Reference Number: 73

The Whitmore Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1625-1685)
Author: PURDY, Jessie Whitmore Patten
Institution: SLGS
Call Number: US/CAN Film #1033975 item #4
Classification: ORIGINAL: GeneralHistory
Primary Geography: USA, Massachusetts, Cambridge
Start Time: 1625 End Time: 1685

Entry Number: 1

Primary Person: WHITMORE, John
Entry Description: Surname History. Family Origins

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     The name Whitmore is derived from a Gothic king, Wid(spear)-Mar(famous), famous-with-the-spear. As early as 1215, at the signing of the Great charter at Runymeade by King John, the name appears in English records. Whitmore Hall is situated in the village of Whitmore, Staffordshire, England, 146 miles from London and five miles from New-Castle-under-Lyme. By a marriage between the families of Whitmore and Mainwarings, the manor passed into the succession of the Mainwarings, who held it in 1852. It is said that a direct lineal descendant of the Whitmores occupies it at this date.
     The early proprietors of the Manor were called Lords of Whytemore. John DeWhitmore was mayor of London in 1632. From the Whitmores of England came the family of Whittemore, who changed the spelling of the name from Whitmore, and while in this country (USA) they are a distinct family, they have the same origin.
     While it has not been possible to trace the English origin of the American family of Whitmore, the similarity in family names leaves little doubt they were from the Staffordshire Whitmores.
     Tradition says that two brothers, Sir George and John, came to this country in the early 1630's.
     Sir George, a bachelor, was a government officer in Nova Scotia, and lived at Halifax. While on a voyage from Halifax to Massachusetts, supposedly to settle an estate on his brother, he was drowned.
     A field in Nova Scotia bears the name of Whitmore's Field. Mr. Edwin P. Whitmore, in 1891, then at the age of 83 writes: "I remember my grandfather tell of an advertisement calling on all people of the name of Whitmore in the States and Provinces to claim certain moneys or property belonging to Sir George.
     That John Whitmore (called the lost brother) came to this country in the 1630's we know. In what part of the colonies he first landed we do not know, but he appears on the records of Wethersfield, Connecticut, as early as 1638. His lot of 54 acres at that place was sold to Robert Treat. He removed to Stamford in 1641, and was one of its first founders and settlers. His name is on the second and third lists of the colonists; was given in the first distribution of land ten acres; admitted freeman, 1642, Deputy to General Court October 27, 1643; Representative to New Haven Assembly in 1647. Was killed by the Indian in 1648. This act was not an act of private hatred, but seems to have been the deed of the whole tribe, and the colony was moved to unite with that of New Hampshire in a just revenge. Colonial Records of Connecticut and Trumbull's Colonial Recollections: 'This courte, taking into serious consideration what may be done according to God in way of revenge of the bloude of John Whitmore, late of Stamford, and well weighing all circumstances, together with the carriages of the Indians (bordering thereuppon) in and about the premises: doe declare themselves that they do judge it lawful and according to God to make a war uppon them.' A committee was sent to New Haven the next day to confer with the rest of the magistrates, and 'return with what convenient speed they may.' Trumballs Col. Rec. Vol.1, pg. 197
     John married in England. The name of his wife cannot be learned. He married, second, in this country, the widow Jessup, who brought him wealth. By his first wife he had born in England:
     Thomas 1615
     Married Sarah Hall. Lived in Middleton, Connecticut. He changed the name to Wetmore, and is the ancestor of that family, who have retained the name as Wetmore.
     Anne 1621
     Married February 16, 1664, George Farrar
     Mary 1623
     Married October 23, 1647, John Brewer
     Francis 1625
     John 1627
     Died at Stamford, 1650
     That this son (Francis, 1625) is the Francis of Cambridge there can be no doubt, as Francis of Cambridge, on affidavit, gives his age as 1625, and every new research strengthens the belief in this theory. In his later years, Mr. William H. Whitmore accepted their belief, so we can safely consider John our first ancestor. As, however, there is no positive proof, I have, for the sake of accuracy, treated Francis of Cambridge os the first ancestor.
     In all my research I have found our ancestors honest, trustworthy, enterprising, and influential, interested in all that meant the good of their community and country -- all true men and women, worthy examples for this generation to follow.

Editor's Comment:
     This is the family of John Whitmore (ID#535) and Francis Whitmore (ID#533)

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P533 WHITMORE, Francis Name - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis BornD - MEDIUM
P535 WHITMORE, John Emigration - MEDIUM
P535 WHITMORE, John DiedCause - MEDIUM
P535 WHITMORE, John LinkFToChildren - MEDIUM
P849 WHITMORE, Thomas LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P849 WHITMORE, Thomas BornD - MEDIUM
P849 WHITMORE, Thomas Name - MEDIUM
P851 WHITMORE, Ann LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P853 WHITMORE, Mary LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P854 WHITMORE, John LinkCToFather - MEDIUM

Entry Number: 2

Primary Person: WHITMORE, Francis
Entry Description: Family Group Sheet

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     1 Francis Whitmore - Born in England 1625. Died at Cambridge Oct 12, 1685. Married Isabel Parke, daughter of Richard and Margery Crane Parke. She died at Cambridge March 31, 1665. They resided in Cambridge.
     1-2 Elizabeth - Born at Cambridge May 2, 1649. Married Nov 3, 1669, Daniel Markham, and had James, Elizabeth, James 2nd, Edith and Martha.
     3 Francis - Born at Cambridge October 12, 1650. Married February 8, 1674, Hannah Harris.
     4 John - Born at Cambridge October 1, 1654. Married first Rachael Eliot Poulter, second, June 3, 1724, Rebecca Cutter.
     5 Samue - Born at Cambridge May 1, 1658. Married March 31, 1686, Rebecca Gardner.
     6 Abigail - Born at Cambridge July 30, 1660. Married May 9, 1683, Samuel Wilcox.
     7 Sarah - Born at Cambridge March 7, 1662. Married William Locke.
     Francis married second, November 10, 1666, Margaret Harty. She died March 1, 1686. They had:
     8 Margaret - Born at Cambridge September 9, 1668. Married Thomas Carter.
     9 Frances - Born at Cambridge March 3, 1671. Married Johnathan Thompson.
     10 Thomas - Born at Cambridge 1673. Married Mary Jennison.
     11 Joseph - Born at Cambridge 1675. Married February 13, 1698, Mary Kendall.
     Francis came to this country probably during the 1630's, and had established his residence at Cambridge prior to 1648, as about this time he married, at that place, Isabel Parke. Brooks, in his history of Medford, tells us he owned property in Cambridge near the Plains, Charlestown near the Menetomie River, near Dendruck Meadows; also in Medford and Lexington. His house stood on the dividing line between Lexington and Cambridge, and is mentioned in the Act of Division. His name, with that of his wife, appears on a petition in favor of an old woman changed with being a witch, so he can hardly have been of the extreme Puritan party, though a member of the church.
     Francis served in King Phillip's War; was selectmen and constable in 1668 and 1682. In his will he makes provision for the education of his children, thus early evidencing that regard for education that is so marked a family trait. This document, which is interesting in that it gives us a light on the character if our first american ancestor, is given in full in the appendix.

Editor's Comment:
     This is a description of Francis Whitmore (ID#533) and Isabel Parks' (ID#532) Family.

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P2 ELLIOT, Rachel Name - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth BornD - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth BornP - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth Name - MEDIUM
P176 WHITMORE, Elizabeth LinkMToChildren - MEDIUM
P177 MARKHAM, Daniel LinkFToChildren - MEDIUM
P177 MARKHAM, Daniel Name - MEDIUM
P532 PARKS, Isabel DiedD - MEDIUM
P532 PARKS, Isabel DiedP - MEDIUM
P532 PARKS, Isabel LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P532 PARKS, Isabel LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P532 PARKS, Isabel Name - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis BornD - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis BornP - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis DiedD - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis DiedP - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis LinkFToChildren - MEDIUM
P533 WHITMORE, Francis Name - MEDIUM
P795 WHITMORE, Francis BornD - MEDIUM
P795 WHITMORE, Francis BornP - MEDIUM
P795 WHITMORE, Francis LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P795 WHITMORE, Francis LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P795 WHITMORE, Francis Name - MEDIUM
P796 WHITMORE, John LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P796 WHITMORE, John LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P797 WHITMORE, Samuel Name - MEDIUM
P797 WHITMORE, Samuel BornD - MEDIUM
P797 WHITMORE, Samuel BornP - MEDIUM
P797 WHITMORE, Samuel LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P797 WHITMORE, Samuel LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P798 WILCOX, Samuel Name - MEDIUM
P801 WHITMORE, Sarah LinkCToFather - MEDIUM
P801 WHITMORE, Sarah LinkCToMother - MEDIUM
P801 WHITMORE, Sarah Name - MEDIUM
P1157 CUTTER, Rebecca Name - MEDIUM
P1168 HARTY, Margaret DiedD - MEDIUM
P1168 HARTY, Margaret Name - MEDIUM
P3919 HARRIS, Hannah Name - MEDIUM

Entry Number: 3

Primary Person: PARKS, Richard
Entry Description: Family Description

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     1. Thomas Parke of London England.
     2. Richard Parke and Margery Crane.
     3. Isabel Parke, wife of Francis Whitmore
     Richard Parke was born at London, England, and came to this country with his wife, Margery Crane, son Thomas, and daughters Isabel and Elizabeth, on the ship Defence, July 1635.
     He settled at Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he purchased a large tract of land on the Charles River. Part of this tract is now the property of Harvard University.
     The land of Francis Whitmore in Cambridge adjoined it. Richard's first wife died at an early age and he married, second, at Duxbury, Sarah Collins, widow of Love Brewster. He died at Newton.

Editor's Comment:
     This entry was listed under the heading "Families Allied with the Whitmores." This clears up the mystery surrounding Richard Parke's second marriage, and it provides a maiden name for Margery Crane.

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P532 PARKS, Isabel Name - MEDIUM
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P864 PARKS, Thomas Emigration - MEDIUM
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P866 PARKS, Elizabeth Emigration - MEDIUM
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M698 BREWER, John and WHITMORE, Mary LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
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M699 FARRAR, George and WHITMORE, Ann LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M699 FARRAR, George and WHITMORE, Ann MarrD - MEDIUM
M898 WHITMORE, Thomas and HALL, Sarah LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M9 WHITMORE, John and ELLIOT, Rachel LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M62 WHITMORE, John and CUTTER, Rebecca LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M62 WHITMORE, John and CUTTER, Rebecca MarrD - MEDIUM
M202 MARKHAM, Daniel and WHITMORE, Elizabeth LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M202 MARKHAM, Daniel and WHITMORE, Elizabeth MarrD - MEDIUM
M478 WHITMORE, Francis and HARTY, Margaret LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M478 WHITMORE, Francis and HARTY, Margaret MarrD - MEDIUM
M745 WILCOX, Samuel and WHITMORE, Abigale LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M745 WILCOX, Samuel and WHITMORE, Abigale MarrD - MEDIUM
M746 LOCKE, William and WHITMORE, Sarah LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M1371 WHITMORE, Francis and PARKS, Isabel LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M3954 WHITMORE, Francis and HARRIS, Hannah LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M3954 WHITMORE, Francis and HARRIS, Hannah MarrD - MEDIUM
M6427 WHITMORE, Samuel and GARDNER, Rebecca LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M6427 WHITMORE, Samuel and GARDNER, Rebecca MarrD - MEDIUM
M1371 WHITMORE, Francis and PARKS, Isabel LinkMarriage - MEDIUM
M1380 PARKS, Richard and CRANE, Margery LinkMarriage - MEDIUM