To clarify the ancestors of John Warren of Watertown, Massachusetts who arrived on the Arabella, the Flagship of the Winthrop Fleet, and who is the progenitor of the Warren and Bigelow line of Boston. John the Middle Warren is his father.
1: Richard Warren of the Mayflower Compact is NOT related by any research as of this time to John Warren of Watertown, Massachusetts who arrived on the Flagship of the Winthrop Fleet. Source:Read all about it here: The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 55 http://books.google.com/books?id=hcAg0OBzr1oC&pg=PA71&lpg=PA71&dq=%22CHRISTOPHER+WARREN%22+%22+ALICE+WEBB+%22+MARRIAGE+1613&source=bl&ots=7Znv5Ga9yP&sig=Bap3_LcKTv8AS4hTn9H2MaOk5oY&hl=en&ei=PSwATdzlAsKBlAeG2dnfCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22CHRISTOPHER%20WARREN%22%20%22%20ALICE%20WEBB%20%22%20MARRIAGE%201613&f=false
2. On this same page you can find that Christopher Warren and Alice Webb are NOT the parents John Warren of Nayland, Englands' parents, as some Geni curators have tried to claim.
3. More erroneous information has been published about Richard Warren than any other Mayflower passenger, probably because he has so many descendants (note that all seven of his children grew up and married). It is time here to debunk many of the mistakes that have been published over the past hundred years.
Common mistake #1. Richard Warren's wife is not Elizabeth (Jewett/Jonatt/Juett) Marsh. This is easily disproven. Elizabeth (Jewett) Marsh was born in 1614, which makes her not only younger than Richard Warren's two oldest children, but also makes her only fourteen years old when Richard Warren died. [Mayflower Descendant 2:63].
Common mistake #2. Richard Warren is not a proven descendant of any royalty, whether it be Sir John de Warrene or Charlemagne. Richard Warren's parents have not even been identified, despite extensive searches in the records of England (see the Mayflower Quarterly, 51:109-112 for a summary of one such search).
The only concrete things we know about Richard Warren's ancestry are that he was a merchant of London--whether he was born there or not is an entirely different question. We also know that his wife was named Elizabeth. He had five daughters baptized in England somewhere, and perhaps the true records will some day be brought to light.
There is a Richard Warren who married an Elizabeth Evans on 1 January 1592/3 in St. Leonards, and a Richard Warren who married an Elizabeth Doucke on 1 November 1596 in Sidmouth, Devon. However, since Richard's first child was born about 1610, a marriage in 1592 or 1596 seems most unlikely.
The Bigelow Society webpage: http://bigelowsociety.com/rod/warren1.htm
The Visitation of London in the Year 1568: Taken by Robert Cooke, Clarenceux King of Arms, and Since Augmented Both with Descents and Arms
- January 1, 1869
Genealogy of Warren : with some historical sketches (1854)
Page 42 begins with the genealogy of the American Branches of the Warren Family. It does, however, clearly identify the ancestors of John Warren in England. It also clarifies the relationship between John Warren and Richard Warren, the Plymouth passenger.
For additional Warren ancestry , Earwaker's Chesire Past and Present is a compatible resource. It's contents have been summarized by genealogist Craig Thornber at his website, as well as the genealogies of various other related Chesire families, many of who had members that emigrated with the Winthrop Fleet during the Great Migration.
Other, contemporary sources are welcome for evaluation, as long as the original sources, authors and links or page numbers are included.