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1638 TO 1898.




Author of "Old Sands Street Church."

' Those only deserve to be rctiietiibcrcd by posterity
Who treasure u/> the history 0/ their ancestors."

— liiirke

Albany, N. Y.:

Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers.





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Veneration for ancestors ranks high among virtues in
all ages and climes. The Penates or household gods which
were cherished and transmitted from generation to generation
by the ancient Romans, served a good purpose, as they called
to mind the names and deeds of honored forefathers. With
great reverence those images were handled and looked upon
by the children, and while the fathers and mothers rehearsed
the story of the noble lives of the heroic dead, the hearts of
the youthful listeners swelled with virtuous and valorous

The simple fact that one has had a line of ancestors, or that
he can repeat their names or tell their nationality, is not worth
investigating or mentioning. From curiosity, or fashion, or
a desire to join some order dependent on one's lineage, the
work of ancestry hunting is sometimes overdone. Xot long
since a witless fellow was so verv^ successful in his ancestral
researches that, according to his own account, he traced his
pedigree in America to the year 1359!

Some one has said: "The question is not how far we may
trace the line of our ancestors, or whether they were Dutch-
men, or Puritans, or Huguenots, or Cavaliers; but were they

honest, brave and true? did they work or steal? were they
settlers or fighting men? and when these questions begin to
be answered we shall all be in favor of confining our researches
to a limited number of generations.

Some of the foregoing questions, if applied to oitr ancestors
find answer in this book:

The descendants of William Warriner have furnished
soldiers for all the American wars, from the Colonial times to
the piresent, and have been well represented among the pastors
of several denominations. Congregational, Presbyterian, Epis-
copal, Baptist and Methodist. Thus the satisfaction which
the author of this book has found and hopes to share with
those who will read the results of his researches, springs
chiefly from the sturdy, stalwart character of the New Eng-
land sires, contributing high incentives to those who follow
in their steps.

In the midst of his labor in preparing this work he has been
conscious of a desire to perform a real service which not one
in ten thousand would care to undertake. The thought that
he might be remembered as a benefactor by the Warriners of
future generations has ofttimes prevented his giving up in com-
plete discouragement. Some of the difficulties have arisen
from a surprising want of knowledge on the part of those from
whom information was sought; and still more disheartening
has been the strange indifference which a few have shown,
even amounting to persistent failures to reply to letters asking
for facts which they alone could supply.

But the helps have been far more than the hindrances. The
great majority of the many hundred letters written have
received prompt and helpful replies. Officers and clerks in
charge of valuable records have shown uniform courtesy and
kindness. A few relatives have contributed to the expense of

traveling, etc., which the extended researches of the author
have incurred. The following are some of the authorities
which have been consulted with thoroughness, and from which
many facts have been obtained:

Town Records of Springfield, Mass.

Tawn Records of Wilbraham, Mass.

Town Records of Enfield, Conn.

Town Records of Monson, Mass.

Town Records of West Springfield, Mass.

Town Records of Hadley, Mass.

Town Records of Brimfield, Mass.

Town Records of \'ershire, Yt.

Old Colony Records.

New England Historical and Genealogical Regi ter, 44

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary.

Durrie's Index.

Temple's History of Xorthfield.

Stiles' Ancient Windsor.

Register of Canterbury Cathedral.

Register of St. Dionis, Back Church. London.

Register of St. George's, Hanover Sq., County of Aliddlcsex.

Register of St. James', Clerkenwell.

Register of Parish of Kensington. County Middlesex.

Visitations of London.

Visitations of Yorkshire (manuscript in British Museum).

Stebbins' Wilbraham Centennial.

Great pains have been taken to secure accuracy, but it would
be quite impossible to avoid all errors in collecting such a
multiplicity of dates and proper names from such a variety of
sources; bence, in that respect especially, the author craves the
kind indulgence of his friends.

