||Ellen (Lovell) Ford migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Eleanor Lovell Ford aka Ellinor, Ellyn. Ellen Ford, the wife of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, deposed "aged about 38 yeeres," 24 May, 1667. (Suffolk Court Files No. 815: paper 35.) Therefore she was born near 1629.
A 1635, embarkation list, states Ellyn's age as 1, so born about 1634. But, 24 May 1667, she stated that she was about 38 years, so born about 1629. The embarkation list lists a brother John age 8 and a brother James also age 1. The later date fits nicely in this gap. According to Bank's Topographical Dictionary, her family was from Wookey parish, Somerset, England.
Ellyn emigrated on March 20, 1635, from the port of Weymouth, England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the company of her parents, Robert (husbandman, age 40) and Elizabeth Lovell (wife age 35), her siblings Zacheus age 15, Anne age 16, John age 8, James age 1, and a servant, Joseph Chickin age 16. Ellyn was marked as age 1 on the list. They were part of a group known as the Hull Company.
Eleanor married Andrew Ford in 1648/1650, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Note: there is conflicting information relating to the sailing from Weymouth to Boston. Dates of 1630, 1633, 1635 and 1636 have been proposed, however March 20 1635 has emerged as most certain. Supporting ths conclusion are the genealogy of Joseph Hull who led the "Hull company" in their emigration from Weymouth England to Boston, MA., and the history of Weymouth, MA that records the arrival of the Hull Company in 1635.
In 1635, "Rev. Joseph Hull, Oxford graduate, arrived at Wessagusset on July 8, 1635 with twenty-one families (106 souls). In September Wessagusset was made a plantation with the name WEYMOUTH. Sixty-eight people held title to land." The Town of Weymouth is the second oldest town in the Commonwealth, dating from 1622 when it was founded as “Wessagusset”. Renamed Weymouth in 1635, the Town was boosted in that year by the arrival of 100 settlers from its namesake in England. The early settlement was incorporated into the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and slowly grew as a fishing and agricultural community. By the time of the American Revolution, the colonial settlement had a population of 1,470 people.
At Crewkerne [England], Joseph Hull gathered a company of 106 souls, who, on March 20, 1635, set sail with him from the harbor of Weymouth, bound for New England. This company arrived in Boston on the 6th of May of that year . Governor Winthrop's Official Journal, under date of July 8th of that year , contains the following entry: "At this court Wessaguscus was made a plantation and Mr. Hull, a minister of England, and twenty-one families with him allowed to sit down there." The arrival of Hull's Colony at Wessaguscus doubled its population, and the plantation was soon created a full-fledged town, invested with municipal rights, rechristened Weymouth and allowed representation in the General Court. Here, too, a church was gathered from the members of this company and others from Boston and Dorchester. On the 8th of July  at the age of forty, Rev. Joseph Hull was installed as its first pastor and on the 2nd of the following September  he took the oath as a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Some of the Puritans living in the neighborhood looked with disfavor on this church and it was not long before dissension arose within it.
Of the list of 106 persons bound for New England (Hull Company) from the port of Weymouth, England during March 1635, certain passengers are important to the Lovell and Ford genealogies. Information given in listing represent: given name, surname, place of last residence, occupation, age.
Robert Lovell - born 1595 Weymouth, Dorset, England, died 25 July 1672, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts). His wife was Elizabeth (possibly) SilvesterSilvester-20- born 1601 England, and who died 21 Jan 1657, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Roberts daughter Ellinor or Ellen - born 1628/1634 was between 1 and 6 yrs. at emigration from Weymouth, Dorset, England. She died 20 July 1683, at Hingham, Plymouth. MA. She married Andrew Ford, 1650, at Weymouth, Norfolk, MA, Andrew was born about 1620, and died 4 Mar 1693 at Hingham, MA.
Andrew stated in 1673 that he was one of the original inhabitants and purchasers of Weymouth, MA. But he was not included in the first land division, 1636, but he did appear in one made in 1642/44. It seems likely that he came during the great migration of 1638-39 or perhaps a year or two earlier. He owned much land and was a partner with his brother-in-law, James Lovell. His will was probated in Boston 23 Mar 1692/3.
The sources state an unspecified name for the ship.;but the Mary Gould/Gold did make some sailings in 1635. As noted on the correspondence above under "servant of Kingman - Ford" - the source - Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, Massachusetts Part 1; the First Six Generations: Complied by Elizabeth Cobb Stewart, Published by Capitol City, Press Montpelier, Vermont, 1968. Page 1. Reference Andrew Ford 1620-1693 - states this ship is The Blessing of Ipswich England.
On some of the sources found with the Mary Gold, lists some of the same passengers but not all. Since we are dealing with a combination of sources and not an actual "passenger list" we have to consider all possibilities. The last email the translator received was on passenger HOLBROOK. The Holbrooks are listed on both 1635 Mary Gold, 1636 Unspecified sailing and the list of the Hull Company for 1635. I would doubt the whole family would travel from England in 1635, return to England and then return to MA in 1636.
Public Record Office document E190/876/i March the 30th 1635 In the Mary Gould of Weymouth [ Marygold in modern use] Edward Cuttanc Mr. for New England [Mr. for abbrev. of Master] Thomas Holbrook for himself his wife & chyldren goods vall 00 00 00* William Dullmer and his Companie vall' at 00 20 00** Henry Rumford & his Companie goods vall 00 00 00 Henry Wade & his Companie goods vall at 00 00 00 Henry Dattant & Companie for a heiffer ? vall at 31 00 00 William Wallyams & his goods vall at 69 10 00 Robert Setshomb & Companie his goods vall at 02 00 00 April the 3? 1635
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