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Widow of James Walker (Browne)

Also Known As: "Possibly Elizabeth", "Molly Browne", "Elizabeth Phillips"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
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Wife of James Walker
Mother of Sarah Tisdale; Philip Walker and James Walker

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James Walker (b. 1590, d. Abt. 1625)James Walker was born 1590 in Weymouth Dorset England, and died Abt. 1625 in England. He married Elizabeth Browne on 06 Jun 1614 in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England.

Notes for James Walker: WALKER (English): One who cleaned or thickened cloth, a fuller; one who came from Walker (marsh by the Roman wall), in Northumberland.

New Dictionary of American Family Names, by Elsdon C. Smith; published 1973 by Harper & Row, N.Y.

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[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 24, Ed. 1, Tree #2203, Date of Import: Jan 19, 2000]

Mr. Walker, first name unknown was born, married and died in England. He married unknown Browne, Widow Walker with son James age 15 and daughter Sarah age 17 came to New England in April 1635 in the ship "Elizabeth" On the same ship we find Jo Browne age 40 and Richard Walker age 24 and William Walker age 15, who may have been cousins but probably not brothers of the other Walker's, they think that the widow mother came later, and was one of the first purchasers in the town of Rehoboth, MA. The name Widow Walker is in the list of those that who in 1643 in value of their estates for a pro-rated distribution of lands, his estate was valued at 50 pd.. Her son James estate was also valued at 50 pd., but he and Mr. John Browne forfeited their allotments, as they removed to Taunton, MA, and remained there. Mr. John Browne, evidently brother of Widow Walker, was a man of prominence. He settled in Duxbury by 1635, and was in Taunton in 1643. He was commissioner of United Colonies for l year, and died in Swansea, MA, April 10 1662. On 23 Nov. 1665 he gave his cousin John Tisdale a dwelling house, and a house in Taunton to John Tisdale and cousin James Walker, John Tilsdale's brother-in-law. Widow Walker's two children James and Sara were servants of Jonathan Browne a Baker and came to New England with him.

Source: Gen. of Col. Isral Tisdale, Edith F. Tisdale 1909

Sir James Walker, Elector of Suffolk married "Elizabeth.

CD Source: World Family Tree CD's [Vol.5] #2163 England Key: James Walker (son) born: 1620 died: 8/21/1679

Sir James Walker died about 1625, and his widow with her two sons James and Phillip and Daughter Sarah emigrated to America. Phillip seems to have come first, soon after the death of his father.

Sarah and James came in 1635, and "Widow Walker" in 1645. This "Elizabeth," spoken of above is "Widow Walker," spoken of by John Walker in his book "Widow Walker"


More About James Walker and Elizabeth Browne: Marriage: 06 Jun 1614, Radcliffe, Lancashire, England.

Children of James Walker and Elizabeth Browne are:.

  • 1.+Sarah Walker, b. 1618, Weymouth, Dorset, England, d. 1676, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
  • 2.+James Walker, b. 1619, St Andrews, Weymouth, Dorset, England, d. 15 Feb 1691/92, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.

The section below does not agree with the Great Migration project

Elizabeth M. Browne married to Sir James Walker 1st and was Henry Grey's, 1st Duke of Suffolk's 6th cousin four times removed . Yes, the Grey family who tried to put their Jane Grey on the throne of England after the death of Henry Vlll. She served as queen of England for 9 days before Henry's daughter (bloody) Queen Mary took her rightful place, where she then put Jane (she was married to the eldest Duddley boy, brother to Robert Duddley, Queen Elizabeth's love) in the tower of London and beheaded her thereafter along with her Duddley husband.

I will be adding the royal family names and places to this site. Elizabeth and her brother John Browne were Puritains, this being againest the law was problem one, treason to the crown which was prodestent. Second, being of royal family and on wanting to leave London quietly they made up stories when asked questions about who they were on the ship "Elizabeth" that sailed from Southampton to America. Thus we find: Sarah Walker 17, servant to John Browne, baker in Cheapside, James 15, apprenticed to cousin of John Brown also of Cheapside and Phillip Walker, 15 coming with his mother "Widow" Walker, all says nothing about eho they really were. What a legacy and what a story they started in the new America!.

I live in London and have tried to seach these people down and to get to know why they left London and sailed to America. I am very pleased to have found the answers. .


  • Name: Sara Walker
  • Gender: Female
  • Christening Date: 01 Mar 1618
  • Christening Place: RADCLIFFE,LANCASHIRE,ENGLAND
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  • Father's Name: James Walker
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  • Indexing Project (Batch) Number: P00597-1
  • System Origin: England-ODM
  • GS Film number: 0547193, 0844812
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Citing this Record: "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPXP-WH4 : accessed 30 May 2015), James Walker in entry for Sara Walker, 01 Mar 1618; citing RADCLIFFE,LANCASHIRE,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 547,193, 844,812.


http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/a/t/Paull-E-Patterson/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0470.html

Immigration 1634-5

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Page asserts "Widow Walker" was Elizabeth Browne, descended from royalty, though proof of her ancestry is lacking. Below information included as a guidepoint for future research.

