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Richard Warren, (Mayflower)

Richard Warren, (Mayflower)

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  • Name Richard Warren, (Mayflower) 
    Suffix (Mayflower) 
    Born 1580  , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1628  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • History of the Warren family #929.273 W251w

      A 1620 Mayflower passenger, Richard Warren was a merchant of London, England who joined the Pilgrims at Southampton and became the twelfth signer of the Mayflower Compact. Although William Bradford in his "decreasings and increasings" gives Richard Warren the honorific title "Mr.", he does not mention him at all in the text of his history of Plymouth Plantation, and very little is known about him except for a few brief mentions elsewhere. Bradford says of him, "Grave Richard Warren, a man of integrity, justice and uprightness, of piety and serious religion, a useful citizen, bearing a deep share of the difficulties and troubles of the plantation."

      In Mourt's Relation Edward Winslow lists ten men on an early expedition at Cape Cod, including Richard Warren, who were from London. He was "a useful instrument; bore a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of settlement," according to Nathaniel Morton in his New England's Memorial. Judging from land transactions of his widow, Elizabeth, the family appears to have been one of the wealthier ones at Plymouth. In the division of cattle in 1627 shares were given to him, to his wife Elizabeth, and to their children.

      Richard Warren was probably born in England between 1580 and 1590and died in Plymouth in 1628. He married prior to 1610 Elizabeth. Despite what has previously appeared in print (e.g. Marsh, Jowett) her maiden name is unknown. She was born about 1580 and died in Plymouth October 2, 1673 aged above 90 years. She came over in 1623 on the ship Anne with daughters Abigail, Anne, Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah. Richard and Elizabeth Warren had two sons born at Plymouth, Nathaniel, who married Sarah Walker, and Joseph, who married Priscilla Faunce.


      From Caleb Johnson's website:


      ANCESTRAL SUMMARY: More erroneous information has been published about Richard Warren than any other Mayflower passenger, probably because he has so many descendants (note that all seven of his children grew up and married). It is time hereto debunk many of the mistakes that have been published over the past hundred years.

      Common mistake #1. Richard Warren's wife is not Elizabeth (Jewett/Jonatt/Juett) Marsh. This is easily disproven. Elizabeth( Jewett) Marsh was born in 1614, which makes her not only younger than Richard Warren's two oldest children, but also makes her only fourteen years old when Richard Warren died. [Mayflower Descendant 2:63].

      Common mistake #2. Richard Warren is not a proven descendant of any royalty, whether it be Sir John de Warrene or Charlemagne. Richard Warren's parents have not even been identified, despite extensive searches in the records of England (see the Mayflower Quarterly, 51:109-112 for a summary of one such search).

      The only concrete things we know about Richard Warren's ancestry are that he was a merchant of London--whether he was born there or not is an entirely different question. We also know that his wife was named Elizabeth. He had five daughters baptized in England somewhere, and perhaps the true records will some day be brought to light.

      There is a Richard Warren who married an Elizabeth Evans on 1 January 1592/3 in St. Leonards, and a Richard Warren who married an Elizabeth Doucke on 1 November 1596 in Sidmouth, Devon. However,since Richard's first child was born about 1610, a marriage in 1592 or 1596 seems most unlikely.

      The I.G.I. lists the following baptisms of Richard Warrens fromitsparishregister abstractions (1570-1588):

