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Re: Richard Frisby (b. 1590, London) and Margaret Emerson of colonial Virginia
Posted by: Laird Pistor (ID *****6149) Date: June 24, 2007 at 09:14:51
In Reply to: Richard Frisby (b. 1590, London) and Margaret Emerson of colonial Virginia by Brian Frisbie of 514

I am looking for the same family. Richard semms returned to England, then crossed to Branford, CT.

I reproduce my notes for you below:

Richard FRISBIE was born in 1591 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England. (135) Nora Frisbie strongly speculates that Richard FRISBIE and Margaret EMERSON are probably parents of Edward FRISBYE. She says he was 34 in 1625 in reference 449. He emigrated on 27 May 1620 to Jamestown, Virginia Colony.(3725) (3726) According to Nora Frisbie (189 and 449 intro), Richard came aboard the ship Jonathan with 200 other passengers, which sailed from London in February 1620. They arrived in VA, having been at sea for 14 weeks and having lost 25 passengers and 4 crew. Nora specualtes that Richard came as an enndenvered sevant to the Virginai Comapny of London. He may have had a half-share contract, by which he may have agreed to albor for them for seven years and keep hald of what he produced during that thime. He resided land owned by the Virginia Company of London (tenant) in 1624 in Elizabeth City, Virginia Colony, VA.(3727) He moved between Feb 1625 and Aug 1625 to England.(3728) He returned to England at the time of a plague, which killed his daughter Ann on 7 Aug 1625. He moved in 1634 to New Haven Colony. (3729) Richard's second emigration to America occurred in 1634 with wife Margaret, son Edward and daughter Jane. Peter, age 5, was left behind in London where he became later became Constable. Richard probably left with a large number of fellow residents of Clerkenwell bound for Whethersfield. There is, however, no further Connecticut record of Richard, Margaret, or Jane. Nora speculates that they died soon after arriving in America leaving 14 year old Edward the sole survivor and founder of the Frisbie family in America. He moved in 1635 to Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony.(3730) He died after 1635 in Connecticut Colony. (3731)
He married to Margaret EMERSON on 30 Nov 1618 in London, England.(135) (3732) There is a fair amount of evidence that the parents of Edward FRISBYE were Richard FRISBIE and Margaret EMERSON. Richard and his wife immigrated to the Virginia Colony in 1619 or 1620 and returned to London in 1625. Genealogists believe they probably returned to America during the "Great Puritan Migration" of 1635 aboard the ship Abigail which left London for Boston in that year carrying many settlers bound for Connecticut. There is no further mention of Richard and Margaret in any New England records but there is good reason to believe that they died either during the voyage or soon after arriving in America. It took ten weeks for the Abigail to reach America and many people aboard died of smallpox (in the previous year, the Elizabeth Dorcas lost 60 passengers to disease). Many immigrants arrived sick, without adequate protection against the cold, and died during their first New England winter. Some lived in tents and died of scurvy. Between 1628 and 1640, 20,000 immigrants arrived in America, of which 5000 arrived in 1635 alone. No systematic records were taken of those that lived or died (189, 251). Children were: Mary FRISBIE, Goodman Edward FRISBYE, Ann FRISBIE, Richard FRISBIE, Zachary FRISBIE, Henry FRISBIE, Peter FRISBIE, George FRISBIE, Jane FRISBIE.
Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs:

In the year 1619 the Virginia Company of London sent over to their colony in America more than one thousand two hundred settlers, among whom were a number of French Huguenots. Richard Frisbee or Frisbie was one of the latter. His son Edward many years later was driven out of Virginia because he was a Puritan, and July 7, 1644, he settled in the new town of Branford, on north shore of Long Island sound, colony of New Haven. For several generations the history of the Frisbies was the history of Branford. Edward and his son John were leaders in the church, town and colony during their lives. January 20, 1667, "Edward and John Frisbee" were two of the signers of the "New Plantation and Church Covenant," at Branford. (See "Colchester," p. 151.) Edward Frisbie had sons: John, Caleb, Ebenezer, and probably others; these sons married and had large families. Several of the family served in the revolutionary war and many went out from Branford to settle in other and distant parts.

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