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OCT 281903



Bernard B. Whittemore died Sunday morning. Mar.
5th, 1895, at the residence of J iM^e Nathaniel Holmes,
at Cambridge^ Mass. The immediate cause of his
death was heart failure, the end coming quite sudden-
ly, although he had not been well for some time, the
result of an attack of la grippe he suffered from last
winter. He had been at Judge Holmes'' residence on
a visit for several weeks and the seriousness of the ill
turn he had last week was not realized here until his
brother and long time partner, F. P. Whittemore, re-
ceived a telegram announcing the death. His remains
were brought to Nashua, on Wednesday, and the fun-
eral took place at the Unitarian church from which he
was interred in the family tomb in the Nashua ceme-

Bernard B. Whittemore was a native of Boston,
where he was born May 15, 18 17, his grandfather be-
ing Nathaniel Whittemore, a Revolutionary soldier.
His boyhood days were spent at Peterborough, N. H.,
where his parents removed in his infancy. His college
preparatory education was obtained at Phillips Exeter
academy and he graduated from Harvard college in 1839.

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In the same class were Rev. E. E. Hale and Nathaniel
B. Baker^ late governor of this State.

Mr. Whittemore then studied law and after graduat-
ing from the Harvard Law School, he was admitted to
the Hillsborough County bar in 1842. After practic-
ing law a short time at Amherst, N. H. and Palmer,
Mass.^ he removed to Nashua and here his real life
work was taken up.

With his brother F. P., Mr. Whittemore purchased
the Nashua Weekly Gazette from William Butterfield,
and assumed the editorial charge Nov. 26, 1846. For
nearly forty-three years he was the editor of that pa-
per. Sept. I, 1872, a daily edition was first put out,
which he and his brother continued to publish in con-
nection with the weekly until they sold out to the Ga-
zette Press Company, July i, 1889. Mr. Whittemore
then retired from the active duties of a newspaper
man, after being continuously at the helm for over for-
ty years. He was an able, fluent, graceful, forceful
writer, whose liberal education had been continually
added to by constant study. His fund of general in-
formation was marvelous and on all subjects he was a
writer of great ability. An uncompromising Demo-
crat, he advocated the cause of that party with no un-
certain pen, and did yeoman service for it for over two
score years in this city.

At the incorporation o( the City of Nashua in 1853,
he became the first Democratic candidate for mayor
and although his party was not victorious, he received
a highly complimentary vote. In 1852-53 he became
a member of the New Hampshire Senate. He was
an Alderman of the City in i860, and City Treasurer
in 1861. On May 17, 1872, having received the ap-
pointment of coroner from Governor James A. Wes-
ton, he entered upon the duties of that ofifice which

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position he held until within a few years before his
death, retiring on account of advancing years. He was
chosen a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Nashua City Library at the time of its organization in
1868, and was still a member of the board at the time
of his death. He was constant attendant at the Unita-
rian Church for many years. Quite recently he pub-
lished a Genealogy of the Whittemore family. He
never married.

Mr. Whittemore was a quiet, unassuming man, who
did not care for public office but pursued the even
tenor of his way through all the vicissitudes of a coun-
try editor's life. As a lawyer he was one of the best
informed in the bar of this county, and at his death he
was, if not the oldest, next to the oldest, in the county.
His opinion was much sought and always showed the
result of careful, conservative judgment. To his
friends he was a genial man whose rare fund of inform-
ation was being continually drawn upon. He was a
gentleman of the old school and did noble service for
the upbuilding of Nashua.

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The common American ancestor of the Wiiittemore
family was Thomas Wiiittemore, who came to this
country, between 1639 and 1645, probably in 1641-2,
and settled in that part of Charlestown, Mass., which
is now embraced within the limits of the town of Ever-
ett, Mass. He came from Hitchin, county of Hertford,
England. The genealogy of the Whittemore family in
Hitchin, from 1562 to 1650, is given in the New Eng-
land Historical and Genealogical Register^ vol. 21, pp.
169-172. It was procured and published by Ebene-
ZER Stowell Whittemore, Esq., of Sandwich, Mass.,
and is a verbatim copy from the Parish Register of
Hitchin, copied by L. Hensley, the Incumbent of that
Parish. Thomas Whittemore, Senior, the father of
the American ancestor, Thomas, lived in Hitchin, and
was married in 1566.* He had two brothers, William
and Rowland. William was bom about 1540, and had
a son, Thomas, who was married in 1591. Rowland
died in 1613. Thomas Whittemore, Senior, died in
Hitchin, in 1617, as appears by the record of the Par-

•Letter of Thomas J. Whittemore. dated March 23, 1857. Mr. Whittemore collected a
lar^e amount of genealogical material in relation to the family, but never published it.—
He died in 1872.

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ish, which is in the following words: "1617, AprilL
The 28 daie were mamed Ry chard Sheffield and Eliza-
beth Whitamore. — ^June. The 13 daye was buried
Abraham Whi^^more, the husband of Grace Whi^^more.
November — The 26 daye was buried Thomas Whiie-
more, Senior, widower, who by his will dated the 5th
day of May, 1613, gave £20 to Trustees' for the best
sort of the poor people in Hitchin."

In a communication to the N. E. Genealogical Regis-
ter^ in October, 1878, the gentleman above alluded to,
Mr. E. S. Whittemore, says : '^Earlier than the year
1300 we find the first recorded name, i ^., John^ Lord
of Whytemere, having his domicile at Whj^emere, on
the north-east side of the parish of Bobbington, in the
manor of Claverly, in Shropshire. At the present time,
the same locality bears the name of Whittemore. * * *
It is recorded by two historians, that Whittemore Hall,
at Whittemore, was the place of origin of the Whitte-
more family. The Anglo-Saxon etymology of the
word Whytemere is tvhite meadoiv^ or lahe^ and the first
John^ Lord of Whytemere, derived the name of the fam-
ily from the place where they originally resided. —
Abouttheyear 1483, the "2)^" (of) was dropped, leaving
it Whytemere^ as the surname ; and not far from 1495,
the y was changed for e, and e after t omitted, leaving
the name Whitmxrre ; while the name Whittemore is ob-
tained by adding a second t and retaining the ^, and
next to the last e in each name changed to o. * * *
The present name of Whittemore has been spelled five
or more different ways during the past three hundred
and fifty years, and the name of Whitmore differently.'^
The same gentleman, in a communication to the Boston
Advertiser^ in January last, said : ^^At the present day,
there is in the parish of Bobbington, in the manor of
Claverly, county of Salop, (Eng.,) a place spelled WhU-
i-more^ which is a modern looking farm house, which
has, also, been spelled Whittemore^ and for centuries
spelled with a trisyllable. This locality is in the coun-
ty of Salop, but the greater part of the parish is in
Staffordshire. This family of Whittemore have held

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in fee this place since the signing of the Great Charter
at Runnymede, by King John in 1215; and in early
times, the proprietors were called the "Lords of Whyte-

That the Thomas Whittemore, who settled in Charles-
town, is the American ancestor of the family is beyond
doubt. There were a Lawrence Whittemore and wife,
who came to Roxbury, Mass., in 1635, but they
never had any children and at their death that branch
ended*. There was, also, a Bainell Whittamore, who is
mentioned in the Charlestown records, as follows : —
"The 9th of the Xth month, 1661, Bainell Whittamore
being with the selectmen is willing to accept of allow-
ance in the common." . No further mention is made of


The genealogy of the family in Hitchin, England, procured and published
in the N. E, Hist, ahd Genealogical Register by E. IS. Whittemore, Esq., as
above stated, is as follows :

" 1562— October.— The 24 daye was Anne Whitamove buryed.

1567— Maye. The same dale was baptized Alice the daughter of Thomas Whitamore.

1570— June. The 7 dale was buried Mother Whitamore,

1573— June. The 18 dale nuried Tho. Whitamore, sono of Tho. Whitamore.

1576— November. The 25 dale was baptized Abraham, the gone of Thomas Whitamore.

