How do I condense the life of this immigrant ancestor into a few paragraphs and still tell a little of his story? We are fortunate to know so much about Walter Haynes, as he was a linen-weaver by occupation. We would probably have been considered a tradesman, rather than a farmer but most likely raised at least some crops for his family. Not everyone is so fortunate as to have this much information about a tradesman ancestor, so I'm not complaining.
Walter Haynes was born in 1583 in Sutton, Mandeville, Wiltshire, England. It's a small village not far from the south central coast of England, There is a 13th century church there, with the tower built in the 15th century. Walter's parents, probably John and Alice Lambert Haynes, would have been very familiar with this church and likely Walter was, too. We don't know when or if Walter became a Puritan because despite considerable information about him, I don't find mention of a church allegiance.
He and his wife Elizabeth left England on April 24, 1638 on board the "Confidence" and arrived in New England in June of that year. Boston and the surrounding small towns would have been new then, and anxious for skilled men such as linen-weavers to arrive and help build the colony. When Walter arrived, it was with five of their six children, and three servants. Walter was already 55 years old so it was likely that servants were necessary to do some of the hard work of building a home and a town.
Walter first lived in Watertown, probably while the plans were being completed for the founding of the town known as Sudbury. He was granted land there in December of 1639, and the first houses or lean tos were constructed then. Let's hope that he had a house constructed! The first church was organized in 1640, and it seems likely that Walter was a member if only because he was made a freeman in 1641 and was frequently a selectman, and also a representative to the General Court. . We are also told that Walter Haynes's first house was made into a garrison during King Philip's War (1675-1677), after Walter and his wife had both died. This indicates that the house he constructed, or had constructed, was substantial.
Elizabeth tied in 1659 and Walter wrote his will at about that same time. He lived for six more years, dying February 14, 1665. At his death, he left property in England to the daughter who had stayed in England, and his inventory amounted to 495.18.10, which would not seem insubstantial for a linen weaver. I'm proud to call him an ancestor.
The line of descent is:
Suffrance Haynes-Nathaniel Treadway
Elizabeth Treadway-Joseph Hayward
Lydia Hayward-John Hanchett
Hannah Hanchett-John Stannard
Libbeus Stannard-Eunice Pomeroy
Libbeus Stannard-Luceba Fay
Hiram Stanard-Susan Eddy
Louis E Stanard-Mary Alice Hetrick
Etta Stanard-Loren Holbrook
Gladys Holbrook-Richard Allen