Saturday, December 30, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ WALKER of Lynn, Massachusetts


There were many men named Richard Walker in Massachusetts in the 1600s. According to the book The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633, there were men named Richard Walker in both Salem and Boston in the 1630s, and a Richard Walker marriage record in Ipswich in 1661.  None of these men appear to be related to the Richard Walker of Lynn.  

Richard Walker (about 1611 – 1687) was my 10th great grandfather.  The first written record of him was made in Lynn, Massachusetts when he became a freeman on 4 March 1633/4.  He also lived in Boston, and in Reading, towns which border Lynn.  He served many offices in Lynn such as selectman and as Deputy to the General Court.  He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1638, and Captain of the Reading militia in 1651.  In 1670 he was made Deputy governor of Nova Scotia under Sir Thomas Temple. 

Richard Walker was married twice.  First to Jane Talmage, and had a son named Shubal (Shubael).  His second wife was my 10th great grandmother, Sarah, who had four children, including a daughter, Tabitha (b. 1647), my 9th great grandmother, who married Daniel King of Salem.

According to Robert Charles Anderson’s book The Great Migration Begins, volume III, page 1911 “On June 1676 Richard Walker, aged about sixty-five years, and William Cowdrey, aged about seventy-three years, deposed that “they were present when Mr. Daniell King of Lyn made his will, and afterward Mr. John Blanoe understanding that he was not mentioned was much troubled and sent his wife to her father and to them to induce him to include him”  [ Essex Quarterly Court Records 6:300].    The Daniel King mentioned was the father of my 9th great grandfather, Daniel King, husband of Tabitha Walker.  The John Blaney mentioned was his brother-in-law, husband to his sister Hannah King.

Some WALKER resources:

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 – 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume III, pages 1908 – 1912 for a sketch of Richard Walker

History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, by John L. Shorey, 1865

A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England, by John Farmer, 1829, page 302

Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, by Joseph Savage

My WALKER lineage:

Generation 1:  Richard Walker, born about 1611 probably in England, died 18 May 1687 in Lynn, Massachusetts; married first to Jane Talmadge (one child), married second to Sarah Unknown (four children).  Sarah Walker died 21 December 1695 in Lynn.

Generation 2:   Tabitha Walker, born 9 November 1647 in Reading; married on 11 March 1662 in Lynn to Daniel King, son of Daniel King and Elizabeth Guy.  He was born about 1636 in Salem and died about 1695. Eleven children.

Generation 3:  Hannah King m. John Bacon
Generation 4:  Tabitha Bacon m. Jonathan Glover
Generation 5:  Daniel Glover m. Hannah Jillings
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ WALKER of  Lynn, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 30, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

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