WHITON

Descendants of Thomas Wyton & Wills

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First Generation

1. Thomas WYTON, Residence: Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.

Transcript of the will of Thomas Wyton of Hook Norton, 1546. It is thought that he was the Great Grandfather of James Whiton (1624-1710). This will was sent to the Whiton Family Assoc. by Eric Weil. His mother, Barbara Weil, wrote to England for it.

"In the name of God so be it the iiith day of maii in the yere of our lorde 1546 I Thomas Witon of Hooknorton being sick in bodye neverthelesse perfect in the faith of our savior Jesu chryst and of good memorie make my last wyll and Testament after this maner wyse fyrtst I bequeth my sowle to allmyghtie god to his most blessed mother marie the virgin and to all the sayntes and my bodye to be buryed in the church yarde of the paryshe of Hooknorton further I bequeth to the mother church of Oxfordshire iiiid Allso I bequeth to the honor of the blessed sacrament in Hooknorton xiiid Allso I bequeth to the mayntenaunce of the roode light iiid finally I bequeth to the bells there iiiid The resydew of all my goodes I gyve and bequeth to Agnes my wyffe whome I ordeyne and make my solde executrix to dispose all my goodes at her discretion provided allways that my chyldren have their portions of my goodes accordyng as their mother shall se cause these persons being wytnesse Thomas Glase Maryon Wylkins with other."

He married Agnes. Residence Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.

They had the following children:

 2 i. John WYTON
ii. William WYTON;


Transcript of the will of William Wyton of Hook Norton, 1550. It is thought that he was the Great-Uncle of James Whiton (1624-1710). This will was sent to the Whiton Family Assoc. by Eric Weil. His mother, Barbara Weil, wrote to England for it.

"In dei nomine amen The yere of our lorde god 1550 and the vth daye of the month of july I Wyllyam Wyton of Hooknorton in the countie of Oxfordshire hole of mynde and in perfect remembraunce yet nevertheless sick in bodie and therfore I ordeyne and make this my laste wyll and testamente in maner and forme folowing First I bequeth my sowle to allmightie god and to our ladie saynte marie and to all the holy cumpanye of heaven and my bodie to be buryed in the churche yard of Hooknorton. ITEM. I bequeth for my mortuary as the kynges acts doth admitte. Also I bequeth to my brother John Wyton a baye horse at the ende of four years after my decease. ITEM. I gyve to my syster Agnes Wyton four poundes in money or parte in cattell at my mother's discretion. ITEM. I bequeth to my brother Roger Wyton's children two hoggrelles. ITEM. I bequeth to my syster Margery Carpenter's children two hoggrelles. ITEM. To Agnes Oliver a hoggerell. ITEM. To Alice Haylle a shepe. ITEM. to Johan Daye an ewe and a lambe. The resydue of my goodes unbequeathed after y buryall is donne and my dettes payed I gyve and bequeath unto Agnes Wyton my mother whom I ordeyne and make full executrix of this my laste wyll and Testament and allso I make my brother John Wyton supervisor of this my last wyll and Testament. These beynge present and wytnesses Sir George Garad curate Thomas Glase John Turbut wyth dyvers others.

(note: Sir at this time was a courtesy title for a clergyman as well as for a knight).

  iii. Richard WYTON
iv. Agnes WYTON. She married --- SCOTT.
v. Roger WYTON
vi. Margery WYTON. She married --- CARPENTER.

Second Generation

2. John WYTON. Residence Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.

Transcript of the will of John Wyton of Hook Norton, 1586. It is thought that he was the Grandfather of James Whiton (1624-1710). This will was sent to the Whiton Family Assoc. by Eric Weil. His mother, Barbara Weil, wrote to England for it.

"In die nomine amen In the yere of ower lorde god 1586 that I John Wyton of the pariche of Hokenorton beyng syke in body but in good Rememberance bawde by gyvyng unto god do the make thys my testamente and last wyll and testamente (sic) in forme and manner folowyng fyrste I bequethe my sowle unto allmyghtty god my maker and Redemer and my body forto be buryed in the chourche yarde of Hokenorton allso I bequethe unto the mother Chourche of oxford iid ITEM I bequethe unto my elldyste sonne Thomas Wyton xli (L10) of Corante mony for to be payde unto the sayde Thomas at the age of xxi yerys of age ITEM I bequeathe unto my sonnes Rychard Wyton and John Wyton ten powndes a pese and forto be payde unto them at the age of xxi yerys ITEM I bequethe unto Agnes Wyton my elldystte dawtter x li to be payde at the daye of maryg ITEM I bequethe to Margery Wyton my dawtter x li payde at the daye of maryge ITEM I bequethe to Elyzabeth Wyton x li a pese (sic) payde at the daye of maryage ITEM to Jone Wyton x li payde at the daye of marya(ge) ITEM to Mary Wyton x li payde at the daye of maryage orellse for to be payde unto them all wyth in sevyn monyth nexte followyng allso I gyve unto the poore peopull of Hokenorton fower dosyn of breade at my buryall I gyve unto my brother Rychard Wyton my beste koote nexte I gyve unto my syster Agnes Scotte a schepe ITEM I gyve to the Reperasyones of the Chourche and the bellys xvid ITEM I gyve unto every godchyllde iid to be payde wyth in thre monyth after my desese The Residew of my goodes unbequesyd I gyve yt wholy unto Isabell my wyffe whom I do ordayne and make my sole excecutor of thys my laste wyll and testamente and sche forto paye my dettys and yff anyof my chyldren do dye before the tyme apoyntyd for the payment of theyor legasy that then theyere partes forto Remayne unto the longer lyver of them and yff all my chylldren dye that then theyer stocke to Remayne unto Isobell my wyffe and sche to paye unto the power of Hokenorton x li wyth in too yerys after and I doo here ordayne and make overseeres for thys the accompleshyng of thys my last wyll Rychard Newman Robert ?Turbut Wylliam Hawkynes and Rychard Clarke."

He married Isabell. Residence Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. They had the following children:

 3 i. Thomas WYTON
ii. Richard WYTON
iii. John WYTON
iv. Agnes WYTON
v. Margery WYTON
vi. Elizabeth WYTON
vii. Joan WYTON
viii. Mary WYTON

Third Generation

3. Thomas WYTON. Born in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. Died ? 1647 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. Buried in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.

Transcript of the will of Thomas Wyton of Hook Norton, 9 Sep 1637. It is thought that he was the Father of James Whiton (1624-1710). This will was sent to the Whiton Family Assoc. by Eric Weil. His mother, Barbara Weil, wrote to England for it.

"In the name of the most holy Trinitie: I Thomas Wyton of Hook Norton in the county of Oxfordshire, husbandman, considering the frailty of man's life, being weake in body, but in perfect minde and memory thankes be to God, do constitute ordaine and make this my last will and testament in maner and forme following upon the nineteenth day of September in the yeare of our Lord God 1636. Imprimis I give unto John Wyton my sonne the bedstid over the hall, and one ewe and lambe to be delivered to him within one yeare after my decease. ITEM. I give to my sonne Thomas Wyton fourty shillinges to be payed within one yeare after my decease. ITEM. I give to my sonne Richard Wyton fourty shillinges to be payd within one yeare after my decease. ITEM. I give to my sonne William Wyton six poundes to be payd him at the time that he shall be of the age of one and twenty yeares. ITEM. I give to my sonne James Witon five poundes to be payed him when he shall come to one and twenty yeares of age. ITEM. I give my daughter Allice Wyton the greate pot, and to his daughter the warming pan and a sheepe. ITEM. I give unto Mary Wyton my daughter x li to be payd her at the day of her mariage or when she shall come to the age of one and twenty yeares. ITEM. I give to my daughter Hanna Wyton five poundes to be payd to her when she shall be of the age of one and twenty yeares, or at her day of mariage. ITEM. I give to my daughter Ward one sheep. ITEM. I give to my brother John Wyton one sute of apparrell. ITEM. I give my sonne Richard Wyton my cloake. ITEM. My will is that if any of my children dy before their lagacyes be due to be payd unto them or any of them then that legacy or legacyes of the party or parties so deceased this life before the day of payment, shall remaine among the rest of my children by my now wife. ITEM. I give to the poore of the parish of Hook Norton aforesayd five shillinges. ITEM. I give to my brother Thomas Mathew and Richard Tasker whom I ordaine and appoint overseers of this my last will and testament twelve pence a piece, and for all other my goodes, cattelles and chattelles I give them to my loving wife Dionis Wyton whom I make sole and whole executrix of this my ... (copy cut-off)"

