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  • ID: I1649
  • Name: John Wetherbee 1 2 3
  • Name: Wetherby, Witherby aka
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1650 in Yorkshire, England 4 1
  • Event: Emigrant ABT 1672 England
  • Event: 24994761 FindaGrave
  • Death: ABT 1711 in Stowe, Middlesex, MA 5 1
  • Name: John Witherby
  • Note:
    America's First Families
    WETHERBEE Elizabeth (Hall) m.1721-d.1732 Marlborough, MA F&P
    WETHERBEE Ephraim Capt. 1682-1745 Marlborough, MA DAC/SCW/F&P
    WETHERBEE John c 1642/43-1711 Marlborough, MA DCW/SCW/F&P/DAC
    WETHERBEE Lydia (Moore) 1660-aft.1724/25 Marlborough, MA F&P

    "Stone-Gregg Genealogy: The Ancestors and Descendants of Galen Luther Stone and his wife Carrie Morton Gregg" ed. by Alicia Crane William (Baltimore, 1987)
    Howe Genealogies: This Volume Contains the Genealogy of John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts? by David Wait Howe (ed. Gilman Bigelow Howe) (NEHGS, Boston/Haverhill, 1929)
    "John Weatherbee of Marlborough and Stow Massachusetts" by Ethel Wetherbee Mazza (Somersworth, NH, 1991)
    Weatherbee Round-up (Decatur, IL, Weatherbee Family Association) (serial)
    John Weatherby's English origins are yet to be discovered.

    He settled first in that part of Marlborough, Massachusetts now known as Southboro, and later was a proprietor and one of the first ten settlers of Stow, Massachusetts. Weatherbee Round-Up Vol. V Number 10.

    WorldConnect Rootsweb
    Weatherby, Weatherbee, Wetherbee, Wetherby lines of NJ/ NY/PA/DE/MA
    Updated: Nov 7, 2002 Contact: Eugene James Weatherby

    Mary HOWE was born on 18 Jun 1654 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. (1439) Parents: John HOWE and Mary UNKNOWN.

    John Wetherbee, born in England and an early settler at Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts. The earliest form of the name in New England was Witherby, but has since passed through several changes, as Wetherby, Witherbee, Wetherbee, Weatherby, etc. The New York family generally use the form, Witherbee. John Wetherbee married (first) in Marlborough, Massachusetts, September 18, 1672, Mary Howe, born June 18, 1654, died in Stow, Massachusetts, June 5, 1684, daughter of John and Mary Howe. He married (second) Lydia More, who survived him.

    (II) John (2), son of John (1) and Mary (Howe) Wetherbee, was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, March 26, 1675. He resided in Stow, Massachusetts, where he died about 1720. By wife Catherine he had seven sons and one daughter.

    Weatherby, Weatherbee, Wetherbee, Wetherby lines of NJ/ NY/PA/DE/MA eterb&id=I2566
    # Name: John Wetherby Sr.
    # _AKAN: John Wetherbee
    # Sex: M
    # Birth: 1650 in Yorkshire,England 1
    # Emigration: ABOUT 1672 America 2
    # Death: 1711 in Stowe,Middlesex,MA 3
    # Probate: 2 APR 1711 Will proved 4
    # Note:

    The Wetherbees of New England are of English origin. The name is derived from the Danish word, Weder, meaning a band or clan. Bye means a home, thus the name Wetherby (an old English spelling) means the home of the clan. The name is prevalent in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire all areas ruled by the Danes during Medieval times.

    The name upon the earliest American records was spelled Witherby, but the present orthography has generally prevailed for many years.The name is also spelled Wetherby, Weathersbie, and Witherbee.

    John Wetherbee or Witherby, the emigrant ancestor of this family, resided in Marlborough and in Stow, Mass. He was born about 1642 in Yorkshire, England. He married in the former place, Sept. 18,1672, Mary Howe daughter of John and Mary Howe . She was born on June 18,1654, and is mentioned in the will of her father as my daughter Mary Witherbee. John and Mary had three children, Joseph (Sept. 18, 1672), John (March 26, 1675) and Thomas (January 5, 1678).

