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Martha Wharton (Winthrop)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: New London, New London County, Connecticut
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gov. John Winthrop, Connecticut Colony and Elizabeth (Reade) Winthrop
Wife of Richard Wharton, of Boston
Mother of Richard Wharton; Anna Wharton; Winthrop Wharton; Martha Butler; John Wharton and 1 other
Sister of Elizabeth 'Betty' Newman; Fitz-John Winthrop, Colonial Governor of Connecticut; Lucy Palmes; Waitstill Winthrop, Magistrate; Mary Culver and 4 others

Managed by: Janice Weeks Hollenczer
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About Martha Wharton

family

Martha, d. of the sec. Gov. John Winthrop. Married Richard Wharton of Boston.

had:

  • Richard, bapt. 28 Nov. 1675;
  • Ann, 29 June 1679;
  • Winthrop, 17 Apr. 1681;
  • Martha, 29 Oct. 1682;
  • John, 5 Oct. 1684; and
  • Dorothy, 31 Oct. 1686.

notes

From the Winthrop Papers: 1689. JOHN HIGGINSON. 25 JOHN HIGGINSON TO WAIT WINTHROP.

For the Honoured Major Generall Winthrop, at Boston. Salem, Nov. 28, 89.

Honoured dear S r , - Having heard of y e Lords taking to himselfe my honoured dear son Wharton,* I could not forbear to expresse my vnfeined sorrow for y e losse of so good a man, to sympathize with your selfe in your sorrow for y e losse of so good a brother cordiall friend, truly not onely we but y e wholl countrey have cause to lament y e great publick losse misse of such a one as hath left few fellowes behinde him. There is also great cause of mourning for good Mrs Wharton, her childrens losse ; but what shall we say, y e Lord himself hath done it, who may say to him What doest thou? His thoughts are not as ours, nor his wayes as ours : it becomes vs after humble submission to his holy will to pray y* he would teach vs to number our dayes so as to apply our hearts vnto wisdome, to wait all y e dayes of our appointed time till our own change come. I am deeply concerned for good M rs Wharton, fearing y t she will be ouerwhelmed with sorrow her children there, as these 2 children are here, but I doubt not your selfe will not be wanting in all wayes of caref ullnes helpf ulnes to her her children there, for these 2 here my selfe son John shall be carefull of them, they may continue here so long as shall be judged expedient ; though I doubt not your good sister will of herselfe be willing to it forward in it to give to these 2 daughters here y e same mourning garments w ch she giues to her own daughters at home, yet if you pleas to put her in minde of it y fc if she would pleas to send Sam. Newman hither with such

  • Richard Wharton died in London, May 14, 1689. - Eds.

+ Martha, sister of Wait Winthrop, and third wife of Richard Wharton, who left issue by three marriages. The two daughters referred to in the latter part of this letter were children of his second wife, Sarah Higginson. - Eds.


  • The Winthrop Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1889 - Connecticut page 576
  • A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register. By James Savage. page 494 Richard Wharton, Boston 1661, a very active gent. largely concern. in purch. of lds. as in 1683, the Pegypscot, of 500,000 acres, at the E. and engag. in public good, 'm. a. 1659, Bethia, d. of William Tyng, and next, 1672, Sarah, d. of Rev. John Higginson of Salem, and had two ds. Sarah and Bethia. Felt, in Geneal. Reg. IX. 339, calls him a lawyer, but perhaps he was only atty. for partic. individ. not a mem. of the profess. Under appointm. as one of the Counc. of Sir Edmund Andros, he thwart. some of his oppress. designs, and went home with others in July 1687 to complain against his measures, and d. in London a. 1690. He left much embarrass. est. and his ds. kept a small shop in Boston. Sarah m. John Cotta, in B. See Higginson Letters in 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. VII. 198— 205. RICHARD, Boston, m. Martha, d. of the sec. Gov. John Winth. had Richard, bapt. 28 Nov. 1675; Ann, 29 June 1679; Winthrop, 17 Apr. 1681; Martha, 29 Oct. 1682; John, 5 Oct. 1684; and Dorothy, 31 Oct. 1686. [Comments: Savage separates into two Richard Wharton's, but later historians have confirmed they are in fact the same man; issue by first marriage not mentioned]
  • A Documentary History of Chelsea: Including the Boston Precincts ..., Volume 1 By Mellen Chamberlain, Jenny Chamberlain Watts, William Richard Cutter, Henry Williamson Haynes page 481 widow of Richard Wharton v Eustace
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Martha Wharton's Timeline

1646
1646
New London, New London County, Connecticut
1675
November 28, 1675
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1679
June 29, 1679
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Anna Wharton
in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

Name: Anna Wharton
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 26 May 1679
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Father Name: Richard Wharton
Mother Name: Martha

Source Information
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/2495/40400_274678-00205?pid=4736284...

1681
April 17, 1681
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1682
October 29, 1682
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Martha Wharton
in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

Name: Martha Wharton
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 23 Oct 1682
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Father Name: Richard Wharton
Mother Name: Martha

Source Information
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/2495/40400_274678-00206?pid=4736295...

1683
September 29, 1683
Age 37
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1686
October 31, 1686
Age 40
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
1712
September 27, 1712
Age 66
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Mrs Martha Wharton in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

Name: Mrs Martha Wharton
Event Type: Death
Death Date: 26 Sep 1712
Death Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Spouse Name: Richard

Source Information
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

September 30, 1712
Age 66
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States