William Whiting (c.1605 - 1647) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Managed by: Charles F. Greenbacker, III
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About William Whiting

Biographical Summary #1:

Major William Whiting was an original proprietor of Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the east side of the street now Governor St. In 1633 "the Bristol men had sold their interest in Piscataqua to the Lords Say and Brooke, Georgo Wyllys, and William Whiting, who continued Thomas Wiggin their agent." Mr. Whiting retained his interest in Piscataqua until his death, and was one of the most efficient promoters of the trade and commerce of Hartford. He was also engaged in a patent for lands at Swampscott with Lords Say and Brook. He was one of the Committee who for the first time sat with the Court of Magistrates in 1637; freeman, Feb., 1640; Treasurer of the Colony from 1641 until 1647; chosen magistrate 1642, and continued in office until His death in 1647. In 1638 he was allowed to trade with the Indians; and he was appointed with Major Mason and others to erect fortifications in 1642, and the same year he was appointed with Mason to collect tribute of the Indians on Long Island and on the Main. He was a merchant of wealth, and had dealings with Virginia and Piscataqua; had a trading-house at the Delaware River, and also at Westfield. He begins his will, dated March 20, 1643, by stating that he intends "a voyage presently unto sea;" the last addition to his will was made July 24, 1647, and he probably died soon after, leaving widow Susanna, who married in 1650 Samuel Fitch, of Hartford, and (3), Alexander Bryan, of Milford; she died at Middletown, July 8, 1673. Amount of Whiting's inventory £2854.

Children:

i. William, went to England, was a merchant in London, and died there in 1699. In 1686 the Assembly of Connecticut appointed him their "agent to present their petition (in reference to the Charter) to the King."

ii. John, born 1635; graduate of Harvard College, 1653; married about 1654, Sybil, daughter of Deacon Edward Collins, of Cambridge, joined the church in Cambridge, and lived there, and in Salem, where he rendered ministerial assistance to Rev. Edward Norris. In 1660 he removed to Hartford, and was ordained pastor of the First Church, as colleague with Rev. Samuel Stone; after Stone's death, in 1664, Rev. Joseph Haynes was settled as his colleague, and after many controversies Whiting withdrew with his followers, and organized, February 12,1670, the Second Church. He was appointed as chaplain of the troops in 1675. He died in Hartford, September 8,1679. He had married a second wife, in 1673, Phebe, daughter of Thomas Gregson, of New Haven, and she married after his death, Rev. John Russell, of Hadley. His son, Colonol William, was a distinguished military officer, fought in all the French and Indian wars of his time, led a company of "Fusaleers" to the light at Pemaquid in 1697, and later a company of Dragoons, for the security of the County of Albany,

iii. Samuel, mentioned in his father's will, but we hear nothing more of him.

iv. Sarah, born about 1637; married (1) about 1654, Jacob Mygatt, of Hartford (q. v.); (2) John King, of Northampton,

v. Mary, married August 3, 1664, Rev. Nathaniel Collins, of Middletown; died October 25, 1709.

vi. Joseph, born October 2, 1645; settled in Westfiold, Massachusetts; married (1) October 6, 1669, Mary, daughter of Hon. John and Amy (Wyllys) Pynchon, of Springfield; (2) in 1676, Anna, daughter of Col. John Allyn; he returned to Hartford in 1675 or 1676; held the office of Treasurer of Connecticut from 1678 until his death in 1717, when his son John succeeded him and held the office thirty-two years.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 269-270. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary #2:

Major William Whiting , the immigrant ancestor, held an enviable position among the early settlers of Hartford, Connecticut . At some time between 1631 and 1633 he became one of the purchasers of the Piscataqua grants of the Bristol men. He was associated with Lords Say and Brooke and George Wyllys . They continued Thomas Wiggin as their agent. He retained his interests in Maine until his death.

He was "one of the most respectable of the settlers (of Hartford ) in 1636 , one of the civil and religious Fathers of Connecticut , a man of wealth and education, styled in the records, 'William Whiting, gentleman.'" In 1642 he was chosen one of the magistrates; in 1641 treasurer of the colony of Connecticut , an office he held the rest of his life. "In 1646 a plot was laid by Sequasson , Sachem of the Naticks , to kill Governor Haynes and Hopkins and Mr. Whiting on account of the just and faithful protection which these gentlemen had afforded Uncas. The plot was disclosed by a friendly Indian and the danger averted." He bore the title of Major as early as 1647 .