1577— Marche. The 9 daie was baptized Aester, daughter of Tho. Whitamore.

1580— September. The 4 daie was baptized Hannah, the daughter of Thomas Whiter

1584— June. The 14 daie was baptized Nathanael, the sone of Tho. Whitamore.

1590— Maye, The 11 daie was buried Will'm Preston, servant to Tho. Whitamore.

1591— September. The 29 dale were marled John Holgekyns and Mary Whitamore.

1594— November. The 3 daie was baptized Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Whita-

1595— February e. The 27 daye was baptized Nicholas, the sone of Koger Whitamore.

1597-— June. The 13 daye was buryed Nathanaell, sone of Thos. Whitamore.

1598— November. The 12 dave was baptized SamueJl, the sone of Tho. Whitamore.—
December. The 26 claye was burled Samuell, gone of Thomas Whitamore.—
January The 28 daye was baptized Nathanaell, the sone of Roger Whitamore.

1600— August The 3 dale was baptized Samuell, sonne of Thomas Whitamore.

1601— October, The 13 dale were married Andrew Suerties and Hannah Whitamore.

1604— December. The 8 daie was baptized Mary, the daughter of Thomas Whitamore.
December The 8 daie (the same daie) was burled Mary the wife of the said
Thomas Whitamore.

1607— December. The 3 daie was baptized Thomas, the sonne of Abraham Whitamore.

I603^June. The 5 dale was baptized Nathanaell, the sonne of Thomas Whitamore.

1609— September, The 7 dale was baptized John, the sonne of Abraham Whitamore.

1609-10— February e. The 4 dale was baptized Anns, the daughter of Thomas Whita-
more. [This Thomas Whitamore is styled on the Parish Register, as Senior.—
He was Church Warden In 1612]

1610-11. February e. The first dale was burled John, the sonne of Abraham Whita-

1611— Aprill. The 30 dale was buried Thomas, the sonne of Abraham Whitamore.

1616— A prill. The 14 daye was baptized Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Whitamore.—
[This last named Thomas was our Urst American ancestor. He came from
England In the year 1641-2, and settled in that part of Charlestown, subsequent-
ly Maiden, which Is now embraced within the limits of Everett, Mass.]

•They came from Stanstead Abbey, co. Herts, England. He was 63 when he came over
and his wife 57. She d. in 1642 ; he d. Nov. 18th, 1644. Having no children, "he gave all
his estate to the free schools ; all generations, followers of the Redeemer, bless his name
therefor." His name appears In the early records of Roxbury, spelled Lawrence Witt4i-

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leiT—Aprill. The 28 dale were married Rychard Sheffield and Elizabeth Whitamore.
June. The 13 dale was buried Abraham Whltemore, the husband of Grace
Whltemore.— November. The 26 daie was buried Thomas Whitemore, Sen'r.,
widower, (who was the father of our first American ancestor, and "who by his
will dated the 5th day of May, 1613, gave £20 to Trustees for the best sort of
poor people in Hitchin." From the Record of the Hitchin charities )

I61& - Julie. The 8 daye was married John Huddleston, and Grace Whitamore, wid-
[Note.—' I do not see evidence whether this John Huddleston is the same with
the Vicar of Hitchin at the time, whose name is signed at the foot of the page,
and remained Vicar till 1620, dying February, 1620-1. And his wife died Au-
gust, 1615.' L. Hensley.]

1618-19— Februarie. The 26 day was baptized Grace, the daughter of John Huddle-
ston, clerk.

1621— Februarie. The 28 day The same was baptized Peter, the sonne of Nicholas

1622— Aprill. The first day was buried Grace, the daughter of Mr. Huddleston.

162»— Aprill. The 14 day were maiTied Thomas Whiftomore and Sarah Deardes.—
[This was the second marriage of our first American ancestor ]

1624— Maye. The 5 day was baptized Thomas, the sonne of Nicholas WhiWamor.- Maye.
The 12 day was baptized Mary, the daughter of Thomas Whittomor.

1626— Maye. The 10 day was buried the daughter of Nicholas Whittamor. October.—
The 6 day was baptized Thomas, be the sonne of Thom. Whittamor.

