Person:Elizabeth Soule (1)

m. 29 Mar 1623
  1. Zachariah Soulebef 1627 - bef 1663
  2. John Souleabt 1632-1634 - bef 1707
  3. Nathaniel Souleabt 1637 - bef 1699
  4. George Soule, Jr.1639 - 1704
  5. Susannah Souleabt 1642 - abt 1684
  6. Mary Soule1644 - 1720
  7. Patience SouleABT 1645 - 1705
  8. Elizabeth Souleest 1648 - aft 1700
  9. Benjamin Soule1651 - 1676
  • HFrancis Walkerbef 1638 - bef 1702
  • WElizabeth Souleest 1648 - aft 1700
m. bet 2 Jul 1667 and 23 Jul 1668
  1. Isaac WalkerBET 1665 AND 1670 -
  2. Mary WalkerBET 1665 AND 1670 - 1739
  3. Patience WalkerBET 1665 AND 1670 -
  4. Francis WalkerBET 1665 AND 1670 -
Facts and Events
Name Elizabeth Soule
Gender Female
Birth? est 1648 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage bet 2 Jul 1667 and 23 Jul 1668 Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesprobably
to Francis Walker
Death[3] aft 1700 Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United Statessupposedly

Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691 Part Two: Topical Narratives Chapter 12: Morality and Sex

xxx As can be seen from the above, the penalties [for fornication] were decreasing as the number of cases increased. And in fact, when there was a previous contract of marriage between the accused couple, the penalty was often less. When the father was unknown, it was customary for midwives at the time of childbirth to get the mother in her weakness to disclose the name of the father. Efforts were made to get the father to marry the mother, and this was not just a matter of morals, but also of economics, so as to prevent the mother and child from becoming public charges. Such a marriage did not always take place, though, as when Elizabeth Warren, a granddaughter of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, accused Joseph Doty, a son of Mayflower passenger Edward Doty, of fathering her child. Doty put up a bond of 80 on 27 October 1674 to ensure his answering the charges, but no more appears about it in the records; however, Doty was apparently married at the time, and Elizabeth Warren later married William Green. Doty married Deborah Ellis, whose parents, Lt. John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman, daughter of Sandwich's leading citizen, Edmond Freeman, are mentioned above as being fined themselves for fornication before marriage. In a similar case, Elizabeth Soule, daughter of Mayflower passenger George Soule, and Nathaniel Church, grandson of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, were fined on 3 March 1662/63 5 for fornication, and on 5 October 1663 Elizabeth Soule sued Nathaniel Church for 200 for failing to marry [p.196] her, with the court awarding her 10. On 2 July 1667 Elizabeth was in court again "for comitting fornication the second time," and this time she was sentenced to suffer corporal punishment by being whipped at the post.

  1.   Justin Winsor. History of the Town of Duxbury Massachusetts. (1849), 310.
  2.   By William T. Davis. Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore 1975), 246.
  3. The Soule Family, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 124 (1970):123.

    'Elizabeth, ... reputed to have died in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, N. J. "after 1700"; ...'