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ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY



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Wetmore, James Carnahan
Wetmore family of America



THE



WETMORE FAMILY



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OF AMERICA,



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LlBliARY



ITS COLLATERAL BRANCHES:



GENEALOGICAL, BIOGEAPHICAL, AKD
HISTORICAL NOTICES.



JAMES CARNAHAN WETMORE.




ALBAxVY:

MUNSELL & EOAVLAND 78 STATE STREET.
1861.



GENEALOGICAL
DEPARTMENT.



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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861,

BY JAMES CAENAHAN WETMOBE,

In the Clerk's OfiBce of the District Court of the United States, for the
Southern District of Ohio.



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Arms — He beareth argent, on a chief azure ; three martlets or.

Crest — A Falcon, ppr.

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"Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of child-
ren are their fathers." — Prov., xvii, 6.

" Though not perfect and infallible, in all respects, were a reli-
gious, brave and virtuous set of men, whose love of liberty, civil
and religious, brought them from their native land into the Ameri-
can deserts." — Rev. Dr. Mayheiv's Election Sermon^ 1774.

" To let the memory of these men die, is injurious to posterity;
by depriving them of what might contribute to promote their steadi-
ness to their principles, under hardships and severities." — Rev. Dr.
E. Calamy's Preface to his Account of Ejected Ministers.



THE MEMORY

OF

REV. OLIVER WETMORE;

THIS VOLUME

IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED

BY HIS SON,

THE AUTHOR.



* * * * "A MAN BENEATH WHOSE STEEN EXTERIOR

INMOCENT HUMOUR PLATED AND WARM AFFECTIONS GLOWED; OF THE
MOST UNBENDING INTEGRITY AND ABOVE ALL BIEANNE88; WHILE
UPRIGHT AND HONORABLE IN HIMSELF, INDIGNANT AT OUGHT ELSE
IN others; AN ARDENT FRIEND OF HUMANITY, OF PUBLIC SPIRIT
AS A CITIZEN, FAITHFUL AND TENDER AS A HUSBAND AND PARENT,
UNDAUNTED IN COURAGE, AND PERFECTLY UNYIELDING IN HIS DE-
LIBERATE AND INTELLIGENT CONVICTIONS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND

TRUTH."— iJec. Dr. Fowler.



PREFACE



This work was commenced with a view only to arrange a brief
genealogy and biography in manuscript, of the author's branch of
the family of Wetmore for his own satisfaction ; as he progressed
he discovered many things that would interest other branches,
and being urgently solicited by. influential members of the family
to advance his researches, he consented, supposing a few months
would enable him to compile a work that would be acceptable to
those directly interested, and at the same time in some measure,
perpetuate the Memory of The Founder of the Family, as well
as many of his worthy descendants. Proceeding in his labors,
material increased upon his hands, until nearly two years and a half
had been devoted exclusively to collecting and arranging what the
reader finds before him.

If the object he had in view, which was to place in an enduring
form the memory and virtues of his kindred shall have been accom-
plished, he will consider the time and labor well expended.

Should any find their names omitted or not properly recorded, he

trusts they will make due allowance for the difficulties attending

the compiling of such a' work. Every possible eff'ort has been made to

give publicity to his undertaking. Many families might have been

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VI PREFACE.

more fully noticed had the members taken the pains to furnish in-
formation.

To those whom he has particularly noticed, now living, he may
owe an apology for the freedom he has taken. It has always
been considered an extremely difficult thing to write biographies,
particularly of the gentler sex. He would deprecate their criticism,
reminding them that a work of this kind is intended only for pri-
vate circulation, among those of the same kith and kin; hence what
might be deemed improper in the pages of a public journal, would
be perfectly proper and in good taste in a Family Genealogy.

The arrangement of the book differs somewhat from kindred
works ; in place of numbering the persons named, the pedigree of
every individual, as son, or dau. of, &c., is given, so that the head-
ing of each particular family, together with the heading of the
page above, gives the entire genealogy back to Thomas, the founder
of the family. For instance, see page 281. " Maud Douglass, child
of Oscar Davison, son of James Merritt, son of James, son of John,
son of James," which, together with the head line, " Rev. James,
son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas," makes the pedigree through nine
generations complete.

The history, dates of birth, marriage, &c., of the different ances-
tors, the reader will find by referring, ante, under head of the seve-
ral generations.

