The Warren Family
Richard Warren traveled alone on the Mayflower, choosing to leave his wife and five daughters behind. He survived the general sickness of the first winter of 1620/21 in Plymouth, however he died eight years later.
He is said to be “of London” but may have been born in the Hertford area of England (where he was married), likely around 1585. He married at Great Amwell, Hertford, 14 April 1610, Elizabeth Walker. Elizabeth was baptized at Baldock, Hertford, September 1583, the daughter of Augustine Walker. She died at Plymouth, 2 October 1673, 46 years after the death of her husband, never remarrying. [With 56 grandchildren, Elizabeth didn’t have time to remarry again!]
Elizabeth arrived on the Anne in 1623 with their five daughters. Richard received two acres in the 1623 land division for he and his wife and received an additional five acres for his five daughters. In the cattle division dated 22 May 1627, he is listed with his wife Elizabeth, daughters Mary, Anna, Sara, Elizabeth and Abigail; and sons born at Plymouth, Nathaniel and Joseph Warren.
Richard was a signer of the Mayflower Compact, on 11 November 1620, while the ship was anchored in Provincetown Harbor. He participated in the early explorations of the Cape Cod area in search of a suitable place to establish the new colony. He was also a member of the party that first came upon the Indians in what has later been referred to as the First Encounter.
Children of Richard and Elizabeth (Walker) Warren:
- Mary Warren, born in England, circa 1610; died at Plymouth, 27 March 1683; married at Plymouth, after 22 May 1627, circa 1629, Robert Bartlett; they had eight children: Benjamin, Rebecca, Mary, Sarah, Joseph, Elizabeth, Lydia and Mercy Bartlett.
- Anna Warren, born in England, circa 1612; died at Marshfield, after 19 February 1675/76; married at Plymouth, 19 April 1633, Thomas Little; had nine children: Abigail, Ruth, Hannah, Patience, Mercy, Isaac, Ephraim, Thomas and Samuel Little.
- Sarah Warren, born in England, circa 1614; died probably at Dartmouth, after 15 July 1696, John2 Cooke (Francis1); they had five children: Sarah, Elizabeth, Hester, Mary and Mercy Cooke.
- Elizabeth Warren, born in England, circa 1616; died at Hingham, 9 March 1669/70; married at Plymouth, before 14 March 1635, Richard Church; they had eleven children: Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Nathaniel, ?Richard, Charles, Caleb, Abigail, Sarah, Mary and Deborah Church.
- Abigail Warren, born in England, circa 1618; died at Marshfield, after 3 January 1692/93; married at Plymouth, 8 November 1639, Anthony Snow; they had six children: Lydia, Josiah, Abigail, Sarah, son, and Alice Snow.
- Nathaniel Warren, born at Plymouth, circa 1624; died at Plymouth, between 16 July 1667 and 21 October 1667; married at Plymouth, 19 November 1645, Sarah Walker; they had twelve children: Richard, Sarah, Hope, Jane, Elizabeth, Alice, Mercy, Mary, Nathaniel, John, James and Jabez Warren.
- Joseph Warren, born at Plymouth, circa 1626; died at Plymouth, 15 May 1707; married at Plymouth, circa 1652, Priscilla Faunce; they had six children: Mercy, Abigail, Joseph, Patience, Elizabeth and Benjamin Warren.
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Richard Warren, by Robert S. Wakefield, rev. by Judith H. Swan. vol. 18, part 1. Plymouth, 2004.
Mayflower Passenger References, (from contemporary records and scholarly journals), by Susan E. Roser. 2011. pp. 397-400.
The Warren Cousins is a Family Society for descendants of this Mayflower passenger. See The Warren Cousins for more information.
Richard Warren and Elizabeth Walker were married April 14, 1610 at the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist in Great Amwell, Herfordshire, England.