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Walter Palmer

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Walter Palmer
Born about in Parham, Somerset, England
Husband of — married to in , England
Husband of — married in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Died in Stonington, New London, Connecticut
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NOTE

There is no evidence of the name of Walter's first wife.

Biography

Walter Palmer

Birth 09 Oct 1585 Parham, Somerset, England
Arrival 1621 Massachusetts
Death 10 Nov 1661 Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Residence
1631 Massachusetts Colony
1634 Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Walter a Separatist Puritan, who in an effort to seek religious freedom left England (sic)--on April 5, 1629,(sic)-- "Walter Palmer sailed on the "Four Sisters of London (sic)" Robert Harman (sic)--as Master from Gravesend, England, arriving in Salem, Massachusetts". [1][2]

Walter embarked at Salem Harbor in 1629 where he stayed a short time then removed to Charlestown abt 1631 and is listed as a Founder. He then relocated to Rehoboth in 1642 and is listed as a Founder then on to Stonington in 1652 where he lived out his life. He is listed as a Founder. [3][4]

“Now in this year 1629, a great company of people (The Higginson Fleet) of good rank, zeal, means and quality have made a great stock, and with six good ships in the months of April and May, they set sail from Thames for the Bay of the Massachusetts, otherwise called Charles River. The fleet consisted of, the George Bonaventure of twenty pieces of ordnance; the Talbot nineteen; the Lion’s Whelp eight; the Mayflower fourteen; the Four sisters fourteen and the Pilgrim four, with 350 men women and children, also 115 head of cattle, as horses, mares, cows and oxen, 41 goats, some conies (rabbits), with all provision for household and apparel, 6 pieces of great ordnance for a fort, with muskets, pikes, corselets, drums, colors, and with all provisions necessary for a plantation for the good of man.” [5]

On September 28, 1630 there was recorded a "Jury called to hold an inquest on the body of Austine Bratcher." It found "that the strokes given by Walter Palmer, were occasionally the means of the death of Austin Bratcher, and so to be manslaughter. Mr. Palmer made his psonall appearance this day (October 19, 1630) & stands bound, hee & his sureties, till the nexte court." At a court session of "a court of assistants, holden att Boston, November 9th 1630" numerous matters were taken up and disposed of, including the trial of Walter Palmer and one other item of interest: "it is ordered, that Rich. Diffy, servt. To Sr. Richard Saltonstall, shal be whipped for his misdemeanr toward his maister." "A Jury impannell for the tryall of Walter Palmer, concerning the death of Austin Bratcher: Mr. Edmond Lockwood, Rich: Morris, Willm Rockewell, Willm Balston, Christopher Conant, Willm Cheesebrough, Willm Phelpes, John Page, Willm Gallard, John Balshe, John Hoskins, Laurence Leach, /The jury findes Walter Palmer not quilty of manslaughter, whereof hee stoode indicted, & soe the court acquitts him." The above is the first discovered reference to William Chesebrough, one of Walter's closest friends.

Walter became very prominent in the affairs of Charlestown, holding public office and is listed among the first group of men who took the Oath of Freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony, Community of Charlestown (sic) on May 18, 1631. The original list included, "Mr. Roger Conant, John Balche, Ralfe Sprage, Simon Hoyte, Rick: Sprage, Walt (Walter) Palmer, Abraham Palmer, Mr Rich: Saltonstall, Rich: Stower, Czekiell Richardson, Wm Cheesebrough. [6] The trial likely held up Walter's ability to become a free man in 1630 (sic).

Walter was a Farmer and Dairyman.

Walter apparently had a wife or wives before coming to the Americas, her/their names are not yet known. Walter's second wife was as follows: Reverend Eliot's records of the Roxbury First Church state: "Rebeckah Short, a maide srvant, she came in the yeare 1632 and was married to Walter Palmer a Godly man of Charlestown Church." Their marriage date 1 June 1633 is the same date Walter and Rebecca were admitted to the Church of Charlestown. [7]

Walter died 10 Nov 1661 Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA and is buried in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Walter Palmer and Rebecca Short

  • Hannah (1634-1681)
  • Elihu (1635-1665)
  • Nehemiah (1637-1717)
  • Moses (1640-1701)
  • Benjamin (1642-1715)
  • Gershom (1644-1718)
  • Rebecca (1647-1713)


