Passenger Lists for the Lyon, 1632

Passenger Lists for the Lyon, 1632

The table below compares two versions of the passenger list for the 1632 voyage of the ship Lyon from England to America. The version on the left is from Charles Edward Banks' The Planters of the Commonwealth (Boston, 1930; reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997), pp. 99-102. The version on the right is from John Corley's "Emigration to New England on 'The Lyon' in 1832" (Braintree and Bocking [U.K.] Heritage Centre, 1984).

Both have problems:

  1. Banks indicates that John Whipple is "of Bocking, Essex." No known primary documents from the late 16th and early 17th centuries make a connection between the teenage John and Bocking, England. Banks incorrectly assumes that the John who immigrated in 1632 was from Bocking.
  2. Corley expands Banks' error by assuming that it was the 42-year-old John of Bocking that was aboard the Lyon. He goes a step further and includes John's older brother Matthew (b. about 1590 in Bocking) in his list.

In fact:

  1. It was the 16- or 17-year-old John (who died 16 May 1685 in Providence, RI) that was aboard the Lyon in 1632.
  2. The brothers John and Matthew of Bocking immigrated to Ipswich, Massachusetts, six years later in 1638, as confirmed by records in both Bocking and New England.

How many other examples of "composite" individuals (two persons that seem to be the same person) are in the Whipple Genweb?


