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Katherine Walker

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Daughter of (Unknown) and (Unknown)
Wife of John Walker
Mother of Sarah Sands; Mary Earle and Dorcas Walker

Managed by: Ben M. Angel, still catching up
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About Katherine Walker

From: 'http://www.longislandsurnames.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I0835&tree=Dodge Email from D. M. Kenyon Feb 27, 2012

  • John Walker did not marry Catherine Hutchinson as commonly broadcast on Ancestry.com.
    • His will indicates that his wife's name was "Katherine", but no maiden name is given.
    • The Catherine Hutchinson that died in 1643 was the young, unmarried, childless teenage daughter of Anne Hutchinson of Puritan fame.
    • Catherine was killed with her mother in an indian attack in 1643.
  • John Walker's wife is currently a historical mystery.
  • He registers at the church in Roxbury in 1633 or 1634 as being married to a Katherine.
  • Catherine Hutchinson would have been five years old at that time.
  • (Katherine couldn't have been born in 1629 as some indicate as she would have only been 14 at the time of her death making it rather a challenge to produce as many children as indicated!/PScoggin)

From: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dav4is&id=I12034

  • Name: Katherine (WALKER) , Immigrant
  • Sex: F
  • ALIA: Catherine /(Walker)/
  • Birth: 1585-1613 in ENG
  • Death: 1654 in RI
  • Reference Number: WALK124
  • Note: WALKER, Sarah ( — ) (Wife): Sarah's aunt was Ann (Marbury) Hutchinson, the "heretic" expelled from the colony. James followed her to the banks of the Hudson, near what is now Scarsdale, Westchester, and was building a house for her when he was warned by the Indians to desist. Later Ann and most of her children were murdered by Indians. I suspect that the Hutchinson River in that neighborhood is named for her. [RAD]


Subject: Re: Sands Ancestry Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 07:59:53 -0700 From: Robert Givens <regivens@pacbell.net> Organization: Pacific Bell Internet Services To: Rod Dav4is <dav4is@banet.net> References: 1 , 2

Rod - I am sorry about not getting back to you directly. I am a teacher and the school year has just begun and things are extremely busy right now. My grandmother was a Sands and therefore I have worked over the years quite a bit on that particular line.

The Sarah Walker thing is an interesting problem. I for one bought into the Hutchinson connection over 20 years ago and compiled by hand over 100 pedigree charts detailing that line only to find there is not factual proof that Sarah's mother, Katharine, was a Hutchinson. Now I state that fairly firmly but if someone could show me the connection I would gladly change my stance. But for now that is where I am.

I have quite a bit of material, binders in fact, on the Sands and so when you say, what do you know about Sarah Walker, that scares me as it would take quite a while to go through all my materials.

This is what I know:

Sarah Walker was born about 1626 (based on her marriage) in England. She was the eldest of 3 known children. She had a younger sister, Mary, who married William Earle, and another sister, Dorcus, who was buried 12 Apr 1640 in Portsmouth, RI (I presume as a baby.) Sarah married in 1645 to Capt. James Sands (Sandys) and settled on Block Island as original white settlers. Sarah was the island's midwife and thus was an important lady in the island's development.

As to her ancestry, Austin in his Rhode Island Genealogical Dictionary, under Walker gives a good report on this family. I also found an excellent study of this family in the June 1985 issue of Rhode Island Roots magazine by a Marjorie W. Schunke. Let me quote from her first couple of paragraphs: "John Walker was a freeman of Boston 14 May 1634. It has been widely claimed that he married Katherine Hutchinson, dua. of Edward Hutchinson, who was brother of William Hutchinson who married Anne Marbury. Primary evidence supporting this claim has not been found, however, and the late Clarence Almon Torrey in his "Marriages before 1700 first entered the marriage and then crossed it out with a "No". Unfortunately his sources of information, though several are listed beside the entery in the manuscript at NEHGS, failed to disclose definite evidence one way or the other.

  • The fact that this Edward Hutchinson was 20 years younger than his brother, William, having been baptized at Alford, Lincolnshire, 20 Dec 1607, makes it unlikely that he would have been father of a daughter old enough to be Katherine Walker (New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 45:[1914]: 166).
  • The idea of this Hutchinson - Walker marriage very probably arose in a misinterpretation of another marriage: Hannah Hutchinson, dau of Edward Hutchinson and grandau of William and Anne, born 16 May 1658, married Peter Walker of Taunton. Hannah is named as sister in the will of Edward Hutchinson, dated 21 May 1692, as "my beloved sister Hanah Walker wife of my Brother-in-law Mr. Peter Walker of Taunton in New England," and he named Peter Walker as one of the executors of his will (Suffolk Co. Probate file 1951)."
  • What kind of a relationship is there with Anne Hutchinson? Well all of these people, the Hutchinsons, Walkers, Sands, and others were disaffected Puritans who fled from Massachusetts so they wouldn't be persecuted. They stuck together and must have been good friends, but, alas, there is no real evidence that there was a family tie.