Note: The following information from the Whiton Family in America (1932) is now thought to be incorrect after the discovery of the above will of Thomas WYTON in Hook Norton, England. James WHITON (1624-1710) did collect a legacy from Hook Norton.

The following paragraphs describe a Thomas WHITTON who arrived in Plymouth in 1635. It is not known at this time if he was related in some way to James WHITON (1624-1710).

Thomas WHITON settled in Old Plymouth in 1637 (which was settled first in 1620), where he was granted seven acres of land, and his name appears as a Proprietor in 1638. This would indicate that he was a man of character and influence, as land was only given to men of that type, and the proprietors had the power of confirming all grants or purchases from the Indians. On account of fear of Indian raids, these grants were small in size and contiguous. In 1644 he bought of Edward Edwards a house and two acres of land for nine pounds, two shillings and six pence. It does not appear that there were any children by his marriage to Wynyfride; and in 1643, they adopted Sarah Hopkins, aged six years, "until she should become twenty," agreeing "to be a father and mother to her, to instruct her in sewing, and to find meat, drink, apparel and lodging." If she married before she was twenty, Thomas was to be paid for the remaining time as shall be judged just by two "indifferent" persons. It is conjectured that Sarah was a sister or niece of Oceanus Hopkins, who was born at sea on the Mayflower. In 1649 they adopted Jeremiah Smith, aged four years.

According to Book of Early Settlers: Thomas Whitten came to America on the Ship Elizabeth and Ann. Also see the History of Martha's Vineyard 3/510

Thomas Wyton of Hook Norton, England married Dionis. They had the following children:

  i. John WYTON
ii. Thomas WYTON
iiii. Richard WYTON
iv. William WYTON
4 v. James WHITON
5 vi. Alice WYTON
vii. Mary WYTON
viii. Hannah WYTON
ix. Daughter WYTON; she married --- WARD.

Fourth Generation

4. James WHITON. Born 20 Mar 1624 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. Died 26 Apr 1710 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Buried in Hingham, Massachusetts. Occupation Town Constable.

From "The Whiton Family in America": After arriving in America, James WHITON lived with his father (note: this is probably not correct) in Plymouth, Massachusetts until twenty-one years of age, when he moved with others to effect a settlement at Lancaster, Massachusetts where he signed the covenant entered into by the original settlers. Two years later he moved to Hingham, Massachusetts. The early name of Hingham was Bare Cove, so called because it was bare or open to the tide. Later, it was called Over The River, and subsequently Liberty Plain and South Hingham. Here James settled and married Mary, daughter of John and Nazareth (Hobart) Beal in 1647, she being then 25 years of age. On October 6, 1647, he gave a Letter of Attorney to Richard Betscomb, of Hingham to collect a legacy of property in Hook Norton from the estate of Thomas Whiton. He took the oath of freeman in 1660. In 1676 his home was burned by the Indians, led by Chief Philip of the Pokanoket Tribe, to meet the attacks of whom the men residents of Hingham were impressed into service. He served as Town Constable, in Hingham, an office at that time of dignity and importance. He was a farmer and possessed of considerable real estate, for the records show him to have been one of the largest taxpayers in Hingham. He also owned land in Scituate, Abington, Hanover and other places. He was prominent in securing the erection of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, which is still standing, and to the building fund of which he donated fifty pounds, a large sum in those days. In his will, dated 29 Sep 1708, he provides liberally for his children and grandchildren; mentions three sons and one daughter then living, also seven grandchildren "who are the issue of my son Thomas Witon, deceased." In this instrument his name is written "James Witon;" although several of his children were baptised by the surname Whiting. In 1657 he received a grant of land from the town, and at subsequent dates other lots of meadow and upland. "Apr. 20, 1676, the houses of Joseph Jones, Anthony Sprague, Israel Hobart, Nathaniel Chubbuck and James Whiton were burned by the Indians." ®81

