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James Walker

Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Taunton, Bristol County, New Plymouth Colony
Place of Burial: Walker-Blake Graveyard, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of (Unknown) Walker and (Unknown) Walker
Husband of Sarah Walker and Elizabeth Walker (Phillips)
Father of James Walker, Jr; Peter Walker, Sr.; Deborah Gooding; Dorothy Paull (Walker); Hester Woods and 2 others
Brother of Sarah Tisdale

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James Walker

Biography[1] He was born about 1620 (being age 15 in 1635). Anderson claims he was from London. (What is the source for the Weymouth origins?) He arrived in Massachusetts, age 15, in 1635 in the ship "Elizabeth," with 17-year-old Sarah Walker, both servants to John Browne, baker, and one William Brasey, linendraper, in Cheapside, London. James and Sarah were siblings and both were niece and nephew to John Browne. He resided initially in Plymouth, then settled in Taunton. He ran a sawmill and then an inn. He received freemanship in 1650 in Plymouth Colony. He served in a variety of capacities, including but not only: • Deputy for Taunton to the General Court • Plymouth Council of War • Auditor of Accounts • Plymouth Grand Jury • Authorized to perform marriages (civil) Anderson's full profile of him is a great read for getting a sense of the goings on of the colony. He was on a committee to distribute a donation from the people of Ireland to help the town recover from the effects of King Philip's War. In 1655, John Browne named him cousin, and also brother-in-law to John Tisdale.

James Walker (son of James Walker and Elizabeth Browne) was born 1619 in St Andrews, Weymouth, Dorset, England, and died 15 Feb 1691/92 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Phillips on Abt. 1643 in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, daughter of William Phillips and Elizabeth Parker.

Includes NotesNotes for James Walker:

James Walker appears in the list of those in 1643 giving in the value of their estates. His name is next to that of the "Widow," and the amount is Ð50, but it is subjoined that his share is "now John Ffitches." He however forfeited his lots to the town in 1644, in accordance with an order enacted by the proprietors in 1643, that those who did not fence their lands, or remove there with their families, should forfeit their lots. His name however, is mentioned in one division of lands afterward, viz, that of 1645. It is probable however, that he never removed to Rehoboth, but concluded to remain in Taunton. Mr. John Browne, whose lots were forfeited at the same date with James Walker's lived in Taunton at the time, and was his "cousin" (uncle). Thus connected with the "Widow" and Mr. Browne, who was also one of the original Proprietors of Rehoboth, having been the agent of the company, while in Weymouth, and appointed by the Court at Plymouth, to make the purchase of Asameeum the Indian Chief, James Walker very naturally became associated with the settlement. Accordingly neither their names nor that of Mr. Browne is found in the list of the company that went from Weymouth. The strongest reason, however, for concluding he was of "Widow Walker's" family, is found in the fact that when Deacon Phillip Walker died in 1679, James was about 60 years of age, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that he was not only nearly related to Phillip, but was his brother, and accordingly was the son of "Widow Walker."

James Walker, although not one of the original purchasers, joined the settlement early, probably while in his minority. His name first appears in the list of 1643 as being subject to military duty. He was admitted a freeman in 1650. Rev. James B.R. Walker, in his history of the Walker family, expresses the belief that he was the youth of fifteen years, who, with his sister "Sarra," aged seventeen, embarked in London, April 15, 1635, in the "Elizabeth" for this country. They were called servants to Mr. John Browne. He was doubtless their uncle, although in his deed to James Walker and John Tisdale, which has been given in another place, he calls Walker his cousin. Rev. Mr. Walker also believes that the brother and sister were the children of the Widow Walker who settled in Rehoboth. James Walker married Elizabeth, the daughter of William Phillips, and his sister married John Tisdale. He was constable of the town in 1652 and 1685. He was chosen a deputy in 1654, and served fourteen years in that capacity, the last year being 1679. He was one of the board of selectmen eight years, 1666 being the first and 1679 the last year of his service. He was also one of the Town Council in 1667 and 1676. In 1662 he was authorized to administer oaths and to marry persons. In 1664 he was an excise officer, in 1671 an inspector of ordinaries, and in 1677 one of the committee appointed to distribute the contributions of Irish Christians among the sufferers by the Indian war. It will be seen by this enumeration that he was an important man in the town. In other parts of this history this fact still further appears. For his second wife he married Sarah, the widow of Edward Rew, and daughter of John Richmond, Sr. He died Feb. 15, 1691, aged seventy-three years, and was buried in the Walker burying-ground, in the southerly part of the city, between Somerset Avenue and the Great River.

When (King) Philip escaped from Mt. Hope, In 1675, a part of his warriors scattered in the wilderness, about Taunton, and burnt the houses of James Walker, and John Tisdale, his brother in law. John Tisdale was killed, and 2 other soldiers, who were from Eastham. Though Baylies states this as in 1675, may not the "two houses" burnt July 11th, 1676, have been those of James Walker and John Tisdale. It is known that John Tisdlale was killed June 27, 1676.

