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The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England, 1629–1630

In early 1629 the Massachusetts Bay Company received a royal charter that allowed the Com­pany to carry on the work, begun earlier in the decade by the Dorchester Company and then the New England Company, of developing per­manent settlements in New England. During 1629 the Massachusetts Bay Company sent set­tlers to Massachusetts Bay, mostly young, single men, servants either of the Company itself or of particular merchants and gentlemen associated with the Company. Included among these 1629 immigrants were three ministers of Puritan lean­ings, reflecting the religious beliefs of the Com­pany’s leaders.

By late 1629 John Winthrop of Groton, Suffolk, had been made Governor of the Company, and planning began in earnest for sending a larger group of settlers to New England. In the spring of 1630 Winthrop led more than a dozen vessels, with about seven hundred passengers, across the Atlantic. This small armada of 1630 has come to be known as the Winthrop Fleet. The somewhat broader settlement activities of 1629 and 1630, of which the Winthrop Fleet was the larger part, have been termed the Winthrop Migration.

This volume describes the organization of the Winthrop Migration and the Winthrop Fleet in some detail, and provides detailed genealogical and biographic information on each of the more than two hundred families and individuals who came to New England in 1629 and 1630 as part of this movement. Each sketch begins with information on the English origin of the immigrant, when known, and the evidence for his or her arrival in 1629 or 1630. This is followed by biographical data, on education, officeholding and the like, and genea­logical data, including birth, death, marriage and children. The sketches often include information on the place of each immigrant in the migra­tion process, whether as master or servant, and of unusual and interesting features of their lives.

"Anderson’s The Winthrop Fleet is not only the culmination of his magnificent volumes of The Great Migration, but marks the start of a new line of scholarship which will rewrite the received wisdom of the early settlement of New England. It is the work of a consummate master of historical and genealogical research."

—Roger Thompson, author of Sex in Middlesex ; Cambridge Cameos ; and From Deference to Defiance

"The breadth and depth of Bob Anderson’s scholarship is stunning. He could’ve simply plucked from his massive Great Migration series the sketches of those Massachusetts immigrants who came with the Winthrop Fleet. But instead he touched every single one of them with new research. Most importantly, he’s added a fifty-page essay putting the Winthrop Fleet, and John Winthrop himself, into sharper perspective than ever before. He gives a texture to the Great Migration’s two decades and refines the relative importance of its supposed leaders. I was surprised by both, but convinced by his erudition. In his capable hands facts become history."

—Alvy Ray Smith, PhD, FASG, trustee emeritus of NEHGS, cofounder of Pixar

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England (series 2)

The years 1634 and 1635 were watershed years for New England immigration, representing as much as 20% of the total for the period 1620–1640. This now-complete seven-volume set provides profiles of more than 1,400 early New England immigrants. Each volume includes a discussion on the methods and sources used, more than 200 genealogical sketches, and comprehensive every-name and place indexes.

Volume VII, the final volume of this award-winning series, presents more than 200 new, authoritative genealogical sketches including:

