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Theophilus Whaley

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Robert Theophilus (Theophilus) Whaley
Born about in Kirrkston, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Rappanhannock, VAmap
Died in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Islandmap [uncertain]
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Theophilus Whaley who d. Feb 20, 1720 in West Greenwich, RI is a well known figure in Rhode Island history. His family pedigree is less well known probably due attempts to obscure his connection to the regicide of Charles I in 1649. It is believed that Theophilus is actually Robert Whaley (Whale, Waite) b. 1616 who was the younger brother of Edward Whaley b. 1615. Both were cousins of Oliver Cromwell. Edward was a major-general under Cromwell, governor of five counties and one of the 59 judges who signed the death warrant for Charles I. Robert served during the Civil War in the regiment of Commander Hacker, who was the commanding officer at the execution. Presumably, Robert participated in this event as a member of the regiment.

After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Commander Hacker was executed in retribution for the regicide, Robert disappears in England and the name “Theophilus” appears in the Virginia Colony. Theophilus married Elizabeth about 1670-75 in Virginia and may have had children there. He came to Rhode Island in 1680. He was a Baptist and may have left Virginia for religious freedom reasons rather than flight from the British authorities over the regicide. At his death in 1720 he was living in West Greenwich with his daughter, Theodosia, who had married Robert Spencer.

Robert's older brother, Edward, fled from England to Boston in the Massachusetts Colony and went into hiding. There is no evidence that Edward was ever in Virginia. Edward is believed to have died in either Connecticut or Maryland, but the exact location is controversial because he took pains to obscure his whereabouts from the authorities.

The children of Theophilus Whaley and Elizabeth were:

  1. Joan, died aged 70 or 71.
  2. Annie, unmarried
  3. Theodosia, married Robert Spencer, July 15, 1697 d died 1748.
  4. Elizabeth, married Charles Hazleton, who died 1712—9 children
  5. Martha, married 1st Joseph Hopkins—and, 2nd Robert Spencer who died 1748—8 children,
  6. Lydia, married John Sweet.
  7. Samuel, married 1st Miss Hopkins, 2d, Miss Patience Harrington

Contents

Sources

  • Whaley, Rev. Samuel. English Record of the Whaley Family and Its Branches in America. Ithaca, N.Y: Andrus & Church, 1901). Pages 70-90 et seq
  • Goldman, Howard A. “That Good Old Man – Whoever He Was.” Old Rhode Island, vol. 2, Issue 6. July, 1992. pp. 32-40.
  • Stiles, Ezra. A History of Three of the Judges of King Charles I. Major-General Whalley, Major-General Goffe, and Colonel Dixwell: Who at the Restoration of 1660, Fled to America; and were Secreted and Concealed, in Massachusetts and Connecticut, for Near Thirty Years. Hartford, CT: Printed by Elisha Babcock, 1794.
  • Updike, Wilkins. History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, RI. New York: H.M. Onderdonk, 1847. Picture of the Whaley home, p. 352.



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Note:  !BIOGRAPHY-SPOUSE-CHILDREN-BIRTH-DEATH: ; THE BIOGRAPHICAL CYCLOPEDIA OF
REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF RHODE ISLAND;; National Biographical Publishing Co.,
Providence, 1881; p46; DAR Library, Washington, D.C.; Grave six miles SW fm
East Greenwich Courthouse, one mile west of line, mile north of Exeter line.


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User ID: 193E5A462BB4514FAF4EC3658CEDEFA4A7FB


Note

Note: Spouse: Elizabeth Mills, born 1616
Children: Joan Whalley, born 1670
Ann Whalley, Born 1672
Theodosia Whalley, born 1674
spouse: Capt. Robert Spencer, born 6 Nov 1674, East Greenwich
Children: Susannah Spencer, born 4 Mar 1698, EastGreenwich
Anna Spencer, born 6 Jun 1699, East Greenwich
Martha Spencer, born, 8 Sep 1700, EastGreenwich
He Cahanged his name from Robert when he fled England for America, Going to Virginia and changing his name to Robert.
""Austin's Genealigical Dictionary of Rhode Island" - (p.221) - Theophilus Whaley (1616-1720) married 1670 Elizabeth M1ls (16h~1715). He is said to have been of wealthy parents and to have had a college education, in support of wwhich he is quoted as saying that

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Death

Death:
Date: ABT 1720
Place: West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island

Removed ABT from Death Date and marked as uncertain.


