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Josiah Whitcomb

Male 1638 - 1718  (80 years)


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  • Name Josiah Whitcomb 
    Born 1638  Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 March 1718  Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From Charlotte Whitcombs’s The Whitcomb Family in America, Minneapolis, 1904, page 396:
      Josiah Whitcomb was born in Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, according to Dorchester town records, and is believed to have been the youngest son of John. He accompanied his father’s family from Scitiiate to Lancaster, Mass. in 1654, and his name appears variously in the early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted a bounty for killing a wolf, and again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damages for accidentally or otherwise injuring or killing swine. “Josiah Whitcomb Is allowed 20 shillings to be paid by the County for killing one growne wolfe In ye Towne of Lancaster.” — (Nourse's Early Records of Lancaster: p. 124.)
      During Queen Ann's war (1702-17) he was allowed a garrison for protection against the. Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now called Bolton, originally a part of Lancaster, but set off in 1738, and he lived in the southeastern part of this Bolton. He was comander of the garrison and with him were associated his sons, Josiah, David and Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton and John Wilder. Jr.
      In 1705 he was selectman: in 1708 he and twenty-nine others signed the church covenant and, as he was financially in good circumstances, he contributed liberally towards the support of the church; in 1710 he was elected to represent Lancaster in the General Court.
      In his will, drawn March 20, 1718, he gave to each of his children one-eighth part of his right to land in the plantation of Littleton. His widow, who survived him eight years, died in 1726 [1]
    Person ID I9877  Schirado
    Last Modified 7 May 2013 

    Father John Whitcomb,   b. about 1600, Taunton, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 September 1662, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Frances Coggan,   b. ca 1605/6, Taunton, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1671, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 26 November 1623  St Mary Magdalen, Taunton Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F4460  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Rebecca Waters,   b. 1 February 1639/40, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1726, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 4 November 1664  Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Josiah Whitcomb,   b. 12 November 1665, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 November 1665, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Josiah Whitcomb,   b. 7 January 1666/7, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 1718  (Age 51 years)
    +3. David Whitcomb,   b. 20 February 1668, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 April 1730  (Age 62 years)
    +4. Rebecca Whitcomb,   b. 12 November 1671, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Johannah Whitcomb,   b. 8 March 1674, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 September 1717  (Age 43 years)
    +6. Hezekiah Whitcomb,   b. 14 September 1681, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1732, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     7. Deborah Whitcomb,   b. 26 December 1683, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Damaris Whitcomb
     9. Mary Whitcomb
    +10. Abigail Whitcomb,   b. 13 March 1687/8, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 September 1771, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     11. Eunice Whitcomb
    Family ID F7052  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S690] Charlotte Whitcomb, (Minneapolis: 1904).

    2. [S59] Early Cogans English and American, George E. McCracken.


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