Saturday, October 30, 2010

Surname Saturday: WHITAKER of Haverhill, MA

With Halloween approaching and the Salem trials a hot topic I decided to dig out one line with a Salem connection. The Whitakers are my husband's paternal grandmother's family. Before migrating west to Kansas before the Civil War they were firmly settled in New England for generations. The earliest Whitakers settled in Haverhill, MA and were there during the witchcraft hysteria of 1692. I've found no evidence these individuals were involved in the Salem trials, though surnames from associated families appear in the records as both accused and accusers.

      Descendants of Abraham WHITAKER

      1-Abraham WHITAKER, son of Abraham WHITAKER, was born in 1626 in
         England and died on 5 May 1701 in Haverhill, Essex, MA at age 75. 

        Abraham married Elizabeth SIMONDS, daughter of William SIMONDS and 
        Elizabeth WIFE OF WILLIAM SIMONDS, on 19 Mar 1655 in Haverhill, Essex, 
        MA. Elizabeth was born in 1635 and died on 5 Nov 1683 in Haverhill, 
        Essex, MA at age 48. They had ten children: Abraham, William, Isaac, 
        Hannah, Jacob, Hannah, Elizabeth, Henry, Hannah, and Jonathan.

           2-Abraham WHITICKER Jr. was born on 28 Feb 1656 in Haverhill, Essex, 
             MA and died after 1733. 

             Abraham married Hannah BEANE on 6 Apr 1682 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 
             Hannah was born in 1659 in Exeter, Rockingham, NH and died on 18 Jul 
             1691 in Haverhill, Essex, MA at age 32. They had five children: 
             Abraham, John, Jacob, Hannah, and Hannah.

                3-Abraham WHITICKER was born on 20 May 1683 in Haverhill, 
                  Essex, MA and died on 5 May 1691 in Haverhill, Essex, MA at 
                  age 7. 

                3-John WHITICKER was born on 1 May 1685 in Haverhill, Essex, 

                3-Jacob WHITICKER was born on 22 Apr 1687 in Haverhill, Essex, 
                  MA and died on 29 May 1687 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 

                3-Hannah WHITICKER was born on 21 Apr 1688 in Haverhill, Essex, 
                  MA and died on 29 Oct 1693 in Haverhill, Essex, MA at age 5. 

                3-Hannah WHITICKER was born in May 1690 in Haverhill, Essex, 

             Abraham next married Sarah TRASK, daughter of Henry TRASK and Mary 
             SOUTHWICK, on 7 Sep 1694 in Lynn, Essex, MA. Sarah was born in 
             Salem, MA and died on 8 Feb 1704 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. They had 
             two children: Jonathan and Anna.

                3-Jonathan WHITAKER was born on 7 Aug 1696 in Haverhill, Essex, 
                  MA and died on 3 Jul 1786 in Stafford, , CT at age 89. 

                  Jonathan married Abigail LAMBERT, daughter of John LAMBERT and 
                  Unknown, on 5 Nov 1718. Abigail was born in 1693, died on 13 
                  Jul 1790 in Stafford, Tolland, CT at age 97, and was buried in 
                  Old Stafford Street Cemetery, Stafford, Tolland, CT. They had 
                  seven children: Abigail, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Abraham, 
                  Henry, and Ann.
                3-Anna WHITAKER was born on 20 Aug 1698 in Haverhill, Essex, 

             Abraham next married Huldah CORLISS on 27 Dec 1704 in Haverhill, 
             Essex, MA. Huldah was born on 18 Nov 1661 in Haverhill, Essex, MA 
             and died in Haverhill, Essex, MA.

           2-William WHITAKER was born on 21 Sep 1658 in Haverhill, Essex, MA 
             and died in 1723 in MA at age 65. 

             William married Sarah EMERSON on 15 Jan 1684 in Haverhill, Essex, 
             MA. Sarah was born in 1665 in Haverhill, Essex, MA and died in 1702 
             in Haverhill, Essex, MA at age 37.

