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William "the younger" Palmer

Birthplace: Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Palmer, of Duxbury and Mary Trine Paddock
Husband of Elizabeth Palmer; Susanna Palmer and Susannah North (Briggs)
Father of William Palmer, III; John Palmer; Joseph Palmer; Anne Palmer and Susannah Palmer
Half brother of George Paddock; Elizabeth Palmer; Zachariah Paddock, I; Susannah Eddy; Alice Eddy and 18 others

Occupation: Cooper
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About William "the younger" Palmer

William Palmer, born 1638 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony was the child of Mary -------- (surname unknown) and William Palmer. He was born in America. Do not confuse him with his older brother named William who was the son of William Palmer and his FIRST wife, Frances ------.

Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: William Palmer (the father)

Robert Charles Anderson (the most up-to-date source on the families of The Great Migration)

  • Birth: William Palmer was born in England about 1581 (based on the estimated date of his first marriage).
  • Death: He died in Duxbury in November 1637.
  • Ship: Fortune, 1621

Life in England: Little is known of his life in England. He apparently married and had children there, two of whom remained.

Life in New England: William and his son,William, Jr., came to Plymouth on the Fortune. His wife came over in the summer of 1623 on the Anne or Little James. He was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633 and later moved to Duxbury. He was a nailer, and his inventory listed tools including a bellows and anvil.

Family: William married (1) Frances _____ by about 1606 in England, and had four children. He married (2) Mary _____ by 1637 and had one son. She married (2) Robert Paddock by October 20, 1646, and (3) Thomas Roberts on March 24, 1650/1, in Plymouth.

Children of William and Frances Palmer (order uncertain):

  1. Henry was born about 1606. He was mentioned in his father’s 1637 will, but there is no further information.
  2. Bridget was born about 1608. She was mentioned in her father’s 1637 will, but there is no further information.
  3. A daughter, name unknown, was born about 1610. She married Henry Rowley by about 1630 and had two children. She died by 1633.
  4. William was born about 1612. He married Elizabeth Hodgkins on March 27, 1634, in Plymouth and had one daughter. He died before August 25, 1636.

Child of William and Mary Palmer:

  1. William was born on June 27, 1638, in Duxbury. He married Susanna _____ about 1662 and had at least three children. He died in Dartmouth in 1675.

This William Palmer was killed in King Phillip's War in 1675. He was apparently adopted by his mother's second husband, Robert Paddock.

Leftover and likely erroneous -- wrong William, son of first wife

William Sr. PALMER comes to Plymouth on the Fortune in 1621.

Son, William Jr. PALMER comes with William, Sr. to Plymouth on the Fortune in 1621.

+ Frances [Blossom-no?] Palmer (wife of William Sr.) comes on the Anne in 1623.

Daughter, Sarah PALMER [Blossom-no?] married Henry ROWLEY by 1630.

Sarah ROWLEY born in 1630......is age 7 when William Palmer, Sr. dies….cut, not in his will, but Moses is in will..…..maybe she is called Rebecca by the family.

Moses ROWLEY born in 1632………Stephen Partridge given ʄ5 to take him in after William Sr. dies.

Sarah PALMER Rowley and Henry ROWLEY come to Plymouth in 1632.

Sarah PALMER Rowley dies in Summer 1633.

Thomas BLOSSOM dies in July 1633…..leaving wife and three children, Elizabeth age 13, Thomas Blossom age 10, and Peter age 6.

Henry ROWLEY marries Anne ELSDON (b.1590 or before, widow of Thomas Blossom) on 10/17/1633………she would have been 43+……Henry was probably younger………maybe by 20 years……..maybe there is an older Henry Rowley????

William Jr. PALMER marries Elizabeth HODGKINS on 03/27/1634.

William Jr. PALMER. dies in Fall 1637……no children.

Elizabeth HODGKINS Palmer marries John WILLIS on 01/02/1638.

Frances Palmer dies in Summer 1637.

William Sr. PALMER marries Mary ?Trine in 1637.

William Sr. PALMER dies in November 1637.

William Sr. Palmer will leaves a third of estate to 3rd wife, a third to unborn William III Palmer and the rest to Rebecca (grandchild) and Moyses Rowley. Moses Rowley is supposed to be placed with Mr. Partridge……he is about age 5……..mother Sarah is dead. Father, Henry Rowley marries Anne Elsdon Blossom, who has three children. Rebecca [Sarah] must be a sister to Moses…….probably age 7……..must assume that Rebecca [Sarah] stays with her father, Henry Rowley or with Mary Trine, her step-grandmother.

William Sr. Palmer the elder of Duxbury, nailer, left a ʄ5 legacy to Stephen Tracey in his will of 12/4/1637 to have Mr. Partridge take care of Moses Rowley. Sarah Tracey, Stephen's daughter, b. Leiden in 1623 married George Partridge in November 1637….just as William Sr. Palmer is dieing.

William Sr. Palmer thinks that he still may have older children, Bridgett and Henry, who may be alive in England.

William Sr. Palmer says in will that "his wife should be ruled by her ancient Mr. Edward Winslow in her marriage if she look to partake in any part of this estate, otherwise not."…………..??????

William III PALMER is born in 1638.

Other records state that Goodwife Paddock, wife of Robert Paddock, took care of a William Palmer…………maybe Mary Trine lived with the Paddocks also. [Mary Trine married Robert Paddock according to some]

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William "the younger" Palmer's Timeline

June 27, 1638
Duxbury, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 24
Dartmouth, Plymouth Colony
May 18, 1665
Age 26
Dartmouth, Plymouth now Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Age 28
Age 30
Age 32
June 1675
Age 36
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States