New Book On One Of Sea Venture Passengers

May 30, 2021

British author Margaret Rice has published a book entitled “The Henry Bagwell Story: English Adventurer, Virginia Planter 1589-1663,” described as the “previously untold story of Henry’s voyage to the new colony of Virginia in 1609, on the Sea Venture.”

A spokesperson said, “A first-time English author has released the first biography of Henry Bagwell, an historically important early settler of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

“Ten years ago, Margaret Rice set out to research the genealogy of her family, the Chappell family of Exeter, who were prominent during the reign of Elizabeth I.

“The trail took an unexpected turn. Rice’s discovery of a marriage of Johane Chappell to a David Bagwell and the birth of Henry Bagwell in 1589 led to the previously untold story of Henry’s voyage to the new colony of Virginia in 1609, on the Sea Venture, the flagship of the fleet called the “Third Supply.”

“The fleet was sent by the newly formed Virginia Company of London to bring aid to the beleaguered Jamestown settlers. But the Sea Venture, with most of the leaders for the new colony, ran aground on the reefs off Bermuda in a fierce storm. After nine months, the shipwrecked crew and passengers were able to construct two new vessels, and most of them reached Jamestown alive – long after they’d been given up for dead.

“Henry Bagwell remained in Virginia. By 1630, he had left the mainland and travelled across the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore, settling in what was then known as Accomack Plantation.

“He became a substantial landowner, acquired a stepfamily through marriage to Alice Stratton, and had three more children with her. Henry served as a church warden, a burgess, the first clerk of court on the Eastern Shore, and a tobacco inspector.”


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