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Colonel William Whittington, High Sheriff, Somerset Co.[1]

Male 1650 - Bef 1720  (70 years)


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  • Name William Whittington  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Prefix Colonel 
    Suffix High Sheriff, Somerset Co. 
    Born 1650  near Cherrystone, Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Appointed Captain in the Militia  [6, 7
    Appointed Major in the Militia  [6, 7
    Appointed 1686  [6, 7
    Deputy Surveyor 
    Appointed 1689  [6, 7
    High Sheriff of Somerset County 
    Position 1689  [6, 7
    He was a strong opponent of the Revolution of 1689 
    Appointed 1691  [8
    Tobacco Export Tax Collector for Somerset Co. 
    Position 1691  [8
    Sympathetic to Lord Baltimore's cause 
    Appointed 1692-1695  [6, 7
    as member of the Lower House of the Maryland Assembly 
    Appointed May 1692-1695  [6, 7
    Representative of Somerset to the first General Assembly 
    Appointed 1701  [6, 7, 8
    Lieutenant Colonel in the Militia 
    Appointed 1697-1717  [6, 7
    as member of the Lower House of the Maryland Assembly 
    Appointed 1693-1717  [6, 7
    Treasurer and Member of the Court for the Eastern Shore of the Province 
    Lived in Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lived in Indian Town, Worcester Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation Merchant and Planter  [6, 7
    Relationship John's Ancestor 
    Relationship William 'The Conqueror' (b. 1024) Descendants & Spouses 
    Died Bef 11 Apr 1720  Conventry Parish, Somereset Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I213  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Captain William Whittington,   b. 1616, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1659, Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Weston,   d. 18 Sep 1688 
    Married Bef 1648  [9, 10
    Family ID F129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Tabitha Scarburgh Smart,   b. Abt 1652,   d. 1691  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married Y  [2, 11
    Children 
     1. Smart Whittington,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Tabitha Scarburgh Whittington,   b. 1667, Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1730  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2004 
    Family ID F916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Esther Littleton, of "King's Neck",   b. Abt 1669, Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1687, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years) 
    Married Abt 1683  Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    Married:
    • From GHOTES:

      He married Esther Littleton in Northampton Co., VA, about 1683. (Clayton Torrence, Old Somerset; Myers & Dorman, Purse & Person)

      Esther was born about 1665. Esther was the daughter of Southy Littleton. [12]
    Children 
    +1. William Whittington,   b. Abt 1683, Northampton County VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Mar 1740, Accomac Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Esther Whittington,   b. 1685, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Southy Whittington,   b. 1687, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1773, Worcester Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F929  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Atalanta Toft,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Atalanta Whittington,   b. 1691,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 May 2003 
    Family ID F939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Hannah Hopkins,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Whittington,   b. 1696, Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 May 2003 
    Family ID F940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Elizabeth,   d. 1735 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth "Betty" Whittington,   b. Abt 1680, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 25 May 2003 
    Family ID F919  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1650 - near Cherrystone, Northampton County VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1683 - Northampton County VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - - Northampton County VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLived in - - Indian Town, Worcester Co., MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 11 Apr 1720 - Conventry Parish, Somereset Co., MD Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • "Owned virtually all of present Assateague Island" - (p.24 - Worchester Co. Maryland's Arcadia)

      Conflict: Birth date before Marriage of Parents pm. Bef 1659 and b. 1650.

      The following from Clayton Torrence "OLD SOMERSET" which contains extensive references to this William Whittington.

      p. 343 - "William Whittington was one of the most distinguished of Somerset's worthies of all times; while the offices held by him, both under the Proprietary and Royal Governments, make up a roll of haonorable achievement: magistrate, high sheriff,collector of tabacco export tax in Somerset for Lord Baltimore, assemblyman, treasurer of the Eastern Shore, militia officer and finally a member of the Council of State.  Whittington, Protestant though he truly was, (a Church of England man), seems to have been strongly pro-Lord Baltimore and anti-"Associator," and though he apparently worked well in harness with the Royal Government of William and Mary, thre is from the pen of a contemporary the cristalization of the opinion of his time: "Major William Whittington [was] always accounted a Jacobite."

