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2,083. William Warriner (Married Joanna Searle (#2,084) on 31 July 1639. After her death, he married Elizabeth (Gibbons) Hitchcock on 2 October 1661) (Source of all purple information on this page is from James Cox Brady and his ancestry, by Louis Effingham De Forest, New York: De Forest Publishing Co., 1933 p. 372 - 375. Brady used History of Springfield as a main resource of his study.


Born: ? of an Unknown father (#4165) and Unknown mother (#4166)

Died: 2 June 1676 in Springfield, Massachusetts.


[His siblings, if any are unknown to Susan Snyder, the compiler of information for this website]


Miscellaneous Information:

"William Warriner emigrated to New England and was made a freeman of the Masssachusetts Bay Colony on 2 May 1638. He settled at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he on July 31, 1639, Joanna Searle, the sister of John Searle of Springfield...."

William and Joanna had 3 children: James, Hannah (#1,042), and Joseph.

"On December 24, 1640, a second division of the planting land at Springfield was made, and William Warriner was granted land 'ten rod in bredth.' On the same date, he and others were granted permission 'to seeke out for ye use of them a Cannoe tree.' Eight and a half acres were granted him in the division of planting lots in April, 1643, and three acres of meadow. It was forbidden by the town to sell canoes except to the inhabitants, and on May 1, 1645, it was ordered that 'william warrener Robert Ashley is to be accountable to ye towne for 5s each of ym for breach of an order for selling ye Cannoe wthout leave ye rest of ye fine being remitted ym.' Warriner at the same time was fined an additional 10s for this offense, with the note that another 10s fine had been remitted him. The town made a rate of £30 for the purchase of land in 1646, and Warriner was taxed £11 11s 2d on forty and a half acres of land. Again in May, 1664, £20 was raised to pay for part of the Indian land of the plantation, and Warriner was taxed 10s. He was appointed surveyor for the town in November, 1646, and surveyor of town highways in November, 1648, and in February, 1660/1. Nine men, Warriner among them, were empowered by the town in November, 1648, to make a cart way over the meadow, and to take a toll of 4d from those who used the cart way. In 1650 he was appointed fence viewer for the town, and again in 1652, 1657, 1662/3, and 1667/8. Grants of land were made to him frequently: an acre in January, 1651/2, three acres in January, 1655/6, and in January, 1662/3, six acres, on condition that he build or settle on them within a year. He was granted meadow land in February, 1664/5, and vacant land next his own in May, 1672."

"In February, 1652/3, Warriner was granted "halfe of the meeting howse chamber' until the first of November, for which he was to pay 15s in wheat or wampum, and in December, 1653, he was permitted to use the west side of the meeting house chamber, for 7s. On November 4, 1656, 'William Warrener is chosen and desired to continue in his office of a Constable and thereto aggreed.' He was again chosen constable in August, 1665, and then took the oath of office, and again in February, 1672/3. A few days earlier, on January 31, 1672/3, 'Sammuell Ely was chosen Constable for ye yeere ensueinge but he pleaded hard for freedom from the Office, William Warrener the former Constable upon Samll Elyes promise to pay him 20s was persuaded to serve in his roome, wch the towne asented to: & the Oath was administered to him by ye Worpll Major Pynchon.' He was elected townsman in November, 1658, and the following year the election was delayed from November, 1659, to February, 1659/60, so that in December, 1659, Warriner was still in office, and as townsman took part in the seating of the meeting house, in that month. He was then placed in the second seat, a position which he retained in subsequent seating lists. A committee was appointed in January, 1664/5, to consider 'what wayes shalbe accounted Towne high wayes to be made & repayred by the Whole Towne,' and to consider the question of a highway to Windsor, Connecticut, and Warriner served as a member of it. Pynchon offered in February, 1665/6, to contribute £200 towards the building of a new mill for the town, provided the remainder of the sum necessary, estimated at about another £200, should be contributed by the town. This arrangement was not altogether satisfactory, and the inhabitants were asked to contribute individually in order to raise the required sum. Warriner volunteered to give 10s towards the work. He was absent from the town meeting in August, 1666, and was fined. In February, 1668/9, he was appointed surveyor of the town highways, and reappointed in February, 1671/2. In October, 1670, he was required to supply two loads of firewood for the use of the minister. A grant of eight acres was made to him February 1673/4."

"After the death of his first wife, Warriner married on October 2, 1661, Elizabeth (Gibbons) Hitchcock, the sister of William Gibbons of Hartford, Connecticut (whose will of February 26, 1654, was probated March 10, 1654), and the wife of Luke Hitchcock of New Haven and Wethersfield, Connecticut. Hitchcock died on November 1, 1659, and his widow married William Warriner."

"He [William] died at Springfield, Massachusettts, June 2, 1676, leaving no will. An agreement was reached by his heirs, and accepted by the Court on September 26, 1676.

'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
Considered it have Confirmed itt.

Here ffoloweth a Coppy of ye Articles of Agreement betwixt ye Legates of
ye Estate of Wm. Warriner Deceased whst each persons part of ye estate shall bee

Bee it known to all whome it may Concern that it is mutually agreed between’
Elizabeth Widdow on ye One part, & James Warriner, Joseph Warriner and
Thomas 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 & injoy the third of her Husband’s whole house and Estate during her
naturall life, and moreover she is to injoy ye whole 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 her with ye Preveledges & Appurtenances therto belonging During her
naturall life or Widdowhood moreover ye sayd Widdow shall Receive out of ye
State of her sayd Husband the sum of fifteene Poundes (which shall presently
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 Premises by her Own Diligent &
Prudent Labor & to be to her & at her free dispose for ever

And ye Rest of ye Estate of ye sayd Wm. Warriner shall all & every part
of it be to ye children of ye sayd Wm. Warriner 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
quarri & Discord & for ye maintaineing of mutuall love & peace between us, given
our free & full Concent except ye Corte see Cause to alter ye same or part thereof,
and in Confirmation hereof we have subjoined our handes & seales ye Day &
yeare above written.

In Presence off

Elizabeth Warriner (her mark)
Thomas Noble
James Warriner
Joseph Warriner
John Russell Jur
Samll Marshfield'

"The inventory of William Warriner’s estate amounted to £160 19s 10d, and included his house and houselot, and thirty-three acres of land, two cows, a heifer and a calf, two swine, an ox and two steers, and three horses, and his personal property.”


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