Sarah Wilshire1

#12578, (circa August 1620 - 1648)
Father*Gregory Wilshire2
Mother*Joan Worrall2

Family 2

John Tinker b. c 1613, d. 1662
Her married name was Barnes.3 
Her married name was Tinker each their 2nd.3 
Birth*circa August 1620She was born circa August 1620 at EnglandG.2 
Baptism17 August 1620She was baptized on 17 August 1620 at St. Stephen, London, Coleman Street Parishes, EnglandG.2 
7 March 1633/34In Anthony Merwin's will dated 7 March 1633/34, Sarah Wilshire was named as an heir, "to John Tinker 20s and to Sarah Tinker 20s," presumably his nephew (son of his sister Mary) and his wife.4 
Marriage*say 1641She married William Barnes say 1641; her 1st.3 
19 October 1647William Barnes filed for divorce from Sarah Wilshire on 19 October 1647 at MassachusettsG; "19 (8) 1647."5,6 
Death*1648She died in 1648 at Boston, Massachusetts.7 
6 June 1648She and William Barnes were divorced on 6 June 1648 at Massachusetts.8 
Marriage*before 22 July 1648She married John Tinker, son of Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin, before 22 July 1648 at Boston, Suffolk Co., MassachusettsG.9,10,11 
22 July 1648She was in Court on 22 July 1648.11 


  1. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England", Part Two. New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (Jul., Oct. 1995): 417, "Proof of Sarah's maiden name is provided by a power of attorney which John Tinker gave on 29 October 1649, to his 'trusty and welbeloved brother Gregory Willshire of Broadstreet in London lronmonger to recover all debts from all persons in England whether due to his said wife or to himselfe.' ". Hereinafter cited as English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families.
  2. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 416.
  3. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 412.
  4. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 299, 300. Abstract: "burial in the churchyard of Clewer, and made bequests: . . . the messuage or tenement wherein I dwell and other appurtenances therein to belonging and the three acres of land now used as a Garden purchased of Thomas Dickenson unto my kinsman Thomas Murwen dureing the terme of his naturall lyfe and after his decease . . . unto Thomas Murwen his eldest sonne and the heires of his body lawfully begotten and to be begotten And for want of such yssue then I will the same to come to Iohn Murwen the second sonne of the sayd Thomas . . . [if Thomas leaves no issue] to Richard Murwen the third sonne of the said Thomas. . . [if Richard leaves no issue] then the same to be and come to Elizabeth Murwen daughter of the said Thomas and her heires forever Item I doe give and bequeath my lease estate and terme of yeares in the Tenement wherein Robert Lovell now dwelleth unto the sayd Elizabeth Murwen together with the Bed Bedsted and all the bedding and furniture thereto belonging and all other goods moveables and implements nowe being in the Chamber where I nowe lye . . . to the said Elizabeth Murwen [£50] to be payed unto her at her age of [20] yeares . . . to John Murwen and Richard Murwen £20 apiece at age 21 . . . to John Tinker 20s and to Sarah Tinker 20s . . . to Susanna Smith my sisters daughter 40s . . . to my kinswoman Katherine Hill of Rickmondesworth parrish £10 within one year . . . to Ioane Lovet the maidservant 10s . . . to Thomas Murwen the sonne before named 50s. . . . kinsman Thomas Murwen the father to be sole executor, and his loveing friends Humfry Collins of Clewer and William Mills of New Windsor to be overseers.
    Witnesses were Robert Lowe, Walter Merwen, Mary Collins, and john Laxton.
    Signed by mark and seal."
    Citing Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 31 Seager; FHL microfilm 92,129.
  5. [S170] Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts (Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1900), p. 34. Entry for William Barnes: "William, Gloucester, frm. June 2, 1641. His wife Sarah, of Boston, appl. for divorce and maintenance for herself and ch. 19 (8) 1647. [A.] Sarah, (the same?) m. John Tinker, and d. about 13 (10) 1648. [Reg. VII, 174.]"
  6. [S1235] A Volume Relating to the Early History of Boston Containing the Aspinwall Notarial Records (Boston: Municipal Printing Office, 1903), p. 97, citing p. 80 in the original records:
    19 (8) 1647. Sarah Barnes of Boston the wife of Wm Barnes late of Gloucester in N E: being credibly informed of her husbands miscarriage of himselfe with another woman by whom it is reported he hath had a Bastard, but haveing not yet rec d testimonie under any Magistrats hand & he still deserting her as hath done about 3 yeares with out shewing any reasonable cause, hath therefore constituted & ordeined & by these prsents doth authorise & constitute mr Wm Tory of Waymouth in N E: her true & lawfull Att'r : giveing him full power & Authority for her & in her name to make diligent inquiry after her said husband, & whether such reports as goe abroad of his unlawfull & adulterous fellowship with another woman be true, & if uppon certaine intelligence he find it so to be then doth she hereby Authorise her sd Att'r for her & in her name & behalfe to sue out a Divorce for her there against her husband. Allowing & confirming whatsoever shalbe so acted & done by her sd Att'r : by vertue hereof. And in case there be no cause setled in the Kingdom concerning Divorces or that they cannot be procured: then to bring over such Authentick testimonie of the truth of all things as may be pcured. & also to aske demand receive of & from her husband such Competent allowance as may be judged meete for her maintenance & for her children: & if need be to sue impleade & psecute by all dues wayes & courses her said husband & to arrest seize sequestr attach &c: & generally to doe all things concerning the p'mises as effectually as if she herselfe were actuall present in her owne pson.
    In witness whereof the sd constituant &c:.
  7. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 416, "in the summer."
  8. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 417.
  9. [S1231] Richardson. Douglas, "English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families", 415.
  10. [S1220] Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, online, "John [Tinker] (-1662) & 1/wf Sarah (Wilshire) [Barnes] (-1648), div wf of William Barnes; betw 6 Jun 1646 & 22 Jul 1648, aft 6 Apr ?; Boston/Lancaster. Originally published as New England Marriages Prior to 1700. CD-ROM. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Hereinafter cited as New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (AA).
  11. [S1233] W. B. Trask, "Abstracts of Wills of the Early Settlers of New England", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7 (continued) (1853): p. 174. Actually an accounting of goods and debts for purposes of the divorce settlement. Inventory 22 (5) 1648, recorded 13 (10) 1648.