Joseph White

Male 1636 - 1706


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  • Name  Joseph White 
    Born  1636  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Mar 1706  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • Joseph White began his career in Weymouth and moved to Mendon in the early 1660s. He was a major landholder in Mendon and served the town in several capacities, particularly as surveyor, a position he first filled 6 September 1668 (Annals of Mendon, 34).

      Joseoph was a Founding Father of Mendon. He built the first "saw Pitt" on Founder's park grounds. He returned to Weymouth during King Philip's War. Name appears on all land divisions in Mendon till his death. One of the wealthiest men in Town: was called Sgt. was in command of scouts and garrison during King Philip's War. He had the largest house where all settlers gathered during King Philip's War before all left Mendon. He was suppose to be the last man to leave and was in charge of keeping and
      saving all the records when settlers left during King Philip's War; However no records were ever found for those 5 years.
      !Src. Annals of Mendon; Manu. Joseph White's Houselot; (MHM)
      Note: Founders Park today is still called sacred grounds as the first three Meeting houses were built there. It is also the location of Joseph'White's Homestead and he had the first saw pit, on these grounds.

      On 22 5mo 1662 Joseph White was one of ten Weymouth men to agree to receive an allotment in the new plantation to be called Mendon (ibid., 34). He was slow to relocate, however, and on 30 10mo 1663 had to request that his grant be renewed, which it was, provided he settle his family there by November of the next year (ibid., 7). The 'goodman" White who desired acceptance for "his son and Thomas Kingman" on this list, may have referred to Thomas1 White. While this is possible it is much more likely that "goodman" White in this case was Joseph White providing for his own infant son (ibid.).

      On 10 September 1667 Joseph White and John Thompson Sr. were told to lay a cartway through the south meadows (ibid., 23).

      With other Mendon men, Joseph White agreed to invite Rev. Joseph Emerson to be Mendon's first minister (ibid., 4546).

      In the wilderness of Mendon, the town petitioned the General Court 7 May 1670 to ask for a respite from the county rates (ibid., 4748). On 14 June 1671 Joseph White was one of twenty-three early settlers who received lots which doubled their homelots (ibid., 49-50).

      At the start of King Philip's War, Sergeant Joseph White was asked to "seek our praying Indians and remove them to Mendon ... for the security of the Indians as the English' (ibid., 65-66). As the war escalated, many abandoned Mendon. Capt. D. Henchman marched away and left his command with Sergeant White, who oversaw the breaking up of the town (ibid., 69-73).

      At the resumption of town government after the war, Sergeant Joseph White was elected a selectman 3 January 1680/1 (ibid., 80). He served as selectman again the next year and from 1685 through 1689 (ibid., 80, 83, 98, 102, 104, 105). His rank went from Sergeant to Captain in 1689.

      In a petition of 25 May 1685, Joseph White was second to sign the request that the General Court order the removal of all Indians from the township of Mendon, stating that the large number of drunken Indians wandering about were a danger to the inhabitants and their families.

      Joseph WHITE left no probate records, a fact probably explained by a deed in which he and Lydia described themselves as aged and unable to care for their farm and through which they transferred the reversion to their son, Joseph WHITE, on 4 Dec 1704.
      !TAG 67:90

      On 4 December 1704 Joseph White Sr. of Mendon made a testamentary deed, saying 'whereas myself & my loving wife Lydia White are thro' the providence of God brought unto old age, & find the infirmities of old age growing upon us, & all our Children being removed from us" he directed in return for "loving son Joseph White to take the sole care of me & my wife during our natural lives' Joseph was to receive the whole reversion of "my now dwelling house, Barn, Orchards ... excepting one five acre lot given by deed to my son Thomas White ... and one five acre lott more given to my son John White," the homestead and doubling lot whereof & part of his meadow being on the easterly side of Muddy Brook and bounded by twelve acres more being laid out, and partly improved by him on the westerly side of the Wash River, with two acres of swamp near the same on the intervals lying on the great river, the rest of his meadow to be laid out of the meadow which he had partly improved. The remainder of his upland to be taken up by him out of Joseph's fourth division, and one five acre lot more to "my son Ebenezer White," twelve acres whereof two acres of swamp lying adjoining to the five acres given to "my son John" and Joseph to have the husbandry tools and tackling and the improvement of two cows and eleven sheep, as long as he provided for "me & my wife's comfort & toward our support during our natural lives." He appointed "my beloved son Thomas White & Cousin Samuel Read junr." overseers. After the death of Joseph and Lydia, Joseph directed that all the moveables should be equally divided amongst their children, except if the overseers thought more should go to Joseph for his trouble. Joseph Jr. accepted the responsibility and also signed the deed (Suffolk Deed 38:2,42). The deed was not acknowledged until 6 July 1725 when one of the witnesses 'Woodland Tompson" came forward and testified that he had seen them agree. That it was not brought forward for twenty years suggests that Lydia (Rogers) White, for whom we have no approximate death date, may have lived until shortly before July 1725.
    Person ID  I11646  Bryant
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2001 

    Father  Thomas White, Captain,   b. 1599, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Aug 1679, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Workman?,   b. 1615, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1650 
    Married  Bef 1636  Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID  F441  Group Sheet

    Family  Lydia Rogers,   b. 27 Mar 1642, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 06 Jul 1725, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Sep 1660  Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6
    Children 
     1. Joseph White,   b. 05 Jul 1661, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1662, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Joseph White,   b. 17 Dec 1662, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1757, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Lydia White,   b. 17 Dec 1662, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas White,   b. 01 Apr 1665, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1748, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Samuel White,   b. 14 Feb 1667, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. John White,   b. 03 Dec 1668, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 04 Jun 1718, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Ebenezer White,   b. 04 Dec 1670, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1726, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary White,   b. 1674, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1758, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ann White,   b. 1678, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1743
     10. Experience White,   b. 05 Dec 1680, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Hannah White,   b. 29 Nov 1681, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 01 May 1753
    Family ID  F640  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Sep 1660 - Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S261] Ancestry of Eva Kempton, Smith, Dean Crawford & Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1996), p.502.

    2. [S155] Benson, Benson Genealogy, (1923).

    3. [S261] Ancestry of Eva Kempton, Smith, Dean Crawford & Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1996), p.404, 507.

    4. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Mendon:514.

    5. [S32] TAG, The American Genealogist, 68:29-30 "1st wife or only wife ____ ____".

    6. [S150] Search for Passengers M & J:19, Burton Spear, (The Mary & John Clearinghouse, 5602-305th St., Toledo, OH 43611, 1993), p,52.


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