Bill’s Family: Ancestors of Eldora Beahm

 
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John Vining and Mary Reed

 

NOTABLES:

3840.4.1.13. Alexander Vining served in the Revolutionary War
3840.5.2.5. Miriam Turner had three sons serving in the Revolutionary War
3840.6.2.1.7.2. Dr. Marcus Whitman, missionary, led first wagon train on Oregon Trail
3840.6.5. Jonathan Whitman had Revolutionary War service
3840.6.5.1. Jonathan Whitman served in the Revolutionary War (died)
3840.6.6.4. Enos Whitman served in the Revolutionary War (died)


 

3840. John Vining {a,b,e} was born 1636 in Wincanton (Somerset) England, and died Feb 1685 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. He is the earliest member of whom we can be certain, and is the earliest listed by Savage. John is usually said to be a son of Robert Vining [7680] and Mary ___ [7681]. John married first, 11 May 1657 in Massachusetts, Margaret Reade, daughter of William Reade and Avis Deacon. Margaret was born about 1636 in Somersetshire England, and died 6 Jul 1659 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. They had no children -- she probably died in childbirth. Some sources confuse Margaret Reade with Mary Reed, probably because of the similarity in the names. Margaret’s brother Thomas married Sarah Bicknell, and her nephew Thomas married Hannah Randall [3844.6].

John married second, 22 Jan 1660 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, our ancestor

3841. Mary Reed {a,b,c}, also seen as Mary Read. Mary was born sometime around 1640 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 2 Sep 1717 in Weymouth. She is a daughter of Philip Reed [7682] and Mary Dyer [7683].

John’s parents are usually given as Robert Vining and Mary, of Wincanton England, owner of the White Horse Inn. I have not seen any old references making this connection -- everyone seems to derive this fact from the 1980 Barnes book. Savage calls him simply John of Weymouth (Mass), and makes no connection to Wincanton England. There would be no problem here, except that the proprietorship of the White Horse Inn passed from Robert to John Vining. Our John came to America in 1652, but the White Horse Inn was still being operated by John Vining after this date, making the connection of our John as a son of Robert rather questionable {wa}. On the other hand, just because the inn was taken over by a John Vining does not necessarily imply that this John is the son of Robert either -- the inn could have been sold to a brother or nephew. Robert Vining’s son John was born in 1636. It is unlikely that he would have taken over the inn before age 16.
The best supporting evidence I have found is a statement that John son of Robert Vining, baptised 17 Apr 1636 in Wincanton, is among several emigrants who went to New England about 1651 {f}. So until some other evidence to the contrary is found, we are assuming that the assignment of John as a child of Robert and Mary is correct.

John was the oldest of nine children, and came to Weymouth, Massachusetts by himself in 1652, at age 16. Being 16, he could have been an apprentice, or perhaps indentured to pay for the voyage, but is later listed in the town records as a “select man”. Savage has him as Freeman in 1666. John is the only one of the family that we know for certain came to America. There was a Sarah Vining living in Weymouth at the same time as John, who was said to be his sister. There is also a William Vining who came from England to Portsmouth, New Hampshire at a later date. Some connect this as John’s younger brother William, but there is no evidence for it beyond the name. Savage lists this William but makes no connection to John.

John was a cooper, which means he made barrels, pails, etc. He eventually became a landowner, held several public offices, and left a large amount of money and property when he died. His will was dated 18 Jan 1685, and was proved 17 Feb 1685. His oldest son John got the house, and the other children were to receive 15 pounds each (about $1600 today) when they reached age 20.

John and Mary Reed had ten children [Savage does not list Sarah, Hannah or George, but says there were perhaps other children {b}]:

3840.1. John Vining (1662 MA - 1737 MA) had descendants and is expanded below.

3840.2. Mary Vining {a,b} was born 18 Jun 1664 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. She died as a child.

3840.3. Thomas Vining {a,b} was born 30 Oct 1667 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. He died as a child.

3840.4. Samuel Vining (1669 MA - <1716) had descendants and is expanded below.

3840.5. Jane Vining (1672 MA - 1728 MA) had descendants and is expanded below.

3840.6. Sarah Vining (1675 MA - 1713) had descendants and is expanded below.

3840.7. Hannah Vining {a,e} was born about 1677 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.8. George Vining [1920] (1679 MA - 1723 MA) and Hannah Judkins are direct ancestors, separate page.

