Thomas Walling

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Thomas Walling, son of Thomas Walling and Mary Abbott, was born at Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island, about 1652.1 He died at Cohansey, Cumberland Co., New Jersey, before 15 November 1724, when his inventory was taken.2

Thomas married Sarah Elwell, daughter of Thomas Elwell and Sarah Bassett, at Providence 20 May 1695.3,4,5

After he married in 1695, Thomas Walling and his family apparently lived on part of the 110 acre tract owned by Sarah's father, Thomas Elwell, near the head of Salem Creek.

In 1704 Charles Hopman assigned to Thomas of Piles Grove Precinct, Salem Co., (carpenter) 200 acres. In 1707 he was listed as "Overseer for the Poor" for Piles Grove.

He bought 650 acres (excluding 1/4 acre for a burying ground) from William Allen in Prince George's Co., Maryland, 13 Nov 1718. It's not likely he ever lived there, but some of his children probably did.

Thomas left a will dated 19 May 1724, and proved 21 Dec 1724:
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Walling of ye County of Salem and Province of New Jarsy, Carpenter, Being sick and weake of Body But perfect sound of mind and memory praised be Almighty God I do therefore make and ordain this my present Last will and Testament in Manner and form following. That is to Say First and principaly I commend my soul unto ye hands of Almighty God knowing that through the [ ] Death and Passion of my Saviour Jesus Chist to Have full and free Pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit Ever lasting life and My Body I commit to ye Earth to be Decently Buried at the descretion of My Executors Hereafter named. and as touching the Dissposition of all such temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to Bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth vise~

Item: I give unto my son Thomas Walling Three hundred accors of land laying next to his new [Dewling?] House provided it Dothnot come into my plantation I now Live on But and if my son Thomas three Hundred Cant be found on the East of my plantation that I do give him that then he must have the full of the three hundred accors at the norwest corner of my tract on wihich I now live It being on the main branch of Salem Creek only my said son thomas Walling or his heirs must pay unto my son Elisha the sum of twenty five pounds proclamation money when he shall happen to come to the age of twenty one years as a portion from me his father. The above said Three hundred Accors of land I give unto my son Thomas Walling & to his heirs & assignes for Ever~

Item: I give unto my son John Walling one Hundred and fifty accors of land which he now doth dwell and it is to be first taken of or devided he is to have the peace that runs over the Black meadow Branch it being a [ ] of land and the remainder next adjoyning it that [ ] to make it one Hundred & fifty accors as Above said to him his heirs and assignes for ever ~

Item. I give unto my son James Walling the plantation I do now Dwel on with all the buildings as Housen Barnes & Stables It being the Remainder of my tract of land that is already devised aforesaid to my son Thomas % John Willing wich tract of land or tracts above by me devised was bought of William Allin of Philidelphia the above land that I give to my son James and his heirs and assignees is two hundred accors It being of the same tract bought as above said.

Item. And also I give unto my son Joseph Walling the Sum of twenty pounds whe he comes to the age of twenty one years,

And I also give unto my son Benjamin Walling the sum of thirty pounds when he shall come to be twenty one years of age,

And I give unto my daughter Rebaca Walling the sum ten pounds whe she shall attain to the age of eighteen years old. All of wich siad Leagisies that is byine devised to my said three younger children Joseph & Benjamin & Rebaca Wallings as there portion shall be paid to them as they shall come to there age as before described by my son James Walling or his heirs and that without fraud or Delay.

I give unto my undutiful son William Walling the sum of five shillings current money to be paid him or his heirs within a year & a half after my death to be paid by my executor to him or heirs It being the full of his portion because of his disobediance to me and his mother~

Item. I give unto John Dediant in the rite of myu daughter Abigal his wife the sum of five shillings, it being the full of her or their portion by reason of her disobediance to me & her mother, the five shillings shall be paid them by my executor in a year & half time after my Death~

Item. I give unto my son Thomas Walling and to my son John Walling and to my son James Walling my Seader Swamps & land laying on a branch of [ ] [ ] River to Each & every of them & to each & every of there heirs respectively for ever more without any fear or disturbance of each or any or either of them but quietly to enjoy the same for ever

Item. I give unto my dearly beloved wife Sarah Walling Whom I do appoint my executrix one Moeity or halfe part of that land that I before gave to my son James Walling aforesaid and my Housen & Barns and my orchard and the halfe mill that is in partnership between me & my Brother Samuel Elwell & all the Rest and residue of all my goods & chattles of what nature or kind so ever and where so ever to be found for to maintaine her self & bring up my young children with all that is tender of age & that she is to have it without disturbance or molestation of him my said son James and with the peace & quiet of my elder children for they nor he is not to disturb there mother but she shall freely make youse of the moveable eastate during her natural life as she shall see meet or sell as the she shall se cause to help her need. And when my wife dies that then my plantation buildings I give to my wife during life shall rueturn to my son James Walling & his heirs & assignes for ever

Item. I do appoint my son Thomas & myson James Walling to be my Executors to [this my will and in order to be a help to their mother both [several unreadable words] and before my body may be buried in a decent manner as my executors shall see meet and I do hereby revoak disallow & make void al former wills & testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Walling to this my Last will and testament have set to my hand and seal to the same this ninteenth day of May one thousand seven Hundred and twenty four.

He later wrote a codicil:
Memorandum October the 22 1724:
And I do also appoint and do hereby athorise my wife to bind out my son Elisha Walling to a trade as she shall see meet tel he shall attain to years of twenty one after my death and that my said wife shall not be[ ] for so doeing not by any person or persons what so ever and I do allow this to be a part of my will as fully and as amply to to all intents and purposes as if it had been written before for I have thought meet it shall be so esteemed by all consearned As wittness my hand the day & year above said.2


Sarah Elwell b. 24 Aug 1676, d. aft. 1724
  • Abigail Walling4,2 b. 5 Mar 1698
  • Thomas Walling2,4 b. 8 Feb 1699
  • John Walling2,4 b. 20 Jun 1700, d. 10 Mar 1770
  • William Walling2,4 b. 21 Nov 1701
  • Mary Walling2,4 b. 8 Sep 1703
  • James Walling2,4 b. 2 Apr 1705
  • Samuel Walling2,4 b. 14 Mar 1707
  • Elisha Walling+2,4 b. 26 Jul 1708, d. abt. 1783
  • Joseph Walling2,4 b. 26 Apr 1709
  • Benjamin Walling2 b. 1711
  • Rebecca Walling2,4 b. 22 Jan 1714
This person was last edited on2 Jan 2021


  1. [S913] John Osborne Austin, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690 (With Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation). Albany, New York: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1887, 214-215. CD-ROM reprint, Compendium of New England Pioneers: A Collection of 14 Classic Genealogical Dictionaries of Early New England Settlers (Columbia, Maryland: Archive CD Books USA, 2006), further cited as Rhode Island Dictionary.
  2. [S399] Salem Co., New Jersey, Record of Wills, 1679-1900, Probate Packet 290, FHL microfilm 559791, further cited as Salem Co., NJ Wills.
  3. [S602] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island. 1636-1850: First Series: Births, Marriages and Deaths. A Family Register for the People, 21 vols. (Providence, Rhode Island: Narragansett Historical Publishing, 1891-1912), 2:1:67, 191; 1:2:27, 85, town record Providence: 1:453, 1:5 East Greenwich: 1-1, further cited as Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island.
  4. [S409] Lewis D. Cook, "Walling of Providence, Rhode Island and of Salem County, New Jersey," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 58 (June 1970): 124-125, further cited as Cook, "Walling of Rhode Island."
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1589, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).