Reverend William Cooke
Martha White
1638 - 1717
1644 - 1676
1045 Reverend William Walton
b. Between 1598 and 1605
Devonshire, England
d. 6 Nov 1668
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Elizabeth Cooke

b. About 1602
Crediton, Devonshire, England
d. 1682
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
10 Apr 1627 Marriage William Walton to Elizabeth Cooke in Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorset, England
  John Walton b. 6 Ap 1627 at Seaton, Devon, England; d. before 1668.
Elizabeth Walton b. 27 Oct 1629 at Seaton, Devon, England; d. 29 Sep 1674 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA


1. Lot Conant about 1655 2. Andrew Mansfield, Sr. of Lynn 10 Jan 1681/2. Ten Children: Nathaniel, John, Martha, Lot, Mary, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sarah, William and Roger Conant
  Martha Walton b. 26 Apr 1632 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Benjamin Munjoy about 1655.
  Jane Walton b. 18 Feb 1634 at Seaton, Devon England
Died young, probably in England  
  William Walton b. ? in Hingham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; died 1640.
Died young.  
  Nathaniel Walton b. 3 Mar 1636 in Hingham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
We assume he died without marrying or having children.  
  Samuel Walton b. 5 Jun 1639 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 1717 in Reading, Massachusetts, USA
Sarah Maverick about 1663. Five Children: John, Martha, Mary, Samuel, and William
  Josiah Walton b. 20 Dec 1641 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; 23 Jun 1673.
Probably a mariner, died after being struck by lightning at sea.  
Ancestor Leaf 940 Mary (Marie) Walton b. 14 May 1644 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; before 1702.
Captain Robert Bartlett about 1664. Six Children: William, Nathaniel, Martha, John, Josiah, and Abigail Bartlett
What We Know


Rev. William Walton was born between 1598 and 1605 near Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, England, about 25 miles northeast of Dorchester, England.He earned his B.A. in 1621 and then his M.A. in 1625, both from Emmanuel College, England. He served as Deacon among the Dorset clergy, September , 1621. He was licensed 31 Mar. 1628 as "Master William Walton, Curate in Charge of Seaton and Beere, Devon".

He married Elizabeth Cooke 10 Apr 1627 in the Holy Trinity Church in Dorset, England where her uncle John White was a rector. We know even more about the family of Eliabeth. Her grandparents were John White of Stanton on St. John Oxon and Isabel Bawle, and they had two children John and Martha White.

Reverend John White is considered the founder of Dorechester, Massachusetts, and as such deserves to have his story told. He was Rector of Holy Trinity and St Peter's churches from 1606 to 1648. He was at the center of the group that took control of the town after the great fire of 1613 and ran it with a vision of a godly community in which power was to be exercised according to religious commitment rather than wealth or rank. Dorchester became briefly a place that could boast a system of education and assistance to the sick and needy nearly three hundred years ahead of its time. White and his parishoners established the Napper's Mite almshouses and a brewery to help maintain them. Work was found for all the fit poor of the parish, and the profits of the brewery looked after the poor and disabled.

He sympathised with the struggles of the Puritans for freedom of worship and was involved with the group that sailed on the Mayflower. In 1623 he personally organized a group that established a small trading post at Cape Anne.

He worked hard, making many trips to London, not easy in those days, to get a charter for the Massachusetts Bay Company, and to create an alliance between wealthy London merchants and West Country seamen. This enabled a fleet of ships to sail in March 1630 with the first large party of English people to settle in New England. The first ship to sail was the Mary and John, which carried people from Dorset, Somerset and Devon personally recruited by White. On June 1630, they landed and founded the settlement of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

White's reforms and his opposition to the High Church policies of Archbishop Laud brought him, and the town, into conflict with the King. But while Dorchester declared itself on the side of Parliament in the Civil War, it surrendered to the Royalists without a fight in 1643. John White had fled to London, and though he returned to Dorchester after Cromwell's victory in 1646, he had lost some of his influence and died there in 1648.

The First Parish Church of Dorchester, Mass.

The church was established by the emigrants from Dorchester and the south west who founded the town of Dorchester on 30 March 1630. As well as the church they founded the first elementary school supported by public money in the new world and so laid the foundation for the American public school system. They also held the first town meeting which determined policy through open and frequent discussion, a forerunner of the American democratic way of life. In all of this they were inspired by the ideal of the Kingdom of God on earth and the attempt to realise this in Dorchester, Dorset in the time of the Reverend John White. The current guide to the First Parish Church says, 'Theirs was the ideal and we inherited from them the task. We must never give it up.'

For a hundred and seventy-six years there was no other church in Dorchester, so for historic reasons the First Parish Church belongs to all the people, and retains a commitment to the life of the community. The leaflet goes on:

Our traditions are Christian; our rootage is Puritan, our government is congregational; our theology is Unitarian; our achievements and loyalties are American; our concerns are humanitarian; and our commitments are independent.

