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Genealogy of the Whittlesey-Whittelsey family based upon the 1855 Memorials of the Whittlesey Family, the 1898, 1941 and 1992 Whittelsey/Whittlesey Genealogies along with input from family members.
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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; www.americanancestors.org/Product.aspx?id=27960   

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



Photos

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Walter Lyman Clark
Walter Lyman Clark
 
  19 Jan 2019
Seth Savage Jr. and Esther Boardman Savage
Seth Savage Jr. and Esther Boardman Savage
 
  19 Jan 2019
Seth Savage, Jr.1786-1868
Seth Savage, Jr.1786-1868
 
  19 Jan 2019
Minot Whittlesey Pratt
Minot Whittlesey Pratt
 
  19 Jan 2019
Abner Sheldon Whittlesey       1819-1888
Abner Sheldon Whittlesey 1819-1888
 
  19 Jan 2019
William Henry Whittlesey
      1835-1917
William Henry Whittlesey 1835-1917
 
  19 Jan 2019
Robert Duncan Whittlesey
      1839-1923
Robert Duncan Whittlesey 1839-1923
 
  19 Jan 2019
Sewell Whittlesey 1806-1890
Sewell Whittlesey 1806-1890
 
  19 Jan 2019
Mary Goodwin  1809-1881
Mary Goodwin 1809-1881
 
  19 Jan 2019
John Knight Smalley 1734-1820
John Knight Smalley 1734-1820
 
  19 Jan 2019
James Hodson and his mother, Beulah Post Whittelsey
James Hodson and his mother, Beulah Post Whittelsey
 
  19 Jan 2019
James Thomas Hodson 1944-
James Thomas Hodson 1944-
 
  19 Jan 2019
James Whittlesey Clark
James Whittlesey Clark
 
  19 Jan 2019
Nina Florence Browne 1852-1928
Nina Florence Browne 1852-1928
 
  20 Oct 2018
Mary Harkins 1855-1941
Mary Harkins 1855-1941
 
  20 Oct 2018
Nelson Moses Frisbie 1853-1949
Nelson Moses Frisbie 1853-1949
 
  20 Oct 2018
Thomas Tingey Craven 1808-1887
Thomas Tingey Craven 1808-1887
 
  20 Oct 2018
Harriet Whittlesey
1894-1972
Harriet Whittlesey 1894-1972
 
  20 Oct 2018
George Josiah Johnson 1838-1915
George Josiah Johnson 1838-1915
 
  20 Oct 2018
Esther Boardman Savage 1790-1850
Esther Boardman Savage 1790-1850
 
  20 Oct 2018
Daisey Louise Frisbie 1879-1969
Daisey Louise Frisbie 1879-1969
 
  20 Oct 2018
Alfred Craven 1846-1926
Alfred Craven 1846-1926
 
  20 Oct 2018
Beulah Post Whittelsey Cole 1919-2006
Beulah Post Whittelsey Cole 1919-2006
 
  20 Oct 2018

Documents

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page 78 Joseph Hotchkiss Whittlesey Lincoln note
page 78 Joseph Hotchkiss Whittlesey Lincoln note
 
  19 Jan 2019
James Thomas Hodson
James Thomas Hodson
Biographical Information and life timeline to present (2012) 
  19 Jan 2019
Mary Harkins Story 1858-1941 From Grandmother Stories by Frances Knox Childs
From her birth in a Massachusetts Almshouse, then Monson Children's Home to her indenture to a Granville, Massachusetts family in 1866 and her 67 years of marriage and nine children. An amazing story of perseverance.
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
  20 Oct 2018
Adele and W. Brewster Hanchett-Taylor Wedding Announcement
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
  20 Oct 2018
Charles Whittlesey 1819-1874
Civil War Headstone Application Index card
Charles Whittlesey 1819-1874 Civil War Headstone Application Index card
Charles Whittlesey enlisted 21 August 1862, mustered in organization 20 September 1862; mustered out 7 July 1863. He was Captain of Company I, 22ns Regiment Infantry, Connecticut Volunteers; he served 9 months. 
  20 Oct 2018

Headstones

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Headstone for Esther P Savage
Headstone for Esther P Savage
In memory of Esther P. wife of Seth Savage, died Oct 30 1815 
     19 Jan 2019
Samuel Averill Whittlesey and Ada Josephine Savage
Samuel Averill Whittlesey and Ada Josephine Savage
Samuel Averill Whittlesey and Ada Josephine Savage headstone 
East Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
David Waller Whittlesey 1816-1898
David Waller Whittlesey 1816-1898
David Waller Whittlesey Headstone 
East Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Grave of John Smalley - New Britain, Connecticut - Whittlesey headstones
Grave of John Smalley - New Britain, Connecticut - Whittlesey headstones
 
