Thomas Whitmore, Sr., (c.1615 - 1681) MP

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Nicknames: "Thomas", "Wetmore"
Birthplace: Hitchen, Hertfordshire, Engalnd, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Occupation: Carpenter, church deacon
Managed by: Kerry Parker Howell
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About Thomas Whitmore, Sr.,

1. THOMAS1 WHITMORE was born 1615 in England,the 13th year of the reign of James1,came to America in 1635, and died December 11, 1681. He married (1) SARAH HALL December 11, 1645 in Hartford, daughter of JOHN HALL and ANN WILLOCKE. She died December 07, 1665 in December 07, 1664/65. He married (2) MARY PLATT ATCONSON January 03, 1666/67. She died June 10, 1669 in after giving birth to Mahitable. He married (3) KATHARINE LEET ROBARDS October 08, 1673 in widow of Mr Robards. She died October 13, 1693.

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Thomas was a founder of Middletown, CT. In 1650, he, John Hall, and several others settled the plantation of Massabeseck. The next year, the name was changed to Middletown, confirmed by the CT General Court in 1653. Thomas represented Middletown in the General Assembly in 1654 and 1655.[]

Thomas, Middletown who spelled his name WETMORE as have all the descendants, son of 1st John, md. 16 Dec 1645 Sarah, daughter of John Hall and had Mary 1649 (Savage)

Thomas came to American in 1635 when he was 20 years old; came to Hartford from the west of England (The Wetmore Family of America:11) He supposedly sailed from Bristol, England (Wetmore History)

Stadel: Whitmore Manor Hall: "ancient ancestral home of the family in Staffordshire, England. It was built between the years 800 - 900 A.D., Domesday survey lists Whitmore Hall, its Saxon proprietor, acreage and villeins. (p. 3)

7th great-grandfather of Winston Churchill

From the WorldConnect Database: "Sanford-Shulsen Family", by Evelyn Beran:

"Savage says Thomas was born in England; NYGBR says he was born in Wales. Thomas owned land at Wethersfield in 1639-1640. He removed to Hartford, and then removed from Hartford to Middletown Connecticut as one of the first settlers, about 1650. On 20 May 1652 he was made freeman. Thomas Wetmore and Robert Webster represented Middletown in the General Court in 1654 and 1655. Thomas served in the Pequot War. He was a deacon. He died 11 December, 1681, aged 1681.

The name is also spelled Whitmore, although this family seems to have been consistent in spelling it Wetmore.

Albert Savage believed him to be the son of John.

Thomas and Sarah (Hall) Wetmore were ancestors of Winston Churchill through their daughter Mary who married John Stow.

His will was recorded at Hartford.

"The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Whitmore Senior, aged about sixty and six years, being at present under some considerable weakness of body, yet having through ye mercy of God, ye comfortable use of my understanding as formerly, is as followeth:

After committing my soul to God as to a faithful creator, and my body to a decent burial, I doe here leave this as my last Will and testament for the disposal of that portion of worldly estate Which God hath given me, amongst these my children and relations which I shall leave behind me, as followeth:

Imprimis. I give to my son John Whitmore a part of my lot in ye boggy meadow quarter. That is twenty rods wide of yt part of ye land Within the fence that now is to lie on ye south west side that lot, and to go from yt fence as far east as my land goeth, Moreover I give to my said son three quarters of my great lott that lyeth westward from the town, to take the whole breadth, half ye length, beginning at ye farther end and likewise the half ye breadth of ye other half next ye town and to take it on ye North Side. And my Will is yt my son Berriah shall have the other half of that part next the town. Moreover it is my will yt my said son John shall have all my proportion and interest in the three mile lott on the east side of ye great river, that is the father three miles on yt side eastward, Moreover I give to my said son a part of my meadow at Wauggunk being that piece which lying athward east and west and from the north side of yt on the east of my meadow to Deacon Allyns meadow.

It. I give to my son Thos. Whitmore my long meadow lott lying on the north side, Moreover I give to my said son Thomas half my lott at Longer chunk and the other half to my daughter Hanna Stow to be equally divided between them as they shall agree or if they agree not, as indeifferent men which they shall choose shall judge equal.

