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Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Augustine Walker, was born probably shortly before her baptism at Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, September 1583.1,2 She died at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, 2 October 1673.2

Elizabeth married Richard Warren at Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, England, 14 April 1610.2,1,3

After her husband died, Elizabeth Warren lived on and remained a widow in Plymouth for more than 40 years. She was a capable woman, and by fulfilling Richard's obligations as a purchaser, earned the rights and privileges of a purchaser, including being eligible for land grants, and able to buy and convey property.

The Widow Warren was assessed 12s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 and 9s. in the list of 27 March 1634.

On 1 July 1633 "Mrs. Warren and Rob[er]t Bartlet" were allowed to mow where they did the previous year, and again 14 March 1635/6.

On 28 October 1633, "a misted that was granted formerly to Richard Warren, deceased, & forfeited by a late order, for want of building, the said misted was granted to Mr. Raph Fog & his heirs forever, provided the said Raph within twelve months build a dwelling house upon the same, & allow widow Warren so much for her fence remaining theron as Rob[er]t Heeks & Christopher Wadsworth shall think it may be serviceable to the said Raph."

The inventory of Godbert Bodbertson, taken in November, 1633, showed a debt to Mistress Warren "for labor." Widow Mary Ring, in her will probated in October 1633, bequeathed to Elizabeth Warren "one woodden cupp with a foote as a token of my love."

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, or the devil. He was reproved and released.

On 5 Jan 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 had wrecked it.

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."

On 3 Jun 1639, "Mr. Andrew Hellot" was ordered to pay Mrs. Warren 10s. to settle an account between them.

On 5 May 1640, "Richard Church, Rob[er]te, 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."

"Mistress Elizabeth Warren" was among those named with an interest in "the townes land at Punckateesett," in March 1651.

On 5 October 1652, Robert Bartlett petitioned regarding the lands he had received from the widow Warren, indicating his title was disputed. The Court found that its order of 7 March 1636/7, mentioned above, had made Mrs. Warren a "purchaser" and that she indeed had full power to convey real estate.

On 17 March 1652/3, she became one of the first purchasers of the area that later became the town of Dartmouth.

On 6 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.

In 1661 she entered her mark for seven horses, two of them held by her sons, and in 1663 is another reference to the Puncateesett lot of "Mistris Warren" and her son Joseph Warren.

The church record shows she died on 2 October 1673, and states, "Mistris Elizabeth Warren, an aged widdow, aged above 90 years, deceased on the second of October, 1673, whoe, haueing lived a godly life, came to her graue as a shoke of corn fully ripe. Shee was honorably buried on the 24th of October aforesaid" [the 24th is probably a clerical error and the 4th is much more likely]. Anderson states her age was probably an exaggeration, but her baptism is shown as September 1583, so indeed, she was over 90.

There is no existing will or inventory, and the only reference to the estate was made on 4 March 1673/4, when Mary Bartlett, wife of Robert Bartlett, informed the court "that she hath received full satisfaction for whatsoever she might claim as due from the estate of Mistress Elizabeth Warren, deceased, and John Cooke, in 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."4,5


Richard Warren b. say 1578, d. 1628
  • Mary Warren6 b. abt. 1611, d. 27 Mar 1683
  • Anna Warren6 b. abt. 1612, d. aft. 19 Feb 1675/76
  • Sarah Warren+2 b. 1613, d. aft. 15 Jul 1696
  • Elizabeth Warren6 b. abt. 1616, d. 9 Mar 1669/70
  • Abigail Warren6 b. abt. 1618, d. aft. 3 Jan 1692/93
  • Nathaniel Warren6 b. abt. 1624, d. bt Jul 1667 - Oct 1667
  • Joseph Warren6 b. abt. 1626, d. 4 May 1689
This person was last edited on25 Sep 2016


  1. [S754] Edward J. Davies, "The Marriage of Richard1 Warren of the Mayflower," The American Genealogist 78 (April 2003): 81-86, further cited as Davies, "Marriage of Richard Warren."
  2. [S473] Robert S. Wakefield, John Bradley Arthaud, Jane Fletcher Fiske, and Judith Haddock Swan, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620: Volume Eighteen, Family of Richard Warren, three parts , (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999-2011), 1-2, further cited as Wakefield, et al., MF 18.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1601, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S676] Robert Charles Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony: 1620-1633(Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), 477-480, further cited as Anderson, The Pilgrim Migration.
  5. [S1915] Louis Effingham de Forest and Anne Lawrence de Forest, Moore and Allied Families: The Ancestry of William Henry Moore(New York: De Forest Publishing, 1938), 561-569, further cited as de Forest, Moore and Allied Families.
  6. [S473] Wakefield, et al., MF 18, 1-2, 3-10.