Sources

  • Information developed from Find A Grave Memorial No. 7158495.[8]
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  • S-1738587974: Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Paige, Lucius R.. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.Original data: Paige, Lucius R. Repository: #R-1798358171
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  • S-1782947960: Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled Repository: #R-1798358171
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  • Baldwin, John D. (1880). A Record of the descendants of John Baldwin of Stonington, Conn.: with notice of other Baldwins who settled in America in early colony times. Printed by Tyler and Seagrave, Worcester, Mass. (pg 13)
  • Early Families of New England, 2013. New England Historic Genealogical Society; Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist. Membership required.
http://www.americanancestors.org/PageDetail.aspx?recordId=236318747
http://www.americanancestors.org/Blogs.aspx?id=29081&blogid=124069&blogid=124069
George Denison (m.1640)

Acknowledgments

  • Thanks to Anne Baker for starting this profile.
  • Thank you to Rena Donze for creating WikiTree profile Palmer-5010 through the import of Bocock Family Tree.ged on Apr 20, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Rena and others.
  • Thank you to Robert Cherry for creating WikiTree profile Palmer-4860 through the import of CherryOttosen_2013-03-19.ged on Mar 19, 2013.
  • WikiTree profile Palmer-5262 created through the import of Early1600s_v1.ged on Jun 24, 2013.

Biography

Walter was born in 1585. Walter Palmer ... He passed away in 1661. [9]

This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Can you contribute information or sources?

Sources

  1. Pilgrims Ships List
  2. The Great Migration
  3. I have researched in Stonington, New London, CT, USA and have been to the memorial. Al Butchino
  4. The Great Migration
  5. The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captain John Smith - London 1630
  6. The Great Migration
  7. I have seen a true copy of Reverend Eliot's record - Al Butchino
  8. Entered by Tom Bredehoft, 30/5/2013
  9. First-hand information as remembered by Greg Rose, Saturday, February 1, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.

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Birth

Birth:
Date: ABT 1614
Place: England

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Ancestral File Number

Ancestral File Number: 19PX-6NT


User ID

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Biography

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[10] It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Name

Name: William /Palmer/[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Birth

Birth:
Date: 1585
Place: Somerset County, England
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997[18]
Birth:
Date: 1587
Place: Parham, Somerset, England
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997[19]
Birth:
Date: OCT 1590
Place: Somerset, Yetminster Parish, England[20]

Found multiple copies of BIRT DATE. Using 1585

Death

Death:
Date: APR 1670
Place: Westchester Co., NY
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997[21]
Death:
Date: 1637
Place: DUXBURY, PLYMOUTH, MA
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997[22]
Death:
Date: 1647[23]
Death:
Date: 10 NOV 1661
Place: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut[24]

Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using APR 1670Array

Burial

Burial:
Date: 1637
Place: Weguetequock, Stonington, New London, Connecticut[25]

Christening

Christening:
Date: 09 OCT 1590
Place: Moorlinch, Somerset, England[26]

Immigration

Immigration:
Date: 1629
Place: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts[27]

Reference

Reference: 8349

Occupation

Occupation:
Place: Nailer, Farmer, Dairyman[28]

Religion

Religion:
Place: Puritan[29]

Note

Note: #H151

Marriage

Husband: William Palmer
Child: William Palmer
Relationship to Father: Natural
Marriage:
Date: BET 1605 AND 1635
Place: {Possibly Duxbury, Plymouth, MA}
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4467, Date of Import: Apr 13, 1997[30]
Marriage:
Date: BET 1609 AND 1655
Source: Footnote: Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997
FOOT Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #1134, Date of Import: Apr 6, 1997[31]
Husband: William Palmer
Wife: Rebecca Short
Marriage:
Date: 01 JUN 1633
Place: Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts[32]
Husband: William Palmer
Child: William Palmer
Relationship to Father: Natural
Marriage:
Date: NOV 1637
Place: Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts[33]

Sources

  1. Pilgrims Ships List
  2. The Great Migration
  3. I have researched in Stonington, New London, CT, USA and have been to the memorial. Al Butchino
  4. The Great Migration
  5. The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captain John Smith - London 1630
  6. The Great Migration
  7. I have seen a true copy of Reverend Eliot's record - Al Butchino
  8. Entered by Tom Bredehoft, 30/5/2013
  9. First-hand information as remembered by Greg Rose, Saturday, February 1, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.
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Notes