    During the King Philip's War John Wetherbee was assigned to the garrison house owned by William Kerley in Marlborough . Also assigned to this garrison house were his in-laws, John How(e) Sr., and Thomas How. On March 26, 1676, the Nipmuck Indian tribe raided Marlborough . The townspeople were at church when the sentry sounded the alarm. The congregation had to flee the church and make their way to the various garrison houses where they would fight off the Indians. A number of buildings were burned but most of the populace escaped harm behind fortified walls. The next night, the settlers, under the command of Lt. Jacobs attacked the Indians and killed 50 of them.

    After the war, John along with 11 of his neighbors, including Josiah How and Thomas Martin, petitioned the General Court to grant him some of the confisgated Indian land. He cited his losses and service to the community as a reason for this request. This petition was not granted.

    In 1681 John and his family moved to Stow, Mass. where they were granted 70 acres over the next two years. In 1684 he sold his remaining Marlborough land to Thomas Ward and on Sept. 19 married Lydia Moore, Mary having died on June 5, 1684. He and Lydia had six children, David (1685), Jonathan (August 31, 1686), Ephraim, Mary, Lydia DUDLEY, and Anne STOW.

    The date of his death does not appear upon the records of Stow, where he died; but from the probate records it appears to be about 1711. The will was dated October 13, 1707 and probated April 2, 1711. His estate was valued at 318 pounds 3 shillings and 8 pence .

    John Wetherbee Jr. was born in Marlborough on March 26, 1675. He married Catherine Whitcomb on June 2, 1698 in Stow. Together they had eight children, Daniel ((1699), John (June 26, 1701), Hezekiah (1704 or 1705), Josiah (1706), Issac (Feb. 19, 1710), Micah (December 25, 1712), Thomas (June 10, 1715) and Catherine (1718).

    John died between Sept. 6 and 25, 1720 while his wife died two years later. The value of John's estate was 150 pounds.

    Sources; History of the Town of Rindge by Ezra Stearns, Weatherbee Family , by W. Wetherbee NEHGS 1946.

    Father: John W. Wetherbee b: in England
    Mother: Elizabeth Whale b: 31 JAN 1593 in England

    Marriage 1 Mary Howe b: 18 JUN 1654 in Sudbury, MA
    * Married: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough,Middlesex, MA 5

    1. Joseph Wetherbee b: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough,,MA
    2. John Wetherby Jr. b: 26 MAR 1675 in Marlborough,,MA
    3. Thomas Witherbye b: 5 JAN 1678 in Sudbury,,MA

    Marriage 2 Lydia Moore b: 6 APR 1660 in Lancaster,MA
    * Married: 16 SEP 1684 in Stow,MA 3

    1. David Wetherbee b: 1696 in Stow,MA
    2. Jonathan Wetherbee b: 31 AUG 1686 in Stow,MA
    3. Ephriam Wetherbee b: 1689 in Stow,MA
    4. Mary Wetherbee b: ABOUT 1691 in Stow,MA
    5. Lydia Wetherbee b: ABOUT 1693 in Stow,MA
    6. Anne Wetherbee b: ABOUT 1695 in Stow,MA


    1. Title: Daughters of American Colonists Lineage Book
    Abbrev: Daughters of American Colonists Lineage Book
    Page: 220
    2. Title: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume XVII, Number 2
    Abbrev: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume XVII, Number 2
    Publication: March / April 1993
    Page: 64
    3. Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
    Abbrev: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
    Page: 816
    4. Title: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume VII, Number 2
    Abbrev: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume VII, Number 2
    Publication: February 15, 1983
    Page: 34
    5. Author: Ezra Stearns
    Title: History of the Town of Rindge, Weatherbee Family, by W. Wetherbee
    Abbrev: History of the Town of Rindge, by Ezra Stearns, Weatherbee Family, by
    Publication: NEHGS / 1946

    Massachusetts Archives Collection (1629-1799) 112&Page=217
    Volume Number 112
    Page 217
    Number of Pages 1
    Series 2043 : RECORDS : GENERAL COURT
    Cite MASS RECS 4, PT 2: 500
    Copy Type Original
    Original Date (yyyy/mm/dd) 1671/05/31
    Other Dates
    Seals No
    Geographic Locations BOSTON (MA)
    Marlborough (MA)

