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and Mary ( P.radstreet ) Kimball, was born in
Ipswich, Massachusetts, September 22, 1665,
died there May 26. 171 5. On November 2,
1700, he was one of a committee to treat with
the Indians concerning the title to land, the
land in question being within the limits of the
present town of Bedford. He married, Feb-
ruary 13, 1688, Lydia Wells, of Ipswich. After
her decease he married Sarah Waite, who
died February 22, 1725. Lydia was the moth-
er of his children: Lydia, born Otcober 16,
1690; Richard, mentioned below; Aaron, Jan-
uary 10, 1692; Lydia, September 14, 1694;
Marv, May 10. 1699; Nathaniel, May 11,
1700: Martha. February 1, 1701.

(IV) Richard, second son of Richard and
Lydia I Wells ) Kimball, was born in Ipswich,
August 17, 1691, died in Windham, Connecti-
cut, in 1760. He was a housewright, and re-
mained in Ipswich till 1735, when he trans-
ferred his abode to Norwich, Connecticut,
thence to Windham, same state. His will was
admitted to probate April 7, 1760. His mar-
riage was on February 11, 1716, the contract-
ing party being Sarah, daughter of Andrew
and Mary (Conant) Burley. Their children:
Sarah, born July zy, 1718; Mary, September
18, 1720; Lydia," April 1. 1723: Richard, May
8, 1724: Andrew, mentioned below; Aaron,



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February 18, 1729; Lucie, April 5, 1733;
John, August 9, 1735; Hannah, April 22,
1738; Pelatiah, June 5, 1739, Elizabeth, June

5, 1744-

( \ ) Andrew, second son of Richard and
Sarah ( Burley ) Kimball, was born in Wind-
ham. December 10, 1727. He resided in the
latter place and at Norwich and Windsor,
Connecticut. His marriage to his cousin,
Elizabeth Kimball, took place September 19,
1748. Their issue was Jedediah, mentioned
below; Andrew, born December 14, 1750;
Sarah. March 31, 1753: Daniel, April 4, 1755;
Luke, September 7. 1757: Joseph and Benja-
min (twins), August 1761.

1 VI) Jedediah, eldest son of Andrew and
Elizabeth ( Kimball ) Kimball, was born in
Norwich, December 21, 1749. died in Stowe,
Vermont, March 28, 1825. He resided at his
birthplace, Lisbon, and Stowe, aforesaid. He
served in the revolutionary army from March
15, 1781. to December 31, 1783. in Captain
Will's company and Colonel Webb's regiment.
He saw service at Jamestown, and was present
at the siege of Yorktown and the surrender of
Cornwallis. He married Eunice Love, born in
1751, died August 13, 1838. They were the
parents of: Amy, born September 2~, 1775;
Luke, August 27, 1776; Asa, mentioned be-
low; Jedediah, May 18, 1780; Joel, October
10. 1784: Reuben, February 3, 1786; Eunice,"
November 26, 1787; Roswe.ll, January, 1790;
Russell. July 8, 1791 ; Levi, December 21,
1793; Ely, December 18, 1794; Richard. July
27, 1796, Susa, May 22, 1800.

(VII) Asa. second son of Jedediah and
Eunice ( Love ) Kimball, was born in Norwich,
May 5, 1778, died in Stowe, December 14,
1865. He served in the war of 1812 as private
in Captain Ezekiel Andrew's company from
August 3, 1813, to September 16. of the same
year, and in Captain Caleb Cook's company
from June to August. 1814, and in Captain
Newhall Taintor's company from August 18
to October 24 of that year. He resided in
Stowe the greater part of his life. He was
united in marriage with Lydia Wilber, of El-
lington, Connecticut, born October 11, 1778.
He married ( second 1 Lucy, daughter of Sam-
uel and Esther ( Read ) Pember, of Randolph,
Vermont. They were the parents of Charles
W., born April 14, 1S02 ; Achsa, April 30,
1804; Elizabeth, February 27, 1806; Elijah
Pember, mentioned below ; Luke, February 27,
1811.

