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  1. Sarah Walker: Birth: ABT 1616 in England. Death: DEC 1676 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass


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(I) The 'Widow Walker', who is regarded as the founder in New England of the Walker family herein under consideration, was the mother of both James and Philip Walker, and the head of a family which has since become a notable one in New England. She was one of the first purchasers and proprietors of the town of Rehoboth or Seacunk (now Seekonk), and was one of the company who first settled that place.
Her name is on the list of those who in 1643 gave in the value of their estates for a pro rata division of lands. Hers was fifty pounds. In the division made June 30, 1644, she was given a share and received allotments in several divisions of later date. She was given a share and lots were assigned to her in the drawing for the Great Plain, and on the eighteenth of twelfth month, 1646, she took part in the drawing for land in the Great Meadow. Her name then disapears, and no trace of her is found save the fact of her being associated with that brave adventurous company which went out from Weymouth into the wilderness.
This band was known for its religious enthusiasm, and the educated and saintly Rev. Samuel Newman was its leader. No record of the coming of Widow Walker to America is in existence, and it is probable that becoming a widow in England, she emigrated with her younger son Philip, after the coming of her two elder children, James and Sarah. James and Sarah Walker are thought to have been passengers on the ship 'Elizabeth', which sailed from London, April 14, 1634, as their names and ages, fifteen and seventeen years, respectively, appear among those who signed the certificate of conformity.
On the same ship were Richard Walker, aged twenty-four years, and William Walker, aged fifteen. This is the first and only time the name appears on any ship's list of passengers before 1655. The ship 'Elizabeth' landed at Nantasket, or Hingham, Mass., and William, one of the passengers, went to Salem. The Richard Walker named was a son of Richard Walker, of Saugus, of Lynn, the father having preceded him.
Sarah Walker married John Tisdall, of Duxbury, and James Walker married Elizabeth Phillips. These three Walkers, evidently cousins, distributed as follows: James and Sarah settled in Taunton, with John Browne, their uncle and guardian; William in Eastham, and Richard in Lynn with his father.
Name: Elizabeth BROWNE Birth: Est. 1578-1604 in England Death: 1647 in Rahoboth, MA.
Elizabeth, "Widow Walker," came to the Plymouth Colony about 1640. It is believed that they followed The Widow's son James, age 15 and daughter Sarah Walker, age 17 who came out from London on the ship "Elizabeth" in April 1635. They were in the company of John Browne, a baker, age 40, who is thought to be the widow's brother or cousin.
1641; Weymouth clergyman Samuel Newman and a group from his congregation purchased an eight square mile tract of land from Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoag Indians. Widow Walker, James Walker and John Browne were among those involved in the transaction. This area known to the Indians as Seekonk, was given the name Rehoboth. 1644; lots were drawn for land in the new settlement and Widow Walker was the second among the fifty-eight settlers to draw for her new holdings.
Elizabeth was a widow who came to America in 1645 - Married to James Walker
Elizabeth was Great Grand Daughter of Henry Gray Duke of Suffolk and Great Grand Daughter of Lord Guilford Dudley and second cousin of "Elizabeth" Daughter of King James the 1st of England.
Her husband "Sir James Walker" died about 1625, and she with her two sons James and Phillip and Daughter Sarah emigrated to America. Phillip seems to have come first, soon after the death of his father. Sarah and James came in 1635, and "Widow Walker" in 1645. This "Elizabeth" spoken of above is "Widow Walker," spoken of by John Walker in his book "Widow Walker,"
A History of Rheboth Massachusetts (Its History for 275 Years 1643-1918) by Rev. George H. Tilton, A.M. Published 1918
Page 21 notes - Mtg. of Planters 1643 refers to settle division of land granted by Court of Plymouth -- List of planters 58 in total -
"Widow Walker" listed #2 Estate of 50 pounds also James Walker - estate of 50 pounds.
Page 23 note- Town Meeting 31 June 1644 - Lots were drawn for division of woodland betwen plain and town. 58 shares - Samuel Butterworth # 12; James Walker # 24; Widow Walker # 52
Town records of 1645 - Rehoboth residents submitted themselves to Jurisdiction of Plymouth Court. Next lists name of land holders. Widow Walker - Samuel Butterworth among those listed.