      1 January 1570, St. Columb Minor, Cornwall (son of Lawrence) 25 March 1571, St. Matthew Friday Street, London 20 January 1572, Bishops Nympton, Devon (son of Baldwine) 18 January 1573, Burbage, Leicester (son of John) 2 October 1576, Phillack, Cornwall (son of John) 9 August 1580, Sandy, Bedford (son of William) 24 January 1580, St. Peter Cornhill, London (son of John) 12 June 1580, St. Giles Cripplegate, London (son of John) 1 October 1581, Harrow on the Hill, London 26 January 1583, Haughley, Suffolk (son of George) 11 August 1583, Darford, Kent (son of William) 28 August 1585, Redruth, Cornwall (son of Benet) 12 April 1585, Abbey, St. Albans, Hertford (son of William) 2 March 1586, St. Mary, Stoke Newington, London (son of Robert) 25 December 1587, Shillington, Bedford (son of Robert) 3 September 1587, St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, London As should be plainly obvious, there were many Richard Warrens in England. If the true Richard Warren is ever identified, it will almost certainly be because the baptisms of his five daughters which should be somewhere in England. There are a few other small clues which may aid researchers looking for records. First, early Charlestown settler Ralph Spague married Joanna Warren, daughter of a Richard Warren from Fordington St.George, Dorset. This Richard Warren died in Fordington, Dorset before 1638. And early Watertown settler John Warren was baptized in Nayland, Suffolk, England in 1585, and he apparently had an uncle named Richard Warren.



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      BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Richard Warren appears to have been a merchant, who resided in London,and became associated with the Pilgrims and the Mayflower through the Merchant Adventurers. Richard Warren participated in several of the early explorations made by the Pilgrims in 1620, while looking for a place to settle. He appears by land records to have been fairly well-to-do.

      When he came over on the Mayflower, he left behind his wife and five daughters, planning to have them sent over after things were more settled in the Colony. His wife and daughters arrived in America in 1623,on the ship Anne.

      Nathaniel Morton wrote in his book New England's Memorial,first published in 1669, the following about Richard Warren:

      This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who 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 Plymouth.

      Richard Warren is an ancestor to many famous Americans. Among them are Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt; and Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space and fifth man to walk on the moon. A published lineage showing Winston Churchill as a descendant of Richard Warren has a questionable generation and is most likely in error. However, Winston Churchill does appear to be a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland's brother Arthur.



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      SOURCES: Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families in Progress: Richard Warren for Four Generations (Plymouth: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1991).

      Ruth Berg Walsh, "The Search for Pilgrim Richard Warren's Parentage,"Mayflower Quarterly, 51:109-112.

      Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Plymouth Colony, Its History and ItsPeople, 1620-1691 (Salt Lake City: Ancestor Publishers, 1986).

      Nathaniel Morton, New England's Memorial (Cambridge, 1669).

      William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. Samuel Morison (NewYork:Random House, 1952).



      From 'The Great Migration Begins':

      RICHARD WARREN

      ORIGIN: London MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth

      ESTATE: In the 1623 Plymouth division of land Richard Warren received an uncertain number of acres (perhaps two) as a passenger on the Mayflower, and five acres as a passenger on the Anne (presumably for his wife and children) [PCR 12:4-6]. In the 1627 Plymouth division of cattle Richard Warren, his wife Elizabeth Warren, Nathaniel Warren, Joseph Warren, Mary Warren, Anna Warren, Sarah Warren, Elizabeth Warren and Abigail Warren were the first nine persons in the ninth company [PCR 12:12]. He was one of the purchasers [PCR 2:177]. In the 25 March 1633 Plymouth tax list Widow Warren was assessed 12s., and in the list of 27 March 1634, 9s. [PCR 1:10, 27]. On 1 July 1633 "Mrs. Warren and Robt. Bartlet" were allowed to mow where they did the previous year, and again 14 March 1635/6 [PCR 1:15, 41]. On 28 October 1633, a grant of Richard Warren's land on which he was required to erect a dwelling, returned to the court "for want of building" and it was regranted to Mr. Ralph Fogg, provided he pay Widow Warren sufficiently for her fence remaining there [PCR 1:18]. On 7 March 1636/7 "it is agreed upon, by the consent of the whole Court, that Elizabeth Warren, widow, the relict of Mr. Richard Warren, deceased, shall be entered, and stand, and be purchaser instead of her said husband, as well because that (he dying before he had performed the said bargain) the said Elizabeth performed the same after his decease, as also for the establishing of the lots of lands given formerly by her unto her sons-in-law Richard Church, Robert Bartlett and Thomas Little, in marriage with their wives, her daughters" [PCR 1:54, 2:177]. On 5 May 1640 "Richard Church, Rob[er]te Bartlett, Thomas Little, & Mrs. Elizabeth Warren are granted enlargements at the heads of their lots to the foot of the Pyne Hills, leaving a way betwixt them and the Pyne Hills, for cattle and carts to pass" [PCR 1:152]. On 11 June 1653, as the result of a disagreement between Mrs. Elizabeth Warren and her son, Nathaniel, and a petition offered in court by Mrs. Jane Collier on behalf of her grandchild, Sarah, wife of Nathaniel Warren, the court chose four indifferent men to settle the matter of access to lands [MD 2:64, citing PCLR 2:73]. On 4 March 1673/4 Mary Bartlett, wife of Robert Bartlett, came into this court and owned "that she hath received full satisfaction for whatsoever she might claim as due from the estate of Mistris Elizabeth Warren, deceased, and John Cooke, in the behalf of all her sisters, testified the same before the court; and the court doth hereby settle the remainder of the said estate on Joseph Warren" [PCR 5:139-40].

