28 August 2010

Thomas Wetmore (1615-1681) Descendants

The Wetmore family was originally the same as Whittemore and Whitmore, as stated in the English ancestry of the Whittemore family.

(I) Thomas Wetmore, the immigrant ancestor, was born in 1615, in one of the western counties of England, according to family tradition. He came to America in 1635, sailing from Bristol, and settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where in 1639-40 he was a land owner. He removed to Hartford soon afterward, and in 1649 was one of the first settlers of Massabeseck, which was incorporated as the town of Middletown, Connecticut, November 23, 1653. He was admitted a freeman May 20, 1652, and must have then been a member of the orthodox church and worth at least two hundred pounds. He represented Middletown in the General Assembly in 1654-55. He died December 11, 1681, aged sixty-six. His will was dated July 20, 1681. He married (first) Sarah, daughter of John and Ann (Willicke) Hall, December 11, 1645. She died December 7, 1664-65, and he married (second), January 3, 1667, Mary (Platt) Atkinson, daughter of Richard Platt and widow of Luke Atkinson. She died June 11, 1669, and he married (third) Katherine (Leete) Robards, widow, who died October 13, 1693. In the probate records, the record of his surviving children and their ages is given as follows: John, 36; Thomas, 29; Samuel, 26; Izrahaih, 25; Beriah, 23; Nathaniel, 20; Joseph, 18; Josiah, 13; Benjamin, 7; Elizabeth, 32; Mary, 31; Hannah, 28; Sarah, 17; Mehitable, 13; Abigail, 3; Hannah, one year. Children of first wife, born at Hartford: 1. John, baptized September 6, 1646. 2. Elizabeth, baptized 1648; married Josiah Adkins. 3. Mary, born 1649; married John Stowe. 4. Sarah, baptized April 20, 1651; died 1655. Born at Middletown: 5. Thomas, born October 19, 1652; married Elizabeth Hubbard. 6. Hannah, born February 13, 1654. 7. Samuel, born September 10, 1656; mentioned below. 8. Israhiah, born March 8 or 9, 1658. 9. Beriah, born November 2, 1659; married Margaret Stowe, 10. Nathaniel, born April 21, 1661; married Dorcas Allen, widow. 11. Joseph, born March 5, 1662; married Lydia Bacon. 12. Sarah, born November 27, 1664. Children of the second wife: 13. Josiah, born March 29, 1667. 14. Mehitable, born June 1, 1669. Children of the third wife: 15. Benjamin, born November 27, 1674. 16. Abigail, born November 6, 1678. 17. Hannah, born January 4, 1680.

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas Wetmore, was born September 10, 1656, and died April 12, 1746. He removed to the Middlefield Society in 1700, and was one of the first settlers there. He married, December 13, 1687, Mary, born April 7, 1664, died May 24, 1709, daughter of Nathaniel and Ann Bacon. Her father was a native of England, and his family lived in Stratton, county Rutland, England. Children: 1. Mehitable, born November 14, 1689. 2. Samuel, born March 13, 1692; mentioned below. 3. Mary, born June 29, 1694. 4. Benjamin, born May 17, 1696. 5. Thomas, born August 26, 1698. 6. Daniel, born May 9, 1703. 7. Beriah, born January 22, 1706-07. 8. Jabez, born May 14, 1709.

(III) Samuel, son of Samuel Wetmore, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, March 13, 1692, and died December 30, 1773. He was a member of Middlefield Society and removed with his family to Winchester, Connecticut, on election day, 1771, where he purchased land. He was the first person interred in the old Winchester burying ground. His farm in Winchester remained in the family for many generations. He married, June 21, 1722, Hannah Hubbard, born July 21, 1700, died June 4, 1794. Children, born in Middletown: 1. Deacon Samuel, born December 24, 1723; died September 22, 1804. 2. Hannah, born December 18, 1725. 3. John, born October 27, 1727. 4. Rev. Noah, born April 16, 1730; died March 9, 1796. 5. Mehitable, born August 5, 1732; died 1816. 6. Sarah, born March 31, 1734; died 1803. 7. Lois, born March 6, 1736. 8. Joel, born March 9, 1738; mentioned below. 9. Milicent, born September 15, 1739. 10. Maru, born July 23, 1741.

(IV) Joel, son of Samuel Wetmore, was born in Middletown, March 7 or 9, 1738, and died in Torrington, in February, 1814, aged seventy-five. He resided in Torrington, Connecticut, and married, and his wife owned the covenant in the church there, March 10, 1765. He married, November 23, 1763, Sarah, daughter of Deacon Ebenezer Lyman, of Torrington (see Lyman family). She died in 1832, aged ninety-two years. Children: 1. Olive, born March 10, 1765; died November, 1848. 2. Ebenezer Lyman, born 1766. 3. John Pomeroy, born June 15, 1770; died August 22, 1853. 4. Melicent, born January 10, 1772; mentioned below. 5. Sarah, married Giles Whiting.

(V) Melicent, daughter of Joel Wetmore, was born in Torrington, January 10, 1772, and died September 19, 1848. She married, January 1, 1797, Captain Thomas, born in New Hartford, October 15, 1763, died January 23, 1850, son of Levi and Abigail (Ensign) Watson. Children: 1. Roman, born September 27, 1797; died unmarried, February 12, 1848. 2. Thomas, born February 5, 1800; married, November 10, 1829, Emeline, born August 3, 1807, daughter of Elizur and Amanda (Steele) Curtis, children, born in New Hartford: i. Caroline Amanda, born October 7, 1831; ii. Charlotte Ellen, born January 8, 1835; iii. Emma Adelaide, born January 30, 1840, married Edward R. Beardsley (see Beardsley family).


Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY, USA: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.

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