Posted By:clarence walker
Subject:The continuing William Walker Mystery
Post Date:March 06, 2008 at 20:42:24
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Findings to Date on William Walker

FIRST CHURCH OF FALMOUTH: Baptisms and Admission from the First Church in Falmouth :Now Portland Maine

ADULTS WHO acknowledged their baptismal covenants 1753-1755

Walker, George and Elizabeth his wife, c. William Walker was born Dec 17, 1754 in Falmouth (Portland) Cumberland County, MAINE

William was later married in Bolton, Worcester Co, MASS, May 29 1777 to Elizabeth Stanhope who was born in July 16 1758 in Sudbury Middlesex Co MASS

Samuel was the first born child, of many other children


1751: Any relationships to: Joseph Walker and Mary Rigs (also In First Church)?


Walker, of George and Elizabeth, a child, 1752-1755. William, 1755. A child, Oct. 9, 1757, A Child, July 1759

(From Bolton Mass town clerk: In looking at our earliest date of records up to 1849, all I found was what you already knew. William Walker of Sudbury married Elizabeth Stanhope on 5/29/1777 - no Intentions were filed. I found nothing under Births or Deaths for either name and no reference of any other relatives.)

Vital Records of SUDBURY (Middlesex Co)MASS:

Marriage: STANHOPE: Elizabeth of Bolton, MASS, and William Walker, May 29,1777, in Bolton. (Mass)

Births: Samuel Walker, son of William & Elisabeth, [born] 3 February 1779

In "Vital Records of Gill Massachusetts to 1850 " New England Historical Society

( on the marriage of William Walker and Elisabeth Stanhope on Feb 3,1779 as well as the births of their children)

WALKER (see Worker) Elisabeth (Stanhope), w. William Jan 16, 1759

Elisabeth, ch, William and Elisabeth, Nov 10, 1793

Lydia, ch. William and Elisabeth, May 8, 1787

Ripley, ch. William and Elisabeth, Dec 22, 1796

Samuel, son, William and Elisabeth, Feb. 3, 1779 buried in Burlington Flats, Otsego,NY

William [ h. Elisabeth (Stanhope)], Dec 17, 1754, in Portland

William, ch William and Elisabeth, Jan 22, 1800

NOTE: Any record of other children of William in Otsego? Any probate from William Walker

Page 46

WORKER (see Walker), Minerva, ch, Samuel and Marther, Jan 24, 1809

NOTE: WHY “Worker”?

Same Book page 46: GILL Marriages

WALKER, Elizabeth and Isaac Millis, int. June 22, 1816

Lydia and Jesse Coy, int, Oct. 2, 1814

Samuel and Marther Green, June 13, 1808 (Known predecessor, married in Gill, Mass, buried with Martha in Burlington Flats Cemetery, Otsego, NY)

Birth of their child Minerva on Jan 24 1809

Revolutionary War Pension Records

William of New Lisbon, Otsego County was 78 in 1832 and ( born in Portland Maine?) buried in New Lisbon, Otsego, NY …very close to Samuel…buried in Burlington Flats

He volunteered 3 times:

June 1774 at Sudbury, MASS and marched to Concord

1775 Marched to Bunker Hill

1776 Marched to Ticonderoga

(he married Elisabeth Stanhope of Bolton, Mass on May 29, 1777 (he was 23)

Samuel born 1779 in Gill Franklin Co Mass

William died in 1884 in New Lisbon, OTSEGO Co., NY Supposedly buried in New Lisbon (Otsego Co.) NY


1. One George had been born in 1734, so this firms up that date, but IS this the correct George/William link? KNOWN WRONG PATH:One “family tree” showed a William from a George who died in Peru, Maine. Either a tree error or another William/George!

One George and his wife were both born in Kittery Maine from at least 1734 to 1765, but have no concrete primary source birth, marriage, death or other records for him, his wife or predecessors from Kittery. One George was a drummer in Capt Isaac Ilsey's Back Cove Company. One George and his wife joined the "First Church" in Falmouth where a William was baptized Oct 9,1755.Evidently One George died before 1802 in Falmouth. (Must track back from William)

2. Last night I found images of a tombstone and epitaph of a John Walker in the cemetery of the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point stating that he died in 1746 at the age of 75. (No idea whether there is a connection here.)

3. William, who died in New Lisbon, WAS from Portland, but WHO was his father?

Mystery:WHO WERE this WILLIAM’s predecessors that can be documented

with primary source links to the William who moved to Sudbury Mass

and then to Otsego Co NY and died in NY?

Whatever became of William’s other children in NY?