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William Palmer, Sr.

Birthplace: Stepney (within present London), Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Palmer, Knight and Elizabeth Verney
Husband of Frances Palmer and Mary Trine Paddock
Father of Bridget Rowley; William Palmer, Jr.; Joan (Palmer); Richard Palmer; Rebecca (Palmer) and 2 others
Brother of Catherine Hinton; Sir Thomas Palmer and Sarah Smith (Palmer)

Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Steve
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About William Palmer, Sr.

Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: William Palmer (the father)

Robert Charles Anderson

  • Birth: William Palmer was born in England about 1581 (based on the estimated date of his first marriage).
  • Death: He died in Duxbury in November 1637.
  • Ship: Fortune, 1621

Life in England: Little is known of his life in England. He apparently married and had children there, two of whom remained.

Life in New England: William and his son,William, Jr., came to Plymouth on the Fortune. His wife came over in the summer of 1623 on the Anne or Little James. He was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633 and later moved to Duxbury. He was a nailer, and his inventory listed tools including a bellows and anvil.

Family: William married (1) Frances _____ by about 1606 in England, and had four children. He married (2) Mary _____ by 1637 and had one son. She married (2) Robert Paddock by October 20, 1646, and (3) Thomas Roberts on March 24, 1650/1, in Plymouth.

Children of William and Frances Palmer (order uncertain):

  1. Henry was born about 1606. He was mentioned in his father’s 1637 will, but there is no further information.
  2. Bridget was born about 1608. She was mentioned in her father’s 1637 will, but there is no further information.
  3. A daughter, name unknown, was born about 1610. She married Henry Rowley by about 1630 and had two children. She died by 1633.
  4. William was born about 1612. He married Elizabeth Hodgkins on March 27, 1634, in Plymouth and had one daughter. He died before August 25, 1636.

Child of William and Mary Palmer:

  1. William was born on June 27, 1638, in Duxbury. He married Susanna _____ about 1662 and had at least three children. He died in Dartmouth in 1675.



Came to America on the ship Fortune in 1621, along with a son William.


NOT the son of Sir John William Palmer and Elizabeth Verney


Sr William PALMER was born in 1585 in Stehpanie, London, England. He died on 9 November 1637 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. [albert hamblin.ged] Sailed on the "Fortune" in Plymouth in 1621. His will is dated Dec 4, 1637 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass.

Frances follow two years later. She sailed on "Ann" into Plymouth in 1623.


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William Palmer, Sr.'s Timeline

Stepney (within present London), Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
June 11, 1609
Age 28
Parham, Somerset, England
Age 28
Parham, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
February 9, 1610
Age 29
Parham, Somerset, , England
February 11, 1610
Age 29
January 25, 1612
Age 31
Chelmarsh, Shropshire, England
November 1, 1614
Age 33
Chelmarsh, Shropshire, England
Age 34
Great Cumsy, Norfolk, England
Age 34
Parham, Somerset, England
November 13, 1637
Age 56
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)