      [for more on Jacobites: http://members.rogers.com/jacobites/ ]

      p. 379 -"It is not certain which of his father's wives was his mother."

      p.381 "..lived in the southern section of Somerset County below the Pocomoke River...in 1742 this section became part of Worcester County.

      p.381 "He was married 5 times: first Tabitha, daughter of John Smart; second, Esther, daughter of Colonel Southy Littleton; third, Atalanta, widow of John Osborne, and daughter of Mistress Ann Toft; fourth Hannah [Hopkins?]; fifth, Elizabeth (surname unknown).Mrs Elizabeth Whittington survived her husband and married, secondly the Reverend Samuel Davis, pastor of the Snow Hill Presbyterian Congregation.William Whittington had children (by first wife); (a) Smart Whittington; (b)Tabitha Whittington, married Edmund Custis; by second wife: (a) William Whittington, married Elizabeth Taylor; (b) Esther Whittington, married, first, William Skirven; second, Isaac Morris; (c) Hannah Whittington, married Edmond Hough; (d) Southy Whittington, married Frances Fassitt; by thrid wife:(a) Atalanta Whittington, married Stevens White."

      The following from the LA Lentz "OUR HERITAGE" family history p60-63:

      Colonel William Whittington II Scion of the distinguished family was born in Northhampton County, Virginia about 1650 and dwelt in the colony until 1682. He was the son of William Whittington I and Elizabeth Weston Whittington and was our first American born forebear, likewise the first to have dwelt in Maryland.

      He was a Captain of the horse in Northhampton County, Virginia and in 1680 a Civil Officer, and burgess for Accomac. Some time prior to 1680 he had settled at Chance, Somerset County. Maryland, for in that year he became high sheriff of the County, so remaining from 1696-1700. In September 1684 he is found described in a document as "a Somerset County Merchant." Certainly by the summer of 1689 he was well established.

      From 1701 he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was burgess of Somerset County from 1692 to 1695 and 1700 to 1704.

      The Upper House Journal bears his name as a member of Maryland between 1708 and 1716, in the county, for at that time we find him occupying the office of High Sheriff of Somerset. His career as Sheriff, his clash with the authorities of the Provincial Government of the Associates and his final removal from office have been reviewed at length. That Whittington was a stormy petrel in office is quite evident but his ability, trustworthiness and popularity are equally manifest.

      William Whittington’s sympathy with Lord Baltimore’s cause was no doubt the reason for his appointment in (approx) l69l, as tax collector, on behalf of his Lordship, of the tobacco export tax in Somerset County.

      With the establishment of the Royal Government in Maryland, William Whittington was elected a representative from Somerset County to the 1st General Assembly under that regime which met in May 1692. He continued a member of the Lower House of Assembly until 1695 when he again became High Sheriff of Somerset. In 1695 he appears as treasurer for the Eastern Shore of the province and as a member of the Court of Somerset County, 1695—1694.


      The Office of High Sheriff of Somerset County seems to have been the center of attraction for William Whittington
      and we find him again serving in that capacity from 1695— 1698.

      In June 1697, George Layfield and Thomas Dixon, members of Somerset Court complained to the Governor and Council against Whittington asking for his removal because of misfeasance of his office.

      The specific charges do not appear in the Council Records. However, this complaint was strongly offset by a certain representation sent from the Grand Jury of that County Court concerning his chivalry and wherein they pray he may be continued in said office, There was much ado a— bout this matter with reference back and forth from Council to Court and Court to Council with the final vindication of Whittington whom we find continuing to hold the office of
      High Sheriff of Somerset County in July 1698.

      In 1699 William Whittington was again returned from Somerset as a member of the Lower House of Assembly in succession to Francis Jenckins, who had been advanced to the Governor’s Council. Whittington continued as a representative from Somerset in the Lower House for several years.

      It is during this period that in a description of members of the House, we find the item: Somerset County Major William Whittington always accounted a Jacobite, Mr. Walter Lane and Mr. Samuel Collins are silly drunken fellows easily persuaded by Whittington. Lane and Collins were at this time two other representatives from Somerset in the Lower House.