Elizabeth Browne (b. Abt. 1596, d. 09 Sep 1652) Elizabeth Browne was born Abt. 1596 in Weymouth, Dorset, England, and died 09 Sep 1652 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. She married James Walker on 06 Jun 1614 in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England. Includes NotesNotes for Elizabeth Browne:

http://awtc.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:425704&id=I41296

Elizabeth Browne

  • b.WFT Est. 1578-1604 in England
  • d.Death: 1647 in Rehoboth, MA
  • Elizabeth was a widow who came to America in 1645 - Married to James Walker

Elizabeth (allegedly) was Great Grand Daughter of Henry Gray Duke of Suffolk and great-granddaughter of Lord Guilford Dudley and second cousin of "Elizabeth" Daughter of King James the 1st of England.

Her husband "Sir James Walker" died about 1625, and she with her two sons James and Phillip and Daughter Sarah emigrated to America. Phillip seems to have come first, soon after the death of his father. Sarah and James came in 1635, and "Widow Walker" in 1645. This "Elizabeth" spoken of above is "Widow Walker," spoken of by John Walker in his book "Widow Walker,"

( I doubt that Phillip Walker came to America first as he was born the same year his father died. It is believed that he and his mother arrived together in 1645. He most likely never knew his father. )

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A History of Rheboth Massachusetts (Its History for 275 Years 1643-1918) by Rev. George H. Tilton, A.M. Published 1918 - borrowed from NEHGS 3/23/93

Page 21 note -

  • Mtg. of Planters 1643 refers to settle division of land granted by Court of Plymouth --
  • List of planters 58 in total - "Widow Walker" listed #2 Estate of 50 pounds also
  • James Walker - estate of 50 pounds.

Page 23 note -

  • Town Meeting 31 June 1644 - Lots were drawn for division of woodland betwen plain and town. 58 shares -
  • Samuel Butterworth # 12;
  • James Walker # 24;
  • Widow Walker # 52

Town records of 1645 - Rehoboth residents submitted themselves to Jurisdiction of Plymouth Court.

Next lists name of land holders. Widow Walker - Samuel Butterworth among those listed.


Was an early settler of Rehoboth (listed as far back as 1643). Emigrated with congregation of Rev. Samuel Newman, founder of Newman Congregational Church which still stands in Rehoboth (now Rumford, R.I.). Other Children: Sarah and James.

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"WIDOW WALKER," of Rehboth, Massachusetts

She was one of the first purchasers and proprietors of the town Rehoboth or Seacunk, now Seekonk, and one of the company who first settled there. Her name is in the list of those who in 1643 gave in the value of their estates, for a pro rata division of the lands. Hers was Р50. In the division made June 31, 1644, she had a share, and lots were assigned her in several divisions afterward, as in drawing for the Great Plain, and on the 18th of 12 mo.(Feb.) 1646, for the new Meadow.

Her name then disappears. When and from whence she came to New England, and where she died, are not known. There is no record to tell us her age or her character. No trace of her biography is found, save the already noticed facts of her being associated with an adventurous company, most of whom went out from Weymouth into the wilderness, - a company marked for its religious character, (being a majority of the church at W.,) the highly educated and scholarly Rev. Samuel Newman being in some respects the Leader of the enterprise. - Her christian name and that of her husband, are never given. In the early records of the town, she has invariably the touching, sorrowful title of Widow, suggesting the history of blighted hopes, and grief-stricken heart. Perhaps she had one to protect and cherish her when she left her native land, - and burying him in the sea came here alone, - or perhaps together, they had reached these shores, and were struggling in mutual and loyalty to bear the toils, trials and perils incident to the settlement of a new country, - when death snatched him from her fellowship. But the more probable supposition is, that becoming a widow in England, she emigrated, perhaps with her younger son Phillip, after the coming of James and Sarah. Bereft of counsellor and helper, she would naturally follow her children, and seek the sympathy and aid of her brother, or possibly only her brother-in-law, Mr. John Browne. That she did not come with them in 1635, and did not appear till 8 years afterward, favors this theory. James and Sarah, as favorites of their uncle Mr. Browne, and bereft of a father's counsel and support, may have been induced by his encouragements, to try their fortunes in the New World, leaving the mother behind with their younger brother, till they should learn how the experiment would issue. - Old enough to be of service, perhaps they were really indentured as "servants to Jo. Browne," and not merely, as a device to escape the pursuivants of the King in their attempt to get out of England. But these are conjectures merely. The interest of Mr. Browne in his nephew and niece, the two young emigrants of 1635, and the fact of their mother the "widow" being associated with Mr. B. in the settlement of Rehoboth, favors the belief that she was his sister, though he might have manifested the same regard, had she been only the sister of his wife. We may see among the group of pious and brave settlers, not only the godly man who is their religious teacher, but also the form of one, whose sable garments tell us, she is a "Widow." The vision passes quickly before us, and is lost to our sight, awakening sympathy and interest for the woman, who, bereft of the companion of her youth, because a pioneer in founding the church and colony at Rehoboth. She was buried no doubt, in the ancient place of graves in Seekonk, where many of the fathers repose, but no stone marks the spot.