(VIII ) Elijah Pember. fourth child of Asa
and Lucv ( Pember ) Kimball, was born in



Stowe, January 26, 1809, died in Chicopee,
Massachusetts, February 17, 1880. He was
prominently identified with the business inter-
ests of that city, and impressed himself upon
this community as a very capable and worthy
citizen. The life he led was the strenuous life,
worthy of emulation by his descendants. He
linked together the Kimballs of the past with
those of to-day. He married Mary J. Russell,
born December 28, 18 12, died July 17, 1891.
Children : Amelia Wolcott, born January 20,
1840, married Andrew J. Hunter, who served
in the war of 1861, was confined in Libby
prison, and afterwards postmaster at Chico-
pee; Mary Jane, September 25, 1844, married
George Moore ; Lucy E., married John Boyd
Wood. (See Wood IV).



Nathaniel Whiting, immigrant
WHITING ancestor, was born in Eng-
land, in 1609, and died Janu-
ary 15, 1682-3. He is mentioned in the will of
his maternal grandfather, John Smith, who
beueathed to his daughter, Sarah (Smith)
Whiting, lands in Hoxden, Middlesex county,
showing undoubtedly that the family seat of
the Whitings was nearby. Nathaniel, who had
a brother Samuel, also mentioned in the afore-
said will, came to Lynn, Massachusetts, in
1638, and was one of the proprietors of that
town. In the earliest records the name is
spelled variously Whiting, Whyting and Whit-
inge. Hannah D wight, his wife, came from
England with her parents and brothers John
and Timothy. The father was at Watertown
in 1635, removed to Dedham, was admitted a
freeman 1638-9, and "owned half the water-
mill." He is first mentioned in this country
in the Salem court records where as a proprie-
tor he owned ten acres. He is next mentioned
in the records of the First Church at Dedham,
where he was admitted May 30, 1641, made
a freeman May 18. 1642. By occupation he
was a miller, and the first to operate a corn
mill in Dedham. The townsmen granted lib-
erty to Abraham Shaw to erect a corn mill,
and later granted sixty acres to go with it.
After Shaw's death, Whiting received a title
to the mill and by an ingenious method a por-
tion of the water of the Charles river was di-
verted into Xeponset river, and a sufficient
supplv and fall of water was obtained for the
mill. July 14. 1641, and a committee was ap-
pointed to lay out a cartway to the watermill.
This privilege was retained in the Whiting
family until 1823, when the heirs of Hezekiah
Whiting sold it to Jabez Chickering. The rec-



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ords of Dedham contain many entries con-
cerning Nathaniel Whiting, the mill, his grants
of land and his tax rates. On January 15,
1682-3, the very day of his death, the town
empowered the selectmen to grant to Nathan-
iel Whiting and James Draper the privilege of
erecting a fulling mill on the stream below
their corn mill. His will was dated June 15,
1677, and the inventory of his estate was four
hundred and eighty-nine pounds seven shill-
ings six pence. The will of his widow was
dated May 8. 171 1 and proved November
30, 1 7 14. Nathaniel Whiting married, at Ded-
ham, November 4. 1643, Hannah, born 1625,
died November 4. 17 14, daughter of John and
Hannah Dwight. She survived her husband
eight years, proved a capable manager of his
business interests, and brought up her family
with discretion. Children: 1. Nathaniel, born
September 26. 1644, married Joanna (jay,
March 29, 1664. 2. John, born September 28,
1646, died same year. 3. John, born Novem-
ber 3, 1647, died September 25, 1656. 4. Sam-
uel, see forward. 5. Hannah, born February
17, 1651, died June 14. 1740. 6. Timothy,
born January 5, 1653. settled elsewhere. 7.
Mary, born July 8, 1656, died October 29,
1656. 8. Mary, born June 12. 1658. 9. Sar-
ah, born December 3. [660, died March 22,
1732. 10. Abigail, born June 7,. 1663, died
October 25, 1721. 11. John, born July 19,
1665. 12. Jonathan, born October 9, 1667. 13.
Judah, born March 30, 1670, died February
19, 1746-7. 14. Anna, born February 25.
1673, died March 9, 1749.

( II ) Samuel, fourth son and child of Na-
thaniel and Hannah (Dwight) Whiting, was
born in Dedham, Massachusetts, December 20,
1649, and died in that town, December 4, 1727.
His entire life was spent in his native town,
where he was occupied with milling and
owned considerable property. He and his
brother were named as executors in their
mother's will, with full power to act. Besides
receiving his share of the estate, his mother
willed to him the grist mill and all the privi-
leges belonging thereto which had come to her
at her husband's decease. Samuel's will, dated
December 28. 1724, probated January 1. 1727-
8, names wife Mary, sons Jeremiah, Josiah,
Zachariah and David, daughter Mary, brother
Jonathan, and brother-in-law Jonathan Fair-
banks. Samuel Whiting married (first) Sep-
tember 2^, 1676. Sarah, born March 3. 1658.
died June 11, 1701, daughter of Thomas and
Sarah (Paige*) Metcalf. Children: 1. Joseph,
born October 22, 1677, died January 28, 1678.



2. Samuel, born April 20, 1686, died January
16, 1721-2; married, January 17, 1715-6, Han-
nah Deering. 3. Jeremiah, born April 12,
1695. 4. Michael, born November 4, 1697,
died December 16, 1697. 5. Josiah, born May
30. 1701. Samuel married (second), April 29,
1702, Mary, who was born July 24, 1667,
daughter of Jonathan and Deborah ( Shepard)
Fairbanks. Children : 6. Alary, born July 18,
1703; married, August 27, 1728, Jonathan
Parks, of Concord. 7. Sarah, twin of Mary,
died August 14. 1703. 8. Zachariah, born
March 13, 1704-5. 9. John, born August 10,
1707, died August 16, 1797. 10. David, see
forward.

fill) David, youngest child of Samuel and
Marv ( Fairbanks ) Whiting, was born in Ded-
ham, July 30, 1709, and died in Attleboro,
Massachusetts. February 23, 1753, David
Whiting, yeoman, purchased of Frances, wid-
ow of John Edwards, property in Attleboro
whereon he thereafter resided ; July 10, 1764,
he sold his interest in the estate of his father
to Elizabeth, widow of his brother Zachariah
ami her children: May 1, 1766, he and his
wife Mary sold her right in the estate of her
father. John Fuller, late of Dedham. David's
will, dated November 8, 1775, probated Au-
gust 6, 1782. names wife Mary, son David, and
grandchildren Eaton and Sarah Whiting, chil-
dren of son Lemuel, deceased. He married,
at Dedham. December 4, 1732, Mary, daugh-
ter of John and Mary (Guild) Fuller. Chil-
dren : Lemuel, baptized in First Parish, May
26. 1734. birth recorded October 12. 1733;
David ( see forward ) .

( IV ) David, youngest child of David and
Mary ( Fuller ) Whiting, was born in Dedham,
February 22, 1735-6. and died in Attleboro.
His will, dated December 31, 1799. probated
March 4, 1800, mentions wife Hannah, sons
John, David, Jason, Lemuel and Lewis, and
daughters Hannah Daggett and Alice Whit-
ing. He served during the revolutionary war
as private in Captain Jabez Ellis Attleboro
company of minute-men and militia, which
marched on the Lexington alarm. April 19,
1775: also private in Captain Enoch Robin-
son's company, Colonel Isaac Dean's regi-
ment, which marched July 30, 1780, and was
discharged August 8, 1780. He married, Oc-
tober 18, 1766, Hannah, daughter of Moses
and Mary Wollcutt. Children: 1. John. 2.
David, born 1769, died October 23, 1806: mar-
ried, October 9, 1792, Patty Daggett. 3. Han-
nah, born May 14. 1772: married. February 4,
1796, Ichabod Daggett. 4. Jason, born March



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13, 1774, married, January 28, 1796, Esther
Foster. 5. Lemuel, see forward. 6. Alice. 7.
Lewis.

(V) Lemuel, fourth son and fifth child of
David and Hannah ( Wollcutt ) Whiting, was
torn in Attleboro, Massachusetts, December
12, 1776, and died in the same town, Septem-
ber 30, 1823. He was industrious and ener-
getic and prided himself upon the superiority
of his cattle, of which he had some fine spec-
imens, notably oxen, which he used in the bus-
iness of removing buildings. He was a cap-
tain in the state militia. Administration of his
estate was granted November 4, 1823, to Elihu
Daggett, Jr., the widow Nancy having de-
clined to act, and Calvin Richards -was made
guardian of the minor children. Mary Ann,
Willard and William. He married, July 2,
181 1, Nancy, born in Attleboro, December 23,
1790, died in Attleboro, October 18, 1868,
daughter of Oliver and Polly ( Daggett )
Blackington. After the death of Lemuel Whit-
ing his widow married Ephraim Jewett. Chil-
dren : 1. Mary Ann Blackington, born May 7,
1812; married Samuel Kent. 2. William
Dean, see forward. 3. Xancy, born February
4, 1818, died September 17, 1819. 4. Levi
Willard, born in 1821.

(VI) William Dean, eldest son and second
child of Lemuel and Nancy ( Blackington )
Whiting, was born in Attleboro, December 23.
181 5, and died in North Attleboro. He was
but seven years of age when his father died
and left his family in straightened circum-
stances. At the age of eight years he com-
menced to contribute to the family support by
doing chores for his uncle, Artemas Stanley,
and two years later was working Silas Whit-
more, a farmer, for his board and schooling.
At the end of two years he returned to his
mother's home and commenced to work at
anything he could get, for the munificent sum
of twenty-five cents per day. At the age of
fourteen years he was apprenticed to the firm
of Draper & Tiffts, manufacturing jewelers,
to learn the trade, which he succeeded in mas-
tering in six years, his uncle, Mr. Tiffts, tak-
ing an especial interest in his progress. He re-
mained with the firm one year as a Journey-
man, then, as there was a period of business
depression, he commenced chasing gilt but-
tons for R. & W. Robinson, then chased gilt
jewelry for Draper & Blackington. About
1837 he had acquired such an excellent reputa-
tion for skill, steadiness and reliability that he
was offered and accepted the position of fore-
man in the shop of H. M. Richards, at East



Attleboro. Mr. Richards manufactured enam-
eled jewelry and French imitations, and not
long after this removed to Philadelphia, Mr.
Whiting superintending the removal of the
machinery, etc., and the setting up of the new
plant. He was advanced to the position of
superintendent, and remained with Mr. Rich-
ards and his successor, Mr. Garrett, for two
years. He then commenced business in a small
way for himself, manufacturing principally
hearts and crosses. At the time the country
was laboring under a severe business depres-
sion, and in a short time Mr. Whiting decided
to try his fortune in the west. Just at this
time, however, Albert C. Tifft, a former fel-
low workman, made him a proposition to re-
turn to Attleboro and enter into a partnership
with him in the manufacture of jewelry. Mr.
John Tifft, of the firm of Draper & Tifft, be-
came their financial backer, and this was un-
doubtedly the turning point of Mr. Whiting's
business career. With a joint capital of five
hundred dollars these two ambitious and in-
dustrious young men laid the foundation of
their future success. The shop, in which they
manufactured gold crosses, hearts and finger
rings, was a small room in an old blacksmith's
shop, on the bank of Ten Mile river, on the
Boston and Providence turnpike. Mr. Tifft
undertook the mechanical part of the work,
and Mr. Whiting shouldered the responsibili-
ties of the shop. They had two workmen at
this time Willard, brother of Mr. Whiting, and
Peter Bishop, a former employe of his in Phil-
adelphia. At first Mr. John Tifft sold their
goods for them, but in a short time Albert C.
Tifft went to New York as a salesman, and
upon his return Mr. Whiting would look after
the interests of the concern in Boston and oth-
er New England markets. They had the fixed
determination not to run into debt, and all the
monetary aid they accepted from Mr. John
Tifft was to get one note of one hundred and
fifty dollars discounted at the Wrentham bank,
and even this was quicly paid. Their trade
soon became too large for their small quarters,
and at the end of eighteen months they were
forced to build a new shop. They expected
the building they then erected would suffice
for their needs for all time, being two stories
in height, twenty-five by forty feet, and cost-
ing eight hundred dollars. By this time they
were employing from thirty to forty men. and
soon found they needed more power to facili-
tate the manufacture of certain wares. Prior
to this time the Beaver Dam Cotton Company
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and in February, 1847, Tifft & Whiting pur-
chased the site and water powerage, paying
two thousand dollars. They at once put up a
portion of what was later the Whiting Manu-
facturing Company's building, erecting a stone
three-story building, ninety by forty feet. This
was put up under Mr. Whiting's personal
superintendence, and the latest improved ma-
chinery was installed. They occupied it the
same year, commencing with a force of sev-
enty-five workmen, soon increased to one hun-
dred and fifty. Later forty feet were added
to the length of the building, and a stone safe,
eight by twelve, constructed. January 1, 1853,
Mr. Tifft sold his interest to his partner, Mr.
Whiting paving ninety thousand dollars in
cash for the same. Subsequently he estab-
lished offices in New York City, and for many
years, under his own name and also as W. D.
Whiting & Company, continued a large busi-
ness, with offices also in Philadelphia and
Boston. Soon after the erection of the stone
factorv he commenced the manufacture of sil-
ver combs and other articles, until this branch
became an immense business of itself, and re-
sulted in what was the largest house of its
kind in the country, the Whiting Manufactur-
ing Company. This was organized as a stock
companv with a capital of one hundred and
fifty thousand dollars, later increased to two
hundred and fifty thousand, Mr. Whiting being
president, and it then became wholly a silver
manufacturing firm. After the burning of the
works in 1875, the buildingwas rebuilt two hun-
dred and fifteen feet in length, but they soon
removed to New York City as their headquar-
ters, where Mr. Whiting also removed in or-
der to give his personal attention to the com-
pany's interests. At the expiration of five
years he returned to North Attleboro where
he later organized the firm of F. M. Whiting
Company, later Frank M. Whiting & Com-
panv. his son Frank M. being his partner. Mr.
Whiting was actively engaged in this new firm
up to the time of his death.

