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Great Migration: Passengers of the Griffin, 1633

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Griffin was the name of a 17th-century ship known to have sailed between England and English settlements in Massachusetts. Several historical and genealogical references show the Griffin making such journeys in 1633 and 1634. The 1633 journey left at Downs, England and landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts on September 3. This 1633 journey carried religious dissidents, including Thomas Hooker,[1] John Cotton, and others totaling 200 people. The ship Griffin weighed in at 300 tons and she saw the birth of at least one child, Seaborn Cotton, during the 1633 voyage.[2] In 1634 the Griffin carried Anne Hutchinson to the Massachusetts colony. Huthcinson's oldest son had preceded her the previous year, also on the Griffin.

The Puritan minister Seaborn Cotton, son of John Cotton, of the First Church in Boston. He was born at sea, August 12, 1633, on the ship Griffin which brought his parents to America.

To date there has been no published passenger list for the 1633 sailing date of the Griffin. The reason for this is unclear however Putnam phrased it this way:

“There are extant in the British archives rolls containing lists of names of persons going abroad, as passengers or as soldiers, to Holland, Flanders, etc., and among these entries those of names of some emigrants to America find place. But not until 1635 was there a systematic attempt to record the names of emigrants to America, and especially to prevent the passage of certain persons known to be disaffected to the government. The entries for 1632 are meagre in the extreme, and none are found of earlier date than 1631. From June 1632 to March 1635, there are no entries of persons departing for America, but probably the entry book for 1633 and 1634 is lost. We have therefore only Winthrop’s Journal or other contemporaneous New England records to depend upon for the ships and settlers who arrived in New England, during a portion of this time.” [1]

Following is a collaborative attempt to assemble as many passenger and crew names as possible into a single location using those ""contemporaneous"" sources. Massachusetts’s Governor Winthrop’s Diary of September 4th, 1633 records the arrival of the Griffin as follows:

“The Griffin, a ship of three hundred tons, arrived (having been eight weeks from the Downs). This ship was brought in by John Gallop a new way by Lovell’s island, at low water, now called “Griffin’s Gap”. She brought about two hundred passengers, having lost some four, whereof one drowned two days before, as he was casting forth a line to take mackerel. In this ship came Mr. Cotton, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone, ministers, and Mr. Pierce, Mr. Haynes (a gentleman of great estate), Mr. Hoffe, and many other men of good estates. They got out of England with much difficulty, all places being belaid to have taken Mr. Cotton and Mr. Hooker, who had been long sought for to have been brought into the high commission; but the master being bound to touch at the Wight, the pursuivants attended there, and, in the meantime, the said ministers were take in at the Downs. Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone went presently to Newtown, where they were to be entertained, and Mr. Cotton stayed at Boston." [15]

  • Departed: Downs England (abt. July 13, 1633)
  • Landed Boston September 4 1633
  • Passengers (about 200):
  1. Captain: John Gallop [10]
  2. Gov. William Brenton [13]
  3. Rev. John Cotton [3] [13][16][17]
  4. Seaborn Cotton (born on board 8/12) [16]
  5. Mrs. Sarah Cotton [16][17]
  6. Ms. Elizabeth Cotton [16]
  7. Theophilus Cushing [12][17]
  8. Richard Fairbanks [3]
  9. Christobel Gallop (wife of Captain) [10]
  10. John Gallop (son of Captain) [10]
  11. Joan Gallop (daughter of Captain) [10]
  12. Samuel Gallop (son of Captain) [10]
  13. Nathaniel Gallop (son of Captain) [10]
  14. Mr. Bartholomew Green [14]
  15. Mrs. Elizabeth Green [14]
  16. Samuel Green [14]
  17. Nathaniel Green [14]
  18. Sarah Green [14]
  19. Phebe Green [14]
  20. John Haynes [3][15]
  21. Mr. Joshua Hewes [1][3][17]
  22. Mr. Hoffe [1]
  23. Rev. Thomas Hooker [6] [14][17]
  24. Mrs. Susanna Hooker [17]
  25. John Hooker [17]
  26. Samuel Hooker [17]
  27. Sarah Hooker [17]
  28. Joanna Hooker [17]
  29. Mary Hooker [17]
  30. Atherton Hough [3][7]
  31. Mrs. Elizabeth Hough [17]
  32. Samuel Hough [17]
  33. Edward Hutchinson Jr (eldest son of Anne Hutchinson) [4][5]
  34. Thomas Leverett [8][17]
  35. Mrs. Anne Leverett (Wife of Thomas) [8][17]
  36. Ms. Jane Leverett (Daughter of Thomas) [8][17]
  37. Ms. Anne Leverett (Daughter of Thomas) [8][17]
  38. John Leverett [3][17]
  39. Thomas Mayhew [12]
  40. Mr. Messrs [9]
  41. Joseph Mygatt [6][17]
  42. Ann Mygatt [6][17]
  43. (John Post) [17]
  44. Mr. William Pierce [2][17]
  45. Stephen Post [10]
  46. Mrs. Eleanor Langley Post [10]
  47. John Post [10]
  48. Thomas Post [10]
  49. Abraham Post [10]
  50. Catherine Post [10]
  51. Richard Risley [11]
  52. Edmund Quincy [17]
  53. Mrs. Judith Quincy [17]
  54. Edmund Quincy [17]
  55. George Stocking [18]
  56. Rev. Samuel Stone [6][9]
  57. Mrs. Stone [17]
  58. Rebecca Stone [17]
  59. Mary Stone [17]
  60. Sarah Stone [17]


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