James Walker Sr and Sarah Rew were married 4 November 1678. Sarah Richmond. Birth: 1638 in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Death: 1691 in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Her will dated August 7, 1691, proved November 18, 1691, describes herself as Sarah Stoughton, wife of Nicholas and mentions Hannah wife of Peter Caswell; Brother Edward Richmond and "each of his children"; children of Brother John Richmond, one of whom was Samuel; George Gooding's eldest girl; Sarah Richmond, daughter of Edward; wife of Brother John Richmond; Sister Paule; Ebenezer and Benjamin, children of Brother William Paule; Church of Christ in Taunton; Rev. Samuel Danforth; Samuel, son of my husband, Nicholas Stoughton; Edward, son of Peter Caswell; her husband to have improvment of her estate during his life. [signed - Brother John Richmond, sole executor.]

Father: John RICHMOND b: 1594 in Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, England Mother: Elizabeth NICHOLAS b: Abt 1615 in England

Marriage 1 Edward REW Marriage 2 James WALKER b: 1618 in England Married: 4 Nov 1678 in Taunton, Bristol Co, MA Marriage 3 Nicholas STOUGHTON Married: Abt 1691 in Taunton, Bristol Co, MA

James came to America at age 15 with his sister Sarah age 17 on the Elizabeth in April, 1635. They came as servants of Jonathan Browne, a baker, and to William Brasey, a linen draper from Cheapside, London. (Massachusetts Pioneers)

James E Walker BIRT: Abt 1620 England DEAT: 15 Feb 1691 Taunton, Bristol, MA IMMI: 1635 USA OCCU: 1652 Taunton, Bristol, MA

James Walker (Widow); b. 1619/20 at ENG; m. Elizabeth Phillips, daughter of William Phillips and Elizabeth Parker, circa 1644; d. 15 Feb 1691.

Elizabeth Phillips was born in 1619. She died on 14 Aug 1678.

Children of James Walker and Elizabeth Phillips were: James Walker; b. 1645/46; m. Bathsheba Brooks 23 Dec 1673; d. 22 Jun 1718.

"James Walker and William Harvey, were appointed by the Court, to review, in the countrys behalf, the public whipping of William Paule, Katheren Aines and her husband." 1656-7

More About James Walker and Elizabeth Phillips: Marriage: Abt. 1643, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.

Children of James Walker and Elizabeth Phillips are: i.+James Walker, b. 1646, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, d. 22 Jun 1718, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts. ii.+Deborah Walker, b. 1664, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, d. 19 Oct 1719, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.

-------------------- (f/g) James Walker Birth: 1619 Dorset, England Death: Feb. 15, 1691 Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA

husband of Elizabeth Phillips Walker

Family links:

 Elizabeth Phillips Walker (1619 - 1678)
 Sarah Richmond Rew Walker
 Eleazer Walker (____ - 1724)*
 James Walker (1645 - 1718)*
 Peter Walker (1650 - 1711)*
 Deborah Walker Gooding (1656 - 1719)*
 Deborah Walker Gooding (1658 - 1719)

Burial: Walker-Blake Graveyard Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA Created by: Eric Record added: Jan 10, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 17375589 -tcd -------------------- For years the wealthiest man in Taunton

He was a member and chairman of the town (Taunton) council of war, 1667 and during King Philip's war 1675-1678. And also Plymouth colony in 1658-1661-71-81.

The Elizabeth left London, England April 1635 with her master, William Stagg, arriving in Massachusetts Bay.

Oaths were sworn April 8 - 17, 1635 at several locations

The following alphabetical roll is from her departure point on June 12, 1635, not necessarily who landed.

06 - 17 April 1635: Passengers embarked on the Elizabeth, Mr. William Stagg, bound from London to New England. Coldham page 134.

Walker James 15, #48 Jno. Browne servant #49

Walker Richard 24, #42

Walker Sarra 17, Jno. Browne servant #49

Walker William 15, #47

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James Walker's Timeline

January 9, 1620
Weymouth, Dorset, England
Age 24
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 25
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Age 28
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 35
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 35
Taunton, Bristol County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
July 10, 1660
Age 40
Taunton, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (present USA)
Age 41
Taunton, Bristol, Mass.
Age 43
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
August 14, 1678
Age 58
Taunton, MA, USA

The graveyard began out of necessity by James Walker, Sr. upon the death of his wife. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of James, died on August 14, 1678. The graveyard was located on his land. The graveyard probably had burials previous to 1678, but there are no markers or records to verify same.

The graveyard is located on a rise that overlooks the Taunton River. The graveyard is about the size of a football field. The boundary of the graveyard is denoted by a stonewall. There are about 169 people buried in the graveyard.