Rev. Zachariah Whitman

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Zachariah Whitman, Rev.

Birthplace: Prob., Chesham, England
Death: Died in Milford, Fairfield Co, Conn
Place of Burial: Milford, Fairfield Co, Conn
Immediate Family:

Son of Abijah "Peter" Whitman (1560-1626) and Alice Eaton
Husband of Sarah Whitman
Father of Zachariah Whitman
Brother of Elizabeth Alcock; Ens. John Whitman (1598-1692); James Whitman; Robert Whitman; George Whitman and 2 others
Half brother of Ens. John Whitman (1598-1692)

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About Rev. Zachariah Whitman

The editor is Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days" adds this footnote:

The tradition connecting Whitman's ancestry and the Rev. Zachariah Whitman who emigrated from England in 1635 is not reliable. The Rev. Zachariah Whitman left no issue. See below.

There is record of Zachariah, his wife Sara, and son Zachariah, age 2 1/2, coming over in the “Truelove” from England on September 19, 1635. There is no further mention of the child; when [Reverend] Zachariah died in 1666, he left his property to his nephew, the third son of John Whitman, and the Whitman from whom the Nova Scotia Whitmans are descended.

In Farnham’s book, he states that a certain “Joseph Whitman of Huntingdon, Long Island, was made a freeman of the New Haven Colony” (Farnham, page xv). He further states that the Long Island Whitmans, from whom Walt sprung, are all descendants of this Joseph Whitman. As far as can be determined, Joseph Whitman is not a descendent of either John or Zachariah Whitman.


History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass

by Charles Farnam 1889

Zachariah Whitman, a brother of the Ancestor. According to Hutton he came in the " ship Truelove, Jo. Gibbs, Master," leaving London, Sept. 19, 1635. The ship's register give the names of " Zacharia Whitman," aged 40 ; " Sara Whitman," aged 25 ; " Zacha Whitman," aged 2 1/2 ; the child probably died soon after his arrival, as no mention is afterwards made of him. Zachariah settled first in Dorchester.

He had a brother, Zachariah, who emigrated at the time he did, or soon after; and settled in Milford, in Connecticut, who is spoken of in the church records and history of that town as early as 1639. He was one of the ruling elders, and assisted at the ordination, in that town, of the Rev. Roger Newton, by the imposition of hands. These and some other circumstances concerning him are noticed in Trumbull's History. When he died is not known ; but probably not until advanced in years. He left no issue. His estate in Milford he bequeathed to his nephew, the Rev. Zechariah Whitman, son of our Ancestor. The farm which he occupied is called the Whitman farm to this day, and is now in the occupation of a man by the name of Fenn.

The Coat of Arms was obtained from Thomas Culleton of London, a well-known genealogist. It has been impossible to procure absolute proof of the right of this family to use the same. A similar shield with varying crests but the same motto has, however, been in the possession of several branches since the latter part of the last century. This fact has induced the writer to insert the plate, hoping that at some future time more absolute proof can be obtained.

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Rev. Zachariah Whitman's Timeline

Prob., Chesham, England
Age 37
April 25, 1666
Age 71
Milford, Fairfield Co, Conn
April 1666
Age 71
Milford, Fairfield Co, Conn
November 7, 1998
Age 71
November 28, 1998
Age 71