[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]



DEA. JOHN WHITMAN,


was born March 17, 1735, O. S., it reads on his grave-stone, that he "died July 26, 1842, aged 107 years, 3 mos., 22 days." *   He was the second son and third child of John and Elizabeth (Cary) Whitman.   His father died 1792, aged 88, and his mother died at the age of 42 years, in 1742, when he was seven years of age, and just one hundred years before his own death,

   It is unnecessary here to describe the character of Dea. John Whitman—that has already been well and fully done by Judge Mitchell, in his History of Bridgewarer, 1818 and 1840; by Judge Ezekiel Whitman, in his Memoir of John Whitman and his Descendants, 44 pages, 1832; by Rev. Baalis Sanford, in his Century Sermon of twenty pages, March 28, 1835; and by his son, Rev. Jason Whitman, in his Memoir of 101 pages, published 1843.   The portrait in his Memoir has been copied and placed in this book, opposite this page.

   He was born, lived, and died on the homestead of his ancestors, somewhat reduced and changed in form and size from the original Whitman homestead, formerly called the Whitman Neck, containing over two hundred acres, and bounded: southwesterly by Matfield river, southeasterly by Satuckett river, northwesterly by the Allen land, and northeasterly by the Harris land.   This tract of land, be it more or less, commenced on Matfield river, westerly of Turnpike bridge in Joppa, now Elmwood, and run in a straight line about northeasterly, by the land of Samuel Allen, to the land of Samuel and Isaac Harris, to a point northwesterly of the houses of the late Dea. Thomas Whitman, now Henry Keith, and the late Barzillai Allen, now William Allen; thence easterly by said Harris land to Satuckett river, below the old Latham and Harris saw mill dam.   It was at the junction of said riv-


   * The Rev. Jason Whitman in his memoir, page 87, says, that "on the night of the 19th of July, 1842, Deacon Whitman died."

 

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