The several branches have been placed by themselves, in chrono-
logical order. By branches he means the descendants of the
children of Thomas. John, the oldest son and child of Thomas
and his descendants by themselves. Those of this branch living,
reside chiefly in Central New York, and in Ashtabula county, Ohio,
Iowa and Minnesota. The descendants of Samuel, the third son of



PREFACE. vu

Thomas, are commonly known as the Winchester and Torringford
(Ct.) branch.

The descendants of Izrahiah, the fourth son of Thomas, the
compiler has divided, for the reason that his (Izrahiah's) sons
have formed distinct branches : the descendants of his son. Rev.
Izrahiah, being generally known as the Stratford branch, while
those of his son, the Rev. James, of Rye, as the Rye or New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia branch, and of his son. Judge Seth, as
the Middletown branch, and his son Jeremiah, as more particularly
the North Carolina branch, while the descendants of his son, Dea.
Caleb, reside in the Western Reserve, Ohio, Litchfield, Ct., &c. j
his son JosiAH, left no male descendants, his branch -is represent-
ed by the families of Phillips and Magill. The descendants of
Beriah, the 5th son of Thomas, the author has not been able to
trace down as fully as could be desired. The descendants of Na-
thaniel, the 6th son of Thomas, reside chiefly in Schoharie, St.
Lawrence and Lewis counties, N. Y., and in Illinois; and the de-
scendants of Joseph, 7th and youngest son of Thomas that had
issue, reside in Western New York and Pennsylvania.

The record of descendants of daughters of Wetmore, it will be
perceived, immediately follow their mother's name, while the record
of descendants of sons are carried forward (after recording their
christian names) under head of their proper generation.

The motto used in connection with the Coat of Arms in this
work — Tentanda via est (the way remains to be tried, or the way
is to be tried) — is used by a part of the family only, while a por-
tion use the motto : Virtus, Libertas et Patria, both of which, it is
believed, have been long in use by the different branches.

A list of the works to which the compiler has had occasion to



viu PKEFACE.

refer, and in some instances to make liberal quotations from, may
be found under head of Index of Titles of Works.

Before closing, the writer would here acknowledge his gratitude
to his many attentive correspondents, and would express his regret
that the closing of his labors will be, he fears, the closing of a cor-
respondence which has been to him of a most pleasant and agreeable
nature. To the following he would in particular return his thanks :
Samuel Wetmore, Esq., of N. Y. City, and Dr. D. Williams Patter-
son, an accomplished genealogist, residing at West Winsted, Ct., for
copies of early genealogical records; Wm. H. Whitmore, Esq., of
Boston, for valued suggestions respecting the probable ancestry of
Thomas Whitmore ; Judge A. K. Smedes Wetmore, of Woodstock,
N. B. ; Judge Justus S. Wetmore, Co. Kings, N. B. ; and Dr. Thos.
Saunders Wetmore, of St. John's, N. B., for valuable genealogi-
cal records, &c., of the family residing in the British Provinces;
William T. Coggeshall, Ohio State Librarian, and his assistant, Mr.
Francis A. Marble, for many acts of politeness and attention ; Mr.
Joel Munsell, his publisher, for carrying out so satisfactorily his
plans respecting the typography and arrangement of the work.

And to the subscribers, for confidence reposed in their friend and
obedient servant, THE AUTHOR.

Columbus, Ohio, Aug., 1861.



CONTENTS



Part page.

I. Introduction ; Reference to the probable Ancestry of

Thomas Whitmore (Wetmore), etc., ... 1
II. Biographical and Genealogical Notices, etc., of the same, 11

III. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of his Immediate

Descendants, etc., ....... 27

IV. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Descendants

of John, oldest son of Thomas, . . . .37
V. Genealogical Record of Descendants of Thomas, second

son of Thomas, etc., 49

VI. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of the Descend-
ants of Samuel, third son of Thomas, including Bio-
graphical and Genealogical Notices of Collateral
Branches of Woodhull, Prime, Jervis, Ehle, etc., 50
VII. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Rev. Izra-
HiAH (of Stratford), son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas,
and his Descendants, with Notices of Collateral
Branches of Booth, Cheesebrough, Walker,

Rathbone, Spooner, etc., 112

VIII. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Rev. James
(of Rye), son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas, and his
Descendants, with Notices of Collateral Branches of
Lamson, Hunt, Sherwood, Lee, Haight, Craft,

PUDDINGTON, MeRRITT, BlISS, PeTERS, RaINSFORD,

Dibble, Flewelling, etc., 145

IX.- Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Judge Seth
(of Middletown), son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas,
with Notices of Collateral Branches of Brewster,
Cotton, Stoddard, Edwards, Hopkins, Hunt-
ington, Ellsworth, Backus, Metcalp, Barber,



X CONTENTS.