162T— October. The 25 day was baptized Hannah, the daughter of Nicholas Whitta-

1628— November. The IT day buried Sarah, the wife of Thom. Whittamor, the Young-

1629-30 - Januarie. The 13 day baptized Francis, sonne of Nicholas Whittamor.— Feb-
ruarie. The 12 day baptized John, sonne of Samuel Whittamor.

1630— June. The 12 day buried Peter, sonne of Nicholas Whittamor.

1630— June. The 16 day buried Hannah, daughter of Nicholas Whittamor.

1631— Aprill. The 27 day married Robert Tristram and Mary Whittamor.

1633— June. The 12 day baptized Daniel, be. the sonne of Samuel Whittamor.— Julie.
The 31 day baptized Daniel, be. sonne of Thomas Whittamor. [It will be seen
that the last named Thomas has children by a third wife, whose name was
Hannah. This Daniel was her first child. She had born to her Daniel ; John,
baptized April 27, 1635. buried April i.9, 1635 ; Nathaniel, baptized May 1, 1686;
John again, baptized February 11, 1688. These children were born m England,
Then coming to America, they had Elizabeth, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Pel-
atiah, and Abraham By his first wife he had one child, which died, and by his
second wife he had two children, oue of whom died in infancy, but Thomas
lived to mature years, but never came to America. Thus, we see two sons in
the same family living at the same tjme by the name of ThonuiH ]

1634— Julie. The 2 day baptized Mary, the daughter of Nicholas Whittamor —October.
The 29 day baptized Alice, be. the daughter of Nathaniel Whittamor.

1635— Aprill. The 27 day baptized John sonne of Thom. Whittamor, Jun.

1635-36— Februarie. The 24th day baptized John, the sonne of John Peirson and Tho.
be. sonne of Nathaniel Whittemore the same day.

1636— Maye. The first day baptized Nathaniel, sonne of Thomas Whittamor« -August.
The 11th day buried Alice, daughter of Nathaniel Whifamor«

1637— March. The 26 baptized Elizabeth, the daughter of Nicholas Whitamore.

1638— Januarle. The 10 baptized Nathanlell sonne of Nathaniell Whitamor.

1638-39— Februarie. The 11, baptized Joim, sonne of Thomas Whitamor

1639— Februarie. The 12th baptized Alice, daughter of Nathaniel and Joan Whitta-

1640— August. The 11th day buried Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Alice Whitamore.

1642— September. The first day baptized Anne, daughter of Nathaniel and Joan Whit-

16 44 46 January. The 15 day baptized Wlllyam, the sonne of Nathaniel and Joan

1646— March. The 26 day married Onliker Jackson and Mary Whittemore.

1647— October. The 26 day baptized Sarey, tlie daughter of Nathaniel and Joan Whit-

1650— Julie, The 2 daye burled Nicholas Vv?^hittemore, the sonne of Roger Whittemore.
[The Register was examined up to 1653; no more names. In a list of rates in

the year 1670, occurs the name of Nathaniel Whltf^'more.
Thomas WhKemore, Senior, the father of our first American ancestor, had bro-
thers William, bom In T540, and Rowland, who died In 1613 ; and then we have
Thomas, son of the foregoing William, married In 1591 ]"

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Thomas I. Son of Tbomas and Mary Whittemore, of Hitchin, co. of

Hertford, England ; m. (1) (2) Sarah Deardes, Apnl 14,

1623, who was buried Nov. 17, 1623 ; (3) Hannah ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ , who was 50
yearfe old in 1662, and m. (2) Benjamin BuMerfidd, June 3, 1663, at Chelms-
ford, Mass. Inme.—i. Sarali, bapt. April 14, 1616; ii. Marv, bapt. May 12,
1624; iii. Thomas, bapt. Oct. 6, 16^6; iv. Daniel, bapt.' July 81, 1633 ;
V. John, bapl. April 27, bur. 29, 1635 ; vi. Nathaniel, bapt. May 1, 1636 ;
vii. John, bapt. Feb. 11, 1638-9; all at Hiirhin ; viii. Elizabeth; ix. Ben-
jamin; X. TH0Mi).8; xi. Samuel; xii. Pelaiiah. d. 1678; xhi. Abraham,
in army 1675,'d. Jan. 14, 1690-1, se. 35. The father died at Maiden, May
25, 1661.

