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Seeking descendents from immigrants aboard "America" 1635

Updated November 20, 2000

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I am a UK based professional genealogist working for a group of enthusiasts known as the "Belt Team" who live mainly in the United States. For some time I have been seeking the origins of Humphrey Belt, born 1615, who emigrated to Virginia from Gravesend, England in 1635 on the "America" captained by William Clarke. Recently I received an enquiry from a prospective client whose ancestor also emigrated on the same vessel. He was certain his forebear came from Yorkshire. This is of great interest because although nothing is known about Humphrey's antecendents all evidence points to him belonging to a family resident for some centuries in Yorkshire and Co. Durham. I have long had a theory, based on other somewhat scanty evidence, Captain Clark was familiar with at least the Belt family in NE England and probably with others aboard; that he came from the same area himself and acted as an intermediary between USA sponsors and would-be immigrants.

I would like to hear from anyone who can trace their ancestor to the "America" especially if they know their origins.

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