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Bartholomew Gosnold (abt. 1571 - 1607)

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Captain Bartholomew Gosnold
Born about in Grundisburgh, Suffolk, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Latton, Essex, Englandmap
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Bartholomew Gosnold was the son of Anthony Gosnold and Dorothy Bacon. His father, a lawyer, had been advisor to Lady Dorothy Stafford, a friend to the queen and mother to Sir Edward Stafford.

Mr Bartholomewe Gosnolde married Mistress Mary Goldinge on 19 Jun 1595 at Latton, Essex[1].

He was one of the founders of Jamestown, and was responsible for naming Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard (which he named after his daughter).

Captain Bartholomew Gosnold was second in command in 1592 for Christopher Newport when they seized the prized vessel "Made de Dios."

Bartholomew Gosnold commanded the "Concord" which set sail from Falmouth 26 March 1602 with 32 men, 12 of whom were committed to staying in Virginia as settlers. They landed 14 May along the coast of Maine...he is credited with naming "Cape Cod" and "Martha's Vineyard" (named for his mother-in-law Martha Golding or his own daughter Martha). They set up a fort on Elizabeth's Isle (present day Cuttyhunk) and planted grains wheat, barley oats and peas. They gathered sassafras, cedar logs, furs and skins into the ship - commodities they considered valuable in the European markets. The full crew arrived back in Exmouth in late July after a five week passage.

Captain Bartholomew Gosnold was in Virginia at 1606-7, he fell ill with "the bloody flux" and died the summer before 1608.

His burial was potentially found in 2003. However, scientists have been unable to date to confirm that the Jamestown remains found are of Gosnold.


  1. Parish Registers of St. Mary, Latton, Essex (Essex Record Office, D/P 344/1/1).
  • Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5: Families G-P [1]
  • David R. Ransome, ‘Gosnold, Bartholomew (d. 1607)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 1 Nov 2017
  • Pages 220-5, 262-5 New World Inc., the Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers by John Butman and Simon Targett. Little Brown & Co, NY. 2018. Call #970.107 BUT

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On 31 Jan 2019 at 18:22 GMT Peter Marley-Shaw wrote:

Please note the queen is Eliz. I. Anthony needs better bio. as signifcant historical figure & not just the Famous Bartholomew's father.

Excellent to show wikipedia link. Plenty of background so visitors can understand his significance to Americans.

On 23 Oct 2018 at 15:36 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Not changing it as I don't know but should the ship be Madre de Dios?

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Bartholomew is 17 degrees from Alexis Nelson, 20 degrees from Gregory Peck and 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.