NEHGS; 1999–2011; 6 x 9 hardcover, varying page counts, prices below

Volume I, A–B, xcviii + 635 pp., 1999
reg. $59.95, member price $53.96

Volume II, C–F, ciii + 739 pp., 2001
reg. $59.95, member price $53.96

Volume III, G–H, cix + 599 pp., 2003
reg. $59.95, member price $53.96

Volume IV, I–L, cx + 475 pp., 2005
reg. $59.95, member price $53.96

Volume V, M–P, cxiv + 665 pp., 2007
reg. $59.95, member price $53.96

Volume VI, R–S, cxviii + 774 pp., 2009
reg. $64.95, member price $58.46

Volume VII, T–Y, cxx + 670 pp., 2011
reg. $64.95, member price $58.46

Richard Terry • Robert Terry • Thomas Terry • Anthony Thacher • Alexander Thwaits • Benjamin Thwing • Thomas Tibballs • Henry Tibbetts • Nathaniel Tilden • Thomas Tilestone • William Tilley • Ephraim Tinkham • Ralph Tompkins • John Train • Thomas Tredwell • Richard Truesdale • William Tubbs • John Tuttle • Richard Tuttle • William Tuttle • John Upham • Henry Vane • Philip Veren • Richard Wait • William Walton • Nathaniel Ward • William Warner • Lawrence Waters • John Webster • Edward Weeden • Francis Weekes • Joseph Weld • Thomas Welles • Twiford West • William Westwood • William Wetherell • John Whitcomb • Edward White • William White •Zachariah Whitman • John Whitney • William Wilcockson • Simon Willard • Alexander Winchester • John Winchester • Barnabas Wines • Faintnot Wines • Edward Winship • Edmund Wood • John Woodbridge • Archelaus Woodman • Edward Woodman • John Woolcott • Samuel Younglove • and many more.

Order the complete seven-volume set for $375 — a savings of over $50!

Other Great Migration Offerings

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: 1995
Softcover

Already a classic, The Great Migration Begins reflects immense scholarly resourceful­ness and is a tremendous source for anyone researching early New England families.

Each individual or family entry in this three-volume set includes (when known) the port or country of origin; when and on what ship they arrived in New England; the earliest known record of the individual or family; their first and subsequent residences; return trips to their country of origin; marriages, births, and deaths; and other impor­tant family relationships.

“Only a few times in a generation does a work of this breadth and quality appear. The Great Migration Begins clearly ranks among the greatest in American genealogy.”

— Henry B. Hoff, Editor, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register

$79.95

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: 1995
Hardcover, 2,386 pp. Hardcover, three volume set

This three volume set, already a classic, contains the most accurate, up-to-date information on over 900 early New England families. The first phase of the Great Migration Study Project identifies and describes all those Europeans who settled in New England prior to the end of 1633.

$99.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: 2006
Softcover

This popular book from the Great Migration series is now available in paperback. In it, Robert Charles Anderson tells the story of the Pilgrim Migration by relating the story of each family or individual known to have resided in Plymouth Colony between 1620 (when the Mayflower arrived) and 1633. Each of the more than two hundred sketches provides information on the early histories of these immigrants as well as their New World experiences. This material is followed by complete genealogical accounts, including all marriages and children of the immigrants.

$29.95

 

The Great Migration Newsletter Books

The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, vols 16-20

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: September 2012
Paperback

Under the leadership of Robert Charles Anderson, the Great Migration Study Project aims to compile authoritative genealogical and biographical accounts of every person who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. The Great Migration Newsletter has been a cornerstone publication within this project for the last twenty years and offers researchers essential articles on migration patterns, early records, life in seventeenth-century New England, and more.

Continue your collection of the Newsletter compendia for the years 2007 through 2011. A comprehensive index provides an easy way to look up subjects, place names, surnames, and even first names that appear in these volumes.

$11.95

The Great Migration Newsletter, Volume 1-20

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: September 2012
Paperback

Under the leadership of Robert Charles Anderson, the Great Migration Study Project aims to compile authoritative genealogical and biographical accounts of every person who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. The Great Migration Newsletter has been a cornerstone publication within this project for the last twenty years and offers researchers essential articles on migration patterns, early records, life in seventeenth-century New England, and more.

Now, for the first time, all twenty volumes of the Newsletter , spanning the years 1990 through 2011, are together in one compendium. A comprehensive index provides an easy way to look up subjects, place names, surnames, and even first names that appear in these twenty volumes.

$27.95

 

The Complete Great Migration Newsletter, vols 1-15

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: 2007
561 pp. Paperback

Over fifteen years of scholarly research on the first immigrants to New England, from 1620 to 1640. Sixty issues of the newsletter, from the years 1990 to 2006, are fully indexed for the first time by subject, place and name. Focusing on topics not covered elsewhere, this is a great companion to the Great Migration books.

$24.95

 

The Great Migration Newsletter, Volume 11-15

By Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Published: 2007
Paperback

Over five years of scholarly research on the first immigrants to New England, covering the years 1620 to 1640. Twenty issues of the newsletter, from the years 2002 through 2006, are fully indexed for the first time by subject, place and name. Covering topics not covered elsewhere, this is a great companion to the Great Migration books.

$11.95

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