An American Family History

Ensign Daniel Warner

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Ensign Daniel Warner was born about 1640 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Daniel Warner and Elizabeth Dane.

He married Sarah Dane on September 23, 1668. Sarah was the daughter of John Dane and Eleanor Clark. Her brother John Dane married Daniel's sister, Abigail Warner.

On April 12, 1674, Daniel and Sarah took the covenant of the church.

Their children were:
Daniel Warner (1671),
Sarah Warner Kimball (1673, married Joseph Kimball),
Philemon Warner (1675, married Abigail Tuttle),
John Warner (1677),
Mercy Warner How (1676, married Israel Howe),
Rebecca Warner (1679, died young),
twins Dane and William Warner (1680, died young), and
William Warner (1682, died young)

He died on November 24, 1696. Daniel was the administrator of his father's estate. Sarah received £44 in money. Philemon received, half the house lot in Ipswich, and the shop adjoining it which his father had built. John's guardian and uncle , John Dane, received the other half of the house and the lot adjoining his uncle Edmund Heard's lot, also marsh and woodland. Mercy's guardian, Philemon Dane, received money. Daniel agreed to support his mother, Sarah and probably the farm at Pine Swamp.

Sarah died December 28, 1701.

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Children of Daniel Warner
and Elizabeth Dane
  • Ensign Daniel Warner
  • John Warner
  • Captain William Warner
  • Nathaniel Warner
  • Elizabeth Warner Heard
  • Abigail Warner Dane
  • Susannah Warner
  • Simeon Warner
    Daniel's subsequent wives:
  • Faith Browne Warner
  • Eleanor Pell Boynton Jewett Warner
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    1677 Map of New England
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    Dane is also spelled Dayne, Deane, Dene, Denne

    The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.


    The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.

    New England Historical and Genealogical Register by New England Historic Genealogical Society,

    Daniel [Warner], d. 24 Nov., 1696 ; m. Sarah Dane, 23 Sept., 1668.

    5 of their children lived to marry.

    • Daniel, b. 25 Aug., 1671, d. 20 Jan., 1754.
    • Sarah, b. 22 Oct., 1673, m. ; children, Joseph, Eunice, Mercy, Stephen, Joshua, Daniel, Philemon, Dane.
    • Philemon b. 2 Feb., 1675, d. 6 May, 1741; m. Abigail Tuttle, 27 April, 1696. She was b. 30 Sept., 1673, and d. 30 Sept., 1756.
    • John b. 30 July, 1677, d. 1735.
    • Mercy, b. 5 Nov., 1686 ; m. Israel How, pub. 4 Sept., 1714—children, Israel, Daniel, Koturah, Sarah, Hannah, and Priscilla.

    Several died young, viz:
    Rebecca b. 16 May, d. 10 June, 1679.
    Dane and William twins, b. 14 April, 1680;
    Wm. d. 16 Aug. following.
    And William b. 24 March, and d. 21 June, 1682.

    On the death of (4) Daniel W. Jr. or " Ensign" Daniel, John and Mercy were minors, and their uncles were commissioned Guardians, viz.:
    John Dane, 31 Jan., 1698, of John, 20 years of age; and
    Phil. Dane in Feb., 1698, of Mercy, 12 years of age.

    The eldest son Daniel as administrator of his father's estate, which was Invt'ed at £527 18, in settlement gave to
    Sarah £44 in money,
    to Phil half the house lot in Ipswich, and the shop adjoining, which his father built,
    to guardian of John half of the house and lot adjoining his uncle Heard, also marsh and wood land; and
    to guardian of Mercy, money, all in full satisfaction of their portion, and took their release; also agreed to support his mother Sarah. He probably took the farm at Pine Swamp, and as tradition says lived there.
    On 12 April, 1674, Daniel and his wife " took the covenant."

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
    Cutter's Historic Homes is available on Kindle.

    Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908

    Daniel Warner, son of Daniel Warner (2), born 1640, died November 24, 1696. He married Sarah, daughter of John and Eleanor Clarke Dane, September 23, 1668. Children,
    1. Daniel, mentioned below.
    3. Philemon, born February 2, 1675, married Abigail Tuttle.
    4. John.
    5. Mercy.


    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    William Warner
    Daniel Warner
    John Warner
    Susannah Warner Fiske
    Elizabeth Fiske Dwinnell
    Benjamin Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

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