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Our Family Story
Although not generally used as an embarkation point for emigrants as much as other ports like Plymouth or Bristol, Weymouth was used for some of the first ships sailing to America. The reason the early ships departed from Weymouth is the start of emigration was organized by a local minister, the Reverend John White of St. Peters, Dorchester. He along with fellow residents of the Dorset County town founded the Massachusetts Bay Company. The Massachusetts Bay Company was originally concerned with fishing, but when that failed some years after its inception, the trade turned to emigrants. The Amity set sail from Weymouth in February 1625/6. The ship Abigail set sail from Weymouth in 1628 with many Dorset emigrants bound for New England. This particular passage was important as it carried the new government for the London Plantation in Massachusetts. The governor, the first of Massachusetts, was John Endicott. He was amongst over nine hundred individuals or families who migrated to New England before the end of 1633. Most ships left from the West Country as battling down the English Channel was a tough experience and fare-paying employers did not want any money wasted on someone who might jump ship. The months of May and June would have been the predominant times of arrival having embarked February and March. This was to give time to get established and get some work out of the employees before the darkness of Winter encroached. Freemanship in our past has meant several things but in Salem it presupposed church membership and attaining the age of twenty-one. Morey men marry at the age of twenty-five. British people usually became church members at the age of sixteen and by fourteen were allowed to choose a guardian and witness documents. Let us start at Drimpton again: The first mention is of a piece of farmland owned by a man called Dreama an old English name. Records of the 13th Century spell the name Drameton; Dremintun; Dremyton and Drempton. In the reign of Henry VIII Osbert de Dremeton held a virgate (a peasant holding) in Dremeton valued at 5 shillings per annum. In this area Roger Morey was born 18th May 1610, and young at heart, a touch of Puritan by faith and farmer by trade during 1628 set foot on his path to Weymouth and the waiting "Abigail". She was ready to sail to the New World with emigrants and farm animals and goods of all description. The Dorchester Company employed Roger and it was his job to feed and water the sheep and cattle. The master of the little vessel was Henry Gaudens. Sailing on the 20th June 1628, it was a good crossing and Roger made Naumkeag on the 6th of September, with about twelve fellow settlers including Captain John Endecott the new governor for London's Plantation. (Unloading animals, building houses burying wives and children etc. all in Morey Migration.) Notebook 02 0251
I suspect he had returned to ENGLAND to pick up sheep and cattle and possibly assist a landowner in his move to the New World. This was the year he became a member of the Salem church, and sometime in 1634 he married Mary Johnson at Roxbury, Norfolk, USA.
And by 1652 he was in Providence, RI, USA. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations reveal he was an Inn Keeper in Providence by 1655, and Providence constable.
During the cold Winter and on the 5th of January 1666 Roger died - I presume aged fifty-five.