Note H151[Gideon Head.ged.FTW]
 ?Walter Palmer first appears in America at Charlestown, Mass. Heremoved to Rehoboth in 1643 and then to Stonington in 1653WalterPalmer was a passenger on one of six unnamed ships which sailed fromGravesend for Salem in March, 1629.?
Walter Palmer first appears in America at Charlestown, Mass. Heremoved to Rehoboth in 1643 and then to Stonington in 1653.
Walter Palmer was a passenger on one of six unnamed ships which sailedfrom Gravesend for Salem in March, 1629.
On 28 Sept 1630 a coroner's jury met to "inquire concerning the deathof Austen Bratcher... dying lately at Mr. Cradock's plantation. " Theyfound "that the strokes given by Walter Palmer were occasionally themeans of the death...." At a trial on 9 Nov, the jury found Palmer notguilty.
Freeman: 18 May 1631: Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Arrested: 28 Sep 1630 Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
From Larry Chesebro:
1. Much research has been done to connect Walter to an ancestralfamily. Some believe his family was connected to Sir Anthony Palmer -others believe John Palmer of Angmering may be Walter's ancestry. Manyrecords needed for proof have been destroyed or are missing and anyrecords discovered have probably disproved any possibilities.
We have recorded a Walter Palmer and Elizabeth Carter as parentsaccording to the Walter Palmer Society. And, for interestedresearchers continuing to link Walter to the John Palmer of Angmeringfamily, we have added a "!PLACE MARK!" connection from John's familyto the Walter Palmer now considered to be Walter's father.
2. Walter Palmer, seeking religious freedom, sailed from Gravesend,Kent, England with his five children and Abraham Palmer(believed to behis brother) arriving in Salem, MA in June of 1629 in the "FourSisters", one of a fleet of six ships that also included the "Talbot","Lyons Whelp", "George Bonaventure", "Lyon", and "The Mayflower" (ofthe 1620 Pilgrimage). He initially went to Mishawum (Charlestown), MAwhere he was listed in the town records as one of the early settlersas follows: Reverend Francis Bright, Engineer Thomas Graves, RalphSprague, Richard Sprague, William Sprague, John Meech, Simon Hoyte,Abraham Palmer, Walter Palmer, Nicholas Stowers, John Stickline, andoriginal settler (1625) Thomas Walford. Walter, with his brotherAbraham, were made Freemen of Massachusets in 1634. In 1643 he latermoved to Seakonk (Rehoboth), MA where he, William Chesebrough, RichardWright of Braintree, and Alexander Winchester, were the founders. Ofthese Richard Wright was the dominant man. Walter joined WilliamChesebrough in 1652 in Stonington where he was one of the three earlysettlers to follow William. He settled on the east bank of theWequetequock Cove
3. Walter was called a non-conformist, he had strong religiousconvictions which were contrary to the established Church of England.He felt the church had erred in continuing with the pageantry andformality of the Roman Church instead of returning to the simplicityof the early Christian Churches as they had been during their firstthree hundred years. This could be the reason no baptisms of his firstfive children could be found in England. He was a large man -- said tohave been 6' to 6' 5", weighing 200 to 300 lbs. He was also a man ofhigh integrity, honesty and ability -- these traits were passed on tohis children. His sons carried on in the same manner, assumingresponsibilities, serving as civic officers, becoming church membersand some even became deacons of the Church.
4. From page 378, Volume of Colonial Families of the United Statesof America:
Arms -- Or, two bars gules, each charged with three trefoils slippedvert, in chief 2 greyhound courant sable.
Crest -- A demi-panther rampant guardant, flames issuing from ears andmouth proper, supporting a palm branch.
Motto -- Palma virtuti.
5. Biography from Richard Anson Wheeler's, "History of Stonington,Connecticut, 1649 - 1900", (Press of The Day Publishing Company,1900):
WALTER Palmer, the progenitor of the family of his name, who firstsettled in Stonington, Conn., came to New England as early as 1628,with his brother, Abraham Palmer, a merchant of London, England, andnine associates. They went from Salem, Mass., through a pathlesswilderness to a place called by the Indians Mishawam, where they founda man by the name of Thomas Walford, a smith.
Here they remained until the next year, when they were joined bynearly one hundred people, who came with Thomas Graves, from Salem andlaid the foundation of the town, which they named Charlestown, inhonor of King Charles the First, June 2q., 1629. It is claimed thatWalter Palmer built the first dwelling house in Charlestown after itwas organized as a township, on the two acres of land that wereassigned and set to him by the authority of the new town. WalterPalmer's inclinations tended to stock raising and farming, but he soonfound his land was inadequate to his business, notwithstanding whichhe continued to reside in Charlestown until 1643. During his residencethere he purchased additional real estate, which he improved in hisline of business as best he could.