Among the charter members of the colony of Dorchester was Roger Ludlow, who moved to Windsor Connecticut in 1636. He wrote a book on the democratic procedures of Connecticut that furnished the outline of the Constitution of the United States. Besides Windsor, people from the colony founded Dorchester, South Carolina, and from there established Midway, Georgia.

The First Parish Church is referred to as a Foundation Stone of the Nation, and we back in Dorchester, Dorset may feel some pride in our ancestors' part in laying it.

John White in Dorchester today

White is buried in the porch of St Peter's Church, where there is a plaque to that effect. His Rectory still stands in Colliton Street, behind St Peter's. Only the wall is visible from the street. A better view can be had from the inner courtyard of the Dorset County Museum, who use the building as a store. The doorway of his house is now bizarrely inside Superdrug's store in South Street. You can still see the almshouses started during White's time: Napper's Mite in South Street and Chubb's Almshouses in North Square.

John White's sister Martha married John Cooke of Stratton, and they had five children: William in 1609, Elizabeth (who married William Walton), Susanna, Mary and Nathaniel.

The earliest settlers in the northern part of America were the Puritans and the Pilgrims. Puritans were Protestants in England who had one common idea - they wanted to purify the Church of England and do away with Priests, fancy robes, colored windows in churches and religious music. They emulated the religious principles of the French Religious leader and reformer - John Calvin. They took the Bible literally. For a long time all Puritans were opposed by officials of the Church of England and also by the English Government. Many changes had taken place in the church during Henry VIII's time when, about 1536, power was taken away from the Roman Catholic Church in England. Even the changes he made did not satisfy the Puritans who also wanted to abolish priesthood and bishops. During the reign of King James I some Puritans completely broke away from the Church of England. These Puritans were non-conformists. Reverend William Walton was one of these. Had he not come to America, it is very possible he could have been beheaded because of his religious beliefs. He and many of his fellow ministers had been trained at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and it is largely this group of Puritans who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 on.

As an aside, the Pilgrims - first called Separatists - were also very religious, and most of them were not as well educated as the Puritans. Like the Puritans, they wanted to set up their own congregations, but the English authorities did not approve and persecuted them including sending them to prison. In 1607-08 many of them went to Holland and formed a congregation there. They spent some time in Amsterdam and then later moved to Leyden where most of them lived for the eleven years prior to their sailing to America.

More about Martha White, Elizabeth Cooke Walton's mother, appears in the "Other Documents" section.

William and Elizabeth Walton started their married lives in their home country, having their first children there. At this point, a word about the discrepancies found in how many children they had. About most, there is no question. They may have had a daughter Elizabeth born in 1629 and died before her sister the second Elizabeth was born in 1632. These two girls share the same date of birth (with different years), so I suspect there was only one Elizabeth and that the listing of the second one was an error in the records. One source also said that there was a son William buried in 1640. If he existed, it is not clear whether he was born before the family left England or after they settled in Hingham.

Below is an entry made in the Essex Antiquarian regarding the children of William and Elizabeth Walton. A second Elizabeth, Jane, and William do not appear. That could be because they never existed or the couple recorded only the births of their surviving children.

Records show that William and Elizabeth were among the first settlers of Hingham (then known as Barecove, Mass.) They were also among the 29 men who, with Reverend Peter Hobart, and his little band of colonists, drew house lots and received grants of land for pasture and tillage in the first distribution of lots in Hingham on Sept. 18, 1635. That date establishes the beginning of the Walton family in America. That area is now a part of Melville Gardens at Downer's Landing. It is a sunny nook sloping down to the shore and, for more than three hundred years, has born the name of Walton's Cove. The bell tower of the old Ship Church still stands. It bears the date of 1631,

On the third of March 1635 his son Nathaniel was born in Hingham. On March 8, 1635, William took the oath of "freeman".


"The family moved to Marblehead, Mass., one of the oldest settlements in the colony, and most primitive, in 1637. It was in need of a minister. William Walton was the first missionary and he served as teacher and preacher for the next thirty years.

The houses were rude log huts with thatched roofs in which sputtering pine knots were the chief source of light. Cooking was done on spits, in kettles hung on a crane in the fireplace or in fireplace ovens. There was no magistrate - not even a constable to enforce the law. For

further information read "Walton History" by Hattie Walton Heninger. Court records reveal that much of the turbulence of which Marblehead had been accused was due to the prevalent use of rum which was made from foreign molasses imported by the colonies.

