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John Whitman (Wightman)

Also Known As: "John Whitman"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Wickford, Ri
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Wightman and Frances Darbye
Husband of 1st Wife of John Wightman; Ruth Whitman; Katherine Wightman and Dorothy Wightman
Father of Capt. Valentine Whitman, Sr. (Wightman); Hannah Sampson; Sarah Wightman; Daniel Wightman; Abraham Wightman and 8 others
Brother of Priscilla Wightman; Maria Wightman; Anna Wightman; Samuel Wightman and Karia Wightman

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About John Whitman

John Wightman was born ca. January 1598/99 in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England1,2, and died 1669 in Rhode Island Colony3. He was the son of Edward Wightman and Frances Darbye. He married a woman whose name is not known, but was born ca. 1601 in England, and died Bef. 1654 in England.

As a boy, John saw his father burned at the stake for his religious views. He apparently moved to London with his mother after that pivotal event, eventually marrying an unknown woman and raising his family for many years in London, before immigrating to the new world as a middle-aged man, after the death of his wife.

During his life in England, John experienced the reign of Charles I (1625-1649), with all the political and religious upheaval that it brought. This terrible period in English history ended with Charles' beheading and Cromwell's Republic. John immigrated to the new world during the Cromwell era. Oddly, the early years of the Cromwell "Protectorate" were relatively tolerant of religious dissent; Jews were allowed to return to England, Quakerism prospered, and congregations were allowed to choose their own form of worship. Thus the motivation for the Wightman emigration is unclear. John's son Valentine emigrated first, before 1648, perhaps in response to the upheaval under Charles I. His success in the New World may have persuaded the rest of the family to leave troubled England behind. Certainly, the journey of the so-called Pilgrims in 1620, the Puritans in 1628, and John Winthrop's fleet in 1630 had established a sense that flight to America was a possibility for nonconformists and the disadvantaged of England. A possible association between the Wightman family and that of Roger Williams in England may have added a personal connection to the great and free community Williams had by now established in Rhode Island: Williams' sister, Catherine, married Ralph Wightman, merchant of London, in 1606. There have been various claims that this Ralph was a brother or child of John. The latter is impossible, since our John was only a small child in 1606. The former is not supported by the available data, since no child named Ralph is indicated in the will of Edward Wightman of Burton-on-Trent. However, this Ralph Wightman is probably of the House of Wykin, which makes him a probable cousin of John.

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-------------------- Name: John WHITMAN Given Name: John Surname: WHITMAN Suffix: ("the Immigrant") Sex: M _UID: AFD51824E12ACB4296CC7CED547E7B7E6E34 Change Date: 20 NOV 2004 Birth: 7 JAN 1597/8 in Holt, Norfolk, England, UK Note:

   John Wightman, the immigrant, with four of his five sons, his wife having died in England, reached Newport in Rhode Island in 1654. They made their way to Richard Smith's trading post at Wickford in the Narrangansett country, where Valentine Wightman, eldest son of John, had been employed for six years as an interpreter to the Indians. He was also a member of the General Assembly. All of the Wightmans apparently arrived in the New World with considerable wealth, so it would seem that it was not for material gain that they came to Rhode Island. The time of their immigration was during the Cromwell Protectorate, and perhaps the disturbed condition of political and religious affairs in England had something to do with leaving England.
   (Some info from )

1 2 Immigration: 1654 Newport, Newport, RI U. S. A. 1 2 Death: 13 NOV 1692 in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA U. S. A. 3 2 Residence: Weymouth, Norfolk, MA U. S. A. 3 Residence: Abington, Plymouth MA U. S. A. 3 Residence: Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA U. S. A. 3

Father: Edward WIGHTMAN b: 20 DEC 1566 in Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK Mother: Frances DARBYE

Marriage 1 Ruth REED

   Married: BEF 1629 in England, UK
   Note:
       from TORREY:
       WHITMAN, John (-1692, ae 90) & ?Mary/?Ruth _____ (-1662); in Eng, by 1629; Weymouth/Abington/Bridgewater {NYGBR 69:364; Weymouth 4:753; Bridgewater 335; Winthrop-Babcock 553; Whitman (1889); Chute ccxli; Caldwell Anc. 13; Kimball Anc. 78-79; Robinson (#7) 15; Avery Anc. (1925) 126}
   3 4 5 1 6 2 7 8