Attention is called to the unlocked for success achieved in


the matter of illustrations. They certainly add much to the
value of the book.

Now let all who belong- to " the Warriner family of New
England origin " take note that they need be strangers no
more. With this volume in hand any one of them may trace
his lineage to William Warriner, of Springiield, and determine
in a very few minutes the nearness or remoteness of his kin-
ship to any other member of the Warriner family.

The supreme good that such books may accomplish is the
turning of our thoughts from the past to the future, and our
learning the value of living for the welfare of tihose who are
coming after us. In a short time our names will be written
among the ancestors, and the harvests from our seed-sowing
will be gathered by the generations yet unborn.

E. W.

Stepney. Conn., June 15, i8p8.

Genealogy of the Waniner Family.

Tlie original ancestor of the New England W'arrincrs joined
the settlers of Springfield, Mass., in 1638. His birthplace and
ancestry are unknown. That England was the land of his
nativity is probable beyond all doubt. He seems to have
been one of the earliest of that name of whom history or tra-
dition gives us any account. Tradition says that William
Warriner. about the year 1600, eloped from Lincolnshire,
England, with Lady Clififord (?), daughter of Lord Howe, or
Howard, an English admiral, and made his escape — with
other members of the family, who naturally would want to
get out of the way of the offended and insulted nobleman —
into Yorkshire. While crossing a river one or two of the
\\^arriners were drowned. William and another were saved,
also the lady. And the tradition further states that William
settled in Yorkshire.

The English parish records of that period mention several
Warriners. one of whom in particular bears the name William.
The parish records, copied in the foot-note, establish a strong
probability that the W'illiam Warriner mentioned many times
in the Canterbury Cathedral register, who had children chris-
tened in that church from t6ot to 1614. who buried several
children in the Canterbury churchyard, whose wife. Alice, was
buried there in 1619, and of whom all records in tlie books of
Canterbury Cathedral cease at that time, is the same William
Warriner who eloped from Lincolnshire about 1600 with T^^dy
(Alice) Clifford (?), and that he is the identical William War-


riner who appeared among die pioneers of Springfield, Mass.,
in 1638. If this be the case, he was probably a widower, at
least fifty-seven years of age when he married Joanna Scant
in 1639, and about ninety- four when he died in 1676. And
this is altogether credible, for some of his descendants have
lived beyond that age.* There is here no discrepancy as to

* The following items are copied from ancient registers:
L Register of Canterbury Cathedral, 1564- 1878.
(i) Christenings. — " 1601 June 5, Afra the daughter of Wil-
liam Warriner." " 1607 June 21, Elizabeth the daughter of
WilHam Warriner." " 161 1 April 7 Roger, the sonne of Wil-
liam Warriner." " 1612 May 12, the sonne of Willi xm War-


[One would naturally presume this to be the William War-
riner who went to Springfield in 1638, since he would have
been about twenty-six years of age at the time, but below are
records of Canterbury which state that " Wilham Wairriner,
son of William was buried in 1615," establishing clearly the
fact that this child William died at three years oi age.]

" 1614 July 19 Margaret the daugthter of William War-
riner." " 161 5 July 30 Mary Wanriner, daughter of Mr.
IMathew Warriner, pety canon." " 161 9 Oct. 21 John War-
riner the sonne of Mr. Warriner." " 1617, July 2y, Richard
the sonne of Mr. Warriner." " 1643 July 9 Maitihew the son'e
of Richard Warriner and Sarah his wife."

(2) Burials. — " 161 1 Apr. 10 Roger ye sonne of William
Warrener." " 161 5. Jan. 17 Margaritt, the daughter of Wil-
liam Warrener." " 1615 December 26 William Warr'ner the
son of William Warriner." " 161Q Jan. 19 AVa Warriner
ye wife of Mr. Warriner." " 1636 November 18, Marye War-
rener, daughter of Mathew Warrener Petti cannon of this
Church." [Next recordl. "1632 March i. Reed of Do:
Kingslcy Archdeacon of Cant. Six shillings & Eight pence to
be distributed to ye poore with in ye precincte of this Church
wch he is to pay for a license to eate flesh granted to him and
others by ye Archbishop of Cant, his Di ma' til."

