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Great Migration: Passengers of the James from Bristol, 1635

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Great Migration: Passengers of the James from Bristol, 1635


The James left King's Road in Bristol on 23 May 1635 with her master, John Taylor, along with the Angel Gabriel, the Elizabeth (the Bess), the Mary and the Diligence. The James and the Angel Gabriel stayed together while the three faster and smaller boats went on to Newfoundland. The Angel was wrecked off the coast of Maine, but the James made it into Boston, torn and shredded.

There were supposedly over 100 passengers on the ship, "of Yorkshire," but as of May 2017, we can only confirm these names from Banks, The Planters of the Commonwealth, pp. 134-5, which lists the following passengers of the James on its eventful, storm-tossed voyage, May 23, 1635 to August 17, 1635:

Possible passengers:

"Rev. Richard Mather kept a journal of the voyage, and I believe most of the above names may be found listed in it. The ship, of 220 tons, carried "one hundred passengers, honest people of Yorkshire", so this is but a small portion of the names. More can be read about the journey here: or in "Young's First Planters" page 446 Richard Mather's Journal

James sources: