William was the Emigrant Ancestor of the Warriners in America, arriving in 1638 at Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, very soon after its settlement. Click here for the founding of Springfield.
The first mention of William's name on these shores was in 1639, the year he married JOANNA SEARLE at Springfield. The actual record reads 5th month 31st day, 1639, but June only has 30 days, so it may have been the 1st of July. Another record states July 31st.
Joanna was born in 1614 in Ottery, St. Mary, Devonshire, England, the daughter of Thomas and Agnes Searle.* She had a younger brother named John Searle, who is believed to have immigrated from Warwick, England around 1634 with his brothers Andrew and Edward, and sister Joanna. One of the two brothers named a child Joanna.
There appear to be no records indicating William held any church affiliation while at Springfield.
William Warriner was made a freeman, or voter, on 2 May 1638. Under the first charter of the Massachusetts Colony, no one could be admitted, or regarded as, a “freeman”, or member of the body politic, unless admitted by the General Court, and he must also take the oath of allegiance to the government. This custom continued in existence until the Second Charter.
William Warriner was on nearly all the important committees concerning town affairs as would be seen by looking in the town records of the time. At Springfield, on 1 November 1652, he was “chosen and sworne to the office of a Constable of the Towne of Springfeild for the yeare ensueing and till anothe be chosen in his roome”. He was chosen to be a Selectman in 1658.
On 6 February 1648/49, William swore the Oath of Fidelity at Springfield. A few months later, on May 30th, 1649, along with Samuell Chapin, he was ordered to pay 1½ bushels of marsh wheat to Henry Burt for the damage their team of oxen did to his field.
William did a couple of stints as a juror at Springfield, on 27 September 1659, and on 25 September 1660.
On May 8, 1663, at Springfield, William took the Oath of Freemanship/Allegiance, with the wording appears thus: “William Warriner [was] made free of this Comon Wealth”.
As seen above, it didn't take much to be hauled before the authorities for infractions of the rules. And It didn’t take too long for William to be involved in a lawsuit. On 18 Jun 1640, at Springfield, he complained against Henry Gregory regarding the “layenge false imputations of money” that seemingly involved a contract they both had with Richard Everit.
Then on 2 December 1661, he was involved in another lawsuit at Springfield. This time,
Richard Fellows Compaines against Willaim Warrinar for withholding pay for his many Harmon Rowleys victualls at Chikkuppy as he passed to and from the Lead mines: to the vallue of wich William Warrinar engaged to pay for Uppon the Testymonys of John Ginny and Garret Dolley which are on file it appeared that William Warriner had ingaged to pay Richard Fellows his just demand wich being examented and rectified William Warriner is Adjudged to pay Richard Fellows the sum of eight and twenty shillings and six pence.
William “Warrener” sold his canoe to someone outside the “plantation”. It was his property, but evidently this was a violation of some law made in 1640, for he was fined for doing so.
The Warriner homelot was the first north of Court Square. City Hall, the store of Smith & Murray and the Five Cents Savings Bank building stood on the lot granted to him by the Town, at least when the main book about the Warriner family was written. This was on the north side of the First Congregational Church, in front of Court Square. There was also a cemetery there where he and sons were buried, but the cemetery was eventually closed and bodies removed to Springfield Cemetery on Maple Street.
In 1642, there was a second division of the plantation at Springfield. As one of the “maryed” persons, “Will: Warriner” had “10 rod bredth.” Those having the “biggest familys” had “12 rod to begin upward at ye edge of ye hill” (Chestnut street). In casting lots for land he obtained several acres.
In 1664, William Pynchon was taxed 10 shillings for purchase money to pay the Indians for land. Another similar tax on 40-1/2 acres, owned by "Will: Warrener," was 11s 2d. "Wm. Warrinar" had one acre in lot 17, as part of the land “on ye Mile River, beginning lowermost on ye southeast 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 latly to ye lake or pond.”
William Warriner was most likely a farmer, but did occupy himself with other matters. A small reckoning in Mr. John Pynchon’s Account Book, volume 3, follows:
Joanna Searle Warriner died either February 7th, 1660/61 (or September 7th) at Springfield (or Westfield). They accounted for the twelve months differently than we do today. The town clerk of Springfield records the event: “Johanna, wife of Wm. Warriner, dyed ye 7th of ye 12th mon. 1660”. There, obviously, seems to be some controversy over the place and date of Joanna's death.
William married second, at Hadley, Hampshire Co, Mass., on 2 October 1661, the Widow Elizabeth Hitchcock, the former Elizabeth Gibbons, born at Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, England. She had mar. (1) about 1640, Luke Hitchcock of Wethersfield, Connecticut. The town records indicate they had married in Hadley, Massachusetts. She was the mother of Deacon John, Hannah, and Luke Hitchcock. Click here for a genealogy for Elizabeth Gibbons.
People were getting sick and tired of England imposing customs fees on goods they were exporting out of or importing into the Massachusetts colony. A petition circulated around Springfield, protesting these customs fees, and on February 2nd, 1668/69, William signed it.
William Warriner died on 2 June 1676 at Springfield, Mass. He was among the original white settlers of that part of Massachusetts, and had been 38 years a resident of the place. No memorial marks the place of his burial. There was a cemetery at Springfield where William and his sons were buried, but the cemetery was eventually closed and bodies removed to Springfield Cemetery on Maple Street.
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Warriner Lineage. This Warriner web page appears to belong to J. Devlin on Rootsweb, but "Home" page is inoperable and no webmaster is identified.
Springfield: Biographical and Genealogical; pgs. 621-660 (Vol. 2) of The First Century of the History of Springfield, by Henry M. Burt, on the Massachusetts American Local History Network, hosted by USGenNet, Kathy Leigh, Webmistress. Includes Warriner, Searle, and Pynchon.
Descendants of Michael Warriner.
The web page, set up by Raymond Paul Warriner, is ridiculously ill-prepared. The email address is inaccurately presented. There is no Home Page. Mr. Warriner states he took information from Warriner Family of New England Origin (genealogy of William Warriner, Pioneer, Settler of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Descendants, 1638-1898) by Edwin Warriner; as well as from other sources. Much of the information presented here seems to be from individual family-history group sheet submissions to the LDS genealogy databank and has made its way to Ancestry or Rootsweb dot-com websites. Therefore, they cannot be trusted for fact. When presenting information from several sources, one should indicate the data in a logical, readable, manner. Quite frankly, all of the early family tradition presented here has been twisted and convoluted to the point where it is unintelligible and confusing beyond description. Go to this web page at your own risk.
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