Deacon John WHITING

Male 1722 - 1786  (64 years)

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  • Name John WHITING  [1, 2
    • "A virtuous and worthy character." (Ezra Stiles's Diary, 3, p. 227)

      He graduated from Yale in 1740; served as tutor there for four years, became clerk of the Probate Court and afterwards Judge of that Court; represented New Haven in the General Assembly for nine sessions and later was a Judge of the County Court. For the last thirty years of his life he was Deacon in the First church. His epitaph truly states that "the last & much the Greater part of his life was Spent in the Service & to the acceptance of the Publick." (N.E. Col.Soc. Papers, 3, p. 607.)

      "John Whiting, Esq., Clerk of the Courts was also a resident of this neighborhood. He was asked, previous to the possession of the town by the enemy, whether he would not make his escape. His reply was that he had not borne arms, that he was loyal to the king, and pointing to an engraving of King George, which hung on the wall of the room, he added: 'This will protect me.' but when the soldiers came into the house, they did not respect his claim of loyalty. He was holding an office under the "Rebel Government" and moreover was a Deacon in the First church, and they treated him much as the English Cavaliers would treat a Roundhead. He was carried off as a prisoner and so summarily, it is said, that he had not time to put on his wig." (New Haven Colony Historical Society Papers, 2, p. 75.)

      His father being one of the Governor's Assistants and Judge of the Superior Court in 1740, he was placed at the head of his class at Yale in family rank. During the year 1741/2, he was Rector of the Hopkins Grammar School. [1]
    Prefix Deacon 
    Born 1 May 1721/2  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jun 1786  [1, 2
    Person ID I83190  Main Tree
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2018 

    Father Col. Joseph WHITING,   b. 1680,   d. 4 Apr 1748  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Hannah TROWBRIDGE,   b. 30 Mar 1690,   d. 9 Aug 1748  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 30 Jan 1709/10  [1
    Family ID F34007  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah INGERSOLL,   b. 22 Oct 1726,   d. 24 Jul 1769  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1751  [1, 2
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F33998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah TROWBRIDGE,   d. Apr 1795 
    Married 24 May 1770  [2
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F38219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3597] "Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England" My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking, Ernest Flagg.

    2. [S9777] Genealogical Notes or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Nathaniel Goodwin, (New England Historic Genealogical Society).