Coming to America on America

It is believed that Thomas Wakefield, who migrated from England in 1635, is the founder of the southern branch of the Wakefields in the burgeoning colonies of North America. As can be seen by the images below from The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Thomas was just 17 years old when he made the journey on the ship America. The ship departed from Gravesend on June 23, 1635, where its passengers “were seeking new opportunities and advanced social status far from the restrictive practices in England at the time.

 

There were 86 passengers on the ship and, of which, there were 72 males and 14 females. Average age of the passengers was 22.2 years old. The youngest passenger was 3 while the oldest passenger was 54. Seventy-one, of the 86 passengers, were between the ages of 11 and 30.

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