Raven

Catherine RAVEN

Spouse:  William WALDRON married at Alcester co Warwick 11/26/1600

Children: William; George baptized at Alcester co. Warwick 4/26/1603, married at Alcester 5/31/1635 Bridget Rice;  John baptized 10/25/ 1606; Thomas baptized 10/29/ 1608, died in 1633; Foulke baptized 3/3/ 1610; Robert baptized 4/9/ 1612; Elizabeth baptized 10/10/1613; Major Richard baptized at Alcester co Warwick 1/6/1615, one of the most prominent pioneers of NH, settled at Dover NH 1636, treasurer, commissioner to hear small causes, selectman deputy to the general court, and speaker of the house at Boston for six years, president of the province 1681, tortured to death by Indians in 1689 married (1) ? (2) Ann Scammon; Katherine baptized 2/7/ 1618;  Alexander baptized 4/6/ 1620; Humphrey baptized 8/4/ 1622; Edward. 


Soldiers in King Philip's war: THE Walderne family to which the subject of this chapter Richard Walderne belonged is of ancient lineage as seen in the Pedigree found by HG Somerby in England and published by him in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol viii p 78. This shows descent from Edward Waldorne and Joan his wife of Alcester in Warwickshire through George Walderne and Joan Shallarde married July 8 1576 who had William baptized July 25 1577 married Catherine Raven at Alcester November 26 1600 and had nine sons and two daughters. The seventh son was Richard baptized January 6 1615.

Soldiers in King Philip's war: being a critical account of that war: MAJOR RICHARD WALDERNE AND HIS MEN. THE Walderne family to which the subject of this chapter, Richard Walderne, belonged, is of ancient lineage as seen in the Pedigree found by HG Somerby in England and published by him in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol viii p 78. This shows descent from Edward Walderne and Joan his wife of Alcester in Warwickshire through George Walderne and Joan Shallarde, married July 8 1576, who had William baptized July 25 1577 married Catherine Raven at Alcester November 26 1600 and had nine sons and two daughters. The seventh son was Richard baptized January 6 1615. This Richard  Walderne came to America it is said in 1635 to See the Country, He stayed about two Years and returned to England and there Marryed a Gentlewoman of a very good family whose parents were very unwilling She Should come away, her names are not remembered nor of w place. The matter above quoted is from the fragment of a letter from James Jeffrey to Councillor Richard3 Waldron the Major's grandson.Major Walderne came to America with his young wife about 1637. After her death he married Anne Scammon sister of Richard. His children were Paul who died in Algiers about 1669 probably on board one of his father's vessels, Timothy who died while a student in Harvard College, Richard born 1650, Anna married Rev Joseph Gerrish, Elnathan born July 6 1659 in Boston died Dec 10 1659, Esther born Dec 1 1660 in Boston married 1 Henry Elkins 2 Abraham Lee June 21 1686 3 Richard Jose and 4. She died in the Isle of Jersey, Mary born Sept 14 1663 in Boston died young, Eleazer born May 1 1665, Elizabeth born Oct 8 1666 married John Gerrish of Dover, Maria born July 17 1668 died about the age of fourteen, Richard the son of Major Walderne changed the surname to Waldron and the family has since been known as Waldron. He married 1 Hannah Cutt Feb 16 1681 who died Feb 14 1682 at the birth of her first child, 2 Eleanor Vaughan who died September 1727. He died Nov 3 1730.  ///  It is supposed that Major Walderne was a man of some property when he came to this country as he purchased a large tract of land at Cocheco Dover NH where he settled about 1640, erected saw mills, established his business and made his home. He was a man of remarkable enterprise and ability and by wise investment and diligent use of his opportunities acquired a large property for his time. He established a truck house for the accommodation of the Indians and his own gain at Pennacook in 1668 and it was there that an Englishman Thomas Dickinson was killed by an Indian who was drunk and whom the Indians immediately punished with death. An investigation ensued and Major Walderne was accused of selling or furnishing liquors at his truck house which made the Indian drunk contrary to the laws and the special terms of the treaty. The papers in this case are preserved in the Mass Archives vol 30 pp 154 161. The liquors were said to be sold by the hand of Paul Walderne son of the Major and Peter Coffin. During the investigation the Major was suspended from his office by his brother magistrates but upon his own oath as to his entire innocence of complicity either direct or indirect in the affair and upon the evidence he was acquitted as well as his son and was restored to his office and power while Peter Coffin was convicted and fined fifty pounds. He was much in public life and exerted a wide influence in various ways. He was representative to the General Court for thirteen years and was Speaker of the House for seven years was appointed to be a magistrate for the North Circuit of old Norfolk County consisting of Portsmouth and Dover and also of the County of York. Major Walderne seems to have been in full sympathy with the strictest Puritans of Massachusetts Colony and a sturdy champion of colonial rights and ecclesiastical authority if we regard his severe treatment of the Quakers within his jurisdiction as zeal for the church. His wide influence among the people is seen to have been due to general popularity by his large vote at elections in the times when people dared to put their will and meant to put their conscience into their votes In his extensive trade with the Indians and in constant communication with them he seemed to have kept their confidence and to have had very little trouble with them in the thirty five years that he had lived near them. There had been provocations doubtless on the part of the English as well as the Indians and the Major in common with other magistrates was obstinate and stupidly severe in the administration of English law upon a wild heathen people who had no more idea of its meaning than of Sanskrit. The Indians knew the meaning of gratitude as well as vengeance they could bide their time and dissemble submission but they did not forget Dover was a frontier town and several years before the war houses had been fortified and a stockade set up about the meeting house to prevent a surprise. Large numbers of Indians were coming and going among the settlers were received and entertained in their houses were well acquainted with the habits and peculiarities of their home life and ways of business and worship and it is probable that there was no other place in the Colony where the relations of settlers and Indians were more free and kindly than in this settlement at Dover. At the same time here as elsewhere the English regarded the Indians with ill concealed contempt as inferior beings and not really worth conciliating in permanent friendship but to be tolerated till such time as they could be conveniently driven away.

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