      BIRTH: By about 1578 based on estimated date of marriage. DEATH: Plymouth 1628. ("This year died Mr. Richard Warren, who hath been mentioned before in this book, and was an useful instrument; and during his life bore a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the first settlement of the plantation of New-Plymouth" [Morton 85]. MARRIAGE: By about 1609 Elizabeth _____; she died at Plymouth on 2 October 1673, aged about 90 (probably an exaggeration) [PCR 8:35]. (Elizabeth's maiden name has been given as "March" in many sources, without documentation). CHILDREN: iMARY, b. say 1609; m. say 1629 ROBERT BARTLETT (date based on estimated age of children at their marriages). iiANN, b. say 1613; m. Plymouth 19 April 1633 THOMAS LITTLE [PCR 1:13]. iiiSARAH, b. say 1614; m. Plymouth 28 March 1634 John Cooke Junior [PCR 1:29], son of FRANCIS COOKE. ivELIZABETH, b. say 1615; m. by 1635/6 RICHARD CHURCH (he shared mowing land with Mrs. Warren 14 March 1635/6 [PCR 1:41]). vABIGAIL, b. say 1619; m. Plymouth 8 (or 9) November 1639 Anthony Snow [PCR 1:134]. viNATHANIEL, b. Plymouth say 1624 (Bradford says he was born here, and his mother was a passenger on the Anne in 1623); m. Plymouth 19 November 1645 Sarah Walker [PCR 2:94]. (See WILLIAM COLLIER for discussion of her possible ancestry.) viiJOSEPH, b. Plymouth by 1627; m. about 1653 Priscilla Faunce, daughter of JOHN FAUNCE (eldest child b. Plymouth 23 September 1653 [PCR 8:33]).

      COMMENTS: In his accounting of the passengers on the Mayflower Bradford included "Mr. Richard Warren, but his wife and children were left behind and came afterwards" [Bradford 442]. As of 1651, Bradford reported that "Mr. Richard Warren lived some four or five years and had his wife come over to him, by whom he had two sons before [he] died, and one of them is married and hath two children. So his increase is four. But he had five daughters more came over with his wife, who are all married and living, and have many children [Bradford 445-46]. Banks argued that Bradford's language in the sentence above meant that Richard Warren had two wives, with the first of whom he had five daughters and with the second of whom, Elizabeth, he had two sons [English Homes 92-93], and deForest agreed with him [Moore Anc 562]. Many attempts, all fruitless, have been made to discover the English origin of Richard Warren and the identity of his wife [MQ 51:109-12]. Richard Warren was in the party that explored the outer cape in early December 1620; he was described as being of London [Mourt 32]. On 5 July 1635, Thomas Williams, servant of widow Warren, confessed that "there being some dissention between him and his dame, she, after other things, exhorted him to fear God & do his duty, he answered, he neither feared God, nor the devil" [PCR 1:35]. He was reproved and released [PCR 1:35].

      On 5 January 1635/6 widow Warren paid 30s. to Thomas Clarke for borrowing his boat, and although returning it to a place of usual safety, an extraordinary storm wrecked it [PCR 1:36]. On 3 June 1639 "Mr. Andrew Hellot" was ordered to pay Mrs. Warren 10s. to settle an account between them [PCR 7:12].