Fairview Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Esther Mehetable Sterling
1831-
Esther Mehetable Sterling 1831-
Romeo Cemetery
Romeo, Michigan 
 Located    19 Jan 2019
Azariah Whittlesey Sterling 1797-1876
Miranda Leech Sterling 1801-1857
Azariah Whittlesey Sterling 1797-1876 Miranda Leech Sterling 1801-1857
Romeo Cemetery
Romeo, Michigan 
     19 Jan 2019
Alfred Craven Bruce (1901) and Margaret Taylor Bruce (1902)
Alfred Craven Bruce (1901) and Margaret Taylor Bruce (1902)
 
Woodlawn Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Alfred Craven (1846-1926)
Alfred Craven (1846-1926)
 
Kensico Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Charles Hollis Whittlesey
1884-1901
Charles Hollis Whittlesey 1884-1901
 
     19 Jan 2019
Horace Winston Whittlesey
1856-1928
Horace Winston Whittlesey 1856-1928
 
     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Henrietta Augusta Whittelsey (12 March 1835 - 13 July 1842)
Headstone for Henrietta Augusta Whittelsey (12 March 1835 - 13 July 1842)
 
East Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Overton Perry Norton - Aug 20, 1888 - May 20 1981
Headstone for Overton Perry Norton - Aug 20, 1888 - May 20 1981
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Samuel J Winegar, Nov 2, 1851 - Mar 5, 1936
Caroline Abbey Winegar Sept 10, 1858-Oct 28, 1941
Samuel J Winegar, Nov 2, 1851 - Mar 5, 1936 Caroline Abbey Winegar Sept 10, 1858-Oct 28, 1941
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Mary Tucker Whittlesey - died 1852
Headstone for Mary Tucker Whittlesey - died 1852
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Marian Winegar Hall 1885-1930 and Ella Beatrice Winegar Fogwell 1883-1910
Headstone for Marian Winegar Hall 1885-1930 and Ella Beatrice Winegar Fogwell 1883-1910
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Frank and Alice Whittlesey Winegar
Headstone for Frank and Alice Whittlesey Winegar
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Elisha Whittlesey  - 1829-1902
Headstone for Elisha Whittlesey - 1829-1902
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Elisha Whittlesey Jr. - Born September 13, 1854, Died June 12, 1905
Elisha Whittlesey Jr. - Born September 13, 1854, Died June 12, 1905
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Emegene Winegar Norton - July 7, 1890-Febrary 2, 1976
Emegene Winegar Norton - July 7, 1890-Febrary 2, 1976
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Elisha Whittlesey - died 1802
Elisha Whittlesey - died 1802
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Willis Savage Whittlesey Jr. 1910-1973
Mary Johnson 1913-2000
Willis Savage Whittlesey Jr. 1910-1973 Mary Johnson 1913-2000
File name says this is located in Martha's Vineyard - no cemetery name - not on Find-A-Grave 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Augusta Pauline Noller Whittlesey 1865-1934
Augusta Pauline Noller Whittlesey 1865-1934
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Alma H Winegar Semley, 1890-1942
Alma H Winegar Semley, 1890-1942
 
Wooster Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Ruby Estella Winston Whittlesey 1830-1922
Ruby Estella Winston Whittlesey 1830-1922
 
Wooster Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Frederick Augustus Frisbie (16 March 1890 - 22 January 1960)
Headstone for Frederick Augustus Frisbie (16 March 1890 - 22 January 1960)
 
West Granville Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Nelson M. Frisbie 1852-1949, Mary H. His Wife 1858-1941, Children Frank M. 1877-1879, Mary A. 1897-1903
Nelson M. Frisbie 1852-1949, Mary H. His Wife 1858-1941, Children Frank M. 1877-1879, Mary A. 1897-1903
Headstone close-up 
West Granville Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Porter T. Frisbie 1892-1975, His wife Alice M. Hoskins 1897-1981, In Memoriam Their Son Donald P. 1921-1944 Nettuno, Italy
Porter T. Frisbie 1892-1975, His wife Alice M. Hoskins 1897-1981, In Memoriam Their Son Donald P. 1921-1944 Nettuno, Italy
Porter Frisbie, Alice M. Hoskins Frisbie, Donald P. Frisbie headstone close-up 
West Granville Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Harold N Barnes Jr.
Headstone for Harold N Barnes Jr.
 