^■A^RT PAGE.

Shepard, Wright, Whittlesey, White, Warner,
WiLLARD, Benton, Bigelow, Stoughton, Tread-
well, BoERUM, Hunter, Kirkland, Chetwood,

etc., 282

X. Biograpliical and Genealogical Notices of Jeremiah,
son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas, with Notices of Far-
milies of Butler, GtOODrich, Hobbs, Christophers,
Waldo, Story, Badger, etc., .... 440
XI. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Dea. Caleb,
son of Izrahiah, son of Thomas, and his Descendants,
and families of Johnson, Binney, etc., . . . 484
XII. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Josiah, son
of Izrahiah, son of Thomas, and his Descendants,
with Notices of the Families of Phillips, Williams,
etc., 498

XIII. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Descendants

of Beriah, fifth son of Thomas, etc., . . . 502

XIV. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Nathaniel,

sixth son of Thomas, with Notices of Livingstons,
etc., . . . . . . . . . 505

XV.. Biographical and Genealogical Notices of Descendants
of Joseph, seventh son of Thomas, with Notices of

the Family of White, etc., 512

Appendix

A. Historical Sketches of John Whitmore (of Stamford), 531

B. Armorial Bearings and Lineage of English Whitmores, 540

C. Abstracts of Wills in England, ..... 542

D. Biographical Sketch of Pres. Edwards, with Genealogi-

cal Record of some of his Descendants, . . . 545

E. Biographical Notice of Elder Brewster, with Genealogi-

cal Record of his Descendants, ..... 552

F. Biographical Notice of the late Gov. Treadwell, with

Genealogical Record of his Descendants, . . . 573

G. Biographical Sketch of the Life of Rev. Samuel Kirk-

land, etc., 584

H. Biography of Capt. Miles Standish, with Genealogical

Record of some of his Descendants, .... 588



ERRATA AND ADDITIONS.



Page 9, line 3, for Whyttemore read Whyttemere.

" 18, " 2, for T. H. Trumbull read J. H. Trumbull.

;' 22, " 22, for Robinson read Bradford.

" 32, " 6, insert comma after Izrahiah.

" 65, " 27, dele Sarah M. Whitman, and see page 89.

" 98, " 4, dele comma after Sarah Jane.

" 99, " 15, for 1837 read April 13, 1842 ; had Sophia, b. Aug. 17, 1844 ;

" 26, for Honesdttle read Hornellsville.

" 100, " 3, for Burwel read Burrel.

" 20, for Nancy read Mary.

" 108, " 13, for Eegulus read Regulus L. See 6th, errata.

" 206, " 26, for David read David Brown.

" 208, " 12, for GrefiFeth read Gr«ffeth.

" 224, " 37, dele comma after Sarah.

" 225, " 27, for Debros Steward resid Dehorah Sherwood. •

" 251, " 13, dele comma after David.

" 265, " 13, insert comma after Charles.

" 267, " 28, dele comma after Frances Sophia.

" 277, " 8, for Joshua read Josiah.

" 303, " 35, after m. insert Dea. Chauncey Whittlesey.

" 326, " 20, for 'Robert read Roffer.

" 342, " 37, for Longstreet read Stonestreei.

" 343, " 8, for Aug. 15 read March 23.

" 15, for Richard read Roland.

" 415, " 24, for 1848 read 1838.

" 452, " 9, after Capt. John (Andrew?) insert Mather.

" 454, " 24, for Geo. read Gov.

" 477, " 2, before Jeremiah insert Charles.

" 488, " 15, for son read grandson.

" 489, " 30, for-Afiijah read A/iijah.

" 490, " 4, for Erelina read Evelina.

" 508, " 4, for Balso?ft read Balsora.

" 5, dele comma after Almira.

" 509, " 2, insert comma after Isaac.

" 23, dele comma after Barron.

" 513, " 18, " " " Timothy.

" 531, " 17, for D?



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