Ancestors of John Walker


64. Robert Walker

Conn n.2 B Vol 21, P. 65, 66

Conn S7A Vol 2, P. 1322

Family group sheet submitted by John Walker Family Organization

New England Marriages prior to 1700 p. 775: Walker, Robert (1606-1687) s(ae ca 72 in 1679s) (see John Walker md ca 1667) & ____ (wf Sarah Leager? 1636+)(-1695); b. 1636, Manchester, Engl. b. 1623; Boston

Notes from John Walker Newsletter dated 1992 No. 1: Facts on Robert Walker: Born in 1601 (not CA 1607 as had been thought before) Came from Manchester, Lancashire, England, (though his birthplace has not been confirmed) to Massachusetts with his wife Sarah and other Puritans in the John Winthrop Fleet in 1630.
Settled in Shawmut (now Boston) by 1631 with his wife, Sarah, and some other Puritans.
Joined the First Church in 1632, became a freeman on 14 May 1634. Was one of 28 founders of the New Third Church Known as the Old South Church at Boston in 1669.
Owned a house and garden bounded on the North by Boston Common (southwest corner of Boylston Street and Tremont Street.)
Robert Walker died 29 May 1687 in Boston.
As cited from the Diary of Samuel Sewall: "Friday May 27, between 5. and 6. Father Walker is taken with a lethargy as was shutting his shop to goe to their privat Meeting; His left side was chiefly struck with a kind of Palsy: His speech came to him something between 6. and 7. He told me there was plenty of Lavender in the Town where he was prentice...May 29th, Sabbath. Dame Walker desire me to pray with her Husband...Between 12. and one Robert Walker dies, about a quarter after twelve. He was a very good Man and conversant among God's New England People from Beginning. About one, several great guns were fired.
Tuesday, Maij Ult (31) Goodm. Walker is buried...."

Robert Walker has been mentioned as an acquaintance of Sewall's grandfather in Manchester, Lanc.,

Also, in Boston a search for missing information about Robert Walker a co-founder of the Old South Church was very productive. And most interesting, the pews of Mary and John Winslow and that of Robert and Sarah Walker were just a few feet apart. What is more interesting is that those two families were rubbing elbows with each other and never dreamed that their posterity in 1992 would consider these events in awe and veneration.

From: The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston" indicated Robert Walker in
the Index. Page eight. There it was Robert Walker came to New England in 1630. He was listed as a passenger with the John Winthrop Fleet. Name Robert Walker, Wife: Sarah, from Manchester, Lancashire, England.

From the "Planters of the Commonwealth" on page 95: Robert Walker, wife, Sarah from Manchester, England. Linen Weaver, b. 1601 deposed 1679 age 78 years.

Member of Church. No. 131 (Sewall). Freeman 19 May 1634 (M. C. R., I, 369). died 29 May 1687.

Note: There is a Thomas Walker, of High Ardwicke (lynnen webster) died 26 Feb 1611 in the Register of the Cathedral Church of Manchester p. 397 (I do not believe this is the father of Robert, there is a Robert being born there on the 21 Feb 1607).


TAG Vol XIX #4 p. 195
Member of Church 1631/1632
Freeman 14 May 1634
Cowkeeper 1638
Aged 72 in Deposition on 10 Apr 1679
Died 29 May 1687
Buried 31 May 1687
12 Children
Ltr adm to Widow 17 Aug 1687
Robert Walker Overseer of Jacob Leagers Will

From: Earliest Records of Boston 1634-1669 (974.46/B1 H26: Tenants at Boston Neck: Robert Walker 43:a, Muddy River Robert Walker 19:6; 20:C also: P. 11 Robert Walker grant of a garden p. 43.

From Book: 947.46/B1 Vol 5. Mr. Drake speaks of the deposition in 1684 of John Odlin, and Robert Walker
Vol 11, Suffolk Deeds: Lib. 24 Fol 106: The deposition of John Odlin age abt 82, Robert Walker abt 78.

From book: 974.46/B1 E4s: Town Officials: Offical cowkeeper - Robert Walker 1639, Clerk of the market - 1663, Tithingman -1676.

974.4 P2rc - Record of the assistants 1630-1692. Rich. Lambert, hath forfieted his abnd of X1 wch. bound him to appeal att the court and it is ordered that Benj. Gilham and Robte Walker shall have a V2 allowed them being witnesses. summoned to appeare.

