Edward Bennett (1577 – bef. 1651), was a London merchant that established the first large plantation in the United States, which was responsible for the migration of over 800 immigrants to the new world. Edward Bennett was born February 2, 1577 as the 15th child of Robert Bennett, a tanner and mother Elizabeth (Adney) Bennett of Wiveliscombe, Somerset, and was christened in the Parish Church of Wiveliscombe on June 5, 1577. Edward became Chief among the Puritans who were among the first to settle in Isle of Wight County, and was elder of the Ancient Church at Amsterdam. The first English plantation in the region, dating to 1618, was that of Puritan merchant Christopher Lawne, and several other Puritans also seated themselves nearby, including Edward Bennett in 1621. Edward named his plantation Warrosquoake, after the river that also went by the same name. In 1621, Edward Bennett, received a patent on condition that he settle 200 persons. His associates were his brother, Robert Bennett, his nephew, Richard Bennett, Thomas Ayres, Thomas Wiseman and Richard Wiseman. The first settlers dispatched by Bennett arrived on the Sea Flower in February, 1622.