Edward Bates arrived in Boston from England September 18, 1633 onboard the Griffin. On that ship were 100 passengers, including Anne Hutchinson who would play a part in his life. Most on the Griffin were likely followers of Reverend John Cotton who had already made his way to Boston. On the passenger list was the Reverend Jonathan Lothrop who had conducted separatist services in Edgerton, Kent and London, and the Rev. Zachariah Symmes of Canterbury, Kent.
Edward married Lydia Fairbanks, daughter of Richard Fairbanks and Elizabeth Dalton. (Lydia Fairbanks was born on 13 Jun 1622 in Boston, Boston, Lincolnshire, England and died on 12 Oct 1704 in Prob. Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma.)