             William next married Mary CORLY on 23 Jan 1703 in Haverhill, Essex, 

           2-Isaac WHITAKER was born on 30 Jul 1661 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 

           2-Hannah WHITAKER was born on 15 Apr 1664 in Haverhill, Essex, MA 
             and died on 30 Jul 1664. 

           2-Jacob WHITAKER was born on 26 May 1665 in Haverhill, Essex, MA and 
             died in 1742 at age 77. 

             Jacob married Mary WEBSTER in 1693. Mary was born in 1670 and died 
             in 1763 at age 93.

           2-Hannah WHITAKER was born in Sep 1668 in Haverhill, Essex, MA and 
             died in Sep 1668. 

           2-Elizabeth WHITAKER was born on 26 Jan 1669 in Haverhill, Essex, 

           2-Henry WHITAKER was born on 24 Sep 1672 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 

           2-Hannah WHITAKER was born on 19 Mar 1675 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 

           2-Jonathan WHITAKER was born on 27 Aug 1679 in Haverhill, Essex, MA. 



  1. Mary Southwick, wife of Henry Trask, was the daughter of Lawrence Southwick and Cassandra Burnell, my 10x great grandparents. I descend from Mary's brother John. Small world!

  2. She's one of my favorites! Not easy being a Quaker in Salem.

  3. I would like to ask what source or proof there is that Jonathan Whittaker, b. 1696 in Haverhill, MA is the same Jonathan Whittaker who died in Stafford, Connecticut in 1786?

    I am researching John Whittaker and Elizabeth Linfield of Watertown MA and have proof, in the form of a warning out letter from the town of Concord MA to David Whittaker regarding his brother, "Jonathan Whittaker of Connecticut
    Colony" having stayed at his house in Concord a bit too long. This "Warning
    Out Letter" was dated 25 Nov 1700. This Jonathan Whittaker, son of John
    and Elizabeth was b. 1664 in Watertown MA; but, certainly could have
    had son named Jonathan by 1696, as he married Sarah Toothaker in 1694
    before leaving for Connecticut. They had just one child, a dau. b. 1695 in
    Concord and no other paper trail generated in MA. Dee D'Errico:

  4. I have since found proof that Jonathan Whittaker and Sarah Toothaker did, in fact, have a son named Jonathan b. 28 May 1698 in Fairfield, CT. One of the sources for this info is History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. I, Database on line,, 686. Another source is that Jonathan was baptized in Fairfield, Connecticut on 10 Jul 1698 (Page 138. Vol. 33 in Fairfield - Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920,, based on Connecticut Church Records Index at Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut). I note that the tombstone in the old Stafford Street Cemetery does not give the
    date of birth of the Jonathan you have listed, only that he died at 90. However, tombstones are notorious for giving the age at death in error. It is not unusual for them to be off by a few years; and, sometimes more. My Jonathan and his wife, Sarah, also had another child which was recorded as having been born on 22 May 1700 at Stratfield, showing that they moved there by 1700. There also is mention of them in the Minutes of the Court of Assistants regarding a divorce petition being turned down by the court. In view of the fact that Fairfield and/or Stratfield is only 18 miles from Stafford, I ask again......what proof do you have that this is the same Jonathan born in Haverhill MA or that he moved to CT?

    1. My apologies for missing your earlier comment, Dee. I have no proof that Jonathan, the son of Abraham Whitaker and Sarah Trask is the Jonathan that died and is buried in Stafford. I have relied John Osborne Austin's "One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families" (available on, pp. 266-268. I found the evidence cited in the book persuasive, but it is certainly possible that I am mistaken. Austin does, however, mention that Jonathan's great-grandson Ede Whitaker wrote that Jonathan was a victim of the 1704 Haverhill massacre that killed much of Abraham Whitaker's family.


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