Henry Withington

Male Bef 1590 - 1667


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  • Name  Henry Withington 
    Born  Bef 22 Feb 1590  Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  02 Feb 1667  Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Henry WITHINGTON, was the ancestor of most of those of the name in the United States. With his second wife, Elizabeth (SMITH), and his four children, he came to Dorchester, probably in the same ship (the James) with Rev. Richard MATHER and his company, arriving 16 August 1635. (See notes on the "JAMES" voyage under William BALLARD family notes) Henry was one of the signers of the covenant by which the Dorchester church was founded, and was the first ruling elder of the church, continuing in that office for 29 years until his death. He was one of the selectmen of Dorchester in 1636, and was otherwise prominent in the affairs of the town and church, though there appears no record of his having been made a freeman. He shared in the division of lands in Dorchester, was a blacksmith by trade, and was one of the founders and original shareholder in one of the first ironworks in the American colonies, on Mill River in Taunton. James LEONARD, Sr., the original operator and founder of the iron works, evidently intended it be named for Henry WITHINGTON, notwithstanding the corruption of the name to "Whittingtin' and Whittenton." Henry purchased, 23 Apr 1638, and occupied the house built on the lot in Dorchester formerly owned by Matthias SENSION (or St. JOHN), who went from Dorchester to Windsor, CT, and was one of the founders of the church there. Many records attest to the fact that he was universally beloved, respected, and trusted. Rev. Richard MATHER called him "Beloved Friend," and made him overseer of his will in 1664. Rev. Samuel DANFORTH said of him: "A man that excelled in wisdom, meekness and goodness." In his will, dated 8 Jan 1664/65, he says that he is "about the Age of 76 yeares or upon 77." The inventory of his estate amounted to 850.17.3d. [see NEHGR 16:52-53] !NEHGR 75:143
    Person ID  I22539  Bryant
    Last Modified  18 Feb 2001 

    Father  George Withington 
    Mother  Margaret 
    Family ID  F1683  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Smith,   b. Abt 1600,   d. 16 Feb 1660, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Sep 1622  Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Withington,   b. Abt 1623, probably, Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1697, Cambridge, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Anne Withington,   b. Abt 1625, probably, Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Feb 1692, probably, Haddam, Middlesex Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1680  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Anne Leech,   d. Bef 26 Sep 1621, Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Sep 1615  Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Faith Withington,   b. Bef 13 Oct 1616, Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1689, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Richard Withington,   b. Bef 03 May 1618, Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1701, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1681  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Margery Turner,   b. Abt 1617, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1676, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Jun 1662  Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1682  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 22 Feb 1590 - Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Sep 1615 - Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Sep 1622 - Leigh Parish, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jun 1662 - Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Feb 1667 - Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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