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Great Migration: Passengers of the Diligent, 1638

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  • Jane Adams (1634 - c.1664)
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  • John Fearing (c.1623 - d.)
    From Lincoln’s History of Hingham: John, according to Cushing’s MS., ‘came from Cambridge, in Old England,’ with Matthew Hawke and w. ‘and settled in New Hingham 1638.’ (It is on record that a John Fe...
  • Stephen Paine (1602 - 1679)
    The family name appears in Norfolk County, England records as early as 1343. Stephen Payne evidently financed his move to New England by selling "Heynons", his home in Great Ellingham, to his father-in...
  • Anne Gates (c.1603 - 1683)
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  • Stephen Gates, of Hingham (1597 - 1662)
    Not the son of Sir Thomas Gates, Colonial Governor of Virginia Stephen Gates I, immigrant to USA Parents: Eustace Gates (c 1566 - c 1626) and Rose Wright (c 1566 - c 1635) (newest research) S...

Passenger List of the Diligent 1638 Ipswich, Suffolk England to Boston Harbor

Source: The Planters of the Commonwealth, Charles E. Banks, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. (1930), pages 191-194.

DILIGENT, of Ipswich, John Martin, Master. She sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, in June and arrived August 10 at Boston, with about one hundred passengers, principally from Hingham, Norfolk, destined for Hingham, Massachusetts (other sources have that the Diligent sailed from Gravesend on 26 Apr 1638).


  1. Rev Robert Peck of Hingham, county Norfolk
  2. Mrs. Peck
  3.  Anne Peck
  4. Joseph Peck of Hingham, county Norfolk 
  5. Edward Gilman of Hingham, county Norfolk    
  6.  Mrs Mary Gilman
  7. Edward Gilman
  8. Moses Gilman
  9. Lydia Gilman
  10. Sarah Gilman
  11. John Gilman
  12. John Folsom I of Hingham, county Norfolk 
  13.  Mrs. Mary Folsom
  14. John Folsom II
  15. Mrs. Christian Chamberlain of Hingham, county Norfolk
  16. Henry Chamberlain of Hingham, county Norfolk - Link from WikiTree
  17.  Mrs Grace Chamberlain - Link from WikiTree
  18. Daniel Chamberlain - Link from WikiTree
  19. ? Chamberlain - Possibly one of two sons, both died young.
  20. Stephen Gates of Norwich, Norfolk 
  21.  Mrs. Anne Gates
  22. Elizabeth Gates
  23. Mary Gates
  24. George Knights of Barrow, Norfolk. No other records found for him or his wife below.
  25. Mrs. Knights, ? Knights
  26. Thomas Cooper of Hingham, county Norfolk
  27. Mrs. Cooper
  28. Deacon Thomas Cooper, Jr
  29. Elizabeth Cooper
  30. Francis James of Hingham, county Norfolk - Born 1632???
  31. Mrs. Elizabeth James - Born 1632???
  32. Matthew Hawke of Cambridge, England
  33. Mrs. Margaret Hawke
  34. Matthew Cushing of Hingham, county Norfolk 
  35. Mrs. Nazareth Cushing
  36. Daniel Cushing
  37. Jeremiah Cushing <maybe this Jeremiah?>
  38. Matthew Cushing
  39. John Cushing
  40. Deborah Cushing
  41. John Tuffs of Hingham, county Norfolk. No other record found.
  42. Robert Skoulding of Norwich, county Norfolk. No other record found, except this curious one, same name, same city, a will dated 1699.
  43. Elizabeth Sayer, Mary Sayer. No other records found.
  44. John Fearing of Cambridge, England 
  45. Philip James of Hingham, county Norfolk 
  46. Mrs. Jane James
  47. Ann James
  48. Francis James
  49. Jane James
  50. Sarah James
  51. Stephen Paine of Great Ellingham, Norfolk
  52. Mrs. Rose Paine, ? Paine, ? Paine, ? Paine, ? Paine
  53. John Sutton of Attleborough, Norfolk
  54. Judeth Sutton Formerly: Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton
  55. Hannah Sutton
  56. John Sutton, Jr.
  57. Nathaniel Sutton
  58. Elizabeth Sutton
  59. Stephen Lincoln of Wymondham, Norfolk 
  60. Mrs. Joan Lincoln
  61. Stephen Lincoln, Jr
  62. Mrs. Lincoln
  63. Samuel Packard of Wymondham, Norfolk
  64. Mrs. Elizabeth Packard
  65. Mary Packard
  66. Henry Smith of Hempnall, Norfolk  
  67. Mrs. Judith Smith
  68. John Smith
  69. Henry Smith
  70. Daniel Smith
  71. Judith Smith
  72. Elizabeth Smith
  73. Bozoun Allen of King's Lynn, Norfolk
  74. Mrs. Anne Allen
  75. William Ripley of Wymondham, Norfolk
  76. Mrs. Ripley
  77. Mary Ripley
  78. John Ripley
  79. Abraham Ripley
  80.  Sarah Ripley
  81. Thomas Sucklin of Hingham, Norfolk
  82. Richard Bazter of Hingham, Norfolk
  83. William Pitts of Hingham, Norfolk
  84. Edward Mitchell of Hingham, Norfolk
  85. James Buck of Hingham, Norfolk
  86. John Morfield of Hingham, Norfolk
  87. Thomas Lincoln of Hingham, Norfolk 
  88. Jeremiah Moore of Wymondham, Norfolk. No further record found.
  89. And about 20 servants


Charles Banks' source for the 'Diligent' passenger list is Daniel Cushing, 3rd and/or 4th Town Clerk of Hingham MA. Daniel Cushing was nineteen years old when the ship sailed, but close to sixty or more when he wrote out the list. Most of the wives are named only as "Mrs.", the children of some families are not listed and there are also some probable errors in the list. However, the list below is as it appears in Banks' book. Following the listing are some notes on many of the families from various sources (mainly George Lincoln's History of the Town of Hingham MA: The Genealogies unless noted otherwise) which name the wives and children and possibly make a correction or two to the list. The blue asterisks following some families names link to notes about them.