These graphs document the migration of 256 individuals from Lincolnshire to New England from 1620 through 1640.

  • 25% (64) were from the Alford Area
  • 65% (166) of these migrants were from the Boston Area
  • 10% (26) were from other areas of Lincolnshire



For the purposes of the LINCOLNSHIRE MIGRATIONS menu, the items shown above will be discussed over time. As each item is added, it will be posted in the BLOG section of the HOMEPAGE and subscribers will be notified of the addition. For now, those items listed below will be included and items show in bold highlight have been completed. Please comment on this page to discuss any additions or corrections to the list.

©  by Barry A. Cotton


  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Winthrop Fleet, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640, Boston: The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 2015.
  • Banks, Charles Edward. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630., Houghton Mifflin Company, 1930.
  • Great Migration (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2019)
  • Moore, Susan Hardman. Abandoning America, Boydell & Brewer, 2016.


  1. Your “reply” button isn’t working, so I’ll start a new comment.

    Yes, William and Mary Dyer emigrated from London in 1635. But William, his wife and children were intimately connected with the Wheelwright-Hutchinson parties from Alford, and I strongly believe the common thread was John Cotton’s churches in both Bostons. William’s father (also a William Dyer) was a “yeoman farmer” in Kirkby LaThorpe, meaning he owned his land. He was also literate. So the son who apprenticed in London and emigrated to Boston did have close ties to Lincolnshire. Where you choose to place him doesn’t matter much, I guess. The point is that the Lincolnshire farmer’s second son made a name for himself and left an honorable legacy in the New World.

    1. Thanks for your reply, Christy. I have had problems with the REPLY button also… so I contacted WordPress support on their chat line and discovered the COMMENTS PLUGIN I was using was in conflict with WordPress’ native COMMENTS system…so I have turned it off and everything works now.

      As to including William Dyer as being from “Lincolnshire” – I have no problem with it as my goal is highlight migration from Lincolnshire (especially the Boston Area). To do so, I will need to do a lot of updating.

      As to writing a profile for William Dyer and his wife, Mary, would you be willing to contribute/collaborate?

  2. Christy, I would have liked to include William Dyer as a Lincolnshire Migrant but Rober Charles Anderson shows his point of origin for migratin as London. Do you think it reasonable that he be counted as a Lincolnshire migrant?

  3. Kirkby La Thorpe, on the road between Sleaford and Boston, sent us the wonderful William Dyre/Dyer, husband of Mary Barrett Dyer, who was the first attorney general of any American colony, in Rhode Island. He was part of the Hutchinson-Antinomian group that founded Portsmouth and Newport as secular democracies.

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