Hmmm, very interesting, Jeff.See also message posted by Gene Williams on 11/16/01 below.I agree with Gene that RWW's book does not anywhere say SPECIFICALLY that Sir William died without issue.However there is neither any mention of any children.To quote, for those of you who don't have the book (preface, p. xvi):"In his will dated November 20, 1385...Walworth left large estate in the City of London to his wife for life...(also) to his family and kinsman 180 pounds; to the poor 65 pounds...His complete and valuable set of law books was left to his brother, Thomas. ... Sir William's wife, Margaret, survived him for eight years.Her will was dated January 12, 1393, and is recorded in the Court of Hastings on July 20, 1394." The fact that William left the bulk of his possessions to his wife and brother (and other unspecified "family and kinsman" would seem to suggest that he did not have children, but this is a far cry from proof.
That's not to say that there were not children, however, and it's always possible (until proven otherwise!) that Miles Standish may have been a descendant of Sir William or his brother Thomas.Note that our progenitor William Walworth (b. 1646) also claimed to be a descendant of Sir William, Lord Mayor, but I personally have found no information to prove or disprove his claim.
I have been looking around on various history web sites and genealogy pages for more information on Sir William, but so far I have had no luck.I would be very interested in looking into this further in the future, but family-tracing in medieval England is extremely difficult unless the family in question were royals, knights, noblemen, barons, undertenants of the king, etc. in which case they tend to be better documented.Most people were illiterate in those times, and before the advent of church records, it is unlikely that the common people ever thought to - or had the means to - record "life events" of their families.Even Sir William - who was a knight who saved the king's life! - does not seem to have been important enough to warrant such documentation...or perhaps we just have not found it yet...
Nevertheless, I am very interested in perusing this subject further.If anyone else comes across any further information about Sir William, please keep me posted, I shall be most interested to participate in the undertaking!!