While thus engaged he became acquainted with William Chesebrough, wholived at the time in Boston and Braintree, whose business pursuitswere similar to those of Mr. Palmer, and after repeated interviews andconsultations, they both decided to remove to the Plymouth Colony, anddid so remove their families and with others, joined in theorganization of the town of Rehoboth, as an independent township,which was continued as such until they should subject themselves tosome other government. Such an organization, largely composed ofstrangers and situated in a remote part of the colony, was not verywell calculated to secure their approval. It does not appear that theyintended to establish this new township wholly as an independentorganization, for as soon as the preliminary steps necessary for itsformation were taken, and after its organization was effected, theyelected deputies to the General Court of Plymouth.
Walter Palmer was a prominent man when he lived in MA, and wasadmitted a freeman there May 18, 1631, and held several local officesin that colony, and such was the estimation in which he was held bythe first planters of Rehoboth and the confidence that they reposed inhim, that his fellow townsmen elected him as their firstrepresentative to the General Court of Plymouth, and subsequentlyre-elected him to that office and also conferred upon him repeatedlythe office of selectman and other local offices. His friendChesebrough, not relishing the way and manner in which he was treatedby the General Court of the Plymouth Colony decided to look fartherwestward for a permanent place of abode. He visited the then newsettlement of New London, by the advice of Mr. John Winthrop, whichafter a thorough examination thereof, it did not answer hisexpectations, so he concluded to return homeward, and on his way camethrough the town of Stonington, Conn., where he visited the beautifulvalley of Wequetequock, with which he was so well pleased that hedecided to make it his future place of abode.
When he reached home and described to his wife and family thesituation and advantages of this valley, they all approved of it as adesirable place for their home. Mr. Chesebrough and sons immediatelycommenced operations for the erection of a dwelling house, fixing itssite on the west bank of Wequetequock Cove. The salt marsh landsadjoining the cove furnished hay for the stock, and Mr. Chesebroughand Palmer and all the early settlers until they could clear up landand reduce it to cultivation by English grasses for their cattle. Mr.Chesebrough so far finished his house that he occupied it with hisfamily during the year 1649, and so became the pioneer English planterof the new town now called Stonington.
The Connecticut General Court were not satisfied with his locatinghimself in the wilderness so far away from any English settlement, sothey ordered him to report his proceedings to Maj. John Mason, whichresulted in a compromise later on between him and said court, whereinand by which he was to remain in his new habitation on condition thathe would induce a reasonable number of creditable persons to unitewith him in organizing a new township as hereinbefore stated more atlarge.
Thomas Stanton, the interpreter general of New England, was the firstto join Mr. Chesebrough in the new settlement, and obtained a grantfrom the General Court in March, 1650, of six acres of planting groundon Pawcatuck River, with liberty to erect a trading house thereon,with feed and mowing of marsh land, according to his presentoccasions, giving him the exclusive trade of the river for three yearsnext ensuing. Mr. Stanton located his six-acre grant on the west bankof Pawcatuck River, .around a place known as Pawcatuck rock, uponwhich grant he erected his trading house; and subsequently built him adwelling house thereon, to which he moved his family in 1651,establishing it as his permanent place of abode, where he lived theremainder of his days. (For further particulars see Stanton family).
William Chesebrough, in pursuance of his arrangement with the GeneralCourt, invited his friend Walter Palmer, then living in Rehoboth, tocome and join him here in the organization of another new township.While Mr. Palmer was considering this proposition, Thomas Miner, whohad married his daughter Grace, and was then a resident of New London,was also invited to join the new settlement, which he did, byobtaining a limited grant of land of the town of New London, which helocated on the east bank of Wequetequock Cove, and built him adwelling house thereon, to which he moved his family in the year 1652.
The town of New London at the time claimed jurisdiction of the town ofStonington and had granted large tracts of land to William Chesebroughand Thomas Miner, and being anxious to assist Mr. Chesebrough in hisefforts to induce a suitable number of prominent men to unite with himin settling a new township here, induced Gov. Haynes to accept of agrant of land of three hundred acres, for a farm lying east andsoutheast of Chesebrough's land, on the east side of WequetequockCove. This grant bore date April 5, 1652.
