[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]
ers, and nearly in the form of a triangle, and opposite to the "Small Rocky Hill," on the east side of Satuckett river, called Wonocooto or Sachem's Rock, on the old Robert Latham farm, and near the Seth Latham house, and where it is said that Ousamequin, sachem of Poconocket, March 23, 1649, executed his deed of Satuckett to Standish and others, extending seven miles each way from the weir near said dam that being the first centre of Bridgewaterand one-quarter of a mile above said "Rocky Hill."
He was born in a house on the southerly side of the road leading from Whitman mills to Joppa or Turnpike bridge, where Clark Swallow now lives; and died in a one story house built by himself 1802, now standing opposite, on the northerly side of said road, and now owned and occupied by Timothy S. Harlow.
A good portion of the old Whitman house and the main body of it, on the south side of the roadto wit: seventeen by twenty-eight feetwas then, 1802, sold by him to David French, taken down, removed, and rebuilt with an addition of eight feet on the westerly end, and is the same house now standing in Satuckett, opposite the house of Seth P. Conant, owned and occupied by Judah B. Keen. This house, before its removal in 1802, had a sharp roof as now, a chimney at the end, in the middle of the twenty-eight feet, making two rooms of equal size (fourteen by seventeen feet), with a fire-place in one corner of each room, as now, and a Beaufet in one corner of one room. The house had a lean-to or shed roof upon two sides, containing a bed room, and other small rooms below. Mr. French added eight feet to the main body of the house when he rebuilt, making the house as it now is, twenty-five by twenty-eight feet, which has been lately repaired, modernized, and painted. Judge Whitman, in his Memoir, calls the house which stood south of, and about halfway between the Clark Swallow house and Satuckett river, the first house of Thomas Whitman; and the house that stood where the Clark Swallow house now stands, the second house of Thomas Whitman.
There is, perhaps, some uncertainty where the first house of the ancestor, Thomas Whitman, stood, and whether he, Thomas Whitman, the first settler and ancestor of all the Bridgewater Whitmans built and lived in two or three houses. He probably was born, 1629, in England, married a daughter of Nicholas Byram, 1656, lived in Weymouth until he came to Bridgewater with one or more children in 1662, and died 1712.
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