Rod, I'm responding only to this one of your three messages. Let me know if I forgot to respond to any points. First of all, I'm a rank amateur, with all my information either from the internet or books in local libraries (Monterey peninsula, CA). My source for the Speedwell is "The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700...from mss preserved in the state paper department of her majesty's public record office, England." Edited by John Camden Hotten. The issue I have is published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1980.The data about the Speedwell, pg 82-3: "28 May 1635...the underwritten names are to be transported to Virginia embarqued in the Speedwell of London, Jo: Chappell, Master." It apparently sailed from Gravesend.
The same book has the 1823 census, a "List of the Names of the Living in Virginia," and it includes no ages, but includes such entries as "Luke boys," "Thomas a boye," "Peter, Anthony Franc's, Margrett, negres." Therefore I didn't feel that the inclusion of Christopher and other servants implied that they were over 21. The same is true of the 1624 "Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia." My source is "New World Immigrants," (Tepper), v. 1, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988. Here Christopher is listed as part of a group of Edward Bennett's servants of mixed race and sex. I doubt that age 21 is a criterion for inclusion.
My conclusion: I can't accept Christopher's inclusion in these two rosters as proof that he was 21 years old. I still think it's reasonable to postulate he may have come to Virginia as an 11-year-old boy.
Thanks for your interest and your comments.
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