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If we may judge of her worth from the virtues of her sons, and infer that they inherited the spirit and piety of their Pilgrim mother, and that her fidelity entitled her to use the language of the Roman matron respecting the Gracchi, "These are my jewels," then was she a compeer worthy to be associated with the pious and distinguished Mr. Newman and the useful Mr. Browne, leaders in the Rehoboth settlement.

And as "the glory of the fathers is their children," her name is not unhonored, and her character and worth not without their monument.

It is upon this evidence, which, though fragmentary and circumstantial, is nevertheless conclusive, that "WIDOW WALKER" is placed at the head of the Taunton Family, and in respect to them, as well as the more numerous and widely scattered family of Rehoboth, must be honored as "THE MOTHER OF US ALL."

http://old.hanksplace.net/library/walker_index.html

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More About Elizabeth Browne and James Walker:

Marriage: 06 Jun 1614, Radcliffe, Lancashire, England.

Children of Elizabeth Browne and James Walker are:

  • 1. +Sarah Walker,
    • b. 1618, Weymouth, Dorset, England,
    • d. 1676, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
  • 2. +James Walker,
    • b. 1619, St Andrews, Weymouth, Dorset, England,
    • d. 15 Feb 1691/92, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.

Biography

Anderson, in his Great Migration series, sheds serious doubt on Elizabeth Brown and her husband (if she had one named) James Walker, as parents of James and Sarah Walker; although he does admit the likelihood she was mother of Philip Walker of Rehoboth.

This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.

Birth

Birth: Date: 1590/1595 Place: England Imported only 1590 from Birth Date and marked as uncertain.

Death

Death: Date: AFT 18 Feb 1646/1647 Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Could not interpret date in Death Date (AFT 18 Feb 1646/1647). User ID

User ID: EE351A0C1714D845A9C865DF96F57A07527B Data Changed

Data Changed: Date: 2 Dec 2004 Time: 18:19:13 Prior to import, this record was last changed 18:19:13 2 Dec 2004.

Sources

WikiTree profile Browne-585 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Brian and others. ↑ Source: #S-2009482853 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=15949597&pid=341878528 ↑ Source: #S-2009482853 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=15949597&pid=340890094

Biography

This biography is a rough draft. It was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import and needs to be edited.

Name

Name: Widow Browne /Walker/[3] Name: Widow /Browne Walker/[4] Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Widow Browne /Walker/.

Birth

Birth: Date: 1596 Place: Weymouth, Dorset, , England Birth: Date: 1596 Place: Hawkedon, Suffolk, England[5] Birth: Date: 1596 Place: Weymouth, Dorset, England[6] Birth: Date: ABT 1596 Place: Weymouth, , Dorset, England[7] Birth: Date: ABT 1596 Place: Weymouth, , Dorset, England[8] Found multiple copies of BIRT DATE. Using 1596

Death

Death: Date: 1646 Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States Death: Date: 1646 Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA[9] Death: Date: ABT 1646 Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA[10] Death: Date: ABT 1646 Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA[11] Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using 1646Array

Marriage

Husband: James Sir Walker Wife: Widow Browne Walker Child: Sarah Walker Relationship to Father: Natural Relationship to Mother: Natural Child: James Walker Relationship to Father: Natural Relationship to Mother: Natural Child: Philip(Deacon) Walker Relationship to Father: Natural Relationship to Mother: Natural Marriage: Date: 06 JUN 1614 Place: Radcliffe, Lancashire, England[12]

International Marriage Record 1560-1900

Name James Walker

Gender Male

Spouse Name Elizabeth

Number Pages 1

England, Select Death and Burials. 1538-1991

Name James Walker

Gender Male

Household Members

Name

Age

Elizabeth James Walker Sarah Walker


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WikiTree profile Walker-3220 created through the import of Ancestors of PBHowe.ged on Jun 6, 2011 by Buck Howe. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Buck and others. Source: S-2009482643 Repository: #R-2009482617 Title: Public Member Trees Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: R-2009482617 Name: www.ancestry.com Source: S-2009482853 Repository: #R-2009482618 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.; Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Repository: R-2009482618 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com ↑ Source: #S-2009482853 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=15949597&pid=341878528 ↑ Source: #S-2009482853 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=15949597&pid=340890094 ↑ Source: #S-2009482853 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=15949597&pid=340861736 ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker ↑ Source: #S-2009482643 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Widow Browne Walker

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Widow of James Walker's Timeline

1590
1590
Weymouth, Dorset, England
1618
March 1, 1618
Age 28
Probably Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
1620
January 9, 1620
Age 30
Weymouth, Dorset, England
1625
1625
Age 35
Weymouth, Dorset, England
1646
February 18, 1646
Age 56
Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony
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