I have tried to read up on the history of the Atlantic Coast before the Mayflower.What I learned: 1. There is no record of the ship Discovery ever returning to England after it arrived in Jamestown. 2. Captain John Smith used the Discovery, a pinnace class vessel, for his exploration and mapping of the Atlantic Coast. 3. There is no further record of the Discovery after John Smith's explorations. 4.The pinnace class vessel the "Nachen" is first recorded in 1608 at Monhegan Island, Maine, with essentially the same crew as was on the Discovery, including Thomas Tobbe. 2. Ships from several european countries regularly fished the waters off of the New England coast for codfish.It was common for fishing vessels to have crew members as young as 9 years old. The ships would put one or more of their crew ashore with the catch of codfish, and return to sea for further fishing.The person who was put ashore was responsible for curing the fish, by laying them out on racks to dry, and by turning them over from time to time to assure they were fully dry.It was this dried cod that was then reloaded onto larger ships and transported back to Europe for sale. 3.As my previous post indicated, there is a record of a Thomas Tobey (Tobbe)aboard a fishing boat called the Nachen, in about 1608. The Nachen is recorded as having made port at Monhegan Island, Maine. 4. I know of no record of the arrival of any person having the surname Tobey arriving in America aboard any known ship of record between the arrival of the Mayflower and 1640, when we first have record of Thomas Tobey of Sandwich.This is about the first time, also, that James Tobey of Kittery, Maine is recorded. 5. I have been to the Genealogy section of the Sandwich Library, and spoken to the librarian.She told me that there was a single entry in the Tobey records there of a "Thomas Tobey, Sr.and a Thomas Tobey, Jr."But, she said, they have determined that the entry was made by a librarian some time around 1920.There is no other record to support the presence of TWO Thomas Tobeys in Sandwich in 1640, and therefore most researchers discount the entry as being without foundation. I have, however, wondered why the librarian might have made such an entry.One possibility is that he had seen some document that provided the basis for his entry.It seems to me unlikely that he would arbitrarily have made such an entry.
What follows is pure speculation on my part: A. I suggest that the Thomas Tobey who was aboard the Discovery as a crewmember, wss perhaps 10 to 12 years old when the Discovery first arrived in Jamestown. B. Sometime after it was no longer being used by John Smith, it was sold and renamed the Nachen, and continued to ply the Atlantic Coast as a fishing vessel. C.Thomas Tobey (Tobbe) was put ashore somewhere on the coast of Maine to dry fish. D,He remained on land, found a companion, "married" her and fathered at least two children, James Tobey of Kittery Maine, and in about 1620, Thomas Tobey of Sandwich, Mass. E.He lived out his life in Sandwich, Mass.
If any of you have information that would shed any light on anything in this entry, I would very much appreciate it.I am not "invested" in any of the conclusions, and would welcome any thoughts you might have.