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  • Deacon Samuel Chapin (c.1598 - 1675)
    Served as deacon of the First Congregational Church in Springfield. From "The Chapin Family History": "In 1877, a bronze statue of 'The Puritan' by the famous sculptor Saint-Gaudens was presented to ...
  • Nicholas Norton (c.1610 - 1690)
    He was a tanner. He came to America in 1635 with Rev. Joseph Hull, who brought colonists from Somerset. In 1636 and 1637 he fought in the Pequot Indian War. In 1637 he was living at Weymouth, Massachus...
  • Rev. Thomas Mayhew (c.1620 - 1657)
    Additional information-proofs-citations added by E.C. Nickerson about this Ancestor: First Minister to the Native People in America. ::: Came to New England in 1630 in Governor Winthrop's Fleet with hi...
  • Governor Thomas Mayhew (1593 - 1682)
    The following was obtained from a Mayhew Family Tree, published in 1855, covering all generations from 1631 to 1855: "Thomas Mayhew, Governor and Patentee of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Elizabe...
  • Henry Luce (c.1640 - 1689)
    Henry Luce (c1640-bef Mar 1689), a tanner. He is often called a son of Israel Luce , but no proof exists. The theory was first put forward by Charles Banks in History of Martha's Vineyard . He was the ...

Particularly in the years after 1630, Puritans left for New England, supporting the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and other settlements. The large-scale Puritan emigration to New England then ceased, by 1641, with around 21,000 having moved across the Atlantic. This English-speaking population in America did not all consist of colonists, since many returned, but produced more than 16 million descendants. This so-called "Great Migration" is not so named because of sheer numbers, which were much less than the number of English citizens who emigrated to Virginia and the Caribbean during this time. The rapid growth of the New England colonies (~700,000 by 1790) was almost entirely due to the high birth rate and lower death rate per year.

List of New England Puritans