The congregational form of church government was established by law in Massachusetts in 1651. Their little chapel, though built of rough-hewn logs, was a sacred edifice dedicated to the worship of God. The people met there on the Sabbath day, the men sitting at the head of the pews with muskets loaded in the event of an Indian attack. "The "Plain Farm" was purchased for grazing by the leaders of Marblehead, who persuaded William Walton to stay, thus creating a financial resource for the Town, and reinforcing the power of the





group under the leadership of Moses Maverick and John Peach, Sr. And so it was that William Walton became the first minister in Marblehead. After the family settled in the Marblehead/Salem area, we can find a few records of William's appearances in the Salem Court on various matters.

Thomas Gray





We know nothing of the life of their eldest son John Walton. He apparently died before his father did as his father's will calls Nathaniel his oldest son.

Their daughter Elizabeth married Lot Conant (Connant) of Beverly in about 1655. In 1681, the widow Elizabeth Conant married Andrew Mansfield, Sr. of Lynn, and was his third wife. Andrew Mansfield, son of Robert, was born in England about 1620. He came to Boston in 1636 and to Lynn in 1639 before his father (Lewis and Newhall, p. 187). On 26 March 1661 being then about 38 years old, he made affidavit to the Court at Ipswich, Mass., that he had been an inhabitant of Lynn about 22 or 23 years and in June 1669 "about 49 years old, he testified in court concerning the estate of Frances Axey." (Records and files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Mass. Vol. VIII 1680-1683 p. 256-257, also Warner).

Andrew was very active in Town affairs. He was made freeman 8 July 1645. He was a selectman, was on committees for laying out roads and settling land disputes. He served as trial juror and on Grand Jury 1650-1677. He was called "sergeant" from 15 March 1663. This showed the confidence which the people had for his legal ability. "There are many letters on file in the clerk of the courts office of Essex County in his clear legible handwriting showing his ability and that the esteem in which he was held was well merited.

Andrew was married three times; 1st about 1850 to Bethiah, who died 2 July 1672. Bethiah's maiden name may have been Gedney (Lynn Hist. Register 1913) or  Townsend (Warner-Harrington Genealogy). He married second 4 June 1673, Mrs. Mary Neal, widow of John Neal and only child of Francis Lawes, a wealthy citizen of Salem. She died 27 June 1681. He married third, 10 Jan. 1661-82, Mrs. Elizabeth Conant, widow of Lot Conant of Beverly and daughter of Rev. William. and Elizabeth Walton of Marblehead. She died 29 Sept. 1674. She had 10 children by her first marriage and two of her sons, Nathaniel and John Conant had previously married two of Andrew's daughters. Andrew lived in Beverly for a time after he married Elizabeth Conant.

Andrew's will was dated 1 June 1679, with a codicil dated at Boston 19 Nov. 1683. It seems that while attending the General Court he was taken suddenly and seriously ill, as the codicil was witnessed by members of the court then in session. The exact date of his death is not known but the inventory of his estate was returned to the Probate Court 28 Nov. 1683, nine days after the codicil was made (Moulton).

©The information above about Andrew Mansfield is quoted directly from and remains the property of Mansfield Genealogy, Complied by Geneva A. Daland, a descendant of Andrew, and James S. Mansfield, M.D., a descendant of Joseph 1980.

We know very little of the life of Nathaniel Walton. We know he was alive as late as 1677 from the second record below, and that he owned land.

Samuel Walton, married Sarah Maverick who was born at Chelsea, Mass. and died at Reading, June 10, 1714. She was the daughter of Elias and Ann Harris Maverick (and niece of Moses Maverick in Marblehead).

Samuel was among 14 householders who took the oath of allegiance Dec. 28, 1667. He served in civic and church activities as a "tithing man" (tax collector), constable and selectman. He was a farmer and also a mariner who found the fishing business highly competitive. After the death of his father and mother and the settlement of his father's estate he inherited the place of his birth where all his children were later born.

Josiah Walton was probably a mariner. He was wounded when struck by lightning, 23 June 1673 at sea (Savage). His will of Nov 1673, mentions his Mother Walton, brother Nathaniel, and sisters Martha Munjoy, Elizabeth Conant, and Mary Bartlett. Inventiory on his estate was taken 4 Nov. 1673 by Samuel Ward and James Dennis (Collections of the Essex Institute).

Our direct descendant Mary (Marie) Walton married Captain Robert Bartlett, a yeoman and fisherman. They had six children together. After Mary's death, Robert married Rebecca Bubier (Boobyer) 24 Dec 1702.

Deposition dates for some family members are given below. (Unfortunately, with no information about what the depositions were regarding).

William Walton died of apoplexy November 9, 1668 at Marblehead. He died intestate and under the court's appointment, Elizabeth administered his estate with the approval of the children. It is believed his resting place is "Old Burial Hill." Elizabeth died in 1682.




Much information can be found about the Waltons in addition to the Vital Records shown on this page.





Vital Records

The following three sets of records relate to the births of the children of William and Elizabeth Cooke Walton.



The following two records related to the marriages of their daughters Elizabeth and Mary.





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