Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke
By Andy Powell
Release by Jennifer Sheppard
own Andy Powell has written a book about The Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Roanoke, North Carolina has the distinction of being the first
site where Englishmen landed in America, to establish a permanent
settlement. Yes, 20 years
before Jamestown, Virginia was settled and 33 years before the Mayflower
landed in Massachusetts, Englishmen landed on North Carolina shores
(then Virginia) to establish a colony.
1587, Raleigh sent a colony of 117 men, women and children to colonize
America. Shortly thereafter; Governor White had to set sail for England
to obtain additional provisions but was unable to return until three
years later. When he returned to America the colonists had disappeared,
leaving the word Croatoan carved on a tree.
Grenville and the Lost Colony of
Roanoke, Andrew Powell presents information he's gathered during
more than three years of
research. He researched the earliest transcripts and first hand
accounts; many that have never been previously connected to the story of
the Lost Colony. This work provides a picture of one of the most extraordinary
periods in English history and the most famous unsolved mystery in
book examines the crucial role played by Raleigh's cousin, Sir Richard
Grenville. Grenville and The Lost Colony of Roanoke contains new
revelations, exposes myths, includes modern re-transcriptions of
original accounts, and provides the latest evidence and theories as to
what happened to the Colonists.
the theories associated with the story are proven, and the evidence in
support of them is emerging rapidly from the use of modern DNA testing
and new archeological evidence, then the History of America is about to
be re-written,’ explains author, Andrew Thomas Powell.”
“This book provides a very fresh
perspective on Sir Walter Raleigh’s Virginian enterprises and
highlights the key role that Si. Richard Grenville played in them. By
looking at the original accounts, the book offers numerous new
insights…It is an important new addition to the library of ‘Lost
Colony’ research” – Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK.
book reads like butter. No slogging through the mire. Any Powell not
only documents the history of the Roanoke voyages, he solves many
mysteries, and weaves it all into a mesmerizing tale. It’s all true,
but reads like a mystery book that you can’t put down until the last
page is turned.” – Roberta Estes, CEO of www.dnaexplain.com
and Co-Founder of The Lost Colony Research Group (America’s leading
‘Lost Colony’ authority).
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THOMAS POWELL was born in Wimbledon in 1959 and settled in North Devon
in 1987. He is the former Mayor of Bideford and a Town Councillor. In
his private life he spends his time enjoying trekking and attempting to
play his Jazz Guitar.
Date – 1 April 2011, ISBN: 9781848765962. Publisher: (contact Jane
Publishing LTD, 5 Weir Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester, LE8 OLQ,
Just in Time Arrival!!!
first box of Andy's books arrived from the publisher, just in time for
his speaking engagement the next day, February 19th, at the North Devon
Branch of the Devon Family History Society.
can meet Andy for yourself at the April 12th meeting of the Hatteras
Island Genealogy Society at the firehouse in Avon (on Hatteras Island)
from 6 to 9 where Andy is speaking and signing his new book.
For more info as the date draws closer, check the Hatteras Island
Genealogy link on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=245433063719
or the Lost Colony blog at http://the-lost-colony.blogspot.com/
Lost Colony Presentations - April 12th
Hatteras Island Genealogy Society and the Lost Colony Genealogy and DNA
Research Group, are coming together to bring you some good eats and we
will have with us several guests at the Avon Fire Station, in Avon on
Hatteras Island. All of our
speakers are specialists in various aspects of Lost Colony Research.
Estes, Director of the Lost Colony Research Group will give a
presentation about the ongoing research into the fate of the Lost
Colony, the Lost Colony DNA project, and the Hatteras Island Family DNA
projects, co-administered by Dawn Taylor.
and Roberta will have their Hatteras Island genealogy data base along
for easy access this evening, so be sure to see if your ancestor is
listed. We'll be talking about what we've found in the Hatteras
families, genetically, too - so if it's results you're looking for - you
won't want to miss this.
Poole, Research Director of the Lost Colony Research Group will be with
us as well.
Powell, recently retired Mayor of Bideford England, and expert on the
English aspect of Lost Colony research will bring his recently released
book, Grenville and The Lost Colony of Roanoke, and will be sharing with
us the role of Sir Richard Grenville in the Lost Colony adventure. Andy
has spent years translating original English documents and will be
sharing his knowledge with us. Andy will be signing his new books as
well for anyone wishing to purchase one.
What an opportunity, a signed first edition book that is sure to
be a collector's item.
to our special guest speakers, there will be a pot luck dinner.
and the LCRG, will be supplying the main course and drinks. We do ask
that those attending bring a side dish or dessert. The pot luck portion
of the night will be from 6-7 p.m. Our special guest speakers will start
promptly at 7 PM.
more information closer to the date, check either the Hatteras Island
Genealogy Society on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=245433063719
or the Lost Colony blog at http://the-lost-colony.blogspot.com/.
Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff
In our quest for the Lost Colonists and an understanding of
the events surrounding their story, occasional stories and tantalizing
fragments of history are often uncovered that require closer
examination. Here, in these next stories, Andy Powell takes a look at
three recent examples.
The Harveys and the
In researching her DAVIDGE connections Nancy Frey, our
English Genealogist, was referred to a book about the Church of St.
Alphage in Greenwich, Kent. On the last page it mentions that a
HARVEY was a captain of a ship that fought the Spanish Armada and who
subsequently took the title Baron Kidbrooke on account of his property
there. (Kidbrooke is a parish in the same Hundred as
According to Nancy, the book goes on to make the rather
fascinating statement that "A fact that is very little known is
that when the first English settlements were planted on the North
American Continent the whole of that vast territory was included in the
Manor of East Greenwich."
