Husband: Edward Bangs (1)
Born: 28 Oct 1591 in Panfield, Essex, England
Married: 1636 in Plymouth Eastham, Massachusetts
Died: 16 Feb 1677/1678 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Wife: Rebecca Hobart (2)
Father: Edmund Hobart
Mother: Margaret Dewey
01 (F): Hannah Bangs (4)
Born: 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Died: 1677 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Spouses: John Doane
Additional Information

Edward Bangs:

Christened: 28 Oct 1591, Panfield, Essex, England


The Anne and the Little James left London, England with her Master, William Peirce, and arrived in Plymouth June or July of 1623, carrying many family members left behind from the Mayflower and The Fortune. The passenger list includes:
Bangs, Edward (From Panfield, Essex, bound for Plymouth and Eastham. Ref: Banks Mss. 36 pg 50)
Bangs, Mrs. Lydia
Bangs, Jonathan
Bangs, John

copied from Bangs b. England about 1591, died Eastham, MA 1676-77
"Edward Bangs came to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship Anne. Mary Walton Ferris wrote that he was from Panfield, Essex, but didn’t offer substantive proof.

After living at Plymouth for over 20 years, he became one of the first settlers of Eastham, where he was living by 1645.

Edward married first, by about 1633, Lydia Hicks, baptized St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, 6 Sept 1612, daughter of Robert Hicks (TAG 51:58); she apparently died within a year or two. He married, second, by about 1635, Rebecca (maiden name unknown). Some researchers give her maiden name as Hobart, but significant proof has not been found.
St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey source:

Child with Lydia:
John, born say 1634, m. Eastham 23 Jan 1660/1, Hannah Smalley (PCR 8:29, MD 7:17).

Children with Rebecca:
Rebecca, born say 1636, m. Eastham 26 Oct. 1654 Jonathan Sparrow (PCR 8:15).
Sarah born say 1638, m. about 1657 Thomas Howes (MD 6:233)
Jonathan born say 1640, m. 1, Eastham, 16 July 1664, Mary Mayo (PCR 8:56), 2nd by 1719 Sarah _____; m. 3rd, Eastham, int. 23 July 1720, "Mrs. Ruth Young" (MD 28:111), widow of John Young and daughter of Daniel Cole
Lydia, born say 1642, m. Eastham 24 Dec 1661 Benjamin Higgins (MD 8:12)
Hannah born say 1644, m. Eastham 30 April 1662 John Doane (MD 8:89)
Joshua born say 1646, m. Eastham 1 Dec 1669, Hannah Scudder (PCR 8:58)
Bethia, born Eastham 28 May 1650 (PCR 8:15), m. by 1669 Gershom Hall (Bangs Gen. 27-28 based on a deed)
Mercy (twin) b. Eastham 15 Oct 1651 (PCR 8:15), m. Eastham 28 Dec 1670 Steven Merrick (PCR 8:57)
Apphia (twin) born Eastham 15 Oct 1651 (PCR 8:15), m. 1st Eastham 28 Dec 1670 John Knowles (PCR 8:57and NEHGR 79:293-95), m. 2nd by 6 March 1766 Stephen Wood Jr. (PCR 5:220).

I descend from three of Edward’s children: Jonathan, Sarah and Rebecca.
Jonathan Bangs' gravestone, Old Burial Ground, Brewster Source:

Edward was a yeoman and an innkeeper. "Liberty is granted unto Edward Bangs to draw and sell wine and strong waters at Eastham, provided it be for the refreshment of the English, and not to be sold to the Indians," 6 Oct 1657, PCR 3:123. An account of liquor brought into Eastham dated 28 Nov 1664 included "Edward Bangs, six gallons of liquor," PCR 4:100.

He was literate as he signed his will and several deeds.

Edward served the colony in multiple offices; apparently a competent, respected and trustworthy man. He was named Deputy to Plymouth Court for Eastham, 7 June 1652, PCR 3:9. He served on the Plymouth grand jury 7 March 1636/7, 5 June 1638, 2 June 1640, 1 March 1641/2, 7 June 1652 (PCR 1:54, 87, 155; 2:34; 3:9). He also served on the Plymouth petit jury 4 Oct 1636, 3 Jan 1636/7, 3 Sept 1639, 3 Dec 1639, 3 March 1639/40, 3 Aug 1641, 6 Sept 1641, 7 Dec 1641, 1 March 1641/2, 6 June 1643, 7 Nov 1643 (PCR 1:44, 4, 13 ,14, 16, 22, 23, 25, 28, 335, 36). He was named to the Committee to lay out land, 3 Jan 1627/8, 1 Feb 1640/1 (PCR 12:14, 2:7). He was also on the Committee to divide meadow 1 July 1633 (PCR 1:14) and the Committee to assess taxes 5 Jan 1634/5, 1 March 1635/6 (PCR 1:33, 38). He was on the Committee to allocate hay ground, 20 March 1636/7, 2 Oct 1637, 1 June 1640 (PCR 1:55, 67, 153) and the Committee to lay out highway, 1 Feb 1640/1, 24 Feb 1652 (PCR 2:7, 3:61). He was named to the Coroner's jury 30 Oct 1667 (PCR 4:169). Edward was named Eastham highway surveyor 1 June 1647, 4 June 1650, 3 June 1651 (PCR 2:115, 155, 168) and Eastham treasurer 1646-1665 (Bangs Gen. 11). In Plymouth section of 1643 list of men able to bear arms (PCR 8:189).