    Personal Names : Signature Type BARNES, RICHARD (BARNS) : Transcript
    BEERS, ELEAZAR (BEERES) : Transcript
    BEERS, RICHARD (BEERES) : Autograph
    BENT, PETER : Transcript
    BRIDGHAM, SAMUEL : Transcript
    BRIGHAM, JOHN : Transcript
    BRIGHAM, THOMAS : Transcript
    FAY, JOHN : Transcript
    HOWE, JOHN (HOW, JR.) : Transcript
    HOWE, JOHN (HOW, SR.) : Transcript
    KING, THOMAS : Transcript
    PARK, THOMAS : Transcript
    RAWSON, EDWARD : Autograph
    RICE, EDWARD : Transcript
    RICE, JOSEPH : Transcript
    RICE, SAMUEL : Transcript
    RICE, THOMAS : Transcript
    TORREY, WILLIAM : Autograph


    The immigrant, John Wetherbee, or Witherby, as the family name appears in the earliest records, hailed from the county of Suffolk, in England, where he was born about 1650. He lived first in Sudbury, about ten miles southwest of Concord,
    but soon moved on to Marlborough, midway between Concord and Worcester. There he married in 1672, Mary Howe, or How, only nineteen years old. She was the daughter of John How, one of the defenders of Marlborough at William Perley's garrison house on the night of October 1, 1675, and immigrant ancestor of Elias Howe, a Worcester county farmer's son who must be classed with Eli Whitney and Samuel F. B. Morse among the great benefactors of mankind. Elias left his father's farm to work in a machine shop for $9 a week, and this is said to have been his wage at the time he applied for a patent on his mechanical contrivance for sewing, but more likely this was what he earned when the ingenious young man first conceived the possibility of such a machine. Like Whitney he sustained hardships and poverty before his invention brought its reward; in millions to him, and uncounted billions to the world. As showing how "hands that long ago were dust" sometimes push those of posterity it is pertinent and may be interesting to here note a few of the other descendants of John Howe recognized by the American Council of Learned Societies as having made contributions to American life sufficiently noteworthy to give them places in the "Dictionary of American Biography." Among these were:

    Albion Parris Howe, commissioned Lieut. Col. in the Regular Army for distinguished conduct at Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg; one of the guard of honor over Lincoln's body in the White House, and of the commission who tried the conspirators implicated in his assassination. Also Lucien Howe, nephew of Albion, founder of the Buffalo (N. Y.) Eye and Ear Infirmary and of a research laboratory at Harvard University to the endowment of which he contributed $250,000; also promoter of what is known as the Howe Law in New York and nearly all other states by which blindness from opthalmia in newborn babies has been reduced to a minmum. Also William Howe, uncle of Elias Howe, and himself farmer and inventor until 1838, when he incorporated new and original features in bridge-building for the Boston and Albany Railroad. Patents were granted to him for the Howe Truss, extensively used in both bridges and roofs. Also Timothy Otis Howe, United States Senator from Maine; Postmaster-General in the cabinet of President Chester A. Arthur; one of the earliest advocates of universal emancipation for the slaves. Also William Wirt Howe, soldier, "carpet-bagger" and jurist; Lieut. of the 7th Kansas Cavalry in the Union Army; U. S. District Attorney of Louisiana, judge of its Supreme Court, nationally accepted authority on the Civil Code; president of Louisiana Historical Society and president of the American Bar Association. Also Andrew Jackson Howe, professor of anatomy and later of surgery at Worcester Eclectic Medical Institute; distinguished surgeon and voluminous writer on the subject. Also Samuel Howe, drummer-boy in the French and Indian War, and surgeon in the War for Independence, with rank of Colonel on the staff of Gen. Horatio Gates, and founder of the early law school at Litchfield, Conn.

    Though none of Mary Howe's brothers has a place in the Dictionary of American Biography, some of them were more than locally prominent. Thomas, according to Stearns' "History of Rindge," bore a conspicuous part in the colonial wars and became colonel of militia and representative of Stow in the General Court of Massachusetts.

    The family history compiled by Daniel Waite Howe, of Indianapolis, and published in 1929 in accordance with his will by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, states that nothing definite seems to be known of the ancestry of John How, the immigrant, except that he was an Englishman. "From vague family tradition," he says, "it has been conjectured that the father of John How of New England was John How of Warwickshire, and was a son of John How of Hodinhull." Of this tradition Barry's "History of Framingham, Mass.," says: "Investigation shows several Hows in Warwickshire at an early date; among those in or about 1580 are John How, Thomas How and Lyman How, of St. Nicholas Parish. The names John, Thomas and Lyman are all very common among the descendants of John How of Sudbury and Marlborough."

