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Thomas Whittemore, Jr.

Also Known As: "Whitmore"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Hitchin, Herefordshire, England
Death: May 25, 1661 (67)
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Whitmore and Mary Whittemore
Husband of Sarah Whittemore and Hannah Chawkley
Father of Mary Whittemore; Thomas Whittemore; Sarah Whittemore; Daniel Whittemore, Sr.; Nathaniel Whittemore and 9 others
Brother of Abraham Whitmore; Aester Whitmore; Hannah Suerties; Nathanael Whitmore; Elizabeth Sheffield and 3 others

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About Thomas Whittemore, Jr.

Ancestors of Rev. Williams Howe Whittemore, Bolton, Ct., 1800--Rye, N. Y., 1885, and of his wife Maria Clark, New York, 1803--Brooklyn, 1886 -

Thomas Whittemore  was son of Thomas Whittemore d. 1617 and Mary Meade d. 1614


  1. Sarah Deardes m. 4/13/1623 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  2. Hannah Chawkley m. 10/261632 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

Children (all with Hannah Chawkley)

  1. Sarah baptized 1616
  2. Mary baptized 1624
  3. Thomas " 1626
  4. Daniel Whittemore 1633–1683
  5. John Whittemore 1635–1635 ?
  6. Nathaniel Whittemore 1636–1671
  7. John Whittemore 1638–1694
  8. Benjamin Whittemore 1640–1726
  9. Elizabeth Whittemore 1643–1661
  10. Thomas Whittemore 1645–1670
  11. Samuel Whittemore 1647–1726
  12. Pelatiah Whittemore 1650–1679
  13. Abraham Whittemore 1653–1691

Baptized in Hitchins, Hereford, England January 6, 1593.

He & wife Hannah were among the earliest settlers of Charlestown, MA. Came to New England between 1639 and 1645 (probably 1641-2) and settled in the part of Charlestown which is now Malden, MA. He had 3 wives - first was unknown, second Sarah Deardes, third was Hannah. Died 1661.

Thomas Whittemore, the common ancestor of the name in America, canre from the town ot Hitcinn, Hertfordshire, England, about the year 1640, and settled in that part of Maiden, now Everett, Mass.

      Hitchin is a laree and ancient market town, 34 miles northwesterly from Lond«)n ; and in isOl, containing 3161 inhabitants. It had its origin in tfce 8axon times, and was cranted by Edward the Confessor to Earl Harold, by the name of  Bitche.  In the Domesday Book it is called  Hiz.  a name that, according to Chauncy, it received from the river  Hiz,  which fiows through it.

The common American ancestor of the Wiiittemore family was Thomas Wiiittemore, who came to this country, between 1639 and 1645, probably in 1641-2, and settled in that part of Charlestown, Mass., which is now embraced within the limits of the town of Everett, Mass. He came from Hitchin, county of Hertford, England. The genealogy of the Whittemore family in Hitchin, from 1562 to 1650, is given in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register^ vol. 21, pp. 169-172. It was procured and published by Ebene-ZER Stowell Whittemore, Esq., of Sandwich, Mass., and is a verbatim copy from the Parish Register of Hitchin, copied by L. Hensley, the Incumbent of that Parish. Thomas Whittemore, Senior, the father of the American ancestor, Thomas, lived in Hitchin, and was married in 1566.* He had two brothers, William and Rowland. William was bom about 1540, and had a son, Thomas, who was married in 1591. Rowland died in 1613. Thomas Whittemore, Senior, died in Hitchin, in 1617, as appears by the record of the Parish, which is in the following words: "1617, AprilL The 28 daie were mamed Rychard Sheffield and Elizabeth Whitamore.—^June. The 13 daye was buried Abraham Whi^^more, the husband of Grace Whi^^more. November—The 26 daye was buried Thomas Whiie-more, Senior, widower, who by his will dated the 5th day of May, 1613, gave £20 to Trustees' for the best sort of the poor people in Hitchin."

      In a communication to the N. E.  Genealogical Register^  in October, 1878, the gentleman above alluded to, Mr. E. S. Whittemore, says: '^Earlier than the year 1300 we find the first recorded name,  i  ^.,  John^  Lord of Whytemere, having his domicile at Whj^emere, on the north-east side of the parish of Bobbington, in the manor of Claverly, in Shropshire. At the present time, the same locality bears the name of  Whittemore.  * * * It is recorded by two historians, that Whittemore Hall, at Whittemore, was the place of origin of the Whittemore family. The Anglo-Saxon etymology of the word  Whytemere  is  tvhite meadoiv^  or  lahe^  and the first John^  Lord of Whytemere, derived the name of the family from the place where they originally resided.— Abouttheyear 1483, the "2)^" (of) was dropped, leaving it  Whytemere^  as the surname ; and not far from 1495, the  y  was changed for e, and  e  after  t  omitted, leaving the name  Whitmxrre;  while the name  Whittemore  is obtained by adding a second  t  and retaining the ^, and next to the last  e  in each name changed to o. * * * The present name of Whittemore has been spelled five or more different ways during the past three hundred and fifty years, and the name of Whitmore differently.'^ The same gentleman, in a communication to the Boston Advertiser^  in January last, said : ^^At the present day, there is in the parish of Bobbington, in the manor of Claverly, county of Salop, (Eng.,) a place spelled  WhU-i-more^  which is a modern looking farm house, which has, also, been spelled  Whittemore^  and for centuries spelled with a trisyllable. This locality is in the county of Salop, but the greater part of the parish is in Staffordshire.    This family of  Whittemore have held in fee this place since the signing of the Great Charter at Runnymede, by King John in 1215; and in early times, the proprietors were called the "Lords of Whyte-mere."
      That the Thomas Whittemore, who settled in Charles-town, is the American ancestor of the family is beyond doubt. There were a Lawrence Whittemore and wife, who came to Roxbury, Mass., in 1635, but they never had any children and at their death that branch ended*. There was, also, a  Bainell  Whittamore, who is mentioned in the Charlestown records, as follows:— "The 9th of the Xth month, 1661, Bainell Whittamore being with the selectmen is willing to accept of allowance in the common." . No further mention is made of him.