3840.9. Margaret Vining {a,b,e} was born 19 Mar 1682 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.10. Benjamin Vining {a,b,e} was born 22 Jul 1684 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

 


 

3840.1. John Vining {a,b,e} was born 15 Apr 1662 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 11 Jan 1737 in Massachusetts. He married 1686 in Massachusetts, Naomi Bicknell, daughter of John Bicknell (~1623 Eng - 1678 MA) and Mary Shaw (1626 Eng - 1658 MA). Naomi was born 21 Jun 1657 in Massachusetts, and died 11 Sep 1719 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.
John and Naomi had two children (first cousins to us):

3840.1.1. John Vining {a,b} was born 17 Jan 1687/88 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 27 Jul 1746 in Massachusetts. He married in 1710 in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Richards.
John and Elizabeth had eight children (second cousins to us):

3840.1.1.1. Benjamin Vining {a} was born in 1710 in Massachusetts.

3840.1.1.2. John Vining {a} was born in 1713 in Massachusetts, and died in 1795.

3840.1.1.3. Richard Vining {a} was born in 1715 in Massachusetts, and died in 1790.

3840.1.1.4. Mary Vining {a} was born in 1717 in Massachusetts.

3840.1.1.5. Elizabeth Vining {a} (called Betty Vining) was born in 1721 in Massachusetts, and died in 1742.

3840.1.1.6. Joseph Vining {a} was born in 1723 in Massachusetts, and died in 1743.

3840.1.1.7. Ruth Vining {a} was born in 1725 in Massachusetts, and died in 1795.

3840.1.1.8. Lydia Vining {a} was born in 1728 in Massachusetts, and died in 1802.

3840.1.2. Mary Vining {a,b} was born 25 Mar 1690 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 22 Apr 1718 in Massachusetts. She married in 1715 in Massachusetts, Ephraim Richards. Ephraim is probably related to John’s wife Elizabeth, but the relation is unknown.

 


 

3840.4. Samuel Vining {a,b,e} was born 2 Feb 1669/70 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died sometime before 1716. He married in Massachusetts, Sarah Devrill. Sarah was born sometime around 1670, and died in 1716 in Enfield (Hartford) Connecticut.
Samuel and Sarah had four children (first cousins to us):

3840.4.1. Samuel Vining {a} was born 25 Oct 1701 in Massachusetts. Samuel married first, 5 Jan 1721 probably in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Killiam. Elizabeth was born sometime around 1705, and died probably about 1725.
Samuel married second, 10 Aug 1727, Mary Gleason.
Children of Samuel and his first wife Elizabeth are unknown, but Samuel’s will names a Richard and Elizabeth so we are assuming they are children of Elizabeth:

3840.4.1.1. Richard Vining would have been born in the early 1720’s.

3840.4.1.2. Elizabeth Vining would have been born in the early 1720’s.

Samuel and his second wife Mary had eleven children (second cousins to us):

3840.4.1.3. Samuel Vining {a} was born in 1728.

3840.4.1.4. Mary Vining {a} was born in 1730.

3840.4.1.5. John Vining {a} was born in 1732.

3840.4.1.6. Josiah Vining {a} was born in 1733.

3840.4.1.7. Jonah Vining {a} was born in 1736.

3840.4.1.8. Sarah Vining {a} was born in 1738.

3840.4.1.9. Hannah Vining {a} was born in 1741.

3840.4.1.10. Abijah Vining {a} was born in 1743.

3840.4.1.11. Elias Vining {a} was born in 1745, and died in 1825.

3840.4.1.12. Lucy Vining {a} was born in 1750.

3840.4.1.13. Alexander Vining {a} was born in 1751, and died in 1828. He married Olive Pease. Alexander served in the Revolutionary War, as a private from Connecticut.

3840.4.2. Sarah Vining {a} (twin to Ann) was born 4 Jul 1704 in Massachusetts.

3840.4.3. Ann Vining {a} (twin to Sarah) was born 4 Jul 1704 in Massachusetts.

3840.4.4. Colate Vining {a} was born 10 Mar 1709 in Massachusetts. She married 10 Oct 1734, Ephraim Backus.

 


 

3840.5. Jane Vining {a,b,e} was born 7 Jul 1672 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died sometime after 1728 in Massachusetts. She married 1692 in the Second Church of Weymouth, Jacob Turner, son of John Turner (~1624 - 1687) and Anne James. Jacob was born 10 Mar 1667 in Scituate (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 29 Nov 1723 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. Jacob was a Congregational Deacon.
Jane married second, Jun 1729, Samuel Allen. There were no children from the second marriage.
Jane and Jacob had eight children (first cousins to us):

3840.5.1. Jacob Turner {a} was born 4 Apr 1693 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 27 Nov 1756. He married 1718 in Weymouth, Elizabeth Ripley. Elizabeth was born in Weymouth. Jacob was called “Captain”, but we don’t know if this was from military service, or if he was a boat captain.
Jacob and Elizabeth had six children (second cousins to us):

3840.5.1.1. Elizabeth Turner {a} was born 16 Jan 1720 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1791.

3840.5.1.2. Jerusha Turner {a} was born 18 Aug 1726 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.5.1.3. Jacob Turner {a} was born 1729 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died sometime before 1733, under age 4.

3840.5.1.4. Mary Turner {a} was born 17 Dec 1732 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1763.

3840.5.1.5. Jacob Turner {a} was born 1734 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died sometime before 1753, under age 19.

3840.5.1.6. Lydia Turner {a} was born 9 Nov 1736 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died at 2 weeks, 26 Nov 1736.

3840.5.2. Seth Turner {a} was born 7 Apr 1695 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 21 Oct 1730. He married in 1720, Sarah Shaw. Seth was called “Colonel”. We don’t know if this is an actual military rank, it was sometimes used as a civil title.
Seth and Sarah had six children (second cousins to us):

3840.5.2.1. Benjamin Turner {a} was born in 1721.

3840.5.2.2. Sarah Turner {a} was born in 1723.

3840.5.2.3. Jane Turner {a}was born in 1725.

3840.5.2.4. Seth Turner {a} was born in 1727, and died in 1806.

3840.5.2.5. Miriam Turner {a} (twin to Lidia) was born 27 May 1729, and died in 1800. She married Nehemiah Joy, son of Simon Joy (b. 1697 MA) and Hannah Humphrey (b. 1698 MA). Nehemiah was born 30 Aug 1726 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 11 Sep 1802. He had been previously married to Susannah ___.
Three of Miriam’s children served in the Revolutionary War (third cousins): Jesse b. 1753, Nehemiah b. 1757, and Benjamin b. 1760.

3840.5.2.6. Lidia Turner {a} (twin to Miriam) was born 27 May 1729.

3840.5.3. Jane Turner {a} was born 13 Apr 1698 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 15 Sep 1789. She married 1719, John Shaw. John is probably related to Sarah Shaw, the wife of Jane’s brother Seth, but the relationship is unknown.
Jane and John had five children (second cousins to us):

3840.5.3.1. Hannah Shaw {a} was born in 1722, and died in 1730, age 8.

3840.5.3.2. Joshua Shaw {a} was born in 1726.

3840.5.3.3. Jacob Shaw {a} was born in 1728, and died in 1732, age 4.

3840.5.3.4. Jacob Shaw {a} was born in 1732.

3840.5.3.5. Rachel Shaw {a} was born in 1733, and died the same year.

3840.5.4. Benjamin Turner {a} was born 29 Jan 1706 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 27 Mar 1713 in Weymouth, age 7.

3840.5.5. Elisha Turner {a} was born 5 Mar 1708 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 1 Mar 1724 in Weymouth, age 16.

3840.5.6. Silas Turner {a} (twin to Micah) was born 8 Jul 1710 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died the same year.

3840.5.7. Micah Turner {a} (twin to Silas) was born 8 Jul 1710 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 25 Apr 1797. He married 21 Aug 1734 in Weymouth, Bethia Allen. Four of their children died in a smallpox epidemic in 1751.
Micah and Bethia had twelve children (second cousins to us):

3840.5.7.1. Sarah Turner {a} was born in 1736 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1823.

3840.5.7.2. Jacob Turner {a} was born in 1737 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1751 of smallpox, age 14.

3840.5.7.3. David Turner {a} was born in 1741 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1774.

3840.5.7.4. Bethia Turner {a} was born in 1742 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died the same year.

3840.5.7.5. Micah Turner {a} was born in 1744 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1751 of smallpox, age 7.

3840.5.7.6. Lydia Turner {a} was born in 1746 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.5.7.7. Elisha Turner {a} was born in 1748 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1751 of smallpox, age 3.

3840.5.7.8. Jane Turner {a} was born in 1750 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1751 of smallpox, age 1.

3840.5.7.9.  Micah Turner {a} was born in 1752 probably in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.5.7.10. Jane Turner {a} was born in 1754 probably in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1810.

3840.5.7.11. Jacob Turner {a} was born in 1756 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1808.

3840.5.7.12. Bethia Turner {a} was born in 1759 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.

3840.5.8. Mary Turner {a} was born 12 Apr 1713 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts. She married in 1732 David Trufant, son of Maurice Trufant (~1678 MA - 1740 MA) and Mary Bicknell (1678 MA - 1764 MA). David was born 11 Feb 1705 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts.
Mary and David had four children (second cousins to us):

3840.5.8.1. Mary Trufant {a} was born in 1732.

3840.5.8.2. Hannah Trufant {a} was born in 1735.

3840.5.8.3. David Trufant {a} was born in 1738, and died in 1739, age 1.

3840.5.8.4. Jane Trufant {a} was born in 1740.

 


 

3840.6. Sarah Vining {a,d,e} was born 1675 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died in 1713. She married 19 Nov 1700 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, Nicholas Whitman, son of Thomas Whitman (1629 Eng - 1712 MA) and Abigail Byram (1630 MA - 1727 MA). Nicholas was born about 1675 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 6 Aug 1746 in Plymouth Co, Massachusetts. After Sarah died, Nicholas married 14 Sep 1715, Mary Cary. He married a third time, 17 Nov 1719, Mary Conant.
Nicholas is a first cousin once removed to Joseph Whitman, who married into the Ketcham line [SPENCER 11936.5], and is therefore a second cousin to some of Rita’s cousins.
Sarah and Nicholas had six children (first cousins to us):

3840.6.1. Thomas Whitman {a,d} was born 24 Oct 1702 in Weymouth (Norfolk) Massachusetts, and died 15 Dec 1788 in East Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts. He married 22 Nov 1727 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, Jemima Alden [15726.3.2.8], daughter of Isaac Alden and Mehitabel Allen. Thomas and Jemima are both related to us, but not to each other. Children are numbered after Thomas, closer to the main line.
Thomas and Jemima had eight children (both second and third cousin to us):

3840.6.1.1. Simeon Whitman {a,d} was born 9 Sep 1728 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 31 Oct 1811 in Bridgewater. He married his second cousin, 1750 in East Bridgewater, Martha Snow [15726.3.5.5.1], daughter of Isaac Snow and Hannah Shaw. Martha was born 15 Nov 1728 in Bridgewater. They had seven children, both 3rd and 4th cousins to us (Isaac, 25 Sep 1750 to 1828; Simeon, 26 Jan 1753; Thomas, 6 Jun 1755; Joseph, 31 Dec 1757 to 1807; Martha, 3 Nov 1760; Silvia, 1765 to 1808; and Huldah, 11 Apr 1769 to 19 Sep 1849).

3840.6.1.2. Peter Whitman {a,d} was born 4 May 1730 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1801. He married first, 18 Jun 1752, Susannah Keith. Susannah was born 1 May 1731 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died sometime before 1775. Peter married second, 31 Aug 1775, Sarah Wright. Sarah was born 1747 in Marshfield (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1831. Peter and Susannah had six children (Susannah, 2 Apr 1753; Molley, 29 Nov 1754; Molly, 17 May 1756; Jemima, 23 Oct 1758; Molly, 1759; and Susanna, 11 Mar 1761). Peter and Sarah had five more children (Dolly 1776; Nancy 1778; Sally 1779; Asa, 27 Jun 1782; and Christiana 1785).

3840.6.1.3. Benjamin Whitman {a,d} was born 2 Feb 1732 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1802. He married 3 Feb 1757 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, Mary Latham. Mary was born 24 Oct 1735 in East Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1831. They had five children (Olice 1765; Molly 1766-1830; Priscilla 1768-1815; Jane 1775; and Benjamin 1776).

3840.6.1.4. Jemima Whitman {a,d} was born 27 Jun 1734 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 1771 in Bridgewater. She married 2 Oct 1754 in East Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, David Keith. David was born 27 Dec 1728 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 3 Jul 1812 in East Bridgewater. They had five children (David, 16 May 1755 to 1778; Abigail, 24 May 1758 to 1778; Levi, 18 Dec 1760; Molly, 1763; and Zenas, 24 Aug 1766 to 11 Jan 1840).

3840.6.1.5. Nathan Whitman {a,d} was born 1 Feb 1736 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 13 May 1784 in Bridgewater. He married 19 Mar 1761 in Bridgewater, Betty Allen. Betty was born 23 Oct 1739 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died 29 Mar 1784 in Bridgewater. They had seven children, all born in Bridgewater (Seth Allen, 2 May 1762 to 1839; Rebecca, 7 Mar 1764; Nathan, 19 May 1766 to 20 Mar 1829; Celia, 1768 to 1789; Eliab, 1770 to 25 May 1774; Asa, 1771 to 19 Jan 1775; and Betty, 1777 to 1 Feb 1781).

3840.6.1.6. Amos Whitman {a,d} was born 17 Feb 1737/38 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1791. He married 22 Nov 1764 in Bridgewater his first cousin once removed, Anna Washburn [15726.3.2.5.1.4], daughter of Eleazer Washburn and Anna Alden. Anna was born 17 Oct 1743 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1797. They had eleven children, both 3rd and 5th cousin to us, all born in Bridgewater (Philibert, 9 Jan 1766 to 1835; Zenas, 12 May 1767; Amos 1768; Barza 1770; Anna 1772; Oliver 1774; Jennett, 1777 to 1780; Nabby 1779; Jennett 1782; Susanna, 11 Apr 1784; and Betsey 1786).

3840.6.1.7. William Whitman {a,d} was born 21 May 1740 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died in 1797. He married 26 May 1761 in Bridgewater, Mary Studley. Mary was born in 1740, and died in 1778. They had six children (Polly 1762; William 1763; Lucy 1767; Oakes, 26 Jan 1769; Chloe, 1773 to 1789; and Luther, 1777 to 1782). After Mary died, William married 7 Jan 1779 in Pembroke (Plymouth) Massachusetts, Content Norris.

3840.6.1.8. Isaac Whitman {a,d} was born 1742 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, and died as a child, sometime before 1760.

3840.6.2. John Whitman {a,d} was born in 1704 in Massachusetts, and died in 1792. He married four times. John married first, in 1726, Elizabeth Rickard. Elizabeth was born about 1705, and died in 1727. They had no children -- she probably died in childbirth.
John married second, in 1729, Elizabeth Carey. She was born sometime around 1705, and died in 1742. They had four children.
John married third,  in 1743, Hannah Shaw, daughter of Joseph Shaw and the widow of ___ Snow. Hannah was born in 1704, and died in 1762. They had two children.
John married fourth, in 1765, Hannah Hearsy, the widow of Joseph Mitchell. Hannah was born in 1703, and died in 1788. They had no children.

John and second wife Elizabeth Carey had four children (second cousins to us):

3840.6.2.1. Samuel Whitman {a,d} was born 7 Oct 1730, and died 5 Feb 1824. He married in 1757, Elizabeth Benney. Elizabeth was born sometime around 1730, and died in 1776.
Samuel and Elizabeth had seven children (third cousins to us), including:

3840.6.2.1.7. Beza Whitman {a,d} was born 13 May 1773, and died 7 Apr 1810 in Rushville (Ontario) New York. He married 9 Mar 1797, Alice Green. Among their children is

3840.6.2.1.7.2. Dr. Marcus Whitman {a,d} (fourth cousin) was born 4 Sep 1802, and died 29 Nov 1847 in Oregon Territory. He married 1836 in Maine, Narcissa Prentiss. Narcissa was born sometime around 1810 in Maine, and died 29 Nov 1847 in Oregon Territory. Marcus and Narcissa are mentioned in almost any U.S. history book. Marcus is the person who “founded” the Oregon Trail, and he led the first wagon train into Oregon. Narcissa was the first white woman to cross the Rockies, and their daughter Alice was the first American born in Oregon Territory.
Marcus was a physician and Presbyterian missionary. He first went west in 1835 with a fur-trapping caravan. He met Kit Carson, and he removed an arrow-head from Jim Bridger. He met Narcissa when he returned east to raise more money. Marcus and Narcissa were married in 1836, and went on a trip to Oregon the same year. Wagons had been used before to get as far as Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming. Marcus was the first to continue past Laramie, taking his wagons as far as Fort Boise, Idaho. From there they continued on foot, and stayed the winter at Fort Vancouver. In the spring they continued to a place near present-day Walla Walla, and built a mission among the Cayuse. Alice was born there in 1837, but she drowned in the river at age 3.

The Whitmans returned East in 1842, but in 1843 started another missionary trip to Oregon. They found a large wagon train gathering on the banks of the Kansas River. This was the first train of the “Great Migration”, consisting of about a thousand people in 100 wagons. Marcus brought the train through, acting as guide and advisor.

