Thomas Whittier1

M, #383, b. circa 1620, d. 28 November 1696
  • Birth*: circa 1620; or 16221
  • Immigration*: 1638; Ship 'Confidence'
  • Marriage*: before 1647; Massachusetts; Date a guess based on birth of first child.
    No marriage record has been found.; Principal=Ruth Green
  • Residence*: 1649; Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts
  • Death*: 28 November 1696; Haverhill, Essex Co., Massachusetts; "Thomas h. of Ruth"2
  • Note*: Thomas Whittier immigrated in 1638 on the ship 'Confidence', sailing from London, arriving Boston. He is registered as a servant, aged 18, of John Rolfe. John Rolfe was Thomas Whittier's uncle, as John Rolfe's sister Mary Rolfe was Thomas Whittier's mother.

    Also, John Rolfe in his 1664 will made bequests to Thomas Whittier's brothers Richard and John. (Earlier genealogists, without knowledge of these relationships, thinking the bequests were to Thomas Whittier's sons of the same names, speculated that Thomas Whittier's wife Ruth was in some way related to Rolfe.)3,1
  • Note: "He was given liberty to make three barrels of tar in [Salisbury], early in 1649. C Nb. [ Coffin's History of Newbury] states that he went from [Newbury] to [Haverhill] about 1650; oath free. 1666."1
  • Note: Thomas Whittier, then aged about 53, gave a deposition 18 Mar 1672/3. (Essex Antiquarian, 13:108)
  • Note: Probate of Thomas Whittier. Ruth Whittier posted bond as administratrix (dates torn). On 27 March 1698 Ruth Whittier administratrix of the estate of her deceased husband Thomas Whittier petitioned the court regarding the division of the estate. On 8 May 1699 an account and inventory was presented, along with the division amounts for the heirs, viz., widow Ruth Whittier, children Thomas, Nathaniel Richard, Joseph, Ruth True, Susanna Morrill, Hannah Young, Elizabeth Whittier and the children of Mary Whittier wife of Benjamin Paige. On 4 Oct 1710 the division of the real estate was made, naming all the same children. Essex Co., Massachusetts, Case #29744.4
  • Note: See Charles Collyer Whittier's book, regarding English ancestry and descendants.5
Last Edited: 4 Aug 2015

Family:

Ruth Green d. 18 Jul 1710
  • Marriage*: before 1647; Massachusetts; Date a guess based on birth of first child.
    No marriage record has been found.; Principal=Ruth Green

Children:

Mary Whittier6 b. 9 Oct 1647
John Whittier7 b. 23 Dec 1649
Ruth Whittier8 b. 9 Aug 1651
Thomas Whittier9 b. 12 Jan 1653/54, d. 17 Oct 1728
Susanna Whittier+ 9 b. 27 Mar 1656, d. 15 Feb 1726/27
Nathaniel Whittier8 b. 11 Aug 1658
Hannah Whittier8 b. 10 Sep 1660
Richard Whittier8 b. 27 Jun 1663, d. 5 Mar 1724/25
Elizabeth Whittier10 b. 21 Nov 1666
Joseph Whittier7 b. 8 May 1669

Citations

  1. [S52] The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts, by David Hoyt. publ. Providence, R. I., Vol. I 1897, Vol. II 1902. Viewed on archive.org & FamilySearch.org., 1:358.
  2. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Haverhill - V2, p. 495.
  3. [S130] "Genealogical Research in England", by Elizabeth French; section "Rolfe" family, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 66:244-257., p. 250-251.
  4. [S41] Essex County, MA, Probate File Papers, 1631-1881. original documents. Image database on AmericanAncestors.org., Case #29744, Thomas Whittier, 1697.
  5. [S129] The descendants of Thomas Whittier and Ruth Green, of Salisbury & Haverhill, Massachusetts, by Charles Collyer Whittier, publ. Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle, 1937. [viewed via FamilySearch catalog]
  6. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Salisbury - V1, births, p. 254.
  7. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Haverhill - V1, births, p. 317.
  8. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Haverhill - V1, births, p. 318.
  9. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Haverhill - V1, births, p. 319.
  10. [S82] Database "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" on www.AmericanAncestors.org, Haverhill - V1, births, p. 316.