    About his occupation, Temple's "History of Framingham" says he was "John How, glover." After he removed to Marlborough he kept a tavern for many years. It is certain that he was in Sudbury as early as 1639. He was admitted as freeman of Massachusetts Bay on May 13, 1640. In 1642 he was one of the selectmen of Sudbury, and in 1655 was appointed to see that the Lord's Day was properly observed. He is said to have been the first settler of Marlborough, as early as 1658, and to have built a cabin there. He kept the first public house in town. All we know about his wife is that her given name was Mary; yet hers may have been the potentiality in heredity which projected to their children and their children's children the high character and efficiency so often exhibited among descendants bearing the name Howe.

    Hostile Indians took a heavy toll of life from the Howe and Whitcomb families at this critical period of New England history. One of the first blows fell on them in April, 1683, when Catherine Whitcomb's father Jonathan and his brother John were fired on while conveying hay across the Penecook River in canoes. John's boat capsized and he was drowned. Jonathan died in 1690, and his widow Hannah met a violent death two years later when living in the family of Peter Joslin at Lancaster. Returning from work in a distant field one day he found his wife Sarah Howe, and three of his children, with the widow Whitcomb, weltering in their blood. Sarah had resisted the entrance of the savages with a shovel from the fireplace, but while she was fighting off one of them another killed her instantly with his tomahawk. They then killed three of her children and carried off another along with their mother's sister Elizabeth Howe. The latter was ransomed by the colony after three years of captivity, but the child had died or was murdered in the meantime. These tragedies occurred at the time of the third attack on Lancaster. "Early Records of Lancaster" yields an interesting sidelight on this raid in the copy of a letter from Major Thomas Hinchman, dated Chelmsford, April 12, 1692, asking the authorities for "an order on Captain James Parker for sum shott who hath a quantity of the country's stock on hand." Whether this request was granted may be open to doubt, since the inhabitants of Lancaster had been warned of danger and then forbidden by act of the legislature to remain there longer.

    To go back to the male line of the Wetherbee family, Mary How and John Wetherbee had seven sons and one daughter born to them before the mother died in 1671. Among the sons was a lad named after his father or his maternal grandfather, John How, both of whom were on hand with their flintlock muskets loaded for "Injuns" in William Perley's garrison-house at Marlboro that night in October, 1675, as the story of the attack is told in the New England Genealogical Register [8:240]. Twenty-three years after this encounter young John Wetherbee, who was not yet one year old when it took place, married at Concord Catherine [Katharine is the spelling in the family history] Whitcomb, three years younger than himself.

    She was a granddaughter of the immigrant John Whitcomb, first glimpse of whose presence in the New England wilderness is as a resident of Dorchester, Mass., as early as 1633. He never has been fully identified among the English emigr?s who abandoned English homes and kin and friends rather than be regimented by law as to their religious opinions and practices during the years of the Puritan exodus. But the careful and cautious Charlotte Whitcomb says in her biographical genealogy of the family that it is believed he was the son of that John Whitcomb who in or about 1620 married in London Anne Harper. She was a daughter of John Harper, one of the members of the great East India Company which for centuries has remained the dominant power in India. The recurrence of such given names as John, Jonathan, Thomas and others in this family and also in its putative branch in America constitutes the chief circumstantial evidence that they were one and the same. The occupation of the immigrant seems to have been that of a well-to-do farmer, and his son Jonathan, who was the father of Catherine Whitcomb, followed in the footsteps of the parent.

    "Military Annals of Lancaster" bears witness that both the Wetherbees and the Whitcombs were defenders of the colonists from the time of King Philip's Indian War to the Revolution a century later. In Capt. Ephraim Wilder's company, which marched for the Narragansett country in 1748, were a Lieut. John Whitcomb; a Quartermaster Hezekiah Whitcomb with an Eleazer and an Israel in the ranks. Hezekiah Whitcomb was a scout under a Sergeant Houton of a Colonel Willard's command. A lieutenant of the same name died in camp if not in action or its after-effects; likewise a John Whitcomb and a Lieutenant Hezekiah Whitcomb succumbed in 1755 on the expedition aimed at the conquest of Canada, and on this occasion Col. John Whitcomb succeeded Colonel Willard, who died at Lake George, October 26, 1755. Henry W. De Puy's "Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys" tells of an expedition of 1780 aimed in the other direction. Its principal object was to capture a Lieutenant Whitcomb who had, so the Canadians asserted, mortally wounded a British General Gordon during Montgomery's disastrous campaign several years before. The 210 Canadians, nearly all of whom were Indians, failed to get their man. Wetherbees, Wheelers, Whitneys, Jewetts, Pierces and other allied names appear in the muster rolls of the period in about equal numbers.