He was one of a committee who for the first time sat with the court of magistrates in 1637 ; was admitted freeman in February, 1640 ; was magistrate 1642-47 , treasurer, 1641-47 . In 1638 he was allowed to trade with the Indians and was appointed with Major Mason and others to erect fortifications in 1642 , and in the same year was appointed with Mason to collect tribute of the Indians on Long Island and on the Main . He was a merchant of wealth and had dealings with Virginia and Piscataqua . He had a trading house on the Delaware river and another at Westfield, Massachusetts . His will, dated March 20, 1643 , states that he was about to make a voyage at sea. It bears a codicil dated July 24, 1647 . (See Trumbull's Colonial Records, or Hartford Probate Records).

Whiting was powerful and useful in the colony on account of his broad views and wealth, which enabled him to carry out for the benefit of the community his large and various plans. Always an efficient promoter of the trade and commerce of Hartford , he had trading houses also in various parts of the country and he owned many large land patents. Governor Edward Hopkins and he were the two leading merchants of the colony of which Hartford was the centre. After the Pequot war was over they began to export corn "beyond the seas." ________________________________ Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 1971 -------------------- -------------------- William Whiting, Gentleman (as he was called in the records) was an early settler of Hartford and one of the most respected settlers, a man of wealth & education. He was a merchant and had land dealings with with Lords Say and Brooke. He had a trading house at the Delaware River and his homelot in 1639 was on the east side of what was eventually called Governor Street. He was treasurer of the colonies until his death (for seven years). In 1642, he was elected magistrate which also continued until his death. He was one of the group which included Gov.'s Haynes & Hopkins whom the Sachem of the Natick Indians plotted to asassinate, but the plot was revealed because of the just treatment that they had given Uncas.

William Whiting was commissioned to Major in 1647. His will dated March 20, 1643, stated that he intended to make a voyage. An addition to the will was made on July 24, 1647, in which he, "upon his death bed", he gave equal parts of his estate to all of his children as well as bequests to others in the community, and £10 to the poor. Suvivors included his widow, Susannah, and several children. His estate totalled £2854, which is quite large for that time. He married Susannah Wiggins in 1647. She remarried in 1650 Samuel Fitch of Hartford.

-------------------- (f/g) William Whiting Birth: 1602, England Death: Jul. 24, 1647 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

William Whiting, Gentleman (as he was called in the records) was an early settler of Hartford and one of the most respected settlers, a man of wealth & education. He was a merchant and had land dealings with with Lords Say and Brooke. He had a trading house at the Delaware River and his homelot in 1639 was on the east side of what was eventually called Governor Street. He was treasurer of the colonies until his death (for seven years). In 1642, he was elected magistrate which also continued until his death. He was one of the group which included Gov.'s Haynes & Hopkins whom the Sachem of the Natick Indians plotted to asassinate, but the plot was revealed because of the just treatment that they had given Uncas.

William Whiting was commissioned to Major in 1647. His will dated March 20, 1643, stated that he intended to make a voyage. An addition to the will was made on July 24, 1647, in which he, "upon his death bed", he gave equal parts of his estate to all of his children as well as bequests to others in the community, and £10 to the poor. Suvivors included his widow, Susannah, and several children. His estate totalled £2854, which is quite large for that time. He married Susannah Wiggins in 1647. She remarried in 1650 Samuel Fitch of Hartford.

The children of William & Susannah Whiting:

William Whiting (1631-1699)

John Whiting (1635-1689), m. (1) Sybil Collins, (2) Phebe Gregson

Samuel Whiting b. 1636

Sarah (Whiting) Mygatt King (1637-1704), m. (1) Jacob Mygatt and (2) John King

Mary (Whiting) Collins (1640-1709), m. Nathaniel Collins

Joseph Whiting (1645-1717), m.(1) Anna Allyn and (2) Mary Pynchon

The exact place of his burial is unknown at this time.


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Parents:
 John Whiting (1561 - 1617) 
Spouse:
 Susanna Bryan (____ - 1673)
Children:
 John Whiting (1635 - 1689)*
 Joseph Whiting (1644 - 1717)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Aug 01, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 40141445 -tcd

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Major William Whiting's Timeline

1605
1605
England
1631
1631
Age 26
1635
1635
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, American Colonies
1635
Age 30
Milford, New Haven, CT
1636
1636
Age 31
1637
1637
Age 32
1637
Age 32
England
1640
1640
Age 35
1643
1643
Age 38
Milford, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
1645
October 2, 1645
Age 40
Milford, New Haven Co., CT, USA