Raleigh Gilbert (1577 - 1634)

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Birthplace: Compton, Devon, England
Death: Died in England
Managed by: Kristen Lynn Gilbert
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About Raleigh Gilbert

Ralegh Gilbert continued the colonizing efforts of the family and in 1606 was one of eight grantees who received Letters Patent from King James I. This grant provided for two colonies — the London Colony and the Plymouth Colony. Under Captain Christopher Newport, the London Colony sailed from London in December 1606 and reached the Chesapeake Bay on May 13, 1607. There they founded Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in the New World.

The "England Company" voyage was from England to Sagahadoc, Maine in 1607

The "two shipps sent forth" by Sir John Popham were the "Gift of God" commanded by Capt. George Popham and the "Mary and John" by Captain Raleigh Gilbert. (Capt. Raleigh Gilbert was a son of Sir Humphrey Gilbert who lost his life in the "Squirrel" on the voyage to Newfoundland in 1583.)

Captain James Davis was master of the "Mary and John" and he wrote an account of the voyage called "The Relation of a voyage unto New England begun from the Lizard, ye first of June 1607." Note: The author of this Ms. is not shown, his name being left blank on the title page, but The Rev. Henry Otis Thayer in his account of the Sagadahoc Colony (p. 19) gives his reason for believing that the author of the "Relation" was Captain James Davis, which seems conclusive.

Monday, 1st June 1607 - Departure from Plymouth, England

Capt. James Davis, in his "Relation" says, "Departed from the Lyzard [Plymouth, England] the first day of June 1607, being Monday about 6 of the clock in the afternoon and it bore me then northeast by north eight leagues.

Wednesday, 19th Auguste 1607 -- Arrival in Maine

"Wednesday being the 19th Auguste we all went to the shore where we made choice for our plantation and there we had a sermon delivered in by our preacher."

19 Aug 1607 - Established Fort at mouth of Kennebec River in Maine. The colony was called the "Sagadahoc Colony." This colony preceded the "Mayflower" landing at Plymouth, Mass. by 13 years.

Captain James Davis again set sail for Sagadahoc and arrived, it is supposed, about the month of May 1608. He found the colonists had been through a severe winter. George Popham, the first president, had died, and Raleigh Gilbert was now the president. Sir John Gilbert, eldest son of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and the brother of Raleigh Gilbert, had also died in England and left his estate to his brother Raleigh Gilbert to settle. Raleigh Gilbert desired to return to England to settle his brothers estate and the experience the colonists had been through, determined them to abandon the enterprise before the coming of another winter.

17 October 1608 The Colony Gives Up & Returns to England.

Children: John GILBERT; Humphrey GILBERT b: ABT 1616 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England; Raleigh GILBERT; Ager GILBERT; Ferdinand GILBERT; & Amy GILBERT.

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Raleigh Gilbert's Timeline

1577
1577
Compton, Devon, England
1616
1616
Age 39
1616
Age 39
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
1616
Age 39
1617
1617
Age 40
Compton, Devon, UK
1617
Age 40
Compton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
1618
1618
Age 41
Plymouth, UK
1619
1619
Age 42
1623
1623
Age 46
Churston Ferrers, Torbay, UK
1624
1624
Age 47
Churston Ferrers, Torbay, UK