Passengers of the Mary and John lived in England and came from the English Counties of Dorset, Somerset, Devon or Wiltshire
On March 20, 1630, the ship Mary and John sailed with the Winthrop Fleet, from Plymouth, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts in New England, USA.











Genealogists, genealogy students, family historians, genealogical societies, genealogy librarians and hobbyists seeking family history, genealogy and information about their early English ancestors and descendants from the West Country counties of England and the passengers who sailed aboard the Mary and John 1630, and settled in New England will find a wealth of information on the Mary and John Clearing House Web Site of a ship that sailed with the Winthrop Fleet, a ship named The Mary and John 1630.

The following are Mary & John 1630 passengers who were certain or highly probable to have traveled aboard the ship when it sailed from Plymouth, England landing at Nantasket Point, at the entrance of Boston Harbor on March 20, 1630.

Certain or Highly Probable Mary & John Passengers Include: Roger Clapp, Arron Cook, Nicholas Denslow, George Dyer, Thomas Ford, Anne Filer, John Gallop, John Gaylord, William Gaylord, Jonathan Gillette, John Holman, John Hoskins, Thomas Lombard, Roger Ludlow, Rev. John Maverick, William Phelps, William Rockwell, Edward Rossiter, William Chub, Humphrey Gallop, Matthew Grant, Thomas Holcombe, George Hull, George Phelps, Elder John Strong, and many others. To see if your ancestors may have been among the English immigrants aboard the Mary and John 1630, view our passenger list.

The ship Mary & John sailed during the "Great Migration". The Mary and John departed Plymouth, England from the West Country of England on March 20, 1630, and arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in New England, USA. Many pilgrims left England during the 17th century, some have said for religious reasons; perhaps this is why no official ship's passenger list has ever been found for the Mary and John 1630. Synthetic passenger lists of the Mary & John 1630 voyage had been written by authors Charles E. Banks in 1930, and Maude Pinney Kuhns in 1943. Burton W. Spear founder of The Mary and John Clearing House found both authors' books contained numerous errors and that Banks and Kuhns both disagreed on half of the names of passengers.

Some of these "alleged" passengers were either still in England in 1630 signing documents or had not yet been born. It is also important to note that The Mary & John was a 400 ton ship that only carried 140 passengers and that if we were to include all of the passenger names in Banks and Kuhns books, there would have been well over two hundred and fifty passengers aboard the Mary & John 1630 which would have been impossible.

Passengers of the Mary & John lived in England and came from either the English Counties of Dorset, Somerset, Devon or maybe Wiltshire, particularly from the areas in and around Dorchester, and Bridport, Dorset, Crewkerene, and Taunton, Somerset or Exeter, Devon. This part of England is often referred to by genealogists as the West Country.

Burton W. Spear authored twenty seven genealogy books about West Country passengers.Since 1986, The Mary and John Clearing House has become the most complete Mary and John 1630 passenger list collection available. The Mary and John Clearing House has combed through thousands of secondary sources to compile the passenger lists of the Mary and John 1630 voyage. Learn more about the Mary and John Clearing House and it's founder, Burton W. Spear.

The Founder of the Mary & John Clearing House
Burton Spear, founder of the Mary & John Clearing HouseSadly, on May 26, 2002 the founder of the Mary and John Clearing House, Burton W. Spear passed into eternity after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and his customers who shared his passion for genealogy.

Carolyn M. Spear passed away at the age of 85 on November 10, 2010. She was instrumental in helping her husband Burton, research, type and publish 27 books for the Mary and John Clearing House. Their son and daughter-in-law Craig and Dixie Spear will continue to market the Mary and John Clearing House genealogy materials. May mom rest in peace.

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Carolyn M. Spear, born October 10, 1925, of Point Place, in Toledo, Ohio, passed away November 10, 2010 in Hospice care. Carolyn graduated from Waite High School with honors. She married Burton Spear in 1950. She enjoyed being a mother to her three sons, a Cub Scout den mother, she taught Sunday school, and volunteered at Riverside Hospital for many years. She enjoyed traveling with Burton to many countries around the world. Carolyn was instrumental in helping Burton prepare and publish 27 volumes of genealogy research on the ship, The Mary & John 1630. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Spear and son, Kevin Spear; parents, Walter and Buleau Ruch; sister, Madeline; brothers, Robert and Richard Ruch and nephew, Walter Ruch. She is survived by sons, Gary, Craig (Dixie); grandchildren, Ryan, Lyndsay and Adam Spear, Harmony Turner (Mike), Shannon Suter (Misty) Cameron Suter; great-grandchildren, Madison, Tylor, Mira and Finn; several nephews and nieces, and special friends, Ruby Reed, Marge Jewson, Sugar and David Hunkins, Alice Oberly, John and Molly Mueller. A celebration of Carolyn's life will be observed at 11 AM, Wednesday, November 17, at Point Place United Church of Christ at 117th and 297th Streets, with Rev. Robert Wuellner. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Point Place United Church of Christ.

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