Further research on this Harvey uncovered the following entry
Peerage (the authoritative guide to the English Peerage):
Hervey, 1st and last Baron Hervey of Kidbrooke died July 1642.
Henry Hervey, 1st
and last Baron Hervey of Kidbrooke was the son of Henry
married, firstly, Hon.
daughter of Anthony
Viscount Montagu and Lady
in May 1597 He married, secondly, Cordell
daughter of Brian
on 5 February 1607/8 He died in July 1642, without surviving male issue2
He was buried on 8 July 1642 at Westminster
Abbey, Westminster, London, England.3 His will
(dated 16 December 1637) was probated on 1 November 1648.
Hervey, 1st and last Baron Hervey of Kidbrooke fought in the defeat of
the Spanish Armada in 1588, where he distinguished himself. He was
invested as a Knight on 27 June 1596 at Cadiz,
Spain, by the Earl of Essex. He fought in the wars in
Ireland. He fought in the expedition against Cadiz in 1597. He held the
office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Horsham in 16012 He
held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Petersfield between
1604 and 1611. He was created 1st Baronet Hervey, of St. Martin's in the
Fields, co. Middlesex [England]
on 31 May 1619. He was created 1st Baron Hervey of Rosse, co. Wexford
[Ireland] on 5 August 1620. He was created 1st Baron Hervey of
Kidbrooke, co. Kent [England]
on 27 February 1627/28.
his date of marriage it seems unlikely that he is connected to the Lost
Colonists, but we do know from the copy of the roll for the English
ships which fought against the Spanish Armada Henry Hervey’s ship was
probably the ‘Bark Lamb’ (150 tonnes / 60 men) and that he fought
under the flag of Lord Seymour.
also know a little about the reference to another Lost Colonist surname
(Browne) in the citation as Andy Powell had visited the Browne’s
former estate at Cowdray Park near Midhurst in the county of West Sussex
during the Summer of 2010! Sadly
this too drew a blank.
a footnote, the reference to the Manor of Greenwich and claims over
English Settlements in the USA actually refers to the early days of
Jamestown and not to Roanoke as might be thought. The existence of this
claim was really to do with the provision of legal jurisdiction rather
than anything to do with land rights.
quirks still exist in England today. For example ~ following a recent
crime on the Pacific south sea paradise of Pitcairn Island (still part
of the old British Empire) it was discovered that the British Police
force in the County of Kent was actually responsible for investigating
crime on the Island…. Needless to say there was no shortage of
volunteers for the task!
from the Ship John Evangelist alive and well on Hatteras Island…?
Dawn Taylor of the Hatteras Genealogy Society received an
enquiry which told of a persistent story that there had been survivors
left behind from the ‘John Evangelist’, one of the ships involved in
John White’s desperate attempts to find his colonists in 1590.
This story may have come about from an incident which
actually involved some eleven men of the crew of the ‘Moonelight’
from the same voyage. This is the actual passage which relates to that
incident (transcribed from the original texts included in Andy
Powell’s forthcoming book ‘Grenville and the Lost Colony of
Spicer came to the entrance of the breach with his mast standing up, and
was half passed over, but by the rash and indifferent steerage of Ralph
Skinner his Masters mate, a very dangerous Sea broke into their boat and
overset them quite, the men kept the boat some in it, and some hanging
on it, but the next sea set the boat on ground, where it beat so, that
some of them were forced to let go their hold, hoping to wade ashore,
but the Sea still beat them down, so that they could neither stand nor
swim, and the boat twice or thrice was turned the keel upward, whereon
Captain Spicer and Skinner, hung until they sunk, and were seen no more.
four that could swim a little kept themselves in deeper water and were
saved by Captain Cooke’s means, who so soon as he saw their
oversetting, stripped himself, and four other that could swim very well,
and with all haste possible rowed unto them, and saved four.
were 11 in all, and 7 of their chiefest were drowned, whose names were
Captain Edward Spicer, Ralph Skinner, Edward Kelley, Thomas Bevis, Hance
the Surgeon, Edward Kelborne, Robert Coleman.”
can be seen from this, none of the seven survived. Andy Powell adds that
in the entire transcript from John White’s voyage of 1590 there is not
the slightest indication of any men being left alive, inadvertently or
otherwise on Hatteras or anywhere else in the OBX. In the absence of any
further authoritative evidence, one therefore has to draw the conclusion
that the story relating to the John Evangelist is just another one for
one’s ‘F"s with ones ‘S’s.…
of the popular stories relating to Ralph Lane’s tenure of Roanoke is
that of the apparent theft by the native Indians of a Silver Cup.
examination of Elizabethan texts reveals that in the late 16th
century when the story of Roanoke was first put into print; the letters
‘s’ and ‘f’ were very similar typographically. Thus, in the
passage from Ralph Lane’s account, which reads:
we returned thence, and one of our boats with the Admiral was sent to
Aquascococke to demand a silver cup which one of the savages had stolen
from us, and not receiving it according to his promise, we burnt, and
spoiled their corn, and Town, all the people being fled.”
… the ‘f’ in the final word ‘fled’ is often interpreted
as an ‘s’ as in sled (meaning slayed.)
course if one thinks about it, it seems highly unlikely that the native
Indians on seeing the English rampage through their village, would hang
around to be slaughtered; especially given that we already know from
Ralph Lane’s and Captain Barlowe’s accounts that warfare was almost
a way of life for many of them (so the routine of running for cover in
the woods would have been a familiar one).
English military may have been rather overzealous in 1585 and it is
likely some injuries were sustained by the native Indians but wholesale
slaughter? Perhaps not. As to what happened to the probably lost Silver
Cup maybe one day someone will answer that by dredging it from the
Pamlico Sound …..who knows!