Walter Palmer, who was then prospecting for a tract of land suitablefor farming, with salt marsh grass land for his stock, ascertainedthat Gov. Haynes's grant covered the land he wished to obtain, and sovisited the governor, with his son-in-law, Thomas Miner, and hiseldest son, John Miner, who had previously learned that the Haynesgrant of land embraced in its boundaries his son-in-law's land. Butafter a friendly interview with the governor, Walter Palmer purchasedhis grant of land in Stonington, by a contract deed which waswitnessed by Thomas and John Miner, agreeing to pay the governor onehundred pounds for the place, with such cattle as Mr. Haynes shouldselect out of Walter Palmer's stock. If any disagreement should arise,as to the price of the stock, it should be decided by indifferentpersons. Their contract recognized the title to the house and landsoccupied by Mr. Miner, and was dated July 15, 1653.
Thomas Miner, ., was selected to put Mr. Palmer in possession of theland purchased of Gov. Haynes, and did so by a written instrument,embodying therein a conveyance of his own land, and dwelling house,included in the boundaries of the Haynes land (to Mr. Palmer),reserving the right, however, to occupy his said house until he couldbuild another at Mistuxet, now known as Quiambaug, in Stonington.
So 1653 marks the time when Walter Palmer came to Stonington toreside. He and his friend Chesebrough lived within a stone's throw ofeach other, and after life's fitful fever was ended, departed thislife, and both lie buried in the old Wequetequock burial place, withThomas Stanton, the interpreter general of New England.
Walter Palmer was a man well advanced in life when he came toStonington to reside with his family. He was born in London, England,as early as 1585, and at the time of his settlement here had reachedthe rugged steep of life's decline. The rough exposure of pioneerlife, with its deprivations, seriously affected his health, which wasso much impaired that as the chill November days had come, "thesaddest of the year," he was gathered not to his fathers, but laid torest in the old Wequetequock burial place, dying Nov. l0, 1661. Of hisfamily, it may be said that he married in England, long before he cameto this country. The name of his first wife has never been recorded.He m. 2d, Rebecca Short, who came to this country in 1632. They werejoined in marriage June 1, 1633.
Walter Palmer first appears in America at Charlestown, Mass. H eremoved to Rehoboth in 1643 and then to Stonington in 1653.
Walter Palmer was a passenger on one of six unnamed ships whic hsailed from Gravesend for Salem in March, 1629.
On 28 Sept 1630 a coroner's jury met to "inquire concerning th e deathof Austen Bratcher... dying lately at m
Mr. Cradock's plantation. " Theyfound "that the strokes given b yWalter Palmer were occasionally the means of the death...." A t atrial on 9 Nov, the jury found Palmer not guilty.
Freeman: 18 May 1631: Charlestown,Middlesex,Massachusetts
Arrested: 28 Sep 1630 Charlestown,Middlesex,Massachusetts
S= Rick Waggener [PhilipHoot.FTW]
From Larry Chesebro:
1. Much research has been done to connect Walter to an ancestra lfamily. Some believe his family was connected to Sir Anthony P almer -others believe John Palmer of Angmering may be Walter' s ancestry.Many records needed for proof have been destroyed o r are missing andany records discovered have probably disprove d any possibilities.
We have recorded a Walter Palmer and Elizabeth Carter as parent saccording to the Walter Palmer Society. And, for interested researchers continuing to link Walter to the John Palmer of Angmer ingfamily, we have added a "!PLACE MARK!" connection from John' s familyto the Walter Palmer now considered to be Walter's fath er.
2. Walter Palmer, seeking religious freedom, sailed from Gravese nd,Kent, England with his five children and Abraham Palmer(beli eved tobe his brother) arriving in Salem, MA in June of 1629 i n the "FourSisters", one of a fleet of six ships that also incl uded the"Talbot", "Lyons Whelp", "George Bonaventure", "Lyon" , and "TheMayflower" (of the 1620 Pilgrimage). He initially wen t to Mishawum(Charlestown), MA where he was listed in the tow n records as one ofthe early settlers as follows: Reverend Fran cis Bright, EngineerThomas Graves, Ralph Sprague, Richard Sprag ue, William Sprague, JohnMeech, Simon Hoyte, Abraham Palmer, Wa lter Palmer, Nicholas Stowers,John Stickline, and original sett ler (1625) Thomas Walford. Walter,with his brother Abraham, wer e made Freemen of Massachusets in 1634.In 1643 he later moved t o Seakonk (Rehoboth), MA where he, WilliamChesebrough, Richar d Wright of Braintree, and Alexander Winchester,were the founde rs. Of these Richard Wright was the dominant man.Walter joine d William Chesebrough in 1652 in Stonington where he wasone o f the three early settlers to follow William. He settled on th eeast bank of the Wequetequock Cove
3. Walter was called a non-conformist, he had strong religious convictions which were contrary to the established Church of Engl and.He felt the church had erred in continuing with the pageant ry andformality of the Roman Church instead of returning to th e simplicityof the early Christian Churches as they had been du ring their firstthree hundred years. This could be the reason n o baptisms of hisfirst five children could be found in England . He was a large man --said to have been 6' to 6' 5", weighin g 200 to 300 lbs. He was also aman of high integrity, honesty a nd ability -- these traits werepassed on to his children. His s ons carried on in the same manner,assuming responsibilities, se rving as civic officers, becoming churchmembers and some even b ecame deacons of the Church.
