It is rare that you find conversation about Puritans landing at the New Haven Colony, rather than at Massachusetts Bay. We hear so little about it, it’s not surprising that it is so widely ignored by family researchers, perhaps because it doesn’t fit the storyline already created for them. If true, that’s unfortunate.
As we were researching the possibility of Quinnipiac (New Haven) as Ralph’s “port of entry,” I was delighted to find that someone else had long ago considered and proposed the idea. In Isabel Calder’s 1934 book The New Haven Colony, she cites an example of ships bypassing Boston—that of the Whitefield fleet in 1639. Calder’s documentation comes from a personal letter written by Davenport to Lady Mary Vere in July 1639, where landings were mentioned in unceremonious fashion, almost as if a “side note.” In the letter, Davenport states that Whitfield was in the first vessel that sailed directly from England to Quinnipiac and he states that two more ships were following. We assume there were others later.
Very few passengers have ever been identified but, for some undisclosed reason, Calder thought Ralph Dayton was probably aboard. I wish we knew the percentage of passengers on these vessels from Ralph’s Ashford congregation.