About Rev. Dr. Epher Whitaker
Background for Sarah Berryman and Jeremiah Bennett found in http://archive.org/stream/newyorkgenealog49newy/newyorkgenealog49newy_djvu.txt
EPHER WHITAKER OF SOUTHOLD, LONG ISLAND. Contributed by Herbert C. Whitaker.
Rev. Dr. Epher Whitaker was born in Fairfield Township, Cumberland Co., New Jersey, March 27, 1820, and died in Southold, New York, September 1, 1916.
PARENTS: His parents were Reuel Whitaker and Sarah Westcott.
GRANDPARENTS: His grandparents were Nathaniel Whitaker and Lydia Whitaker, first cousins to each other; John Westcott, an officer in the War of 1812, and his second wife, Mary Bennett.
GREAT GRANDPARENTS: His great-grandparents were Ambrose Whitacar and Freelove Stratton ; Lewis Whitacar, brother of Ambrose, and Anna Thompson ; Samuel Westcott, a captain in the Revolution and Hannah Shaw ; Jeremiah Bennett, also a captain in the Revolutionary War and Sarah Berryman.
Ambrose and Lewis Whitacar were sons of Nathaniel Whitacar by his first wife, Mary (Abbot) Dixon, widow of Anthony Dixon and daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Sheppard) Abbot.
Nathaniel Whitacar was the son of Richard Whitacar who came from London, England, to Salem, New Jersey, in 1675. Richard Whitacar's wife was Elizabeth (Provoe) Adkin, daughter of George Provoe, who also came from London to Salem, N. J., about 1675.
Freelove Stratton was a great-aunt of Governor Stratton of New Jersey; she was a daughter of Benjamin Stratton and Abigail Preston. Benjamin was the grandson of Richard Stratton of Southampton, Long Island (1643), and his wife Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of William and Ann Edwards of Lynn (1641) and East Hampton (1650).
Abigail Preston's ancestry included Roger Preston of Ipswich, Mass. (1639), John Russell, known as "the Anabaptist," founder of the first Baptist Church of Boston, and Henry Brooks of Concord, Mass. (1639), and of Woburn (1650).
Anna Thompson, wife of Lewis Whitacar, was the daughter of Benjamin Thompson and Anna Newcomb. Benjamin, born in Rhode Island, was the grandson of the poet Dr. Benjamin Tompson and Susanna Kirtland of Braintree, Mass. Dr. Tompson was the son of Rev. William Tompson and his first wife Abigail Collins, daughter of John Collins and Abigail Rose. Anna Newcomb was descended from the Martha's Vineyard families of Newcomb, Bayes, Butler and Norton.
Captain Samuel Westcott was the grandson of Daniel Westcott, for many terms a member of the Hartford, Conn., Legislature, and his wife Abigail Gaylord, daughter of Samuel Gaylord (son of William) and Elizabeth Hull (daughter of George Hull). Daniel Westcott was the son of Richard Westcott of Wethersfield, Conn. 1637), who was given a grant of land for his services in the War against the Pequot Indians.
Hannah Shaw, wife of Capt. Samuel Westcott, was descended from Edward Shaw of Southampton, Long Island (1655) and from Joshua Garlick who came to Easthampton about 1650 and died there in 1700, over one hundred years old.
Capt. Jeremiah Bennett's grandfather was one of a company of settlers who came in 1697 from Fairfield, Conn., in Cohansey, Salem Co., N. J., and gave the name Fairfield to the large district in which they settled.
Sarah Berryman was the great-granddaughter of Thomas Berryman and his wife Jane of Staten Island (1686).
The emigrant ancestors of Epher Whitaker all came to America before 1700.
Epher Whitaker lived on his father's farm in Fairfield Township, Cumberland Co., N. J., and attended the public schools there until he was fifteen years of age (in 1835) when he went to Bridgeton, N. J., and worked in all departments of the Bridgeton Chronicle. In 1843, he entered Delaware College at Newark, Delaware, and in 1847 graduated at the head of his class with the degree of A. B., later receiving from this college the degree of A. M. (in 1850) and the degree of D. D. (in 1877). Yale conferred on him the honorary degree of A. M. in 1867. After graduating at Delaware College, he taught for a year in the Academy of the College amd in 1848 en- tered the Union Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1851. He at once became the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Southold, Suffolk Co., Long Island, the oldest Presbyterian Church in America and continued in that position until 1892, when after forty years of successful service in one pastorate, he retired. From that date until his death he was the pastor emeritus.