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Edward Bompasse
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Birth: 1605, England
Death: Apr. 3, 1693
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Place of birth: St. Bartholomew Parish, London, England

On 13 Dec 1621 The ship Fortune sails from Plymouth for England. It left London about August of 1621 and was commanded by Master Thomas Barton with a company of "lusty young men". The entire body was to settle the new world. The arrival of the vessel "Fortune" around 19 Nov 1621 should have been a cause for celebration. They were probably blown off course. When the ship arrived they were near what is now Cape Cod or Provincetown. For three weeks the 35 passengers from the Fortune searched for the village of Plymouth. They were ready to steal the sail of the ship when the colony was located. The timing could not have been better for the passengers, as winter was coming. The ship was sent by the English investors who had funded the Mayflower colonists and was supposed to include much needed supplies for the colony. It was the first ship after the Mayflower. But for the Pilgrims in the colony, the Fortune was poorly named. The ship brought 35 new settlers, but none of the expected supplies. The colony was starving. With new mouths to feed, rations were reduced by half so they agreed to go on half-rations to support the new mouths to feed. Worse, the investors demanded that the ship return immediately to England, stocked with trade goods, which the colonists did not have. The Pilgrims tried to comply by loading the Fortune with "good clapboard as full as she could stow" and two hogsheads of beaver and otter skins. The Plymouth settlers struggled under the demands of their English investors for seven years before buying out their shares and earning a measure of freedom.

Ths ship's roster of the Fortune which arrived at Plymouth on 9 Nov 1621, just a few weeks after "the First Thanksgiving" -- The passenger list is based on the 1623 Divison of Land compiled by Charles Edward Banks in Planters of the Commonwealth and by the information found in Eugene Abrey Stratton's Plymouth Colony History:

Fortune Passenger List:
Edward Bumpas - married Hannah (unknown maiden name) and removed to Marshfield - they had 8 children - Sailed on ship "Fortune" - arrived at Plymouth 10 Nov 1621 - is the immigrant ancestor of all those who bear the names Bumpas, Bumps, Bump, and other variations. Born in England, though the name is French in originally was Bon Passe, which means "Goodspeed". The Bon Passe family was originally of Perpigan, France, part of southwest France, near the Mediterranian. Edward sailed from London on 1 July 1621 on ship Fortune and arrived at Plymouth 10 Nov 1621. It is probable that Bumpas families were living in London just prior to the sailing of the Fortune and that Edward joined the party as an adventure. There are records of a John Bumpas living in the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great in 1620. Edward was in his teens, when he sailed as is borne out by remarks of Governor Bradford, who in his history of Plymouth Colony speaks as follows: In November about the time twelfe month that them selves came, there came a small ship to them unexpected in which Mr. Cushman had with him 35 persons to remain and live in ye plantation which did not a little rejoice in them. And they when they came a shore and found all well, saw plenty of vitails in every house, were very glad. For most did not know what they would find when the came into the harbors of Cape Cod. So with the division of cattle in 1627, Edward Bompasse was recorded as being a single man. He signed an agreement made July 1627 between New Plymouth and William Bradford, Captain Miles Standish, Isaac Allerton and other parties. He sold land in Plymouth in 1628 and moved to Duxbury and there bought land near John Olden. Edward's third location, Dutch Hill was near Mill Brook, which was near Philip Delano. He moved in 1642 to Marshfield where he formed the boundaries of land which incorporated the town. He married about 9 Mar 1631 to Hannah. He appears as a Freeman and one of the first purchasers of Marshfield and able to bear arms. He was appointed a guard, with others in the Pequot War against the Indians. In 1652 he purchased land around Dartmouth. There is an indication that Edward in 1643 was one of the twelve who contributed toward maintenance of a public school in New England Colonies. There is land which is marked today as Bump's Pond. He was also a proprietor of Middleboro.
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  Hannah Bompasse (1602 - 1693)
  John Bumpus (1636 - 1715)*
  Joseph Bumpas (1639 - 1704)*
  Jacob Bumpas (1644 - 1720)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Winslow Burying Ground
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
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