Meal as Bonded Passengers
Today I ran across some information that really surprises me. Why, I don't know, but it just does.
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There are several books at the Euless TX library on Bonded Passengers out of England and most of these bonded passengers were shipped to VA or MD out of England.
These passengers committed some sort of crime in England and England sent them over here, which appears to 'serve out their term', or clean their own country out of felons, etc.
Here is some data that I copied word for word out of this book.
Abraham MEAL S Dec 1770, Myer als Meale Abraham S Apr T July 1770 Scarsdale (ship he came over on)
Mary Meal S Sept T Oct 1750, Rachel (ship)
Casander MEALS, wife of John, S Feb T Mar 1763, Middlesex 1617-1775, Neptune
John MEAL S. Lent, 1770 s watch at Bishampton Worcestershire
Henry MEAL R 14 years, July 1733, Somerset
Transportation to the Americas between 1664-1775 by the Assize Courts of England. Bonded passengers to America Vol. V
Confirmatory evidence that the vast majority of those shipped out under bondage after 1718 were destined for the colonies of VA or MD.
Some Englishmen shipped over to be "plantation servants"