By the 1630s, Englishmen had settled in two main areas of the new world—New England and Virginia. The two regions were very different—New England was settled by Puritan religious dissidents while Virginian society revolved around growing and selling tobacco. The people living in the two colonies were different, as well.
Each ship that came to the colonies included a list of passengers and some information about them. The following two passenger lists—one for Massachusetts and one for Virginia—provide an indication of the different types of people who came to the two colonies.

Passenger List to New England, 1635

Source: Passenger list from the ship Planter, which sailed from London to Boston in 1635.(Table below).
To New England, April 2, 1635
PLANTER of London, Nicholas Trerice, Master. She sailed from London April 1635 and arrived at Boston on Sunday, June 7, 1635.

First Name
Surname
Age
A tailor
JOSEPH
TUTTELL
39

JOAN
TUTTELL
42

JOHN
LAWRENCE
17
Farmer
GEORGE
GIDDINS
25

JANE
GIDDINS
20
A tailor
THOMAS
SAVAGE
27

WILLIAM
LAWRENCE
12

MARIE
LAWRENCE
9

ABIGAIL
TUTTELL
6

SYMON
TUTTELL
4

SARA
TUTTELL
2

JOSEPH
TUTTELL
1

JOAN
ANTROBUSS
65

MARIE
WRAST
24

THO
GREENE
15

NATHAN
HEFORD
16

Servant to JOSEPH TUTTELL



MARIE
CHITTWOOD
24
Shoemaker
THOMAS
OLNEY
35

MARIE
OLNEY
30

THOMAS
OLNEY
3

EPENETUS
OLNEY
1

Servants to GEORGE GIDDINS



THOMAS
CARTER
25

MICHELL
WILLIAMSON
30

ELIZABETH
MORRISON
12
A tailor
RICHARD
HARVIE
22
Farmer
FRANCIS
PEBODDY
21
Weaver
WILLIAM
WILCOCKS
34

MARGARET
WILCOCKS
24

JOSEPH
WILCOCKS
2

ANNE
HARVIE
22
Mason
WILLIAM
BEARDSLEY
30

MARIE
BEARDSLEY
26

MARIE
BEARDSLEY
4

JOHN
BEARDSLEY
2

JOSEPH
BEARDSLEY
6 mos.
Farmer
ALLIN
PERLEY
27
Shoemaker
WILLIAM
FELLOE
24
Tailor
FRANCIS
BARKER
24

Passenger List to Virginia, 1635

Source: List of passengers on the ship America from London, England to Chesapeake, Virginia.(Table below).
23rd June, 1635. The under-written names are to be transported to Virginia embarked in the America. Willm Barker Mr. pr. cert: from the Minister of the Towne of Bravesend of their conformity to the orders & discipline of the church of England.
First Name
Surname
Age
Richard
Sadd
23
Thomas
Wakefield
17
Thomas
Bennett
22
Steven
Read
24
William
Stanbridge
27
Henry
Barker
18
James
Foster
21
Thomas
Talbott
20
Richard
Young
31
Robert
Thomas
20
John
Farepoynt
20
Robert
Askyn
22
Samuell
Awde
24
Miles
Fletcher
27
William
Evans
23
Lawrence
Farebern
23
Mathew
Robinson
24
Richard
Hersey
22
John
Robinson
32
Edmond
Chipps
19
Thomas
Pritchard
32
Jonathan
Bronsford
21
William
Cowley
20
John
Shawe
16
Richard
Gummy
21
Bartholomew
Holton
25
John
White
21
Thomas
Chappell
33
Hugh
Fox
24
Davie
Morris
32
Rowland
Cotton
22
William
Thomas
22
John
Yates
20
Richard
Wood
36
Isack
Bull
27
Phillipp
Remmington
29
Radulph
Spraging
37
George
Chaundler
29
Thomas
Johnson
19
George
Brookes
35
Robert
Sabyn
40
Phillipp
Parsons
10
Henry
Parsons
14
John
Eeles
16
Richard
Miller
12
Symon
Richardson
23
Thomas
Boomer
13
George
Dulmare
8
John
Underwood
19
William
Bernard
27
Charles
Wallinger
24
Ryce
Hooe
36
John
Carter
54
Women


Elizabeth
Remington
20
Dorothy
Standich
22
Suzan
Death
22
Elizabeth
Death
3
Alice
Remmington
26
Dorothie
Baker
18
Elizabeth
Baker
18
Sara
Colebank
20
Mary
Thurrogood
19

Section Questions:

  1. Based on these lists, what can you say about the type of people who traveled to each colony?
  2. Which ship do you think had more wealthy passengers? Women? Families?
Activity:
Make a chart comparing the passengers aboard the two ships. Look at the lists and determine what information is available about the passengers. Then, using what you know about statistics, think about what statistics would be most valuable to calculate. What percentages or ratios would be interesting to know? Where would it be useful to calculate mean, median, mode or range? Select the statistics that would best help you compare the passenger lists, calculate them, and present them in a chart.