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 in Genealogy Help by J S G2G6 Mach 9 (91.7k 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 by PM Eyestone G2G6 Mach 3 (33.1k points)

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