West Granville Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Headstone for Harold N Barnes and wife Dorothy Tuller
Headstone for Harold N Barnes and wife Dorothy Tuller
 
West Granville Cemetery     19 Jan 2019
Theron Elisha Frisbie (30 November 1857 - 21 March 1926) family headstone
Theron Elisha Frisbie (30 November 1857 - 21 March 1926) family headstone
Lucinda Orpha Barnes (16 January 1866 - 7 May 1896), Alice M. Frisbie (3 November 1887 - 1895), Walter Curtis Frisbie (30 May 1886 - 2 April 1976) 
West Granville Cemetery Located    19 Jan 2019
Elizabeth Moses and Augustus Baldwin Frisbie
Elizabeth Moses and Augustus Baldwin Frisbie
 
West Granville Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Gravesite of Alexander and Sarah Henderson
Gravesite of Alexander and Sarah Henderson
Site has been vandalized 
     20 Oct 2018
Burton Leroy Barnes Family Granville Cemetery
Burton Leroy Barnes Family Granville Cemetery
 
West Granville Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Burton L. Barnes 1881-1958, His wife Ellen L. Frisbie 1882-1967, Helen J. Barnes 1905-1905
Burton L. Barnes 1881-1958, His wife Ellen L. Frisbie 1882-1967, Helen J. Barnes 1905-1905
Burton L. Barnes, Ellen L. Frisbie Barnes, Helen J. Barnes headstone close-up 
West Granville Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Eckford C DeKay
Eckford C DeKay
 
     20 Oct 2018
Amy MacDonald Craven
Amy MacDonald Craven
 
Green-Wood Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
James Walters Frisbie
1945-2002
James Walters Frisbie 1945-2002
 
Pine Hill Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Nelson M. Frisbie, Mary H. Harkins, Frank M. Frisbie, Mary A. Frisbie
Nelson M. Frisbie, Mary H. Harkins, Frank M. Frisbie, Mary A. Frisbie
Nelson M. Frisbie, Mary H. Harkins, Frank M. Frisbie, Mary A. Frisbie headstone 
West Granville Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Robert W. Frisbie and Clio P. Frisbie
Robert W. Frisbie and Clio P. Frisbie
Robert W. Frisbie and Clio P. Frisbie headstone 
Pine Hill Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Back of headstone for Robert W. Frisbie (11-18-23 - 2-7-90) and Cleo L. Pressnell (8-22-20 - 4-9-89)
Back of headstone for Robert W. Frisbie (11-18-23 - 2-7-90) and Cleo L. Pressnell (8-22-20 - 4-9-89)
 
Pine Hill Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Headstone for Jeffrey C. Frisbie (June 8 1946 - Nov 15 1967)
Headstone for Jeffrey C. Frisbie (June 8 1946 - Nov 15 1967)
Massachusetts
SN US Navy 
Pine Hill Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Earl C. Frisbie, Eunice M. Manley, and Jeffrey C. Frisbie
Earl C. Frisbie, Eunice M. Manley, and Jeffrey C. Frisbie
Earl C. Frisbie, Eunice M. Manley, and Jeffrey C. Frisbie headstone 
Pine Hill Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Royal Frederick Lewis Whittlesey
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
Canfield Village Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
Polly Mygatt Whittlesey
Polly Mygatt Whittlesey
 
Canfield Village Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
Edith Burwell Chapin Craven
Edith Burwell Chapin Craven
Edith Chapin Craven Headstone 
Kensico Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
Headstone for Emily Craven Whittlesey
Headstone for Emily Craven Whittlesey
 
Kensico Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
Charles Henderson Craven Gravestone Arlington
Charles Henderson Craven Gravestone Arlington
 
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia     20 Oct 2018
Headstone for Charles Henderson Craven
Headstone for Charles Henderson Craven
 
     20 Oct 2018
Alfred Craven DeKay
Alfred Craven DeKay
Born 17 January 1872
Died 1 July 1872 
Green-Wood Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
Webster Cochran Johnson Lieutenant (JG) United States Navy, 1915-1940
Webster Cochran Johnson Lieutenant (JG) United States Navy, 1915-1940
Webster Cochran Johnson headstone 
United States Naval Academy Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Frank Dunn Berrien, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., 17 Aug 1877 - 31 Jan 1951; His wife Mary Elizabeth Whittelsey, 5 May 1876 - 25 Mar 1962
Frank Dunn Berrien, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., 17 Aug 1877 - 31 Jan 1951; His wife Mary Elizabeth Whittelsey, 5 May 1876 - 25 Mar 1962
 
United States Naval Academy Cemetery Located    20 Oct 2018
Headstone for Lemuel Whittlesey, only son of Asaph and Laura Whittlesey who was drowned June 2 1829 in the 18 year of his life.
Headstone for Lemuel Whittlesey, only son of Asaph and Laura Whittlesey who was drowned June 2 1829 in the 18 year of his life.
 
