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The Original Jamestown Settlers; an excerpt from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith (1624)

In the third book of his Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, published in 1624, John Smith listed the names of the original Jamestown colonists.

Transcription from Original

The names of them that were the first Planters, were these following.

Councel.

  • Master Edward Maria Wingfield.
  • Captaine Bartholomew Gosnoll.
  • Captaine John Smith.
  • Captaine John Ratliffe.
  • Captaine John Martin.
  • Captaine George Kendall.

Gentlemen.

  • Master Robert Hunt Preacher.
  • Master George Percie.
  • Anthony Gosnoll.
  • George Flower.
  • Captaine Gabriell Archer.
  • Robert Fenton.
  • Robert Ford.
  • William Bruster.
  • Edward Harrington.
  • Dru Pickhouse.
  • Thomas Jacob.
  • John Brookes.
  • Ellis Kingston.
  • Thomas Sands.
  • Benjamin Beast.
  • Jehu Robinson.
  • Thomas Mouton.
  • Eustace Clovill.
  • Stephen Halthrop.
  • Kellam Throgmorton.
  • Edward Morish.
  • Nathaniell Powell.
  • Edward Browne.
  • Robert Behethland.
  • John Penington.
  • Jeremy Alicock.
  • George Walker.
  • Thomas Studley.
  • Richard Crofts.
  • Nicholas Houlgrave.
  • Thomas Webbe.
  • John Waller.
  • John Short.
  • William Tankard.
  • William Smethes.
  • Francis Snarsbrough.
  • Richard Simons.
  • Edward Brookes.
  • Richard Dixon.
  • John Martin.
  • Roger Cooke.
  • Anthony Gosnold.
  • Thomas Wotton, Chirurgian.
  • John Stevenson.
  • Thomas Gore.
  • Henry Adling.
  • Francis Midwinter.
  • Richard Frith.

Carpenters

  • William Laxon.
  • Edward Pising.
  • Thomas Emry.
  • Robert Small.

Labourers

  • John Laydon.
  • William Cassen.
  • George Cassen.
  • Thomas Cassen.
  • William Rodes.
  • William White.
  • Old Edward.
  • Henry Tavin.
  • George Goulding.
  • John Dods.
  • William Johnson.
  • William Unger.

  • James Read, Blacksmith.
  • Jonas Profit, Sailer.
  • Thomas Cowper, Barber.
  • William Garret, Bricklayer.
  • Edward Brinto, Mason.
  • William Love, Taylor.
  • Nicholas Scot, Drummer.
  • William Wilkinson, Chirurgian.
  • Samuell Collier, boy.
  • Nathaniell Pecock, boy.
  • James Brumfield, boy.
  • Richard Mutton, boy.
  • With divers others to the number of 100.