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Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England and Their Origins

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Despite its title, not all fifty colonists include their origins.

The author's source citation practice leaves much to be desired; from the author's "Introduction":

"At the end of each monograph is a list of general sources. I do not choose to clutter the material with superfluous details, explanatory notes and references that make reading tedious. A baptismal record obviously comes from a parish record and one certainly doesn't need a page number when the entries are in chronological order. The reader is expected to be competent enough to locate any of this material from the information given, should verification ever be desired."

Some of the material also appears to be from previously published sources. Again, from the introduction:

"Some of the material already long in print has been transcribed more or less verbatum. There is no intention to claim otherwise. The only reason for repeating the material is to provide continuity of the several generations for the reader and to provide a complete account of a colonist or his ancestor."

The author ends his introduction with "I hope that others will more or less approve the format and follow it." This critic hopes people won't. Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration series is a far better model to follow.

The "good" news is that the author gives readers permission to copy from this work.

Jillaine Smith 14 January 2017 (willing to do lookups)

The 50 Colonists

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  1. John Andrews & Jane Jordan
  2. William Barnes & Rachel (some say Lord; others Fitts)
  3. William Beamsley & Ann (he m2 Martha (Hallor) Bushnell)
  4. Abraham Belknap & Mary Stallon
  5. John Bigge & Rachel Martin
  6. Richard Brackett & Alice Blower
  7. Thomas Bradbury & Mary Perkins
  8. Anthony Colby & Susanna (---) Waterman
  9. Ralph Farnum & Alice
  10. Thomas Freame & Mary Rowell
  11. Thomas French & Mary
  12. Henry Haggett & Ann
  13. Thomas Hale & Thomasine Doucett
  14. John Heald & Dorothy Royle
  15. Daniel Hendrick & (1) Dorothy, (2) Mary (---) Stockbridge
  16. Robert Jones & Margaret Garnford
  17. William Moulton & Margaret Page
  18. Michael Nutt & Sarah Granson
  19. George Parkhurst & Phebe Leete
  20. Joseph Peck & (1) Rebecca Clark, (2) (---)
  21. William Phippins & Judith
  22. Henry Pinder & Mary Rogers
  23. John Ramsdell & Priscilla
  24. Esdras Reade & Elizabeth Watson
  25. Edward Riddlesdale & Mary
  26. Henry Riddlesdale alias Loker & Elizabeth
  27. Joseph Robinson & Dorothy
  28. Valentine Rowell & Margaret Milner
  29. Richard Sawtell & Elizabeth
  30. Abraham Shaw & Bridget Best
  31. Baptiste Smedley & Katherine (---) Shorthose
  32. Robert Smith & Mary French
  33. Samuel Smith & Sarah
  34. Thomas Smith & Joan
  35. William Smith & Rebecca Keyes
  36. John Spofford & Elizabeth Scott
  37. Anthony Stanyan & Mary
  38. Isaac Stearns & Mary Barker
  39. Gregory Stone & Margaret Garrard
  40. William Straw & Frances Hoyt
  41. Duncan Stuart & Ann Winchurst
  42. William Thake & Joan Wood
  43. Alexander Thompson & Deliverance Haggett
  44. Richard Thorley & Jane
  45. John Warren & Margaret
  46. George Wheeler & Catherine Penn
  47. Thomas Wheeler & Ann Halsey
  48. Henry Whitfield & Dorothy Sheafe
  49. Thomas Wiswell & Elizabeth
  50. Francis Wyman & Elizabeth Richardson

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Agree with the commentary, Jillaine! Threfall's sources are either unavailable or difficult to find online.
posted by Traci Thiessen