Richard Warren: 1620 Pilgrim

Family Line A: The Pilgrims

* Richard WARREN was born in ABT 1580 in Greenwich, England; died in 1628 in Hobshole, Plymouth, MA; buried in Plymouth, MA.

Richard Warren married Elizabeth (last name uncertain) Walker in England, probably BEF 1610. They had the following children: Mary WARREN (b. ABT 1610), Anna WARREN (b. ABT 1612), Sarah WARREN (b. 1614), Elizabeth WARREN (b. ABT 1616), ♥ Abigail WARREN (b. ABT 1618), Nathaniel WARREN (b. ABT 1625), Joseph WARREN (b. ABT 1626).

HISTORICAL NOTE: Richard Warren was from London and joined the Leyden Pilgrims in July 1620, at Southampton, whence the Mayflower and the Speedwell first set sail for America.{D3}

MARRIAGE: Richard was married in England, before 1611, to Elizabeth, whose maiden name is uncertain, and had by her five daughters, Mary, Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth and Abigail, who were left in England and came to Plymouth, MA in 1623 with their mother.{D3}
Richard Warren, a London haberdasher, was licensed to marry Elizabeth Evans of St. Mildred Poultry, 1 Jan 1592/3, at St. Leonard’s Shoreditch.{D2}, another Richard Warren married Elizabeth Marsh in England.{D5}

LIVELIHOOD: Prior to coming to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620, Richard was known to be a merchant in London, England.{D1}

EVENT: Richard was a member of the Third Exploration Party sent out while the Mayflower lay at anchor in Cape Cod Harbor. This party set out in a shallop on Wednesday, 6/16 December, 1620, and after many hardships, including a fight with the Indians early on Friday morning, landed at Plymouth the following Monday, 11/21 December, 1620.{D3}

HOME: “In the latter end of July 1623…his wife and daughters arrived at Plymouth in the Anne, and in the Division of Land a few months later he received lots on north side of the towne and on the other side of the towne towards the eele-river.”{D3}
22 May/ 1 June 1627 There was a division of livestock amongst the colony “Purchasers”: “The ninth lot fell to Richard Warren & his companie Joyned with him.” This lot included a black smooth horned heifer which came in the ship Jacob, and two she goats. The Division of Cattle names Richard Warren, wife Elizabeth Warren, and children Nathaniel, Joseph, Mary, Anna, Sara, Elizabeth and Abigail Warren.{D3}{D4}

DEATH: Richard died in 1628 at Plymouth, leaving his widow to care for a family of five daughters, four of whom were under seventeen, and two sons under four.{D3} As he died before 1628 it is probable that he was considerably past middle life at the date of immigration. Since his wife, Elizabeth, who was probably a lot younger, survived him by nearly a half century, this seems to be confirmation.{D2}
In 1628, Nathaniel Morton wrote, “This year (1628) died Mr. Richard Warren, who hath been mentioned before in this book, & was an useful Instrument; and during his life bare a deep share in the Difficulties and Troubles of the first Settlement of the Plantation of New Plimoth.”{D3}

1. The Mayflower Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4, Nov 1988, p. 285.
2. The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers by Charles Edward Banks, The Grafton Press Publishers, NY, p. 92.
3. The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. III, 1901, article Richard Warren and His Descendants, pages 45+.
4. Mayflower Families in Progress – Richard Warren of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1987.
5. Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. VII, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1966, pages 319-320.

Individual source: Mayflower Families In Progress: Richard Warren of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, compiled by Robert S. Wakefield and others, Published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1987.

* Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Augustine Walker. She was  was born in ABT 1583 in England; died on 12 Oct. 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA; buried on 24(?) Oct 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA.

EVENT: The Colony records contain abundant evidence that the widow, Elizabeth Warren, was thoroughly competent to bring up the children and manage the property left to her care, as can be seen in the following few, of many records left {D2} :
1.  The widow Elizabeth Warren gave her son in law, Anthony Snow, a house on eight acres of land at Wellingsly, AKA Hobes Hole, for and in consideration of his marriage with her daughter Abigail Warren.{D1}
2.  28 October/7 November 1633  The probate of widow Mary Ring’s Will it was found that she gave “unto mrs Warren one woodden cupp with a foote as a token of my love”.{D2}
3.  25 Mar 1633  The widow Warren was taxed 12 shillings. {D3}
4.  27 Mar 1634  The Widow Warren was taxed 9 shillings.{D3}
5.  5/15 July 1635  Widow Warren’s servant Thomas Williams was before the court for profane and blasphemous speeches. {D2}
6.  5/15 January 1635/6, she was sued by Thomas Clarke for £15 damages, for a boat loaned to her and lost in Eel River in an extraordinary storm. The jury found for defendant, but “for other considerations”, which are not mentioned in the record, they awarded Clarke thirty shillings.{D2}
7.  7/17 July 1637  The Court established the highway to Eel River. It passed west of Robert Bartlett’s house, then west of Thomas Little’s, east of Mrs. Warren’s and east of Richard Church’s.{D2}
8.  4/14 December 1637  Mrs. Warren conveyed to John Cooke, who had married her daughter, Sarah, land at Eel River, adjoining that of Robert Bartlett.{D2}
9.  7/17 March 1652/3  Mrs. Warren became one of the purchasers of the tract of land which afterwards became the town of Dartmouth; located about 30 miles south of Plymouth.{D2}
10.  1/11 January 1661/2  The marks on Mrs. Warrens horses were entered on the town records, among these horses were a 13 year old red mare, a year old colt, a bay mare with black mane and tail, a blackish colt with one white foot, a two year blackish mare, and a red colt with a white blaze down his face.{D2}

DEATH: The widow Elizabeth Warren died at Plymouth 2/12 October 1673 aged above 90 years, having survived her husband 45 years and lived to see at least 75 great grandchildren.{D2}
It was written that she lived a Godly life.{D2}

1.  Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Deeds Vol. I, 1620-1651, edited by David Pulsifer, 1861, Boston; reprinted 1968, AMS Press, NY., p.53.
2.  The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. III, 1901, article “Richard Warren and His Descendants”, pages 45+.
3.  Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620- 1691 by Eugene A. Stratton, 1986, publ by Ancestry Publishing, Salt Lake, UT.

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