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Ancient Planters: Passengers of the Susan Constant (1607)

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  • Capt. Nathaniel Powell, of Jamestown (c.1577 - 1622)
    Captain Nathaniel Powell, who came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, wrote much of John Smith's "History of Virginia", and it was he who made the first Map of Virginia, and sent it back to England, where...
  • Capt. Christopher Newport, Admiral of Virginia (1561 - 1617)
    Curator Note:Capt. Christopher Newport was married three times, to Katherine Proctor, Ellen Ade and Elizabeth Glanfield. He had four children -- Christopher, Jane, John and Elizabeth. Two additional da...
  • Ens. William Spence, of Archer's Hope (b. - bef.1624)
    Please note: WILLIAM SPENCE and WILLIAM SPENCER were two different men.The two men, both "Ancient Planters," have often been confused with each other. Alas, the spellings were used interchangeably in s...
  • John Dods, of the Jamestown Colony (1571 - 1652)
    Note: Pay no attention to the drivel dispensed of no known this or that. I have the birth, death, census records connecting these individuals together, I spent thousands of my own money and months of m...

The Virginia Company dispatched 144 men and boys on three ships which left England in December of 1606 and arrived in Virginia in May of 1607.

The Susan Constant, at 120 tons, was the largest of the three ships led by Capt. Christopher Newport. She carried 71 colonists and was about 116 feet long. The Godspeed, led by Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, carried 39 passengers and 13 sailors. She was a 40 ton brigantine about 68 feet long. The Discovery was a 20-ton “fly boat” which took part in six expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage.

First Women of Jamestown - A Wedding and a Baby

"...the plantation can never florish till families be planted and the respect of wives and children fix the people on the soil." -- Sir Edwin Sandy, Treasurer, Virginia Company of London, 1620

One of the first English women to arrive and help provide a home life in the rugged Virginia wilderness was young Anne Burras. Anne was the personal maid of Mistress Forrest who came to Jamestown in 1608 to join her husband. Although the fate of Mistress Forrest remains uncertain, that of Anne Burras is well known. Her marriage to carpenter John Laydon three months after her arrival became the first Jamestown wedding. While Jamestown fought the become a permanent settlement, Anne and John began a struggle to raise a family of four daughters in the new Virginia wilderness. Certainly, Anne and her family began the stabilization process which would eventually spur the colony's growth.


  • Anne Burras


December 20, 1606, 150 passengers left Blackwall, London, England in three London (Virginia) Company ships, Susan Constant with Master Christopher Newport and 71 passengers, Godspeed with Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold and 52 passengers and the Discovery under Capt. John Ratcliffe, carrying 21 persons. They headed for the New World and in search of the Lost Colony of Roanoke (John White's 1587 trip with 150 passengers landing at Hatorask on July 22.) After 6 weeks, the ships landed in Cape Henry, Virginia. 105 survivors established the town of Jamestown.

April 30, 1607: The ships arrive at Cape Comfort, a vanguard boat stopped at Kecoughtan where the natives welcomed the English

Settler list

  1. Alicock, Jeremy gentleman
  2. Archer, Captaine Gabriell gentleman
  3. Behethland, Robert gentleman
  4. Brinto, Edward mason
  5. Brookes, Edward gentleman
  6. Brookes, John gentleman
  7. Brumfield, James boy
  8. Bruster, William gentleman
  9. Capper, John carpenter
  10. Cassen, George laborer
  11. Cassen, Thomas laborer
  12. Cassen, William laborer
  13. Clovill, Ustis gentleman
  14. Collier, Samuell boy
  15. Couper, Thomas barber
  16. Crofts, Richard gentleman
  17. Dixon, Richard gentleman
  18. Dods, John laborer (1624 VA muster with wife Jane, 40 at muster, he was 36)
  19. Edward, Ould laborer
  20. Emry, Thomas carpenter
  21. Ford, Robert gentleman
  22. Garret, William brick layer
  23. Golding, George laborer
  24. Gore, Thomas gentleman
  25. Gosnold, Anthony gentleman Grandson of Robert Gosnold of Earl Soham, Suffolk
  26. Gosnoll, Anthony gentleman (dup)
  27. Gosnoll, Captaine Bartholomew council
  28. Herd, John brick layer
  29. Houlgrave, Nicholas gentleman
  30. Hunt, Master Robert preacher
  31. Johnson, William laborer
  32. Kendall, Captaine George council
  33. Laxon, William carpenter
  34. Laydon, John laborer
  35. Love, William taylor
  36. Martin, Captaine John council
  37. Martin, George gentleman
  38. Martin, John gentleman
  39. Midwinter, Francis gentleman
  40. Mutton, Richard boy
  41. Peacock, Nathaniel boy
  42. Percie, Master George gentleman Brother Henry is Earl of Northumberland Coldham pg 4
  43. Pickhouse, Dru gentleman
  44. Pising, Edward carpenter
  45. Powell, Nathaniell Capt, gentleman, married Joyce Tracy on the Supply, both slain by 03 Sep 1620
  46. ? George Harrison reports Capt Powell, gunner, have died by Jan 1623. Coldham pg 31
  47. Profit, Jonas sailor
  48. Ratliffe, Captaine John council
  49. Read, James blacksmith
  50. Robinson, John gentleman
  51. Rods, William laborer
  52. Sands, Thomas gentleman
  53. Skot, Nicholas drum
  54. Small, Robert carpenter
  55. Smyth, Captaine John council
  56. Snarsbrough, Francis gentleman
  57. Studley, Thomas gentleman
  58. Tanker, William gentleman
  59. Tavin, Henry laborer
  60. Throgmorton, Kellam gentleman
  61. Todkill, Anas carpenter
  62. Unger, William laborer
  63. Waler, John gentleman
  64. Webbe, Thomas gentleman
  65. White, William laborer
  66. Wickinson, William Surgeon
  67. Wingfield, Master Edward Maria council
  68. Wotton, Thomas Surgeon
  • John Ratcliffe was captured by Powhatans Indians and tortured to death by the women.