After coming across many references to the Waller family in my research into the origins of Henry Downs and his wife, Jane Douglas of Spotsylvania and Orange Cos. Virginia, I became intrigued by the many variations in the origin of Dr John Waller, the proved father of Col John Waller ( 1673 -1754) of King William and Spotsylvania Cos. Virginia.
I found two articles that were very helpful, but still were not entirely accurate,The Wallers of Endfield
Contain these references pertaining to his training and educational and family back ground:
The following items are here presented as records that refer to Doctor John Waller (circa 1645-1723) of Newport Pagnell.
In Venn and Venn (editors), Alumni Cantabrigienses . . . Part 1--1751, Volume IV [Cambridge: University Press, 1927], page 321, column 1, we find this record: Waller, John Admitted] sizer at St. Catharine's [Cambridge] June 10, 1664. Son of John, a clothier of Braintree, Essex. M. B. [Medicinae Baccalaureus] 1667. Buried at Newport Pagnell, Bucks., Aug. 6, 1723 Will (P.C.C., 1723). Father of Edmund (1698 [Cambridge]) and possibly of William (1697 [Cambridge] (10a) (J. R. Glencross) [authority for this identification]."
In Barber Surgeons Mss. in the Guildhall Library, London, Register of Apprentices 1657-1672, Ms. 5266/l, page 4, we find this entry June 23, 1658: John Waler son of John Waler of Baintry [Braintree?] Essex, places himself apprentice to Thomas Woodly barber surgeon for 7 years from this day.
While from Register of Freemen 1665-1704, Ms. 5265/2, page Id. 1665 (same repository as above) we have this item: John Waller apprentice of Thomas Woodley, barber surgeon, admitted for service on the 6th of February 1665/6 and sworn.
We give the items above just as they appear in Alumni Cantabrigienses and in the Register of Apprentices and Register of Freemen of the Barber Surgeons Guild. (11)
Most of the researchers, after presenting this information, reject it and say that:
" however, it seems certain that he was descended from the Wallers of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire."
All the research into these families has failed to produce any proof of this.
The three Beaconsfield families investigated were:
1. The Robert Waller (ca 1560-1616) family, who did have a son, John, born in 1616, for whom his father added a codicil to his will, and to whom his father's sister, Margaret, left 20 pounds in her will dated 3 March 1631, proved 11 May 1632.This John, however, seems to have put it to good use, and was likely, the John Waller, age 17, who sailed to Virginia4 July 1635, on the 'Transport' from Gravesend.He may have also been the John Waller who died in Ware parish, Gloucester Co. VA in 1688.
2.The Thomas Waller(ca 1610 -1682) family, cousins of the above,also had a John in it, who was thought to be Dr John of Newport Pagnell, until the will of his mother , Ann Waller, nee, Keats was found, in which she identifies him as "John Waller, merchant of London".
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.
3.The Edmund Waller (1605 - 1687)family of Hill Barn, Beaconsfield, the famous poet and eldest son of Robert above. He had had one son, Robert, ( 1632 - (after 1653) - when he was mentioned in his grandmother's will, by his first wife, and five sons by his second wife.However only the names of four of these sons were known, and it was thought that the fifth son might be Dr. John.However a contract for a land salefound among Edmond's papers, lists three of his children, Anna Maria, his daughter by his first wife, and Edmond, Jr. and Richard, two sons of his second wife.Richard must have died, because he is not mentioned in the codicil to Edmond Sr's will of 1687, in which he leaves annuities of fifty pounds a year to each of his four living sons, Edmund Jr., William, Stephen and Benjamin.
Site for this information on the Edmund Waller Family:
The fact that Dr. John Waller gave four of his sons the same names has been considered evidence of a family connection, but that may have been just the impression the doctor wanted to give.
John Waller, after receiving his M. B. (Bachelor of Medicine) degree in 1667, married Mary Pomfrett on 13 Jan 1669 in the parish church of Walton, Bucks.Their children, all baptised at Newton Pagnell, were as follows:
1.Leonard, 21 Oct 1670
2.William, 24 Sep 1671
3.John, 28 Jan 1673 (to VA)
4.Mary,23 May 1674, died 16 Jun 1676
5.Thomas, 17 Oct 1675
6.Steven, 24 Nov 1676
7.Benjamin, 18 Mar 1679
8.James, 25 May 1683, died 23 Jul 1683
9. Jemima, 31 Aug 1684
10.James II, 6 Jul 1688
In his will, dated 1716, and recorded 8 Nov 1723 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, he does not mention his wife who must have predeceased him.His sons Leonard and James II are also not mentioned.
He does mention sons Benjamin, William, John, in VA, Thomas, Edmund and daughter, Jemima. He also mentions his brother Thomas , who lives in VA.(This is probably the Thomas Waller Family of Surry and Amelia Cos. VA (See Boddie, Historical Southern Famileis, Vol. II, p. 263 - 266) and the legacy his sister, Alice,Waller, Jemima's aunt, left her
Much of the information presented below is taken from two articles by Andrew Lewis Riffe, “The Wallers of Endfield, King William County, Virginia” (Part 1 and Part 2), which were published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in July and October 1951