Thank you for visiting this website, which is the creation of Willis Savage Whittlesey III for the purpose of sharing materials saved over a 45 year period relating to my ancestors and many descendants of John Whittelsey, 1623(?)-1704. The scope of these materials seems never ending as more and more searchable records are added to the Internet daily. This website contains materials gathered by me, by Charles Barney Whittelsey, the author of the 1898 and 1941 Whittlesey/Whittlesey genealogies, submitted by many, many people over the past 35 years. An additional purpose of this site is to correct mistakes and ommissions which occurred in our compilation of the 1992 W-W Genealogy. The size of that book, over 1100 pages with 16,000 plus people indexed makes it inadvisable to reprint that edition. A recent addition to the website is a .pdf (Portable Document File) of the entire book. Because the insertion of corrections and additional persons causes a continuing adjustment of page numbers I am suggesting that users of the data on the site become used to the numbering system as the best reference for finding individuals and families within the website book found under the "Media" tab on the right hand side of the home page. For web pages for each individual or families, there are various "Search" tabs on the home page; "search" on the left side of the task bar, "Find", "Advanced Search" and "Surname" on the right hand side of the toolbar and "First name" and Last Name" in the upper right hand corner. Information on the website may be downloaded and inserted in your own books if you have purchased one. If you are visiting this site for the first time, have an interest in any of the families contained herein and wish to be a contributor to this site please use the Login feature to obtain a User Name by register for a New User Account
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1992 BOOK AVAILABILTY
There are over 300 of the original 1000 copies of the 1992 genealogy available. I have lowered the price from the original $53.00 to $30.00 each including postage. My mailing method is "Media Rate" which takes longer but only costs between $4.50 and $6.00 most times.
I am now donating $25.00 of the sale of each book to the WHITTELSEY-WHITTLESEY FAMILY ASSOCIATION FUND - 1848 WHITTLESEY MONUMENT REPAIRS. The funds raised will pay for the repair of the fence around the 1848 Whittlesey Monument in the Cypress Cemetery in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Here is a link to pictures of the present fence showing the many missing components: 1848 WHITTLESEY MONUMENT REPAIRS
If you decide to order a book, please contact me with your lineage connection and I will try to include corrected pages or pages added because of new information, either unavailable at the time of compilation, 1992, or information which extends a family since that time.
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13 December 2013
If you are a descendant of the Reverend John Whittlesey 1780-1864 or the Pratt family of Weymouth, Massachusetts from about 1640 until the mid 1800s when they were living in Norwich and Salem, Connecticut then you need to be aware of an outstanding book,
Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus Brown and Alice Nelson Pratt published by the Newbury Street Press the printing arm of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Here is a link to the book;
I received my copy of this new book on 11 December and am overwhelmed by the thoroughness of this collaborative work, three authors and many members of the staff at NEHGS. Very few genealogies are as well documented and referenced as this work. Many of the assumptions of previous genealogies, particularly the efforts of Charles Barney Whittelsey in his 1898 and 1941 Whittlesey genealogies followed by the 1992 update by my daughter and me, have been clarified. The advent of the Internet has made research and source referencing considerably easier than it was in the 1980s and decidedly more than in the 1890s through 1941. In a letter from Charles Barney Whittelsey to my grandfather he stated that he had written 5000 letters in that period and received 3500 replies. We wrote many, as our timing for the 1992 book was just a bit before email was widely accepted and websites such as Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org were available for searching digitized records. Nonetheless, we perpetuated quite a bit of misinformation. Some of that has been noted in the Brown/Pratt book, thankfully.
The notes and bibliography section of this book comprises 134 pages with as many as 30 entries per page of endnote references for citing sources. Superbly Done! There is a 64 page index as well.
Much of the information for this section of the publication came from work done previously by MaryEm Whittlesea (Bodman) Kenner in her superb, 1979, Whittlesey Ancestral Lines compiled especially for the descendants of Sarah Victoria(Whittlesey) Pratt (1831-1923 and her husband George Pratt(1832-1875)
We as a family and descendants of this branch in particular owe a debt of gratitude to Christopher C. Child in particular for the Pratt/Whittlesey (Section III) of the book and Julie Helen Otto, another researcher at NEHGS for their efforts which benefit all of us in the preservation of our family's genealogical and historical data. They did have a great headstart provided by MaryEm!
