||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. 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.
He moved to Windsor in 1636, Freeman of Windsor 11 Oct 1669.
(*) 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:
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.
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.
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.
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