Walter Palmer, of Stonington I see that a master profile has been established for Walter Palmer. I assume that this was done by Erica Howton since she was the last curator to modify the profile.
This seems to be a perplexing profile since there is controversy over the number of wives he had, their names, where he was born, who his parents were, and possibly even who his children were.
I am opening this discussion to seek opinions from knowledgeable people and to find out how Erica plans to proceed.
Also tagging Geoffrey David Trowbridge as I see you initiated some merges a while back we're now able to see through.
From what I have seen so far, it appears that two different Walter Palmers are being combined in this profile. One who arrived at Plymouth in 1621 and was married to Frances Blossom and another who arrived at Salem in 1629, was a widower, and later married Rebecca Short. My conjecture that this latter Walter was earlier married to Rebecca's sister Ann probably does not have sufficient evidence to hold up.
My particular interest is in two of Walter's alleged sons, John and Joseph, and where they fit in.
The will didn't go in on the first try because it appears that About Me is limited to 100 kb (about 39 Word pages). I removed some duplicated material and it is there now. (I would have put it in as a source document, but I have not yet figured out how to upload one.)
I also just noticed that  is listed as a curator on the profile, so I am tagging her into the discussion.
If you take a closer look there is three tabs in the main area of the profile, "Overview" (probably the one you are viewing), "Info", "Timeline", "Discussions", "Sources", "Revisions" and "Tree Matches.'
Guess which tab you should click for and look for a "Add" link?
Since you have a document you could for example click on the Add Document button in the documents section of the "Overview" tab.
As noted earlier, the master profile for Walter Palmer was a merge of profiles for William (not Walter, I missed that earlier) Palmer, who arrived in the Colonies in 1621 and settled in Duxbury and Walter Palmer, who arrived in 1629, and eventually settled in Stonington. Kristi Mas has started the process of converting this profile to one solely about Walter.
There are currently 11 profiles for William Palmer (of Duxbury), although one of them confuses him with his son. I found an interesting note in Rootsweb concerning William: "Not the son of John Palmer and Elizabeth Virney, oft given as baptized in 1585. That's actually a burial record. See The Colonial Genealogist XII:3, page 115." However, I do not have access to this source.
As far as I can tell, there is also no evidence that John Palmer and Elizabeth Verney are the parents of Walter. The Walter Palmer Society states that he is probably the son of Walter Palmer and Elizabeth Carter.
Also, I note with surprise that Walter is now getting his 15 minutes of fame as one of the 100 most popular profiles. I guess it doesn't take much.
No, there does not seem to be another Walter listed in the children of John Palmer and Elizabeth Verney, although there may have been a son who died in infancy or as a young child.
The problem here is that a huge number of family trees list both Walter and William Palmer as children of John Palmer and Elizabeth Verney. When you look for the source information for that, it is invariably another family tree. I think this is the tendency for a few people to list prominent parents for immigrants, and then for others to just copy that.
Both John Palmer and Elizabeth Verney come from prominent English families. John is said to have been a knight and Elizabeth is said to have been a god-daughter of Queen Elizabeth. They had an estate in Parham, Somersetshire. If either Walter or William had come from such a prominent family, it would have been noted in contemporary or 19th century biographies, and it is not.
Gary, In this Tree
going back to Walter Palmer was he married to Rebecca Elizabeth Palmer (Short) (1607 - 1671)
Rebecca Elizabeth Palmer (Short)
Their children were born in the late 1630s and 1640s he would be close to fifty....is this correct??