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Ruth Whitman (Reed)

Also Known As: "Ruth Reed Whitman"
Birthdate: (21)
Birthplace: Long Sutton, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William "of Weymouth" Reade and Avis Read
Wife of John Whitman, Jr.
Sister of Agnes Dyer; Margaret Vining; Hannah Whitmarsh; William Reed; Sgt. Thomas Reed and 3 others

Managed by: Clifford h. Cobb
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About Ruth Whitman

RUTH2 REED b. in 1642 (Aldridge, 13) d. at Weymouth on 17 August, 1663 (record literally reads: 18th month, 17th day, 1662) (VR Wey 2:371) m. at Weymouth on 19 December, 1662, JOHN WHITMAN Jr. (VR Wey 2:159) d. at Weymouth on 1 February, 1712/13 (VR Wey 2:371)


From an entry in the Weymouth records it seems that John Whitman's wife's name was Ruth and that she died 8 17 1662.



History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass

by Charles Farnam 1889

In the Weymouth records is found this entry : "died 18.17, 1662, Ruth, wife of John Whitman;" there is evidently an error as to date, which should probably read: " d. 8.17, 1662;" some think this was the wife of John, while others think it refers to Ruth Reed, wife of John". The date of the birth of the eldest child of John, viz: Ruth, b. Feb. 1, 1663, would, however, indicate that it must be the wife of John. The loss of the early church records on which the name of the wife of John would appear destroys any opportunity of clearing the mystery regarding- her name.

He had four sons and five daughters, all but one of whom survived him, and six of whom lived to be over eighty.

Immigration on ship Confidence 1638
Ruth Whitman formerly Reed aka Reede, Read Born 1605 in Of Berkley, Bristol, Englandmap [uncertain] Daughter of William Reade and Lucy (Heneage) Reed Sister of William Reade Jr., John Read and Jane (Reed) Niles Wife of John Whitman — married 1628 in , , , Englandmap Mother of Thomas Whitman, John Whitman, Sarah (Whitman) Jones, Mary (Whitman) Pratt, Elizabeth (Whitman) Green, Hannah (Whitman) French, Zachariah Whitman Sr., Abiah Whitman and Judith (Whitman) King Died August 17, 1662 in Weymouth, Norfolk, MAmap


Ruth Reed Note: Anderson in The American Genealogist, uses "Reed".<ref name="TAG53">Anderson, Robert Charles, "Ancestry of President Calvin Coolidge" The American Genealogist. (Vol 53, Page 165) New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database accessed February 4, 2015. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)</ref> Jacobus in The Granberry Family ... also uses the "Reed" spelling.<ref name="Jacobus">Jacobus, Donald L., and Waterman, Edgar F., The Granberry Family and Allied Families, Including the Ancestry of Helen (Woodward) Granberry ..." (Pages 301-02) Hartford: E. F. Waterman, 1945, accessed February 4, 2015</ref>


Ruth is believed to be the daughter of William Reed and Avis (Chapman) Reed.<ref name="Farnam">Farnam, Charles H., History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass. (Pages 9, 16) New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1889, accessed February 10, 2015</ref> She was born in 1642 at Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Note: Avis, wife of William Reed, was at one time thought to have been Avis Deacon, but subsequent research revealed that Avis Deacon immigrated to Virginia, and the Reads who were aboard the Assurance were expressly "to be transported to Virginea"! !<ref name="Kinney">Kinney, Greg, "Probably Avis Chapman - not Avis Deacon" GenForum July 22, 2000, accessed February 8, 2015</ref>


Ruth married October 19, 1662 at Weymouth to John Whitman.<ref name="WVR">Vital Records of Weymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850... (Page 159) Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1910, accessed February 11, 2015</ref> Another transcription of the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, Weymouth, Volume 2, Marriages, reports that John Whitman and Ruth Reed were married on December 19, 1662 at Weymouth.<ref name="MVR">Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. (Weymouth V2, Page 218) (Online Database accessed February 26, 2015:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010).</ref> They had no children together.

Ruth died only months after her marriage in 1662. The record of Ruth's death at Weymouth actually reads, "died 18. 17, 1662, Ruth, wife of John Whitman." There is obviously an error, and it is thought that the date is meant to read, 8, 17, 1662.<ref name="Farnam"/>

She married John and died within months. She died without issue.<ref name="Farnam"/>


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See also:

  • Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2003.
  • Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
  • Frederick A. Virkus, editor, Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986. Page 73.
  • Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
  • Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  • Clarence A. Torry, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
  • Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
  • Lucius R. Paige, List of Freemen of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.
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Ruth Whitman's Timeline

Long Sutton, Somerset, England
August 17, 1663
Age 21
Weymouth, Suffolk, Massachusetts
August 17, 1663
Age 21
January 27, 1934
Age 21
January 27, 1934
Age 21
February 6, 1934
Age 21
February 6, 1934
Age 21