It. I give my son Samuel Whitmore a parcell of land on ye North Side of ye three Mile River which I bought from Goodman Savage by exchange of land being about ten acres lying at ye west End Goodman Savage's lott, only Reservding fourteen acres of yt land for my Daughter _____ if she survive me, Moreover I give my said Son two acres of meadow lying in ye farther neck; and a piece of swamp in the Round meadow swamp being one acre and sixteen rods lying between Capt. Harris's swamp and swamp which was Thos. Hubbards. Moreover I give my said son Round Meadow lott being near six acres only Reserving and Willing a third part of it for my daughter Abigaill if she survive me or lese to Remain to Samuel.

It. I give to my son Jzrahiah Whitmore my upland lott, on the east side of the Great River being about twenty and two acres lying in ye half mile lott, as also a piece of meadow at Wauggunk adjoining to his Brother John's line from John's North to a piece of meadow we call Flee Meadow, as also four acres in ye pond on the east side ye great River between Ensign Cheeny and Mr. Nathaniel Collins's meadow. I give my said son one parcell of land in ye last half mile division on ye east side the Great River, that is all I have in yt division on yt side.

It. I give my son Berriah Whitmore that piece of meadow at Waugunk called ye Flee Meadow, and it is my will herein that my sons yt have meadows there, shall all of them allow each other a lane highway, as shall be needful to come to their land there. Moreover I give to my said son yt parcell of upland in my westermost lott by his brother John's as above specified. Moreover I give to my said son one acre of my home lott next the Great River, on this condition that he come settle upon it, but if not he shall not have it, but it shall remain to the lott for them I shall appoint that lott to, On further consideration, I see not cause to give my said son that acre of my house lott.

It. I give to my son Nathaniel Whitmore half my land in the boggy meadow quarter of that which ly7eth without the fence as it now standeth, and the other half to my son Joseph Whitmore Northward to be on the north Side that land and Joseph on the south side, and the other part within ye fence which is not disposed of to John Whitmore, I give to Nathaniel and Joseph to be delivered equally between them. Nathaniel on the north side, and Joseph next John, and it is my will herein to reserve a piece of land in Nathaniels part of the two acres which lieth within the compass of ye swamp, to be for my wife, as long as she liveth, and in order hereunto I do appoint & it is my will herein, that John and Nathaniel and Joseph, shall clear and break up that to fit it for improvement, Moreover I give to my said Sons Nathaniel and Joseph part of my boggy meadows, That is all the Westermost end coming down to the head of John Stow's answering the Crook of the River, and I do herein engage on yt I doe interest in yt meadow not to hinder each other for water courses through ye land, where shall be for ye good of ye whole.

It. I give to my Daughter Sarah Whitmore & my son Josia Whitmore & my Daughter Mehetable, my great lott at the Straits Hills to be equally divided among them three, Sarah first, and Josia next, and Mehetable last from ye homeward side.

It. I give Katheren my loving wife the rest of my home lott, with all the housing thereon, during her natural life as also, the one half of my long meadow on the south side of yt lott, and a parcell of land which I have at Pasehoug on the east side the Great River, and the remainder of my boggy meadow to be devided between my wife and my son Thomas, and after my wife's decease, my will is that my son Thomas shall possess as his own. My home lott, that is all but that disposed of and the other half of my long meadow & also my land at Pascouchoug. Moreover I give to my loving wife my field lott during her natural life or until Benjamin fulfill the age of twenty-one years and then it shall be settled on him as his, Moreover as I received of my wife Katheren twenty pounds of her estate, six pounds whereof I have already paid her, yet I appoint and my will is that twenty be paid her out of my estate in household stuff and stock, so as may be most convenient to her and not hurtful to ye estate. Moreover I give to my loving wife two Cows, the two Cows to be a part of the twenty pounds above specified.

It. I give to my Daughters Sarah, Mehetable, Abigaill and Hanna junior, six pounds apiece out of my estate & to this my youngest daughter Hanna one piece of land of twenty acres lying near the straits on the west side of the Great River. To my other three daughters I give ten shilings a piece as a Remembrance of me, they being already disposed of and provided for.

Futher I give Thomas and Joseph my Carpentering tools between them. Moreover it is my will to leave my loving wife and my son John my sole Executors of this my last will and testament, appointing yt when my just debts are paid out ye estate and ye legacies likewise paid also, if then, the Estate arise to leave anything more my will is that my Executors shall have the one half of that as theirs, and the other half to be devided eq2ually, to my children which are yet unmarried to be paid to them at their mothers death, or at her marriage if she marry again.

Further it is my will that my son Thomas at my decease shall enjoy one acre of my home lott next the great river for his present use with the housings that are there upon it, and I intent herein and it is my will that my son Thomas, shall take care of the orchard to look after it, and that his mother and he shall part the fruit as they shall agree, as also Thomas shall have the liberty to make use of a part of the barne for his own use and this is my full intent in this My last Will and Testament, I testify by setting to my hand and fixing my seal July 20th 1681.

Thomas Whitmore Senior. Seald.

Signed sealed and delivered

in presence of us

Deacon Samuel Stocking

John Hall, Senior.

I also request my loving and trusty Friends, Deacon Samuel Stocking and my brother John Hall to answer to this my last will, to lend their help and advise to the performance thereof as need shall be.

The names of the children are recorded in the Probate office at Hartford, immediately after the will, and their ages annexed.

Sons: John 36 years old, Thomas 29, Samuel 26, Izrahiah 25, Beriah 23, Nathaniel 20, Joseph 18, Josiah 13, Benjamin 7.

Daughters: Elizabeth 32 years old, Mary 31, Hannah 28, Sarah 17, Mahitable 13, Abigail 3, Hannah 1. "

Thomas is the ancestor of the "Wetmore" line whereas his brothers used the name "Whitmore".

He was one of the first settlers of Middletown. He was constable. 1652-1653, and 1662-1663 townsman; grand levy man; rate maker; and pound keeper; deputy 1654-1655, he with ten others were appointed by the General Court a committee "to press men and necesaries", for the expedition against the Narragansett Indians. In 1668 the General Court "Abated Thomas Whitmore his rate that was payable this year to the country for his services in ferrying Assistants and Deputies over the river". His five acre home lot was on the east side of Main Street, between Green and Ferry Streets. Some of the descendants of his family moved to Ohio soon after the Revolution.

He was a deacon in the church of Middletown. He was the richest man in Middletown. His nine boys and seven girls are listed as legatees, inlcuding their ages, in the inventory of his estate.The following was found on the internet on ancestry.com web page.

A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS 1677 TO 1687

Page 89-90 Name: Thomas Whitemore Senior Location: Middletown Invt. oe468-02-03 Taken 7 January, 1681-2, by Nathaniel White, Robert Warner, John Savage. Legatees: John 36 years of age, Thomas 29, Samuel 26, Israhiah 25, Beriah 23, Nathaniel 20, Joseph 18, Josiah 13, Benjamin 7, Elizabeth 32, Mary 31, Hannah 28, Sarah 17, Mehetabell 13, Abigail 3, Hannah 1 year old. Will dated 20 July, 1681.

The last Will of Thomas Wetmore senr., aged 66 years, is a followeth: I give to my son John Wetmore part of my Lott in the Boggy Meadow Quarter, that is, 20 Rods wide lying on the south side of that lott, going as far East as my Land goeth; moreover I give to my son John 3/4 of my Great Lott that lyeth West from the Town, to take the whole Bredth half the length, beginning at the farther end, and likewise half the Bredth of the other half next to the Town, and to take it on the North side. And my Will is that my son Beriah shall have the other of that half next to the Town. Moreover it is my Will that my sd. son John shall have all my proportions or Interest in the Three Mile Lott on the East side of the Great River, that is, the Meadow Lott, lying on the North side; morreover I give to my sd. son Thomas half my Lott at Caugenchawke, and the other half I give to my daughter Hannah Stow. I give to my son Samuel Whetmore a parcell of Land on the NOrth side of the Small River which I bought of Goodman Savage, being about 10 acres lying on the West End of Goodman Savage's Lott, only reserving 4 acres of that Land for my daughter if she survive. I give my sd. son my Round Meadow Lott, being near 6 acres, only reserving and willing 1-3 part of it for my daughter Abigail if she survive, or else to remain to Samuel. I give to my son Israhiah Whetmore my Upland Lott on the East side of the great River, being about 22 acres lying in the Half Mile Lotts against the town, as also a piece of Meadow at Wongunk joining to his brother John; also 4 acres in the Pond on the East side of the Great River between Ensign Cheeny & Mr. Nathaniel Collins; moreover I give my sd. son one parcell of land in the last Half Mile Division on the East side of the Great River. I give to my son Beriah Whetmore that piece of Meadow at Wongunk called the Platt Meadow; I give to my sd. son one acre of my Homelott next to the Great River, on the Condition that he come to settle upon it; if not, he shall not have it. I give to my son Nathaniel Whetmore half my Land in the boggy Meadow Quarter and that which lyeth without the Fence as it now standeth, and the other half to my son Joseph Whetmorew. I give to my daughter Sarah Whetmore and my son Josiah Whetmore & my daughter Mehetabel my Great Lott at Streights Hill, to be divided equally among them. I give to Katharine, my lovig wife, the rest of my Homelott, with all the Houseing thereon, during her natural life; also 1/2 of my Long Meadow on the South side & a parcel of Land which I have at Passenchauge on the East side of the Great River. I give to my wife my Fields Lott during her natural life or until Benjamin fulfills the age of 21 years, then it shall be settled on him as his. Moreover, as I have received of my wife Katharine oe20 of her Estate be paid oe6 whereof I have already paid her, yet notwithstanding I appoint and my Will is that oe20 be paid to her out of my Estate in Household Stuffe & Stock. I give to my daughters Sarah & Mehetable & Abigial & Hannah Jr. oe 6 apiece, and to this my youngest daughter Hannah one piece of land of 20 acres lying near the Streights on the West side of the Great River. I give to Thomas & Joseph all my Carpenter Tools. I appoint my wife and son John sole Executors.