Children

   Has Children Valentine WHITMAN b: 1626 in England, UK
   Has No Children Thomas WHITMAN
   Has No Children John WHITMAN
   Has No Children Sarah WHITMAN
   Has No Children Mary WHITMAN
   Has No Children Zechariah WHITMAN
   Has Children Abiah WHITMAN b: ABT 1645
   Has Children Hannah WHITMAN
   Has No Children Judith WHITMAN
   Has Children Elizabeth WHITMAN

Sources:

   Abbrev: Weymouth, MA History & Genealogy
   Title:
   The History of Weymouth, Massachusetts
   George Walter Chamberlain, The History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, 4 vols. [republished as Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Massachusetts] (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Company, 1923 [reprinted Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984])
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Page: Vol. 4, p. 753
   Abbrev: Wightman Heritage
   Title: Wade C. Wightman, The Wightman Heritage (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1990)
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Abbrev: Torrey's New England Marriages
   Title:
   New England Marriages Prior To 1700
   Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior To 1700 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985)
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Repository:
       Name: Patrick McDonald Personal Library
       Dural, NSW 2158
       AUSTRALIA
   Abbrev: NYGBR
   Title:
   The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record,
   The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vols. 1+ (NY: NYGBS, 1870+)
   The NYGBR is one of the leading genealogical publications in North America.
   New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
   36 West 44th Street, 7th floor
   New York, NY 10036-8105
   U. S. A.
   http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org
   editor@nygbs.org
   publications@nygbs.org
   membership@nygbs.org
   +1 (212) 626-6856.
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Page: Vol. 69, p. 364
   Abbrev: Bridgewater, MA History
   Title: Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Boston: Kidder & Wright, Boston, 1840 [reprint by Heritage Books, Inc., 1983])
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Page: p. 335
   Abbrev: Kimball (1897)
   Title:
   History of the Kimball Family in America from 1634 to 1897
   Leonard Allison Morrison, A. M. and Stephen Paschall Sharples, S. B., History of the Kimball Family in America from 1634 to 1897 and of its Ancestors The Kemballs or Kemboldes of England with an Account of the Kembles of Boston, Massachusetts (Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1897)
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Repository:
       Name: Patrick McDonald Personal Library
       Dural, NSW 2158
       AUSTRALIA
   Page: pp. 78-9
   Abbrev: Caldwell Anc. (1906)
   Title: Caldwell, Charles T., A Branch of the Caldwell Family Tree: Being a Record of Thompson Baxter Caldwell and His Wife, Mary Ann (Ames) Caldwell of West Bridgewater, Mass., Their Ancestors and Descendants Washington, DC: The Olympia, 1906)
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Page: p. 13
   Abbrev: NEHGR
   Title:
   The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
   New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society)
   The NEHGR or "Register" is the oldest and best known genealogical publication in North America. It focuses primarily on the genealogy of New England and the northeastern United States.
   New England Historic Genealogical Society
   101 Newbury Street
   Boston, MA 02116
   U. S. A.
   http://www.newenglandancestors.org
   Telephone: +1 (617) 536-5740 and +1 (888) 296-3447
   Fax: +1 (617) 536-7307
   membership@nehgs.org
   Repository:
       Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
       Boston, MA 02116
       U. S. A.
   Page: Vol. 119, pp. 6-14 "Descendants of Andrew Ford of Weymouth, MA" by Elizabeth Cobb Stewart 
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John Whitman's Timeline

1594
December 8, 1594
Burton-upon, Trent, Stafford, Eng
1598
January 7, 1598
Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
January 7, 1598
of Wickford, Washington, Ri
1624
1624
Age 25
Stafford, England
1627
October 25, 1627
Age 29
1627
Age 28
London, England, United Kingdom
1627
Age 28
England
1628
1628
Age 29
1628
Age 29
of Newport, Newport, Ri
1630
1630
Age 31
of Newport, Newport, Ri