Marriage James WALKER b: Est. 1570-1601 in England Married: Est. 1594-1623 in England Children Sarah WALKER b: 1618 in England James B WALKER b: 1620 in England Philip M WALKER b: 1625 in England
SHE was one of the first purchasers and proprietors of the town of Rehoboth or Seacunk, now Seekonk1 and one of the company who first settled there. Her name is in the list of those who in 1643 gave m the value of their estates, for a pro rata division of the lands. Hers was ?50. In the division made June 31, 1644, she had a share, and lots were assigned her in several divisions afterward, as in drawing for the Great Plain, and on, the 18th of 12 mo. (Feb.) 1646, for the new Meadow.
Her name then disappears. When and from whence she came to New England, and where she died, are not known. There is no record to tell us her age or her character. No trace of her biography is found, save the already noticed facts of her being associated with an adventurous company, most of whom went out from Weymouth into the wilderness, a company marked for its religious character, (being a majority of the church at W.,) the highly educated and scholarly Rev. Samuel Newman being in some respects the Leader of the enterprise. Her christian name and that of her husband, are never given. In the early records of the town, she has invariably the touching, sorrowful title of Widow, suggesting the history of blighted hopes, and a grief-stricken heart. Perhaps she had one to protect and cherish her when she left her native land - and burying him in the sea came hero alone,-or perhaps together, they had reached these shores, and were struggling in mutual help and loyalty to bear the toils, trials and perils incident to the settlement of a new country,-when death snatched him from her fellowship. But the more probable supposition is, that becoming a widow in England, she emigrated, perhaps with her younger son Philip, after the coming of James and Sarah. Bereft of counsellor and helper, she would naturally follow her children, and seek the sympathy and aid of her brother, or possibly only her brother4n.law, Mr. John, Browne. That he did not come with them in 1635, and did not appear till 8 years afterward, favors this theory. James and Sarah, as favorites of their uncle Mr. Browne, and bereft of a father's counsel and support may have been induced by his encouragements, to try their fortunes in the New World, leaving the mother behind with their younger brother, till they should learn how the experiment would issue.-Old enough to be of service, perhaps they were really indentured as "servants to Jo. Browne," and not merely, as a device to escape the pursuivants of the King in their attempt to get out of England. But these are conjectures merely. The interest of Mr. Browne in his nephew and niece, the two young emigrants of 1635, and the fact of their mother the "widow" being associated with Mr. B. in the settlement of Rehoboth, favors the belief that she was his sister, though he might have manifested the same regard, had she been only the sister of his wife. We may however see among the group of pious and bravo settlers, not only the godly man who is their religious teacher, but also the form of one, whose sable garments tell us, she is a "Widow." The vision passes quickly before us, and is lost to our sight, awakening sympathy and interest for the woman, who, bereft of the companion of her youth, became a pioneer in founding the church and Colony at Rehoboth. She was buried no doubt in the ancient place of graves in Seekonk, where many of the fathers repose, but no stone marks the spot.
Philip Walker, afterward Deacon, and whose name first appears in 1653, to whom lands were assigned in 1658, and of whom the record commences, soon after hers ceases, was her son. In the description of his lands in the Proprietors' Records, 48th p., he says, "100 pound commons that was Thos. Pitts', 100 that was the Governor's, half a hundred that was my mothers." It is evident therefore that he was the son of "Widow Walker," for had his "mother" not been a widow, the lands would have been described as those of his father, and furthermore, there was no other person of the name in the Rehoboth Company, who could sustain this relation to him.
