||Walter Palmer migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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STOP. Do not merge the Palmer family of Duxbury with this Palmer family of Stonington.
There are Internet family trees claiming that Walter Palmer was born in 1585 in Parham, Somerset, the son of William or John Palmer and Elizabeth Verney. There is no known evidence to support this claim.
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."
In addition, to quote from this G2G thread: The book "Walter Palmer of Charlestown and Rehoboth, Massachusetts and Stonington, Connecticut (1986) ... 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.... This book is refuting a different set of parents from what the Walter Palmer Society suggests is probable."
Some believe his family was connected to Sir Anthony Palmer - others believe John Palmer of Angmering may be Walter's ancestry. Many records needed for proof have been destroyed or are missing and any records discovered have probably disproved any possibilities.
While it is believed he had a wife (or wives) prior to his marriage to Rebecca Short in 1633, there is no evidence of the name of the earlier wife.
There are many claims about his origins; Anderson estimates 1589 based on marriage date; location unknown. His Find-A-Grave memorial claims October 1585, but no birth date is legible on the photograph of the stone.
Until more recent research reveals a more specific date, location and parents, WikiTree's Puritan Great Migration Project follows Anderson.
Unproven birth information includes
Based on his presence in Massachusetts in 1629, it is believed he was on one of the six ships that came to Massachusetts in 1629 with 350 individuals, but it is not known on which ship.
Some claim he sailed on the Four Sisters.
Anderson names no ship at all.
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
Lastly, he removed to Stonington in 1652 where he lived out his life. He is listed as a Founder.
On September 28, 1630 there was recorded a "Jury called to hold an inquest on the body of Austine Bratcher." It found
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."
The above is the first discovered reference to William Chesebrough, one of Walter's closest friends.
Walter was a Farmer and Dairyman.
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.  The manslaughter trial may have held up Walter's ability to become a freeman in 1630.
Walter apparently had a wife or wives before coming to the Americas, her/their names are not yet known.
Walter's second wife was Rebecca Short as follows:
With second wife Rebecca:
A crest of arms has been associated with him:
Some say he came over with a brother Abraham Palmer: https://archive.org/stream/historytownston00wheegoog#page/n522/mode/2up
Walter was a large man -- it was said he was 6' to 6' 5", weighing 200 to 300 lbs. 
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On 2 Jun 2016 at 04:51 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
If that is correct this looks like a duplicate of the profile for Walter Palmer (Palmer-70), which shows as 'rejected, not a duplicate' at the bottom of this profile.
Please either remove the death date or explain the coincidence or merge Palmer-9144 into Palmer-70.
Anderson lists no other Walter Palmer who came early to New England. If this Walter Palmer did not emigrate, but died in England, please indicate.
On 20 Jan 2016 at 18:51 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:
It is PGM project policy to use The Great Migration series by Charles Robert Anderson as the preferred source for profiles that are in the PGM project.
Anderson states that Walter Palmer's origins are unknown, and his birth date is merely an estimate. If we are to go beyond Anderson's knowledge, we need to present strong, recent sources that show where we found the evidence.
I've removed text from this bio referring to Walter Palmer being "a naylor/nailer", and father of William Palmer of Duxbury. Willliam Palmer Sr., and his son William Palmer, Jr. of Duxbury, are a different Palmer family.
On 30 Jul 2015 at 20:01 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
On 21 Feb 2015 at 19:35 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
On 21 Feb 2015 at 03:12 GMT Anne Baker wrote:
As this profile is Project Protected, please do not make any changes without discussion! thanks!!!!
On 21 Feb 2015 at 03:03 GMT Anne Baker wrote:
On 16 Jan 2015 at 06:05 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:
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.
On 9 Feb 2013 at 17:35 GMT A (Butchino) B wrote:
On 7 Jan 2013 at 20:30 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
" (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 7 Jan 2013 at 16:16 GMT A (Butchino) B wrote:
On 7 Jan 2013 at 12:39 GMT B Chelton wrote:
Walter is 32 degrees from Albert Einstein, 15 degrees from Steven Harris and 14 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.