The web address below and the details on it have set off a number of bells in my research. Being a Brit I am not that familiar with early emigrants to the New World but there are a number of last names in this project which turn up as marriages at that time in my own family tree.Allowing that wealthier marriages were based on business deals rather than romance I wonder if anyone can furnish further detail.
2 December 1631. Grant by the New England Council to Walter Bagnall of a small island called Richmond with 1500 acres. Patent granted to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, son and heir of John Gorges of London, Walter Norton, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Coppyn, Samuel Maverick, Thomas Graves(?), Ralph Glover, William Jeffreys, John Busley and Joel Woolsey, all of New England; Robert, Richard and George Norton of Sharpenho, Bedfordshire, and Robert Rainsford of London, who have undertaken to build a town in New England, of 100 acres for every person they transport within seven years and who remains for three years, with an additional grant of 12,000 acres on the east side of Aquamentiquos. Grant to Robert Trelawny and Moses Goodyeare of all lands on the sea coast between the land limited to Captain Thomas Cammock and Cascoe Bay. (CSPC).
The Nortons of Sharpenhoe have marriage links with the following:
Elizabeth Norton married Miles Raynesford (he was buried 26 January 1603/04).
Walter Norton, Lieutenant-Colonel killed by Killed by Pequod indians in 1633 is a cousin of Elizabeth as were Richard and George Norton.
Thomas Coppyn - Elizabeth Norton's neice Martha married a man by this name he was born 1605 and died 1662.His father Sir George Coppin was married to Anne Norton, Elizabeth's sister.
There is even a tenous link at the same time with the name Glover which links at the same period via a Norton marriage to the Angell family who also had a marriage into the Pembertons who were also involved with the new colonies.
Has anybody any ideas - I have yet to identify Miles Raynesford.