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Philip Walker

Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony
Place of Burial: East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Walker and Elizabeth Walker
Husband of Mary Jane Walker; Jane Walker and Martha Jane Walker
Father of Elizabeth Sweet; Sarah Walker; Elizabeth Walker, [twin]; Philip Walker, Jr.; Michael Walker and 6 others
Brother of Thomas Walker

Occupation: Arrived in Mass 1656
Managed by: Elsie Clute
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About Philip Walker

In a four (4) year search I can not find a reference to his mother other then "Widow Walker" Browe and No reference to her husband as other then just Walker.

Walter G. Ashworth 8th Great Grandson to "Widow Walker"


Philip Walker emigrated with his mother, "Widow Walker". His sister Sarra (Sarah) and Brother James sailed earlier in the Elizabeth on April 15, 1635, accompanying their uncle John Browne.

Philip Walker (1.Widow1) born abt 1625, Weymouth, Dorset, England, occupation Farmer, married ~1654, in ?, Jane Metcalf, born 27 Mar 1632, St. Edmondsbury, Suffolk, England, (daughter of Michael Metcalf and Sarah Elwyn) died 1702, ?, 10 children. Philip died Aug 1679, ?, 10 children.

Notes: Known as Deacon Walker later in life. Philip Was about 15 when he emigrated with his mother. His sister Sarra (Sarah) and Brother James sailed earlier in the Elizabeth on April 15, 1635, accompanying their uncle John Browne. Philip wrote poetry on historic themes (like King Phillip's War). On March 30, 1676, Indians under King Phillip burnt his house and barn. Rebuilding was completed by Phillip's heirs, still stands at the corner of Massasoit Ave. and N. Broadway in East Provience, R.I. Jane: Jane Metcalf and her ancestors are from unsupported internet data.


According to various sources, Philip Walker, Sr., was either a farmer or a weaver. Because of the lack of documentary records, we cannot say with absolute certainty exactly how Walker made his living.

Walker stands out as unique among his peers because of his religious leadership and literary hobby. He was a deacon in the Congregational Church (hence the title, "Deacon"), and in 1663 "was appointed one of a Committee, to buy or build a parsonage, or 'house of ministry.'"

Walker was also an amateur poet, who "wrote poetry on historic themes." King Philip's War (1675-1676) was the most notable subject he took up, inspiring his epic poem, Captan Perse & his coragios Company, about Captain Pierce's Battle and defeat of 26 March 1676. It is easy to understand why Walker was so moved by this brutal conflict, since it was this war in which he fought, in which his cousin was killed, and in which his home was probably one of the forty Rehoboth residences burned by the Indians.

Wealth & Estate

Philip Walker, Sr., was one of the wealthiest men in Rehoboth. When he died, his estate was appraised at £631.83, with his landholdings totaling nearly 500 acres. According to his estate inventory, Walker owned forty livestock, a £200 homestead (including a house and barn), and land as far away as Swansea. He was also the co-owner of a corn mill and a saw mill, his share in both appraised at £80. Incidentally, Walker's son, Michael, died by falling through the floor of this saw mill, near the water wheel, and drowning in the stream below.

Walker's homestead was located "on Watchemoket Neck, south of the Great Plain, at what is now [in 1861] the Kinnicut Place, on the road from Providence, R. I., to Barrington; about 1 mile from India Bridge, and in Rehoboth, now Seekonk, an attractive and fertile spot, overlooking the Providence river." Walker's house, unfinished at the time of his death, but completed by his heirs, still stands today, according to one of his descendants. It is supposedly located on the corner of Massasoit Avenue and North Broadway, in East Providence, R.I. (formerly Rehoboth).

Public Life & Civic Duties

Philip Walker, Sr., was relatively active in civic affairs, holding all of the major public offices. He was a freeman (1658+), Surveyor of the Highways (1657), Constable (1658), deputy (1669), and regular juror (1655-1678). Walker was appointed by the court to settle the estate of Richard Bullocke in 1670, and was chosen in 1669 to serve on a Rehoboth committee, "to meet a Committee of the new town of Swansey, to settle a controversy, (probably about boundaries)."

We must also consider Walker's dual role as a church deacon, which implied both religious and municipal leadership. As Demos notes, religion "surrounded and suffused all aspects of experience," and church and state "were everywhere intertwined."

Walter G. Ashworth, 7th Great Grandson

Philip was the second richest man of Rehoboth, a farmer, constable, weaver, saw mill proprietor, deacon of his church, and a poet and writer of no mean ability. He was active in civic affairs, and gave money for King Philip's War. His home was burned by the Indians in 1676 during King Philip's War, and rebuilt in 1679.

Following two verses from one of his poems uses his own shorthand and spelling:

Oft all our cumforts in this presant world

To fflyer and sword our Carkases are hurld

After abused to Savig best a prayer

That doea and will doea thus from day to day.

Tis very just to doea the best wee can

To yous all mens by Sword or poysned dram

To send such souls to ther own place mor fitt

If God Sucksed and say amen to it.

Another poem inspired by King Philip's War.