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Name

Name: Theophilus /Whaley/[1]

Birth

Birth:
Date: 1616
Place: , Nottinghamshire, , England[2]

Death

Death:
Date: 1720
Place: West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States[3]

Event

Event:
Type: Arrival
Date: 1676
Place: Rhode Island[4]

Sources

  • WikiTree profile Whaley-300 created through the import of Steve Sanders family tree_2011-08-28.ged on Aug 30, 2011 by Steve Sanders. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Steve and others.
  • Source: S140 Author: Ancestry.com Title: Public Member Trees Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006; Repository: #R2
  • Repository: R2 Name: www.ancestry.com Address: E-Mail Address: Phone Number:
  1. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  2. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  3. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  4. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley



Biography

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Note

Note: #N726

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  • WikiTree profile Whaley-297 created through the import of Clancy Family 9.ged on Aug 22, 2011 by Shirley Becker. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Shirley and others.

Notes

Note N726
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1785178&id=I81636746
# ID: I81636746
# Name: Theophilus WHALEY
# Given Name: Theophilus
# Surname: Whaley
# Sex: M
# Birth: 1616 in Kirkston, Nottinghamshire, England
# Death: 1719 in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island
# Burial: 1719 Hopkins Hill
# Residence: Abt. 1680 Moved to RI because of friction over his Baptist views
# Religion: Baptist
# Note:
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1551809&id=I68109707
2nd. Lydia (WHALEY), abt 1720, Risinger
Entries: 3742 Updated: Sat Aug 25 23:39:27 2001 Contact: Peggy Cooper
# ID: I68109707
# Name: Lydia WHALEY
# Given Name: Lydia
# Surname: WHALEY
# Sex: F
# Birth: 1682
# Change Date: 27 Dec 1999
Father: Robert Theophilus WHALEY
Mother: Elizabeth MILLS b: 1645
Marriage 1 John SWEET
  1. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  2. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  3. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  4. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley



Biography

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Birth

Birth:
Date: 1615
SDATE 1 JUL 1615
Place: Kirketon, Nottinghamshire, England

Death

Death:
Date: 1719
SDATE 1 JUL 1719
Place: South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island Colony

User ID

User ID: 87B2FE70ED5EA04A9F508C3C0FBE2246C80E

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Note

Note: Theophilus Whalley/Whaley came to Rhode Island from Rappahannock County, Virginia, where he sold his plantation in 1665. He was university-educated and born of wealthy parents, waited upon hand and foot by servants until the age of 18, by his own reported testimony. He was in Virginia before he was 21, and served there as a military officer. He returned to England to serve in the Parliamentary army under Oliver Cromwell, who may have been a close relative. If his real identity has been deduced correctly (see below), his regiment took part in the execution of Charles I in 1649, and its commander, an officer named Hacker, was later executed. Some sources suggest that Theophilus was actually Robert Whalley - brother of Edward Whalley, one of the two regicide judges who fled England and were concealed for some time in - among other places - Hadley, Massachusetts. If this is true, "Theophilus" was an assumed name, designed to cover his past after the ascension of Charles II to the throne in 1660.
About that time, "Theophilus" returned to VA and bought land there, where he married Elizabeth Mills (1645-1715) and where two or three of their children were born. Sometime between 1665 and 1680 he came to Rhode Island, settling at the head of Pettaquamscutt Pond in Narragansett. He never spoke of his past while living in Rhode Island and made his living there by fishing, weaving, and teaching (he knew Greek, Latin and Hebrew). He seems to have avoided public notice and public office, though he sometimes penned deeds and other legal documents for less literate neighbors. Mysterious visits to his home by distinguished men from Boston and elsewhere enriched the humble life he had chosen to lead. During Queen Anne's War, a warship dropped anchor in Narragansett Bay and its captain, a kinsman of Theophilus Whaley bearing the same surname, sent a boat to Whaley's landing to invite him aboard for dinner. Whaley at first accepted, but changed his mind and did not go, explaining to a friend afterward that he feared a trap had been laid to take him back to England. This story seemed to confirm the suspicions of his contemporaries that he was himself one of the regicide judges - a suspicion that inexplicably persisted long after the movements of fugitive judges Goffe and Edward Whalley had become well known.
He was on the tax rolls of Kingstown in 1687 and on 6 September of that year he was taxed 35s 11d. He acquired 120 acres at East Greenwich on 30 Jan 1710, conveyed to him from the proprietors of the tract of land now comprising West Greenwich. On 20 Feb 1711 he and his wife Elizabeth deeded to their only son Samuel for love, etc., that same 120 acres. He moved, in the latter part of his life, to the house of his son-in-law Joseph Hawkins.He was buried with military honors near the home of that son-in-law in West Greenwich.
Theophilus Whaley's children were Joan, Ann, Theodosia, Elizabeth, Martha (b. 1680), Lydia, and Samuel. Only Martha's birth date is known for certain, but all the children were born after his return to Virginia about 1660.
From the Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, V. IV: “Theophilus Whale, Kingston, R. I., came from Virginia with wife Elizabeth about 1676, had Joan, Ann, Theodosia, Elizabeth, Martha, Lydia, and Samuel; but it is thought that if not more, the eldest two were born in Virginia. Great uncertainty attaches to almost everything he said or did, as is found often in regard to those who emigrated from a distant country and lived to great age. Potter says he knew Hebrew, Greek, etc. and died about 1719/20, aged about 104. It would have been strange if more than one myth had not sprung out of his grave. My first exercise of caution would be to examine the means of reducing his years by 20 or near, for his only son, it is said, died about 1782, and it is quite improbable that when he was born the father was much beyond 70. Beside that his wife died 8 or 10 yrs. before her husband. Dr. Stiles in the exuberance of his conjecture that was requisite to sustain his credulity supposes he may have been one of the regicides. But we know the names of all who acted in that tragedy, as well as of those who were nominated and declined to act or withdrew as did several after participating some hours in the mockery of trial before its end, among all of whom is not that of Theophilus Whale. Some of those misguided men would have resorted to any other part of the world, sooner than Virginia. Samuel Whale, only son of Theophilus, had two wives, first a Hopkins, then a Harrington, as Potter reports; and that his children were seven: Thomas, Samuel, Theophilus, James or Jeremy, John and two daughters, and that he died about 1782."

Marriage

Husband: Richard Whalley
Wife: @I14348@
Child: @I14481@
Child: @I14368@
Child: Edward Whalley
Child: Theophilus Robert Whalley
Child: @I14370@
Child: @I14371@
Child: @I14372@
Marriage:
Date: 1595
SDATE 1 JUL 1595
Place: London, England
Note: They were married by the Bishop in the Diocese of London.[6]

Sources

  1. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  2. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  3. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  4. Source: #S140 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Martha Whaley
  5. Whalley-147 was created by Patrick Barnum through the import of barnum.ged on May 19, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.
  6. Source: #S1071 TMPLT FIELD Name: Page
  • Source: S996 Abbreviation: Research by Nohavec, Robert G. Title: Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006 Subsequent Source Citation Format: Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006 BIBL Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006. TMPLT TID 0 FIELD Name: Footnote VALUE Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006 FIELD Name: ShortFootnote VALUE Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006 FIELD Name: Bibliography VALUE Information provided by Robert G. Nohavec <nohavec@xmission.com>, 3 May 2006. TMPLT FIELD Name: Page







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On August 15, 2014 at 15:04GMT Michael Spencer wrote:

Whalley-147 and Whaley-60 appear to represent the same person because: At his death in 1720 Theophilus was living in West Greenwich with his daughter, Theodosia, who had married Robert Spencer.




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