    Hezekiah Wetherbee, one of the sons of John Wetherbee and Catherine Whitcomb, was born about 1706, according to his father's will, filed for probate in June, 1720, and wherein the son's age is mentioned as "about fourteen." John called himself "yeoman, of Stow," which is not in accord with some of the local histories. As no family genealogy has been published discrepancies may be expected in the scattered bits of information concerning its members, but the copy of a will is contemporary evidence hard to overthrow. If this one is the right John Wetherbee--he spelled the surname "Witherby," which at that period was not uncommon, and he names his wife as "Katherine," which is the accepted spelling in the Whitcomb genealogy--then in all probability the statements in the will are accurate. They were copied at East Cambridge by Clarence A. Torrey, of Dorchester, whose acquaintance with the early settlers of Massachusetts is perhaps more extensive than with its present-day population.

    As Stow is only a few miles north of Marlboro, and since Wetherbee was a farmer, doubtless living between the two settlements, it may well be that he could consistently claim one address while others called it another. Huldah Martyn lived at Marlboro, and they were married there on April 23, 1728, when she was seventeen and he was twenty-two. Stearns' "History of Rindge," which is authority on New Hampshire families, calls Hezekiah a Captain of Cavalry and says the couple lived a short time in Marlboro and in 1729 removed to Lunenburg, where he died previous to 1759. This date was fixed because in that year "Abel Platts, of Rowley, was published to Phoebe Wetherbee, daughter of Widow Wetherbee from over beyond Mulphus" [Creek]. Here it is interesting to note, though it may be a little out of the usual order, that the Phoebe Wetherbee mentioned was a daughter of Hezekiah Wetherbee and Huldah Martyn, and a sister to their son Benjamin Wetherbee. As Phoebe Wetherbee became the maternal great-grandmother of the Parker sisters, and Benjamin Wetherbee's daughter, Rachel Wetherbee, became the mother of their father, Francis Parker, it might be said that theoretically they inherited almost as much of the character of the Wetherbee line as of the Parkers.

    Now let us look at the background of Hezekiah Wetherbee's wife, Huldah Martin, who was the mother of both Benjamin and Phoebe Wetherbee, and therefore is of just as much importance, genetically, as their own father Hezekiah.

    The Martyn or Martin family was of Marlboro, where Huldah was born, April 27, 1711. Her grandfather, the immigrant Thomas Martyn, died there in 1701; her father of the same name was married and died there, and it may be pretty safely assumed that he was born there, although no record of his birth has been found. Pope's "Pioneers of Massachusetts" lists the grandfather as a "planter" living in Charlestown in 1638, and as a member of the church in the following year, but who removed before 1651 to Cambridge. This is all we know about the males of the early Martyn family. Whence came the immigrant Thomas, and when, and what his occupation was are among the things unknown three centuries after he appeared in Charlestown. It is possible that he was the Thomas Martin transported--otherwise banished--from his native Cardingham, in the county of Cornwall, in the south of England, to the island of Barbados in the British West Indies in 1633, as we read in the New England Genealogical Register [14:340]. Or he may have been the brother of the Michael Martin whose headstone in the ancient Copp's Hill Burial Ground in Boston bore the inscription "Died March 26, 1682, aged 60." Some day some research worker may somewhere come upon a clue and follow it through to a satisfactory history and pedigree of the immigrant ancestor of 1638, and then again the riddle may never be solved. Such is the fascinating indoor sport of tracking down your forefathers--or trying to do so. Unfortunately, the chief objective of too many of the trackers of today is to find a coat of arms which they may have the "right" to use under the loose rules or lack of rules now followed in some of the countries that are engaged in a second war to make the world safe for democracy--over the left. The right-minded motive, to my way of thinking, is expressed by Samuel Whitcomb Jr. in his introduction to the "Whitcomb Ancestry": I love and revere my own hardy and honest ancestry. To subdue the wilderness, open its lands to cultivation, to cover them with crops of fruit and grain or with domestic animals, and to take part in maintaining freedom and justice for all people, with opportunities for all to acquire learning, is sufficient achievement to satisfy him, or words to this effect.

