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The Lost Colony of Roanoke


The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In 1587, 117 Men, Women & Children settled on Roanoke Island, USA and vanished. Today, American and British Genealogists are searching for them. This Group is dedicated to finding descendants in the UK who may help to prove they survived.

Location: Bideford, Devon
Members: 25
Latest Activity: May 10, 2014

Surnames of Interest

If you have any of the following surnames and can prove your ancestry back to pre-1700, we would like to chat with you. NB: It is likely that your Ancestors will have come from Devon, Somerset, Dorset, or London.
Allen; Archard (Orchard); Arthur; Bailie (Bailey); Bennet (Bennett); Berde (Bird); Berrye (Berry);
Bishop; Borden; Bridger; Bright; Brooke; Browne; Burden; Butler; Cage; Chapman; Cheven (Jevons); Clement; Colman; Cooper; Cotsmur (Cotsmuir); Dare; Darige (Dorridge); Dorrell; Dutton; Earnest; Ellis; English; Farre (Farr); Florrie; Gibbes (Gibbs); Glane; Gramme (Graham); Harris; Harvie; Hemmington; Hewet (Hewitt); Howe; Humfrey; Hynde; Johnson; Jones; Kemme; Lasie (Lacey); Lawrence; Little; Lucas; Mannering; Martyn; Merrimoth; Myllet; Mylton; Newton; Nicholes; Pattenson; Payne; Stevens; Pierce; Powell; Prat; Rufoote (Ruefoot); Sampson; Scot; Shaberdge (Shawbridge); Smart; Smith; Sole; Spendlove; Starte (Start); Stevens; Stilman; Sutton; Tappan; Taverner; Tayler; Tomkins; Topan (Topham); Tydway (Tideway); Viccars; Warner; Warren; Waters; White; Wildye (Wild); Wilkinson; Willes (Willis); Wood; Wotton; Wright; Wyles; Wythers.

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Comment by Andrew Thomas Powell on March 27, 2011 at 1:12pm

Gentlemen, This is an extremely interesting conversation. I would be very pleased to see what evidence you have that emerges on Hewet.

As for my book (Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke), no it doesn't contain a great deal about the individual colonists, simply because the focus has been on John White (who I have now probably correctly identified) and Ananias Dare (of which there is some information regarding our lines of enquiry.)

It does contain some corrections but overall, one of the greatest problems we have is how to connect the colonists with the Principals or Investors. The consensus view being that most of the colonists and Investors had to be connected in some way. e.g Marriage, Estate Worker, or from evidence linking them together through communication channels (for example (say) two colonists being at the Middle Temple during the same period, or being members of the same Guild etc.

Comment by warren coleman on March 27, 2011 at 12:11pm

I'm betting that you knew that Thomas held a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree from Oxford and was likely the Law advisor to the Colony!

Warren Coleman

Comment by Rhys Edward Howitt on March 26, 2011 at 11:12pm
Does Andy's book have any specific info on colonist Thomas Hewet?  I have a few clues suggesting that he might be my direct ancestor, and am waiting on a will that might cast further light on this.  Happy to correspond with anyone with additional info:
Comment by Debbie Kennett on April 21, 2010 at 7:49am
Hi Warren

Did you get your Y-DNA tested with Family Tree DNA? If so I would guess you would qualify to join the Lost Colony DNA Project. You can find the project here:

There is also lots of information on the Lost Colony website:

and on the Lost Colony blog:
Comment by W Dare on April 20, 2010 at 12:55pm
Ooops... Apologies for the poor grammar... I'm on a bouncy train and couldn't scroll to proof read my typing !
Comment by W Dare on April 20, 2010 at 12:53pm

I'm an English male Dare with ancestral links to Lyme Regis. Additionally there's a family oral tradition of being related to Virginia. Naturally I have no way of knowing whether any claimed association might just be a relatively recent supposition!

Apparently, according to a DNA my Y-chromosome markers confirm a link with Dares already 'proven' to be associated with the older generations of 'Dare' settlers.

I am naturally fascinated to know if any links have been confirmed between the Native Tribal members and early settlers.

Can anyone help?

Kind regards,


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