Mat. Warriner, Sacrist.


dates. The principal objection that might be named to identi-
fying- the William Warriner of the Cathedral record wit.i our
William Warriner of New England, is the long distance of

" 1643 January 10 ^Margaret ye wife of Air. Alathew War-
riner." " 1643 February 14 Mr. Warriner." " 1643 Novem-
ber 29 Alathew ye sonne of Richard Warriner."

II. Register of St. Dionis, Back Church, London, —
beginning 1538.

Burial. — " 1698 abortive female of James Warren er's in
South church yard."

III. Register of St. George's, Hanover Square, in
County of Middlesex.

Marriages. — " 1751 Robert King and Susannaih Warren-
ner." '* 1761 Feb. 4, Richard Wright B. and Catharine War-
riner S." " 1780 George Warriner and Elizabeth Grubb."

I\'. Register of St. James', Clerkenwell, 1551-1754.

(i) Christenings. — " 1640 Oct. 11, William s. of Anthony
Warriner & Elizab. his wife." " 1642 July 3 Frances dau. of
Anthonye W^arrier «&: Eliz. vx." " 1644 Apr. 14, Anthonye s.
of Antho Warriner and Elizabeth vx." " 1646, Oct. 18, Ann
d. of Anthony Warriner & Elizabeth vx." " 1649 April 8,
Wm. s. of Antho Warriner and Eliz. vx." " 1651 Jan. 11
Rachelle d. of Antho Warriner and Ellen." " 1653 April 17
Judith d. of Antho Warriner." " 1668 Dec. 6 Elizsabeth d.
of Richard Waryner." " 1690 Dec. 21, John son of Robert
& Sarah Warriner." " 1693 Sept. 3, James s. of Robert War-
riner & Sarah his wife." " 1696 Oct. 25 Robert s. of Robt
Warrener & Sarah his wife bom 11." " 1679 Nov. 4. Sarah
d. of Robt Warriner & Sarah his wife."

. (2) Marriage. — " 1665 May 21, John Wellum & Arm War-

(3) Burials. — " 1642, Aug. 18, W^illm s. ol .\ntliony War-
riner." " 1645 J^"- 9 ffreeman son of William Warr'ncr."
" 1652 May 28, Rachell d. of Anto Warriner." " 1690 Nov.
2y, Elizabeth Warriner pentioner." " 1700 Sep. 6 Sarah Wrr-
riner, wid."

Y. Parish Register of Kensington, County Middle-


Canterbury Cathedral in the county of Kent from Yorkshire,
the traditional home of William Warriiier. But this fact pre-
sents no difiticulity if we locate his home in both places at dif-
ferent periods. The Cathedral records show that for about
twenty years there were two Warriners, presumably brothers,
William and Matthew, living in or near Canterbury; and Wil-
liam is conspicuous by his absence after 1619, while Matthew

SEX. Christening. — " 1620 Mar. 25, John the bastard son of
John Bannister & of Anne Warrenner of Shure lane London.''

VI. Visitation of London, i 552-1610.

Marriage Licenses. — "1572 Oct. 8, John Warryner and
Alice Turner, spinster of Hackney: Gen. lie." " I5q8 May 16,
William Courti alias Sniythe O'f St. Botolph, Aldergate, gent,
about 27, a clerk in Sir William Spencer's office and Ehzabeth
Warriner of St. Botolph, Bishopgate, her parents dead 8 years:
consent of her uncle and Guardian Thomas Crompton Esq.
attested by his servant Clement Daubney, Gent. [In Vicar-
General's Book she is called dau. of [blank] Warrener, late of
Kendal, Co. Westmoreland, Gent, deed, to marry at St.
Bodolph, Bishopsgate]." "1607 Feb. 4, Mouses Shoucke of
St. Dunstan in the West London, Gent., and Margaret War-
riner, of St. Andrew's, Holborne, widow of Thomas Warriner,
late of same, coach maker, at St. Bennett, Paul Wharf, Lon-
don." " 1625, April II, Solomon Stroude, Baker and Catha-
rine Warriner of St. Sepulchere's London, Spinster, dau. of
Richard W^arriner, Butcher, at St. Ethelburgh, London.''

