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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

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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

 Thumb   Description   Cemetery   Status   Linked to   Last Modified 
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

Histories

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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

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 
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