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Walter (Fyler) Filer (abt. 1610 - 1683)

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Walter Filer formerly Fyler
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Windsor, Connecticutmap
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Walter (Fyler) Filer migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Walter Fyler was born by 1613 in England. Anderson in "The Great Migration Begins" says it is probable that his origins were in England's West Country. The names of his parents are unknown.[1] Walter's name has been spelled both Filer and Fyler.

Walter migrated to Dorchester in 1633, where he was admitted to the Dorchester church prior to his Freemanship on 14 May 1634 as "Walter Fylar." He was granted two acres of marsh in June 27, 1636 and meadows amounting to six acres.[1]

He moved to Windsor in 1636, Freeman of Windsor 11 Oct 1669.[1]

Offices: [1]

Fence Viewer, 1634, 35
Bailiff, 1635
Assessor for Miltary Rate, 1635
Particular Court Jury, 1640-1662
Recorder of ships 1644/5
Grand jury, 1654
Deputy to General Court for Windsor, 1661-63
Sgt then Ensign, then Lt of Train Band, 1660 (*)

(*) The Train Band was a band of men (all able bodied) trained in some military practices, for the protection of the community.

By 1642, Walter married Jane _____ (last name unknown. The couple's children were:[1]

  1. John who was born at Windsor on September 12, 1642 and baptized September 18, 1642. On October 17, 1672 he married Elizabeth Dolman. Apparently she died for on October 21, 1686 he married (2nd) to Bethesda Poole of Dorchester.
  2. Zerubabel was born at Windsor on December 23, 1644. He married Experience Strong at Windsor on May 27, 1669.

Mercey Barber was brought into the family of Walter and Jane Filer on February 4, 1662/3 when "Mercey Barber with her consent and desire is placed with Lt. Walter Filer and his wife until she be eighteen years of age unless she marry before with her master's and dame's and her eldest brother's approbation." Mercy chose Lt. Walter Fyler as her guardian on January 30, 1664.[1]

Walter Filer died at Windsor on December 12, 1683. His will, dated September 14, 1679 and proved March 6, 1683/4 was styled "Walter Fyler of Windson." He bequeathed his whole estate to his wife for her lifetime, along with L100. His grandchild Thomas was bequeathed L20 and "the three other children now in being" L5 each. His two sons John and Zerubbabell was bequeathed the residue, equally. A codicil dated November 2, 1680 specified that his son John receive "my homestead, barn, garden and orchard, together with the press and mill in the barn." Zerubabel received land, wearing clothes and any debts incurred. The inventory of his possessions totalled L629 5s. 8d.[1]

Walter's wife Jane (unknown) Filer died at Windsor on September 11, 1690. Her will was dated June 22, 1687 and proved November 5, 1690, styled as "Mrs. Jane Fyler of Windsor." She bequeathed to "my son John Fyler" L30 "of that my estate my husband willed me to my free dispose." To "my son Zerubabell Fyler" L20, to Zerubabel's son Thomas L10, to Zerubabel's son L10, to his daughter Jane "out of the same estate" movables, to each of his other three children L5, and to "my daughter-in-law, "Zerubbabell's wife Experience," wearing clothes; codicil dated May 17, 1689. Inventory taken November 10, 1690 and totalled L122 5s. 8d.[1]

Notes from The Great Migration Begins

  1. Banks indicates that Walter Filer was from Suffolk, England but Anderson says "this seems very unlikely.[1]
  2. Matthew Grant in his compilation of August 17, 1677 gave "Walter Fylar" six children, [citing Grant 90]. Others have added four hypothetical children on the basis of this record. Anderson in TGMB says "there is no evidence for any more than the two known sons, citing the wills of Walter and his wife as well as the will of son John Filer whoin 1723 with no children. He bequeathed his entire estate to the heirs of his rother Zerubabel. Anderson in TGMB concedes there may have been some infant deaths.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Sketch of Walter Filer.subscriber$

See Also:

  • Source: S103 Dibblee-Perry & Allied Families Conlon, Alice Izelle Dibblee
  • Source: S109 Filer-Fyler Family Genealogy
  • Tom Bredehoft, Noah Phelps, ’’Register of Marriages, Births and Deaths at Simsbury from 1642 to 1548’’ Entered by Tom Bredehoft, 20 Dec 2012,


  • This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.
  • WikiTree profile Fyler-25 created through the import of MOORMAN FAMILY.GED on May 31, 2011 by Mary Elizabeth Stewart.
  • This person was created through the import of Pinney Family GEDCOM.GED on 11 October 2010.

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Anderson in TGMB says Walter's wife's surname is unknown. Please supply the source for the surname "Irving."

Further, Anderson in TGMB states with no doubt that there were only two sons, John and Zerubabel. (however there may have been some infant deaths.) Sources for Abigail, Samuel, Stephen and Johanna are?

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