In addition to these the following items have been obtained:

Wm. Paver's MSS. in British Museum, Vol. Ill, p. 108.
Waterhouse pedigree. Penelope dau. of Thos. Waterhouse
mar. Warriner.

Paver's Consohdated Visitation of Yorkshire. Vol. II, p. 17.
Greenwood pedigree. Robert Greenwood of Wrenthorpe m.

Anne dau. of Warriner of Wakefield (between 1600-

1610 I should say).

Waterhouse pedigree. Penelope dau. of Tliomas Water-
house of Halifax (living 1585) married Thomas Warriner. —
Fo.stcr's Visitation of Yorkshire, p. 353.


remains until his death in 1643. The most natural supposi-
tiom is that, after his wife's death, William Warriner left the
county of Kent, and, after resi-ding nearly a score of years in
Yorkshire, emigrated to New England in 1638.
■4- If there were any records or traditions concerning the reli-
gious tenets or church connections of William Warriner while
he resided in Springfield, it would be easier to detemiine his
identity and his antecedents. On the theory that he was the
William Warriner of Canterbury Cathedral record, the bap-
tism of his children may have been chiefly out of deference to
his wife's attachment to the Church of England, or he may
have been a strong cliurchman at that time and a dissenter
aftenvards. He had no prominence in church affairs in

Several persons have alluded to traditions of the Welsh
origin of the name and family, but in this connection no
authority seems to have been found for anything definite as
to localities or dates.*

The foregoing observations are not claimed to be conclusive.
Until further facts are brought to light it will be impossible to
positively know the antecedents of William Warriner. The
name seems to have been spelled Warrener and Warriner inter-
changeably from the first. The word " Warrener " means the
owner of a warren — a warren being a rabbit park, and
sometimes a hunting reserve of large extent. It is said to
have been applied by way of distinction, sometimes, to the
owner of such lands. The first Warrener, therefore, may have
been a person of privilege; that is, one who was entitled to
convert his lands into a game preserve, and given the exclu-
sive privilege of hunting on them.

Th^re is little in the history of the British people to distin-
guish the family name. One man. at least (of the name of

* Rev. E. A. Warriner heard his father say that the name
was originally spelled Warrinne. and was first applied to some
person or persons in Wales. Some one with time and taste
for the necessary research may yet reconcile what seems
unreconcilable to us.


VVarrener was celebrated as a warrior among the cavaliers.
In a poetic volume written about 1600, called " Songs of the
Cavaliers and Roundheads," is a poem entitled ' Wigan's
Retreat," the first stanza of which is:

'"' Hurrah! for the trumpeter blowing his best,
Blood on his feather and blood on his orest;
Here was old Warrener, trusty as steel,
Fitting a crimson spur fast to his heel."

The career of Rev. William Warrener, of England, has made
the name honorable in the annals of the church. He was
received by John Wesley as a traveling preacher in 1779.
After laboring in Great Britain for some years he went as mis-
sionary to the West Indies. Warrener, Hammet and Clark,
in company with Dr. Coke, embarked September 24, 1786, for
Nova Scotia to reinforce the Methodist missionaries there.
They were a month in reaching the mid seas. There on the
24th of October, their ship sprang aleak. Three days later
a most terrific storm arose, which continued un'il the middle
of December, dismantled the ship and drove her vvitj bare
spars and in a sinking condition to a grateful though unex-
pected haven, in Antigua, on the Feast of the Nativity, a day
of good omen to those islands of the west. There William
Warrener remained and spent eleven years zealously and suc-
cessfully ministering the Gospel to the negro slaves, be ng the
first of the English preachers regularly appointed to that work.
In 1779 he returned to England, and continued as a regular
itinerant till 1818. After that, for a few years, he was a super-
numerary supply. He died at his home in Leeds, November
27, 1825, in the 75th year of his age, " triumphing gloriously
in death."*

* Condensed from Ethridge's Life of Coke and Minutes of
Conferences, Vol. VT, p. 108. His travels are more definitelv
traced in the following record of appointments: 1770. Gnins-
boro circuit; 1780, Gainsboro cir., with George Shadford and
others; 1781, Gainsboro cir. again; 1782. Aberdeen cir.; i"83,
Dundee cir.; 1784, Berwick cir.; 1785, Brecon cir.; 1786.


William Warriner, the New England ancestor, was made a
freeman, or voter, in 1638. Under the first charter of the
A'lassachusetts Colony none were . regarded as freemen, or
members of the body politic, except such as were admitted by
the General Court and took the oath of allegiance to the gov-
ernment here established. This custom continued in existence
until by the second charter the colony was transferred into a

We learn from the Springfield records that Wi liam War-
riner was married to Joanna Scant in 1639.1 ^'^^ town clerk
made the following record of her death: " Jo'hanna, wife of
Wm. Warriner, dyed ye 7th of ye 12th mon. 1660." On Octo-
ber 2, 1661, he married Elizabeth, widow of Luke Hitchcock,
of Wethersfield, Conn.t She was the mother of Hatmah,
John and Luke Hitchcock. She survived ^Ir. Warriner and
became the third wife of Joseph Baldwin, of Hadley.§

This Warriner seems to have been, previous to his ma.'i iage
in 1639, the only person of the name residing in New England.

Angina, with J. Baxter; 1787, ditto, with J. Clark; 1788. ditto,
vv'ith J. Harper; 1789, not found; 1790, Antigua, with J.
Harper; 1791, St. Christopher's; 1792, ditto, with Richard Pat-
tison; 1793, ditto, with John Baxter; 1794, 1795, ditto, with
John Baxter and others; 1796- 1798, : 17'' 0.

1800, Buddington, York Dist.; 1801, 1802, Sunderlar.d cir.,
Grimsby Dist.; 1803, Alnwick and Berwick cir.; 1804, Stock-
ton cir.; 1805, Darlington cir.; 1806, ^lalton cir., York Dist.

His wife is mentioned in the Minutes for several yenrs after
1800, also his daughter, Ann, who was allowed eigit p unds
eight shillings from the fund for the education of preachers'
daughters in Kingswood school.

* The freeman's oath may be seen in New England Histori-
can and Genealogical Register, Vol. H, p. 89.

fBoldwood reads the name Searl. and thinks she wis the
daughter of John Searl. I have looked at the origmal record
carefully. The name is quite plainly written " Scant "' — T^ W.

X The town records .show that they were married in Hadlcy.

§ Mr. Baldwin died Nov. 2, 1684. and she died .Vpr. 25, 1696.


One Ralph Warriner, who is once men'tioned in the Old
Ooloii}' Records, may have been brother to William. He
seems to have been a transient person and not an inhabitant.
At any rate no record in New England seems to contain any
further mention of him.* There was a Ralph Warritier, whose
name appeared in the records of Virginia about that time.y

In violation of a law made in 1640, William Warriner sold
his canoe to some party outside t'he " plantation," and was
fined therefor.^ In 1642 a second division of the plantation
was made, and "Will: Warriner," as one of the " maryed
psons," :had " 10 rod bredth." Those having the '' biggest
familys " had "12 rod to begin upward at ye edge of ye liill "
(Chestnut street). In casting lots for land he obtained sev-
eral acres.

In 1664 Wm. Pynchon was taxed for purchase money to
pay the Indians for land, 10 shillings. Another similar tax
on 40^- acres, owned by "Will: Warrener," was 11 s^.'illings
2 pence. " Wm. Warrinar " had one acre in lot 17, as part of
the land " on ye Mile River, beginning lowermost on ye south-
east branch, and so going up to ye little brooke, and then

upward to ye 16 acres, and so on to ye north branch of

ye upper end, and then come downward, and lastly to ye lake
or pond."§

He owned a considerable part of what is now the heart of
Springfield. His house stood near the spot where the old
court-house now stands, on the north side of First Congrega-
tional church, in front of Court Square.

THiis venerable ancestor of all the New England Warrinerq
died in Springfield, Mass.. June 2. 1676, age not known. He
was among the original white settlers of that part of Massa-

* This man " was fined tos " by " a quarter court held at
Boston 3d Day of the 7th month. 1639, for being at excessive
drinking at Grayes at ^ylarblehcad." — Old Colony Records.

t For further account of him. see Appendix.

X Green's Hist, of Springfield. Here the name is spelled
" Warrener."

§ Green's Hist, of Springfield, pp. 95. tig.


cliusetts, and had been thirty-eig'ht years a resident oi the
place. There is no record of his obsequies, and no memorial
marks the place of his burial.

While he made no will, the following interesting record
shows what disposition was made of his estate. The copy is
verbatim ct literatim:

" James Warriner, of Springfield Presented to this Corte
Sepr 26, 1676 ye agreement of ye Persons Concerned as to ye
Distribution of ye Estate of Wm. Warriner Deceased which
Articles of agreement is upon ffile, & ye Corte haveing Con-
sidered it have Confirmed itt.

'■ Here fYolloAveth a Coppy of ye Articles of agreement
betwixt ye

" Legates of ye Estate of Wm. Warriner Deceased what
each persons part of ye estate shall bee

Bee it known to all whome it may Concern that it is mutu-
ally agreed between Elizabeth Widdow on ye One part, &
James Warriner, Joseph Warriner and Thoma.s Noble ye
children of Wm. Warriner, her late husband on ye Other part
what as to ye Devition of ye Estate of ye sayd Wm. Warriner
the sayd widdow shall have & enjoy the third of iher Husband's
whole Estate during her naturall life, and moreover sihe is to
enjov ye whole house and house lott, ye half of ye homelott
& ye whole meaddow yt lyeth against ye homelott & ye whole
orchard except one Row of trees and alsoe so much of ye Barn
as she needes to Bestow ye Product of her part of ye Land in.
& ye Lott on ye other side of ye River Right against ye house
Conteining three acres three Roods or thereabouts all these to
be to he with ye Preveledges & Appurtenances thereto belong-
ing During her naturall life or Widdowhood moreover ye
sayd Widdow shall Receive out of ye state of her sayd Hus-
band the sum of fifteene Poundes (which shall presendy be set
Out to her) to be hers and at her free Dispose for ever, also
shall have ye whole Produce yt she can Rayse out of ye Prem-
ises bv her Own Diligent & Prudent Labor & to be to her &
at her free dispose for ever.

And ve Rest of ve Estate of ve savd Wm. Warriner shall all


& every part of it be to ye children of ye sayd Wm. Wairriner
wholdly free & quit from all Claime or Challenge yt may be
made by ye sayd widdow or any other by, from, or under her.

Hereto as our free and voulentary act & Deed we have for ye
Preventing qarrl & Discord & for ye maintaineing of mutuall
love & peace between us, given our free & full Consent except
ye Corte see Cause to alter ye same or part thereof, and in
Confirmation hereof we have subjoined our handes & scales
ye Day & yeare above written
In Presence ofT Elizabeth F her mark Thomas Noble

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