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Great Migration: Passengers of the Diligent, 1638

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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).


  • Rev. ROBERT PECK of Hingham, county Norfolk *  Mrs. Peck, Anne Peck,  Joseph Peck
  • JOSEPH PECK of Hingham, county Norfolk * Mrs. Peck
  • EDWARD GILMAN of Hingham, county Norfolk *    Mrs. Mary Gilman, Edward Gilman, Moses Gilman, Lydia Gilman, Sarah Gilman, John Gilman
  • JOHN FOLSOM of Hingham, county Norfolk * Mrs. Mary Folsom, John Folsom <maybe this John?>
  • Mrs. CHRISTIAN CHAMBERLAIN of Hingham, county Norfolk
  • HENRY CHAMBERLAIN of Hingham, county Norfolk *  Mrs................ Chamberlain, .........Chamberlain, .........Chamberlain
  • STEPHEN GATES of Norwich, Norfolk * Mrs. Anne Gates, Elizabeth Gates, Mary Gates
  • GEORGE KNIGHTS of Barrow, Norfolk, Mrs.. Knights, ....... Knights
  • THOMAS COOPER of Hingham, county Norfolk, Mrs. Cooper, .......Cooper, .......Cooper
  • FRANCIS JAMES of Hingham, county Norfolk * , Mrs. Elizabeth James
  • MATTHEW HAWKE of Cambridge, England * , Mrs. Margaret Hawke
  • MATTHEW CUSHING of Hingham, county Norfolk * , Mrs. Nazareth Cushing, Daniel Cushing, Jeremiah Cushing <maybe this Jeremiah?>, Matthew Cushing, John Cushing, Deborah Cushing
  • JOHN TUFFS of Hingham, county Norfolk
  • ROBERT SKOULDING of Norwich, county Norfolk, Elizabeth Sayer, Mary Sayer
  • JOHN FEARING of Cambridge, England * PHILIP JAMES of Hingham, county Norfolk,   Mrs. Jane James, .......James, .......James, ......James, .......James
  • STEPHEN PAINE of Great Elllngham, Norfolk, Mrs. Rose Paine, .......Paine, .......Paine, .......Paine, .......Paine
  • JOHN SUTTON of Attleborough, Norfolk. Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, Hannah Sutton, John Sutton, Jr., Nathaniel Sutton, Elizabeth Sutton
  • Mrs. JOAN LINCOLN *, STEPHEN LINCOLN of Wymondham, Norfolk * , Mrs. Lincoln, Stephen Lincoln, Jr.
  • SAMUEL PACKER of Wymondham, Norfolk, Mrs. Elizabeth Packer, .......Packer
  • HENRY SMITH of Hempnall, Norfolk,  Mrs. Judith Smith, John Smith, Henry Smith, Daniel Smith, Judith Smith, Elizabeth Smith
  • BOZOUN ALLEN of King's Lynn, Norfolk, Mrs. Anne Allen
  • WILLIAM RIPLEY of Wymondham, Norfolk, Mrs. Ripley, Mary Ripley, John Ripley, Abraham Ripley,  Sarah Ripley
  • THOMAS SUCKLIN of Hingham, Norfolk
  • RICHARD BAXTER of Hingham, Norfolk
  • WILLIAM PITTS of Hingham, Norfolk
  • EDWARD MITCHELL of Hingham, Norfolk
  • JAMES BUCK of Hingham, Norfolk
  • JOHN MORFIELD of Hingham, Norfolk
  • THOMAS LINCOLN of Hingham, Norfolk *
  • JEREMIAH MOORE of Wymondham, Norfolk
  • 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.