In 1585 The Roanoke Colony, also known as the Lost Colony, was established on Roanoke Island in what is today’s Dare County, North Carolina,United States. The Island had a population of 116 settlers, 90 men, 17 women and 9 children It was a late 16th-century attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement. The colony was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh.
The colonists disappeared Sometime before August 1590 during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. Their disappearance gave rise to the nickname “The Lost Colony.” There has been no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists.
I have a few connections to this early American colony;
George Martyn (1565 – 1590), is my 3rd cousin, 14x removed, he is recorded as one of the missing colonist’s.
Captain John Martin (1560 – 1632) is my 2nd cousin, 15x removed, he was an uncle to George Martyn and he helped establish some of these early American colonies.
William Strachey (1572 – 1621), is a brother-in-law of my 13th great uncle, and he investigated the disapearance and wrote a report of the events, these were published in his book, Strachey’s The Historie of Travaile Into Virginia Britannia.
A Short Biography of George Martyn
George was a son of Robert Martin (1539 – 1586) and Elizabeth Kelway (1540 – before 1640), he was a member of the Athelhampton House, Dorset Martin / Martyn family. The Martin’s were a wealthy Landed Gentry family, and many senior members of the family were Lord Mayors of both London and Exeter.
Below is a list of settlers who disappeared from Roanoke Island in 1590
The 1587 Colonists
John White, Governor
Roger Bailie, Assistant
Ananias Dare, Assistant
Christopher Cooper, Assistant
Thomas Stevens, Assistant
John Sampson, Assistant
Dyonis Harvie, Assistant
Roger Prat, Assistant
George Howe, Assistant
My family connection to George Martyn
3rd cousin 14x removed
father of George ‘of The Roanoke Colony’ MARTIN
father of Robert MARTIN
father of Sir Thomas MARTIN
father of Sir Christopher MARTIN
son of Sir William “Lord Mayor of London” MARTIN
son of Richard ‘Mayor of Exeter’ MARTIN
son of William “Mayor of Exeter” MARTIN
daughter of Philip ‘of Dorchester’ MARTIN
daughter of Anne MARTIN
son of Anne JUSTICE
son of Christopher ‘of Melcombe Regis’ CURTIS
son of Christopher ‘of Yetminster’ CURTIS
son of Christopher CURTICE
son of Richard CURTIS
son of Richard ‘the Younger’ CURTIS
son of Richard CURTIS
daughter of Charles GILHAM
daughter of Sarah Ann GILHAM
son of Caroline Eliza MYHILL
son of Thomas Walter Frank BEAN
daughter of William Llewellyn BEAN
You are the son of Christine Angela Deborah BEAN