The following timeline is from the book entitled From England to Boston: A Biographical Sketch of Robert Walker and Sarah Leager Walkerby Brett C. Walker

Manchester Cathedral
  • 1607/07 Robert Walker born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1612 Sarah Leager born
  • 1623 Robert began an apprenticeship as a linen weaver
  • 1629 Robert completed his apprenticeship and married Sarah Leager in England
  • 1630 They join the Puritan fleet led by John Winthrop and sail to America, landing in Salem, MA
  • 1631 They moved to Boston
  • 1632 Robert became 131st member of the First Church in Boston
  • 1634 Robert became a freeman
  • 1669 Robert co-founded the Third Church in Boston (Old South Church) - Sara is co-founder
  • 1687 Robert died of a stroke at age 80 in Boston, MA
  • 1695 Sarah died at 83 in Boston, MA

Here is an interesting page about Parish Records of this time period.

Here is an interesting Map of Lancashire County, England 1695 (earlier maps I have fond are not legible)

A brief historical sketch of Ardwick, near Manchester, England

Ardwork is recorded as the village in which Robert Walker lived at the time of his Christening in 1607 (see Rober Walker birth - this site)

The village of Ardwick can be traced back to 1282, when it was known as Atherdwic and the road between Manchester and Stockport runs through it. From mediaeval times Ardwick was an independent township in the ancient parish of Manchester within the Salford hundred of Lancashire. It became part of the Borough of Manchester on the borough's creation in 1838. The historic boundary between Ardwick and Manchester was the River Medlock.