Migrant Ship

Watercolor called “Migrant Ship” 2019 by Wendy Harty

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide.

Edward Bangs was baptized on October 28, 1591 at Panfield, Essex County, England, son of John and Jane Chavis Bangs. The overwhelming desire on the part of the Pilgrims for freedom from existing conditions in England, and the endurance they showed in order to leave is evidenced in the the story of repeated dangers and endless hardships. The initial embarkation occurred on October 16, 1622, when the “Paragon” set out from London with 67 passengers. By the time they reached the Downs severe storms had disabled the boat, which was an old and faulty one. They returned to port, arriving 14 days after leaving it. The vessel had to be repaired causing a six week delay, during which the living expenses of all the passengers were added as an obligation on the Adventurer’s Company which had arranged with John Pierce, owner of the boat, for their transportation. To overcome his increased costs he increased the passengers to 109. On December 22, 1622, they set sail again, and in a February, a terrific storm arose which lasted fourteen days. The ship was so foundered in y sea they thought she might not rise again. Once again the Lord preserved them and brought them into Portsmouth, England, safe. Instead of giving up, they at once engaged the “Anne”, a boat of 140 tons which would carry 60 passengers and 60 tons of freight and the “little James”, a 44 ton ship, which had just been built. From start to finish the trip was 9 months. Edward Bangs was 32 at the time and single but he married Lydia Hicks in 1633 at Plymouth, who he travelled with to America on the ship Ann. After Lydia died he married Rebecca Hobart.

My thoughts: Could I leave the shore that many times into the unknown. May the blood that flows through my genes from this man give me strength and encouragement to leave my safe zone and venture out. Many ventures I have had to just “see what’s over the next hill!” My admiration goes to Edward Bangs, my 9th great grandfather.

Edward Bangs was a shipwright and served on town committees. He was educated to sign his will and several deeds. At Plymouth Colony he superintended the building of a forty to fifty ton barque which tradition says was the first vessel built there and was called “Rebecca”. For his labor he was granted eighty acres of land by the Plymouth Court provided he contribute one sixteenth part toward the building of the ship. Edward was granted four acres as a passenger of the Anne in the division of land at Plymouth, 1623. In 1627, a division of cattle was made with Edward Bangs being the twelfth of thirteen people who were to have the use of the great white back cow, a bull and two she goats. In 1635 Edward wed Rebecca Hobart when she was 24 years old. At Plymouth he was assessor, juryman, and assistant to the Governor

The Hobart family in March 1633, 10th great grandparents, Edmund Hobart and first wife Margaret Dewey with children, Rebecca, Sarah and Joshua and their servant Philip Gibbs, embarked for America, landing at Charlestown, Massachusetts, the following May. To escape the restrictions and persecutions of the Established Church, in his sixtieth year, they decided to face the the perils of the sea and the hardship and dangers of the New World to find freedom. In 1635, Edmund Hobart was constable of Charlestown. This same year he moved to Bear Cove now called Hingham and assisted in organizing the first church there, of which his son Peter was the first minister. He was called Edmund Hubbard, the elder. The children Rebecca and Joshua were admitted to the 1st Church of Christ, December 27, 1633. Rebecca’s brothers were members of the “famous train band” and were fined for participating in the Hingham mutiny against the authority of Lieut. Anthony Eames.

Edward Bangs was part of the seven who started Nauset now called Eastham, Massachesetts. There he was granted a business license, as keeper of the public house, 1657, to draw and sell wine and strong waters for the refreshment of the English and not to be sold to the natives. At Eastham, Edward and Rebecca raised their children, those that lived: Rebecca 1637-1664, Joshua 1637-1709, Sarah 1638, Jonathan 1640-Nov 1728, Lydia 1642, Hannah 1644-1677, Bethia May 28, 1650- Oct 15, 1696, Apphia Oct 15, 1651-Jul 12, 1722, Mercy Oct 15, 1651 twins Apphia’s second marriage was to Stephen Atwood Jr., Keziah’s Atwood’s great uncle.

Edward Bangs was Eastham’s first town treasurer and remained so for 19 years. He sold the land in Plymouth in 1651. Edward had a horse mark “marked with a slit of the right ear and burn marked with an E on the right shoulder. Several times Eastham records show horses were carried away by Mr. or Captain Josiah Hubbard of Hingham upon order of Edward Bangs. This confirms the relationship of Rebecca. To meet Eastham’s quota of soldiers, he furnished a man and a horse at his expense for two years. His son Jonathan, then 19 years, was Ensign to the foot company (carried the flag). June 1, 1658, he was appointed overseer of the poor with Nicholas Snow and Richard Higgins. After this we no longer find his name in public matters. Edward Bangs died in Eastham between October 19, 1677 (wrote his will) and March 5, 1678 (will probated). The will giving his age at 86, showed all his children living but Rebecca deceased whose children were bequeathed 4 pounds. He left large land holdings to his sons, John and Jonathan, to Joshua he gave his house with some land, and to each daughter, four pounds. Edward Bangs my 9th great grandfather was a very successful man; forty four years he spent in the activities of Colonial life and for years devoted himself to public service.

source: Edward Banges the Pilgrim: a narrative by Charles Howard Bangs, 1916 Bangs Family (Edward Bangs, 1592-1678, genealogy.

Connection to Keziah Atwood who is main character in my novel. This my 5th great grandmother would be Edward and Rebecca Bangs great great grandchild.

Keziah Parents Samuel Atwood and Hannah Doane married Oct 19, 1721 at Eastham, Massachusetts.

Hannah Doane Parents David Knowles Doane and Dorothy Horton married Sept 30, 1701 at Eastham, Massachusetts.

David Doane Parents John Doane Jr. and Hannah Bangs married Apr 30, 1662 at Eastham, Massachusetts

Hannah Bangs parents Edward Bangs and Rebecca Hobart married 1636 Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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