Edward is noted in multiple land divisions at Plymouth, in areas called Warren’s Wells and Hob’s Hole/Wellingsley. In 1651 he was of Eastham and sold 40 acres at Browne’s Rock called Sagaquas in Plymouth. Rebeckah, the wife of Edward, consented to the sale. In 1666, Edward Bangs and Daniel Cole sold land at Yarmouth that they owned jointly.

In 1676, Edwards Bangs deeded his son Joshua Bangs his dwelling house, house lot and meadows at Eastham.

In his will, dated 19 Oct 1677 and proved 5 March 1677/8, "Edward Bangs, aged 86 years," made son Jonathan sole executor and bequeathed to him "all my purchased land at Namsskekett," two acres and a half of meadow, "all my purchase land at Pocomett(?)," an acre and a half of meadow "at a place called the acars," one acre at the harbor's mouth, "a parcel of upland and meadow lying at Rock harbour which I had in exchange of John Done," and "all those things which I have at his house"; to son John "that twenty acres of upland at Pochett that he hath built upon,": five acres adjoining to the twenty acres, "that land which I have at Pochett Island," two acres of meadow at Boat Meadow, and three-quarters of an acre at the head of Boat Meadow; to son Joshua "the house that I lived in and all the housing belonging to it," twenty-eight acres of land adjoining, three acres of meadow at Boat Meadow, one acre of meadow at the head of Blackfish Creek, and fourteen acres of upland at Pochett; to son Jonathan's eldest son Edward Bangs twenty-five acres of upland at Pochett Field, one acre of meadow at Rock Harbor, and "half an acre of meadow lying at Great Namscekett which I bought of Daniell Cole,"; to "my daughter Howes, my daughter Higgens, my daughter Done, my daughter Hall, my daughter Merricke, and my daughter Attwood, four pounds apiece at my decease, and I give to my grandchildren, viz: the children of my daughter Rebecka deceased four pounds at my decease" (PCPR 3:2:106).

Edward must have been successful as that was a considerable amount of money and land to leave his family members.

Edward’s death is not recorded in Eastham vital records, but he died between the dates his will was written and proved (October 1677-March 1678). He lived to age 86, which was an incredible lifespan in the 17th century. His wife Rebecca predeceased him, as she is not mentioned in his will.

Sources Not Noted Above:
Rev. Enoch Pratt, A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet and Orleans, County of Barnstable, Mass. from 1644 to 1844, 1844
Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, 1995
Eugene Stratton, Plymouth Colony, It's History and People,1986
Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, A memorial volume ....1943
Dudley, Dean,. History and Genealogy of the Bangs Family in America : with genealogical tables and notes, tracing the descendants, male and female, from the Pilgrim ancestor, Edward Bangs of Plymouth and Eastham,1896

Rebecca Hobart:

Christened: 29 Dec 1611, Hingham, Norfolk, England 3


from Bonaventure arrival in 1633
Posted 14 Jan 2012 by deeestrella

The following story was found at the following website of the Los Angeles Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants founded in 1927:

After extensive research it is time to put together the bits and pieces of information that make up the story of the Elizabeth Bonaventure (EB2) that sailed from Yarmouth in 1633 under the command of Captain John Graves. (note; Possibly Rear Admiral Thomas Graves).
The name of the ship is that of a famous warship that fought several battles as the flagship of Sir Frances Drake, but given the 70 years that span the time in records from when she was first built it is highly unlikely that the EB2 is the same ship. The EB1 is noted with rescuing the first American colonists at Roanok in 1586, fighting the Spanish Armada in 1588, and attacking the port of Cadiz in Spain the year before destroying most of the Spanish fleet at that time. There is even a recent popular work of fiction called Ship of Fire that is set on board the EB1 during the attack on Cadiz.
This research was far from fruitless, with many possible avenues that could lead to clues to Ralph Smith’s movements or origin. Paperwork is more likely to be found using the ship masters name than the ship itself. Logs, cargos, stores, passenger lists, port authority papers (fines, fees, taxs, orders), licences to pass beyond the seas, repair bills, would be directed to the ship master. Vessel descriptions can single out an individual ship among many with similar names. There is no description at this point of the EB2, but relative data can possibly fill in the blanks.
First is the distinction placed upon vessels named Bonaventure which is Italian for good fortune. It actually means more than that, because it was the rigging description for the rear two masts that carried lanteen sails. The rear mast was called the bonaventure mast. The EB1 had significant improvements over traditional hull designs making her a faster vessel. It seems probable to me that the EB2 was built and rigged the same way as the original EB. Shipwreck Historian Serena Cant of English Heritage has even suggested the wood used to build the second EB could be from the first. She also says that 15 to 25 years is an average life for a ship, and that they are often rebuilt rather than just broken up. New information on Captain Graves family opens the possibility that the ship had been built (or rebuilt) by the Graves family who were ship builders.
"She (EB1) is flagged up as “last mentioned” in 1611 (1), which may indicate that she was sold out of naval service to become or return to being a mercantile vessel – quite a common fate – but (2) and (3) state that she was broken up that year – also a very common fate.
(1) The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, Vol.1, 660 – 1649, N A M Rodger, London, 1997, p479, [and passim, relating her adventures as a naval ship]
(2) Lists of English Men of War 1509 – 1649, ed. R C Anderson, Society for Nautical Research Occasional Publications, No.7, 1959, p13, No.156, [bought 1567] and No.168 [rebuilt 1581]: in both entries she is called the (ELIZABETH) BONAVENTURE
(3) Ships of the Royal Navy, Vol.1, Major Ships, J J Colledge, Plymouth, 1969, p186" Serena Cant
We know from records that the EB2 carried 95 passengers where as the EB1 had a ships compliment of 250 men with fifty cannon, and was a vessel of 448 wine tons. This would be about half the size of the largest English ships that fought the Spanish Armada. Most English merchant vessels capable of crossing the Atlantic would be well armed, and could be transformed into warships during times of war. On top of this privateering was commonly practiced in the world at that time. Dutch and Spanish merchant vessels were often captured for prize money.
ELIZABETH BONAVENTURE, John Graves, Master, left Yarmouth, Norfolk, the first week in May and arrived at Boston on June 15, 1633 `with ninety five passengers. The following emigrants from Hingham, Norfolk, who arrived this year probably came in this ship:

Passenger From Destination
Edmond Hobart of Hingham, Norfolk county Charlestown
Mrs. Margaret Hobart
Nazareth Hobart
Edmond Hobart
Thomas Hobart
Joshua Hobart
Rebecca Hobart
Sarah Hobart

HENRY Gibbs of Hingham, Norfolk county Charlestown

RALPH Smith of Hingham, Norfolk county Charlestown

Nicholas JACOB of Hingham, Norfolk county Watertown
Mrs. Mary Jacob
John Jacob
Mary Jacob

Thomas Chubbock of Hardingham, Norfolk county Charlestown
Mrs. Alice Chubbock
Sarah Chubbock
Rebecca Chubbock

Mrs. Elishua Crowe Charlestown

Simon Huntington of Norwich, Norfolk county Roxbury
Mrs. Margaret Huntington
Christopher Huntington
Anne Huntington
Simon Huntington
Thomas Huntington
In a genealogical book on the English Ancestry of Thomas Stoughton of Windsor, Conn. It states that Simon Huntington died at sea on this same voyage that lasted from the first week of May 1633 and arrived at Boston on June 15, 1633. About a six week trip.
The following year (1634) the EB2 came over a second time with a Fleet of 7 ships out of 14 ships that came over that year.
" The ships names were; Clement and Job, Reformation, True Love, Elizabeth Bonaventure, Sea Flower, Planter, and Neptune. These ships bound for New England & now lying in the river of Thames, were held by order of the Privy Council on Febuary 22nd, until further order. On Febuary 28th they were released under bond of a hundred pounds to conform to certain 'articles'. It is probable that most of them came to Boston during the week of May 12-17 (1634) with store of passengers and cattle. Winthrop said they had enjoyed a short passage. Of the store of passengers less than a score is known."
Documentation for these voyages is in Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles E. Banks who in turn was quoting from; The Winthrop Journal pages 1, 102, 125, 127.
The 1634 voyage of the Elizabeth Bonaventure is recorded in the Ladd Family genealogy pages
"Passage was arranged on the "John and Mary" of London and sailed for New England. The ship made many voyages between 1620 and 1640. On this trip it sailed with the "Clementine and Job", the "True Love", the "Elizabeth Bonaventure", the "Sea Flower", the "Planter", the "Elizabeth and Dorcus", the "Hercules", and the "Neptune".....The ships lay offshore of Massachusetts Bay and docked in Boston. Daniel and Joseph went with friends to Ipswich, MA on the coast about 30 miles from New Hampshire."

Marriage Notes

From Ancestry:
Apparently their is some question about whether this Rebecca was the wife of E. Bangs:
from "Great Migration Begins:
"Citing a supposed entry in the Hobart diary, Mary Walton Ferris suggested that Rebecca was daughter of Edmund Hobart of Hingham, but this entry may not have existed, and the identity of Rebecca (_____) Bangs remains unknown [NEHGR 121:4, 56]."

  1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,, AFN: 8N0W-Q5.
  2., New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
  3. Ibid., Posted 28 Apr 2015 by sailstarr410.

    REBECCA HOBART was baptized 29 December 1611 in Hingham, Norfolk, England to Edmund & Margaret (Dewey) Hobart.

  4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,, AFN: B58H-GO.
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