Monday, November 14, 2016


I've been finding conflicting information about the ancestors of  7x great grandmother Mary (Hayward)
Whitcomb, so for the moment I am putting that aside and moving on to the family of 6x great grandmother
Elizabeth (White) Whitcomb. the wife of David Whitcomb Jr.

Elizabeth's family was another prominent one in Lancaster, Ma.Her great grandfather John White is often
described as "the richest man in town" and was another of the early settlers.

 Here's his section in Henry Steadman Nourse's book about Lancaster:


No record of John White’s first allotment is found in the Book of Lands, though this is probably an omission of the copyist. We know, however, that the house lot joined Atherton’s, and that his house stood upon the east end of it. Direct descendants have resided upon the land until modern days, and perhaps the first settler’s home was on or quite near the site of Edward Houghton’s residence. Goodman White, however, owned the land across the highway, bounding upon the river. He came here from Salem, where he was admitted an inhabitant in 1639, and had an estate in what is now Wenham, upon which his eldest son, Thomas, remained. He brought with him to Lancaster his wife Joanna, a son Josiah, Elizabeth, who married Henry Kerley November 2, 1654, Mary, wife of the Reverend Joseph Rowlandson, and Hannah, who married John Divoll in 1663. He had also married daughters Joanna and Sarah. His wife died in 1654. Hannah, the youngest daughter, we learn from his will, was " a nurse to him in his old age,” and the Lancaster estate was bequeathed to her and her brother Josiah. John White died in the spring of 1673, his will being signed March 10, and offered for probate May 28th of that year. His son Josiah died November II, 1714. The famous Indian fighter, Captain John White, was son of Josiah.pp253-254

The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725  W. J. Coulter,  Lancaster, Ma. 1884

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