Re: Origin of Dr. John Waller (ca 1645 - 1723 ) of Newport Pagnell, Bucks
Since this forum is shortly to be frozen, I will post here for anyone who may be interested the conclusive proof that John Waller of Newport Pagnell (d. 175) was not the son of Thomas Waller and Anne Keates of Gregories.
Anne Keates Waller died 1706 leaving a will which was proved in the Prerogative Court ofCanterbury 10 April 1707.The will names her two sons, Edmund Waller (who inherited Gregories) and "John Waller of London, merchant".
This London merchant is mentioned in Treasury records of 1695:
" Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Waller of London, merchant, shewing that he bought in town 27 small bags of Smyrna galls, which were seized in his warehouse by the City Garbler on pretence of not having paid the City Duty, “that he offered the said Garbler his dues on the said goods and that he might garble the same before they were seized, which he refused, alleging that it was too late, the goods having been imported above eight months”; and that he never dealt in this sort of commodity before and was altogether ignorant of the city custom, being no freeman thereof: therefore praying a noli prosequi on the King's behalf on the said goods. "
This John Waller, merchant of London, is obviously not the same person as John Waller of Newport Pagnell.
Looks like Doctor John probably was instead the "John Waller, son of John Waller, clothier of Braintree" who was admitted sizar at St Catherines, Cambridge, in 1663 and was granted the degree of M.B. in 1667. (Alumni Cantabrigienses)