      To the Governor and Council in Assembly at Annapolis on October 26, 1709.

      (The honorable Colonel William Whittington produced her Majesty’s letter directing he should be sworn of her Council which was done and the said Colonel Whittington took his place at the Board.)

      Whittington continued as a member of the Council certainly until May 31, 1717, when the Governor informed that body (sitting as Upper House of Assembly) that he had received a letter from Colonel Whittington telling of his “indisposition and desiring to be excused from his attendance this Assembly.” The Council Minutes do not record Whittington as again in attendance between this date and the time of his death in the early spring of 1720.

      In addition to the various civil offices of responsibility and honor held by him, we find Whittington from time to time occupying the Militia offices of Captain, Major and Colonel.

      William Whittington (IT) 1650—1720 lived in the southern section of Somerset County below the Pocomoke River. (This section of Somerset County became in 1742 Worcester County.)

      Whittington became an extensive landholder and owner of a large and valuable personal estate. His will, dated February 28, 1719 with codicil March 13, 1719—20, and probated April 11, 1720, is an interesting document (Will of William Whittington, Worcester Registry of Wills, Liber M.H. 3 — P 172.)

      Among its many items are two which show the charitable disposition of the man: (1) He gave part of his Cedar Neck and Sandy Wharf tracts of land to certain trustees for maintenance and teaching of 6 poor children at a time “to read and learn the fundamentals of the Christian Religion.” (2) He directed his sons and daughters “to make a payment to the Justices (of the Court) for the use of the poor.”

      His death occurred in the spring of 1720 and he is buried in lower Somerset County now Worcester County. He was 70 years of age at the time of death.

      THE FOLLOWING FROM GHOTES:
      http://www.esva.net/ghotes/whittington/d0/i0001130.htm#i1130

      William was in Somerset Co MD by 1684. He was a merchant and planter, Deputy surveyor 1686-7, High Sheriff of Somerset in 1689, Representative of Somerset to the first General Assembly in May, 1692 until 1695. He was treasurer for the Eastern Shore of the Province and member of the Court in 1693 until 1717. William was a strong opponent of the Revolution of 1689, Member of the Lower House of the Maryland Assembly 1692-1695 and 1697-1717. He served as Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel in the Militia. (Clayton Torrence, Old Somerset; Myers & Dorman, Adventures of Purse & Person)

      He married five times.

      He married Tabitha Scarburgh Smart before November 4, 1674. Tabitha was born 1652. Tabitha was the daughter of John Smart and Tabitha Scarburgh(Madame Tabitha Hill). Tabitha died 1730 at 78 years of age. (Bill Burton; Ralph T. Whitelaw, Virginia's Eastern Shore pp. 966-972)

      He married Esther Littleton in Northampton Co., VA, about 1683. (Clayton Torrence, Old Somerset; Myers & Dorman, Purse & Person)
      Esther was born about 1665. Esther was the daughter of Southy Littleton.

      He married Atalanta Toft after 1687. (Myers & Dorman, Purse & Person)  Atalanta was born in Accomack Co., VA about 1665. Atalanta was the daughter of Edmond Scarburgh(II) (Col.) and Ann Toft. Atalanta died after 1731. (Myers & Dorman, Adventures of Purse & Person)

      He married Hannah Hopkins before 1696. (Clayton Torrence, Old Somerset)  Hannah was born 1670. (Matthew Wise, The Littleton Heritage) Hannah was the daughter of Samuel Hopkins.

      He married Elizabeth (wife of Samuel Davies) before March 5, 1713. Elizabeth died about 1735.

      Descendants of William Whittington and his wife, Esther Littleton, are referred to Matthew Wise's book, "The Littleton Heritage." Littleton descendants will find that Mr. Wise has traced not only the descendants of Esther Littleton, but her ancestors, as well.

      Hannah Whittington was born in Somerset Co., MD about 1696. She married Edmond Hough. Clayaton Torrence "Old Somerset" says she was daughter of Esther Littleton; Matthew Wise "The Littleton Heritage" says she was daughter of Hannah Hopkins.

