By Raj Bhattacharya
Raj, a seasoned travel writer and Bermuda destination expert, has extensive global travel experience. This website reflects his profound insights, garnered over nearly two decades of dedicated findings and research on the island. Raj has assisted countless Bermuda-bound visitors by providing direct, personalized responses to their queries and imparting his wealth of knowledge through this platform. This site serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking informed and reliable insights into Bermuda's treasures.
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Marilyn Ida (Krone) Reina (May 2022)
I am a direct descendant of Captain Thomas Wellbourne of Sea Venture through my mothers side, Ida Mae (Reina) Townsend. She studied genealogy for over 40 years. She is buried on the Eastern Shore of Virginia at the Nelson Cemetery in New Church, VA. We are direct descendants of Ann Toft through her daughter, Arcadia.
Kim Stone (January 2022)
I am a descendant of the Sea Venture survivor Henry Bagwell. He is my 10x Great Grandfather. My 2x Great Grandmother Sally Bernice Bagwell married into the Dunn family taking on the Dunn name.
Antony M. Whorton (May 2019)
I am a descendant of Captain Thomas Wellborn of the 1609 shipwreck Sea-Venture from Plymouth, England berth. Captain Thomas married Arcadia Taft 1669 b--1710 d, survived by Samuel Welborn 1696 b--1753 d who married Mary Chapley 1704 b--1762 d, survived son Thomas (O) Wellborn 1730 b--1778 d, (Christian Page) Esther Robinson 1728 b--1790 d, to Amelia (Amy) Hayes 1775 b--1850 d.
Captain Thomas Wellborn's mother and father: John Emory Welburne (Lincoln County England) "Welburne" English spelling before wrecked ship in Bermuda, 1610 b--1702 d, and Grace Oswaldkirk 1620 b--1700 d, Mother of John Emory Welburne= Barbara Cautharnwoo 1580 b--1610 d to John Emory Welburne Senior 1580 b--1670 d Yorkshire, England, to Father John Welborn 1555 b--1594 d, and wife Jennett Glewe 1544 b--1610 d, Father of John Welborn, William Wellborn 1535 b-- 1594 d; married to Kathoren Fraynous Yorkshire, England Extracted Church of England Parish Records. William Wellborn is my 5th great-grandfather of 6th great-grandmother.
Christine Dean (March 2019)
I have lived in Heacham since 1972 with Princess Pocahontas on the village signpost who married John Rolfe from Heacham April 6th 1614 at Jamestown and his 67 relatives are buried at church -many famous names. I have researched this history for fun since 1997.
John Rolfe was shipwrecked on SEA VENTURE on Bermuda 1609 with his first wife Sarah Hacker and their son Bermuda was born there who died and then Sarah too. His John Rolfe family 1580 Geneva bible with their family name and shield inside turned up at Jamestown on their 400th wedding anniversary April 2014 preserved by Rev Seymour Landen with his letter inside at Williamsburg University library... records that must have survived the shipwreck and is the second oldest bible in all of America probably read at their wedding and Pocahontas baptism.
I celebrated at Gravesend the 400th Memorial Pocahontas March 21st 2017 with the three Chiefs and 50 Americans at St Georges Church whose church warden said the Sea Venture ship designer was from Gravesend - I was told built at Aldeburgh Suffolk on its maiden voyage in 1609. We all keep in touch and I made them a surprise exhibition of 13 posters and also helped CBN Jamestown with research for their new film POCAHONTAS DOVE OF PEACE in 2015 nominated for three Emmy Film Awards at Los Angeles on April 27th 2017 available from CBN Hereford with lots of excellent commentary from Rappahannock American Indian Chief Anne Nelson Richardson.
John Rolfe's family were successful farming shipping family like John Smith and his stepfather from age 9 was wealthy Trinity Cambridge Lawyer Chancellor of Norwich Cathedral Dr Robert Redmayne for 37 years for five Bishops who would also have had ships to visit Sprowston Trowse harbour and his land at Norwich - now used for the Redmayne Cathedral School playing field and Redmayne View retirement home and family housing estate by Windsor Park in Mountbatten Close as Lord Mountbatten's wife Edwina Countess of Burma was also 12th descendant of Pocahontas' great grand daughter Hannah Rolfe explained by the Countess on old 1995 TV history film and in his old letters.
We all enjoyed watching the excellent film about Sea Venture shipwreck and how you have identified from size matching plan 9 and the clay pipe and old pottery - thank you.
Michael Humphries (January 2019)
My ancestor Stephen Hopkins also was on the Sea Venture and later arrived in Plymouth aboard the Mayflower where he signed the Contract.
Kate Wellborn Frick (October 2018)
I am also a descendant of John Welborn (Wellsbourne) who was on the Sea Venture.
Michael W McClure (September 2018)
Can the wreckage of the original Sea Venture (1609) be reached by any diving opportunities in Bermuda?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2018
Original Sea Venture wreck is a restricted site and recreational diving is not allowed there. What is available for dive is Sea Venture Ferry wreck at the Eastern Blue Cut (off the north-western coast of the island and quite far away from the original location)... this was a government ferry which was sunk in October 2007 and made into a dive site. It lies at a depth of about 50 ft. The wreck was named after the original Sea Venture but does not have an iota of resemblance with the original one. It's more like a modern ferry that sits upright.
Monica Hake (February 2018)
My ancestors, Samuel Jordan and William Bass also survived the 1609 shipwreck of the Sea Venture and continued on to Jamestown.
Susan Wellborn (November 2017)
My ancestors were among the shipwrecked.."John Wellborn" who arrived in Jamestown in 1609.