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John Wetherbee, Sr., of Stowe

Also Known As: "John Weatherby Wetherbee Witherby"
Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Wetherbee and NN Wetherbee
Husband of Mary Wetherbee and Lydia Wetherbee
Father of Joseph Wetherbee, Sr.; John Wetherbee, II; Thomas Wetherbee; Jonathan Wetherbee; Capt. Ephraim Wetherbee and 5 others

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About John Wetherbee, Sr., of Stowe

Summary

Marriage 1 Mary Howe

Marriage 2 Lydia Moore

Parents Unknown

Origins Unknown

Warning - he is not the son of John W Wetherbee and Elizabeth Rice or Whale.

Disputer Origins and Parents

John Weatherby's English origins are yet to be discovered. His parents are completely unknown. Trees on the Internet showing his parents as John W Weatherby and Elizabeth Whale are erroneous.

Children

Marriage 1 Mary Howe b: 18 NOV 1653 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Married: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Children with 1nd wife:

  1. John Wetherbee b: 26 MAR 1675 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  2. Thomas Wetherbee b: 05 JAN 1678 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  3. Joseph Wetherbee b: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  4. Mary (?)

Marriage 2 Lydia Moore b: 06 APR 1660 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Married: 16 SEP 1684 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Children with 2nd wife:

  1. Jonathan Wetherbee b: 31 AUG 1686 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  2. Ephraim Wetherbee b: 1682 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  3. Mary Wetherbee b: ABT 1691 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  4. Lydia Wetherbee b: ABT 1693 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  5. Anne Wetherbee b: ABT 1695 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
  6. David Wetherbee b: BET 1692 AND 1696 in Stow, Massachusetts

Biography

John Wetherbee was born about 1642 in England. Some trees allege he was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts, but there are no Vital Records to support it in a place where Vital Records are very complete. His place of birth is unknown.

He first married Mary Howe on 18 Sep 1672 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Both Torrey's New England Marriages prior to 1700 and Sudbury Vital Records support this date, but Sudbury has a duplicate record listing a marriage date of 13 August 1672. The date is of interest, because son Joseph was born on the same 18 Sep 1672 date in Sudbury, according to Sudbury Vital Records. Mary Howe was born on June 18,1654, and is mentioned in the will of her father as my daughter Mary Witherbee. John and Mary had three children, Joseph (Sept. 18, 1672), John (March 26, 1675) and Thomas (January 5, 1678). She died 5 Jun 1684 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Fallass claims they also had a daughter Mary but her birth is not recorded in vital records.

During the King Philip's War John Wetherbee was assigned to the garrison house owned by William Kerley in Marlborough . Also assigned to this garrison house were his in-laws, John How(e) Sr., and Thomas How. On March 26, 1676, the Nipmuck Indian tribe raided Marlborough . The townspeople were at church when the sentry sounded the alarm. The congregation had to flee the church and make their way to the various garrison houses where they would fight off the Indians. A number of buildings were burned but most of the populace escaped harm behind fortified walls. The next night, the settlers, under the command of Lt. Jacobs attacked the Indians and killed 50 of them.

After the war, John along with 11 of his neighbors, including Josiah How and Thomas Martin, petitioned the General Court to grant him some of the confisgated Indian land. He cited his losses and service to the community as a reason for this request. This petition was not granted.

In 1681 John and his family moved to Stow, Mass. where they were granted 70 acres over the next two years. In 1684 he sold his remaining Marlborough land to Thomas Ward and on Sept. 19 married Lydia Moore, Mary having died on June 5, 1684. ( NOTE: This is NOT the Lydia Moore who married Samuel Wright and James Cutler. They are often confused in family trees.) He and Lydia had six children, David (1685), Jonathan (August 31, 1686), Ephraim, Mary, Lydia DUDLEY, and Anne STOW.

The date of his death does not appear upon the records of Stow, where he died; but from the probate records it appears to be about 1711. The will was dated October 13, 1707 and probated April 2, 1711. His estate was valued at 318 pounds 3 shillings and 8 pence .

Sources

  1. Alexander, Lura (Fallas), Genealogy, Descendants of William and Dorcas Fallas of Boston, Mass.: Both Male and Female Lines Brought Down Several Generations, Male Lines Bearing the Family Name,(Kansas City, Mo.: privately printed, 1929) 102
  2. John Weatherbee of Marlborough and Stow Massachusetts" by Ethel Wetherbee Mazza (Somersworth, NH, 1991)
  3. Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part III: The Ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett, 1832-1892 (Boston 2004) 3:256-69
  4. The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine (Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1910+) 20:153
  5. Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass., 1911) Page 220: alternate surname spellings, John and Lidia Moore, Sept, 16, 1684, Intention not recorded. M.R. Middlesex County record, East Cambridge. Page 266: alternate surname spellings, Mary, w. John, June 5, 1684. M.R. Middlesex County record, East Cambridge. Deaths under the spelling Mary Whitherby on p266; Stow Marriages for the spelling Whitherby, p220
  6. Hudson, Charles. History of the Town of Marlborough (Boston: Press of T. R.. Marvin & Son, 42 Congress Street, 1862)
  7. Ezra S. Stearns (1875). History of the Town of Rindge, New Hampshire, from the Date of the Rowley Canada Or Massachusetts Charter, to the Present Time, 1736-1874: With a Genealogical Register of the Rindge Families. Press of G. H. Ellis. Page 747.
  8. Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial (Lewis Historical Publishing, New York, New York, 1914) Page 13
  9. "The English Origins of Philemon Whale of Sudbury, Mass." by Robert Charles Anderson, The Genealogist 6 (1985):131-41.You'll see that Philemon Whale who married Ann/Agnes Norwood was from Essex, not Suffolk.Their daughter Elizabeth married at Henham, Essex, on 18 Oct 1609, William Cofield, a grocer.
  10. "Stone-Gregg Genealogy: The Ancestors and Descendants of Galen Luther Stone and his wife Carrie Morton Gregg" ed. by Alicia Crane William (Baltimore, 1987)
  11. “Howe Genealogies: This Volume Contains the Genealogy of John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts” by David Wait Howe (ed. Gilman Bigelow Howe) (NEHGS, Boston/Haverhill, 1929) 1:6
  12. "John Weatherbee of Marlboro and Stow Massachusetts" by Ethel Wetherbee Mazza (Somersworth, NH, 1991)
  13. Weatherbee Round-up (Decatur, IL, Weatherbee Family Association) (serial)
  14. Leonard, Ermina F. (Newton), Newton Gene- alogy: Genealogical, Biographical, Historical; Being a Record of the Descendants of Richard Newton of Marl- borough, Mass., 1638, with Genealogies of Families (DePere, Wis.: B. A. Leonard, 1915) 91
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John Wetherbee, Sr., of Stowe's Timeline

1642
February 1642
Suffolk, England
1672
September 18, 1672
Age 30
Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1675
March 26, 1675
Age 33
Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1676
January 5, 1676
Age 33
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
1686
August 31, 1686
Age 44
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1689
1689
Age 46
Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colony
1691
1691
Age 48
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1693
1693
Age 50
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States