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Deacon John Whitman[1]

Male 1717 - 1763  (45 years)


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  • Name John Whitman  [2
    Prefix Deacon 
    Born 21 Sep 1717  Stow, Middlesex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 17 May 1760  Annapolis, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    on the sloop "Charming Molly" 
    Immigrated Jun 1761  Annapolis, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    on the "Charming Molly" 
    Relationship John's Ancestor 
    Died 12 Sep 1763  Annapolis, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2876  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father John Whitman,   b. 1688, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1772, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Dorcas Green,   b. Abt 1684, Charlestown, Sufflok, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1718, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1717  MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Foster,   b. 14 Aug 1727, Stafford, Tolland, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1812, Annapolis, NS, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1747  MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Children 
     1. Dorcas Whitman,   b. 5 May 1749,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Daniel Whitman,   b. 6 Jun 1750,   d. 23 Apr 1840  (Age 89 years)
     3. Hannah Whitman,   b. 12 Aug 1751,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Edward Whitman,   b. 6 Aug 1752,   d. 15 Jan 1829  (Age 76 years)
     5. John Whitman,   b. 25 Sep 1753,   d. 1833  (Age 79 years)
     6. Salome Whitman,   b. 29 Mar 1755,   d. 5 Jun 1831  (Age 76 years)
     7. Elnathan Whitman,   b. 16 Apr 1756,   d. 1 Mar 1765  (Age 8 years)
     8. Jacob Whitman,   b. 14 Oct 1757,   d. Sep 1837  (Age 79 years)
     9. Isaac Whitman,   b. 3 Nov 1758,   d. 20 Jul 1777  (Age 18 years)
     10. Abraham Whitman,   b. 10 Sep 1761,   d. 14 Mar 1854  (Age 92 years)
    +11. Mary Whitman,   b. 26 Mar 1763, Stowe, Middlesex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1828, Milton, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Sep 1717 - Stow, Middlesex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Feb 1747 - MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - on the sloop "Charming Molly" - 17 May 1760 - Annapolis, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - on the "Charming Molly" - Jun 1761 - Annapolis, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Sep 1763 - Annapolis, NS, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • A Planter, "Deacon" John Whitman emigrated to Annapolis, NS, 17 May 1760 arriving on the sloop "Charming Molly" with his wife Mercy Foster and their children.  (alt date- June 1761)

      They brought 2 oxen, 10 sheep, 1pig, 4 calves, and 6 lambs with them on the rough journey. (seepage on "Diary of the Charming Molly" at

      http://members.xoom.com/pdpdpd/henry.htm )

      Because John died shortly after arriving at Annapolis, his wife Mercy and children were left to manage his land grant which was inherited by his children.

      The 1770 census lists Mercy Whitman as owning 2000 acres at Annapolis with a family of ten persons;three listed as being "Acadian" and ten listed as being "American".

      Charles Farnam notes on p 68 of History of the descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth:

      "In 1755 the English Government, having dispossessed a large number of French settlers in Nova Scotia, the Governor of that Province issued a proclamation inviting settlers; in company with forty -five others John arrived at Annapolis, NS June, 1761, in the sloop "Charming Molly," bringing with them their families, household goods and stock; a full list of these possessions is to be found in the diary of Felsh, Evans and Bent, who were appointed a committee to wait on the Governor and obtain the promised lands; a grant was finally issued to about a hundred, a tract extending along the south line of the Annapolis River from Saw- mill Creek to Wilmot line, and seven and one-half miles in depth.  John did not survive to receive his share, which was distributed among his sons; he d. Sept. 12, 1763, leaving considerable property and the foundation for a handsome establishment; his widow was left with eleven children, all under fifteen.

      'This was to them a truly afflicting dispensation, situated as they were in a strange land, and remote from all their connections; the widow, however, would seem to have been of a superior cast of intellect, and of no ordinary share of resolution; she kept the family together, nurtured and educated her children, and lived to see nine of them, two having died young, eligibly and comfortably established in the world; and for many years she enjoyed the remuneration of her toil, perplexity and solicitude in their dutiful gratitude, love and veneration.' 

      John, though a young man, had been chosen deacon of the church at Stow, and had he lived would have become a prominent charachter in the Province;..." [7, 9]

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

    2. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com), p. 45, 67 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S802] Whitman Family Genealogy, (On file at Acadia University, NS).

    4. [S803] P.D. Crowe, (www.whitmania.com, pd@whitmania.com).

    5. [S1009] Bob Hegerich, Robert L. Hegerich, (RootsWeb http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=hegerich), http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~whitman/pafn01.htm#385 (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S804] Annapolis County NS History, William Arthur Calnek, (W. Briggs, Toronto, 1897).

    7. [S1009] Bob Hegerich, Robert L. Hegerich, (RootsWeb http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=hegerich), http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hegerich&id=I00385 (Reliability: 0).

    8. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com), p. 67. m. Feb. 6, 1747, Mary, daughter of Rev. Mr. Foster of Stafford, CT (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S1008] History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, MA, Charles A. Farnam, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor; New Haven, 1889 Electronic copy via HeritageQuestOnline.com), p. 68 (Reliability: 0).