In the beginning, a very few women came to Jamestown. That first year, the flames from the campfire burnt the roofs of its first cottages. Two years later, in 1609, a number of women passengers were included among those who
departed from England on nine ships, comprising the largest expedition
ever sent to Virginia. Reverend Richard Buck brought with him his wife,
and although they were among those marooned for nine months on the
Bermuda Islands following the wreck there of the Seaventure, both
survived the hardships encountered, and established a home at Jamestown
and reared a family. Temperance Flowerdieu, aged about fourteen years,
arrived in 1609 on the Falcon, but presumably returned to England,
shortly to come back, in 1618, as the wife of Sir George Yeardley.
Thomas Dunthorne's wife came in the Triall, 1610, and their servant
Elizabeth Joones was among those on the Seaventure who eventually
reached Virginia in the Patience, 1610. Sisley Jordan, later wife of
William Farrar, came in the Swan, 1610.