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JOHN WHITE (d. 1673) of Salem, Wenham and Lancaster m. Joanna Unknown
JOHN WHITE (d. 1673) of Salem, Wenham anad Lancaster
John died between 10 Mar 1673, when he wrote his will [Ref] and 28 May 1673 [Ref][Ref], when it was proved in Lancaster. John White married Joanna Unknown. Joanna died on 18 (3) 1654 in Lancaster. [Ref][Ref, p. 12, w. John]
John was admitted as an inhabitant of Salem in 1639. [Ref] He had an estate in Wenham. [Ref]
John was an early inhabitant of Lancaster, signing the town covenant on 1 May 1653. [Ref, pp. 30-31] He was one of the 13 inhabitants of Lancaster who signed an agreement with John Prescott for the building of the first corn mill in Lancaster. [Ref, p. 32] On 30 (9) 1653 lots were laid out in Lancaster. Some of the original inhabitants of received 20-acre lots upon the neck lying between the North River and the Penacuck River. John received the sixth of these lots, his property lying between Jame Atherton's and William Lewis's. [Ref, p. 36] After the original division of land in Lancaster, further divisions were contingent on estate size. In 1654 estates were valued and John's - at about £380 - was the largest of the 30 eligible inhabitants. [Ref] He was given about 15 acres of meadow in 1654. [Ref] At a town meeting on 1 (9) 1654 it was agreed to limit the town to 35 families and 25 men were listed as townsman, one of whom was John. [Ref] He received the 33rd lot in the second division of meadow on 5 Feb 1659. [Ref]
Children of John White and Joanna Unknown:
JOSIAH WHITE (d. 1714) of Lancaster
Parents: John White and Joanna Unknown
Josiah White was born in that part of Salem that is now Wenham. [Ref, p. 36] He was baptised on 4 Jun 1643 in the First Church of Salem. [Ref, p. 36] He died on 11 Nov 1714. [Ref][Ref, p. 36] He married first Mary Lewis. [Ref, p. 36] Mary was the daughter of William and Anne Lewis. [Ref, p. 36] She was baptised on 2 Aug 1646 in the First Church of Roxbury. [Ref, p. 36] He married second Mary Rice on 28 Nov 1678. [Ref, p. 36]
Josiah moved to Lancaster with his parents before 1 May 1653. [Ref, p. 36] His father left his Lancaster estate to Josiah and his sister Hannah. [Ref]
Josiah White, Sr. was an early member of the First Church of Lancaster in 1708/9. [Ref, p. 270] His wife joined on 22 Mar 1712/3. [Ref, p. 271]
On 7 Oct 1679 Josiah was one of nine people who petitioned the Court to allow the resettlement of Lancaster. [Ref] On 7 Apr 1683 he was on a jury of inquest investigating the untimely death of John, son of John Whitcomb. [Ref] On 28 May 1684 the town chose Josiah White as tax collector. [Ref] He was a selectman in 1690. [Ref]
Josiah had a garrison house in Lancaster in 1704. [Ref, p. 36]
Josiah was a carpenter. [Ref, p. 36]
Children of Josiah White and Mary Rice:
THANKFUL WHITE (b. 1689)
Parents: Josiah White and Mary Rice [Ref, p. 37]
Thankful White was born on 27 Mar 1689 [Ref] in Lancaster. [Ref, p. 37] She married Jonathan Houghton. [Ref]
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Nourse, Henry S., Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1725, Clinton, W. J. Coulter, 1884.
Ward, Andrew, "Lancaster Records," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 16, 1862, 352-359; 17, 1863, 70-.
Whitcomb, Charlotte, The Whitcomb Family in America: A biographical genealogy with a chapter on our English forbears "by the name of Whetcombe", Minneapolis, C. Whitcomb?, c1904.
White, Almira Larkin, Ancestry of John Barber White and his Descendants, Kansas City, J.B. White, 1913.