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family of Long Island
Palmer Families with descending
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Sir John (William) Palmer
Sir John (William) Palmer and Elizabeth
Verney had four children. Sir Thomas born 1574 died circa 1605,
Katherine born 1579, William born 1583 died
and Sarah born 1586/7.
Info submitted by Carolyn Goates
[This information is transcribed from Berry's Sussex which I
obtained a photocopy of at the Parham House, home of Sir John (William)
Elizabeth Verney, which was inherited from Sir Thomas Palmer
and Catherine Stradling. It has also been extensively corroborated,
though there are a large number of erroneous connections that were
constructed then replicated many times over the years. This book can be
directly viewed (a later version) at the LDS Family History Library in
Salt Lake City. You can see a scaned version of the photocopy at the
following website: http://www.familykinship.com/Palmer_pedigree.gif]
Claims that William Palmer was the son of
Sir John (William) Palmer and Elizabeth Verney have been proven in
error by Carlton Palmer in an
article in The Colonial Genealogist [XII:3, p 115].
The bishop's transcript at Parham had been read: "Willm, younger sonne
of William Palmer, Esquire, was baptized on 18 April 1585."
Actually it should read "the child, William, was buried on 18 April
other words, that particular William DIED as a baby at the age of
age of two! I am related to that same William and Frances and have
ascertained William's origin. I requested the original parish record
film from the genealogy family history center, and it is indeed
Walter Palmer abt 1585
Walter Palmer, probably the son of Walter and Elizabeth
(Carter) Palmer was likely born in the village of Yetminster,
Dorsetshire, England sometime around 1585. Although he was married in
England and fathered five children, the name of his first wife in
Some of this
information came from http://walterpalmer.com/Walter_Palmer_Bio.htm
As a Separatist Puritan, in an effort to
seek religious freedom, on April 5, 1629 he sailed from Gravesend
England on a boat called "Four Sisters" - one of six ships; the others
being the Talbot, Lyons Whelp, George Bonaventure, Lyon, and
The Mayflower - being the same boat making the original Pilgrimage in
Walter arrived in Salem, Massachusetts on
June of 1629 and settled in Charlestown Massachusetts with his five
children and Abraham Palmer, very likely his brother.
On September 28, 1630 there was recorded
a "Jury called to hold an inquest on the body of Austine Bratcher." It
found "that the strokes given by Walter Palmer, were occasionally the
means of the death of Austin Bratcher, and so to be manslaughter. Mr.
Palmer made his psonall appearance this day (October 19, 1630) &
stands bound, hee & his sureties, till the nexte court." At
a court session of "a court of assistants, holden att Boston, November
1630" numerous matters were taken up and disposed of, including the
trial of Walter Palmer and one other item of interest: "it is ordered,
that Rich. Diffy, servt. To Sr. Richard Saltonstall, shal be whipped
for his misdemeanr toward his maister." "A Jury impannell for the
tryall of Walter Palmer, concerning the death of Austin Bratcher: Mr.
Edmond Lockwood, Rich: Morris, Willm Rockewell, Willm Balston,
Christopher Conant, Willm Cheesebrough, Willm Phelpes, John Page, Willm
Gallard, John Balshe, John Hoskins, Laurence Leach, /The jury findes
Walter Palmer not quilty of manslaughter, whereof hee stoode indicted,
& soe the court acquitts him." The above is the first discovered
reference to William Chesebrough, one of Walter's closest friends.
Walter became very prominent in the
affairs of Charlestown, holding public office and is listed among the
first group of men who took the Oath of Freemen on May 18, 1631. The
original list included, "Mr. Roger Conant, John Balche, Ralfe Sprage,
Simon Hoyte, Rick: Sprage, Walt (Walter) Palmer, Abraham Palmer, Mr
Rich: Saltonstall, Rich: Stower, Czekiell Richardson, Wm Cheesebrough.
Walter was married for a second time to
Rebecca Short of Roxbury on June 1, 1633. They were married in Roxbury
Church, of which she was a member and Rev. John Eliot its Minister. She
was one of the first members of his church upon her arrival in America
in 1632. Roxbury was generally settled by the people from Essex and
Hertfordshire under the leadership of the Rev. John Eliot who had been
the Vicar of Nazeing. Reverend Eliot's records of the Roxbury First
state: "Rebeckah Short, a maide srvant, she came in the yeare 1632 and
married to Walter Palmer a Godly man of Charlestown Church." Rebecca
to give birth to seven additional children giving Walter a total of
In 1635 Walter was elected a Selectman of
Charlestown, and in 1636 Constable. On March
26, 1638 he received an additional land grant "a true record of all
houses and lands as are possesed by the inhabitants of Charlestown - -
by Abraham Palmer listed the possessions of Walter Palmer as follows:
acres of land in the east field, 'butting south on the back street,'
a dwelling house and another aptinances "five acres of arable land,
cow commons six and a quarter, "four acres, more or less in the life
"eight acres of meadow lying in the Mystic Marshes, "Four acres of
in the Mystic Field, "Five acres of meadow on the west of Mount
"Thirty acres of woodland. "Eighty-six acres of land scituate in the
On May 13, 1640 a committee was required to be appointed in every town
appraise all livestock. The committee for Charlestown was comprised of
Rich'dson, & Walter Palmer.."
On August 24, 1643, Walter Palmer and his
good friend William Chesebrough, whose foutunes closely coincided
during their lives left Charlestown along with other planters and
started a new settlement at a place known as "Seacuncke" (Black Goose).
His home was located along the 10 Mile River in an area called Sowams.
The area was to become independent of other organizations until they
could decide on a government. At a meeting in 1643, "before a division
of land had been made other than for house-lots, those attending were
required individually to give the value of their estates, in order that
the allotments of land
might be made accordingly. Will. Cheesebrough was listed 450 pounds and
Palmer at 419 pounds.