Issues I have been working to resolve for many years:
Some of the issues addressed by the compilers which affect the Whittlesey family are the actual birthdate and place of our progenitor, John Whittelsey. I have searched the records of many Cambridgeshire churches in the 1620-1650 time frame, some even in Latin and been unable to find a likely candidate for our John. I believe I have a marriage date and place for his parents, John Whittelsey and Lydia Terry in 1621/2, but cannot find that at this moment. (Now on the to do list). We have been unable to find the specific ship John arrived on from England and thus not the year. We have an assumption that he arrived in 1635, no proof! Some say late 1640s, again no proof. About the only thing we can substantiate for John Whittlese is his marriage on 20 Jun 1664 to Ruth Dudly from volume 1 page 110 from the extracts of land records of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. There are 10 children listed here as well with their birth dates. The 11th child, Samuel, and definitely the most famous in that era, was not listed in this entry.
The next issue, which I label, 'The Dudley Dilemma' does have a conclusion and that is that Ruth Dudley is not related to the Dudley line which is considered "royalty". The proofs of this in a couple of papers I have gathered, will be posted on this site under and Folios and Media tab in the coming weeks.
The third issue is our revered family crest or coat of arms acquired by John Tully Whittlesey, # 210, page 67 in the 1992 book. Nancy Irene Whittlesey (Campbell) Mead, a retired Oregon judge whose son lives in England, spent quite a bit of time at The College of Arms in London a couple of years ago and was assisted in a search to verify the proper existence of our crest to no avail even to the point of having problems with the components of the crest being used together. Nonetheless, I still revere it as it has been a symbol for our family since the mid-1800s and certainly contains a worthy motto "Animo et Fide" courage and faith. Besides, I have it on my 1959 U S Naval Academy graduation ring as an inserted engraved plug.
I would be most pleased to hear input on any of these subjects from family members or other historians. Willis III
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14 April 2013 Work has been ongoing with the addition of a great deal of "Media" such as Corrected Pages for the 1992 W-W Genealogy in .pdf format for downloading our printing to insert in one's own book. Many photos, headstones, Books by or about Whittleseys are being continually added. The slow part of this work is linking the media to the various individuals as I have only entered about 30% of the 1992 book at this time. If anyone reading this has interest in helping with data entry I would appreciate hearing from you. If anyone has difficulty maneuvering around the site, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions link on the "Home page".
27 December 2012 FAQ page is now available for guidance with navigating the site. Added another 120 people. Working on posting "Corrected Pages for 1992 W-W Genealogy".
26 December 2012 Began implementation of a Frequently Asked Questions page which will serve as a navigation guide for this site. Continued adding new persons to the database along with new media.
13 December 2012Added 2,441 new persons to the database and 770 families. Of the estimated 2833 people with the name of Whittelsey or Whittlesey, as entered in the 1992 W-W Genealogy, there are presently1160 in the database. I am methodically trying to enter the balance. If you don't find your lineage entered, contact me and I will post it on this site. If you have articles or pictures to add, please forward them by email to me at email@example.com
15 Mar 2012 Recently over 400 photos and documents have been added to the site. In the next couple of days there will be considerably more. Linking each bit of data to an individual, category, tree, etc. is very tedious, but it is necessary to improve the overall experience of this website. Soon there will be entries for individual cemeteries addresses of these and Google maps for directions.
Most important is that there will be a "Users Site Navigation Guide" to assist users in moving to the various categories available on the site.
Each day names from the 1992 W-W Genealogy are being added. There are 9375 descendants of John Whittelsey entered in the book and as inserted names have often carried a lower case sequential letter, 9040a, 9040b, 9040c, etc. the total number of names to be entered is likely 9500 individuals, when the husbands and wives are added the numbers compound to the point that our index for the 1992 book had almost 16,000 indexed names. The effort to include this information is massive and help from the various branches is requested.
Within a few days there will be a pdf file of a new and much improved index to the 1992 W-W Genealogy. The index will include a column which traces a persons lineage, using the book numbers leading back to John. This is an invaluable tool to allow us to establish branches, do branch specific searches, organize branch gatherings, etc. This along with the 1992 W-W Book will be in pdf format and downloadable, printable, etc.
Additional trees have been added for other than the Whittlesey lineage of the owner of this site, Willis Savage Whittlesey III. On my paternal grandmother's (Emily Henderson Craven) side there are trees for Craven, Browne, & Henderson, on my paternal grandfather's side there is a Savage tree. My mother's side tees include Frisbie and Johnson. New users to the site are usually assigned to specific trees.
4 Mar 2012 - Check "What's New" in the 'Features window of this page to see the most recently added names, photos, histories, etc.
3 Mar 2012 - The first issue of the electronic Whittelsey-Whittlesey Family Newsletter was sent on Wednesday afternoon. Finally! If you are reading this and didn't receive the newsletter, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org