      The following from Hearn History:
      http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/hh701m.html

      Sarah Hearne, sister of Jacob of 1790, married Lyttleton Whittington. I wrote to one of their descendants, Miss C. Cordelia Smith, Versailles, Ky., for their family history, genealogy, etc.; Nov. 23, 1893, she sent me what I now give as she sent it. It is interesting, but quite difficult for me to understand fully and keep the proper trace of descendants, etc., but doubtless will be more familiar to the immediate family.

      She writes:

      Col. William Whittington came from England in the first settlement of this country, to Northampton Co., Va., near Cherrystone, and from there removed to Indian Town, Worcester Co., Md. He was so small when born that his nurse put him into a quart measure and shut down the lid; when a man grown, he measured seven feet in height; he was a Presbyterian.

      His children are: William, who married Elizabeth Taylor; Esther, Married Isaac Morris; Hannah, married Huff; Atalanta, married Stephen White; Southey, married Mary Forsett.

      Children of Atalanta and Stephen White: Mary, married Brinkley; Esther, married A. Sterling; and William , married Priscilla Polk.

      Children of * * * Southey Whittington, who married Mary Forsett: Isaac and Stevenson, twins, and Sarah. Isaac married E. Wishart, Stevenson married Sarah Coulbourn, and Sarah married B. Polk.

      * * * Isaac Whittington's children: Hannah, married Hanly Handy in Maryland; Ann, married William Cox, Maryland; Joshua, married Mary Marshall; and Lyttleton, married Sarah Hearne, daughter of Jacob Hearne of 1740.

      Children of Lyttleton and Sarah (Hearne) Whittington: William Wishart, married Ann Handy, Maryland; Isaac, married Matilda Pusey, Kentucky; * * * Milcah, married * * * James Smith, Versailles, Ky.; Jennie, married Warren Hearne, Kentucky; Betsy, married Col. Graham, Kentucky; James and Nannie (twins), James married _____ Lillard, Kentucky; Caroline, married Richard Taylor, Kentucky; Edward married Cordelia Taylor, Kentucky.

      * * * Milcah, above, married James, son of William Smith and Deborah (Hearne) Smith. Children: Amanda Jane, * * * James Whittington, and * * * C. Cordelia. [3, 4, 13, 14, 15]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com), p. 64 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S715] Barbara Cox - GHOTES web site, Barbara Cox, (December 2001), http://www.esva.net/ghotes/whittington/d0/i0001130.htm#i1130 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S899] Hearne History, William T. Hearne, (pub 1907 with 1912 addendum transcribed and available on the web: http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/index.html), http://www.cragun.com/brian/hearne/history/hh701m.html (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S712] Clayton Torrence - Old Somerset, Torrence, Clayton, (Richmond, VA Whittet and Shepperson 1935), p.379 (Reliability: 0).

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    7. [S712] Clayton Torrence - Old Somerset, Torrence, Clayton, (Richmond, VA Whittet and Shepperson 1935).

    8. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com).

    9. [S715] Barbara Cox - GHOTES web site, Barbara Cox, (December 2001), says marriage Bef 1659 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S896] Jacque-Lynne Schulman, Jacque-Lynne Schulman, (schulmaj@mail.nlm.nih.gov), Marriage bef 1648 (Reliability: 0).

    11. [S712] Clayton Torrence - Old Somerset, Torrence, Clayton, (Richmond, VA Whittet and Shepperson 1935), p. 381 (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S715] Barbara Cox - GHOTES web site, Barbara Cox, (December 2001).

    13. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com), p. 60-63 (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S712] Clayton Torrence - Old Somerset, Torrence, Clayton, (Richmond, VA Whittet and Shepperson 1935), p.380 (Reliability: 0).

    15. [S984] Worcester County Maryland's Arcadia, Dr. Reginald V. Truitt and Dr. Millard G. Les Callette, (Worcester County Historical Society, Snow Hill, MD 1977), P. 24 (Reliability: 0).