Ebenezer Witter, Sr., Deacon (1668 - 1712)

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Birthplace: Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
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About Ebenezer Witter, Sr., Deacon

1668, March 25: Ebenezer, son of Josiah and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Witter of Lynn Massachusetts and Stonington, Connecticut, was born in Lynn Village (Essex) Massachusetts Bay Colony.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 85; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

1695: Ebenezer Witter built a grist mill.

"The Witter Genealogy" by Georgia Cooper Washburn; p. 23; National Historical Co.; New York City, New York; 1929 (929.2 W829 LAPL) (929.2 FH SCGS) (929.2 W784w OSH)

1696, March 21: Ebenezer and Dorothy (Morgan) Witter were admitted to the Preston church.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 86; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

1698: A church was embodied in Preston. The elders who embodied the church and perform ordination were the Reverend James Noyes, Pastor of Stonington the Reverend Moses Noyes, Pastor of Lyme and the Reverend Gurdon Saltonstall, Pastor of New London . . . The messengers from neighboring churches were: Deacon Gershom Palmer of Stonington; Deacon Peck of Lyme; Daniel Witherell, Esquire and Deacon Douglas of New London and Deacon Simon Huntington of Norwich. They who offered themselves as matter for church, having been members of other churches in full communion were brought into order by giving their consent to articles of faith and renewal of Covenant. The persons were: Thomas Park, Thomas Tracy, John Richards, Hopestill Tyler, Jonathan Tracy, Samuel Leonardson, Robert Park, John Park, Caleb Forbes, Joseph Morgan, EBENEZER WITTER and John Welch.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 9; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

c1698: His sons, Josiah and Joseph, were baptized at the Preston church.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 86; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

1698, June 12: Ebenezer Witter died at Preston, Connecticut.

"Allen and Witter Families" by Asa W. Allen; p. 217; Luther W. Smith, Printer; Salem, Massachusetts; 1872 (FH 30.0 SR)

1698, September 20: " . . . Mrs. Joanna Olmsted of Preston was plaintiff in a suit against Caleb Fobes and Ebenezer Witter of Preston, for that said Fobes and Witter did on the 17th of February, 1695 come to my sone his house in the bounds of New London and take out of said house two pewter dishes of mine marked TRI and E G which dishes were illegally taken and obtained by said Fobes from me to the damage of forty shillings. Action withdrawn (New London County Court Records, VII:219).

"Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 169; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1704: "Major James Fitch and Josiah Standish, Thom, Sr., Thom, Tracy, Joseph Morgan, Jonathan Tracy of Preston . . . we being implied to purches ye common Land wthin ye bounds of Preston do give . . . unto Gorg Geare Daniell Brewster, Hugh Amos, Joseph Cary, Thomas Parke Junr, Thos Avery, Robert Parke, --- Branch, William Parke, Charls Williams, Nathaniell Park, John Rood, John Parke, Jonathan Rood, John Amos, Mils Standish, Tho. Rose, Ephrim Minor, Joseph Minor Peter Davison, Mr. Treat, Nathanell Tracy, Mical Lambart, Isaac Wheler, John Morgan, Caleb ---is, Josiah Standish Junr, Joseph Here, John Stanton, William Billings, Christopher Hunting---, Solomon Tracy, Tho. Parke Junr, James Smith, EBENEZER WITTER, Steven Geats, John , Jonathan Tracy Junr, Ebenezer Williams they having all redy payed there part - purches to our good content we do . . . an ----all sheare with us in ye common Land purchased by us within ye township of Preston . . . 1704 . . . whereas it doth appere by record that severall --- have above named have not payed there full proportion to there purches thay--- have an equall shere according to there purches if thay will pay ye remainder of ---- by ye Last of November next to the Town clark then thay shall have an equall ---- all the rest of the purchasers. James Fitch, Thomas Tracy, Thomas Parke, Mils Standish, Joseph Morgan

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1704

January 3, 1710.

"Preston, Connecticut Deeds, 1687-1736" II:300 (FHL Film #5381 CT; New London: Preston Deed Books, 1-3 (1687-1722) )

1707-10: Ebenezer Witter was chosen a deacon of the Preston church.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 85; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

1709, August 9: " . . . the said Jonathan Tracy, Daniel Leffingwell and Ebenezer Witter subscribed as Witnesses. Test. George Denison, Clerk. Ebenezer Witter one of the Witnesses to the within Instrument mad Oath at a Court of Probate held in New London that he saw Mr. Thomas Parke the Testator signed and Seal and heard him declare the within Instrument to be his last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he the said Parkes was of a Sound and disposing Mind and memory and that the Subscriber thereto as an evidence. Test. George Denison, Clerk. [Gwen Boyer Bjorkman]

"The Will of Thomas Parke of Preston, Connecticut" New London, Connecticut Probate Records" Book A: Item 2 and Book B: Item 3; pp. 44-6 (Film #1311924 LDS)

1712, January 12: Deacon Ebenezer Witter died of "pluretic fever" . . . at Preston, Connecticut "his dwelling place". His gravestone and that of his wife in the Avery Cemetery at Preston Plains are inscribed: "To the memory of Deacon Ebenezer Witter who departed this life on January 12th in the 44th year of his age. Seak for the kingdom of Heaven Deal Justly Love mercy Walk humbly".

"The Witter Genealogy" by Georgia Cooper Washburn; p. 23; National Historical Co.; New York City, New York; 1929 (929.2 W829 LAPL) (929.2 FH SCGS) (929.2 W784w OSH)

1712, January 31: Ebenezer Witter died at Preston, Connecticut and is intered in the Avery Cemetery.

"The Bi-centennial Celebration, First Congregational church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898" p. 85; by First Congregational Church of Preston; Preston, Connecticut; 1900. (974.602 P92C ACPL)

Additional Resources:

1) "Allen and Witter Families" by Asa W. Allen; p. 217; Luther W. Smith, Printer; Salem, Massachusetts; 1872 (FH 30.0 SR)

2) "History of Ontario County, New York" by Aldrich, Lewis Cass; p. 361; Mason and Company; Syracuse, New York; 1893 HeritageQuest)

3) "Genealogy of the Kennan Family" by Thomas Lathrop Kennan; p. 94; the Cannon Printing Company; 1907 (929.2 K36177K ACPL)

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Ebenezer Witter, Sr., Deacon's Timeline

1668
May 28, 1668
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States
May 28, 1668
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA
May 28, 1668
Stonington, New London, Connecticut
May 28, 1668
Stonington (New London) Connecticut
May 28, 1668
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States
May 28, 1668
Stonington (New London) Connecticut
1688
1688
Age 19
Rhode Island, United States
1693
May 5, 1693
Age 24
Preston (New London) Connecticut
1694
March 3, 1694
Age 25
Preston, New London, Connecticut
1698
June 12, 1698
Age 30
Preston (New London) Connecticut