He died April 26, 1710 and his wife in 1696. Both are buried in Hingham. He married Mary BEAL, daughter of John BEAL & Nazareth HOBART (HUBBARD), 30 Dec 1647 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 1622 in Hingham, England. Died 12 Dec 1696 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Buried in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had the following children:

  i. James WHITON; Born 10 Apr 1649. Died 11 Nov 1650.
6 ii. James WHITON
7 iii. Matthew WHITON
iv. John WHITON; Born Dec 1655. Died 1755.
v. David WHITON (Twin); Born 22 Feb 1658. Died 1658.
vi. Jonathan WHITON (Twin); Born 22 Feb 1658. Died 1658.
vii. Enoch WHITON

Born 8 Mar 1659 in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was called Sergeant Enoch and lived in Hingham and was a trader. His estate was appraised at one thousand and twenty-one pounds. He married Mary LINCOLN, daughter of Stephen LINCOLN & Elizabeth HAWKES, 30 Dec 1647 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 27 Dec 1662. Died 2 Oct 1716.

  viii. Thomas WHITON;

Born 18 May 1662. Died 17 Sep 1708 in Abington, Massachusetts. He married Joanna MAY, 30 Dec 1647 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

  ix. Mary WHITON; 

Born 29 Apr 1664. She married Isaac WILDER, 30 Dec 1647 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

5. Alice WYTON. She married --- TAYLOR. They had the following children:

  i. Thomas TAYLOR

Fifth Generation

6. James WHITON. Born 13 Aug 1651 in Liberty Plain, South Hingham, MA. Died 20 Feb 1725 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Occupation Farmer & Cooperage Business Making Hingham Tubs. James resided near his father's home at Liberty Plain, South Hingham. He was a farmer and also had a cooperage business, making what was known as Hingham Tubs. He was said to have been an industrious man, quiet, unobtrusive and well respected, and served in King Philip's War. With his children began the first migration; some of them removing to Plympton, Hanover and other adjacent towns and others to Connecticut. He married Abigail RICKARD, daughter of Giles RICKARD II & Hannah DUNHAM, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Born 1655 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Died 4 May 1740 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. They had the following children:

 8 i. James WHITON
ii. Hannah WHITON

Born 4 Jul 1678 in South Hingham, Massachusetts. She married John KING, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  iii. John WHITON

Born 5 Apr 1681 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died in Plympton, Massachusetts. He married Bethia CROCKER, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  iv. Abigail WHITON

Born 5 Sep 1683 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Died 10 Dec 1695.

  v. Samuel WHITON

Born 12 Nov 1685 in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was known as "King Whiton" and was a large landowner and a farmer. He first married Rebecca GARNET, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He second married Margaret TOWER, daughter of Samuel TOWER & Silence DAMON, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He third married Elizabeth GARNETT, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  vi. Joseph WHITON

Born 23 Mar 1687 in Hingham, Massachusetts. He married Martha TOWER, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  vii. Judith WHITON

Born 6 May 1689 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She first married James WHITE, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She second married Jonathan FARROW, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  viii. Rebecca WHITON

