo, seeking a way out of the rural poverty that gripped many English families. They moved to Bristol, the second largest city in England, and a magnet for people seeking opportunity. Unfortunately, the situation in Bristol was not much better. For a time, John served as a soldier, fighting in the wars on the continent. He then found work as a laborer, working a variety of jobs on the busy waterfront. Michelle is able to supplement their income working as a successful seamstress.

They have heard wonderful stories about America from the fishermen and sailors of Bristol who have visited there. When word spread that the Colonial House Company was seeking settlers for a new Colony, the Voorhees leapt at the opportunity. This will be their chance to own a house and land, and be prosperous farmers.

Video Diaries:

Michelle describes the arduous nature of daily colonial life in her household. Watch the video.

Michelle talks about some of her concerns and frustrations on the Colony. Watch the video.

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I am proud of my ability to master the task of making enjoyable meals with only seven basic ingredients.

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