Monday, January 3, 2011

Recovery 1633

The Recovery left Weymouth, Dorsetshire 31 March, 1633

master, Gabriel Cornish, arriving at Massachusetts Bay.

31 March 1633: Planters carrying with them household goods, clothing and provisions for themselves, their wives, children and servants, valued at £920 and allowed to pass free of customs by His Majesty's patent, to be shipped on the Recvoery of London, Mr. Gabriel Cornish, from Weymouth to New England. Coldham pg 107

Anthony EAMESwas born in Fordington, Dorsetshire, England circa 1595. Anthony died in 1686 in Marshfield, MA, at 91 years of age. He married Margery PIERCE in probably, St.George, Dorset. Margery was born circa 1599 in probably, Dorsetshire, England. Margery died in probably, Marshfield, MA. He was a churchwarden in the parish of Fordington, and signed the Bishops Transcripts in that office in 1623 and 1627. Having been an officer of his church, his motivation for emigration may have been more capitalist than religious. Antony Eames is listed among the passengers of the ship "Recovery of London", Gabriel Cornish, master, which sailed from the port of Weymouth to New England on 16 Mar. 1633. The Port Book, held in the P.R.O. of London, says of the passengers, "All planters & have carried with them diverse sorts of household stuff, apparell & other provisions for the necessary use of themselves, their wives, children and servants ..."
Ann, Millicent, John, Mark, Persis EAMES (PIERCE), Elizabeth, Justus, Margery EAMES (JACOBS) [gr gr grandmother of John Hancock signer of Declaration of Independence.]

& his wife came from England in 1634 on the “Recovery of London & settled in Dorchester, Mass. He was followed the next year by his son Thomas Dibble [or 1630 John and Mary], & daughter Frances, who came with Rev. Joseph Hull’s group to Weymouth. Robert was appointed bayliff (tax collector) for Dorchester & was among the early settlers. His son, Thomas, went to Windsor & became one of the early settlers there.

Jonathan GILLETTE and MARY (DOLBERE) GILLETTE - Immigrant 1633 on the "Recovery" [Jonathan had first traveled on Mary And John 1630.]

From the notation by Jonathan’s son Benjamin in the “Bear Bible” (see below) we know that “My father Gille(tt) came into new-inglan the second time in June in the year 1634.” One theory is that Jonathan was a passenger on the 400-ton “Mary & John” which departed Plymouth 20 Mar. 1630, Capt. Thomas Squibb, master. The 140 passengers were from the counties Dorset, Somerset and Devon. One of the two clergymen with this group was Rev. John Warham who had been a vicar in Crewkerne, Somerset. On 30 May the “Mary & John” landed at Nantasket Bay and the group initially settled at Dorchester. Jonathan Gillet’s name appears in the list of all grantees of Dorchester lands whose names were in the Town Records prior to Jan. 1636. Five years later a great majority of them removed to Windsor, CT, under the leadership of Warham. Note that our Jonathan followed this exact route, settling near Mr. Warham in Windsor. But first Jonathan returned to England and married Mary Dolbiar 29 Mar. 1634 in Colyton, Devonshire. They promptly boarded the “Recovery of London,” which departed 31 Mar. 1634 from Weymouth, Dorset, for New England. On board were 26 passengers. Most, if not all, were from Dorset, Somerset and Devon.

Both Jonathan and his wife were members of the original Dorchester and Windsor churches.

Jonathan brought with him a copy of the 1599 Geneva edition of the Bible. In the family it was known as the “Bear Bible” because it had been clawed by a bear when it lay on a window-sill holding up a window sash.. In this bible is written “My father Gille[tt] came into new-inglan the secon[d] time in June in the yeare 1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about half a yeare aftur he cam to land.”

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