Thomas I. Son of Tbomas and Mary Whittemore, of Hitchin, co. of

      Hertford, England; m. (1) (2)  Sarah Deardes,  Apnl 14,
      1623, who was buried Nov. 17, 1623; (3) Hannah ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ , who was 50 yearfe old in 1662, and m. (2) Benjamin BuMerfidd, June 3,1663, at Chelmsford, Mass.  Inme.—i.  Sarali, bapt. April 14, 1616; ii. Marv, bapt. May 12, 1624; iii.  Thomas,  bapt. Oct. 6, 16^6; iv.  Daniel,  bapt.'July 81, 1633; V. John, bapl. April 27, bur. 29, 1635 ; vi.  Nathaniel,  bapt. May 1,1636 ; vii.  John,  bapt. Feb. 11, 1638-9; all at Hiirhin ; viii. Elizabeth; ix.  Benjamin;  X. TH0Mi).8; xi.  Samuel;  xii.  Pelaiiah. d. 1678; xhi. Abraham, in army 1675,'d. Jan. 14, 1690-1, se. 35. The father died at Maiden, May 25, 1661.
      Thomas Whittemore wa4 one of the earliest settlers of Charlestown, Mass.; he located in that part, which was subsequently Maiden, in the south-east part, the same being now Everett, about three miles from Boston. The parish records of Hitchin, England, show that his son John was born there Feb. 11, 1638-9, and he, probably, came to this country a year or two after that time. In 1()45, he purchased oi Rev. John Cotton, of Boston, "meadow for two cows' grass." — This piece of land joined his own farm. As he had a farm in 1645, he had, probably, owned it several years, and perhaps became the owner soon after his arrival in this country. He, probably, redeemed it from the wdlderness. The farm was bounded east by Chelsea, and south by Mystic river. It is remarkable, that his homestead remained in the possession of the Whitte-more family until May 1, 1845, when it was sold by the late William Whittemore to Nathaniel Sands, of New York city,—a period of more than two hundred years. The site of the dwelling-house erected by Thomas Whittemore, the first occupant, on the homestead is still identified in Everett. An old cellar hole is still discernible on the premises, on which was erected a house in 1806, while the homestead was owned by Joseph Whittemore, replacing that built by Thomas, and it remained there till 1866, when it was destroyed by fire. This was undoubtedly the original site of the first house erected by the first Thomas, or within a few feet of it.    The site is on an elevation and commands a fine prospect, with Chelsea in front, Somerville on the right and Revere on the left.

Will. The will of Thomas Whittemore was dated Feb. 8, 1660, and was proved and allowed June 25, 1661. It is as follows:

      "First, 1 give and bequeath my body to the earth, and my soul to God that gave it; and for my temporal estate, I give unto Hauna my wife, the third part of the profits of all the land, that is mine ; and tor a legacy of her love, and care to me, I give to htr two cows, and the household stuff; the land to return to them that it shall be given to; and the rest she shall dispose of to her children, whom she please.
      **2. To my eldest son, Thomas, being now in Englanr'., and having his portion there by gift, I therefoie cannot add thereto by will: to prevent trouble, I give him, if he come, five shillings.
      **3. I give to Daniel, my son. the house and barn, with I he land about and adjoining to it, except what shall be afterward expressed; and one ox called Broad, and one cow; paying such legacies as shall be expressed t(»r him to pay ; and liberty for his mother to live in the house, while she live, if she please.
      ** 4. I give to my son Nathaniel thirty acres of upland lying at Sockemore [Sagamore?] hill; and one third part of all my meadow, both fresh and salt, with one ox called Buck and a cow, paying out of it what shall be appointed to him.
      **5. I give to my son John, len acres of land lying next to George Know-ers.
      **6. I give to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pound, to be paid at the day of her marriage, of else at the age of eighteen years; this to be paid at current pay.
      **7. And as for my five youngest, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Pelaiiah and Abraham, I give unto each ot them ten pounds, to be paid to them when they are at the age of one and twenty years.
  • **Further, the reason why (if it should be demanded) I have disposed of my estate so as I have done, tbe greatest part to my sons Daniel and Nathaniel, is because by their means this estate that now I have disposed of, has been preserved by.them. And further, I make them my executors; and out of this their estate, they are to pay to their sister and brethren their portions—Daniel is to pay forty pounds, and Nathaniel thirty pounds; they are to pay, both of them, each proportionably, according to every one's portion when it is due to them.
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Thomas Whittemore, Jr.'s Timeline

June 18, 1573
January 6, 1593
Hitchins, Hereford, England
January 6, 1593
Hitchin, Herts, England
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Hitchin, Herts, England
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Hitchin, Herefordshire, England
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Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
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Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
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Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom