Were any Jamestown colonists who died returned to England for burial?

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Were any Jamestown colonists who died returned to England for burial?  I haven't seen a mention of this in a brief Google search and I would think unlikely for many reasons.  According to Samuel Almond's profile, he "died in 1644 in Jamestown, Virginia, at the age of 44, and was buried in Stepney, Middlesex, England."  If there was a Samuel Almond who was buried in Stepney, it seems like he would be a different person.

WikiTree profile: Samuel Almond
in Genealogy Help by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (130k points)

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I think you are right. I have seen so many profiles on Ancestry, where somebody obviously found someone of same name and added the documentation to a profile without questioning it.

I can't imagine any reason why someone who died in Jamestown would be buried in England! It was a two month transatlantic journey on a crowded sailboat!
by Daniel Bly G2G6 Mach 4 (47.1k points)
selected by Kerry Larson
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In 1644 Jamestown .. it is probably unlikely, but I wouldn't rule it out altogether. I have recently read a will of 1677 of a person in London, and the will appears to say that he wished his body to be embalmed and then transported to Barbados to be buried near his mother. Apparently the 'modern' method of embalming was invented by a William Harvey (1578-1657).



by Steve Hunt G2G6 Mach 1 (16.1k points)
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You're going to need a story.  A number of colonists are buried in England, but obviously, if that's all you know, the normal presumption would be that they returned to England, for some permanent or temporary reason, and then died in England.

You might know that somebody was killed by Indians or drowned crossing the James river or some such.  But if you only have somebody's presumption that they died in Virginia because they lived in Virginia (which is a normal presumption, other things being equal) that doesn't cut it if you can prove they were buried in England.
by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (563k points)
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Not totally out of of the realm of possibility.  Bodies of persons of class or wealth may have their bodies placed in casks of fortified wine, brandy or rum and returned to their home country for burial.  Not a common practice due to the expense of the liquid as well as the cost of shipment.  So if Samuel was a person of means, not impossible, but highly improbable.
by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (166k points)
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Try this website:


And also, this seems so much more probable:


If there was ever a case with proof, it would be the first I have ever heard of. Jamestown conditions were extremely harsh. Historically, it’s been reported that whatever could be used was used to sustain the remaining living. Look how tiny the colony was. I’ve lived near there and it looks even smaller in person. It’s so interesting! And it always helps to consider historical context and any recent discoveries:



by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (243k points)
I was looking to see if 1644 might be a year where it would be more likely that could occur but the main thing happening at that time was the Third Anglo-Powhatan War which would have been another complication for that scenario.

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