4. From page 378, Volume of Colonial Families of the Unite dStates of America:
Arms -- Or, two bars gules, each charged with three trefoils sli ppedvert, in chief 2 greyhound courant sable.
Crest -- A demi-panther rampant guardant, flames issuing from ea rsand mouth proper, supporting a palm branch.
Motto -- Palma virtuti.
5. Biography from Richard Anson Wheeler's, "History of Stoningto n,Connecticut, 1649 - 1900", (Press of The Day Publishing Compa ny,1900):
WALTER Palmer, the progenitor of the family of his name, who fir stsettled in Stonington, Conn., came to New England as early a s 1628,with his brother, Abraham Palmer, a merchant of London , England, andnine associates. They went from Salem, Mass., thr ough a pathlesswilderness to a place called by the Indians Mish awam, where theyfound a man by the name of Thomas Walford, a sm ith.
Here they remained until the next year, when they were joined b ynearly one hundred people, who came with Thomas Graves, from S alemand laid the foundation of the town, which they named Charl estown, inhonor of King Charles the First, June 2q., 1629. It i s claimed thatWalter Palmer built the first dwelling house in C harlestown after itwas organized as a township, on the two acre s of land that wereassigned and set to him by the authority o f the new town. WalterPalmer's inclinations tended to stock rai sing and farming, but hesoon found his land was inadequate to h is business, notwithstandingwhich he continued to reside in Cha rlestown until 1643. During hisresidence there he purchased add itional real estate, which heimproved in his line of business a s best he could.
While thus engaged he became acquainted with William Chesebrough , wholived at the time in Boston and Braintree, whose busines s pursuitswere similar to those of Mr. Palmer, and after repeat ed interviewsand consultations, they both decided to remove t o the PlymouthColony, and did so remove their families and wit h others, joined inthe organization of the town of Rehoboth, a s an independent township,which was continued as such until the y should subject themselves tosome other government. Such an or ganization, largely composed ofstrangers and situated in a remo te part of the colony, was not verywell calculated to secure th eir approval. It does not appear thatthey intended to establis h this new township wholly as an independentorganization, for a s soon as the preliminary steps necessary for itsformation wer e taken, and after its organization was effected, theyelected d eputies to the General Court of Plymouth.
Walter Palmer was a prominent man when he lived in MA, and was admitted a freeman there May 18, 1631, and held several local off icesin that colony, and such was the estimation in which he wa s held bythe first planters of Rehoboth and the confidence tha t they reposedin him, that his fellow townsmen elected him as t heir firstrepresentative to the General Court of Plymouth, an d subsequentlyre-elected him to that office and also conferre d upon him repeatedlythe office of selectman and other local of fices. His friendChesebrough, not relishing the way and manne r in which he was treatedby the General Court of the Plymouth C olony decided to look fartherwestward for a permanent place o f abode. He visited the then newsettlement of New London, by th e advice of Mr. John Winthrop, whichafter a thorough examinatio n thereof, it did not answer hisexpectations, so he concluded t o return homeward, and on his way camethrough the town of Stoni ngton, Conn., where he visited the beautifulvalley of Wequetequ ock, with which he was so well pleased that hedecided to make i t his future place of abode.
When he reached home and described to his wife and family the situation and advantages of this valley, they all approved of it a s adesirable place for their home. Mr. Chesebrough and sons imm ediatelycommenced operations for the erection of a dwelling hou se, fixing itssite on the west bank of Wequetequock Cove. The s alt marsh landsadjoining the cove furnished hay for the stock , and Mr. Chesebroughand Palmer and all the early settlers unti l they could clear up landand reduce it to cultivation by Engli sh grasses for their cattle. Mr.Chesebrough so far finished hi s house that he occupied it with hisfamily during the year 1649 , and so became the pioneer Englishplanter of the new town no w called Stonington.
The Connecticut General Court were not satisfied with his locati nghimself in the wilderness so far away from any English settle ment, sothey ordered him to report his proceedings to Maj. Joh n Mason, whichresulted in a compromise later on between him an d said court, whereinand by which he was to remain in his new h abitation on condition thathe would induce a reasonable numbe r of creditable persons to unitewith him in organizing a new to wnship as hereinbefore stated more atlarge.