Banks' 1930 Planters of the Commonwealth version: John Corley's 1984 version:
      HENRY ADAMS (ancestor of U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams)
    Henry Adams
    Joseph Adams
    Samuel Adams
    Thomas Adams
RICHARD ALLIS     RICHARD ALLIS (settled at Roxbury?)
ROBERT BARTLETT     ROBERT BARTLETT (went to Newtowne [Cambridge])
JOHN BENJAMIN
    Mrs. Abigail Benjamin
of Heathfield Sussex   JOHN BENJAMIN (settled in Watertown)
      RICHARD BENJAMIN (settled in Watertown)
      JOHN BRAINARD (from Braintree, settled in Hartford, CT, then at Haddam)
DANIEL BREWER
    Mrs. Joanna Brewer
    Daniel Brewer
    Anne Brewer
    Joanna Brewer
  [settled at] Roxbury DANIEL BREWER (from Sussex, settled in Boston, then Roxbury)
JOHN BREWER of county Sussex [settled at] Cambridge JOHN BREWER (from Sussex, settled in Boston, then Roxbury)
      JOHN BRIDGE (from Rayne Road, Braintree, Essex; helped establish Boston)
JOHN BROWNE
    Mrs. Dorothy Browne
    Mary Browne
    John Browne
    James Browne
    William Browne
  [settled at] Plymouth JOHN BROWNE (from Suffolk, settled in Waterton, then Plymouth)
      JOHN CARMAN (went to Roxbury) ("Probably on 'the Lyon.'")
EDWARD CARRINGTON   [settled at] Charlestown EDWARD CARRINGTON (settled in Charleston)
      THOMAS CARRINGTON (settled in Charleston)
JOHN CHURCHMAN     JOHN CHURCHMAN (from Kent)
NICHOLAS CLARK   [settled at] Cambridge NICHOLAS CLARK (from Nazeing, Essex; settled in Newtowne [Cambridge])
      JOHN COGGESHALL (from Coggeshall, Essex)
      JOSHUA COGGESHALL (from Coggeshall, Essex)
JOHN COGSWELL
    Mrs. Mary Cogswell
of Halstead, county Essex [settled at] Roxbury JOHN COGSWELL (from Halstead, settled in Roxbury)
WILLIAM CURTIS
    Mrs. Sarah Curtis
    Thomas Curtis
    Mary Curtis
    John Curtis
    Philip Curtis
of Nazing, county Essex [settled at] Roxbury WILLIAM CURTIS (from Nazeing, Essex; settled in Roxbury or Newtowne [Cambridge])
      Rev. JOHN ELLIOTT (from Nazeling, Essex; settled in Roxbury; translated Bible into Algonquin language.)
EDWARD ELMORE
    Mrs. . . . . . . Elmore
    Richard Elmore
    Edward Elmore
perhaps from London [settled at] Cambridge ELMORE or ELMER (from Braintree, Essex; after Newtowne [Cambridge], he lived in Hartford and Windsor)
      FOXALL or FOXWELL (from Coggeshall; settled in Boston)
CHARLES GLOVER   [settled at] Salem CHARLES GLOVER (from Dedham; settled in Salem)
OZIAS GOODWIN
    Mrs. . . . . . . Goodwin
    William Goodwin
of Bocking, county Essex [settled at] Cambridge OZIAS GOODWIN (from Lyons Hall, Bocking, Essex; instrumental in the organisation of the voyage of the Lyon. Settled in Newtowne [Cambridge], then in Hartford.)
WILLIAM GOODWIN
    Mrs. . . . . . . Goodwin
    Elizabeth Goodwin
of Bocklng, county Essex [settled at] Cambridge WILLIAM GOODWIN (from Lyons Hall, Bocking, Essex; instrumental in the organisation of the voyage of the Lyon. Settled in Newtowne [Cambridge], then in Hartford.)
SETH GRANT     SETH GRANT (settled in Newtowne [Cambridge], then Hartford)
      STEPHEN HART (a deacon from Dedham or Braintree. Settled first in Newtowne [Cambridge], then Hartford and Farmington.)
WILLIAM HEATH
    Mrs. Mary Heath
    Isaac Heath
    Mary Heath
    Anna Heath
  [settled at] Roxbury WILLIAM HEATH (from Hertfordshire; settled in Roxbury)
EDWARD HOLMAN of Clapham, county Surrey [settled at] Plymouth EDWARD HOLMAN (from Surrey; settled in Plymouth)
WILLIAM JAMES     WILLIAM JAMES (from Walthamstow, London)
WILLIAM LEWIS
    Mrs. Felix Lewis
    William Lewis
  [settled at] Cambridge WILLIAM LEWIS (settled in Newtowne [Cambridge] and Roxbury)
ISAAC MORRILL
    Mrs. . . . . . . Morrill
    Sarah Morrill
    Katherine Morrill
of Hatfield Broadoak, Essex [settled at] Roxbury ISAAC MORRELL (from Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex; a blacksmith who settled in Roxbury)
      ANN MUMFORD or MOUNTFORD (probably followed John Elliott in the Lyon.)
JAMES OLMSTEAD
    Mrs. Joyce Olmstead
    Nehemiah Olmstead
    Nicholas Olmstead
    Richard Olmstead
    John Olmstead
    Rebecca Olmstead
of Fairstead, county Essex [settled at] Cambridge JAMES OLMSTEAD (brothers from Bocking and Fairstead)
    Nehemiah Olmstead
    Nicholas Olmstead
NATHANIEL RICHARDS
    Mrs. . . . . . . Richards
  [settled at] Cambridge NATHANIEL RICHARDS
JOSEPH ROBERTS     JOSEPH ROBERTS
ROBERT SHELLEY
    Mrs. Anne Shelley
  [settled at] Roxbury ROBERT SHELLEY (from Nazeing, Essex; first lived in Boston, then Roxbury)
JOHN TALCOTT
    Mrs. Dorothy Talcott
    John Talcott
    Mary Talcott
of Braintree, county Essex [settled at] Cambridge JOHN TALCOTT (from Braintree; moved to Hartford)
      JOHN THROCKMORTON
JOHN TOTMAN   [settled at] Roxbury JOHN TOTMAN (settled in Roxbury)
THOMAS UFFORD
    Mrs. Isabel Ufford
    John Ufford
    Isabel Ufford
of Newbourne, county Suffolk   [settled at] Springfield THOMAS UFFORD (from Suffolk; a founder of Springfield)
JONATHAN WADE
    Mrs. Susanna Wade
of Northampton [settled at] Charlestown JONATHON WADE (from Northampton; settled in Charlestown, then Ipswich)
WILLIAM WADSWORTH  
    Mrs. . . . . . . Wadsworth
    Sarah Wadsworth
    William Wadsworth
    Mary Wadsworth
    John Wadsworth
of Braintree, county Essex [settled at] Cambridge WILLIAM WADSWORTH (from Braintree, Essex; went to Newtowne [Cambridge], then to Hartford, Conn.)
JOHN WATSON   [settled at] Roxbury JOHN WATSON (lived in Roxbury)
JOHN WHIPPLE of Bocking, Essex [settled at] Dorchester JOHN WHIPPLE
MATTHEW WHIPPLE
("From Bradford Street, Bocking, Braintree, where father was a clothier. After some time residence in Dorchester moved to Ipswich." [See *Note below.])
JOHN WHITE
    Mrs. Mary White
    Nathaniel White
    Mary White
  [settled at] Cambridge  
THOMAS WILLETT of Yarmouth, Norfolk [settled at] Plymouth THOMAS WILLETT (merchant from Yarmouth; lived in Plymouth)
JOHN WITCHFIELD
    Mrs. . . . . . . Witchfield
of London [settled at] Dorchester JOHN WITCHFIELD (from Whitechapel, London; after a time in Dorchester, moved to Windsor, Conn.)
      JOHN JUNIOR WINTHROP

Afterword

Banks introduces his passenger list as follows:

LYON, William Peirce, Master, sailed from London June 22 [1632] and arrived September 16 [1632] at Boston. 'He brought one hundred and twenty three passengers, whereof fifty children, all in health. They had been twelve weeks aboard and eight weeks from Land's End.'

Corley introduces his list this way:

Emigrants on "The Lyon" which sailed in 1632 with the Rev. Thomas Hooker's 'Braintree Company' on board. It is said that the ship carried 350 passengers. However, many names are missing from the list in The Lyon partly due to the fact that several were members when only the head of the house was mentioned, while others omitted went as servants. In 1635 two "servants" worked their passage for a John Brown.