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Zachariah Whitman (abt. 1595 - 1666)

Zachariah Whitman
Born about in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 10 Jun 1630 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
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Died in Milford, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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Zachariah Whitman migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Who was the father of Zachariah Whitman of Weymouth?

According to Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 John1 Whitman of Weymouth, Zachariah1 Whitman of Dorchester, New Havan and Milford and Elizabeth1 (Whitman) [Stream Otis] are all children of Richard Whitman of Lee, Buckinghamshire, England.[1]


Zachariah Whitman was married on 10 Jun 1630 to Sarah Biscoe in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England just a few miles from Lee, Buckinghamshire where his father lived.[2][3] The Bishop of London issued a marriage license on 22 February 1619/20 to "Thomas Streame, cordwainer, and Elizabeth Whitman, spinster, daughter of Richard Whitman, of Leigh, co. Bucks, husbandman; at St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf, London"[4]. "Thomas Streame and Elizabeth Whiteman" were married at St. Bene't and St. Peter, Paul's Wharf, London, on 22 February 1619/20[5]

Zachariah Whitman arrived on the Truelove from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England and arrived in Dorchester by 1635[6] He brought with him two of the sons of his sister, Elizabeth1 (Whitman) [Stream] Otis.

On the passenger list of the Truelove, immediately following the family of Zachariah Whitman and preceding the next family group, were the following four individuals: "Rabecca Fenner," aged 25, "Tho[mas] Tibbald's," aged 20, "Thomas Streme," aged 15, and "Jo[hn] Streme," aged 14[7] His brother John Whitman arrived later arriving in Weymouth in 1638. [6] Thomas Stream and of John Stream where both the children of Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream.[1]

The will of Zachary Whitman, dated 24 April 1666 states: "Zachary Whitman of Milford" bequeathed to "my cousin Zachary Whitman my brother's son my house & land at the decease of my wife" and "all the books my wife can spare" (This clearly a reference to his brother John Whitman of Weymouth and his son Zachary Whitman) and to "my cousin John Streame" twenty pounds; "I give Dr. Preston's books to my cousin Clarke and my cousin Streame"; (This referring to his two nephews sons of Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream. [8]

The will of Zachary Whitman’s widow Sarah (Biscoe) Whitman also names the children of Zachary Whitman’s two siblings: Elizabeth (Whitman) Stream and John Whitman of Weymouth. "The nuncupative will of Mrs. Sarah Whitman widow late of Milford deceased. We whose names are underwritten do testify that Mrs. Sarah Whitman of Milford in the county of Newhaven widow, lately deceased, having a purpose to make her will & being at that time in perfect sense & memory not long before she died declared her mind for the dispose of her worldly estate as followeth or in words to that purpose & effect, viz: I will give my goods to my cousins, namely my cousin George Clarke, to my cousin John Stream & to my cousin Zachary Whitman. In witness to the truth whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names this 5th day of April 1671, Samuell Burwell, Nathan Burwell, Elnathan Botchford. This was taken upon oath this 26th of April 71 before me Alex[ander] Bryan Assistant. I also Thomas Welch of l\1ilford do testify to the substance of what is abovewritten, expressed to me & in my hearing by the said Mrs. Whitman deceased two or three days before she died, only with this addition, that she spake of the dispose of some of the best (meaning her goods) to Zachary Whitman. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name the day & year abovewritten, Thomas Welch”[9]

"We conclude that Elizabeth (Whitman) (Stream) Otis was his sister, and that Zachariah Whitman was also son of Richard Whitman of Lee,Buckinghamshire, which is about two miles from Chesham...Zachariah Whitman was brother of John Whitman {1638, Weymouth}"[10]

Child: Zachariah Whitman, b. circa 1633. He was 2 1/2 on 19 Sep 1635 when the family sailed for New England.[7] There is no further record of this child, and in 1640 there were only two people in the household of Zachariah Whitman.[11]

Birth: 1595, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England[12][13][14][15]
Death: 23 Apr 1666
Place: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States[16]


Date: 1660
Place: New Haven County, CT[17]