    Benjamin Wetherbee, oldest of the sons of Hezekiah and Huldah, married into a family of Scotch descent and of which it is said that twenty-five descendants in the direct male line from the immigrant, William Munroe, were soldiers in the Revolution. Benjamin died four years before the bullets began to fly, but the older of his two sons, Hezekiah, born 1757, is listed by Stearns in the company of Captain Philip Thomas "which suffered most severely of all in the regiment of Colonel James Reed" at the battle of Bunker Hill. Benjamin Wetherbee Jr., the other son, born in 1762 and thus a
    mere lad, is listed as having died of small-pox in the Revolutionary Army.

    In the company with Hezekiah were his future brothers-in-law, Benjamin Parker and Samuel Parker; also David Hale, whose cousin Lucy Hale, the daughter of Colonel Enoch Hale, Hezekiah married after the war. And when Enoch's brother Colonel Nathan Hale died in a British prison camp on Long Island, Samuel Parker married his widow, Abigail Grout.

    Abraham Wetherbee, the youngest son of the elder Hezekiah and Huldah, served in the company of Nathan Hale when he was captain of the first fifty-four men of Rindge who marched for "rebel" headquarters at Cambridge and so to Bunker Hill.

    Of the three daughters of the elder Hezekiah, Rachel married Benjamin Parker and became the father of Francis, while Phoebe married Abel Platts Jr., born in 1738, who was on the pay-roll of Captain Nathan Hale's first fifty-four who enlisted on April 23, 1775.

    Phoebe Wetherbee, born in 1740, and Abel Platts Jr., born 1738, lived together sixty years before he died within a fortnight of his eighty-second birthday anniversary. She lived to the great age of one hundred and one.

    Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of . WORCESTER COUNTY
    By Ellery Bicknell Crane Wetherbee%22#PRA1-PA149-IA1,M1

    WETHERBEE FAMILY. John Wetherbee (l), the immigrant ancestor of George F. Wetherbee, late of Gardner, Massachusetts, was born in England about 1650, and settled in Marlboro and Stow, Massachusetts. He died in Stow in 1711. He married first, at Marlboro, September 18, 1672, Mary How, who was born June 18. 1658. died June 5, 1684, the daughter of John and Mary How.

    He married (second) Lydia Moore, who survived him. The children of John and Mary Wetherbee: i. Joseph, born September 18, 1672; married Elizabeth Johnson. 2. John, born March 26, 1675; died about 1720; lived in Stow ; descendants numerous in Rindge, New Hampshire. 3. Thomas, born January 8, 1678; married Hannah Wood; ancestor of the Shrewsbury branch of the family. 4. Mary. Children of John and Lydia Wetherbee : 5. Ephraim, settled in Lunen- burg; descendants in Fitchburg and lower New Hampshire. 6. Jonathan. 7. David, mentioned below. 8. Anne. Q. Lydia. (II) David Wetherbee. son of John Wetherbee (l), was born in Stow, Massachusetts, about 1690.