Witness: Deacon Samuel Stocking, John Hall Senior.

Thomas Whetmore Senior ls. Court Record, Page 50--2 March, 1681-2: Will proven. Dist. File: We whose name are here under written, the proper Children now living and representatives of such as are deceased, of Thomas Whetmore senior of MIddletown, decd, have unanimously Consented and agreed that the Estate of Benjamin Whetmore, decd, our Brother, both Personal and Real, shall be divided and distributed in manner following, that is to say: That Abigail Whetmore, now wife of Samuel Bishop, and Hannah Whetmore, shall each of them have a double portion of the sd. Estate, and the remainder shall be equally divided amongst the (proper) Children of sd. Thomas Whetmore and their Representatives. As Witness our Hands and Seals, 6 March, 1699-1700. Samuel Bishop, Samuel Wetmore, LS. Hannah Whetmore, Israhiah Wettmore, Ls. Elizabeth Whetmore, Beriah Wettmore, Ls. Elizabeth Adkins, Nathaniel Wettmore, Ls. Mary Stow, Joseph Wettmore, Ls. Nathaniel Stow, Josiah Wettmore, LS. Mary, Widow of John Wetmore & Elizabeth Wetmore, humbly request the honoured Court to appoint Israhiah Wettmore, Beriah Wettmore, and John Bacon, Andrew Bacon & Alexander Rollo, Distributors.

Court Record, Page 10--(Vol. VII) 8 April, 1701: Israhiah Wetmore of Middletown presented to this Court an Account of his Adms. & Dist. of the Estate of Benjamin Whitmore, late of Middletown, Decd, as also an Agreement under the Hands of the Brethren & Sisters of the sd. Benjamin manifesting their Satisfaction respecting the Disposal of the sd Estate, which the Court accepts. Ordered recorded and kept on File. Also this Court grant him a Quietus Est.

Thomas is the ancestor of the "Wetmore" line whereas his brothers used the name "Whitmore".

He was one of the first settlers of Middletown. He was constable 1652-1653, and 1662-1663 townsman; grand levy man; rate maker; and pound keeper; deputy 1654-1655, he with ten others were appointed by the General Court a committee "to press men and necessaries" for the exepedition against the Narragansett Indians. In 1668 the General Court "Abated Thomas Whitmore his rate that was payable this year to the country for his services in ferrying Assistants and Deputies over the river". His five acre home lot was on the east side of Main Street, between Green and Ferry Streets. Some of the descendants of his family moved to Ohio soon after the Revolution. Made Freemen 1652. Only 10 of 35 propietors showed higher assessment in 1670.

He was deacon in the church of Middletown. He was the richest man in Middletown. His nine boys and seven girls are listed as legatees, including their ages, in the inventory of his estate.

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Thomas Whitmore, Sr.,'s Timeline

1615
1615
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, Engalnd, (Present UK)
1624
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
May 5, 1624
Age 9
Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England
September 12, 1624
Age 9
Margate, Kent Co., England
1639
1639
- 1640
Age 24
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1640
1640
Age 25
Hartford, Connecticut, USA