974.4N25 Freemen of the Colony - P. 369 May 14, 1634 Freemen made at the Genall Hall - Robert Walker

Note: Testiment for Henry Sewall 10 Apr 1679: Age 72 and had lived with father at Manchester about 56 years before (Making it 1623) If he was living with his father, his father died according to Walker Family in 1611.) How could he be living with him in 1623 if he died in 1611?

From the book: 974.46/B1 B56. Boston Society Publication Vol 3. P. 89 The great street of Roxbury Gate "1630-1830" A paper read before the society of 8 May 1906 by Walter Kendall Watkins. This part describes who lived where in the early days. "Boyleston Street was but a lane leading to a field near Colbron's. On the lane, next to the Belcher, was the house and garden of Robert Walker, a linen webster, who came from Manchester, England, where he and his father wer "overthwart' neighbors of Henry Sweall and his son Henry of Newbury, Mass., who had come to Manchester from Coventry, England. Walker though a linen weaver, was also shopkeeper, and cowkeeper of the cows, which pastured in the rear of his house, on the commons.

The American Genealogist Vol21 p. 66-69
The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 by Charles Edward Banks. p. 83
The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston 1630-1822 by Annie Haven
Thwing p. 8, 224, 228
Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield p. 637
Suffolk County, Mass - Probate Records No. 1590
Boston Town Records
New England History and Genealogical Register Vol 3, (1849) p. 39

65. Sarah Leager

John Walker Family Organization Family Group Sheet

Family group sheet submitted by: Mrs. Alice Steed, Glendale, California

American Genealogist Vol XIX No. 4 p. 193. The reason for thinking that Sarah, wife of Robert Walker, was a sister of Jacob Leager, is that Leager made generous provision for three of the children of Robert and Sarah Walker in his will, though he did not state that the children were his relatives. He provided that if his two daughters should die under age and without issue, then half of their share of his estate was to go to the chidren of the testator's sister Marie: and the other half was to be divided as follows: Jacob, Joseph, and Elishua, children of Robert Walker, were to have L10 a peice, morever, Robert Walker was made an overseer of Leager's will; and it is worth noting that one of Walker's sons was named Jacob. The inheritance did not acutally reach the three children, because Jacob's daughters did survived and strangely enough one of them Hannah Leager married about 1676, John Walker, the youngest son of Robert and Sarah Walker, whom we suppose to have been her cousin.

Notes from Walker Newsletter Year 1994 No. 1 p. 2 The last words spoken by this lady were: "God Bless all my posterity."

Notes from Rodney: Sarah born about 1610/1617

66. Peter (Reverend) Prudden(Pruddin) Rev.

Arizona Temple Records Sealing of Children to parents Book 80,
Families of Old Fairfield County, Conn. Donald L. Jacobus Vol 1 Pt 2 p.494-495
The American Genealogist, Donald L. Jacobus, Editor Vol 16 p. 25 9732Bag
Children were sealed to parents on the same day 10 Nov 1960AZ
Family group sheet submitted by Donald F. Rothrock, Scottsdale, Az and Oaks
Family Organization, (research by Gen. Soc EMH) and John Walker Family
Randall and Allied Families
IGI (1988) Peter son of Robert Prudden and Mildred b. Dec 1601 at Kings Walden,
Hertford, Engl. baptized 17 Sep 1932; endowment 23 Feb 1933SL; sealed to
parents 14 Jun 1949SL also: Peter son of Robert Prudden and Johanna Boyse, b.
Dec 1601 at Kings Walden, Hertford, England baptism Cleared, endowment Cleared,
sealing to parents, Cleared.