Mr. Whiting was one of the best types of
self made men. He was well known for his
philanthropy, and it is due to his aid and ex-
cellent advice that many young men found
themselves on the high road to success. His
own success was due in a great measure to his
steady industry, honest principles, and de-
termination to give full value to all that he
undertook. His political views were those of
the Republican party but he never held office.
He married, December 17, 1839, Rebecca,
born May 8, 1818, daughter of Pitt and Lucy



( Ehitterfield) Damon, of Dedham. Children:
1. William Osborne, born September 20, 1846,
drowned April 26, 1851. 2. Frank Mortimer,
see forward. 3. Josephine Smith, born Octo-
ber 27, 1852; married, December 31, 1901,
Frank Orvil Bryar. 4. Florence Rebecca,
born April 23, 1857, died March 20, 1907;
married, April 23, 1896, Dr. Joseph B. Ger-
ould.

(VII) Frank Mortimer, second son and
child of William Dean and Rebecca (Damon)
Whiting, was born in North Attleboro, April
21, 184Q, and died in the same town, May 28,
1892. His early education was received in the
common schools of his native town, and he
then entered the Norwich Military Academy
at Northfield, Vermont, from which he was
graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Sci-
ence in 1868. The following year he entered
the employ of his father to become thoroughly
acquainted with the manufacturing branch of
the business, then was assistant in the office
at Attleboro. and later in the New York office
of the Whiting Manufacturing Company. Still
later he became a traveling salesman for the
firm, and in 1878 he organized the firm of
Holbrook, Whiting & Albee for the manufac-
ture of plated jewelry and novelties. They
located in the Whiting building, formerly oc-
cupied by his father, and in 1880 the latter
purchased the interests of Messrs. Holbrook
and Albee, and the firm became F. M. Whiting
& Company. In addition to the manufacture
of jewelry they gave special attention to the
manufacture of sterling silver goods, the name
character and style of their wares enjoying
the highest reputation in the market.

