Canterbury Connections

Do you have ancestors who were born, baptized, married, or buried in Canterbury, Kent, England? After coming across this magnificent map of the ancient city it only seemed appropriate to post it and a bit of information here as a teaser post.

FH Map Canterbury 1588, Wm Smith's Particular Description of Eng, BritLib

1588 Map of Canterbury from Wm. Smith’s Particular Description of England in the British Library

One brief sample of immigrants known to have come from Canterbury or surrounds comes from the passenger list of the Hercules of Sandwich, which sailed to New England in 1635:

. John Best, tailor, of Sandwich, settled in Salem.

. Thomas Boney (Bonney), shoemaker, of Sandwich, settled in Charlestown and Duxbury.

. Isaac Cole, carpenter, of Sandwich, and his family: wife Joan, children Isaac, Jane or Anne. He settled his family in Charlestown and Woburn.

. William Hatch, merchant, of Sandwich, and his wife Jane. He settled in Scituate.

. William Holmes, of Sandwich, servant of William Hatch. He settled in Scituate and Marshfield.

. Robert Jennings, of Sandwich, servant of William Hatch. He only appears on the passenger list. Nothing more is known of him.

. Margaret Johnes, of Sandwich, wife of William Johnes, painter. Her name appears on the passenger list only.

. Joseph and Simon Ketchell (Ketcherell), of Sandwich, servants to William Hatch. Their names appear only on the passenger list.

The few passenger lists available, of course, only provide a snapshot of the number of immigrants who came in the Great Migration, 1620-1640.

Sources for Further Research for Canterbury

. Canterbury, Kent at familysearch.org.
. The Canterbury Connection at findmypast.uk.com.
. The Great Migration Directory.
. Canterbury, U.K. at VisitBritain.com.
. The Canterbury Trail: exploring the city’s medieval streets on foot.

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One Response to Canterbury Connections

  1. heatherrojo says:

    James Chilton, the Mayflower passenger, lived in Canterbury for a while and his children were baptized there at St. Paul’s-without-the-walls. Also, Robert Cushman, another Pilgrim from Leyden, Netherland (who did not arrive on the Mayflower with the other Pilgrims, but came later on the Fortune), was apprenticed to a grocer in Canterbury in 1597 and attended St. George-the-Martyr church, which was destroyed in WWII. You can see St. George on the map, but St. Paul’s is off to the right side (off the map and “without the walls”) These are two more New England immigrants you can add to your list!

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