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Samuel Whiting Jr. 1658-1713
John Whiting, Esq., mayor of Boston, in England, and brother of Rev. Samuel Whiting, of Lynn, advanced 50 pounds in aid of the Massachusetts colony. In return, the General Court granted him 500 acres of land which he transferred to his American brother, who gave it to his son, the Billerica pastor. The grant was located on Salmon brook, in Dunstable, and passed into the possession of Samuel Whiting, Jr., who became one of the first settlers of Dunstable, and a leading man in that town (Henry A. Hazen, History of Billerica… [Boston 1883 reprint Cambridge 1973]
The Ministers of our Family by Roxanne Whiting Magoon
Rev. Samuel Whiting, an ancestor of ours...was , it seems educated at Oxford in England and sailed to America with his lovely and fertile wife, where they had multiple sons and at least one daughter who married and had a daughter Dorothy who married Rev. Hobart. They were blessed with numerous grandsons, one known as David Brainerd. .
Rev. Brainerd, yes, he was a minister too, became famous for his mission work to the Indians. He actually lived in Stockbridge Massachusetts at the old Mission House still standing in Stockbridge ...I believe for a couple of years. But it was in New Jersey and beyond where he saw the most conversions with Native Americans. He would, of course, be only a very distant cousin, but I think it is fascinating how many ministers came out of that section of the family history. (Forgive me for droning on if you all already know this!) [editor's comment: I know I speak for the immediate family when I say - prattle/ramble and drone away, please!] .
He never married but was engaged to Jonathon Edwards daughter,...Jerusha when he died.(Jonathon Edwards
Rev. Samuel Whiting
From "Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume III" by William Richard Cutter, 1908 [http://books.google.com/books?id=b6AhB-PTzMYC&pg=PA1121&lpg=PA1121&dq=%22Oliv er+Whiting%22+Billerica&source=web&ots=WQbc2SSyyx&sig=hj1rW5cmt6VsK2_Mt8-ebv2p1eY&hl =en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result#PPA1120,M1].
"Rev. Samuel Whiting, son of Rev. Samuel Whiting, born in Skirbeck, England, March 25, 1633, came to America with his father when about five years old. He graduated at Harvard College in 1653. His thesis subject at commencement was the question: 'An detur Maximum et Minimum in Naturae?' and he spoke on the affirmative. He remained at college a year after graduation, and the fact is noted as pecular that his quarterly bills were almost always paid in silver. He was admitted a freeman May 11, 1656, and in 1658 settled in Billerica as a preacher from year to year until November 11, 1663, when he was ordained pastor of the church organized about that time. Here he remained almost fifty years, and was esteemed, as Rev. Cotton Mather, says, 'A reverend, holy and faithful minister of the gospel.' He preached the artillery election sermon in 1692..
"On his settlement the town granted him a ten acre lot or single share with town privileges. His house lot was twenty acres lying upon the township on the south side of it, bounded by land of George Willis on the north, the brook highway on the east, by Charnstaffe Lane on the south, John Stearn's field on the west. The highway known as the Concord road crossed it. The field in which his house stood was owned lately by Miss Susan Hill. He received in various parts of the town at various times grants of twenty-three lots of land, amounting to more than two hundred acres. He was one of the seventeen ministers opposed to the settlement of Rev. John Davenport in Boston. His manuscript sermons have been lost recently. He married, November 12, 1656, Dorcas Chester, born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, November 1, 1637, daughter of Leonard Chester, who was a nephew of Rev. Thomas Hooker, D.D. Chester lived a year or more at Watertown, and assisted in exploring the Connecticut Valley, and in selecting the site for settlement there when Dr. Hooker removed to Hartford. He died December 11, 1648; his widow married Hon. Richard Russell, one of the foremost citizens of Charlestown; she died a widow, November 30, 1698, aged eighty..
"Rev. Samuel Whiting's house was used as 'ye main Garrison house' (Billerica). There is a boulder as marker, at corner of Charnstaff Lane and Old Concord Road, placed there by the Billerica Historical Society. The (Whiting) parish was large, extending from Concord and modern Acton to the Merrimack and Andover. Rev. and Mrs. Whiting were married fifty-six years, and separated by death only thirteen days. She died February 15, 1712-1713, and he died February 28. Cotton Mather tells us, and we may thank him for the item, that he died 'an hour before Sunset.' And, not for their poetry but their truth, we may repeat the lines: 'Whiting, we here behold, a starry light,/Burning in Christ's right hand, and shining bright;/Years seven times seven sent forth his precious rays,/Unto the Gospel's profit and Jehovah's praise.'.
"That he had opinions and convictions far in advance of his century, is pleasantly preserved in this record: '30 October, 1693. At this meeting our Rev. Paster, Mr. Samuel Whiting, did set at liberty and free from his service, Simon, Negro, who hath been his servant about thirty and one years.' Does the country afford an earlier prophecy of the great Emancipation Proclamation! 'This faithful servant, in his will, which bears date a few days after Mr. Whiting's death, 'in consideration of the respect which I have and do bear to my Master's family,' gives them his homestead and land west of the Concord river.'.
