I need help in researching Walker families in East Sussex England. The records I find online are scant and I would like to be pointed in the right direction as to where to find parish church records. Are these housed in a particular city, Diocese, or record office?
I am particularly interested in any Walkers with ties to the village of Plumpton in East Sussex. I have come across St Michaels / All Angles Church in Plumpton and would like to know if any parish records still exist. It looks like an ancient church and I’m not certain it’s still in use.
One of the early settlers of the Maryland colony was George Walker (b. ca. 1630) who owned a tract of land in Anne Arundel County called PLUMPTON in 1664. In those days it was common for English settlers to name their tract of land in the new world for an area /location they left behind in England and this Plumpton in East Sussex strikes me as the best possibility for a match.
From initial research I’ve learned their was indeed a Walker family living in Plumpton circa 1656: “9 October 1656 - Robert Free of PLUMPTON, gentleman with William Wilson of Eastbourne, esq, Robert Free to convey to William Wilson for 440…two farms in PLUMPTON called lentridge, occupied by EDWARD WALKER and Pryors Inhams occupied by George Botting”. In the year 1656 Plumpton could not have been very large so at least there is evidence that a Walker family did reside here and leaves open the possibility that George Walker of Maryland was born and raised in this village. Later deeds suggest Walkers “of Plumpton” are living in the nearby village of Lewes.
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