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Richard Warren

Male
b. circa 1580, d. before 1628


Family Elizabeth Walker b. circa 1585, d. 2 October 1673
Marriage* 14 April 1610  Great Amwell, Hertford, England, Principal=Elizabeth Walker2 
Child  1. Elizabeth Warren b. c 1608, d. 9 Mar 1669 or 9 Mar 1670

Note   Children

1. Mary WARREN b. 1606-1610, England; d. 27 March 1683, Plymouth, MA; m. Robert Bartlett, after 22 May 1627
2. Anna WARREN b. ca 1612, England; d. after 19 February 1675/6, Marshfield, MA; m. Thomas Little, 19 April 1633, Plymouth, MA
3. Sarah WARREN b. ca 1614 England; d. after 15 July 1696; m. John Cooke, 28 March 1634, Plymouth, MA
4. Elizabeth WARREN b. ca 1616, England; d. 9 March 1669/70, Hingham, MA; Richard Church, bef 14 March 1635, Plymouth, MA
5. Abigail WARREN b. 1616/1618, England; cr. 1619; d. after 3 January 1692/3, Marshfield, MA; m. Anthony Snow, 8 November 1639, Plymouth, MA
6. Nathaniel WARREN b. 1624/5, Plymouth, MA; d. bet 16 July and 21 October 1667, Plymouth, MA; m. Sarah Walker, 19 November 1645, Plymouth, MA
7. Joseph WARREN b. 1626, Plymouth, MA; d. 4 May 1689, Plymouth, MA; m. Priscilla Faunce, c1652, Plymouth, MA
 
Biography*   Richard Warren appears to have been a merchant, who resided in London, and became associated with the Pilgrims and the Mayflower through the Merchant Adventurers. Richard Warren participated in several of the early explorations made by the Pilgrims in 1620, while looking for a place to settle. He appears by land records to have been fairly well-to-do.

When he came over on the Mayflower, he left behind his wife and five daughters, planning to have them sent over after things were more settled in the Colony. His wife and daughters arrived in America in 1623, on the ship Anne.

Nathaniel Morton wrote in his book New England's Memorial, first published in 1669, the following about Richard Warren:

This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who was an useful instrument and during his life bare a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the first settlement of the Plantation of New Plymouth.

Richard Warren is an ancestor to many famous Americans. Among them are Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt; and Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space and fifth man to walk on the moon. A published lineage showing Winston Churchill as a descendant of Richard Warren has a questionable generation and is most likely in error. However, Winston Churchill does appear to be a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland's brother Arthur.1 
Biography   Richard Warren's English origins and ancestry have been the subject of much speculation, and countless different ancestries have been published for him, without a shred of evidence to support them. Luckily in December 2002, Edward Davies discovered the missing piece of the puzzle. Researchers had long known of the marriage of Richard Warren to Elizabeth Walker on 14 April 1610 at Great Amwell, Hertford. Since we know the Mayflower passenger had a wife named Elizabeth, and a first child born about 1610, this was a promising record. But no children were found for this couple in the parish registers, and no further evidence beyond the names and timing, until the will of Augustine Walker was discovered. In the will of Augustine Walker, dated April 1613, he mentions "my daughter Elizabeth Warren wife of Richard Warren", and "her three children Mary, Ann and Sarah." We know that the Mayflower passenger's first three children were named Mary, Ann, and Sarah (in that birth order).

Very little is known about Richard Warren's life in America. He came alone on the Mayflower in 1620, leaving behind his wife and five daughters. They came to him on the ship Anne in 1623, and Richard and Elizabeth subsequently had sons Nathaniel and Joseph at Plymouth. He received his acres in the Division of Land in 1623, and his family shared in the 1627 Division of Cattle. But he died a year later in 1628, the only record of his death being found in Nathaniel Morton's 1669 book New England's Memorial, in which he writes: "This year [1628] died Mr. Richard Warren, who was an useful instrument and during his life bare a deep share in the difficulties and troubles of the first settlement of the Plantation of New Plymouth."

All of Richard Warren's children survived to adulthood, married, and had large families: making Richard Warren one of the most common Mayflower passengers to be descended from. Richard Warren's descendants include such notables as Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alan B. Shepard, Jr. the first American in space and the fifth person to walk on the moon.2 
Note*   (From The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, by Charles Edward Banks, 1980; the Mayflower Descendants, Their Marriages for Two Generations after the Landing, by John Landis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1977, Baltimore; and Colonial Families of the United States, Vol III, P 571)

At age 40 Richard Warren, Merchant, arrived on 'The Mayflower' in 1620. He was Assistant Governor of the Plymouth Colony 1624-1638. His wife, Elizabeth, came to Plymouth on 'The Anne' with his daughters in 1623.

 
Birth* circa 1580  London, Middlesex, England 
Marriage* 14 April 1610  Great Amwell, Hertford, England, Principal=Elizabeth Walker2 
Death* before 1628  Plymouth Co., MA 

Citations
  1. [S634] Robert FASG Wakefield, MFIP.
  2. [S636] Mayflower Passenger List, online http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/passengers.php.


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