67. Johanna Boice

Family group sheet from John Walker Family Organization and Donald F.
Rothrock, Scottsdale, Az and Alice Steed, Glendale, California
Arizona Temple Records Sealing of Children to parents Book 80,
Families of Old Fairfield County, Conn. Donald L. Jacobus vOL 1 PT 2 P.494-495
The American Genealogist, Donald L. Jacobus, Editor Vol 16 p. 25 Vol 19 p
134-148 973.B2ag
Records say Born Kent, England and Baptized 6 Dec 1935, endowment 11 Mar 1937
Manti Temple Records Sealing of Children to parents Book D P. 488 23054 PT 5
Surname is also spelled Boys
Children were sealed to parents on the same day 10 Nov 1960AZ
Marriage date is listed as 19/20 Sep 1671
Birth place on one source lists birthplace as Halifax, Yorkshire, England
TIB: Salt Lake Temple No. 10314 book 6D p. 456 Boyse, Joanna b. 1602 at
Halifax, York, England died bef 1694/5 father: John Boyse mother: Joanna md to
(1) Peter Prudden, (2) 19 Sep 1671 Thomas Willets (3) John Bishop (1610)
instance of Erastus Bingham (D) rel., baptized 6 Dec 1935, endowment 11 Mar

68. Capt Thomas Miner

Family group sheet submitted by John Walker Family Organization
Arizona Temple rec. book on Sealing of Children to Parents book 80 23069 pt 14
Miner Family History by Lillian Lounsberry Miner Selleck (1928) p. 4, 140
Palmer Groups and Melvin Families by E. W. Leavitt, (1901-1905) p. 20
Parents were also sealed on 24 Feb 1938AZ
IGI (1988) Minor, Thomas son of Clement Minor and Sarah Pope b. 1607 at Chew
Magna, all ordinances cleared. Also: Miner, Thomas son of Clement Miner b.
1608 at Chew Magna baptized 27 Jun 1986LA, endowment 5 Aug 1986LA, and sld to
parents 8 Aug 1986LA. Also: Miner, Thomas son of Clement Miner b. 23 Apr
1608 at Chew Magna baptized 23 Feb 1977, endowment 21 Mar 1977SL and sld to
parents 13 Jul 1977SL. Also: Minor, Thomas son of William M. Miner b. 23 Apr
1608 at Chew Magna baptized 5 Apr 1984SE, endowment 10 Aug 1984SE and sld to
parents 10 Aug 1984SE. Minor, Thomas md Grace Palmer 1634 at Chew Magna sld 17
Sep 1980SL. Also: Thomas Minor md Grace Palmer 23 Apr 1634 at Chew Magna
sealing cleared.
Minor-Miner Line in America: p. 7, Thomas Minor came from Somerset County,
England, on the good ship "Arbella" and landed at Salem, Massachusetts, on June
14th, 1630. In 1636 he moved to Hingham, Massachusetts, remained there until
1645 when he joined the second John Winthrop colony of Massachusetts settlers
to New London, Connecticut. He at once became prominent, and in May 1649 was
appointed Sergeant of the New London Train Band by the Connecticut General
court. In 1652 he removed to Pawcatuck, now Stonington, where he remained the
rest of his life. He built a house at Wicketaquoc Cove, took part in the
organization of the town, and twice acted as commissioner to treat with the
neighboring Indians. In July 1665, he was appointed Chief Military Officer of
the Mystic Train Band, though for a time he seems to have retained the title of
Sergeant. His military abilities were utilized by the endangered colony during
King Philip's War, in which he served as Lieutenant, being referred to by that
title in February and April, 1676. He was called Captain in August 1676,
though in his later years usually was known as "Lieutenant". He served as a
Magistrate or Justice in New London by colonial appointment May 1649, and in
Stonington October 1664 and May 1665.
The Miner Family by John A. Miner p. 17. Thomas our American Ancestor, was
born as noted ealier at Chew Magna, Somerset County, England on April 23, 1608.
We know nothing of his early life, until on April 8, 1630, he embarked from
Yarmouth, some many miles from his ancestral home, on the Arbella, bound for
New England. We know a good deal about his voyage, however, as the Arbella was
the ship which carried Governor John Winthrop, together with the first Charter
of Massachusetts, to New England. The Arbella was a ship of some 350 tons,
captained by Peter Milbourne and manned by 52 seamen. She actually left
Yarmouth on March 29, 1630, sailed down the English Channel for 8 days,
stopping often. Finally, on April 8 1630, in company with the Ambrose, the
Jewel, and the Talbot, the Flagship, Arbella, set sail for the new world. If
Thomas had been unaware of it previously, his was not merely "another" passage
