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Peter Whittier (abt. 1639 - aft. 1698)

Peter Whittier aka Whitehear, Whiteer, Whitier, Whitehair
Born about in Marblehead, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married before Oct 1684 in Brookhaven, Suffolk, Province of New Yorkmap
[children unknown]
Died after in Brookhaven, Suffolk, Province of New Yorkmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 6 Aug 2016 | Last significant change: 5 Dec 2021
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Biography

This is the profile for Peter Whittier, who appears in Essex County records in 1656-1662 and then in Southampton and Brookhaven, Long Island records in 1664-1698.

Parentage

Peter was the son of Abraham Whittier of Marblehead and Manchester, Massachusetts. His parentage is established by (1) Salem court records connecting him with Elizabeth Whittier,[1] (2) Salem records establishing that the same Elizabeth Whittier was the daughter of Abraham Whittier,[1] (3) records of a 1662 suit in Essex County Court by John West against Peter Whiyere[2] and a 1664 court case in Essex County Court against John West for getting into a fight with Abraham Whittier regarding Abraham's son,[3] (4) Peter's 1697 will which included Peter's inheritance at Manchester [Massachusetts] that his father bought of John Norman,[4] and (5) the codicil to Peter's 1697 will which establishes that Peter was the brother of William Whittier of Brookhaven,[4] (6) a 1712 deed establishing that William Whittier of Brookhaven was the son of Abraham Whittier of Manchester, Massachusetts and the brother of Isaac Whittier of Manchester.[5][6]

Date and Place of Birth

Peter's date of birth is difficult to estimate. Based on his being sued on a debt in 1662,[2] he was probably born before 1641. Based on his father's probable residence in Marblehead (which was then part of Salem) at the time, Peter was probably born there.

Early Life

Based on the residency of his father, Abraham Whittier, Peter lived in Marblehead, Massachusetts until about 1652 and then moved to Manchester, Massachusetts.

Removal to Long Island

Peter moved to Long Island sometime between 1662[2] and 1664.[7] Peter drew a meadow lot in Brookhaven in 1664,[8] a meadow lot in Brookhaven in 1675,[9] a 50-acre lot in Brookhaven in 1678,[10] was among the inhabitants of Brookhaven who signed an agreement in April 1687 to hire Mr. Gorge Phillips as minister for the town,[11] was chosen as one of Brookhaven's three Commissioners in July 1687,[12] was chosen to collect the minister's salary in 1689,[13] and was chosen as a member of a commission tasked to find a suitable piece of land for a parsonage in May 1689.[14]

Marriage and Children

Peter married Rachel Fancy/Fanshaw, the daughter of William and Katherine Fancy/Fanshaw of Brookhaven, sometime between June 1675 (when Rachel is mentioned as an apparently unmarried daughter in William Fancy's will) and October 1684 (when Peter Whiteheare of Brookhaven is mentioned as the husband of daughter Rachel in her mother's will).[15]

Based on Peter's will, Peter and Rachel had the following children:

  • Abraham, b. after 1676[16]
  • William, b. after 1676[16]
  • Sarah, b. probably about 1683, probably the Sarah Whithair who married Daniel Bishop in East Hampton on August 21, 1704[17]

Will; Death

Peter made his will on June 5, 1697. In his will, he describes himself as "Peter Whitier of Brookhaven in ye County of Suffolk on Nassua Island of ye Province of New York Yeoman." He made bequests to his wife Rachel, older son Abram (under 21), younger son William (also under 21), and daughter Sarah. The bequest to son Abram included Peter's inheritance at Manchester that his father bought of John Norman, a cow to be given by son Abram's grandmother, and a cow to be given by son Abram's uncle Abram. Peter appointed his friend Timothy Brewster as executor and friend Thomas Helme to assist the executor. The will was witnessed by John Thomas, Hannah Huls and Richard Green. In a codicil, Peter directed that his son William be bound to his Uncle William to learn his trade until he is 21 years old. The codicil was witnessed by Daniel Brewster, Hannah Swazy and William W. Jayne.[4]

Peter died in Brookhaven on August 21, 1698.[4]

On October 29, 1698, Thomas Helme was appointed administrator of the personal estatee.[4]

