According to The Compendium of American Genealogy: The Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the First Families of America, Vol 5: 1933, Ed. Frederick Adams Virkus, our first in the New World ancestor Richard Hendee arrived, probably in Massachusetts, aboard the "Hopewell" in 1634.

The Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Gale Research, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenge;), Place: Connecticut; Year: 1660; Page Number: 115. indicates that Richard arrived in Connecticut in 1660.

Whichever is true, he was no doubt part of "The Great Migration" from England to New England in the mid-1600's when more than 20,000 persons left England and settled in New England.

Lynn Betlock, Managing Editor of American Ancestors magazine, has written an excellent paper describing "New England's Great Migration." She writes: "The immigrants who came to New England differed from immigrants to other regions in a variety of ways, all stemming from their fundamental desire to obtain spiritual rather than economic rewards. Unlike colonists to other areas, those who migrated to New England had known relatively prosperous lives in England" and "...seventy-five percent of Virginia's population arrived as servants" whereas those arriving to New England were highly literate artisans or craftsmen, neither rich nor poor, healthy, and owned houses and land.

Click HERE to view her paper.