Passengers of the Blessing

Master John Lester
Voyage of 1635


This table details the roll of passengers of the Blessing, which sailed from London, mid-July, 1635, bound for New England. The ship arrived safe at Massachusetts Bay, although some of the persons listed below may not have debarked. The Ship's Master's name was alternatively spelled John Lester/Lecester. The rolls represent persons who were ready to embark at the date of record, which often preceded the actual sailing by several weeks. Some may have decided not to sail. Some servants may have run away. And there usually was some loss of life among the passengers from disease and malnutrition during the passage.

This information was transcribed in the 19th century by James Savage from records found in London, at the Augmentation Office, Rolls Court, Westminster.

For each common date of record, groupings of persons in consecutive order in the roll often indicate some relation by kinship, household or town origin. Either the persons were present in person before the scribe at that time and queued up in their natural groupings to enroll, or the documents of fealty arrived to the scribe from particular sources and were registered in order as received.

Spelling and Abbreviations:

The surnames are spelled as Savage, Tepper and their English collaborators could best decipher the old handwritten passenger rolls. Expect a few mistakes in interpretation, as well as errors by the original 17th century scribe. Savage's later corrections have been used. These spellings are antique and often curious, so if you are searching a particular name, try all imaginable variations.

We have generally given prenames their modern spelling. In many cases the spelling of a prename was unusual or doubtful, or the interpretation of the original abbreviated form is uncertain. If so we have left it as originally recorded. This is most notably the case for the abbreviation "Jo:" which can mean either John or Joseph or perhaps other names. Where a given name beginning with the letters "Jo..." is fully spelled out here, it was found that way in the original, or the intention is otherwise certain. Variants of "Anne" have been left as in the original, since many times "Hannah" is meant. Elisa may mean Elizabeth. "Francis" was nearly always spelled the same and might be male or female. Recall that Christian and Bennett were usually female names in those times.


Passengers of the Blessing , July, 1635
PRENAME SURNAME STATUS AGE DATE of record NOTE ROLL #
William Cope . 26 17 June 1635 . 1
Richard Cope . 24 17 June 1635 . 2
Thomas King . 21 17 June 1635 . 3
Jo: Stockbridge . 27 17 June 1635 . 4
Robert Saiewell . 30 17 June 1635 . 5
William Brooke . 20 17 June 1635 . 6
Gilbert Brooke . 14 17 June 1635 . 7
Nathaniel Byham . 14 17 June 1635 . 8
Jo: Vassall . 10 17 June 1635 . 9
William Vassall . 42 17 June 1635 . 10
Richard More . 20 17 June 1635 . 11
Robert Turner . 24 17 June 1635 . 12
Elizabeth Holly . 30 17 June 1635 . 13
Ann Vassall . 6 17 June 1635 . 14
Margaret Vassall . 2 17 June 1635 . 15
Mary Vassall . 1 17 June 1635 . 16
Elizabeth Robinson . 32 17 June 1635 . 17
Sara Robinson . 18mo 17 June 1635 . 18
Nicholas Robinson . 30 17 June 1635 . 19
Jo: Mory . 19 17 June 1635 . 20
PRENAME SURNAME STATUS AGE DATE of record NOTE ROLL #
Charles Stucbruge . 1 17 June 1635 . 21
James Saiewell . 18mo 17 June 1635 . 22
Jo: Robinson . 5 17 June 1635 . 23
Ann Stockbridge . 21 17 June 1635 . 24
Susan Saiewell . 25 17 June 1635 . 25
Ann Vassall . 42 17 June 1635 . 26
Susan King . 30 17 June 1635 . 27
Judith Vassall . 16 17 June 1635 . 28
Sara Tynkler . 15 17 June 1635 . 29
Fra. Vassall . 12 17 June 1635 . 30
Thomaxin Manson . 14 17 June 1635 . 31
Katherine Robinson . 12 17 June 1635 . 32
Mary Robinson . 7 17 June 1635 . 33
Robert Onyon . 26 17 June 1635 . 34
Jo. Jackson fisherman 40 17 July 1635 . 35
Margaret Jackson . 36 17 July 1635 . 36
John Jackson . 2 17 July 1635 . 37
Jo. Manifold . 17 17 July 1635 . 38
John Burles . 26 17 July 1635 . 39
Jo. Fitch . 14 17 July 1635 . 40
PRENAME SURNAME STATUS AGE DATE of record NOTE ROLL #
Nicholas Long . 19 17 July 1635 . 41
Christian Buck . 26 17 July 1635 . 42
Barnaby Davies . 36 17 July 1635 . 43
Suzan Daues . 16 17 July 1635 . 44
Robert Lewes . 28 17 July 1635 . 45
Elizabeth Lewes . 22 17 July 1635 . 46
Mary Hubbard . 24 17 July 1635 . 47
Mary Spratt . 20 17 July 1635 . 48
Richard Hallingworth . 40 17 July 1635 . 49
Susan Hallingworth . 30 17 July 1635 . 50
Christian Hunter . 20 17 July 1635 . 51
Elizabeth Hunter . 18 17 July 1635 . 52
Thomas Hunter . 14 17 July 1635 . 53
William Hunter . 11 17 July 1635 . 54
William Hollingworth . 7 17 July 1635 . 55
Richard Hallingworth . 4 17 July 1635 . 56
Susan Hallingworth . 2 17 July 1635 . 57
Elizabeth Hallingworth . 3 17 July 1635 . 58
Edward Ingram . 18 17 July 1635 . 59
Henry Beck . 18 17 July 1635 . 60
PRENAME SURNAME STATUS AGE DATE of record NOTE ROLL #
Jo. Hathoway . 18 17 July 1635 . 61
Richard Sexton . 14 17 July 1635 . 62
Thomas Trentum . 14 17 July 1635 . 63
Thomas Biggs . 13 17 July 1635 . 64
Jo. Briggs . 20 17 July 1635 . 65
Robert Lewes . 28 17 July 1635 . 66
Elizabeth Lewes . 22 17 July 1635 . 67


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