"Children of Rev. Samuel Whiting: 1. Elizabeth, born November 6, 1660; married October 14, 1702, Rev. Thomas Clark, pastor of Chelmsford. 2. Samuel, born January 19, 1662-63. 3. John, born August 1, 1664, graduate of Harvard College, 1685; pastor at Lancaster; killed by Indians, September 11, 1697. 4. Oliver, born November 8, 1665. 5. Mary, born May 28, 1667. 6. Dorothy, born September 23, 1668. 7. Joseph, born February 7, 1669-70, graduate of Harvard, 1690. 8. James, born August 20, 1671. 9. Unis (Eunice), born September, 1672, died September 20. 10. Benjamin, born September 26, 1676, died October 18 following. 11. Benjamin, born November 5, 1682, died November 15 following.".
WHITING, Samuel, clergyman, born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, 20 November, 1597; died in Lynn, Massachusetts, 11 December, 1679. His father, John, was mayor of his native city. The son was graduated at Cambridge in 1616, entered the ministry, and officiated at Lynn, in Norfolk, and in Skirbeck, near his native place, but, after two prosecutions for nonconformity, he emigrated to this country, where he was the first minister of Lynn, Massachusetts, serving from 8 November, 1636, till his death. He was a close student and an accomplished Hebrew and Latin scholar. " In his preaching," says Cotton Mather, "his design was not to please but to profit ; to bring forth, not high things, but fit things." He published "Oratio quam Comitiis Cantab. Americanis" (1649) ; "Treatise on the Last Judgment" (1664) ; and a volume of sermons on " Abraham Interceding for Sodom" (1666). His second wife was the daughter of Oliver St. John, chief justice of England under Cromwell, and their son, SAMUEL (1633--1713), was graduated at Harvard in 1653 and became the first minister of Billerica, Massachusetts An " Elegy on the Reverend Samuel Whiting, of Lynn," by Benjamin Tompson, "ye renowned poet of New England," is printed in Cotton Mather's "Magnalia." See also " Memoirs of Reverend Samuel Whiting and of his Wife, Elizabeth St. John, with Reference to some of their English Ancestors and American Descendants," by William Whiting, LL. D. (printed privately, Boston, 1871).--His descendant William, lawyer, born in Concord, Massachusetts, 3 March, 1813; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 29 June, 1873, was graduated at Harvard in 1833, and, after teaching at Plymouth and Concord, studied law in Boston and at Harvard law-school, where he was graduated in 1838. He then began practice in Boston, where he soon attained eminence at the bar, and was engaged in many important cases. In 1862 he became solicitor of the war department in Washington, where he served three years. In 1868 he was a presidential elector, and in 1872 he was elected to congress as a Republican, but he died before he could take his seat. Colby university gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1872. He left $5,000 to Harvard for a scholarship. Mr. Whiting was for five years president of the New England historic-genealogical society. His principal work is " The War Powers of the President and the Legislative Powers of Congress in Relation to Rebellion, Treason, and Slavery" (Boston, 1862; 10th ed., with large additions, 1863: 43d ed., 1871). In this he formulated views that he had urged at the opening of the civil war, namely, that the United States government had full belligerent rights against the inhabitants of seceded states, and without going beyond the constitution could confiscate their property, emancipate their slaves, and treat them as public enemies. These opinions were at first received with caution by most public men, but they were finally sanctioned and adopted by the government. The book had a large sale in this country and abroad. Besides this, he published various pamphlets, chiefly legal arguments before the United States courts, and a "Memoir of Reverend Joseph Harrington," prefixed to a volume of his sermons (Boston, 1854), and was the author of the privately printed memoir of his ancestor, Samuel, mentioned above.
Rev. Samuel Whiting - While in England, King James passed a law that required all clergy to pray from the same prayer book and hold to a certain style of service and pre-approved bible text , communion etc. When Rev. Whiting decided this was "too popish" (meaning too Catholic) he was labeled a non-conformist and set up for prosecution. By God's providence, King James died before Samuel appeared before the High Commission Court. Instead of losing most of his estate, the "Earl of Lincolnshire afterwards interceeding for him, the Bishop was willing to to promise that he would no farther worry (Whiting)" as long as he removed himself from the Bishop's diocese. So Whiting left Lyn, and went to Skirbeck England, near Boston Lincolnshire for quite awhile and saw a great fruitfulness. He then married his second wife, (the first one having died leaving him with one living daughter) the daughter "of Mr. Oliver St. John, a Bedfordshire gentleman, of an honorable family, (closely) related to Lord St. John of Bletso. "This Mr. St. John was one of the compleatest gentlemen, without affectation, that he ever knew." (For information on Elizabeth St. John see p. 503 in Magnalia Christi Americana or The History of New-England by Cotton Mather. ) But Samuel Whiting got into more trouble with the government by his non-conformity and Elizabeth and he sailed to America in April of 1636 and "arrived in May 26 after he had been so very sick all the way that he could but preach one sermon all the while: and he would say 'that he would much rather have undergone six weeks imprisonment for a good cause, than to undergo six weeks of such terrible sea-sickness as he had been now tried withal.' " pp. 503, 505, of the above text by Cotton Mather. .