Thomas Stanton, the interpreter general of New England, was th e firstto join Mr. Chesebrough in the new settlement, and obtai ned a grantfrom the General Court in March, 1650, of six acre s of plantingground on Pawcatuck River, with liberty to erec t a trading housethereon, with feed and mowing of marsh land, a ccording to his presentoccasions, giving him the exclusive trad e of the river for threeyears next ensuing. Mr. Stanton locate d his six-acre grant on thewest bank of Pawcatuck River, .aroun d a place known as Pawcatuckrock, upon which grant he erected h is trading house; and subsequentlybuilt him a dwelling house th ereon, to which he moved his family in1651, establishing it a s his permanent place of abode, where he livedthe remainder o f his days. (For further particulars see Stantonfamily).
William Chesebrough, in pursuance of his arrangement with the Ge neralCourt, invited his friend Walter Palmer, then living in Re hoboth, tocome and join him here in the organization of anothe r new township.While Mr. Palmer was considering this propositio n, Thomas Miner, whohad married his daughter Grace, and was the n a resident of NewLondon, was also invited to join the new set tlement, which he did, byobtaining a limited grant of land of t he town of New London, which helocated on the east bank of Wequ etequock Cove, and built him adwelling house thereon, to whic h he moved his family in the year1652.
The town of New London at the time claimed jurisdiction of the t ownof Stonington and had granted large tracts of land to Willia mChesebrough and Thomas Miner, and being anxious to assist Mr .Chesebrough in his efforts to induce a suitable number of prom inentmen to unite with him in settling a new township here, ind uced Gov.Haynes to accept of a grant of land of three hundred a cres, for afarm lying east and southeast of Chesebrough's land , on the east sideof Wequetequock Cove. This grant bore date Ap ril 5, 1652.
Walter Palmer, who was then prospecting for a tract of land suit ablefor farming, with salt marsh grass land for his stock, asce rtainedthat Gov. Haynes's grant covered the land he wished to o btain, and sovisited the governor, with his son-in-law, Thoma s Miner, and hiseldest son, John Miner, who had previously lear ned that the Haynesgrant of land embraced in its boundaries hi s son-in-law's land. Butafter a friendly interview with the gov ernor, Walter Palmer purchasedhis grant of land in Stonington , by a contract deed which waswitnessed by Thomas and John Mine r, agreeing to pay the governor onehundred pounds for the place , with such cattle as Mr. Haynes shouldselect out of Walter Pal mer's stock. If any disagreement shouldarise, as to the price o f the stock, it should be decided byindifferent persons. Thei r contract recognized the title to the houseand lands occupie d by Mr. Miner, and was dated July 15, 1653.
Thomas Miner, ., was selected to put Mr. Palmer in possessio n ofthe land purchased of Gov. Haynes, and did so by a writte ninstrument, embodying therein a conveyance of his own land, an ddwelling house, included in the boundaries of the Haynes lan d (to Mr.Palmer), reserving the right, however, to occupy his s aid house untilhe could build another at Mistuxet, now known a s Quiambaug, inStonington.
So 1653 marks the time when Walter Palmer came to Stonington t oreside. He and his friend Chesebrough lived within a stone's t hrow ofeach other, and after life's fitful fever was ended, dep arted thislife, and both lie buried in the old Wequetequock bur ial place, withThomas Stanton, the interpreter general of New E ngland.
Walter Palmer was a man well advanced in life when he came to Stonington to reside with his family. He was born in London, Engla nd,as early as 1585, and at the time of his settlement here ha d reachedthe rugged steep of life's decline. The rough exposur e of pioneerlife, with its deprivations, seriously affected hi s health, which wasso much impaired that as the chill Novembe r days had come, "thesaddest of the year," he was gathered no t to his fathers, but laid torest in the old Wequetequock buria l place, dying Nov. l0, 1661. Ofhis family, it may be said tha t he married in England, long before hecame to this country. Th e name of his first wife has never beenrecorded. He m. 2d, Rebe cca Short, who came to this country in 1632.They were joined i n marriage June 1, 1633.
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Died 2: 19 Nov 1661, Stonington, New London Co., CT (Wildey sour ce)
Immigration: Jun 1629, in the "Four Sisters" from Gravesend, Ken t,England to Salem, Essex Co., MA
Individual:
IMM: From England to Charlestown, MA, 1628; at Charlestown, 1629-43 ;freeman, 1634; constable
, 1633; removed to Rehoboth; 1st rep. Gen. Ct. from that town, 1 646,47; a founder of Stonington, CT., 1653
Sources
1. Title: Ancestral File 4.13
2. Title: Immigrant Ancestors
Author: Viruk, Frederick Adams
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1986
3. Title: American Genelogist
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Individual:
Walter emigrated about 1628 to Charlestown and then Rehoboth, MA
before removing to Stonington, CT. He came from Yetminster Paris h,Dorsetshire and arrived in Salem, MA 6 Mar 1629
William Palmer was a Puritan. He came to Plymouth Colony in 162 1 andin 1639 was one of the original settlers of Yarmouth


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On February 21, 2015 at 19:35GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

The changes tab indicated Brady-1509 changed the name from Walter to William. You could check with him. In the meantime thanks for trying to resolve the problems with this profile, Anne.

On February 21, 2015 at 03:12GMT Anne Baker wrote:

For an unknown reason, this profile was changed from Walter to William. I am quite certain that this profile should be Walter Palmer. As the name change reason was 'guess' I am changing it back to Walter.

As this profile is Project Protected, please do not make any changes without discussion! thanks!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Palmer_%28Puritan%29

On February 21, 2015 at 03:03GMT Anne Baker wrote:

This profile was for Walter Palmer. I am trying to understand why it was changed to William???

On January 16, 2015 at 06:05GMT Cynthia Billups wrote:

Palmer-7117 and Palmer-70 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, birth date and place, marriage

Death information varied, but sources may resolve, but this should not hold up a merge. (Including both sets of information in the merge is a good idea)

If you agree these represent the same person, please approve the merge.

Thanks!

On February 9, 2013 at 17:35GMT Alan Butchino wrote:

I have copied the Bio's and can bring them back anytime. I still need 4 more approvals to begin.

On January 7, 2013 at 20:30GMT Vic Watt wrote:

This is from the Great Migration:

" (2) By 1633 REBECCA SHORT "a maid servant, she came in the year 1632 & was married to [blank] Palmer a godly man of Charlestowne church" [RChR 77]. (Wyman claims that Walter and Rebecca were married 1 June 1633 [Wyman 507], but there is no record of the marriage and this was the date they were admitted to the Charlestown church.) She died Stonington 15 July 1671 ("Saturday at night Mother Palmer departed this life" [Minor Diary 93])."

On January 7, 2013 at 16:16GMT Alan Butchino wrote:

Reverend Eliot's records of the Roxbury First Church state: "Rebeckah Short, a maide srvant, she came in the yeare 1632 and was married to Walter Palmer a Godly man of Charlestown Church."----They were m 01 Jun 1633 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

On January 7, 2013 at 12:39GMT B Chelton wrote:

I am having issues with the Rebecca Short marriage the more I look at it. I know I confirmed/completed some of the merges & will admit my screw up (if it was one). Does anyone else find it strange that William would have be almost 50 when he married Rebecca and 65 when he had his last kid? Help? Hate to see this go any further down the wrong path if we are making a mistake somewhere.



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