Captain William Traske, was a "... passanger upon the ship "The Sea Lion" which departed Delft, Holland during June of 1624 to New England. He and four others, were some of the earliest men to "plant" settlements on the north shore of Massachusetts Bay.The four others were surnamed, Woodbury, Connaunt, Balch and Palfrey.According to the historians Will and Ariel Durant, in "The Age of Exploration", Captain Traske and Woodbury, Connaut, Balch, and Palfrey (The Old Planters) were confronted by Miles Standish and company while they were operating a fishing station, at Cape Ann, Massachusetts, during the year 1624. This paved the way for the Salem settlement. It is very likely that William Traske made several trans-Atlantic journies during the 1620's. His arrival at Naumkeag in 1628 on the "Abigail" with Governor Endicott was probably his last arrival to Massachusetts."
Birth & Baptism
William, the son of Nicholas Traske, was baptized 14 Dec 1585, in East Coker, Somerset, England He was probably born shortly before this date. In November 1664, William in a deposition stated his age as 77, which calculates to 1587.
Anderson sets his immigration at 1628, but Traske is considered one of the "Old Planters" who were in Naumkeag prior to the arrival of Endicott in 1628. In fact he was given a one fifth share in the old planters 1000 acre grant on 25 Jan 1635/6 along with John Woodbery, Roger Connant, Peter Palfrey & John Balch, implying that he was in America about 1626 and perhaps as early as 1624.For reasons unknown to us, William Trask did not settle on the land granted to him, so it passed to Thomas Scruggs, then to Scruggs son-in-law John Rayment.
We do not know the exact date of William's marriage to Sarah, nor do we know Sarah's last name. Sarah was listed as his wife in his will. She outlived him. We can estimate the birth of his first child Sarah about 1634, so his marriage would have taken place before this birth. Southwick is sometimes given as Sarah's last name.
On November 16, 1635 Mr. Traske along with Woodbury, Conant, Massey and Balch were chosen to be overseers of land.
In 1661 William presented a petition to the General Court assembled at Boston. In it, he requested that he and others of Salem who served under him in the expedition against the Pequots be granted lands that had previously belonged to the said Pequots since they had "swett soe much for it as som off vs bled on it and for ys of service." The deputys granted 400 acres of land to Captain William Traske in the place desired.
At a meeting of Select men on December 17, 1689/90, a majority decided to grant approval for William Trask to "keepe a publicque house of Entertainement prouided the County Court allow of him." 
William made a will on 15 May 1666 and on 18 May 1666, the town records refer to him being accompanied to his grave. This is a nice narrow window of dates and it can be safely said he died May 1666.
Sarah b. say 1634 m. 13 Oct 1656 Elias Parkman.
↑ ”The Traske Family in England” Extracts from Registers at East Coker, Somerset, England, made in 1897, by the late George Cecil Trask, Esq., of Ceylon, India. NEHGR 54:280. 1900.
↑ 4.04.14.24.188.8.131.52.74.8 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., 1995).
↑ Massachusetts: Miscellaneous Censuses Substitutes, 1630–1788, 1840, 1890 (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. From records supplied by Ancestry.com)
↑ Felt, Joseph B."The Annals of Salem" publ. by W & S. B. Ives, Washington. 1827. p.525 appendix
↑ Town Records of Salem, Massachusetts. Volume III 1680 - 1691. The Essex Institute, Salem, Mass. 1934. p. 211.
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., 1995). pp 1834 - 1837. Featured Sketch: William Trask.subscribers$
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The Essex Antiquarian. Salem, MA: The Essex Antiquarian, 13 vols. 1897-1909. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.) (Will of Wm. Trask, Sr.) Vol. 13 (1909) p. 115.subscribers$
The Essex Genealogist. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) various articles re: Capt. Traske incl: "Captain William Traske of Salem, Massachusetts by Joan Sweeney - The Essex Genealogist 7:171; 19:127; 21:24 - 27.subscribers$
S-618969270 Repository: #R-1096895296 Title: U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations Inc APID: 1,3824::0
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) "Captain William Traske, of Salem, Massachusetts" by William B. Trask - NEHGR 53:43-53; 54:279-283; 55:321-330; 385-388; 56:69-73; 199-202; 57:384-386.subscribers$
Young, Alexander. "Chronicles of the First Planters of The Colony of Massachusetts Bay" Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston. 1846. p. 31.see at archive.org