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Great Migration: Passengers of the Susan and Ellen, 1635

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  • Richard ‘of Sudbury’ Newton (c.1605 - 1701)
    ===Undisputed material==Came from England to Sudbury Massachusetts in 1638-39. Came to Boston on the ship Susan and Ellen in 1635.With others petitioned General Court in Boston on May 14, 1656 to grant...
  • Richard Scofield, Sr. (1613 - 1671)
    Burial record: Susan and Ellen, 1635:Also known as the Suzan and Ellin, the captain ("Master") was Edward Payne. She set sail 11 March 1635 from London for New England, outfitted by Sir Richard Saltons...
    Sarah Olmstead (1617 - 1689)
    SARAH LOOMIS was born in 1617 at Messing, Essex, England. She sailed to America with her siblings and parents in 1638 aboard the ship “Susan and Ellen”, arriving at Boston July 17th, 1638. She married,...
  • Mary Carrington (c.1602 - c.1640)
    Mary (parents unknown, born about 1602) migrated to New England with her husband John Carrington on the "Susan and Ellen" in 1635. She must have died before 1651, when John and his second wife Joane we...
  • Rose Hills (1603 - 1650)
    Rose Clarke was born about 1603, of Great Burstead, Essex, and died 24 (1) 1649/50 in Malden Middlesex MA Note: 24 Mar 1650 2 3 4 Married on 22 JUL 1624 in Great Burstead, ESS, ENG 3 to Joseph Hills ...

Great Migration: Ships to New England 1633-1635

It an amazing story of Providence and the skill of English seamen that dozens of Atlantic ocean passages were made in little wooden ships bringing our Puritan ancestors to America almost without mishap in the 1630s; the unhappy exception being the harrowing story of the Angel Gabriel, 1635, which met a terrible storm and cast up on the coast of Maine with only a few survivors.

There were perhaps 30,000 emigrants from England to New England before the English Civil War. These people were mainly from the English middle-class, self-reliant and motivated to find a place where they might live, worship, and raise their families without government harassment. This movement of people is called The Great Migration.

The Susan and Ellen, 1635

Also known as the Suzan and Ellin, the captain ("Master") was Edward Payne. She set sail 11 March 1635 from London for New England, outfitted by Sir Richard Saltonstall, Lord Mayor of London. His son, Sir Richard, Jr., had already served as assistant Governor of Massachusetts and it was this son, his wife and nine-month-old daughter, who accompanied the 1635 voyagers and later settled in Ispwich, Massachusetts.

April 1635

In the Suzan and Ellin, Edward Payne Mr. for New England. Theis p'ties hereunder expressed have brought Certificate from the Minister and Justices of their Conformitie and that they are no Subsedy men.

viij Apr. 1635

Theis under written names are to be transported to New England imbarqued in the Suzan and Ellin Edward Payne Mr. The p';ties have brought Certificates from ye Ministers and Justices of the peace of they are no Subsedy men: and are conformable to ye orders and discipline of the Church of England.

First Name; Surname ; Years ; Occupation:

Nono die Maij, 1635

Theis under written names are to be transported to New England, imbarqued in ye Suzan and Ellin, Edward Payne Mr. The p'ties have brought Certificates from the minister of the p'ish of their conformitie to the Church of England, and that they are no Subsedy men: The p'ties have taken the oaths of Allegeance and Supremacie.


Common words in these lists are "uxor" meaning "wife", "mr" for "Master" (of the ship). Many names are abbreviated. A partial name with a colon after it was one of the ways people at the time indicated that they were omitting letters. Some of the abbreviated names on this list are:

Eliza: = Elizabeth

Eliz: = Elizabeth

ffra: = Ephraim

Geo. = George

Jo: = John

Kat: = Katherine

Margare: = Margaret

Nico: = Nicholas

Rich. = Richard

Rich: = Richard

Robt = Robert

Tho: = Thomas

Wm = William

Willm = William


Also, spelling was very fluid at that time. People often spelled their own names - even their surnames - differently every time they wrote them. Partly this was because most people simply didn't write very often; and also spelling just was not standardized as it is today. An examples from this list is the Pinder/Pynder family group. Within the same family, all traveling together, their surnames were spelled both ways on this passenger list. When looking for an ancestor, be sure to check as many different spellings for their name as possible. Some spellings that were used in this list are below, with their current spellings:

Barnabie =Barnaby

Burd = Bird

Dyonis = Dennis

Ellin = Ellen

Hanna = Hannah

Katherin = Katherine, Catherine

Lambart = Lambert

Lumus = Loomis

Merriall = Muriel

Nathaniell =Nathaniel

Precilla = Priscilla

Percivall = Percival

Samvel = Samuel

Skofield = Schofield

Suzan =Susan

Symon = Simon

Thomazin=Thomasine or Thomasina