Born 6 Dec 1691 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She married James WHITE, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  ix. Benjamin WHITON

Born 21 Dec 1693 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married Sarah TOWER, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  x. Solomon WHITON

Born 10 Jun 1695. Died 18 Dec 1745. He married Jael DUNBAR, 1676 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

7. Matthew WHITON. In the Hingham Records, Matthew spelled his name Whyton. He was a large landholder, and engaged in the business of coopering manufacturing "Hingham Buckets" then well known throughout the settled part of the state. He spelled Whiton "Whyton". He died intestate, 22 Jul 1725 in 72nd year. He was a "cooper" and a constable in 1701. He resided on South St., West Hingham and on Main Street, near Tower's Bridge. ®81 He married Deborah PITTS, daughter of Edmund PITTS & Ann HOWARD, 27 Dec 1677 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 6 Nov 1651 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died 19 Sep 1729 in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had the following children:

 9 i. Mary WHITON
ii. John (WHYTON)

Born 10 Jan 1680 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

  iii. David WHITON

Born 5 Jun 1681 in Hingham, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth RIPLEY, 27 Dec 1677 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 26 Mar 1694 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

 10 iv. Matthew WHITON
v. Elizabeth WHITON

Born 31 Mar 1685. She married Hezekiah TOWER, 27 Dec 1677 in Hingham, MA.

vi. Susanna WHITON

Born 14 Nov 1686. Died 9 Aug 1750.

vii. Lydia WHITON

Born 2 Apr 1693. She married Samuel TOWER, 27 Dec 1677 in Hingham, Massachusetts.

viii. Isaac WHITON

Born 25 Mar 1695 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died 1756. Occupation Weaver. He married Lydia GARNET, 27 Dec 1677 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 22 Jan 1695. Died 26 Jan 1756.

Sixth Generation

8. James WHITON. Born 17 Feb 1676 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died 13 Mar 1760 in Middletown, Connecticut. The estate of James Whiton of Plympton was divided, in 1760, among children Matthew, James of Middletown, Conn., Elisha of Middletown, Conn., and Jael, who m. (1) Isaac Thayer and (2) Abraham Jackson ®81 He married Mary WHITON, daughter of Matthew WHITON & Deborah PITTS, 26 Dec 1704 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 25 Sep 1678 in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had the following children:

  i. Bathsheba WHITON
ii. Elisha WHITON
iii. Job WHITON
iv. Mary (Marcy?) WHITON
11 v. James WHITON
vi. Matthew WHITON
vii. Susannah WHITON
viii. Jael WHITON
ix. Nathan WHITON
x. Cornelius WHITON


9. Mary WHITON. Born 25 Sep 1678 in Hingham, Massachusetts. She married James WHITON, son of James WHITON & Abigail RICKARD, 26 Dec 1704 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Born 17 Feb 1676 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died 13 Mar 1760 in Middletown, Connecticut. The estate of James Whiton of Plympton was divided, in 1760, among children Matthew, James of Middletown, Conn., Elisha of Middletown, Conn., and Jael, who m. (1) Isaac Thayer and (2) Abraham Jackson ®81 They had the following children:

  i. Bathsheba WHITON
ii. Elisha WHITON
iii. Job WHITON
iv. Mary (Marcy?) WHITON
11 v. James WHITON
vi. Matthew WHITON
vii. Susannah WHITON
viii. Jael WHITON
ix. Nathan WHITON
x. Cornelius WHITON


10. Matthew WHITON. Born 28 Nov 1682 in Hingham, Massachusetts. Died ? in Pembroke, Massachusetts? They had the following children:

  i. Matthew WHITON


Reference Note 10

The Whiton Family in America, The Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Whiton (1635), published by The Whiton Family Assoc., 1932, E.E. Darrow, New London, CT

Reference Note 81

History of the Town of Hingham, MA published 1893 by University Press

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