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Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists
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The recording of Ship Lists and Passengers was not mandatory prior to the early 1800's. Historical records and documents were used to reconstruct these arrivals and appear in numerous resources published by many authors.

In 1938 Harold Lancour compiled a bibliography of ship passenger lists entitled Passenger Lists of Ships Coming to North America, 1607-1825, since then revised and reprinted, is available in many libraries across the U.S. under the title Bibliography of ship passenger lists, 1538-1825 being a guide to published lists of early immigrants to North America; Richard Wolfe, NYSL, (c)1963.

Several authored collections using Lancour's Bibliography have since become very useful tools. Filby's Index of Immigrants and Passengers, Many NYGBS pamphlets and publications, and authors Michael Tepper1 and Carl Boyer2 have noted Lancour's work as a main source for reference.





The following is a list of sources for Immigrants to New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania 1637-1682. The information for each ship's list, has been extracted and compiled from these sources.

Harold Lancour used a numbering system to identify historical documents containing immigrant arrivals. Lancour's numerical sequence of bibliographic citation was adopted by several authors to conform to his work, and is used at this site for ease of reference.

Additional sources used at this site, recognizing immigrant arrivals not mentioned in Lancour's book, are noted on each individual ship list.
[Additional notes and corrections from this compiler appear in brackets.]


Lancour #
Original Source
Description
#108
"West Jersey Settlers," by Berthold Fernow, in The New York Genalogical and Biographical Record,
xxx (1899) 114-118, 175-176.

A list of people who, remaining in England, bought land there from the West Jersey Society, John Fenwick, or William Penn, or who came over and settled on the land bought by themselves of their families in England or acquired as immigrants under the law of the day, (1664). Names listed alphabetically, with city or county of origin, and with occupation. No ship mentioned.

#109
Calendar of Records in the Office of the Secretary of State, 1664-1703, Patterson, NJ, The Printing Press and Publishing Co., (c)1899, 770 p.
First series, Vol XXI of the Archives of the State of New Jersey; Vol XXI of Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey

Contains a number of lists of persons brought into the Province and of imported indentured servants and records of headlands for imported indentured servants and others.

#110
Passengers on the Griffin, 1675 in Joseph S. Sickler The History of Salem County New Jersey, Being the Story of John Fenwick's Colony, the Oldest English Speaking Settlement on the Delaware River, Salem, NJ, Sunbeam Publishing Co., 1937, p 25.


#110A
Also printed in part in #109;
Robert G. Johnson, "Memoir of John Fenwicke, Chief Proprietor of Salem Tenth, New Jersey," Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society IV (1849-1850) p 60.

#110B
Lewis D. Cook, "Fenwick, Adams, Hedge, and Champneys, of Salem, N.J., The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey xxxv, (c) 1960, p 108.

The passenger list of the Griffin (or Griffith) which cast anchor in the Salem River on Nov 23, 1675, bringing Major John Fenwick and the first permanent English-speaking settlers in the Delaware Valley.
A more correct and complete list than that which appears in #111.

#111
Samuel Smith, The History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New Jersey: Containing an Account of
Its First Settlement, Progressive Improvements, the
Original and Present Constitution, and other Events,
to the Year 1721. With Some Particulars Since, and
a Short View of Its Present State,
Burling, NJ, J. Parker (c) 1765; Chapters 5 and 6, p 77-111.
[A transcript of selected ships from this publication are available at Donna Speer Ristenbatt's On the Trail of Our Ancestors - New Jersey Ships]

#111A
Also printed in the following, omitting the Griffith:
William E. Schermerhorn, The History of Burlington,
New Jersey,
Burlington, (c) 1927, p 379-380.

For a list of corrections see Robert G. Johnson, "Memoir
of John Fenwicke, Chief Proprietor of Salem Tenth, New
Jersey," Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical
Society iv,
(1849-1850) p. 60.
See note for #110.

Names of passengers on the Griffith,
Kent, Willing Mind, Martha, Shield
and other unspecified ships.

#112
The Huguenots or Early French in New Jersey,
Albert F. Koehler, 1955, mimeograph.
A history of the Huguenots who settled in New Jersey before 1710.
Contains a list of early Huguenot
settlers, giving time and place of birth,
ancestry, time and place of arrival, etc.

#113-192
Not Listed here:
NJ and PA Arrivals
after 1682



#193
The Third Swedish Expedition to New Sweden, G. B. Keen, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography III, 1879, 462-464. From copies in the Historical Society of PA of originals in the Royal Archives at Stockholm.


Names of emigrants on the Kalmar Nyckel and Charitas for New Sweden in 1641.

{Ship lists, index to names compiled at this site}

#194
The Eighth Swedish Expedition to New Sweden,
G. B. Keen, The Pennsylvania Magazine of
History and Biography VIII, 1884, 107-108.

From a copy in the Historical Society of PA of the original in the Royal Archives in Stockholm.

List of persons who set out with Commandant Hans Amundson for New Sweden July 3, 1649.

{Ship lists, index to names compiled at this site}

#195
Delaware Papers.
Passenger List of Colonists to the South River (Delaware) Colony of New Netherland, 1661,
Louis P. de Boer, NYGBR LX, 1929, 68-70.

Two lists, the first undated and containing the names of 15 colonists and other freemen who applied to go to this Colony (New Amstel) in New Netherland.
The second list, passengers on "De Purmerend Kerck" which sailed from Texel, 1661. See note for #196.

{Ship lists, index to names compiled at this site}


#196
Three Lists of Passengers to New Amstel, A. R. Dunlap, Delaware History VIII, 1959, 310-311. Transcribed from a microfilm copy in the Historical Society of Delaware from Manuscript records in the Archives of the city of Amsterdam.

[R. A. Dunlap erroneously includes a third list as passengers of the Permerland Church. The Manuscript, "Return of Moneys paid for the Colonie of New Amstel," does not clearly state the ships name. Both Authors Carl Boyer and Michael Tepper site Dunlaps source as "part of a document, microfilmed as item #98", at the Historical Society of Delaware. The complete document is transcribed in Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Albany, Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858, Holland Documents II, pgs 179-182.]


Contains 3 lists giving the names of 37 persons or families bound for the Delaware River area, on ships named Purmerland Church and the Golden Eagle. The initial list of the Permerland Church, dated November 13, 1661, also printed in #195.

{Ship lists, index to names compiled at this site

{Also See Persons to New Amstel transcribed at this site, for a compiled list of persons not mentioned as passenger on ship lists.}


#197
"Emigrants to the Colonie on the Delaware River....in New Netherland," E. B. O'Callaghan, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Albany, Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858, Holland Documents II, p 183.


A list of 38 persons, colonists and freeman, who contracted with the authorities of the city of Amsterdam, to emigrate to the City's Colonie on the Delaware.

{Transcribed at this site}








1New World Immigrants, Vol I, Vol II, (c)1980. Immigrants to the Middle Colonies,
(c)1979. Michael Tepper

2Ship Passenger Lists New York and New Jersey 1600-1825, (c)1978, Carl Boyer, 3rd.








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