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Josiah Whitcomb

Also Known As: "Josiah", "Joshua Whitcombe"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Dorchester (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: March 20, 1718 (80)
Lancaster, Worcester County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Whitcombe, Jr. and Frances Whitcomb
Husband of Rebecca Waters and Rebecca Whitcomb
Father of Demaris Whitcomb; Josiah Whitcomb; David Whitcomb; Rebecca Houghton; Joanna Joslin and 7 others
Brother of Catherine Elmes; John Whitcomb, Jr.; Robert Whitcomb; Joana Whitcombe; Joane Whitcomb and 4 others
Half brother of Jonathan Whitcomb

Managed by: Christopher George Gibbons
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About Josiah Whitcomb

JOSIAH WHITCOjMB,- (John,') was born in Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, according to Dorchester town records, and is believed to have been the youngest son of John.' He accompanied his father's family from Scitiuate to Lancaster, Mass.. in 1654, and his name appears variously in the early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted a bounty for killing a wolf,* and again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damages for accidentally or otherwise injuring or killing swine. (See page 32, this Book.)

Josiah was married January 4, 1664, in Lancaster, to Rebecca, daughter of Lawrence and Ann (Linton) Waters, of Watertown, Lancaster and Charlestown, Mass. She was born in February, 1640. During Queen Ann's war (1702-17) he was allowed a garrison for protection against the. Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now called Bolton, originally a part of Lancaster, but set oft in 1738, and he lived in the southeastern part of this Bolton. He was commander of the garrison and with him were associated his sons, Josiah, David and Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton and John Wilder. Jr. In 1705 he was selectman: in 1708 he and twenty-nine others signed the church covenant and as he was financially in good circumstances, he contributed liberally towards the support of the church; in 1710 he was elected to represent Lancaster in the General Court. In his will, drawn March 20. 1718. he gave to each of his children one-eighth part of his right to land in the plantation of Littleton. His widow, who survived him eight years, died in 1726, Though Jonathan's recorded posterity is, numerically, the largest of the sons of John,' there is reason to believe Josiah"s posterity is at least as numerous. The tabulated records of Josiah's descendants nearly equal those of Jonathan. while those records which are known to exist, but which are not yet obtained, outnumber the corresponding class in any other line.

A rough granite slab erected to Josiah's memory.- bears the following inscription : HERE LIES THE BODY OF lOSIAH WHET COMB SEN: D ESEASED in H IS 80 YEAR

(on foot stone) I. W. dyed March the 21 1718


From findagrave.com:

Birth: 1638, Dorcester, Suffolk Co, MA, USA

Death: Mar 21 1718, Lancaster, Worcester Co, MA, USA

Parents: John Whitcomb & Francis Coggan.

Spouse: Rebecca Waters, married Jan 4 1664, at Lancaster, Worcester Co, MA.

Headstone Inscription: Here Lies The Body Of Josiah Whetcomb Sen. Deseasd in His 80 Year.

Footstone Inscription: J W Dyed March The 21 1718.

Add'l Source Info: Whitcomb Family in America, Biographical Genealogy, by Charlotte Whitcomb, (1904) pp 396, 397.

Josiah Whitcomb, was born in Dorchester, MA, 1638, according to Dorchester town records, & is believed to have been youngest son of John. He accompanied his father's family from Scituate to Lancaster, MA, in 1654, & his name appears variously in early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted bounty for killing a wolf, & again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damages for accidentally or otherwise injuring or killing swine. (p 32, Whitcomb Family "Josiah Whitcomb is allowed 20 shillings to be paid by the County for killing one growne wolfe in ye Towne of Lancaster."-Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster: p. 124.). During Queen Ann's war (1702-17) he was allowed a garrison for protection against Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now Bolton, originally part of Lancaster, but set off in 1738, & he lived in southeastern part of Bolton. He was commander of the garrison & with him were his sons, Josiah, David, & Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton & John Wilder Jr. In 1705 he was selectman; in 1708 he & 29 others signed church covenant &, as he was financially in good circumstances, he contributed liberally towards support of the church; in 1710 he was elected to represent Lancaster in General Court. In his will drawn Mar 20 1718, he gave to each of his children 1/8 part of his right to land in plantation of Littleton. His widow, who survived him 8 yrs, died in 1726. Though Jonathan's recorded posterity is, numerically, largest of sons of John, there is reason to believe Josiah's posterity is at least as numerous. The tabulated records of Josiah's descendants nearly equal those of Jonathan, while those which are known to exist, but which are not yet obtained, outnumber corresponding class in any other line.

Burial: Old Common Burial Ground, Lancaster, Worcester Co, MA, USA


ID: I33898 Name: Josiah Whitcomb Sex: M Birth: 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA Death: 12 MAR 1718 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA Change Date: 27 AUG 2000 Reference Number: 1142 Note: Source:

Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler Entries: 61472 Updated: Sun Aug 19 13:2 0: 35 20 01 Co nt ac t: Ma ry Be th Wheeler <mb@thewheelers.com> Ho me P age: A nce st ry of B ob and Ma ry Be th Wheeler

NEHGS "Register," Vol 111, July, 1957, pg. 168, "E ar ly Co ga ns E ng li sh a nd American." & "Genealogical Research in Engl and -Whitc omb ," N EH GS "R egist er," Vol 68, pg. 63. Title: New England Families Genealogical & Memoria l, T hi rd S er ie s, Vo l. II I Author: William Richard Cutter Publication: NY: 1915; repr. by Genealogical Publishi ng Co ., I nc ., B al ti mo re, 1997 Repository: Call Number: Media: Book Page: pg. 1318 Title: Descendants of Thomas Bryant Author: Miriam L. Luke Publication: Unigraphic, Inc.: 1977 Repository: Note: www.Genealogy Library.com Call Number: Media: Book NEHGS "Register," Vol 111, July, 1957, pg. 173, "E ar ly Co ga ns E ng li sh a nd American" & "Gen. Dictionary of the First S ett le rs of N ew En gla nd ," Jam es Savage, 1860-1862. Title: Descendants of Thomas Bryant Author: Miriam L. Luke Publication: Unigraphic, Inc.: 1977 Repository: Note: www.Genealogy Library.com Call Number: Media: Book Page: pg. 210 "Lancaster Records," NEHGS "Register," Vol 16, Oct., 1862, pg 354. Title: Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800, Third Book Author: Rev. Frederic W. Bailey Publication: New Haven, CT: 1897 & Worcester, MA: 191 4; r ep r. by G en ea lo gi cal Publ. Co., Baltimore, 1968 Repository: Note: Morristown Free Public Library, Morristown, NJ Call Number: Media: Book Page: pg. 60 Title: The Birth, Marriage & Death Register of Lancaste r, M as ac hu se tt s, 16 43-1850 Author: Henry S. Nourse Publication: Clinton, MA: 1890; reproduc ed on CD by Se ar ch & Re Se ar ch Pu bl ishing Corporation, Wheat Ridg e, CO Repository: Call Number: Media: Book Page: pg. 11 "Desc. of Thomas Bryant," pg. 579, on 217 Genealogy Books CD

Note: Alternate date of death: 12 April 1718, per Lancaster VRs.

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Father: John Whitcomb b: ABT 1588 in Taunton, Somersetshire, England Mother: Frances Coggan b: BEF 24 FEB 1606 in St. Mary Magdalen, Taunton, Somersetshire, England

Marriage 1 Rebecca Waters b: AFT 1 MAR 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA Married: 4 JAN 1665 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA Children Has Children Mary Whitcomb Has No Children Josiah Whitcomb , Jr. b: 12 NOV 1665 Has No Children Josiah Whitcomb , Jr. b: 7 JAN 1667 Has No Children David Whitcomb b: 20 FEB 1669 Has Children Rebecca Whitcomb b: 12 NOV 1671 in Lancaster, Worcester, MA Has No Children Joanna Whitcomb b: 8 MAR 1674 Has No Children Hezekiah Whitcomb b: 14 SEP 1681 Has No Children Deborah Whitcomb b: 26 DEC 1683 Has Children Damaris Whitcomb b: ABT 27 FEB 1685 Has No Children Abigail Whitcomb b: 13 MAR 1688


Birth: 1638 Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 21, 1718 Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA

PARENTS: John Whitcomb, and Francis Coggan.

WIFE: Rebecca Waters, married JAN 4, 1664, at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA.

HEADSTONE INSCRIPTION: HERE LIES THE BODY OF IOSIAH WHE TCOMB SEN. D ESEASD IN H IS 80 YEAR.

FOOTSTONE INSCRIPTION: I. W. DYED MARCH THE 21 1718.

ADD'L SOURCE INFO: Book...THE WHITCOMB FAMILY IN AMERICA, A Biographical Genealogy, by Charlotte Whitcomb, (1904). Pages #396, 397.

