June Goodfield's research started on Nevis and she expected to find the answers to her questions very quickly indeed – by searching the Court Records. But to her horror she learnt that they had all been burnt, by the French, in 1706. However, a series of isolated clues sent June off in a variety of directions.
Amongst the most revealing elements were court cases in Chancery in 1634, when all the planters on Nevis were sued by an irate London merchant – who had supplied goods but no-one had paid. His misfortune was June's luck, for she now had the names of the 32 men who were on the island when Philippa arrived.
From a memorial at St Nicholas's Church, Bristol, she learned about Vere Langford Oliver, the second son of wealthy plantation owners in Antigua and Nevis. He had spent his entire life accumulating vast records about these islands. These are now in the Bodleian Libarary, Oxford.
In the Bristol City Archives and in other records, she was to find the names of thousands of men and women who left England for North America and the West Indies between 1620 and 1642.
Dartmouth records revealed the Oath of Allegiance sworn by 16 men and 14 women before they sailed.
On Nevis, she heard personal testimony of a 96-year-old Nevisian who, as a young boy worked on Philippa's land on Saddle Hill.
Records in the National Archives, Kew, gave valuable information about Philippa's descendants, for they put in compensation claims following first, the French invasion in 1706 and second, the Abolition of Slavery in 1834.