James Walker appears in the list of those in 1643 giving in the value of their estates. His name is next to that of the "Widow," and the amount Is ?50, but it is subjoined that his share is "now John ffitches." He however forfeited his lots to the town in 1644, in accordance with an order enacted by the proprietors in 1643, that those who did not fence their lands, or remove there with their families, should forfeit their lots. His name however, is mentioned in one division of lands afterward, viz., that of 1645. It is probable however, that he never removed to Rehoboth, but concluded to remain in Taunton. Mr. John Browne, whose lots were forfeited at the same date with James Walker's, lived in Taunton at the time, and was his ," cousin," (uncle.) Thus connected with the "Widow" and Mr. Browne, who was also one of the original Proprietors of Rehoboth, having been the agent of the company, while in Weymouth, and appointed by the Court, at Plymouth, to make the purchase of Asameeum the Indian Chief, James Walker very naturally became associated with the settlement. Accordingly neither their names nor that of Mr. Browne is found in the list of the company that went from Weymouth. The strongest reason, however, for concluding he was of ." Widow Walker's" family, is found in the fact that when Deacon Philip died in 1679, James was one of the appraisers of his estate. When it is remembered that there was no James Walker in R., at that time, that Rehoboth and Taunton townships were contiguous, and moreover, that James was about 60 years of age, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that he was not only nearly related to Philip, but was his brother, and accordingly was the son of "Widow Walker."
If we may judge of her worth from the virtues of her sons, and infer that they inherited the spirit and piety of their Pilgrim mother, and that her fidelity entitled her to use the language of the Roman matron respecting the Gracchi, "'These are my jewels," then was she a compeer worthy to be associated with the pious and distinguished Mr. Newman and the useful Mr. Browne, leaders in the Rehoboth settlement.
'And as "the glory of the fathers is their children," her name is not unhonored, and her character and worth not without their monument.
It is upon this evidence, which, though fragmentary and circumstantial, is nevertheless conclusive, that;
"WIDOW WALKER"
is placed at the head of the Taunton Family, and in respect to them, as well as the more numerous and widely scattered family of Rehoboth, must be honored as
"THE MOTHER OF US ALL."
and also from
Ancestry.com Tonya Mauldin's Genealogy Updated: Sat Aug 25 14:14:57 2001 Contact: Tonya Mauldin
Name: Elizabeth BROWNE 1 Birth: WFT Est. 1578-1604 in England 1 Death: 1647 in Rahoboth, MA. 1 Note: [Br�derbund WFT Vol. 24, Ed. 1, Tree #2203, Date of Import: Jan 19, 2000] Elizabeth was a widow who came to America in 1645 - Married to James Walker
Elizabeth was Great Grand Daughter of Henry Gray Duke of Suffolk and Great Grand Daughter of Lord Guilford Dudley and second cousin of "Elizabeth" Daughter of King James the 1st of England.
Her husband "Sir James Walker" died about 1625, and she with her two sons James and Phillip and Daughter Sarah emigrated to America. Phillip seems to have come first, soon after the death of his father. Sarah and James came in 1635, and "Widow Walker" in 1645. This "Elizabeth" spoken of above is "Widow Walker," spoken of by John Walker in his book "Widow Walker,"
A History of Rheboth Massachusetts (Its History for 275 Years 1643-1918) by Rev. George H. Tilton, A.M. Published 1918 - borrowed from NEHGS 3/23/93 Page 21 notes - Mtg. of Planters 1643 refers to settle division of land granted by Court of Plymouth -- List of planters 58 in total -
"Widow Walker" listed #2 Estate of 50 pounds also James Walker - estate of 50 pounds.
Page 23 note- Town Meeting 31 June 1644 - Lots were drawn for division of woodland betwen plain and town. 58 shares - Samuel Butterworth # 12; James Walker # 24; Widow Walker # 52
Town records of 1645 - Rehoboth residents submitted themselves to Jurisdiction of Plymouth Court. Next lists name of land holders. Widow Walker - Samuel Butterworth among those listed.
Marriage 1 James WALKER b: WFT Est. 1570-1601 in England Married: WFT Est. 1594-1623 in England 1 Children Sarah WALKER b: 1618 in England James B WALKER b: 1620 in England Philip M WALKER b: 1625 in England
Sources: Title: World Family Tree Vol. 24, Ed. 1 Author: Br�derbund Software, Inc. Publication: Release date: July 16, 1998 Note: Customer pedigree. Media: Family Archive CD Page: Tree #2203


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