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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.
In addition there is information on the Descendants of Seth Savage of Berlin, Connecticut.
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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




Documents

 Thumb   Description   Linked to   Last Modified 
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

Headstones

 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
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

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