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      RICHARD & ELIZABETH WARREN
      Richard Warren was a passenger on the Mayflower, arriving in Plymouth in 1620. We know he was from London and the evidence seems to indicate that he was a man of some wealth.

      His wife, Elizabeth, arrived in Plymouth on the Anne in 1623 with the couples’ daughters Abigail, Anna, Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah. Two sons, Nathaniel and Joseph, were born to the Warrens in Plymouth.

      Richard Warren died in 1628. His wife Elizabeth outlived him by 45 years, dying at Plymouth in 1673. Her death was noted in the Records of Plymouth Colony (PCR 8:35) : "Mistris Elizabeth Warren, an aged widdow, aged above 90 yeares, deceased on the second of October, 1673, whoe, haveing lived a godly life, came to her grave as a shocke of corn fully ripe."

      During the long period of her widowhood, Elizabeth Warren’s name appears in the records of Plymouth Colony. She appears first as executor of her husband’s estate, next paying taxes owed by a head of household, and finally as an independent agent in her own right.

      An article by Edward J. Davies in the April 2003 issue of The American Genealogist gives evidence that Elizabeth Warren may have been the daughter of Augustine Walker. An Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Augustine Walker, married a Richard Warren in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, on April 14, 1610. The will of Augustine Walker, dated April 19, 1613, refers not only to his daughter Elizabeth Warren but also her 3 daughters : Mary, Ann and Sarah. These three Warren daughters correspond to three of the Warren daughters who were passengers on the Anne in 1623.

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      Richard Warren's English origins and ancestry have been the subject of much speculation, and countless different ancestries have been published for him, without a shred of evidence to support them. Luckily in December 2002, Edward Davies discovered the missing piece of the puzzle. Researchers had long known of the marriage of Richard Warren to Elizabeth Walker on 14 April 1610 at Great Amwell, Hertford. Since we know the Mayflower passenger had a wife named Elizabeth, and a first child born about 1610, this was a promising record. But no children were found for this couple in the parish registers, and no further evidence beyond the names and timing, until the will of Augustine Walker was discovered. In the will of Augustine Walker, dated April 1613, he mentions "my daughter Elizabeth Warren wife of Richard Warren", and "her three children Mary, Ann and Sarah." We know that the Mayflower passenger's first three children were named Mary, Ann, and Sarah (in that birth order).

      Very little is known about Richard Warren's life in America. He came alone on the Mayflower in 1620, leaving behind his wife and five daughters. They came to him on the ship Anne in 1623, and Richard and Elizabeth subsequently had sons Nathaniel and Joseph at Plymouth. He received his acres in the Division of Land in 1623, and his family shared in the 1627 Division of Cattle. But he died a year later in 1628, the only record of his death being found in Nathaniel Morton's 1669 book New England's Memorial, in which he writes: "This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who 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 Plymouth."

      All of Richard Warren's children survived to adulthood, married, and had large families: making Richard Warren one of the most common Mayflower passengers to be descended from. Richard Warren's descendants include such notables as Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alan B. Shepard, Jr. the first American in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon.
    Person ID I599479  7_families
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 

    Father Christopher Warren,   b. Abt 1560, Headbury, Ashburton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Alice Webb,   b. Abt 1560, Sidnam, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1579  Of Kent, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F218021  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Walker,   b. 1583, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1673, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 1605  , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Warren,   b. Abt 1610, Greenwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1683, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    +2. Anna Warren,   b. 1612, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1676, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Sarah Warren,   b. Abt 1614, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 15 Jul 1696, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
     4. Elizabeth Warren,   b. Abt 1616, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1670, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
     5. Abigail Warren,   b. Abt 1618, , Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 3 Jan 1693, Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
    +6. Nathaniel Warren,   b. Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 21 Oct 1667, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    +7. Joseph Warren,   b. 1626-1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1689, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F218006  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S7691] Richard Warren of the Mayflower and his descendants for four generations, Robert S. Wakefield, Janice A. Beebe, (Plymouth, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, c1991), 4 (Reliability: 3).