Rev. John White & Lucy Wise, Gloucester, MA 1700s

Rev. John White is one of my more prominent ancestors, as he was a well respected minister who graduated from Harvard University in 1698 with both an A.B. and an A.M.

John White was born c1678, probably in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph White and Hannah Scarborough.

He married Lucy Wise, the daughter of another prominent minister, Rev. John Wise and his wife, Abigail Gardner, on 9 June 1703 in Chebacco (Ipswich), Essex County, Massachusetts.

Lucy was born c1680, possibly in Roxbury or Ipswich, Massachusetts. She died on 5 March 1726/27 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.

John White married twice more: (2) Abigail (Mather) Blague, 26 August 1727, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and (3) Alice Norwood, 1 June 1749, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. However, all of his children were born to Lucy.

Children (All BMD in Gloucester, unless noted):

1. John, born 15 June 1704; died 17 October 1738, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine; married Jerusha (MNU).
2. Lucy, born 27 March 1706; died before her father’s 1758 will, probably York County, Maine; married Joseph Moody, 11 November 1724.
3. Joseph, born 21 February 1707/08; died 4 November 1708.
4. William, born 4 November 1709; died before his father’s 1748 will, probably Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Maine; married Christian Simonton, c1736.
5. Thomas, born 27 January 1710/11; he may be the Thomas White who died in Boston on 14 September 1744, noted as aged 34 years. Otherwise, no further record.
6. Joseph, born 2 February 1715/16; died 17 February 1717/18.
7. Benjamin, born 8 January 1717/18; died before his father’s 1758 will; no further record.
8. Abigail, born 17 April 1720; died after 1758; married Isaac Allen, 8 November 1751. Isaac died 19 December 1757, Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
9. Hannah, born 10 October 1721; died 26 October 1814; married Nathaniel Haskell, 11 November 1740.
10. Mary, born 20 March 1722/23; died 29 August 1765; married David Allen, 3 September 1745. David served as an executor to Rev. John White’s will, as Isaac Allen had died in December 1757. “Deacon Allen” was named in the will.
11. Samuel, born 20 May 1725; died before his father’s will in 1758. No further record.

Will of Rev. John White
Essex County, MA Probate File #29590
Source: American Ancestors

In the name of God our Saviour amen.
I John White of ye Town of Glocester in the County of Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Clerk, being weak of body but of a Sound mind & memory do in this fourth day of August in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Eight. Do make this my last will and Testiment. And in the first place, I just seriously & solemnly surrender my precious & immortal Soul into His hands of the only & alsufficient depending entirly on his mediation & merits for pardon & life: from the hand of a God of Infinite Mercy. And next here unto I dispose my weak & mortal Body to a decent funeral by my survivals. And with respect to my worldly estate which God has graciously Carved out unto me, I dispose of as follows

Imprimis My will is that my beloved Wife Alice shall receive of my Real & Personal estate as is prescribed in the Law of this Province, which Law is doubtless grounded on Reason & Justice.

Item. My will is that the four Daughters of my Son John have each of them ten shillings. He having in his Life time received a double portion.

Item. My will is that the Heir of my Son Samuel if he leaves any to receive ten Shillings. I having paid him his portion in his Lifetime.

Item. My will is that after my debts, Legacies & funeral charges are answered or paid, the whole of what remains both real & personal
as soon as may be after my decease and what remains of my wifes at her decease, be equally divided by the Heirs of my Son William and to my daughter Moodsys Heirs & to Abigail Allin, Hannah Haskol & Mary Allin.

Item. My will is & I hereby constitute my sons in Law Deacon Haskell & Deacon Allin in conjunction with Doctor Samuel Plumer two of them to be Exequitors that is to be agreed in the discharge
of this office.

Finally My will is that this my last will makes void all former or other my wills & testaments in the day & date hereof as is above said as witness my hand & Seal.

John White (seal)

Signed Sealed & Declared before Us Witnesses.
Thomas Allin
Susanah Haskell
Jemima Allin

My line of descent:

Rev. John White & Lucy Wise
Hannah White & Nathaniel Haskell
John Haskell & Hannah Parsons
Judith Haskell & William Tarbox
George Rogers Tarbox & Mary Elizabeth Scripture
Nellie F. Tarbox & Calvin Segee Adams
Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
Doris Priscilla Adams & George Michael Sabo
Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – me!

 

 

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