Friday, September 26, 2014

The Risks People Take

There are many persons in the unwritten history where lives were risked to come to America.  The early colonists into Virginia were willing to leave family and friends and stake their fortunes in a wilderness land.  All the while that the first settlements were in progress to Jamestown, the New England States were also establishing colonies, yet met by friendly tribes of Indians. This certainly was not the situation in Virginia!  And the first supply ships into Virginia did not bring aristocrats or men of wealth, rather true adventurers looking to improve their circumstances. Gabriell Holland was such a man. Holland descended from the Holande, Holland branches who'd married into the  Plantagenet families of Edward I and gained titles and wealth.  That era ended about 1470 when Henry Holland, the duke of Exeter and only heir to the throne, was murdered.  From then on, the fate of the family was sealed.  They were nobody.  Gabriell left six or seven siblings in London in 1620 and sailed to the new colony with his new bride.  However, she was probably one of those colonists who lost their lives to the Indian massacre of 1622/1623.  In fact, Sgt. Gabriell Holland was listed on the roster of those who were killed. However, he apparently escaped as the records reveal that he was appointed as burgess and was sent with petitions upon numerous occasions back to London.  There were very few women in Jamestown, so, on one of his trips, Gabriell married another wife to take to Jamestown.  However, this wife did not survive the hardships and by 1624 he had married again, this time a widow in the colony.  Such was the life of the early colonists.  During the early 17th century, passenger lists from England reflect immigrants into New England and Virginia.  A close examination of them reveals that families split up and that some vessels bound for New England went to Virginia or South Carolina instead.

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