Newington Center Cemetery     20 Oct 2018
David Whittlesey
1825-1845
David Whittlesey 1825-1845
 
     20 Oct 2018
Broken piece of original vandalized headstone for Alexander and Sarah Henderson
Broken piece of original vandalized headstone for Alexander and Sarah Henderson
Currently in a museum in Dumfries, Virginia 
     20 Oct 2018
Artist rendering of complete headstone for Alexander and Sarah Henderson
Artist rendering of complete headstone for Alexander and Sarah Henderson
 
     20 Oct 2018
Allan Ferguson Westcott
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
United States Naval Academy Cemetery     20 Oct 2018

Books

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Blood in the Argonne
by Alan D. Gaff
2005
Blood in the Argonne by Alan D. Gaff 2005
The "Lost Battalion" of World War I
(Outstanding Endnotes, Bibliography and Index
Superb Research. WIllis S. Whittlesey III) 
  20 Oct 2018
The Captain Who Burned His Ships
Captain Thomas Tingey US Navy 1750-1829
By Gordon S. Brown
2011
The Captain Who Burned His Ships Captain Thomas Tingey US Navy 1750-1829 By Gordon S. Brown 2011
Story of this man's career which included building the Washington Naval Shipyard, then being ordered to burn it down to prevent the British Navy from seizing it and once the British were expelled from our shores, he was in charge of rebuilding it. The Commandant's House in the Washington Navy Yard is called the Tingey House. 
  20 Oct 2018

Monuments

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Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey.jpg
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey.jpg
 
  20 Oct 2018
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side1.jpg
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side1.jpg
Side 1: "John Whittlesey, Our Common Ancestor" 
  20 Oct 2018
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side2.jpg
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side2.jpg
Side 2: "Emigrated to America & Settled at Saybrook 1650" 
  20 Oct 2018
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side3.jpg
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side3.jpg
Side 3: "Died Apr 15 1704" 
  20 Oct 2018
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side4.jpg
Saybrook_Cemetery_Monument_to_John_Whittlesey_side4.jpg
Side 4: "Erected to his Memory by his Descendents. Associated in 1845 to Trace Their Ancestry & Lineage." 
  20 Oct 2018

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Last Modified 
I16 
WHITTLESEY, Samuel Averill 
b. 7 Aug 1844  New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States  19 Jan 2019
I14 
WHITTLESEY, Willis Savage 
b. 18 Apr 1875  Morris, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States  19 Jan 2019
I3485 
STERLING, Esther Mehetable 
b. 1 Jun 1831   19 Jan 2019
I10756 
FRISBIE, Jeffrey C. 
b. 8 Jun 1946   20 Oct 2018
I9659 
MANLEY, Eunice M. 
b. 24 Jun 1917   20 Oct 2018
I14715 
FRISBIE, Earle C. 
b. 30 Jun 1912  Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States  20 Oct 2018
I2880 
CHAPIN, George Walter 
   20 Oct 2018
I2881 
JENKINS, Valerie 
   20 Oct 2018
I2608 
CHAPIN, Edith Burwell 
b. 10 Feb 1879  St. Davids, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States  20 Oct 2018
I15 
CRAVEN, Emily Henderson 
b. 2 May 1875  Oakland, Alameda, California, United States  20 Oct 2018
I2359 
BERRIEN, Frank Dunn 
b. 17 Aug 1877   20 Oct 2018
I8392 
WHITTELSEY, Mary Elizabeth 
b. 5 May 1876  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States  20 Oct 2018
I7048 
HENDERSON, Alexander 
b. Abt 1820  New York, United States  20 Oct 2018

Families
  
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Last Modified 
 F1564 
 I14715  Earle C. FRISBIE  I9659  Eunice M. MANLEY    20 Oct 2018
 F982 
 I2359  Frank Dunn BERRIEN  I8392  Mary Elizabeth WHITTELSEY    20 Oct 2018