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Great Migration: Passengers of the Hector, 1637 & 1638

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Hector, England to Massachussets 1637

From Ship Passenger Lists by Carl Boyer referencing a previous work by Isabel MacBeath Calder entitled Passengers on the Hector, 1637-38, The New Haven Colony pp. 29-31.

The following is the passenger list for the vessel Hector, which brought the passengers accompanying John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton to Connecticut in 1637. There is another ship called the Hector that brought the first Scottish Highlanders to Nova Scotia in the mid-1700's, but the Hector Heritage Foundation in Nova Scotia states that the ship that brought the Davenport/Eaton party is a different vessel.

The Hector that brought the Davenport party to Massachusetts was a new vessel of 250 tons, which had already made a previous passage to Massachusetts Bay. The records indicate that the ship actually arrived in Massachusetts, but other references mention that the Hectoralso took the party to Connecticut in late 1637 or 1638. A passenger ship list for the trip from Massachusetts Bay to New Haven, Connecticut has not been located.

Passengers on the Hector sold their belongings in preparation for the sailing, but then the English government impressed the ship for the service of the crown. The owners petitioned for its release in January 1637, but the ship was not freed until May. According to the records of John Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay, the ship arrived in Boston (from London England) on June 26, 1637.

  1. Andrews William (From Ipswtich, Suffolk or Hampswaithe, York to Salem or Charlestown. Ref: Pope. 36 pg 156 & 187)
  2. Bannister Edward (From Chiddingly, Sussex, bound for New Haven, Ct. Ref: Banks Mss. 36 pg 171)
  3. Beach/Beckley Richard (From S Bourne Mary, Hampshire, bound for Wethersfield, CT. Ref: Stiles. 36 pg 60)
  4. Brockett John
  5. Browning Henry
  6. Budd John
  7. Cheever Ezekiel
  8. Clark James
  9. Cooper John
  10. Crane Jasper
  11. Davenport John & Elizabeth
  12. Dixon Jeremy
  13. Eaton Theophilus
  14. Eaton, Old Mrs., his mother
  15. Eaton Anne, second wife of Theophilus Eaton and daughter of George Loyd Bishop of Chester and widow of Thomas Yale
  16. Eaton children of Anne Eaton by her former marriage
  17. Elsey Nicholas
  18. Halbidge Arthur
  19. Hall Francis (from Bulkington, Warwickshire, bound for New Haven. Ref: Aspinwall. 36 pg 174)
  20. Hill Robert
  21. Hitchcock Mathew
  22. Hopkins Edward
  23. Hull Andrew
  24. Ives William
  25. Low Andrew
  26. Malbon Richard
  27. Messenger Andrew
  28. Moulthrop Mathew
  29. Newman Francis
  30. Newman Robert
  31. Osborn Richard
  32. Patteson Edward
  33. Reader John
  34. Rowe Nathaniel
  35. Smith George
  36. Thorp William
  37. Ward George
  38. Ward Lawrence
  39. Whitehead Samuel
  40. Old Jewry (?)

See the Unsolved page for names not listed here


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