Bob Givens

  • Marriage 1 John WALKER , of Boston & Rhode Is.,
  • Immigrant
  • born: ABT. 1599 in ENG
  • Married: BEF. 1625 in v Portsmouth, Newport, RI
  • Children
    • 1. Sarah WALKER , Immigrant b: ABT. 1625 in Hingham, NFK, ENG
  • Katherine Hutchinson--likely Not the Katherine who married John Walker.
  • Most pedigrees display the following information as a basis of data for Katherine.
    • birth between 1609 and 2/7/1629 (why is 1609 shown and locked?) in Alford, Lincoln, England, UK
  • this link [William Hutchinson] is from Katherines fathers profile William Hutchinson. Specifically from the about section of Williams profile-about two thirds down-here we find Katherines birth date in bold: 2/7/1629/30
    • He apparently did have a daughter by the name of Katherine, but it is NOT this Katherine based on her age & when her children were born!/PScoggin
  • parents: William Hutchinson Anne Marbury
  • Christened:1630
  • marriage to: John Walker- c1638 in Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
    • NOT THIS PROFILE'S KATHERINE as she would have been ONLY 8 years old & had 2 children before she was 14 y/o when she "died"!!!/PScoggin
  • death 8/20/1643 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
  • buried 1643 (would have been 14 y/o/ps)
  • Father: William Hutchinson b: 14 AUG 1586 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England and
    • b: 1591 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England
  • Mother: Anne Marbury
  • Married: John Walker b: 1604
  • Children
  1. Sarah Walker
  2. Mary Walker b: 1635


  • An Extended Family Updated: 2011-07-2 [attempted to connect with this link and got this message: Database geolarson2 doesn't exist or has not been configured/PScoggin 8/12/13]

From the Rhode Island Historical Society (thanks to Susan Frost):

347. In the Name of god Amen I John Walker of portsmouth on Rhod Island in the province of providence plantacons beinge of whole and perfitt memmory have made and ordained this my Last Will and Testament in forme and manner followinge

Imprimis I Will & bequeath, my Soull into the hands of my most Mighty Creator, and Mercifull Redeemer alsoe I will my Body to be comly buried in Some Convenient, place at the discretion of my Executor

Item I will that my wife Kathrine Walker be my whole & Sole Executor,

Item I Will vnto my Daughter Mary Walker, Twenty Acres of Land at the vper End of my Lott to be Meassured from the Comon Downwards

Item I Will vnto my Daughter Sands, Twenty Acres of Land begininge next to mr. Brownings at the Sea Side and from thence up to the Mill path, and there to Butt against my Daughter Marys twenty Acres,

Item I will that if my daughter Sands dyes Childless then that this Twenty Acres shall fall vnto her Husband James Sands & his heires forever,

Alsoe I Will that the worke that my Sonn in Law James Sands is now a doeinge he shall have the benefitt of it as wee have formerly agreed

I Will alsoe that my house with the Land that is left shall be my wives for her lifs time and after her decease to fall to my two daughters to be Equally devided betweene them

I Will that my Daughter marys Land shall fall vnto her at her Marriage or at Twenty yeares of age if she marrie not before.

I Will that all these be faithfuly fulfiled according to my Will In Wittnes hereunto I have Sett my hand Seale this present day beinge in the Yeare of our Lord 1647 upon the 18th day of March

The marke of John Walker:

In the presence of.

  • John Porter : Adam Mott
  • William ffreeborne
  • Thomas Brownells Marke
  • Thomas Staffords Marke

A True Copie of the Origionall Entred & Recorded. Decemr. the 18th 1671 by me John Sanford To. Clerke.


In the Name of God Amen I Kathrin Walker of porsmouth on Rhod-Island being in health and memory have made this my last Will and Testament in forme and manner followinge

first I bequeath my Soule to God and my Body to be buried in some Convenient place at the Discression of my Executor,

Item I Will to my daughter Sarah Sands My fether bed a coverlid and vnder blankitt and a pill and sheets the warning pan a Brass morter one Brass litle Ketle

alsoe I will the table to Sarah,

Item I give to Sarah the Red Cow and a browne heifer,

I give to Sarahs owne proper use this Sumers Calfe.

I give Sarah two Pillowbeares a fine & a Course

Item I will halfe the Corne this yeare growinge to Sarah and the other to my daughter mary & a load of hay to Sarah,

I give to Sarah the helfe part of the new out house, Mary to give her thirty shills for her part of take Soe much as she sees good.

I give three Wedges to James Sands and a paire of tongues

I give to mary the rest of the Bedinge and three Sheets two pillowbeares a fine & a Course one a chest all the pewter , in the house that is mine, a great Brass Ketle a Scellitt a Iron Ketle & a Scoomer a chafing dish Tramills a Spade a frying pann one hogshead one Butter firkin to mary three milke vessells

I give a Sow and barrow to mary and a Sow and barrow to Sarah,

I give the Saw to Mary and the Smoth Iron James the hobing Iron, Mary the pincers James the Spitt a green Jackitt to Goodm. ffreeborne to Mary my Wareing clothes Two allce one Jackitt to Sarah my new Red wastcoate

Item I give mary the Knedinge trough alsoe the blacke Cow Starr, a Red heiffer

alsoe I will that within three daies or a weeke these thing that I have willed be devided

alsoe I Will that William ffreeborne and Adam Mott Senr See as feoffees in trust that that this my Will fulfillid

I Will my two daughters Sarah and Mary be my Executors:

Witnesses William ffreeborne Adam Mott, Richard pearce Ralph Earll, John Archar

The two Wills of John Walker and Kathrin his wife Written & Specified in this Sheete of paper; have been presented to my Veiw and I doe Conceive them to be their Wills and doe aprove the Recording of them Wittnes my hand the 16th of Decemr 1671 William Baulston Asistant

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Katherine Walker's Timeline

January 20, 1604
St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, London, Middlesex, England
February 7, 1609
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 15
City of London, Middlesex, England
Age 24
Probably England
Age 44
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island