Sunday, April 21, 2013

Surname Saturday - WARNER

Today is the 306th anniversary of the birth of my 6th great grand uncle Elisha Warner, which has led me to focus on the Warner Family this Surname Saturday. Those of us who have early American immigrants in our family trees, the search for information often yields lots of details. This is true of the Warner family.

Our Warner immigrant, Andrew, has been written about extensively. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vols. I-III has information on him (This information is available at the New England Historical Genealogical Society's website

He was born at Hatfield Broadoak in Essex, England about 1595. His immigration is listed as 1633 with his first residence at Cambridge. He moved to Hartford in 1636, to Farmington in 1648, back to Hartford in 1650 and finally to Hadley in 1659. He was a member of the Puritan Church in Cambridge prior to 14 May 1634 when he was declared a freeman. He became a Deacon in the Church at Hartford by February 1639.

In his later years, Andrew Warner was a "maltster" or one who brewed malt beverages. According to "History of Hadley: Including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts by Sylvester Judd and Lucius M. Boltwood published in Northampton by Metcalf & Company in 1863 and available on, "John Barnard...had a malt0house in Hadley, and another in Wetherfield, and was called "maltster." Andrew Warner hired his malt-house in Hadley, and it was burnt in 1665. He then built malt-works for himself, and was the maltster of Hadley, and his son Jacob seems to have succeeded him." It seems that he was also distilling other liquors as his inventory shows "Andrew Warner of Hadley had a small still valued at 10 shillings."

Lucien C. Warner and Josephine Genung Nichols compiled a genealogy, "The Descendants of Andrew Warner" which was published in New Haven, Connecticut in 1919. This volume is available at digitized by Brigham Young University for all to read. They trace the Warner ancestry to John Warner of Great Waltham, England. The link below will take you to a copy of the Coat of Arms for the Warner family of Great Waltham that they believed was used by John Warner Arms of Warner of Great Waltham. Another Warner researcher, has included a more up-to-date image on his website
Unfortunately, I could not find a means of contacting him to ask the origin of this image. He does state that he had not found information on this image to tie it to John Warner.

Our descent from Andrew Warner is as follows Cecily daughter of Charles N. Cone, Jr.; son of Charles N. Cone, son of Frederick N. Cone, son of William Warner Cone; son of Naaman and Joanna Warner Cone; Joanna Warner daughter of Thomas Warner and Rhoda Hopkins; Thomas Warner son of Eleazer Warner and Joanna Hale, son of Thomas Warner and Delight Metcalf, son of Andrew Warner and Deborah Leffingwell, son of Isaac Warner and Sarah Boltwood, son of Andrew Warner and his first wife Mary Humphrey.

1 comment:

  1. You are a (very) distant cousin of mine through Andrew-1 Warner and his 1st wife. I do all of my genealogy research on You can find a Memorial for Andrew at that source. If you click on Andrew's son Daniel, then click on Daniel's son Samuel, you will find my name as "creator" of the Memorial for Samuel. Click on my name, read, then you can find my email address at the bottom of my bio profile. I have much that I can share with you. Mary in MI