The earliest immigrant to the United States (at least for one line of Pells) appears to have been a Richard PELL who was transported in 1737 for murdering a pig. He was probably between 9 and 12 years old at the time. We have found Richard PELL listed as a transportee on the Galley "Forward" which went to Maryland and Virginia. We assume that Richard did his indenture years in either Maryland or Virginia. We (several researchers in this line) have not found indenture papers, nor have we found any evidence that places this Richard in any specific county between 1837 and 1860.
Is there anyone out there who can help?