to America. Either by design or perhaps more realistically by sheer accident
of timing, his voyage and the ship upon which he was travelling was sailing
into history. The Arbella, after an extremely hazardous voyage documented by
Governor Winthrop in his Journal, finally put into Pequot Harbor (now Salem,
Massachusetts) on June 12, 1630. Shortly after his arrival, Thomas left Salem
in the face of a serious outbreak of Typhus Fever, moving on to Watertown,
Massachusetts. This stay, too, was brief and Thomas moved on to Charlestown
where in 1632, he became a founder of the First Church. His name was 34th on
the roll. Two years later he was granted four acres of land at the Newtown
line (now Cambridge ) and in 1637, owned a ten-acre lot. On April 3, 1634,
Thomas Married Grace Palmer, dau of Walter Palmer, at Rehoboth, Mass. In 1636,
he moved once again, settling in Hingham where he remained until 1645, at which
time he joined John Winthrop Jr.'s colony of Massachusetts Puritans in the
settlement of New London, Connecticut. He made his home, here, for a short
period. Thomas appears to have been a close companion to Winthrop, Jr.,
judging from his many references to him in his own diary to get the "feel" of
the man. In 1649, he was appointed "Military Sargeant in the town of Pequett",
with power to call forth and train the inhabitants. In 1650, Jonathan Brewster
and Thomas Miner were made the first deputies of the General Court of Pequot.
On December 15, 1651, Thomas was granted a small island near Mystic,
Connecticut. His possession of it was contested and he surrendered the grant.
In 1652, he moved to Pawcatuck, now Stonington, becoming a co-founder of the
town with three associates: William Cheesebrough, Thomas Stanton and Walter
Palmer. Thomas assisted in the organization of Wicketaquoc Cove, built a house
there, and acted twice as a Commissioner to deal with the indians. Thomas
bought some land at the neck east of Mason from Cary Latham about 1653. On
June 19, 1655, he was granted two hundred acres by the Court, in Pequot, and in
1657 a grant was made jointly to Thomas and his son Clement: "from Stony Brook
easterly 108 pole joining his former grant, thence north one mile and 60 pole,
thence east 108 pole to his son Clement's grant." At New London, Thomas had
acted as Deputy in the Connecticut General Court, at the sessions of September,
1650, and May and September, 1651. He also served in Stonington as Deputy in
May and October, 1665; October, 1667; October, 1670; October, 1672; May, 1677;
May and October, 1679; May, 1680, and October 1689. He was appointed chief
military officer of the Mystic Trainband in July of 1665, though for a time he
seems to have retained the title of sargeant. During King Philip's war he
served as a Lieutenant and was referred to by that title in February and in
April of 1676. In August, 1676, he was called Captain, but is usually
mentioned in later yars as Lieutenant. By Colonial appointment in May of 1649,
he served as a magistrate, or justice, in the town of New London, and in
Stonington, October, 1664, and May, 1665. He also held various other positions
of trust and honor. In May, 1666, Thomas received a colonial grant of 100
acres, and in October, 1667, 50 acres more, such grants being made to those
who had performed distinguished public service. Thomas died at Stonington,
Connecticut, on October 23, 1690. He is buried in the graveyard near his
Stonington house and is said to have selected the granite boulder from his own
fields. The inscription, nearly un-readable now, bears this inscription: "here
lyeth the body of Lieutenant Thomas Miner, aged 83 years. Departed 1690."
Nearby stands a monument commemorating his services to Stonington, together
with his associates Cheesebrough, Stanton and Palmer.
The Lyon's Whelp: P. 9. States: He embarked for these shores aboard the
Lyon's Whelp, sailing from Gravesend April 25, 1629 and arrived at Salem in the
middle of July.
Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass Rec. Records of First Church in Charlestown. p. 190
Entered Covenant 1st -----1632, Thomas Miner
Thomas Miner age 83 died Sep 1690. 10th in descent from Hrnry Minor of
Somerset, Eng. who died in 1359 and to him King Edward granted a coat of arms.
He resided in New London and Stonington.