Chronology of Records

  • 1656. Anis Chubb and Elizabeth Vinsent of Manchester presented for railing speeches, foul language and fighting. Wit: Alice Leech and Peter Whithare. Case continued. Court held at Salem on November 28, 1656[1] (The same dispute also involved Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Whithare.)[1]
  • 1658. Francis Ursellton fined for drunkenness, swearing and cursing. Wit: Marke Bachelour, Peeter Whithaire and Willim. Reiner. Court held at Ipswich on September 28, 1658[18]
  • 1662. John West v. Peter Whityere. Debt. Verdict for plaintiff. Thomas West, aged about twenty years, and Thomas Write, aged about twenty-four years, deposed, 22: 7: 1662, that Peter Whiteayre received twenty barrels of Indian corn in the ear and a barrel of mackerel of Jno. West of Salem. Also that the latter wintered an ox, a cow and a colt for said Whiteayre. Sworn before Wm. Hathorne. Court held at Ipswich on September 30, 1662.[2]
  • 1664. The list of drawers of lots of meadow in the Old Purchase in Brookhaven in 1664 included Peter Whitehare.[8]
  • 1671. Peregrine Stanborough sells to Peter Whitehear of Southampton, 7 acres at Sagponack. Apl 24, 1671.[7]
  • 1671. Peter Whiteer sells to his well beloved brother Benjamin Hand the within written bill of sale. Nov. 28. 1671.[19] (Hand had married Peter's sister, Elizabeth Whiteer in 1669.[20])
  • 1675. The list of drawers of lots of a meadow lot in the New Purchase in Brookhaven in 1675 included Peter Whitchare.[9]
  • 1678. The list of drawers of 50-acre lots in Brookhaven in 1678 included Peter Whitier.[10]
  • 1684. Katherine Fancy's Will, dated October 7, 1684, provided that (1) "daughter Rachells" youngest son "whom she hath or Shall have by Peter Whiteheare of Brookhaven" was to have the meadow at Conscience on the condition that Whiteheare pay 5 pounds in cattle to William Fancy (Jr.) and 5 pounds to Hannah (Fancy) Jenners within one year after her death, (2) Robert Goulsbury (Goldsborough), the son of Hannah (Fancy) Goulsbury Jenners, was to receive a three year old heifer and calf by her side when he reaches 16 years of age from Peter Whiteheare, (3) Hannah Jenners was to receive one cow and Peter Whiteheare's youngest children are to receive the rest of any remaining cattle, and (4) Peter Whiteheare was to have the land that was given to Katherine by the town.[15]
  • 1686. By Deed dated March 20, 1685/6, Peter Whithere of Brookhaven, yeoman, sold land to Samuel Eburne of Brookhaven.[21]
  • 1687. Peter Whitchaire was among the inhabitants of Brookhaven who signed an agreement dated April 30, 1687 to hire Mr. Gorge Phillips as minister for the town.[11]
  • 1687. At a Brookhaven town meeting on April 2, 1687, Peter Whitier, Benjamin Smith and Thomas Helme were chosen by a pluralty of the votes to be the commissioners for the present year.[12]
  • 1688. RIchard Floyd and Peter Whitehaire was chosen to collect the minister's salary for 1689.[13]
  • 1689. At a Brookhaven town meeting on May 18, 1689, Thomas Jenner, Benjamin Smith, Peter Whitehaire and William Jeane were chosen to find a suitable piece of land for a parsonage.[14]
  • 1690. By deed dated February 8, 1689/90, Abraham Whithere of Southold made testamentary trust to John Tutthill Senior for benefit of his wife Mary, brother William and brother Peter's eldest son.[22]
  • 1690. On March 20, 1689/90, Peter Whithar acknowledged receipt from John Tutthill Senior of 6 pounds, 3 shillings and sixpence and one cow for his eldest son in full discharge of sd John Tutthill [under Abraham Whittier's testamentary deed of trust]. Witn. Joshua Horton and [brother] William Whithare.[23]
  • 1697. Peter Whitier of Brookhaven made his will on June 5, 1697.[4]
  • 1698. Peter Whitier died in Brookhaven on August 21, 1698.[4]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Volume 2 1656-1662," Essex Institute, 1912, p 10. Link to page at archive.org.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Volume 2 1656-1662," Essex Institute, 1912, p 432. Link to page at archive.org.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Volume III 1662-1667," Essex Institute, 1913, p 221. Link to page at archive.org.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Pelletreau, William S. Early Long Island Wills of Suffolk County, 1691-1703. 1897. pp. 171-175. Link to pages at archive.org.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Essex County Deeds 25:160. FHL Film #007462663, image 168 of 876. Link to image at familysearch.org.
  6. 6.0 6.1 David W Hoyt, "Early Whittiers, Widgers and Whittakers in Essex Counrty", in Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. 49. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute Press, 1913). Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Second Book of Records of the Town of Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value," 1877, p 54. Link to page at books.google.com.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 10. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 35. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 50. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 65. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 68. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 69. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Records. Town of Brookhaven, Up to 1800, as Compiled by the Town Clerk. 1880. p. 72. Link to page at hathitrust.org.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "The Fancher Family: Descendants of William Fanshaw," rootsweb.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Since both sons were under 21 at the time Peter made his will in June 1697, they were born no earlier than 1676.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Records of Marriages, Baptisms, and Deaths in East Hampton, L.I. from 1696 to 1746. Recorded by Rev. Nathaniel Huntting--Marriages." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Vol. 24. p. 184. Link to page at americancestors.org.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Volume 2 1656-1662," Essex Institute, 1912, p 115. Link to page at archive.org.
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Second Book of Records of the Town of Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value," 1877, p 59. Link to page at books.google.com.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Second Book of Records of the Town of Southampton, Long Island, N.Y., with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value. 1877. p 243. Link to page at books.google.com.
  21. 21.0 21.1 New York: Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships, 1787-1835. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.) Original manuscript in:Eardeley Genealogy Collection: New York State Abstracts of Wills, Brooklyn Historical Society. Link to record at americanancestors.org
  22. 22.0 22.1 Southold Town Records Copied and Explanatory Notes Added by J. Wickham Case, Volume II, 1884, p 198. Link to page at books.google.com.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Southold Town Records Copied and Explanatory Notes Added by J. Wickham Case, Volume II, 1884, p 199. Link to page at books.google.com.

See also:

  • Moore, Charles B. Town of Southold, Long Island. Personal Index prior to 1698 and Index of 1698. 1868. pp. 46-47. Link to pages at archive.org.


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