Name: John Wetherbee 1 2 3
Name: Wetherby, Witherby
Birth: 1650 in Yorkshire, England
LONG: W1.1022 4 1
Emigrant ABT 1672 England
Death: ABT 1711 in Stowe, Middlesex, MA 5 1
Name: John Witherby
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 Luthe r Stone and his wife Carrie Morton Gregg" ed. by Alicia Crane Willia m (Baltimore, 1987)
Howe Genealogies: This Volume Contains the Genealogy of John Howe of S udbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts? by David Wait Howe (ed. Gilma n Bigelow Howe) (NEHGS, Boston/Haverhill, 1929)
"John Weatherbee of Marlborough and Stow Massachusetts" by Ethel Wethe rbee Mazza (Somersworth, NH, 1991)
Weatherbee Round-up (Decatur, IL, Weatherbee Family Association) (seri al)
John Weatherby's English origins are yet to be discovered.
He settled first in that part of Marlborough, Massachusetts now know n as Southboro, and later was a proprietor and one of the first ten se ttlers of Stow, Massachusetts. Weatherbee Round-Up Vol. V Number 10.
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) Pa rents: John HOWE and Mary UNKNOWN.
John Wetherbee, born in England and an early settler at Sudbury and Ma rlborough, Massachusetts. The earliest form of the name in New Englan d was Witherby, but has since passed through several changes, as Wethe rby, Witherbee, Wetherbee, Weatherby, etc. The New York family general ly use the form, Witherbee. John Wetherbee married (first) in Marlboro ugh, Massachusetts, September 18, 1672, Mary Howe, born June 18, 1654 , died in Stow, Massachusetts, June 5, 1684, daughter of John and Mar y Howe. He married (second) Lydia More, who survived him.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) and Mary (Howe) Wetherbee, was born i n Marlborough, Massachusetts, March 26, 1675. He resided in Stow, Mass achusetts, where he died about 1720. By wife Catherine he had seven so ns and one daughter.
Weatherby, Weatherbee, Wetherbee, Wetherby lines of NJ/ NY/PA/DE/MA
# 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
The Wetherbees of New England are of English origin. The name is deriv ed from the Danish word, Weder, meaning a band or clan. Bye means a ho me, thus the name Wetherby (an old English spelling) means the home o f the clan. The name is prevalent in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire an d Yorkshire all areas ruled by the Danes during Medieval times.
The name upon the earliest American records was spelled Witherby, bu t the present orthography has generally prevailed for many years.The n ame is also spelled Wetherby, Weathersbie, and Witherbee.
John Wetherbee or Witherby, the emigrant ancestor of this family, resi ded in Marlborough and in Stow, Mass. He was born about 1642 in Yorksh ire, England. He married in the former place, Sept. 18,1672, Mary How e daughter of John and Mary Howe . She was born on June 18,1654, and i s mentioned in the will of her father as my daughter Mary Witherbee. J ohn and Mary had three children, Joseph (Sept. 18, 1672), John (Marc h 26, 1675) and Thomas (January 5, 1678).
During the King Philip's War John Wetherbee was assigned to the garris on house owned by William Kerley in Marlborough . Also assigned to thi s garrison house were his in-laws, John How(e) Sr., and Thomas How. O n March 26, 1676, the Nipmuck Indian tribe raided Marlborough . The to wnspeople were at church when the sentry sounded the alarm. The congre gation had to flee the church and make their way to the various garris on houses where they would fight off the Indians. A number of building s were burned but most of the populace escaped harm behind fortified w alls. The next night, the settlers, under the command of Lt. Jacobs at tacked the Indians and killed 50 of them.
After the war, John along with 11 of his neighbors, including Josiah H ow and Thomas Martin, petitioned the General Court to grant him some o f the confisgated Indian land. He cited his losses and service to th e community as a reason for this request. This petition was not grante d.
In 1681 John and his family moved to Stow, Mass. where they were grant ed 70 acres over the next two years. In 1684 he sold his remaining Mar lborough land to Thomas Ward and on Sept. 19 married Lydia Moore, Mar y having died on June 5, 1684. He and Lydia had six children, David (1 685), Jonathan (August 31, 1686), Ephraim, Mary, Lydia DUDLEY, and Ann e STOW.
The date of his death does not appear upon the records of Stow, wher e he died; but from the probate records it appears to be about 1711. T he will was dated October 13, 1707 and probated April 2, 1711. His est ate was valued at 318 pounds 3 shillings and 8 pence .
John Wetherbee Jr. was born in Marlborough on March 26, 1675. He marri ed Catherine Whitcomb on June 2, 1698 in Stow. Together they had eigh t children, Daniel ((1699), John (June 26, 1701), Hezekiah (1704 or 17 05), 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 l ater. The value of John's estate was 150 pounds.
Sources; History of the Town of Rindge by Ezra Stearns, Weatherbee Fam ily , 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
2. Title: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume XVII, Number 2
Abbrev: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume XVII, Number 2
Publication: March / April 1993
3. Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
Abbrev: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
4. Title: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume VII, Number 2
Abbrev: Weatherbee Round-Up, Volume VII, Number 2
Publication: February 15, 1983
5. Author: Ezra Stearns
Title: History of the Town of Rindge, Weatherbee Family, by W. Wetherb ee
Abbrev: History of the Town of Rindge, by Ezra Stearns, Weatherbee Fam ily, by
Publication: NEHGS / 1946
Massachusetts Archives Collection (1629-1799)
Volume Number 112
Summary PETITION SUBMITTED TO THE GENERAL COURT BY THOMAS KING AND OTH ERS REQUESTING A GRANT OF LAND AT KUNNAPOUG FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT O F A PLANTATION.
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
Geographic Locations BOSTON (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
WETHERBEE, JOHN (WITHERBEE) : Transcript
The immigrant, John Wetherbee, or Witherby, as the family name appear s in the earliest records, hailed from the county of Suffolk, in Engla nd, where he was born about 1650. He lived first in Sudbury, about te n 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 Marlboroug h at William Perley's garrison house on the night of October 1, 1675 , and immigrant ancestor of Elias Howe, a Worcester county farmer's so n who must be classed with Eli Whitney and Samuel F. B. Morse among th e great benefactors of mankind. Elias left his father's farm to work i n a machine shop for $9 a week, and this is said to have been his wag e at the time he applied for a patent on his mechanical contrivance fo r sewing, but more likely this was what he earned when the ingenious y oung man first conceived the possibility of such a machine. Like Whitn ey he sustained hardships and poverty before his invention brought it s reward; in millions to him, and uncounted billions to the world. A s showing how "hands that long ago were dust" sometimes push those o f posterity it is pertinent and may be interesting to here note a fe w of the other descendants of John Howe recognized by the American Cou ncil of Learned Societies as having made contributions to American lif e sufficiently noteworthy to give them places in the "Dictionary of Am erican Biography." Among these were:
Albion Parris Howe, commissioned Lieut. Col. in the Regular Army for d istinguished conduct at Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Get tysburg; one of the guard of honor over Lincoln's body in the White Ho use, and of the commission who tried the conspirators implicated in hi s assassination. Also Lucien Howe, nephew of Albion, founder of the Bu ffalo (N. Y.) Eye and Ear Infirmary and of a research laboratory at Ha rvard University to the endowment of which he contributed $250,000; al so promoter of what is known as the Howe Law in New York and nearly al l other states by which blindness from opthalmia in newborn babies ha s been reduced to a minmum. Also William Howe, uncle of Elias Howe, an d himself farmer and inventor until 1838, when he incorporated new an d original features in bridge-building for the Boston and Albany Railr oad. Patents were granted to him for the Howe Truss, extensively use d in both bridges and roofs. Also Timothy Otis Howe, United States Sen ator from Maine; Postmaster-General in the cabinet of President Cheste r A. Arthur; one of the earliest advocates of universal emancipation f or the slaves. Also William Wirt Howe, soldier, "carpet-bagger" and ju rist; Lieut. of the 7th Kansas Cavalry in the Union Army; U. S. Distri ct Attorney of Louisiana, judge of its Supreme Court, nationally accep ted authority on the Civil Code; president of Louisiana Historical Soc iety and president of the American Bar Association. Also Andrew Jackso n Howe, professor of anatomy and later of surgery at Worcester Eclecti c Medical Institute; distinguished surgeon and voluminous writer on th e subject. Also Samuel Howe, drummer-boy in the French and Indian War , and surgeon in the War for Independence, with rank of Colonel on th e staff of Gen. Horatio Gates, and founder of the early law school a t Litchfield, Conn.
Though none of Mary Howe's brothers has a place in the Dictionary of A merican Biography, some of them were more than locally prominent. Thom as, according to Stearns' "History of Rindge," bore a conspicuous par t in the colonial wars and became colonel of militia and representativ e of Stow in the General Court of Massachusetts.
The family history compiled by Daniel Waite Howe, of Indianapolis, an d published in 1929 in accordance with his will by the New England His toric Genealogical Society, states that nothing definite seems to be k nown of the ancestry of John How, the immigrant, except that he was a n Englishman. "From vague family tradition," he says, "it has been con jectured that the father of John How of New England was John How of Wa rwickshire, and was a son of John How of Hodinhull." Of this traditio n Barry's "History of Framingham, Mass.," says: "Investigation shows s everal Hows in Warwickshire at an early date; among those in or abou t 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 desce ndants of John How of Sudbury and Marlborough."
About his occupation, Temple's "History of Framingham" says he was "Jo hn How, glover." After he removed to Marlborough he kept a tavern fo r many years. It is certain that he was in Sudbury as early as 1639. H e was admitted as freeman of Massachusetts Bay on May 13, 1640. In 164 2 he was one of the selectmen of Sudbury, and in 1655 was appointed t o see that the Lord's Day was properly observed. He is said to have be en the first settler of Marlborough, as early as 1658, and to have bui lt a cabin there. He kept the first public house in town. All we kno w about his wife is that her given name was Mary; yet hers may have be en the potentiality in heredity which projected to their children an d their children's children the high character and efficiency so ofte n exhibited among descendants bearing the name Howe.
Hostile Indians took a heavy toll of life from the Howe and Whitcomb f amilies at this critical period of New England history. One of the fir st blows fell on them in April, 1683, when Catherine Whitcomb's fathe r Jonathan and his brother John were fired on while conveying hay acro ss the Penecook River in canoes. John's boat capsized and he was drown ed. Jonathan died in 1690, and his widow Hannah met a violent death tw o 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 Sar ah Howe, and three of his children, with the widow Whitcomb, welterin g in their blood. Sarah had resisted the entrance of the savages wit h a shovel from the fireplace, but while she was fighting off one of t hem another killed her instantly with his tomahawk. They then killed t hree of her children and carried off another along with their mother' s sister Elizabeth Howe. The latter was ransomed by the colony after t hree years of captivity, but the child had died or was murdered in th e meantime. These tragedies occurred at the time of the third attack o n Lancaster. "Early Records of Lancaster" yields an interesting sideli ght on this raid in the copy of a letter from Major Thomas Hinchman, d ated Chelmsford, April 12, 1692, asking the authorities for "an orde r on Captain James Parker for sum shott who hath a quantity of the cou ntry's stock on hand." Whether this request was granted may be open t o doubt, since the inhabitants of Lancaster had been warned of dange r 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 Joh n Wetherbee had seven sons and one daughter born to them before the mo ther died in 1671. Among the sons was a lad named after his father o r his maternal grandfather, John How, both of whom were on hand with t heir flintlock muskets loaded for "Injuns" in William Perley's garriso n-house at Marlboro that night in October, 1675, as the story of the a ttack is told in the New England Genealogical Register [8:240]. Twenty -three years after this encounter young John Wetherbee, who was not ye t one year old when it took place, married at Concord Catherine [Katha rine is the spelling in the family history] Whitcomb, three years youn ger than himself.
She was a granddaughter of the immigrant John Whitcomb, first glimps e of whose presence in the New England wilderness is as a resident o f Dorchester, Mass., as early as 1633. He never has been fully identif ied among the English emigr?s who abandoned English homes and kin an d friends rather than be regimented by law as to their religious opini ons and practices during the years of the Puritan exodus. But the care ful and cautious Charlotte Whitcomb says in her biographical genealog y of the family that it is believed he was the son of that John Whitco mb who in or about 1620 married in London Anne Harper. She was a daugh ter of John Harper, one of the members of the great East India Compan y which for centuries has remained the dominant power in India. The re currence of such given names as John, Jonathan, Thomas and others in t his family and also in its putative branch in America constitutes th e chief circumstantial evidence that they were one and the same. The o ccupation of the immigrant seems to have been that of a well-to-do far mer, and his son Jonathan, who was the father of Catherine Whitcomb, f ollowed in the footsteps of the parent.
"Military Annals of Lancaster" bears witness that both the Wetherbee s and the Whitcombs were defenders of the colonists from the time of K ing Philip's Indian War to the Revolution a century later. In Capt. Ep hraim Wilder's company, which marched for the Narragansett country i n 1748, were a Lieut. John Whitcomb; a Quartermaster Hezekiah Whitcom b with an Eleazer and an Israel in the ranks. Hezekiah Whitcomb wa s a scout under a Sergeant Houton of a Colonel Willard's command. A li eutenant of the same name died in camp if not in action or its after-e ffects; likewise a John Whitcomb and a Lieutenant Hezekiah Whitcomb su ccumbed in 1755 on the expedition aimed at the conquest of Canada, an d on this occasion Col. John Whitcomb succeeded Colonel Willard, who d ied at Lake George, October 26, 1755. Henry W. De Puy's "Ethan Allen a nd the Green Mountain Boys" tells of an expedition of 1780 aimed in th e other direction. Its principal object was to capture a Lieutenant Wh itcomb who had, so the Canadians asserted, mortally wounded a Britis h General Gordon during Montgomery's disastrous campaign several year s before. The 210 Canadians, nearly all of whom were Indians, failed t o get their man. Wetherbees, Wheelers, Whitneys, Jewetts, Pierces an d other allied names appear in the muster rolls of the period in abou t equal numbers.
Hezekiah Wetherbee, one of the sons of John Wetherbee and Catherine Wh itcomb, was born about 1706, according to his father's will, filed fo r probate in June, 1720, and wherein the son's age is mentioned as "ab out fourteen." John called himself "yeoman, of Stow," which is not i n accord with some of the local histories. As no family genealogy ha s been published discrepancies may be expected in the scattered bits o f information concerning its members, but the copy of a will is contem porary evidence hard to overthrow. If this one is the right John Wethe rbee--he spelled the surname "Witherby," which at that period was no t uncommon, and he names his wife as "Katherine," which is the accepte d spelling in the Whitcomb genealogy--then in all probability the stat ements in the will are accurate. They were copied at East Cambridge b y Clarence A. Torrey, of Dorchester, whose acquaintance with the earl y settlers of Massachusetts is perhaps more extensive than with its pr esent-day population.
As Stow is only a few miles north of Marlboro, and since Wetherbee wa s a farmer, doubtless living between the two settlements, it may wel l be that he could consistently claim one address while others calle d it another. Huldah Martyn lived at Marlboro, and they were married t here on April 23, 1728, when she was seventeen and he was twenty-two . Stearns' "History of Rindge," which is authority on New Hampshire fa milies, calls Hezekiah a Captain of Cavalry and says the couple live d a short time in Marlboro and in 1729 removed to Lunenburg, where h e died previous to 1759. This date was fixed because in that year "Abe l Platts, of Rowley, was published to Phoebe Wetherbee, daughter of Wi dow Wetherbee from over beyond Mulphus" [Creek]. Here it is interestin g to note, though it may be a little out of the usual order, that th e Phoebe Wetherbee mentioned was a daughter of Hezekiah Wetherbee an d Huldah Martyn, and a sister to their son Benjamin Wetherbee. As Phoe be Wetherbee became the maternal great-grandmother of the Parker siste rs, and Benjamin Wetherbee's daughter, Rachel Wetherbee, became the mo ther of their father, Francis Parker, it might be said that theoretica lly they inherited almost as much of the character of the Wetherbee li ne as of the Parkers.
Now let us look at the background of Hezekiah Wetherbee's wife, Hulda h Martin, who was the mother of both Benjamin and Phoebe Wetherbee, an d therefore is of just as much importance, genetically, as their own f ather Hezekiah.
The Martyn or Martin family was of Marlboro, where Huldah was born, Ap ril 27, 1711. Her grandfather, the immigrant Thomas Martyn, died ther e in 1701; her father of the same name was married and died there, an d it may be pretty safely assumed that he was born there, although n o record of his birth has been found. Pope's "Pioneers of Massachusett s" lists the grandfather as a "planter" living in Charlestown in 1638 , and as a member of the church in the following year, but who remove d before 1651 to Cambridge. This is all we know about the males of th e early Martyn family. Whence came the immigrant Thomas, and when, an d what his occupation was are among the things unknown three centurie s after he appeared in Charlestown. It is possible that he was the Tho mas Martin transported--otherwise banished--from his native Cardingham , in the county of Cornwall, in the south of England, to the island o f Barbados in the British West Indies in 1633, as we read in the New E ngland Genealogical Register [14:340]. Or he may have been the brothe r of the Michael Martin whose headstone in the ancient Copp's Hill Bur ial Ground in Boston bore the inscription "Died March 26, 1682, aged 6 0." Some day some research worker may somewhere come upon a clue and f ollow it through to a satisfactory history and pedigree of the immigra nt ancestor of 1638, and then again the riddle may never be solved. Su ch is the fascinating indoor sport of tracking down your forefathers-- or trying to do so. Unfortunately, the chief objective of too many o f the trackers of today is to find a coat of arms which they may hav e the "right" to use under the loose rules or lack of rules now follow ed in some of the countries that are engaged in a second war to make t he world safe for democracy--over the left. The right-minded motive, t o my way of thinking, is expressed by Samuel Whitcomb Jr. in his intro duction to the "Whitcomb Ancestry": I love and revere my own hardy an d honest ancestry. To subdue the wilderness, open its lands to cultiva tion, to cover them with crops of fruit and grain or with domestic ani mals, and to take part in maintaining freedom and justice for all peop le, with opportunities for all to acquire learning, is sufficient achi evement to satisfy him, or words to this effect.
Benjamin Wetherbee, oldest of the sons of Hezekiah and Huldah, marrie d 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 M unroe, were soldiers in the Revolution. Benjamin died four years befor e the bullets began to fly, but the older of his two sons, Hezekiah, b orn 1757, is listed by Stearns in the company of Captain Philip Thoma s "which suffered most severely of all in the regiment of Colonel Jame s Reed" at the battle of Bunker Hill. Benjamin Wetherbee Jr., the othe r son, born in 1762 and thus a
mere lad, is listed as having died of small-pox in the Revolutionary A rmy.
In the company with Hezekiah were his future brothers-in-law, Benjami n Parker and Samuel Parker; also David Hale, whose cousin Lucy Hale, t he daughter of Colonel Enoch Hale, Hezekiah married after the war. An d when Enoch's brother Colonel Nathan Hale died in a British prison ca mp 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 firs t fifty-four men of Rindge who marched for "rebel" headquarters at Cam bridge and so to Bunker Hill.
Of the three daughters of the elder Hezekiah, Rachel married Benjami n Parker and became the father of Francis, while Phoebe married Abel P latts Jr., born in 1738, who was on the pay-roll of Captain Nathan Hal e's first fifty-four who enlisted on April 23, 1775.
Phoebe Wetherbee, born in 1740, and Abel Platts Jr., born 1738, live d together sixty years before he died within a fortnight of his eighty -second birthday anniversary. She lived to the great age of one hundre d and one.
Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoir s of . WORCESTER COUNTY
By Ellery Bicknell Crane
WETHERBEE FAMILY. John Wetherbee (l), the immigrant ancestor of Georg e F. Wetherbee, late of Gardner, Massachusetts, was born in England ab out 1650, and settled in Marlboro and Stow, Massachusetts. He died i n Stow in 1711. He married first, at Marlboro, September 18, 1672, Mar y How, who was born June 18. 1658. died June 5, 1684, the daughter o f John and Mary How.
He married (second) Lydia Moore, who survived him. The children of Joh n and Mary Wetherbee: i. Joseph, born September 18, 1672; married Eliz abeth Johnson. 2. John, born March 26, 1675; died about 1720; lived i n Stow ; descendants numerous in Rindge, New Hampshire. 3. Thomas, bor n January 8, 1678; married Hannah Wood; ancestor of the Shrewsbury bra nch of the family. 4. Mary. Children of John and Lydia Wetherbee : 5 . Ephraim, settled in Lunen- burg; descendants in Fitchburg and lowe r New Hampshire. 6. Jonathan. 7. David, mentioned below. 8. Anne. Q. L ydia. (II) David Wetherbee. son of John Wetherbee (l), was born in Sto w, 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 Wetherb ee (2), was born in Stow, October 6, 1716. He settled in Stow. Among h is children were: I. Phineas, Jr., born about 1640; removed to Ashburn - ham about 1765; married, June 7, 1767, Hannah Whitney, of Stow, an d had: Betty, Catherine, Dolly and Hannah at Ashburnham. 2. Israel, bo rn July 18, 1756, mentioned below. (IV) Israel Wetherbee, son of Phine as 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 Nov ember 19, 1781, at Ashby; died December 28, 1848; married, May 4, 1809 , at Fitchburg, Hepsibah, who died July 25, 1829, leaving eight childr en, born in Fitchburg. 2. Joseph, born August 13, 1783 : died Octobe r 23, 1858, father of Deacon Joseph Wetherbee, of Ashburnham and Rindg e. 3. Silas, born March 14, 1790; died April, 1860. 4. Zacheus, born J une 18, 1793, mentioned below. (V) Zacheus H. Wetherbee, son of Israe l Wetherbee (4). was born in Ashby, June 18, 1795. He bought a five ac re lot in Lancaster on the road to Lunenburg, April 3, 1817, from Dani el Hayden. He was a housewright by trade. He married, June 3, 1817. Ra chel F. Rand, at Harvard. Massachusetts. He married (second) Sarah D . Raymore, born February 28, 1798, in Sterling. He died December 25. 1 875. She died May 12, 1875.
The children of Zacheus and Rachel F. Wetherbee : I. Julia Arm. 2. Rac hel S., died at Framingham, September 18, 1838. 3. Jonathan Zacheus, m entioned below.
Children of Zacheus H. and Sarah D. Wetherbee: 4. Sarah Ellen. (VI) Jo nathan Zacheus Wetherbee. son of Zacheus H. Wetherbee (5), was born i n Concord, Massachusetts, about 1823. He married, at Leominstcr, Massa chusetts, November 7, 1844, Sarah Johnson, of Leominster. He bought la nd of Caleb Dana in Princeton, in 1846; of Nahum Wilder in 1862, and o ther land there later. He was living in Princeton in 1846, on the roa d to Hubbardston. He died July 2, 1886 ; his wife died January 12, 190 4. 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 Wethe rbee, son of Jonathan Zacheus Wetherbee (6), born at Princeton, Massac husetts, April 27, 1847. died at Gardner, Massachusetts. June 24,' 190 3.
He received a common school education in the public schools of Princet on, and worked on his father's farm during his youth. His first busine ss venture was in his native town, in the grain and feed business. H e was at the same time station agent for the Boston & Maine Railroad t here. In 1886 he removed to Gardner, where he carried on an extensiv e business in feed, grain, flour, etc., until his death. He was an abl e and successful man of affairs, popular among his fellow-townsmen, an d respected by all who knew him. He was a stanch Republican, and activ e in party councils, but never cared for public office. He was a membe r 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
Mary Howe b: 18 NOV 1653 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
18 SEP 1672
in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA 2 1 6
Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers
Wetherbee, John, Marlborough 1675, rem. to Sudbury, by w. Mary had Tho mas, b. 5 Jan. 1678
- John Wetherbee b: 26 MAR 1675 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Thomas Wetherbee b: 5 JAN 1678 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Joseph Wetherbee b: 18 SEP 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Lydia Moore b: 6 APR 1660 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
16 SEP 1684
in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA 5 1
- Jonathan Wetherbee b: 31 AUG 1686 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Ephraim Wetherbee b: 1682 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Mary Wetherbee b: ABT 1691 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Lydia Wetherbee b: ABT 1693 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- Anne Wetherbee b: ABT 1695 in Stowe, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
- David Wetherbee b: BET 1692 AND 1696 in Stow, Massachusetts
- Author: Eugene James Weatherby
Publication: Name: http://home.earthlink.net/~ejweterb/;
Name: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=weterb&id=I 18674
Source Medium: Internet
Weatherbys of Southern NJ/West Jersey/Long Island
Text: Date of Import: Oct 20, 2000
- Title: Weatherbys of Southern NJ/West Jersey/Long Island - Eugene James Weath erby
Name: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=w eterb&id=I11864
Source Medium: Electronic
- Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, 1600s-1800s Volume VI, Lineage Recor ds
Publication: Name: 1968. Orig. Pub. Chicago, 1925;
Name: http://www.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/ifa_image.cgi?IN=004819&PN=312&SEC=Vo lume%20VI&CD=200
Source Medium: Electronic
- 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 S hepherd (Del Mar, Ca. 1981)
"Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John 1630" vol. 18.
Daughters of American Colonists Lineage Book
- Title: Compendium of American Genealogy, Vol. 7
Source Medium: Electronic
- Author: REV. FREDERICK W. BAILEY, B.D.
Title: Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800
Publication: Name: ANCIENT COURT RECORDS THIRD BOOK;
Source Medium: Internet