69. Grace Palmer

Family group sheet submitted by John Walker Family Organization
Wife's mother's real name is Ann and is called Elizabeth because her mother's
name was also Ann.
Lyons Whelp addenda: Grace Palmer Miner died 31 Dec 1690, Stonington.
Family group sheet submited by Nellie P. Clark, Ogden, Utah
Palmers of Stonington by Lucy Palmer Frane
IGI (1988) Grace Palmer md Thomas Minor 30 Apr 1633 at Charlestown, Middlesex,
Mass. sealing Cleared. Grace Palmer md Thomas Miner 3 Apr 1634 at Rehoboth sld
15 Dec 1971SG, also Grace Palmer md Thomas Minor 23 Apr 1634 at Charlestown,
Suffolk, Mass, sld 4 Aug 1973SG.

70. Richard Booth

Temple Index Bureau: Logan 13524 Book F-2, P. 444, Boothe, Richard b. 5 Mar
1607 of Stratford, Mass. died 1688, father: Edward Booth, md 1640 to
Elizabeth Hawley, heir: Charles M. Bell, Rel., bapt 16 Sep 1918, endowment 5
Mar 1920, sl to husband 10 Dec 1943.

Family group sheet submitted by Eva Tyler, Idaho Falls, Idaho & John Walker
Family Organization

SOURCES: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol 2, p. 88
(GS 974.69/F1D2j
History of Ancient Woodbury, Cothren, William Vol 2. p. 508-9

72. Joseph Judson

Family group sheet submitted by John Walker Family Organization & William H.
Dickson, Salt Lake City,Utah

Am. Ancestry Vol 11, 12 P. 115

Compendium American Genealogy Vol 1, P. 660

Cothren, William, History of Ancient Woodbury Vol 1 P. 588-9, 974.6 h2cw

Orcutt, Rev. Samuel, History of Stratford, Conn Vol 2 p. 1228 974.69 H20

The American Genealogist Vol 21 p. 269, 973 B2ag

Notes on the Judson Family: Joseph Judson, of Stratford, Conn., was married to
Sarah Porter, Daughter of John Porter, of Windsor, in the same state, October
24, 1644. Mr. Joseph Judson died October 8, 1690 aged 71 (Walker FGS lists
death as 9 Oct). His widow, Mrs. Sarah Judson, died March 16, 1696 aged 70.

73. Sarah Porter

Family group sheet submitted by John Walker Family Organization
Also baptized 13 Apr 1926 and endowed 29 May 1929

74. John Chapman

SOURCES: Family group sheet submitted by Mary Maud M. Cook, Safford, Arizona
History and Genealogy of Old Fairfield

76. James Beers

Archives Sheet

Will proved 28 Nov 1694

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus Vol 1
pt 1., p. 57-59

77. Martha Barlow

Archives Sheet

Will proved 27 Mar 1698

Family group sheet submitted by Maud R. Heggie, Chicago, Ill, research done by
Genealogical Society (GB) & John Walker Family Organization

Families of Old Fairfield, Vol 1, p. 27-29

TIB: Manti no. 22803 book J-2, page 829, Barlow, Martha b. abt 1632 of
Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn. died 1697/98 Father: John Barlow Mother: Ann md to
James Beers, heir: Justus A. Seely rel 3ggneph, baptized 15 Jul 1930, endowment
26 Nov 1930

84. Francis Nichols

URL title:
Sgt. Francis Nichols of Stratford, CT, was NOT the son of Francis Nicolls [Nichols, Nicholls] and Margaret Bruce.

Recent research shows Francis Nicolls and Margaret Bruce were married 28 Aug 1609, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, ENG. While they did have a son named Francis, he was baptized at Abbots Langley 12 Sep 1620, enrolled at Oxford, 6 Dec 1639, and died in Europe after 1652. He was NOT the Francis Nichols who settled in Connecticut.

By 1620 most of Sgt. Francis Nichols' own children were born, and it is well documented that in 1639 he was appointed to train troops in Stratford. He probably was the son of John and Joan Nichols [Nicholls], baptized 15 May 1575, Sedgeberrow Parish, Worcestershire, ENG., and married to Frances Wimarke 24 Jan 1599/1600 at Sedgeberrow.

Sources: "Francis Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut, Was Not a Brother of Deputy Governor Richard Nicolls of New York," by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Barbara J. Nichols, "The American Genealogist," April 1993; and "The English Origin of Sergeant Francis Nichols of Stratford, Connecticut," by Neil D. Thompson, " The American Genealogist," October 2000; also, parish registers of Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire, ENG (LDS microfilm, #0905307).