    He resided in Stow. Among his children \v;is Phinehas, born October 6, 1716, mentioned below. (III) Phineas Wetherbee, son of David Wetherbee (2), was born in Stow, October 6, 1716. He settled in Stow. Among his children were: I. Phineas, Jr., born about 1640; removed to Ashburn- ham about 1765; married, June 7, 1767, Hannah Whitney, of Stow, and had: Betty, Catherine, Dolly and Hannah at Ashburnham. 2. Israel, born July 18, 1756, mentioned below. (IV) Israel Wetherbee, son of Phineas Wetherbee (3), was born in Stow, July 18, 1756. He settled at Ashby. not far from his birth-place. His children: I. Israel, Jr., born November 19, 1781, at Ashby; died December 28, 1848; married, May 4, 1809, at Fitchburg, Hepsibah, who died July 25, 1829, leaving eight children, born in Fitchburg. 2. Joseph, born August 13, 1783 : died October 23, 1858, father of Deacon Joseph Wetherbee, of Ashburnham and Rindge. 3. Silas, born March 14, 1790; died April, 1860. 4. Zacheus, born June 18, 1793, mentioned below. (V) Zacheus H. Wetherbee, son of Israel Wetherbee (4). was born in Ashby, June 18, 1795. He bought a five acre lot in Lancaster on the road to Lunenburg, April 3, 1817, from Daniel Hayden. He was a housewright by trade. He married, June 3, 1817. Rachel F. Rand, at Harvard. Massachusetts. He married (second) Sarah D. Raymore, born February 28, 1798, in Sterling. He died December 25. 1875. She died May 12, 1875.
    The children of Zacheus and Rachel F. Wetherbee : I. Julia Arm. 2. Rachel S., died at Framingham, September 18, 1838. 3. Jonathan Zacheus, mentioned below.
    Children of Zacheus H. and Sarah D. Wetherbee: 4. Sarah Ellen. (VI) Jonathan Zacheus Wetherbee. son of Zacheus H. Wetherbee (5), was born in Concord, Massachusetts, about 1823. He married, at Leominstcr, Massachusetts, November 7, 1844, Sarah Johnson, of Leominster. He bought land of Caleb Dana in Princeton, in 1846; of Nahum Wilder in 1862, and other land there later. He was living in Princeton in 1846, on the road to Hubbardston. He died July 2, 1886 ; his wife died January 12, 1904. The children of Jonathan Z. and Sarah Wetherbee: i. George Francis, mentioned below. 2. Albert B., born in Princeton. 3. Charles Kdwin, born July 20, 1849: resides in Worcester. (VII) George Francis Wetherbee, son of Jonathan Zacheus Wetherbee (6), born at Princeton, Massachusetts, April 27, 1847. died at Gardner, Massachusetts. June 24,' 1903.
    He received a common school education in the public schools of Princeton, and worked on his father's farm during his youth. His first business venture was in his native town, in the grain and feed business. He was at the same time station agent for the Boston & Maine Railroad there. In 1886 he removed to Gardner, where he carried on an extensive business in feed, grain, flour, etc., until his death. He was an able and successful man of affairs, popular among his fellow-townsmen, and respected by all who knew him. He was a stanch Republican, and active in party councils, but never cared for public office. He was a member of the order of United Workmen, and was a Methodist in religion.
    He married first, Sylvia A. Roper, of the Princeton branc

    Father: John W. Wetherbee b: in England
    Mother: Elizabeth Rice b: 18 NOV 1612 in Chickney, Essex, England

    Marriage 1 Mary Howe b: 18 NOV 1653 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    • Married: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA 2 1 6
    • Note:
      Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers
      Wetherbee, John, Marlborough 1675, rem. to Sudbury, by w. Mary had Thomas, b. 5 Jan. 1678 d=012077&o_it=21416&offerid=0%3a7797%3a0&gss=angs-d&ct=7582
    1. Has Children John Wetherbee b: 26 MAR 1675 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Has Children Thomas Wetherbee b: 05 JAN 1678 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    3. Has Children Joseph Wetherbee b: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

    Marriage 2 Lydia Moore b: 06 APR 1660 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
    • Married: 16 SEP 1684 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA 5 1
    1. Has No Children Jonathan Wetherbee b: 31 AUG 1686 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    2. Has No Children Ephraim Wetherbee b: 1682 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    3. Has No Children Mary Wetherbee b: ABT 1691 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    4. Has No Children Lydia Wetherbee b: ABT 1693 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    5. Has No Children Anne Wetherbee b: ABT 1695 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
    6. Has Children David Wetherbee b: BET 1692 AND 1696 in Stow, Massachusetts

    1. Author: Eugene James Weatherby
      Title: Weatherby.FTW
      Publication: Name:;
        Name: 18674

      Source Medium: Internet 18674
      Weatherbys of Southern NJ/West Jersey/Long Island

      Text: Date of Import: Oct 20, 2000
    2. Title: Weatherbys of Southern NJ/West Jersey/Long Island - Eugene James Weatherby
        Name: eterb&id=I11864

      Source Medium: Electronic
    3. Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, 1600s-1800s Volume VI, Lineage Records
      Publication: Name: 1968. Orig. Pub. Chicago, 1925;
        Name: lume%20VI&CD=200

      Source Medium: Electronic
    4. Title: The Howe Family
      Publication: Name: NEHG Vol. 4, Jan. 1850;
      Source Medium: Electronic

      "John Whitcomb and Frances Coggin 350 Years Later" , Vol. 1, by Mary Shepherd (Del Mar, Ca. 1981)
      "Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John 1630" vol. 18.
      Daughters of American Colonists Lineage Book

      Page: 220
    5. Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
      Source Medium: Electronic

      Page: 816
    6. Author: REV. FREDERICK W. BAILEY, B.D.
      Title: Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800

      Source Medium: Internet
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