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Sarah (Gregson) Whitehead (abt. 1646 - 1697)

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Sarah Whitehead formerly Gregson aka Gilbert
Born about in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married in New Haven, Connecticutmap
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Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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Sarah Gregson, was the daughter of Thomas Gregory and Jane _____. Her mother's will (Jane, widow of Mr. Gregson) listed "the four children of my daughter Whitehead, 6 acres of third division each." The will was dated 5 Feb 1691/2 and she died 4 June 1702. It is estimated that Sarah was born about 1646, based on her age at her first marriage.[1] Her father Thomas was lost at sea 1646/7, in the ill-fated "Phantom Ship" owned by Mr. Lamberton.

As speculation: Birth in 1646 makes this the last child of Thomas Gregory. Three other daughters were baptized at New Haven 1639, 1643 and 1644. Why was Sarah not baptized? Was the record lost? Not recorded? Or perhaps she was an earlier daughter born before the family arrival in New Haven, 1638. The birth of Stephen in 1680, leans towards the later date, but would not be impossible for a woman of 42 or 43.

Sarah Gregson married twice. Her first husband was John Gilbert married at New Haven 12 Dec 1667.[2] [3] After his death, in 1673, [3][2] Sarah Guilbert married Samuel Whitehead 9 May 1676, also in New Haven [3] [2]

Sarah Whitehead died 1697.

An undated inventory of her estate was valued at £108 17s (with debts of £6 2s 6d). Her surviving children were listed on the inventory John Gilbert aged 28, Thomas Gilbert about 24, Samll Whitehead 19, Steeven Whitehead about 17. The ages of the children and the adjutant records in the probate register indicate it was taken in 1697.[4]


  1. John Gilbert b. 3 Oct 1668; d, Dec 1641l; married (1) Mary Ives; married (2) Abigail Heaton, widow of Ebenezer Atwater
  2. Matthew Gilbert b. 24 Feb 1670; d 10 May 1674
  3. Thomas Gilbert b. 14 Aug 1673; d. 23 Dec 1711; m. Sarah Peck
  4. Samuel Whitehead b. 9 June 1678, New Haven; d 5 Dec 1709 ae 33 stone at (NHT1) Grove Street Cemetery; m. Tabitha Holt (she m. (2) David Atwater.[3]
  5. Stephen Whitehead, b. 29 Jan 1680, New Haven; d 4 Mar 1706 New Haven; m. 11 Apr 1705 New Haven, Mary Alling.[3]


  1. "Mr. Thomas Gregson of New Haven. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 128:71, 73. (1974)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917 death p. 69; whitehead/gilbert marriage p. 41 Gilbert/Gregson m. p 26; John Gilbert death p. 38
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jacobus: FANH Gregson p. 689; Gilbert p. 642; Whitehead p. 1970
  4. Source: #Anderson p. 355 citing New Haven probate records 2:2:195-96
  • Source: [GM2]Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, Article on Samuel Whitehead. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) ($)
  • Source: [Jacobus] Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932. Also in CD ([CD]Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981

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