Name: Henry WAY 1 2
Birth: ABT 1573 in Bridport, Dorset, England 2
Birth: 10 DEC 1576 in Bridport, Dorset, England
Death: 24 MAY 1667 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA 2
Bullet 1630 IMMIGRANT on the "Mary & John" 2
Henry Way and Elizabeth came to America in 1630 on the Mary And John, and carried on a fishing business. His boat saved three shipwrecked men off the coast on 26 July 1631. Two of his boats were lost in 1643, however, 5 men were killed by Indians and two others by drowning.
Henry was from Bridport, Dorsetshire, England and his first residence was Dorchester. He was a merchant and was admitted to the second church at Dorchester on 5 May 1643. He could sign his name, and he pledged to support the Dorchester schoolmaster on 7 Feb 1641/2.
The following is Henry's entry in The Great Migration Begins:
ORIGIN: Bridport, Dorsetshire
FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admitted to the second church at Dorchester on 5 May 1643 [DChR 6].
EDUCATION: He could sign his name. He pledged to support the Dorchester schoolmaster, 7 February 1641[/2] [DTR 106].
OFFICES: Dorchester fieldviewer, 24 December 1645 [DTR 294].
ESTATE: On 2 January 1637[/8] "Henery Way" was granted an allotment at Mannings Moone, but the property in some way did not suit, so in lieu of it he was granted five acres evidently at Tomson's Island [DTR 29, 32, 40]. His grant at the Neck was 2 acres and two quarters and twelve rods, and of cow pasture, the same [DTR 30]. He had two rods of fencing at the great lots above Mr. Glover's [DTR 79]. He had an indeterminate amount of land in the Dorchester meadowlands [DTR 321].
BIRTH: By about 1573 based on age at death.
DEATH: Dorchester 24 May 1667 "aged eighty-four" [DVR 27].
MARRIAGE: By about 1606 Elizabeth _____. She died Dorchester 23 June 1665 "aged eighty-four" [DVR 26].
i (poss.) Son, b. say 1606; drowned off the coast of New England by 5 February 1630/1 (although this could have been son Henry). ("The ship Lyon ... all her people came safe except Way his son, who fell from the spritsail yard in a tempest, and could not be recovered, though he kept in sight near a quarter of an hour" [TAG 61:256; WJ 1:49-51]).
ii ELYTH, bp. Bridport 30 November 1608; no further record.
iii HENRY, bp. Bridport 28 March 1611; possibly the son who drowned (above) or the son of "Master Way" killed by the Tarranteens about 1631/2 during an attack on his boat [TAG 61:256; Wood 79].
iv AARON, bp. Bridport 2 September 1613; m. Joan Sumner.
v HANNAH or ANNA, bp. Bridport 3 March 1615[/6]; m. by 1636 BRAY WILKINS.
vi LYDIA, bp. Bridport 23 August 1618; no further record.
vii SUSANNA, bp. Bridport 14 October 1621; m. John Pelton [SLR 24:255].
viii RICHARD, bp. Bridport 2 May 1624; m. (1) Hester Jones; m. (2) Bethiah (Mayhew) Harlock; m. (3) Katharine _____; m. (4) Boston 13 August 1689 Hannah (Townsend) (Hull) (Allen) Knight.
ASSOCIATIONS: Henry Way was probably related in some degree to Mr. George Way, who had many business interests in New England and who made a brief visit to Dorchester [TAG 61:253].
COMMENTS: In 1631 "A small bark of Salem, of about twelve tons, coming towards the Bay, John Elston and two of Mr. Cradock's fishermen being in her, and two tons of stone, and three hogsheads of train oil, was overset in a gust, and being buoyed up by the oil, she floated up and down forty-eight hours, and the three men sitting upon her, till Henry Way his boat, coming by, espied them and saved them" [WJ 2:71].
In 1632 "A shallop of one Henry Way of Dorchester, having been missing all the winter, it was found that the men in her, being five, were all killed treacherously by the eastern Indians. Another shallop of his being sent out to seek out the other, was cast away at Aquamenticus, and two of the men drowned" [WJ 2:95]. (Hubbard, years later, erroneously supposed that these entries indicated that Henry Way not only owned the shallops, but was in one of them when the tragedies occurred [Hubbard 198].)
On 4 August 1635 "John Holland, being at the eastward affirmeth, that Mr. Thomas Wannerton threatened to sink his boat, if he would not pay him a debt, that Henry Way owed him, and called him rogue and knave, and said they were all so in the Bay..." [WJ 1:217].
On 11 August 1646 Henry Way and James Cary were appointed to cull the fish and see it weighed aboard the Mary of London [Aspinwall 28].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1986 David Greene sorted through the multiplicity of English Henry Ways to find this family, and his work is closely followed here [TAG 61:241-56].
Father: Henry WAY b: ABT 1557 in Allington, Bridport, Dorset, England
Mother: Edith DENSLOW b: ABT 1557 in Netherbury, Dorset, England
Elizabeth BATCHELAR b: ABT 1584 in Wherewall, Hampshire, England
in Bridport, Dorset, England 2
- Hannah WAY b: BEF 3 MAR 1615/16 in Bridport, Dorset, England
- Title: Passengers on the Mary and John, by Burton W Spear, Volume 9
- Title: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vol I-II, Robert Anderson, NEHGS, Boston 2000