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History of Sandwich Kent: The Good Ship Hercules & Passenger List

Emmigration & The Good Ship Hercules

Replica of the 17th century ship Godspeed

Replica of the 17th century ship Godspeed

An 88-foot replica of the ship that brought the first English colonists to America.
The Good Ship Hercules would have been similar (although the statue of Liberty wouldn't have been there in the 17th century!!)

When people started to emigrate to the 'New World', other towns called Sandwich were established, not necessarily in the following order:

Sandwich, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (incorporated in 1639)

Sandwich, Illinois, U.S.A.

Sandwich, Ontario, Canada

The Good Ship Hercules

In 1634, people embarked at Sandwich for New England on the 'Good ship Hercules of Sandwich'. The following is a passenger list, taken from 'History of Sandwich, by W. BOYS, 1792, pp. 750-1'.

List and Register

Of all such persons as embarked themselves in the good ship called the HERCULES, of Sandwich, of the burthen of 200 tons, John Witherley, master, and therein transported from Sandwich to the plantation called New England in America; with the certificates from the ministers where they last dwelt of their conversation, and conformity to the orders and discipline of the church, and that they had taken the oath of allegiance and supremacy. (The certificates, all dated February and March, 1634, are here omitted.)

Masters of Families. Children. Servants.

NATHANIAL TILDEN of Tenterden, yeoman, and Seven children, Seven servants, LYDIA his wife

JONAS AUSTEN of Tenterden and CONSTANCE his wife Four children.

ROBERT BROOK of Maidstone, mercer, and ANNE his wife. Seven children.

THOMAS HEYWARD of Aylesford, taylor, and SUSANNAH his wife Five children.

WILLIAM WITHERELL of Maidstone, schoolmaster, and MARY his wife Three children One servant

FANNET ...... of Ashford, hemp-dresser

THOMAS BONEY and HEN. EWELL of Sandwich, shoemakers

WILLIAM HATCH of Sandwich, merchant, and JANE his wife Five children Six servants

SAMUEL HINKLEY of Tenterden and SARAH his wife Four children.

ISAAC COLE of Sandwich, carpenter, and JOAN his wife Two children.


THOMAS BESBEECH of Sandwich Six children Three servants

JNO. LEWIS of Tenterden and SARAH his wife One child


JAMES SAYERS of Northbourn, taylor

COMFORT STARRE of Ashford, chirurgion, Three children Three servants

JOS. ROOTES of Great Chart

EM. MASON of Eastwell, widow

MARGARET. wife of WILLIAM JOHNNES late of Sandwich, now of New England, painter

JNO. BEST of the said parish, taylor.

THOMAS BRIDGEN of Faversham, husbandman, and ...... his wife