Type: Arrival
Date: 1635
Place: Boston, Massachusetts[18][19]
Husband: Zachariah Whitman
Wife: Sarah Biscoe
Child: [[Whitman-401|Zachariah Whitman]
Child: [[Whitman-400|Joseph Whitman]
Date: 10 Jun 1630 Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Zachariah Whitman GM2:7:359-63 see also John Stream GM2:6:573-77; Thomas Stream GM2:6:578-80; Thomas Holbrook GM2:3:352,354, John Otis (GM2:5:322-26)
  2. NEHGR 65:67; GM2:7:359-63
  3. Torrey 3:1657 1630 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States [WHITMAN, Zachariah (-1666) & Sarah BISCOE (1606-1671); Chesham, Eng, 10 Jun 1630; Dorchester/Milford, CT {Chesham Reg. 227; Whitman (1889) xi; Reg. 54:384, 65:67; Avery Anc. (1925) 123; Shaffer-Hunt 73; Miner Anc. 200; Brush-Bowers 45}]
  4. Publications of the Harleian Society (The Society London) Register Series 26:84
  5. Publications of the Harleian Society (The Society London) Register Series 39:3
  6. 6.0 6.1 Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 p 242 (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 2015) GMDIR p 371; John Whitman: Unknown; 1638; Weymouth [MBCR 1:375; SPR Case #2012; Weymouth Hist 4:753; Charles H Farnam, History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass. (New Haven, Connecticut, 1889)] See also his brother in GM2:7:359-63; GMDIR 371; Zachariah Whitman; Chesham, Buckinghamshire; 1635 on Truelove; Dorchester, New Haven, Milford [GM2:7:359-63]; GMDIR 322; Stream, John: London; 1635 on Truelove; Weymouth, Milford [GM2:6:573-77] and Stream Thomas; London; 635 on Truelove; Wyemouth, [GM2:6:578-80]
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Original Lists Of Persons of Quality . . ., John Camden Hotten, ed. (London 1874; rpt. Baltimore 1974) 131
  8. New Haven, Connecticut, Probate Records 1 :2:2
  9. New Haven, Connecticut, Probate Records 1:2:38
  10. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T-Y, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) p 359-63
  11. Hoadly, Charles J. (ed.) Records of the colony and plantation of New-Haven, from 1638 to 1649 (Hartford, Printed by Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857)
  12. Source: #S2323814666 Page: Place: Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Page Number: . Note: Note: Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1595 Birth place: Arrival date: 1635Arrival place: Massachusetts
  13. Source: #S2320399495 Note: Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1600Birth place: Chesham
  14. Source: #S2323814666 Page: Place: America; Year: 1635; Page Number: . Note: Note: Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1595Birth place: Arrival date: 1635Arrival place: America
  15. Source: # Page: Place: Boston, Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Page Number: . Note: Note: Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1595Birth place: Arrival date: 1635Arrival place: Boston, Massachusetts
  16. Source: #S2323784153 Note: Note: Data: Text: Death date: 25 April 1666Death place: Milford, Fairfield, CT, USA
  17. Source: #S2354304269 Note: Note: Data: Text: Residence date: 1660Residence place: New Haven County, CT
  18. Boston, Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Note: Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1595Birth place: Arrival date: 1635Arrival place: Boston, Massachusetts
  19. Source: [[#S2323814666]
  20. Note: Data: Text: Marriage date: 10 Jun 1630
  • Pond, Nathan G.. The story of the memorial in honor of the founders of the town of Milford : erected by their descendants and the citizens of Milford, dedicated August 28th Note: Attributed to Nathan Gillett Pond--NUC pre-1956 imprints.

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I agree, Anne.
posted by Alan Pendleton
I agree, Anne. Neither Zachariah or Sarah, his widow, mention any children or grandchildren in their wills. Joseph should be disconnected.
posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Joseph was not the son of Zachariah. Zachariah left his estate to relatives not children. Objections to disconnecting ?
posted by Anne B
Whitman-377 and Whitman-273 appear to represent the same person because: parents the same, birth is similar
posted by Robin Lee