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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Whitmore - England 1625 - thence to Watertown,Mass.
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 18:24:52 EST
Subject: Francis Whitmore
Source: Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
(full book online with Google Books)
Francis Whitmore was one of the early colonists, born 1625, presumably in
could it be show that he was born in Lexington, England, it would be a moral
that we have found the cause of the name here.
Unfortunately the evidence on this point is still wanting, but something can
in favor of the probability. Early in the 17th century the chief family at
England, was that of Roos. Francis Roos of Laxton, England, who died in
1577, had, be-
sides male descendants who continued the name, a daughter, who married
Their son was Reverend Francis Whitmore of Bingham, County of Notts, whose
Whitmore was of London, chiefly, but whose Will, proved 1649, styles him of
We can say, then, that there was in 1649 a Francis Whitmore of Laxton or
England and a Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the same
time. That this
last named Francis Whitmore lived in that part of Cambridge, Mass., which,
in the life-
time of his son, was called Lexington, Mass. However coincidences may be,
of all other reasons
Massachusetts Historical Society.
for the naming of this town may lead us to attach some importance to this
of names. When we find a town named, as Groton was named, by one of the
(John Winthrop) in honor of his own home in England, the connection is
In the case of Lexington, we have neither the certainty that Francis
Whitmore named it,
which would argue that he belonged to the family there at Laxton, England,
nor any proof
that he was of that origin, which would make it reasonable to think he
revived the name
of Lexington here. All that can be said is, that there was some reason for
if Francis Whitmore were born at Laxton, England, that would be sufficient
Lord Lexington had nothing to do with the matter; and so for lack of
question must still remain unsettled.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
Source: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of
Watertown, Massachusetts, Includes Waltham and Weston - by Henry Bond, M.D.,
Whittamore, Whitamore, Whitmore, Wetmore, etc. Mr. Farmer appears to
names as only a varied orthography of one name.
John Whittemore, the 4th child of Thomas and Hannah Whittemore of
m. (1) Mary Upham. She was admitted full communion at Charlestown, Mass.,
1670-1 and died June 27, 1677. He m. (2) Nov 8, 1677, Mary Miller, dau. of
John Miller of Yarmouth, Mass. She was prob. the widow Mary Whittemore who
Watertown, January 28, 1731-2 aet. 78 years. Children:
1. John Whittemore b. about 1662.
2. Thomas Whittemore b. Sept 1, 1664; died at Watertown Aug 10, 1717; aged
52 years, 10
months & ten days (gravestone). He m. Mary the widow of Samuel Pease of
1. Thomas Whittemore b. Mar 18, 1694; m. at Boston in 1715, Dorothy Thomas.
He died Sept 1, 1717. His widow m. (2) Robert Jennison.
2. Martha Whittemore b. April 17, 1709.
3. Joseph Whittemore b. Jan 29, 1666; m. (1) Joanna Mousal. He m. (2)
4. Benjamin Whittemore b. Sept 1, 1669; was of Concord, Mass.; m. Esther
died Sept 8, 1734.
5. Nathaniel Whittemore b. Mar 9, 1673.
6. Joel Whittemore who died June 15, 1677.
7. Joel Whittemore (again) b. ____.
By his 2nd wife, Mary Miller, he had:
8. Mary Whittemore b. Oct 24, 1678.
9. Pelatiah Whittemore b. May 7, 1680; died Oct 21, 1724; m. Elizabeth
10. Amos Whittemore b. July 25, 1681; d. Oct 25, 1709.
11. Elizabeth Whittemore b. Sept 26, 1683.
12. Daniel Whittemore b. Dec 28, 1685; d. Mar 27, 1686.
13. Rebecca Whittemore b. Mar 3, 1687.
14. Hannah Whittemore b. Feb 10, 1689.
15. Daniel Whittemore b. at Watertown, May 17,1691.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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