Richard Norwood’s Survey of the Land and Landholder’s of Bermuda

An accompt of the Generall Lands belonging to the Somer Islands taken out of Mr Richard Norwood’s survey booke by him made in the yeares 1662, 1663


Richard Norwood completed two surveys for the Somer Islands Company (als Bermuda Company). Born in 1590, the son of an indigent gentleman, he arrived in Bermuda in late 1613 at age 23 to dive for pearls for the Company. There were no pearls and Governor Moore hired him to make a rough survey of the Islands, completed in 1616/7, compiled in 1622, and published in 1626 (click here to go to 1622 survey). He returned to England, married and after various activities returned to Bermuda in 1637/8 to start a school. He was again asked by the Bermuda Company to update the survey. This was completed in 1662/3 and descrived the holdings and their owners and/or occupiers. He died at the age of 85 in 1675. (Ives, "The Rich Papers", p401)

Generall Lands

St George Island:

The Governor :12 shares at the east end of St George’s, 300 acres, in the occupation of:
Stokes, Davis
Goodfaith, Joseph
Mills, John
Bedwell, John
Mills, John
Bedwell, Robert
Norman, Matthew
Evans, Cornelius
Browne, Roger
Smith,Alexander
Welsh, John
Bristowe, John (Marshall)
Bayley, Roger
Holloway, Hannah
Middleton, Edward
Shaw, Tho:
Hurt, John

  1. Smith, Samll (the psent minister): 2 shares, 50 acres
  2. Nicholls, John (Sheriffe): 100 acres
  3. Tucker, Henry: 2 shares, 50 acres
  4. Vaughan, John, on lease from Mr Casewell: 1 share, 25 acres
  5. Brackley, Edward: 2 shares, 50 acres
  6. Bristowe, John (Marshall): 2 shares, 50 acres
  7. Stalvers, M’s: 2 shares, 50 acres
  8. Small Islands neare St George’s:

  9. 2 Islands, 5 acres
  10. Tucker, Captaine Francis (Commander): Pagetts Fort on Penestons Island with a house in occupation of Jonathan Stokes – 31 acres
  11. Asser, Captaine Godheard (Commander): Smith’s Fort on Smith’s Island – 61 acres
  12. Ditto
  13. Hen Island (near west end of Smith’s Island) – 3 acres
  14. Stirrup, John & Wright, Ralph (weavers) tenure and occupancy of Long Bird Island – 46 acres
  15. Stalvers, Henry occupant of Conny Island lying at Burnt Point – 14 acres
  16. Certaine small island, abt 10 in ye towne harbor Mullett Bay – 2 acres
  17. S Davids Island:

  18. Tucker, Capt Francis (Commander of Pagetts Fort), in occupation of Stokes, Jonathan (Lt) & Hurt,
  19. John – 60 acres
  20. Higges, Miles – 1 share, 25 acres
  21. Harding, Hugh – 1 share, 25 acres
  22. Allen, William – 1 share, 25 acres
  23. Jennyngs, Capt Richard of Smith’s Tribe (Commander of Southampton Fort), in occupation of Grazbury, John & Davis, Randall – 2 shares, 50 acres
  24. Hilton, Lieut. Tho: - 2 shares, 50 acres
  25. Burcher, Robert: 1 share, 25 acres
  26. Brangman, Lieut. Edward and son Brangman, Samuel: 1 share, 25 acres
  27. Bell, William: 25 acres
  28. Sparke, Tho: (once belonging to Bernard, Capt John): 1 parcell, 10 acres
  29. Sparke, Tho: aforesaid in occupation "where he dwells" (belonging to Trott, Perient) and another in occupation of Cox, M’s widdow: 3 shares, 15 acres
  30. Adams, William "holdeth of" Axton, Jacob and belonging to Wicks, Matthew: 5 acres
  31. Mountaine, Mrs Mary (formerly Stow, Mary), part in free tenure to Place, John: 15 acres
  32. Mountaine, Mary holding 2 shares belonging to Hubbart, Capt George of Devonshire Tribe: 2 hares, 10 acres
  33. Fox, Lieut. John "holdeth of" Asser, Capt Godheard (dwells on the parcel), which belonged to the late Mr Delbridge: 3 shares, 15 acres
  34. Sharpe, Henry, 15 acres of which formerly belonging to Capt Covells: 30 acres
  35. Lyndale, John "holdeth of" Whitney, Saml (of Sandy’s), formerly belonging to Mr Dykes: 30 acres
  36. Moore, John "holds freely" a parcell previously of Day, John, now belonging to Mr Webb: 5 acres
  37. Moore, John "holdeth of" Burroughes, Mihil (occupant): 10 acres
  38. Nailer, Elizabeth "holdeth of" Waterman, Mr, previously land of Caswell, Rich: : 25 acres
  39. Stow, Tho: (of Davids Is) holds freely, in tenure of Canter, Capt: 5 acres
  40. Stow, Tho: "holdeth of" Stowe, John "& he of Trott, Perient , previously that of Earl of Warwick: 25 acres
  41. Islands of Southampton halbo’ als Castle Harbor:

