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In the early years of the twentieth century, Charles Edward Banks collected information on all the participants in the Great Migration from old England to New England, from 1620 to 1640. The results of his labors are the four volumes gathered on this CD, presenting this information in various ways. Planters of the Commonwealth
arranges the immigrants according to the vessel on which they sailed to New England, where this is known. The Topographical Dictionary
organizes the settlers by their county and parish of English origin. Pilgrim Fathers
and The Winthrop Fleet
focus on two of the most celebrated groups of immigrants, the settlers of Plymouth in the 1620s and the passengers to Massachusetts Bay in 1630. Taken together, these volumes set forth the best information on the settlers of New England available three-quarters of a century ago. They remain of great value to New England genealogists and should be consulted at the beginning of any research project.
The full text of all four books in this compilation, totaling more than 1000 pages, can be searched at the same time and supports AND/OR, word proximity, and other powerful searching methods. The compilation price reflects 40% off
the combined retail price of the individual books if purchased separately:
- The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers Who Came to Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620, the Fortune in 1621, and the Anne and the Little James in 1623 (1929).
Banks collected available information on all passengers on the Mayflower and three other vessels that came to Plymouth in the early 1620s, comprising the English separatist Pilgrims who had sojourned in Leiden for the previous decade or so, but including also the strangers from London and elsewhere. In preparing to write this volume, the author scoured the work of his predecessors in both England and Holland, but also undertook extensive investigations of his own in English records. The result is a substantial collections of relevant records, some of which served to prove the origins of some of the early Plymouth settlers, but even more of which provided clues to English origins.
- The Winthrop Fleet of 1630: An Account of the Vessels, the Voyage, the Passengers and their English Homes from Original Authorities (1930).
Banks has compiled extensive information on the passengers who sailed from England to New England in 1630, members of the so-called Winthrop Fleet. He attempted to identify each person or family who participated in that migration and added data on their English origin and activities in New England. In 1630 the Massachusetts Bay Company organized and financed the migration to New England of nearly a thousand English men, women and children, under the command of Governor John Winthrop, and the vessels which carried these emigrants have been called the Winthrop Fleet.
- The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640 (1930)
Banks has compiled all the information available to him by 1930 on passengers from England to New England during the two decades between 1620 and 1640, supplementing the surviving passenger lists with some details of his own knowledge and conclusions on their residences before and after the voyage.
- Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (1937).
Based on his own research and on the publications of many other researchers, Charles Edward Banks had, by the time of his death in 1931, collected evidence or clues for the English origin of more than half of the English families which had come to New England during the years of the Great Migration. The entries for the 2885 emigrants are arranged by county, and within each county alphabetically by parish. Each entry also includes the name of the ship on which the emigrant arrived (when known), the first town of residence in New England and the reference supporting the proposed English origin.
Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
for Archive CD Books USA
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