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Henry Bagwell

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: St Petrock, Exeter, Devonshire
Death: February 11, 1660 (70)
Northampton, Virginia Colony
Place of Burial: Northampton, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Bagwell and Joan Bagwell
Husband of Alice Stratton / Bagwell
Father of Rebecca Fisher; John Bagwell and Thomas Bagwell
Brother of John or Andrew Bagwell; Elizabeth Bagwell; David "Davy" Bagwell and Dorothy Bagwell

Occupation: Ancient Planter
Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Henry Bagwell

Arrived at Jamestown, VA, in May of 1610 on board the Deliverance, which, along with the Patience, was built with Bermudan cedar and recovered timber from the Sea Venture. The Sea Venture had blown off course by a storm in August 1609 as it lead a group of 8 other ships in the Third Supply of Jamestown. It wrecked off Bermuda and its passengers lived on Bermuda for ten months. Once the Deliverance and Patience were built, they sailed to Jamestown to find only 60 survivors there. This experience inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest. One of Henry's fellow passengers was John Rolfe, who would eventually marry Pocahantas.


On the 1623 census of Jamestown:

Was a court official and sheriff in Accomack, VA.


There are many other online sources about Henry.

Henry Bagwell was baptized October 29, 1589 at Saint Petrock’s Church at Exeter in Devon. In a deposition later given in 1633 he indicated he was from Devonshire or Somerset England. In June of 1609 he embarked on the flagship “Sea Venture” with a fleet of seven vessels and 500 to 600 new settlers intended to replenish the new settlement at Jamestown in Virginia. On July 24th, the fleet was caught in a tremendous hurricane, lasting several days. The seams of the new flagship were forced apart by the waves and the ship began taking on water, eventually taking nine feet in the hold. Intentionally running the vessel aground on the reef off Burmuda, the crew and settlers reached the shore, where they lived for a number of months. Eventually they constructed two smaller ships from timbers salvaged from the Sea Venture, and sailed on the struggling settlement at Jamestown, where they arrived in May of 1610. Arriving there on the heels of the infamous “starving time” from the winter of 1609 -1610, they found stores depleted, and in June all the settlers abandoned Jamestown to sail back to England. Waiting for the tide to turn at the mouth of the James, they encountered the first wave of Lord De Le Warr’s relief expedition, and everyone returned to Jamestown, which was to continue on. By 1623 Henry Bagwell had moved a few miles upriver to West and Shirley Hundred, where he appears in local records. Around 1624 he patented fifty acres of land at Charles City County there. By 1629 he had moved back down the James and crossed the Bay, settling in Accomack County on the eastern shore. He served as a Member of the House of Burgesses in Jamestown representing Accomack County in 1629-30 and September of 1632. Henry served as the first clerk of the County Court in the County of Accomack-Northampton, Virginia from 1632 to 1640. On August 13th Henry had 400 acres of land patented to him in Accomack County, on Old Plantation Creek and Johnny Boyes Branch, near William Berryman. Before January 1st, 1636: Henry Bagwell married Alice (Hawkins) widow of Thomas Stratton, Daughter of Wm. and Ann Hawkins, who was born after 1604 in England. Henry left no will, and the date of his death is not know, but records show title to his land passing to his eldest son. Alice died prior to November 11, 1646.

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Henry Bagwell's Timeline

October 29, 1589
St Petrock, Exeter, Devonshire
Age 47
Matomkin, Northampton, Virginia Colony
Age 50
Matomkin, Northampton County, Virginia Colony
Age 52
Matomkin, Accomack, English Colony of Virginia
February 11, 1660
Age 70
Northampton, Virginia Colony
April 28, 1663
Age 70
Northampton, VA, United States