Emmigrant but not family head?

Started by Terry Jackson (Switzer) on Sunday, March 10, 2013


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3/10/2013 at 3:54 PM

If the family head was in Devon but the person that emmigrated was a descendant do we include both profiles in this project or just the family head leaving the 'emmigrants from Devon' empty?

NB something weird is happening in tags for this project

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3/10/2013 at 4:00 PM

I think that he must be shown as an emigrant in the projecdt

3/10/2013 at 7:14 PM

I just wondered this too Terry.

3/10/2013 at 7:19 PM

Also, this family went back and forth from Chardstock, Devon and Chard, Somerset according to the About Me.

3/10/2013 at 7:44 PM

I added a family head who was also an emigrant as the oldest known ancestor I know of. Feel free to take him out of the wrong category. I am bad at indexing and its difficult for me on iPad anyway.

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3/11/2013 at 10:30 AM

I think we just have to use our best judgement - as you say hatte - there was a lot of movement! If people need to be linked to more than one county then that should happen - each case will be different?

3/11/2013 at 11:27 AM

That sounds perfect June. I may also add the Strong family to Somerset as well then.

The Dorchester Company

The Essex colony started at Cape Ann in 1623 with a party led by Thomas Gardner and John Tylly.[3] For this party, there were two ships with 32 people who were to settle the area commercially. About a year later, this party was joined by a group from Plymouth led by Roger Conant. These efforts, funded by the Dorchester Company, which withdrew its funding after 1625. In 1626, some of the original party, as many left to return to England or to go south, moved the settlement, in hopes of finding more success, to Naumkeag. This settlement worked out and became Salem.

According to the Essex Institute, the list of old planters, in 1626, who were in Cape Ann before the move were as follows:

Roger Conant - Governor, John Lyford - Minister (went to Virginia, instead of Naumkeag), John Woodbury, Humphrey Woodbury, John Balch, Peter Palfray, Walter Knight, William Allen,[4] Thomas Gray, John Tylly, Thomas Gardner, Richard Norman (and his son), William Jeffrey, and Capt. William Trask.[5]

Some of these, with Conant, have been referenced as the 'old planters' of Salem: Woodbury, Trask, Balch, Palfrey.[6]

With Gardner, and then Conant, in the lead, this early group was known for independence and tolerance which traits some (to wit, Puritan minister John White) may have seen as being, perhaps, unfit; there had been reports detailing issues, such as insubordination, as far back as Merrymount and the Cape Ann effort. Some of the old planters, however, managed to thrive in the less tolerant religious atmosphere of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.[7]

The subsequent changes in leadership, with first John Endecott and then John Winthrop, brought in some military discipline and also religious focus. After that, new planters came in successive waves.

John Endecott brought with him, in 1628, the patent that replaced the Dorchester Company with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A little later, Rev Francis Higginson brought more settlers and set up the first parsonage. Rev Higginson also established the notion that the settlement was of religion and not trade, seemingly contradictory to the interests of London.[8]

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