Lothrop Withington

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Lothrop Withington

Birthplace: Newbury, MA
Death: Died in Lusitania, Atlantic Ocean, Off Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan Noyes Withington and Elizabeth Little
Husband of <private> Lloyd
Brother of David Little Withington; Mary Noyes Withington; Annie Toppan Withington and Arthur Amos Withington

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About Lothrop Withington


Lothrop Withington (January 31, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was a well-known American genealogist, historian, and book editor who was killed in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts to Nathan Noyes Withington (1828–1914) and Elizabeth (Little) Withington (1828–1912), he was involved with research and editing of publications on certain aspects of the American Revolutionary War but is best known was his extensive genealogical research that included the publication of immigrant ship's passenger lists and the like.

On October 14, 1892, in London, he married Caroline Augusta Lloyd, a sister of Henry Demarest Lloyd. They had no children.

In 1915, Withington was involved with research in Canterbury, Kent in England where he had discovered in the strong room of the Probate Registry a list of wills covering the period 1640/ 50. He is said to have been the only person aside from the officials of the Registry aware of the existence of these documents. Sensitive to their great value, he decided to make a 'Calendar' of the Wills. Lothrop Withington had not dealt with more than half of the papers when he had to make a voyage home to the United States.

In May 1915, he was returning to his work in the United Kingdom but lost his life on board the RMS Lusitania when it was attacked and sunk by German U-boat U-20.

He had no children at the time of his death. His brother's grandson is Lothrop Withington Jr.

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Lothrop Withington's Timeline

January 31, 1856
Newbury, MA
October 14, 1892
Age 36
London, England
May 7, 1915
Age 59
Lusitania, Atlantic Ocean, Off Ireland