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Lucy (Williams) Barker (abt. 1620 - 1689)

Lucy Barker formerly Williams
Born about in Plymouth, Plymouthmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1645 (to 18 Feb 1689) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 69 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Plymouthmap
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Cautionary Note: There seems to be some question as to Lucy's Last Name at birth. This profile uses Williams as Last Name at Birth, as a finding aid because of it is found in so many secondary sources. It appears there is no actual evidence to support the use of Williams as LNAB.

Lucy Williams born about 1620 in Plymouth. She married Robert Barker about 1645


  1. Isaac[1]
  2. Francis[1]
  3. Robert[1]
  4. Rebecca[2]
  5. Abigail[1]

Lucy died February 18, 1689 in Duxbury.


No evidence has been found to support the statement that Robert Barker's wife was Lucy Williams, and it seems doubtful. Robert Barker's wife Lucy was alive 03 May 1669, yet the will of John Williams dated 19 December 1667 makes no mention of a daughter Lucy. [3]

" Robert married Lucy. Lucy died aft 1681. Although Lucy (also spelled Luce) is sometimes said to be the daughter of John and Anne Williams, that seems to be an error.[16]

Torrey’s Marriages and others state that the wife of Robert Barker was Lucy Williams. No evidence has been found to support this statement and it seems doubtful.[176]" From: Pane-Joyce Genealogy

Robert Barker in 1643 was a member, with his brother John Barker, of the Marshfield military company under Lieutenant Nathaniel Thomas. He was surveyor of Marshfield in 1645, 1648, and of Duxbury in 1654, 1672, 1677, 1679; constable of Marshfield, 1646; grand juryman of Marshfield, 1669, and of Duxbury, 1684-5; and was admitted a freeman in 1654. Robert Barker was licensed 7 July, 1646, to keep an inn in Marshfield to retail wine, which was cancelled June 5, 1666. The court in Plymouth on March 5, 1667-8, granted him nine and one-half acres of meadow at Robinson's Creek, North River, Duxbury. He married Lucy Williams and died between February 18, 1689, when his will, which mentions his children, was made and March 15, 1691-2, when the inventory of his estate was taken. His estate was valued at 142£. His wife died between March 1681-2, when she was fined for selling cider to the Indians, and February 8, 1689.

They lived in the old Barker house at Duxbury (in that art which was set off as Pembroke in 1712) which was made B garrison house about 1679; the room and fireplace at the right of the front door as you entered, was said to have been built about 1630. In 1883, Peleg* Barker, born March 31, 1795 (brother of Hannah Barker, born April 14, 1792), died here and not long after the old house became uninhabitable and soon fell down. Two views of this house are given at page 12 of the Memorial of Reverend Thomas Smith of Pembroke, by Miss Susan A Smith.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Barker family of Plymouth Colony and County by Newhall, Barker Published 1900
  2. History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts (The Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893) Vol II, p.21
  3. Wakefield, Robert S., revised by Judith H. Swan, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Richard Warren, Vol. 18, part one, 3rd edition, (Plymouth, Mass : GSMD, 2004) page 35.
  4. Page 427 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 53
  • Boston Evening Transcript Genealogy Series; Aug 12, 1929, p. 23, col. 3
  • Hanover Vital Records.

Also see:

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 30 July 2019), memorial page for Luce or Lucy Barker (unknown–1681), Find A Grave: Memorial #34697555 ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) Unknown.

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Records state that Lucy Williams was born in 1620 in Plymouth. This is not possible as the Mayflower arrived in that year and only Thomas Williams was a passenger with the surname 'Williams', but he died in 1621 and left no heir. Source William Bradford journal "Of Plymouth Plantation" written about 1650, in which he added a list of passengers and their offspring.
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