Re: Acton man associated with the Lost Colony
Actually, Master Acton was a member of the FIRST colony, not the famous LOST Colony. It is my understanding that the survivors of the 1585-1586 Virginia colony were rescued by Sir Francis Drake and returned to England. Whether Master Acton was among them, I cannnot say, but several subsequent Actons in England were sea captains.
The Lost Roanoke Colony was a second Raleigh colony founded the next year, 1587.
Winogene Acton Lowe
Some information below is from the Roanoke Revisited site:
Ralegh's First Colony, 1585 - 1586
The reconnaissance expedition that returned to England in mid-September 1584 delivered a glowing report of the new territory and its people. In spite of the escalating cold war between England and Spain, an enthusiastic Ralegh sent a colony of 108 men in the spring of 1585 to establish a settlement in the New World. Sir Richard Grenville transported the first settlers to the coast of modern North Carolina, made preliminary explorations of the area, put Ralph Lane in charge of the colony, and returned to England for supplies, capturing prize ships along the way. In the eleven months that followed, Lane and his men explored the surrounding area and assessed the economic potential of its resources. Deteriorating relations with the Native Americans and a shortage of food and supplies created severe hardships for the fledgling settlement, worsened by Grenville's failure to resupply them by the appointed time. Disheartened, the colonists abandoned the settlement and sailed to England with Sir Francis Drake when he stopped by Roanoke Island at the end of his West Indian voyage in June 1586. Upon their arrival in England, many of the ex-colonists complained loudly about life in the New World, but Thomas Harriot, in his "A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia" (1588), extolled the land's potential.
The following links provide an overview of persons and events associated with the 1585 - 1586 colony and develop telling details:
The Lost Colony of 1587
Shortly after the abrupt exit of Ralegh's first colony, Mary Queen of Scots reared - and lost - her head, and conflicts with Spain escalated beyond hope of peaceful resolution. Undeterred, Ralegh sent a second colony to the New World. Less military in approach, the 1587 venture included men, women, and children. Led by Governor John White, the colonists departed from England on 8 May 1587. Instead of traveling to their intended destination on the Chesapeake Bay, however, they disembarked at Roanoke Island. Plagued with a shortage of food and supplies, and unable to coexist peaceably with the Native Americans, the colony experienced difficulty from the outset. On 27 August 1587, just thirty-seven days after the colonists' arrival on the Carolina coast, Governor John White left the settlement and returned to England for supplies. The outbreak of war with Spain thwarted his plans for prompt relief of the colony, and he did not return to Roanoke Island until 1590, at which time he found the settlement abandoned. Because of inclement weather and White's own lack of authority, his fellow voyagers aborted their search for the colonists and returned to England. White apparently never came back to the North Carolina coast, and the fate of his colony and the meaning of the message "Croatoan," which he found on a post at the settlement site, still remain shrouded in mystery.