  42. 10 small islands: 8 acres
  43. Ming, David: Cooper’s Island, 77 acres
  44. 4 small islands: 3 acres
  45. 5 small islands: 2 acres
  46. None-such Island: 15 acres
  47. 3 small islands: 1 acres
  48. Southampton Fort under command of Jenyngs, Capt Rich: 1 acre
  49. "The fellow of it": 0 acres
  50. King’s Castle under command of Governor Seymor, Capt Florentio: 3 acres
  51. Charles Fort now decayed: 3 acres
  52. 3 islands near Charles Fort: 1 acre
  53. some other islands: 1 acre
  54. Tuckers Towne:

  55. Gleab land in tenure of Cromby, Abo: : 2 shares, 50 acres
  56. Moore, Wm & Moore Joseph (his son): 2 tenements & 2 shares, 50 acres
  57. Atkinson, Samll : 1 share, 25 acres
  1. Marrow, Daniel: 1 share, 25 acres
  2. North, Nathaniel: 1 share, 25 acres
  3. Wilkinson, Parnel (widd): 1 share, 25 acres
  4. Jones, Lieutennt Wm : 1 tenement & Grazebury, James: 1 tenement & mother Jones, Mary: 1 tenement : 50 acres total
  5. Clinch, Tho & Newman, Wm & Browne, John, each a tenement: 95 acres

Islands in Common:

Islands of the Great & Little Sound:

  1. The bigger island at the bottom of the Little Sound: 1 acre
  2. Island at Bailyes Bay: 0 acres
  3. Another island: 0 acres
  4. Trunck Island in occupation of Roberts, John: 3 acres
  5. Another island in occupation of Roberts, John: 1 acre
  6. The 2 lesser islands: 0 acres
  7. Another small island: 0 acres
  8. 2 other small islands: 0 acres
  9. In the Great Sound:

  10. An island in Crow Lane occupied by Owen, Evan for yearly rent: 3 acres
  11. Another island in Crow lane: 3 acres
  12. 6 small islands : 3 acres
  13. Ackland, Tho:, occupant of island: 28 acres
  14. 2 small islands: 0 acres
  15. Island in Bosses hole: 0 acres
  16. Island at mouth of Mangrow Bay: 0 acres
  17. Island: 0 acres
  18. Island: 1 acre
  19. Island: 0 acres
  20. A long island at entrance to Daniels Bay with a smaller one: 1 acre
  21. A bigger island: 3 acres
  22. 4 smaller islands: 1 acre
  23. Owen, Lazarus, occupant of 2 islands: 28 acres
  24. Small island: 0 acres
  25. 3 small islands: 1 acre
  26. Veazey, Nathanael or his assignes, occuping a bigger island NW from Owen, Lazarus island: 13 acres
  27. Veazey, Nat or his assignes (aforesaid): 9 acres
  28. Burt, John, occupant of Elizabeth Island: 21 acres
  29. Island: 0 acres
  30. Island: 0 acres
  31. Pearle Island and another small island at Spanish Pointe: 2 acres
  32. Island: 1 acre
  33. Island: 2 acres
  34. 3 small islands: 3 acres
  35. Ward, Henry, occupant of Roundhill Island: 16 acres
  36. Ward, Henry,occupant of a smaller island: 2 acres
  37. Conyard, Nathaniel, occupant of tenement Tuckers Island: 21 acres
  38. Ward, Tho, occupant of Lesser Tuckers Isld: 7 acres
  39. 2 small islands: 0 acres
  40. Graves Island: 6 acres
  41. Rivers, John, occupant of the westermost of Brothers Islands: 20 acres
  42. The eastermost of Brothers Islands: 13 acres
  43. Island: 2 acres
  44. 2 small islands neare Jews Bay: 3 acres
  45. Helyn, John, occupant of 2 islands before entrance of Hearne Bay: 17 acres
  46. "
  47. 2 other small islands within White Hearne bay: 1 acres

"The totall of all ye shares of land sett apart for publique use as p this booke are 86 shares"

"Rec’d from Mr Banner Secry to ye Company 25 Sept: 1684"

(reference: John Camden Hotten.)