He was the son of John Whiting, who for several years was the mayor of Boston, England.
He entered the Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England, March 27, 1613 and took his A.B. 1616, and his A.M. 1620. He subsequently recieved the degree of D.D. (Doctor of Divinity). He was twice married. He had two sons and one daughter by his first wife. His wife and sons died in England, his daughter was subsequently married (1650) to Mr. Thomas Welde, son of Rev. Thomas Welde of Roxbury. His second marriage at Boston, England, August 6, 1629 to Elizabeth, only daughter of the Rt. Hon. Sir Oliver St. John of Cayshoe Kent, Devonshire, England. They emigrated to Boston, MA., May 26, 1636. He became the pastor of the first church at Lynn (formerly Saugust), MA., November 8, 1636, where he remained 43 years until his death. He set up residence opposite the meeting house on Shepard St. He was appointed overseer of the Harvard College 1654. He gave all four sons a College education.
Biography of the Nineteenth Century, Chicago, IL: American Publisher's Assoc., 1902: "Samuel Whiting, clergyman, author, was born Nov. 20, 1597, in England. He was a puritan clergyman, pastor at Lynn, MA. in 1639-79; and the author of Oratio quam Cormitijs Cantab, Americanis, etc.; The Last Judgment; and Abraham Interceding for Sodom. He died Dec., 11, 1679 in Lynn, MA."
1636 was a minister in New England. (Horseneck Founders of NJ.)
Probate records of Essex Co., MA. 1635-1681, Vol. 1, pg. 346;
He was mentioned as Pastor Mr. Whiting in a will by Richard Rooton, dated June 12, 1663 and was given forty shillings in this will, pg. 430.
The most noted of the Whiting Immigrants was Rev. Samuel Whiting, who was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England in 1597, son of John Whiting, once Mayor of that city. Rev. Samuel Whiting was graduated from Emmanuel College, was Rector of the Parish of Skirbeck, adjoining Boston, until 1636, when he came to Lynn, Massachussets, and was chosen Pastor of the church there. His son Samuel, became minister of the church at Billerica. Genealogies of the families of Rev. Samuel Whiting have been published.
From: Memoir of Rev. Samuel Whiting, D.D., and of his wife, Elizabeth St. John: with reference to some of their English ancestors and American Descendants.
Soon after recieving his A.B & A.M. degrees, he soon recieved orders, and became chaplian in a family which was connected with the Bacons and townsends of norfolk (England), and continued in that position for three years. He was afterward settled as a collegue with Mr. Price at King's Lynn, in the same county. He remained three years at Lynn; but complaints being made to the Bishop of Norwich, of his nonconformity in administering the services of the Church, he removed to the rectory of Skirbeck, near Boston, where his nonconformity was also complained of, and led subsequently to his emigration to the American colonies. He was married to his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir Oliver St. John, own cousin of Oliver Cromwell, and afterwards chief justice of England, at Boston, on 6th of August, 1629. His brother John was Mayor of Boston in 1626, 1633, 1644 and 1645 (the only instance of any person, previous to the Municipal Act of 1835, having been Mayor four times). James, another brother was Mayor in 1640. The Rev. Samuel Whiting resigned the rectory of Skirbeck in 1636, and emigrated to America. He arrived in Boston (N.E.) May 26, and in the following November removed to Lynn, in Massachusetts, where he officiated as minister until his death there, 11 December, 1679, when he was eighty-two years of age; his wife died in Lynn, in 1677, aged seventy-two. Mr. Whiting's second son was a gradate of Harvard College/University. He returned to England, and was appointed rector near Leverton; he died in 1689. It is believed the male line of the Whitings in this neighborhood became extinct by the death of the Rev. Samuel Whiting, rector of Fishtoft, in 1781 (May 31, 1781). His sister married James Yorke: their son, James Whiting Yorke, a colonel in the British Army, inferited Rev. Samuel Whiting's property. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham and Martha Sheath of Boston.
1. SAMUEL1 WHITING was born at Boston, Lincolnshire, England, 20 November 1597 and died at Lynn, MA, 11 December 1679 a. 82y. (gravestone record Old or Western Cemetery cited as G. R. 1 VRs). He married ___ who died in England, and he married (2) at Boston, England, 6 August 1629 ELIZABETH ST. JOHN, born 1605, died at Lynn, 3 March 1676-7 (VRs), daughter of the Rt. Hon. Sir Oliver and Sarah (Bulkeley) St. John of Keysoe, co. Bedford, England (Donald Lines Jacobus, The Bulkeley Genealogy… [New Haven, CT 1933] 30-1).
ii. ___ a son; d. in England.
Biography & Genealogy Master Index Publications:
The History of New England Vol. I pg. 501
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