Josiah Whitcomb, was born in Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, according to Dorchester town records, and is believed to have been the youngest son of John. He accompanied his father's family from Scituate to Lancaster, Mass., in 1654, and his name appears variously in the early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted a bounty for killing a wolf, and again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damages for accidentally or otherwise injuring or killing swine. (See page 32, this Book.) ["Josiah Whitcomb is allowed 20 shillings to be paid by the County for killing one growne wolfe in ye Towne of Lancaster." - (Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster: p. 124.)]. During Queen Ann's war (1702-17) he was allowed a garrison for protection against the Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now called Bolton, originally a part of Lancaster, but set off in 1738, and he lived in the southeastern part of this Bolton. He was commander of the garrison and with him were associated his sons, Josiah, David, and Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton and John Wilder, Jr. In 1705 he was selectman; in 1708 he and twenty-nine others signed the church covenant and, as he was financially in good circumstances, he contributed liberally towards the support of the church; in 1710 he was elected to represent Lancaster in the General Court. In his will drawn March 20, 1718, he gave to each of his children one-eighth part of his right to land in the plantation of Littleton. His widow, who survived him eight years, died in 1726. Though Jonathan's recorded posterity is, numerically, the largest of the sons of John, there is reason to believe Josiah's posterity is at least as numerous. The tabulated records of Josiah's descendants nearly equal those of Jonathan, while those which are known to exist, but which are not yet obtained, outnumber the corresponding class in any other line.


Family links:

Parents:
 John Whitcomb (1588 - 1662)
 Frances Coggan Whitcomb (1605 - 1671)

Spouse:
 Rebecca Waters Whitcomb (1640 - 1726)*

Children:
 David Whitcomb (1668 - 1730)*
 Rebekah Whitcomb Houghton (1671 - 1752)*
 Joanna Whitcomb Joslin (1674 - 1717)*
 Damaris Whitcomb Wilder (1686 - 1772)*
 Abigail Whitcomb White (1688 - 1771)*
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Burial: Old Common Burial Ground Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA


Created by: Melody Edwards Record added: Apr 30, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 19150705


Josiah Whitcomb Birth: 1638 Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Death: Mar. 21, 1718 Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA

PARENTS: John Whitcomb, and Francis Coggan.

WIFE: Rebecca Waters, married JAN 4, 1664, at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA.

HEADSTONE INSCRIPTION: HERE LIES THE BODY OF IOSIAH WHE TCOMB SEN. D ESEASD IN H IS 80 YEAR.

FOOTSTONE INSCRIPTION: I. W. DYED MARCH THE 21 1718.

ADD'L SOURCE INFO: Book...THE WHITCOMB FAMILY IN AMERICA, A Biographical Genealogy, by Charlotte Whitcomb, (1904). Pages #396, 397.

Josiah Whitcomb, was born in Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, according to Dorchester town records, and is believed to have been the youngest son of John. He accompanied his father's family from Scituate to Lancaster, Mass., in 1654, and his name appears variously in the early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted a bounty for killing a wolf, and again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damages for accidentally or otherwise injuring or killing swine. (See page 32, this Book.) ["Josiah Whitcomb is allowed 20 shillings to be paid by the County for killing one growne wolfe in ye Towne of Lancaster." - (Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster: p. 124.)]. During Queen Ann's war (1702-17) he was allowed a garrison for protection against the Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now called Bolton, originally a part of Lancaster, but set off in 1738, and he lived in the southeastern part of this Bolton. He was commander of the garrison and with him were associated his sons, Josiah, David, and Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton and John Wilder, Jr. In 1705 he was selectman; in 1708 he and twenty-nine others signed the church covenant and, as he was financially in good circumstances, he contributed liberally towards the support of the church; in 1710 he was elected to represent Lancaster in the General Court. In his will drawn March 20, 1718, he gave to each of his children one-eighth part of his right to land in the plantation of Littleton. His widow, who survived him eight years, died in 1726. Though Jonathan's recorded posterity is, numerically, the largest of the sons of John, there is reason to believe Josiah's posterity is at least as numerous. The tabulated records of Josiah's descendants nearly equal those of Jonathan, while those which are known to exist, but which are not yet obtained, outnumber the corresponding class in any other line.


Family links:

Parents:
 John Whitcomb (1588 - 1662)
 Frances Coggan Whitcomb (1605 - 1671) 
Spouse:
 Rebecca Waters Whitcomb (1640 - 1726)
Children:
 David Whitcomb (1668 - 1730)*
 Rebekah Whitcomb Houghton (1671 - 1752)*
 Joanna Whitcomb Joslin (1674 - 1717)*
 Damaris Whitcomb Wilder (1686 - 1772)*
 Abigail Whitcomb White (1688 - 1771)

Burial: Old Common Burial Ground Lancaster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA Created by: Melody Edwards Record added: Apr 30, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 19150705

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Josiah Whitcomb's Timeline

1638
1638
Dorchester (within present Boston), (Present Suffolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
1654
1654
Age 16
Moved W/Father From Scituate to Lancaster
1666
November 7, 1666
Age 28
Lancaster, Massachusetts
1668
February 20, 1668
Age 30
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
1671
November 12, 1671
Age 33
Lancaster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
1674
January 8, 1674
Age 36
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1676
1676
Age 38
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1678
1678
Age 40
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
1681
September 14, 1681
Age 43
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts