Early Whitmores of the Rest of the World
This web page is a series of notes obtained from various sources, written as far as possible in chronological order, and is not meant to be a history story.
According to the American "Whitmore Genealogy" two brothers, Sir George and John Whitmore (sons of Roger Whitmore b.1565, England) migrated to America 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. John (called the lost brother) appears on the records of Wethersfield, Connecticut, as early as 1638. He moved 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 Indians in 1648. John married in England. The name of his first wife is not known. He married again in America to the widow Jessup, who brought him wealth. The children by his first wife, born in England, were - Thomas b.1615, Anne b.1621, Mary b.1623, Francis b.1625, John b.1627. There is a lot of information on the internet for the descendants of John Whitmore (see Genforum: Whitmore In CT: , Whitmore Family Genealogy Forum (All Messages):, Whitmore Genealogy 73, 74, 75 and 79), Randy Whitmore's Home Page ). There is doubt, even in America, that the story about Sir George is correct. A field in Nova Scotia heirs the name of Whitmore's Field. Mr. Edwin P. Whitmore, in 1891, then at the age of 83, writes: "I remember hearing 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 said Sir George."
In English records there is only one Sir George Whitmore known to be living around this time, he was married and died at Balmes, London in 1654.
In North America some of the first migrants were Alec Whitmore who settled in St. Christopher in 1634; John Whitmore settled in Virginia in 1660; Robert Whitmore settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Whitmore settled in Virginia in 1654; Edward, Michael, Peter Whitmer, all settled in Philadelphia Pa. between 1733 and 1877. Lawrence Whitmore, born in England in 1572, came from Herts, England, to Roxbury, Mass., where he was a freeman in 1637.
Warren Wetmore's immigrant ancestor was Thomas Whitmore, 1615 - >1681, but it is not known where he came from before he showed up in Mass. Bay Colony in 1635. The name was later changed, for reasons lost in the mists of time. (see Genforum: WETMORE, Nathan England:).
Edward Whitmore b.c. 1694 in York (England) joined his father's regiment in the British Army as a young ensign and rose to become a Field Brigadier and governor of Cape Breton, headquarted at Louisbourg during the years 1759-61. In 1761, aged 67, he lost his life when he was swept overboard while returning to Boston on leave. (see Historical Biographies, Nova Scotia Colonel Edward Whitmore (c.1694-1761)).
Obituary of Samuel Whittemore, son of Samuel (1), son of Thomas (1), was published in the "Columbian Centinel" of Feb. 6, 1793: "Died at Menotomy, the 2d instant, Capt. Samuel Whittemore, æ. 99. The manly and moral virtues, in all the varied relations of brother, husband, father and friend, were invariably exhibited in this gentleman. He was not more remarkable for his longevity and his numerous descendants, (his progeny being 185, one of which is the fifth generation,) than for his patriotism. When the British troops marched to Lexington, April 19, 1775, he was 81, years of age, and one of the first on the parade; he was armed with a gun and horse pistol. After an animated exhortation to the collected militia to the exercise of bravery, and courage, he exclaimed, "If I can only be the instrument of killing of one of my country's foes, I shall die in peace." The prayer of this venerable old man was heard; for, on the return of the troops, he lay behind a stone wall, and discharging his gun a soldier immediately fell; he then discharged his pistol, and killed another; at which instant a bullet struck his face, and shot away part of his cheek bone; on which a number of the soldiers ran up to the wall, and gorged their malice on his wounded head. They were heard to exclaim, "We have killed the old rebel." Almost four hours after, he was found in a mangled situations; his head was covered with blood from the wounds of the bayonets, which were six or eight; but providentially none penetrated so far as to destroy him. His hat and clothes were shot through in many places, yet he survived to see the complete overthrow of his enemies, and his country enjoy all the blessings of peace and independence."-Paige's History of Cambridge, pp. 414-15. (See also Sam Whittemore was America's Oldest, Bravest Soldier. )
Elijah Whitmore Papers - transcripts of letters written during the American Civil War 1861-65 (see Center for Archival Collections:)
Sample extract: "We narrowly escaped a fight today. The rebs had got everything ready to take City Point and all the army north of the James River. The infantry was formed on our right last night and the cavalry extended on their flank. The armed vessels on the river at R was to come down and brek the pontoons, capture our fleet on the River and take all the stores at City Point and Bermuda Hundred and surround the army north of the James and break up the siege of Richmond. Very nice plan wasn't it? Last night we were under arms nearly all night and heavy firing was kept up on the river this morning. At 10 o'clock the grand stroke was to be made. An iron clad and two gun boats came down from R. firing rapidly with heavy guns. As they came in range our land batteries received them handsomely and our fleet was ready. On they came, a new monitor with two turrets started to meet them. The fight began in earnest but scarcely had the monitor got into action than by some accident the reb iron clad sunk in the middle of the river and the two gun boats stuck fast in the bank and the crews got ashore and left. The infantry on our left has not moved on us yet. Our batteries are shelling their deserted vessels on the river and we have just received a general order announcing a great success without any loss on our side. The Confederacy is getting beautifully less at every move, deserters come in nearly every night and report that the Danville R.R. has been spoiled with a flood and their rations have been reduced to one pint of cornmeal a day for each man. They state that negotiations for peace are going on or they would all desert. Voris [Alvin C. Voris] is here but does not command the Regt. Or Brigade. He is at present on a court martial and I understand that he will resign unless he gets a star. "
Located in Stanislaus County, south of the Tuolumne River, lies the city of Ceres. In the early 19th century the great, fertile valley was uninhabited saved for the Indians and a few explorers and trappers, then in 1854 Daniel Whitmore, his wife and three sons arrived in the Stockton area after a five month journey from Michigan. In 1867, Whitmore acquired 9,000 acres in the area now Ceres. He, along with his family, a Mr. and Mrs. Cassius Warner, and Mr. and Mrs. John Service, put up homes, and developed the land for farming. The first year's crop was abundant. Whitmore called his settlement "CERES" after the Roman Goddess of Agriculture. (see Ceres History;).
Captain Ray Wetmore flew a Mustang nicknamed Daddy's Girl with the 370th Fighter Squadron of the 359th Fighter Group, based at East Wretham, Norfolk in World War II. With 21.25 (22.6?) victories, 16 of them in Mustangs, he was the top scorer of the 359th. Lt. Wetmore scored on May 29, 1944, downing an FW-190 while on a bomber escort mission over Politz. Wetmore served two combat tours, which enabled him to witness the last gasps of the Luftwaffe's once mighty fighter force. (see Eighth Air Force Fighter Pilot Aces of World War Two:).
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