Who were Walter Palmer's parents?

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Walter Palmer's profile currently shows that he was born in 1585 in Parham, Somerset, the son of William or John Palmer, with a noble and royal ancestry.  There is no known evidence to support this claim, and there is a counter supposition that Walter Palmer, "probably the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Carter) Palmer was likely born in the village of Yetminster, Dorsetshire, England sometime around 1585."  See http://longislandgenealogy.com/Surname_Pages/palmer.htm

Is there any reason NOT to detach the parents of Walter Palmer?

WikiTree profile: Walter Palmer
asked Apr 9, 2015 in Genealogy Help by John Schmeeckle G2G6 Mach 8 (81,210 points)

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John - 

The book "Walter Palmer of Charlestown and Rehoboth, Massachusetts and Stonington, Connecticut : a 400-year (1585-1985) family history" (1986) has a well researched preface to chapter 1 as well as an addendum (called "Did Walter Palmer have a coat of arms?") that are worth reading. They agreed with Col. Charles Edward Banks' 1930's conclusion that Walter was likely a rural dairy farmer, after rejecting claims that he was the son of a Sir Thomas Palmer. They also suggest further research for those interested.

There appears to there have been quite a few different sets of parents attached to Walter through the decades. This book is refuting a different set of parents from what is on WikiTree or what the Walter Palmer Society suggests is probable.

The book can be borrowed here:

https://archive.org/details/walterpalmerofch1986buys

NYGBR also has a pedigree that shows uncertain origins. 

https://books.google.com/books?id=GSNBAAAAMAAJ&q=%22walter+palmer%22+1585+NYGBR&dq=%22walter+palmer%22+1585+NYGBR&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aiMnVeuOFoftsAWy2ICQDA&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ

There was another g2g on him regarding his wives (which, btw, are covered in another addendum). Perhaps someone else has something new. 

answered Apr 10, 2015 by PM Eyestone G2G6 Mach 3 (32,350 points)

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