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Whitten Family of Troy Maine

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A Sandbox to work out the inconsistencies in internet genealogies of the family of Richard Whitten of Troy, Waldo, Maine.



Understanding the geographic areas as they were when originally assimilated by the British. Map Geeks has an interactive Map showing how political boundaries changed from 1652 to 1913. Link to Map Geeks Maine Maps

Google Maps with Maine Whitten's (etc.) plotted. Richard Whitten is the Paw, Samuel H. is the hiker, Samuel McRoy is the cyclist and the presumed father of Richard, Thomas, is a giraffe. Link to Whittens (etc.) of Maine Google Map

Scarborough Maine was an "area" rather than a town for many years.


Map of original Land Grants No index included


Was a part of Buxton until 1824.


Map of Buxton Township, 1794

Rev. War Service with Father, Thomas?

Richard is often listed as serving alongside his father Thomas and brother Thomas, Jr. during the revolutionary war.

"Whitten, Thomas, Scarborough, MA [Maine], Captain John Rice's Co.; billetting allowed from date of enlistment, May 18, 1775, to date of marching from Scarborough to headquarters, July 4, 1775; credited with 47 days allowance; 'also' Private Capt. Rice's co., Col. Edmund Phinney's regt.; Company return dated Sept. 29, 1775."[1]

However, in Richard's own pension application, he states he served...

Richard Whitten, aged 57, of Cornish, July 5, 1820. Private in Capt. Williams's Co., Col. Sprout's Regt., Mass. line. Original declaration made Apr. 13, 1818. Pension No. 7,468. Affirmed. Family: Mercy, wife, aged 55; Richard, son, aged 16; Samuel, son, aged 14; Mary, daughter, aged 12. (496)Revolutionary Soldiers of York County[2]

Richard Whitten did not apply for further pensions for service in another company.

From History of Colonel Edmund Phinney's Thirty-first regiment of foot, [3] all from Scarborough. "Return of Capt. John Rice's Company in the 3lst Regt. of Foot commanded by Col. Edmund Phinne , Sept. 29, 1775 with an abstract of pay due from the last of July inclusive."

  • Thomas Whitten, Jr.
  • Thomas Whitten
  • John Whitten

From the Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts; (Volume 3), William Richard Cutter.

The SAR Database lists four men who served from MA (which would have included Maine), a Richard Whitten, presumably the son of Thomas and brother of Thomas, Jr, and John who served with their father. There is no doubt that Richard in the record listed above is is the progenitor of the Troy, Waldo, Maine Whitten family, since the information lines-up with the documentation.[1].

Richard Whitten's Parentage

"It is claimed the three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and John, emigrated from England early in the 17th century; settled in N. H. John married an English lady, Margaret McRoy, to whom was born a son Richard, [1763] 1751. He m. Mercy Jose, Scarborough, Me., Nov. 22, 1766 [should be m. 3 Nov 1785]; d. April 3, 1845. Page 412 History of Parsonsfield [Maine]

Every Whitten family in New England holds this claim, though nothing has been proven about three brothers who jumped off a boat... What may need further research is that this claim states that "John" Married Margaret McRoy and had a son Richard.

Thomas would be 45 in 1763 at the birth of Richard. In 1790 Thomas would be 71.

Who are Richard and John Whitton in the 1790 Buxton, Maine Census?


Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. III

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mfnmlnwfnwlnDateYearPageReference WorkResidence Profiles Added
Daughter of Susan OdellEliz.Whitten162458Abstracts of Odell Wills, Prerogative Court, Canterbery, Somerset House, EnglandElizabeth Whitten
HorwoodWhittenSon of Susan Odell162458Abstracts of Odell Wills,Prerogative Court, Canterbery, Somerset House, EnglandHorwood Whitten
Grand Daughter (Via Horwood) of Susan OdellMaryWhitten162458Abstracts of Odell Wills,Prerogative Court, Canterbery, Somerset House, England
JosiahGraffamCatherineWhitten22-Dec176387SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
Thos.WhittenSarahTenny16-Mar177889SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
TimothyWhittenHannahHombs23-Sep1751168Marriges in GeorgetownSwan Island nere Georgetown

Whitten's in the "The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. IV"

Manuscript and typescript copies of the records of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough, Me., organized 28 June 1728. Records copied and presented by Augustus F. Moulton on 21 Nov. 1895 -- Included in the same volume are records of the Second Congregational Church in Scarborough, organized 7 Nov. 1744, also copied by Moulton. Also contains marriage and death records.[2][4]

mfnmlnwfnwlnDateYearPageReference WorkProfiles Added
JohnWhittenSarahHodgdon (1767)33SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
RichardDearbornMaryWhitten30-Nov(1767)34SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
RichardWhittenMercyJose(1784)91SECOND CONGREGATIONAL
ThatcherFriendMaryWhitten30-Mar(18)24133TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
JamesFergusonSarahWhitten20-Nov75134TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
DanielGileHannahWhitten18-Feb5134TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
Chas.MasservStellaWhitten17-Dec7013TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
DanielTrippPollyWhitten13208TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
NahumWhittenBetseyWormwood10267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
DanielWhittenDorothyCluff10-AugJ267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
AbelWhittenJudyHubbard25-Oct(18)24267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
SamuelWhittenOliveHill14-Dec(18)28267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
DanielWhittenMariaHayesNov-29(18)49267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
SamuelWhittenCatherineFarnum21(18)267TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.
EdwardWhittenAnna F.Yeaten04-Oct268TOWN RECORDS OF ALFRED, ME.


  1. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of The Revolution, A Compilation for The Archives, Prepared and published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Vol 17, p.274, Boston, 1896. Image
  2. "Statement showing the Names, Ranks, &c. of Invalid Pensioners residing in the State of Maine," U.S. Serial Set, Number 249 Senate Document No. 514, 23rd Congress, 1st Session. Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, In Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States. [Maine Section]. Washington, D.C.: Duff Green, 1835, p. 28.
  3. History of Colonel Edmund Phinney's Thirty-first regiment of foot, eight months' service men of 1775, with biographical sketches of the commissioned officers and rolls of the companies, PP. 51 & 52 BY : NATHAN : GOOLD, HISTORIAN.: MAINE : SOCIETY : SONS : OF : THE AMERICAN : REVOLUTION. PRESS OF THE THURSTON PRINT, PORTLAND, MAINE, 1896. full text.
  4. The Records of the Second Congregational Church of Scarborough, ME., Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. IV 1887, Number 3, P.87. Image,

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