Jonathan WHITCOMB

Male - 1690


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  • Name Jonathan WHITCOMB  [1
    • "Whitcomb Family Genealogy": Jonathan Whitcomb, may have been the fourth son of John, if James is counted among the children, though this is conjecture only, as not dates or order of births are known at this writing. (Jan. 1904). With his bother, Robert Whitcomb, his brother-in-law, Rodolphus Ellmes, John Hoar and others, he served on the jury of inquest upon the death of Richard Mann of Scituate, Mass., February 16, 1655, and must have been at leas 21 years of age if the common law of England fixing the legal age held in the Colonies then. He removed from Scituate to Lancaster, Mass., with his father in 1654, and seems to have exercised the rights of a freeman thereafter. He, with others, signed a petition to governor and council for aid after the Indian raid of 1675-6, and, excepting a temporary absence from the town because of its devastation by the savages, he spent the remainder of his life in Lancaster.

      From the death of his father in 1662 he shared the home lot with his brother John until the death of the latter in 1683, when it became wholly his. That he acquired real estate besides that in Lancaster is shown by the inventory.

      He was married November 25, 1667, to Hannah (?) and their home was situated in the middle of the town. He died in February, 1690, and the inventory of his estate was taken February 25, 1691, by his brother-in-law, John Morr, Samuel Sumner and Cyprian Stevens, and was returned under oath by his widow, April 7, 1691.

      About tow and one-half years after the death of Jonathan, or on July 18, 1692, Hannah, Jonathan's widow, was killed at the house of Peter Joslin in Lancaster byIndians. The tragedy has been considered by several writers in their annals and histories of the times. (See Nourse's Early records of Lancaster; Whitney's History of Worcester County; N.E. Hist. & Gen. reg. Vol. IV, etc.)
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    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1690  [1
    Person ID I70060  Main Tree
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2012 

    Father John WHITCOMB,   b. abt. 1588, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1662, Lancaster, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Frances UNKNOWN,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1671, Lancaster, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F28324  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah UNKNOWN,   d. 18 Jul 1692 
    Married 25 Nov 1667  [1
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan WHITCOMB,   b. 26 Feb 1669,   d. 10 Apr 1715  (Age 46 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F28319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5072] "The Whitcomb Family in America": A Biographical Genealogy, Charlotte Whitcomb, (Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 1904).