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Elizabeth Walker (Soule)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Cause of death: Fined on 3/3/1662 for fornication with Nathaniel Church (grandson of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren). On 7/2/1667 she was in court a second time for fornication and suffered corporal punishment by being whipped at the post.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Soule, "Mayflower" Passenger and Mary Soule
Wife of Francis Walker, of the Plymouth Colony
Mother of Isaac Walker
Sister of John Soule, Sr; Nathaniel Soule, Sr.; George Soule, Jr.; Susanna West; Mary Peterson and 5 others

Managed by: John Michael Ayers
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About Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Soule and Nathaniel Church, grandson of Pilgrim Richard Warren, were fined five pounds on March 3, 1663, for fornication. On October 5,1663, Elizabeth sued Nathaniel for 200 pounds for failing to marry her but the court awarded her only 10 pounds. On July 2, 1667, Elizabeth was in court again for committing fornication a second time, but this time she was sentenced to suffer corporal punishment by being whipped at the post.

23 July 1668, George Soule gave Francis Walker, husband of his daughter Elizabeth, land in Marlboro.[1] This date and the previous in 1667 give us a one year window in which Elizabeth was married.


  • Child of Elizabeth and Nathaniel Church born about 1662/3, probably in Plymouth and probably died young.
  • Isaac Walker born about Dec 1667 or Jan 1667/8.

It has been believed that Francis Walker, went to New Jersey, so sometimes New Jersey places are given as the death place of Elizabeth. However Robert C. Anderson in the Mayflower Quarterly 50:31-40 presents arguments that he instead stayed in Middleboro.[1][3]; and this profile had January 2, 1716 also in Woodbridge. This date Jan 2, I would assume was the death of the wife of the other Francis Walker, who lived in New Jersey.



RootsWeb: [1] Archiver > MAYFLOWER > 2004-12 > 1104244286

"From: "Susan E. Roser" <roser@iprimus.ca> Subject: Elizabeth Soule/Francis Walker Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 09:31:26 -0500

The listing of four children of Elizabeth Soule & Francis Walker in the 1980 edition of Mayflower Familes (MF) for the Soule family, was hastily done and almost immediately caused corrections from the genealogical community.

The children listed were Francis, Mary, Isaac and Patience. These children are carried further in the 1980 version of the silver MF book (this work has since been updated and revised and is currently in the form of pink "Mayflower Families In Progress" (MFIP) booklets).

In "The Genealogist" 1 [1980]: 228:229, ["Mayflower Families To Date: A Critical Examination"], by Neil Thompson, FASG, it was stressed that the researchers had relied heavily on the unreliable work of Ora E. Monnette ("First Settlers of ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East Jersey, 1664-1714", 6 parts 1930-1934] for the identification of the Walker children. Note that in the biblio in MF 3 with the above source is the cautionary note "Acceptable only after verification".

In one paragraph, Thompson states that there is no proof for any children other than Isaac and no others shared in any property.

An article in the "Mayflower Quarterly", 50 [1984]: 31-40, ["Elizabeth Soule, Wife Of Francis Walker, And Their Posterity"], by Robert C. Anderson, F.A.S.G., went into great detail on the available and existing proof for the Walker children.

First, there was a Francis Walker of Woodbridge NJ (living as late as 1706) and a Francis Walker of Middleboro MA (died before 1702). The two were different men and no connection between them has been found. Francis of NJ cannot be the son of Francis (& Elizabeth) of MA because he was born too early to be their son. From his land dealings we know Francis of NJ was born no later than 1659 - Francis & Elizabeth did not have a child until at least 1667. Note as well that there was only one Francis residing in Woodbridge - this is known from the absence of the use of "Sr." or "Jr." in the records.

Francis Walker of Middleboro never lived in Woodbridge NJ - although his son Isaac did for a time.

When Francis of MA died, son Isaac returned from NJ to take care of his father' s estate. He acted alone when he disposed of his father's lands. If there were other children, they would have shared in the lands, or Isaac would have bought their shares in order to dipose of the lands. There is no mention of any other heirs in the records.

This leads to the conclusion that Francis & Elizabeth (Soule) Walker of Middleboro MA had only one child, son Isaac, born ca1667.

There is no controversy over this, the Mayflower Society accepts only one child, Isaac.

Interesting to note however that there is still a bit of a mix-up in biographical information pertaining to the two Francis Walkers. In the updated MFIP, George Soule, [1999], #7, it states that if Elizabeth Soule died early, husband Francis Walker may have m. 2nd to Anne and had these additional children. Robert Anderson, in MQ, already pointed out that Francis of MA never lived in NJ and that it was Francis of NJ who had married Anne. MFIP also quotes Monette and gives early biographical info on Francis of MA's early life in New Amsterdam, Staten Island and Woodbridge - however this info pertains to Francis of NJ - not Elizabeth Soule's husband.

Food for thought - what is the family connection between Francis of NJ and Francis of MA - cousins? Isn't it a little ironic that son Isaac lived in NJ where these other Walkers lived? What brought him there? No connection has been found.

Hope this helps answer some questions.

Susan E. Roser www.rootsweb.com/~canms/canada.html"

Francis Walker Sr in the The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011

  • Name: Francis Walker Sr
  • Event Type: Marriage
  • Marriage Date: 1667
  • Marriage Place: USA
  • Spouse Name: Elizabeth Soule
  • Spouse Father Name: George Soule
  • Page Number: 123
  • Volume Number: 124
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Elizabeth Walker's Timeline

April 25, 1645
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 22
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 23
Plymouth, MA, USA