Mr. Whiting was a man of exemplary char-
acter, devoted to his business and his home.
While he would not accept public office, which
was repeatedly offered him, he took a great
interest in public matters, was a firm believer
in good government, and a staunch adherent
to Republican principles. He was closely
identified with the Masonic fraternity, being
a member of Bristol Lodge, Ancient. Free and
Accepted Masons. When the Saturday Night
Club was organized, he became a member and
acted for some time as secretary, but finding
this duty interfered with more important ones
he withdrew from membership. He was a
members of the Jewelers League of New
York City, and a director of the North Attle-
boro National Bank. In 1895 the F. M. Whit-
ing & Company was incorporated under the
name of F. M. Whiting Company, with Mrs.
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ing, vice-president, and Florence R. Whiting,
treasurer. Mr. Whiting married, North Attle-
boro, June 21, 1 881, Florence Leland, born Oc-
tober 4, 1855, daughter of Timothy Edwin and
Dorcas Porter (Doane) Hancock, the former
a merchant of North Attleboro. The Han-
cock family were among the pioneer settlers of
Wrentham, having received a grant of land
from the Queen covering the entire town.
Children: Marion Damon, born December 21,
1882; Helen Josephine, February 28, 1889.



(For first generation see preceding sketch).

(II) Timothy, fifth son and
WHITING sixth child of Nathaniel and
Hannah (Dwight) Whiting,
was born in Dedham, Massachusetts. Janu-
ary 5, 1653, died in the same town, December
26, 1728, and his gravestone is in the First
Parish cemetery. Re received ten shillings
from the constable of Dorchester in 1679 for
the killing of a wolf. May 13. 1700, the town
of Dedham voted to assist him with the loan
of the school money because his corn mill had
burned down, and in 1707 he was selectman.
In his will, dated December 18, 1728, probated
January 9, 1729, he calls himself "fuller,"
and mentions his wife, sons Timothy, Na-
thaniel and Joseph, and daughters Sarah, Eliz-
abeth and Mehitable. His wife's will, dated
June 15, 1732, probated September 1, 1732,
mentions her six children, and three sons-in-
law. He married Sarah, born January 7, 1658,
died 1732, daughter of Isaac and Ann (Bur-
nap Wight) Bullard. Children: 1. Hannah,
born April 9, 1680, died May 8, 1700. 2. Sa-
rah, November 15, 1682, died January 19,
1769; married, October 22^ 1701, John Baker.
3. Mary, February 22, 1684, died February 24,
1684. 4. Timothy, December 15, 1685, mar-
ried Mary Jackson. 5. Nathaniel, see forward.
6. Elizabeth, May 21, 1694, married, Decem-
ber 5, 1709, Ephraim Colburn. 7. Mehitable,
May 20, 1698, died December 7, 1718; mar-
ried, December, 1715, Joseph Colburn.

(Ill) Nathaniel, second son and fifth child
of Timothy and Sarah (Bullard) Whiting,
was born in Dedham, September 23, 1688,
died August 17, 1771. April 25, 1732, he pur-
chased of Zachariah Whiting his grist mill,
which he sold to his son Joseph, February 10,
1756. In his mill, dated February 6, 1760,
probated September 13, 1771, he calls him-
self yeoman of Dedham, mentions wife of
Joanna, sons John. Isaac, Joseph, daughters
Mary Fairbank, Hannah Richards, Sarah Da-



venport, Rebecca Richards, and grandson
Isaac Lewis, son of Mary Fairbank. He mar-
ried, April 6, 1712-13, Joanna, born Septem-
ber 18, 1689, died September 3, 1773, daughter
of Joseph and Mary (Graves) Ellis. Chil-
dren: 1. Mary, born February 22, 1713-14,
died November 21, 1798; married (first) April
10. 1734. Isaac Lewis, (second) November
30, 1753, John Fairbank. 2. John, see for-
ward. 3. Hannah, July 3, 1718, died April 4,
1788: married (first) September 22, 1737, Jo-
siah Richards, (second) April 6, 1774, Na-
thaniel Whiting. 4. Sarah, August 22, 1720,
died June 11, 1764; married, June 4, 1741,
Samuel Davenport. 5. Isaac, February 12,
1722-23, married Rebecca Foster. 6. Rebecca,
April 2, 1725, died March 29, 1779; married,
November 17, 1748, Thomas Richards. 7.
Margaret, May 1, 1727, died February 5, 1728.
8. Joseph, June 14, 1729, married Mary Fuller.
(IV) John, eldest son and second child of



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