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This reprint of Roger Clapp's memoirs was originally written in the 17th century, is one of the few first-hand accounts of life in New England during the Great Migration. Roger Clapp wrote this book after the voyage of the Mary & John 1630. Roger Clapp was a Mary & John passenger of 1630 and describes the early days of hardships and suffering in the wilderness of those brave and hardy English men, women and children. This edition includes newly gathered material, photos and maps, from Salcombe Regis Devon, the birthplace of Roger Clapp. Roger Clapp was born April 6, 1609 in Sallcom, Devonshire, England. and died in 1691.

Seldom can one find the actual birthplace of their 17th century English ancestor, but the homestead of Roger Clapp still stands today and it is now a private dwelling. Roger Clapp was baptized 6 April, 1609 in the church of St. Peter & St. Mary, in the parish of Salcombe Regis.

St. Peter and St. Mary Church, where Roger Clapp was baptized April 6, 1609

Excerpts from Editor Sydney Strong

While spending a few months in the Connecticut Valley, in 1928, on the trail of Elder John Strong, I found in the libraries of Northampton, Mass, and Hartford, Conn., the "Memoirs of Roger Clap." It was a little book, printed in 1844. The idea came that I should like to have my children know this book. The idea possessed me to the extent of seeing it published. In the first place, it gives you a picture of some of your ancestors, since the "Memoirs" is a story of the voyage of the ship, the "Mary and John" that sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, 1630, and landed at the point called Nantasket. The voyagers founded the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. On this ship, among the 140 passengers there came, besides John Strong, several other forbears, in the families of Reverend John Warham, Thomas Ford and Thomas Newberry.

The voyage of the "Mary and John" was important in the history of America. To Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Windsor, Connecticut, to Northampton, Massachusetts, the "Mary and John" bears about the same relation as the Mayflower to Plymouth, Mass. You will find in the "Memoirs" how the 140 people aboard were a church-community, organized in the old country, ready to operate on landing in the wilderness. It is a classic of colonial days. In 1635, a considerable number of them (exactly how many has been a matter of dispute) treked through the wilderness.

The "Memoirs" is one of the most authentic documents of early colonial history. As such it should be known to the descendants at least. It should be read by the school children in Dorchester, Windsor and Northampton. But all over the land are children of the "fathers and mothers" of the Mary and John." No library should be with out it.

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