Ralph Wallen

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Ralph Wallen, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born before 1595.1 He died at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, before 1644.2

Ralph married Joyce (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1623.1,2,3

Ralph and Joyce Wallen were passengers on the Anne, arriving in Plymouth in 1623. In the division of lands that year, Ralph received a small homesite that "butts against Hobes Hole" (Eele River, Willingsley Brook area).

In Oct 1626, "Raph" Wallen was included as one of the Plymouth Planters, later called "Purchasers," to whom the London Adventurers transferred all their holdings in Plymouth.

On 3 Jan 1627/8, the Plymouth court confirmed the 1623 division and ordered a second division of twenty acres to every person so Ralph and Joyce should have received 40 acres.

When the cattle were divided in Plymouth on 1 June 1627, Ralph and Joyce were the only Wallens listed. Every person living in Plymouth was given shares, even children, so Ralph and Joyce were probably still childless at this time.

Ralfe sold "his house garden plote & ye fences thereto belonging" to Mr. John Coombe for £9 on 12 Oct 1630. A few months later Ralfe sold to Thomas Clark for £10 an unspecified number of acres but in a later deed was identified as one of the 20 acre plots. Together these two transactions show that Ralph and Joyce were living on the remaining 20 acre grant.

Dr. Samuel Fuller wrote his will 30 July 1633 and specified that unless his wife recovered, "my daughter Mercy be & remaine with Goodwife Wallen so long as she will keepe her at a reasonalbe charge."

Ralph was on the freeman list in 1633, taxed 9s. on the rate list of 25 Mar 1633, but was not on the list of 27 Mar 1634.

When the highway from Plymouth to the Eel River was laid out, mention was made of made of Raph Wallen's corner (7 Jul 1637). He was living on 2 Feb 1637/8 when he acknowledged at court haveing received £18 from Thomas Clark in full payment for land Clark had bought from Ralph. He received two shares in the "browne back cowe at Georg Soules." He was not described as "deceased when the court had to decide the location of the twenty acres Thomas Clark had "bought of Raph Wallen . . . at the Eele River"

However, it appears he was dead before August 1643 when he was not on the list of men between sixteen and sixty able to bear arms. On 7 September 1643, "Joyce Wallen Widdow" sold to Edward Bangs, a neighbor for £8 "her house messuage scituate and being at Hobs hole or Wellingsly w[i]th the garden place and uplands thereunto adjoyneing."2,1


Joyce (…) d. aft. Sep 1683
This person was last edited on27 Dec 2017


  1. [S676] Robert Charles Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony: 1620-1633 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), 476-477, further cited as Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration.
  2. [S312] Eleanor Cooley Rue, "Widow Joyce Wallen of Plymouth (1645) and Widow Joyce Lombard of Barnstable (1664): One and the Same?," The American Genealogist 67 (January 1992): 47-53, further cited as Rue, "Joyce Wallen."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1588, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).