"Captan Perse & his coragios Company"

by Philip Walker

It ffell vnlucky that thi march wos soner

then the apoynted time to that meroner' (marooner--buccaneer)

in thy picaring thou Lackst thos muskitters (pickeering-scouting)

and his Experianc gaynd mongst Buckanners

Which are a Ruged Cru of hunting rouers (crew)

much Like thes sauag sneking brutish grouers, (hunters in the woods)

(glossed by Walker)

But man Euents cannot at all fforse (foresee)

It is the eternall gods propritee

ffor t twas decreed by that Eternal power (it was)

that gaue them being to fixe that fatal ower (hour)

That orders men & times & ends & all

Efittiant Cases Epidemicall (causes)

not as the ould Philosiphers beleue (old)

prodiggious planits il Efectts doe giue

Thay did Like Hectters whoea well deserue that name

Now ly Intered in the bed of ffame

Whoea lost there Blud not much vnlike to marters

by disaduantage with these helish Tarters

In ffighting for ther Cuntry & ther ffrinds

haue dun ther dooea mad hear ther final Ends (due-obhgation)

meethinks ther vallour should owr harts prouoke

To take reueng ffor such a dredfull stroke

Stought hartts stood too t till Last disdaynd to [fly]

such ods has mad the Rooges er since mor shy

who haue no cas to brag of victtory (cause)

But glue it out thay neuer so wear bangd (were defeated)

I hoape in time thayl all be shot or hangd

Tis sed at york there is a scarlet dyer (dyer-one who is liable to suffer]

If t bee a ridl antiant ffames a lyer (fame is)

Itt may bee fferd weer hudwinkt in a trance

as wos owr vergin qucene by Imps from france [Queen Elizabeth]

ffor maters ffrane as if that Dragon beste [frown]

were hither flone to make his helish nest

with opn jase Intending to deuour (jaws)

that child of grace Lord god upone him shour (shower)

The vials of thy wrath apear for thine

Lett all the pours of heuen & earth Combin[e] (powers)

Let hell know it is Curbd by pours deuine

Show now thi self Lord in owr habitations

who hast so scatterdly disposd owr stations

& giues vs Corig spent vs from thee

for thers no other help or place to fflee

Lett shops & crops & men of all Estates

sett hartt & hand to fight without debats

ffor non thers now can thinke ther safe securd

how er suplyd within owr owne Imurd

Improue the vtmost depending creturs can

Leue the suckses to him that ruls Each man (success)

Though what hers spoke is but a singl notion

& Like a drop lett ffall into the otion (ocean)

Yit my aduice If I might hered bee (heard)

Tis t to make a uertu of nesesitee

Arme & Incorig owr Indins whot wee Can

a theef reuers may proue an honist man:

The Boston Ilanders Capcod Monhegon

ffor honer profitt smaI thayl fight winnegon (winnegon = well)

This represents approximately 1/10 of the entire remaining poem.

Here is my "translation" for those who find Philip's interesting spelling a little difficult to read (I have put question marks after words I am not sure of):

Captain Pierce and His Courageous Company

It fell unlucky that the march was sooner

Then the appointed time to that marooner

In thy scouting thou lacks those musketeers

And his experience gained amongst buccaneers.

Which are a rugged crew of hunting rowers

Much like these savage sneaking brutish growers

But man events cannot at all foresee

It is the eternal gods property

For it was decreed by that eternal power

That gave them being to fix that fatal hour

That orders men and times and ends and all

Efficient causes epidemical

Not as the old philosophers believe

Prodigious planets ill effects do give

They did like Hectors who well deserve that name

Now lie interred in the bed of fame

Who lost there blood not much unlike to martyrs

By disadvantage with these hellish Tartars

In fighting for their country and their friends

Have done their due made hear their final ends

Me thinks their valor should our hearts provoke

To take revenge for such a dreadful stroke

Stout hearts stood too till last disdained to fly

Such odds has made the Rooges? ever since more shy

Who have no cause to brag of victory

But give it out they never were so banged

I hope in time they'll all be shot or hanged

Tis said at york there is a scarlet dyer

If to be a riddle ancient fame is a liar

It may be ferd? we're hoodwinked in a trance

As was our virgin queen by imps from France

For maters frown as if that dragon best

Were hither flown to make his hellish nest

With open jaws intending to devour

That child of grace Lord God upon him shower

The vials of thy wrath appear for thine

Let all the powers of heaven and earth combine

Let hell know it is curbed by powers divine

Show now thy self Lord in our habitations

Who has so scatteredly disposed our stations

And gives us courage spirit us from thee

For there's no other help or place to flee

Let shops and crops and men of all estates

Set heart and hand to fight without debates

For none there's now can think they're safe secured

How ever supplied within our own Imured?

Improve the utmost depending creatures can

Leave the success to him that rules each man

Though what here is spoke is but a single notion

And like a drop let fall into the ocean

Yet my advice if I might heard be

'Tis to make a virtue of necessity

Arm and encourage our indians what we can

A thief reverse may prove an honest man

The Boston Islanders, Cape Cod, Mohegan

For honor profit small they'll fight winnegon.

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Philip Walker's Timeline

Weymouth, Dorset, England
February 15, 1655
Age 30
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
February 16, 1657
Age 32
Rehoboth, MA, USA
March 1661
Age 36
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
March 15, 1662
Age 37
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
May 15, 1663
Age 38
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
April 1, 1666
Age 41
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
March 1, 1667
Age 42
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
October 1, 1672
Age 47
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA