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Francis Whitmore (aft. 1623 - 1685)

Francis Whitmore
Born after in Tring, Dacorum Borough, Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married 12 Oct 1648 (to 31 Mar 1665) in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 10 Nov 1666 (to 12 Oct 1685) in Cambridge, MIddlesex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusettsmap
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Francis Whitmore migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Francis was married second on November 10, 1666.[1] Quoted from The Whitmore Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1625-1685) by Jessie Whitmore Padden Purdy

"Francis Whitmore—Born in England 1625. Died at Cambridge October 12, 1685. Married Isabel Parke, daughter of Richard and Margery Crane Parke. She died at Cambridge March 31,1665. They resided in Cambridge."

"Francis came to this country probably during 1630's, and had established his residence at Cambridge prior to 1648, as about this time he married, at that place, Isabel Parke. Brooks, in his history of Medford, tells us he owned property in Cambridge near the Plains, Charlestown near the Menotomie River, near Dendruck Meadows; also in Medford and Lexington. His house stood on the dividing line between Lexington and Cambridge, and is mentioned in the Act of Division. His name, with that of his wife, appears on a petition in favor of an old woman charged with being a witch, so he can hardly have been of the extreme Puritan Party, though a member of the church.

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"He served in King Philip's War; was Selectman and Constable in 1668 and 1682. In his will he makes provision for the education of his children, thus early evidencing that regard for education that is so marked a family trait. This document, which is interesting in that it gives us a light on the character of our first American ancestor, is given in full in the appendix."

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Born 1623 or 1625 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts[2][3][4]

Marriage Marriage 12 Oct 1648. Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Marriage New England, USA. [4]

10 Nov 1666. Cambridge, Massachusetts. [5][3]

Died 12 Oct 1685. Cambridge, Middlesex, MA,[2][3][4]

Buried Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of America. [2]

Place: Old Burying-Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts[6]

Francis Whitmore. [2][3][4][5]

Research notes

Carolyn Gray Yeaw suggestion (Frome FindAGrave( "This fellow had a very interesting life. The son of Nichols Whitmore of Hitch (Her) England, he immigrated to Cambridge MA in the 1630s without his parents. He resided both in Cambridge and Medford MA. He served in King Philip's War, and was a selectman and constable of Cambridge. He petitioned against jailing witches!"


[There is disagreement amongst professional genealogists as to whether this son, Francis Whitmore Sr., is from a father by the name of Nicholas Whitmore, who lived at Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England and never immigrated to America.] However, extensive research shows THIS (above named) Francis did, in fact, receive land from his FATHER, John Whitmore of the New Haven Colony. ~Shirleen

There is a doubt as to the identification of Francis' first wife Isabel being the daughter of Margery Crane. This author (Jessie Whitmore Padden Purdy) who wrote his family history in the early 20th century so identified Francis' mother-in-law as Margery Crane Parke.


  1. Baldwin, Thomas W., Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 Volume 2. Marriages and Deaths (Boston, Mass. 1914)(Free e-book) (Records are also available at p. 418
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Publication: Operations, Inc.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Publication: Operations, Inc.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Publication: Operations Inc
  5. 5.0 5.1 Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 Publication: Operations Inc
  6. Harris, William Thaddeus. Extractions from: Epitaphs from the Old Burying-Ground in Cambridge PART I - 1663 to 1716 Text: Here lyes ye body of FRANCIS WHITMORE aged 62 Years. Deceased October 12, 1683. (Francis Whitmore, Cambridge 1653; member of the church; his first wife, Isabell, died March 31, 1665 (O.S.), and he married Margaret Harty, Nov. 10, 1666. The date of the death of Francis Whitmore (or Whittimore) in the Town Records is Oct. 12, 1685).
  • Jessie Whitmore Padden Purdy. The Whitmore Genealogy: A Record of the Descendants of Francis Whitmore of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1625-1685). Published in 1907.[3]

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The author of the 1875 "Whitmore Tracts" believed that Francis was the son of Francis Whitmore of Laxton, Nottinghamshire, how made a will dated 26 Jan 1644/5. See
posted by Chase Ashley
"extensive research shows THIS (above named) Francis did, in fact, receive land from his FATHER, John Whitmore of the New Haven Colony"

I see this statement on FAG and, but where is this extensive research?

posted by Chase Ashley
Managers, this needs merge cleanup. Was he born in Tring or is that just unsourced rumors? Is his father John?
posted by Anne B
Another Source: (confirms birth, spouses, children): Whitmore, W H, Record of the Descendants of Francis Whitmore, of Cambridge, Mass., pg 1-2, Boston: John Wilson and Son, 1855:
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy