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Robert Gorges (bef. 1595 - abt. 1624)

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Robert Gorges migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Biography

Robert Gorges was baptized November 15, 1595 at St. James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England; the son of Ferdinando Gorges and Anne Bell.[1]

At approximately the middle of September in 1623, Captain Robart Gorges arrived in the Bay of Massachusetts with several passengers and families. The intention was to begin a plantation on the site where Mr. Thomas Weston's people had previously abandoned. Weston's group was ill-provisioned and included Phineas Pratt, "whose narrative of his adventures during the winter of 1622/23 tells us much of what we know of this first attempt."[2]

Robert Gorges had a commission from the Council of New England to be general Governor of the country. During his fourteen day stay in Plymouth, he correctly accused Mr. Weston of taking the artillery and guns and "selling them beyond the seas." These two men, Weston and Gorges clashed with Gorges "in great indignation and distemper, and vowed that he would either curb him, or send him home for England."

After less than a year, Bradford says, "The Governor [Gorges] and some that depended upon him returned for England, having scarcely saluted the country in his government, not finding the state of things here to answer his quality and condition... The Governor brought over a minister with him, one Mr. Morell, who, about a year after the Governor returned, took shipping from hence."

"Hardings: A History of the Harding Family" by Alena Brown Hartwell says Captain Robert Gorges wife was "the adorable Lady Mary (Harding) DeGorges."[3]

He passed away about 1624.[citation needed]

Sources

  1. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.)
  2. Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20.(Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Vol. 5, p. 27. "Settlement of Weymouth"
  3. Hartwell, Alena Brown. "Hardings: A History of the Harding Family" Boston. Press of Will H. Chapple, Inc., 1936. p. 179.

Unless otherwise indicated, this bio is based on The Great Migration Begins:

  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols. p. 794-795, 1995). Featured Name.subscription site
  • Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20.(Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) Vol. 5, p. 27. "Settlement of Weymouth"subscription site
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry (2013) Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol III, page 578, Anne Bell
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.) subscription site
  • Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. Philadelphia, PA: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1895–. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.)Hartwell, Alena Brown. "Hardings: A History of the Harding Family" Boston. Press of Will H. Chapple, Inc., 1936. p. 179.subscription site


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On 25 Jan 2018 at 17:21 GMT Robin Wood wrote:

great stuff enjoy the research.

On 25 Jan 2018 at 15:38 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hello Robin,

Robert Gorges is a featured name in Anderson's "Great Migration Begins." I'm going to add him to the Puritan Great Migration Project on WikiTree and will work on his biography based on GMB.




Robert is 18 degrees from Jim Angelo, 15 degrees from Willis Carrier and 6 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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