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Curious.........
« on: Saturday 11 July 09 15:57 BST (UK) »
Does anyone know what year poor English men started to emigrate to the USA?
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« Reply #1 on: Saturday 11 July 09 17:42 BST (UK) »
The Mayflower brought the first colonists to what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in the winter of 1620/21.  This was the first colonialsettlement to survive.  There had been a previous less successful colony at Jamestown, Virginia founded in 1607.

Edited:  and I should have said that there had been earlier efforts that failed entirely - notably Roanoke, which disappeared.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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« Reply #2 on: Saturday 11 July 09 20:10 BST (UK) »
Silly me, of course I knew about the Mayflower.
So it could have been quite normal to emigrate in the late 1600 early 1700s?
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« Reply #3 on: Saturday 11 July 09 23:39 BST (UK) »
See:

http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/cohn.immigration.us

for historical immigration rates to the US.

Estimated 2200 persons per year from 1630-1700 [from all countries].  These would have been mostly British.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 12 July 09 00:35 BST (UK) »
Just as a point of historical fact, Jamestown was the first successful settlement, not Plymouth.  This is attested to by the several thousands of living descendants of settlers who came to Jamestown before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts.

There are even some good records from before 1619 that name individuals coming to Jamestown, taxation records, etc.  As you get into the later 1600s you can often find indenture documents and grants of land to people who paid for the passage of individuals to come to America from England and Europe.

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McLellan - Inverness
Greer - Renfrewshire
Manson - Aberdeen & Orkney
Simpson - Hereford, Devon, etc.
Flett - Orkney
Chisholm - Scotland
Wishart - Orkney
Shand - Aberdeen
Pirie - Aberdeen

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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 12 July 09 07:29 BST (UK) »
Thank you both for your very useful and informative replies,
Abiam