There was an epidemic of measles in 1847. Most of the settlers recovered, but the Cayuse wouldn’t follow Dr Whitman’s instructions, and many of them died. The Cayuse thought the epidemic was planned by the settlers, and on 29 Nov 1847 they killed Marcus, Narcissa and 12 others.

painted portraits of Narcissa Prentiss and Marcus Whitman photo of the area in Oregon where Marcus and Narcissa were killed and buried

Narcissa and Marcus Whitman

 Photo from Nat. Park Service website

Mound of dirt is the grave of the 14 people killed on 29 Nov 1847

 Photo from National Park Service Website

 

3840.6.2.2. Elizabeth Whitman {a,d}was born in 1732, and died in 1765.

3840.6.2.3. John Whitman {a,d} was born in 1735, and died in 1824.

3840.6.2.4. James Whitman {a,d} was born in 1737, and died in 1747, age 10.

John and third wife Hannah Shaw had two children (second cousins to us):

3840.6.2.5. Daniel Whitman {a,d} was born in 1744, and died in 1777.

3840.6.2.6. Ezra Whitman {a,d} was born in 1747, and died in 1814. He married, but his wife is unknown.
Ezra and his wife had at least one child (third cousin to us):

3840.6.2.6.1. Rhoda Whitman {a,d} was born sometime around 1780. She married her third cousin, Thomas Vining [960.7.1], son of John Totman and Sarah Vining.

3840.6.3. Josiah Whitman {a,d} was born in 1706 in Massachusetts, and died sometime before 1723.

3840.6.4. David Whitman {a,d} was born in 1709 in Massachusetts, and died in 1789. He married 13 Jul 1738 in Bridgewater (Plymouth) Massachusetts, Susannah Hayward.
David and Susannah had two children (second cousins to us):

3840.6.4.1. John Whitman {a,d} was born in 1739, and died as a child, sometime before 1757.

3840.6.4.2. Isaiah Whitman {a,d} was born in 1741, and died 25 Jul 1759 in New Haven (New Haven) Connecticut. Isaiah drowned while a student at Yale.

3840.6.5. Jonathan Whitman {a,d} was born in 1710 in Massachusetts, and died 31 Oct 1778. He married in 1747, Elizabeth Harvey. Jonathan is listed in DAR registers for Revolutionary War service. This was probably Civil Service, as he was over 65, although there is one reference to him as a minuteman -- there might be some confusion between Jonathan and his son of the same name.
Jonathan and Elizabeth had two children (second cousins to us):

3840.6.5.1. Jonathan Whitman Jr. {a,d} was born in 1751, and died in 1777. Jonathan served in the Revolutionary War (died).

3840.6.5.2. Elizabeth Whitman {a,d} was born in 1752. She married Rev. George Briggs, a Baptist preacher.

3840.6.6. Seth Whitman {a,d} was born in 1713 in Massachusetts, and died 16 Jul 1778. He married Ruth Reed, daughter of Stephen Reed.
Seth and Ruth had six children (second cousins to us):

3840.6.6.1. Stephen Whitman {a,d} was born in 1745, and died 28 Jun 1778.

3840.6.6.2. Sarah Whitman {a,d} was born in 1751. She married Pelatiah Gilbert.

3840.6.6.3. Seth Whitman {a,d} was born in 1754, and died 17 Oct 1783.

3840.6.6.4. Enos Whitman {a,d} was born in 1756, and died in 1778. He served in the Revolutionary War, as a private in Washington’s Army. He died during the winter at Valley Forge (Chester) Pennsylvania.

3840.6.6.5. Ruth Whitman {a,d} was born in 1759, and died as a child, sometime before 1770.

3840.6.6.6. Hannah Whitman {a,d} was born in 1762, and died as a child, sometime before 1775.

 


Sources:

a. “The Vining Family”,  Dorothea Vining Barnes; publ. Beacon Herald, 1980 Ontario
b. “Genealogical Dictionary of New England”, Vol IV; James Savage, publ Allen & Farnham, 1862 Cambridge MA
c. “Colonial Families of the U.S.”, MacKenzie
d. “Descendants of John Whitman”, Farnum 1889
e. John’s Will
f. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 66, Apr 1912: Notes, page 187

Web Sources:

wa: vfthomas.com/Viningfamilies.htm
wb: members.surfbest.net/krob/Vining.htm

Compiled by Bill Stupak. Last update: May 2011