Thomas Whittemore wa4 one of the earliest settlers
of Charlestown, Mass. ; he located in that part, which
was subsequently Maiden, in the south-east part, the
same being now Everett, about three miles from Bos-
ton. The parish records of Hitchin, England, show
that his son John was born there Feb. 11, 1638-9, and
he, probably, came to this country a year or two after
that time. In 1()45, he purchased oi Rev. John Cot-
ton, of Boston, "meadow for two cows' grass." —
This piece of land joined his own farm. As he had a
farm in 1645, he had, probably, owned it several years,
and perhaps became the owner soon after his arrival
in this country. He, probably, redeemed it from the
wdlderness. The farm was bounded east by Chelsea,
and south by Mystic river. It is remarkable, that his
homestead remained in the possession of the Whitte-
more family until May 1, 1845, when it was sold by
the late William Whittemore to Nathaniel Sands, of
New York city, — a period of more than two hundred
years. The site of the dwelling-house erected by Thom-
as Whittemore, the first occupant, on the homestead is
still identified in Everett. An old cellar hole is still
discernible on the premises, on which was erected a
house in 1806, while the homestead was owned by Jo-
seph Whittemore, replacing that built by Thomas, and
it remained there till 1866, when it was destroyed by
fire. This was undoubtedly the original site of the first
house erected by the first Thomas, or within a few feet
of it. The site is on an elevation and commands a fine

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prospect, with Chelsea in front, Somerville on the right
and Revere on the left.

Will. The will of Thomas Whittemore was dated Feb. 8, 1660, and was
proved and allowed June 25, 1661. It is as follows :

"First, 1 give and bequeath my body to the earth, and my soul to God
that gave it ; and for my temporal estate, I give unto Hauna my wife, the
third part of the profits of all the land, that is mine ; and tor a legacy of her
love, and care to me, I give to htr two cows, and the household stuff ; the
land to return to them that it shall be given to; and the rest she shall dis-
pose of to her children, whom she please.

**2. To my eldest son, Thomas, being now in Englanr'., and having his
portion there by gift, I therefoie cannot add thereto by will: to prevent
trouble, I give him, if he come, five shillings.

**3. I give to Daniel, my son. the house and barn, with I he land about
and adjoining to it, except what shall be afterward expressed ; and one ox
called Broad, and one cow; paying such legacies as shall be expressed t(»r
him to pay ; and liberty for his mother to live in the house, while she live,
if she please.

** 4. I give to my son Nathaniel thirty acres of upland lying at Sockemore
[Sagamore?] hill; and one third part of all my meadow, both fresh and salt,
with one ox called Buck and a cow, paying out of it what shall be appoint-
ed to him.

**5. I give to my son John, len acres of land lying next to George Know-

**6. I give to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pound, to be paid at the day
of her marriage, of else at the age of eighteen years ; this to be paid at cur-
rent pay.

**7. And as for my five youngest, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Pelaiiah
and Abraham, I give unto each ot them ten pounds, to be paid to them when
they are at the age of one and twenty years.

**Further, the reason why (if it should be demanded) I have disposed of
my estate so as I have done, tbe greatest part to my sons Daniel and Na-
thaniel, is because by their means this estate that now I have disposed of,
has been preserved by. them. And further, I make them my executors; and
out of this their estate, they are to pay to their sister and brethren their por-
tions—Daniel is to pay forty pounds, and Nathaniel thirty pounds ; they
are to pay, both of them, each proportionably, according to every one's por-
tion when it is due to them.


" These was the words and cf nscRt of him in presence of us.


RoGEB X Kenacut,

William Ireland."


Daniel 2. Son of Thomas 1 ; Maiden ; m. Mary Mellins. dau. of Rich-

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