Dear Newsgroup ~
Gary Boyd Roberts' book, Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants (2008), pp.
416-421 outlines a royal descent from William the Lion, King of Scots
for the immigrant, Col. John Waller (died 1754), of Spotsylvania
County, Virginia and for Col. Waller's alleged (and unproven) sister,
Mary, wife of Edward Herndon.
The line Mr. Roberts uses is drawn from an earlier Waller pedigree
published in Genealogies of Virginia Families. from Wm. & Mary
Quarterly 5 (2006): 345–349. This pedigree in turn is based on a
still earlier pedigree published by William Berry in the book,
Pedigrees of Buckinghamshire Families (1837), pg. 7.
The William and Mary Quarterly pedigree is available at this weblink:
The basic Waller pedigree as published by Roberts starts with the
immigrant, Col. John Waller (died 1754), of Virginia, then goes back
to the immigrant's proven father, John Waller, Gentleman, of Newport
Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, who died testate in 1723. Then John Waller,
Gentleman, is identified as a younger son of Thomas Waller, Esq., of
Gregories (in Beaconsfield), Buckinghamshire, died 1682, by his wife,
Anne Keate. The alleged royal ancestry comes through Thomas Waller,
Esq.'s grandmother, Dorothy (Gerard) Waller, who died in 1626.
Recently I located evidence which proves conclusively that the
immigrant's father, John Waller, Gentleman, of Newport Pagnell,
Buckinghamshire (died 1723) is NOT the son of Thomas Waller, Esq., of
Gregories (in Beaconsfield), Buckinghamshire, by his wife, Anne Keate,
as claimed by Berry's Pedigrees of Buckinghamshire Families. As such,
the royal line for Col. John Waller, of Virginia, and his alleged
sister, Mary Herndon, fails.
As it turns out, Anne Keate, the widow of Thomas Waller, Esq., left a
will dated 28 September 1706, proved in the Prerogative Court of
Canterbury 10 April 1707. In her will, the testatrix names her two
sons, Edmund Waller, Esq., of Gregories in co. Bucks and John Waller,
of London, merchant. There is no question regarding the identity of
her son, Edmund Waller, Esq., who held the manor of Gregories in the
parish of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire [see, for instance, VCH
Buckingham 3 (1925): 155-165]. As for Anne Keate's other son, John
Waller, of London, merchant, here is a reference to him in the
Calendar of Treasury Papers dated in 1695:
Since the Virginia immigrant's father, John Waller, Gentleman (died
1723), lived his entire adult married life in Newport Pagnell,
Buckinghamshire and was trained and evidently worked as a doctor, he
obviously is not the same person as Anne Keate's son, John Waller, of
London, merchant, who occurs in 1695 and 1706.
The will of Anne (Keate) Waller reads in part as follows:
"In the name of God amen. The twenty eighth day of September in the
fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God
Queen of England esto Anno Domini thousand seven hundred six, I Anne
Waller of Richmond in the County of Surery, widow, being weak in body
but of sound mind and memory (praised be Almighty God therefore)
calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my
last Will and Testament that is to say ...
I hereby nominate and appoint my two sons, Edmund Waller of Gregoryes
in the County of bucks, Esqr, and Mr. John Waller of London, merchant,
guardians of the said Anne Bostorf Fuller until she shall attain to
the age of one and twenty years ...
And I do hereby make constitute and ordain my said two sons, Edmund
Waller and John Waller, executors of this my last Will and Testament
in trust for my said granddaughter as aforesaid ...
In testimony whereof I the said Anne Waller have hereunto set my hand
and seal the day and year first above written. /s/ Ann Waller.
The above will was 10 April 1707 by Edmond Waller, Esq., and John
Waller, they being appointed as executors to administer the estate.
END OF QUOTE.
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For information purposes, below is a brief biographical sketch of the
immigrant's proven father, John Waller, Gentleman, of Newport Pagnell,
Buckinghamshire. His parentage and ancestry are presently unknown.
JOHN WALLER, Gentleman, of unknown parentage. He had one known
brother, Thomas Waller. John Waller was admitted sizer at St.
Catharine’s College, Cambridge University June 10, 1664, and obtained
a Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1667. He married at Walton,
Buckinghamshire 13 Jan. 1669 MARY POMFRETT. They had nine sons,
Leonard, [Rev.] William, [Col.] John, Thomas, Stephen, Benjamin, [Dr.]
Edmund, M.D., James, and James (again), and two daughters, Mary and
Jemima. He occurs on a list of the inhabitants of the high Town of
Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire in 1672 as “John Waller Gen.” In
1690 William Thorpe, of Newport Pagnell, tanner, and Elizabeth his
wife gave a lease to John Waller, of Newport Pagnell, Gent., and Mary
his wife for a messuage where William Thorpe now dwells in the Marsh
end, Newport Pagnell. In 1697 Anthony Chibnall, of Sherington, Gent.,
and his son and heir, John Chibnall, of Sherington gave a mortgage
bond to John Waller, of Newport Pagnell, Gent. As “John Waller,
Gent.,” he presented his son, William Waller, A.M. to the rectory of
Walton, Buckinghamshire 23 June 1711. JOHN WALLER, Gentleman, was
buried at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire 6 August 1723. He left a
will dated 21 August 1716, proved 6 Nov. 1723 (P.C.C. 248 Richmond).
Lipscomb, Hist. & Antiqs. of Buckingham 4 (1847): 387. Notes &
Queries 7th Ser. 7 (1889): 487. Bull, Hist. of Newport Pagnell
(1900): 128, 139. Wm. & Mary Quarterly 9 (1900): 60–64; 2nd Ser. 22
(1942): 302–316. Venn & Venn, Alumni Cantabrigiensis to 1751 4
(1927): 321 (biog. of Edmund Waller, M.D.), 321 (biog. of John
Waller), 321 (biog. of William Waller). Gens. of Virginia Fams. from
Wm. & Mary Quarterly 5 (2006): 345–349. Centre for Buckinghamshire
Studies: Basden Collection, D 114/15 (lease dated 1690) (available at
). Centre for Buckinghamshire
Studies: Ivinghoe Manor and Newport Pagnell Deeds, D 27/176 (mortgage
bond dated 1697) (available at www.a2a.org.uk/search/index.asp
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah