______________________ | _________________________________| | | | |______________________ | _Edgar Eugene WELLER _| | (1892 - 1982) | | | ______________________ | | | | |_________________________________| | | | |______________________ | | |--Donald Keith WELLER | (1918 - ....) | _Zephaniah B. DONAHO _ | | (1805 - 1857) m 1846 | _John William DONAHO ____________| | | (1846 - 1909) m 1873 | | | |_Mary BRYANT _________+ | | (1827 - 1889) m 1846 |_Zella Mae DONAHO ____| (1891 - 1991) | | _William HURST _______ | | |_Amanda (Ellen?) Florence HURST _| (1855 - 1936) m 1873 | |_Mary OSBURN _________
______________________ | _________________________________| | | | |______________________ | _Edgar Eugene WELLER _| | (1892 - 1982) | | | ______________________ | | | | |_________________________________| | | | |______________________ | | |--Kenneth Eugene WELLER | (1914 - ....) | _Zephaniah B. DONAHO _ | | (1805 - 1857) m 1846 | _John William DONAHO ____________| | | (1846 - 1909) m 1873 | | | |_Mary BRYANT _________+ | | (1827 - 1889) m 1846 |_Zella Mae DONAHO ____| (1891 - 1991) | | _William HURST _______ | | |_Amanda (Ellen?) Florence HURST _| (1855 - 1936) m 1873 | |_Mary OSBURN _________
His first marriage was to Elizabeth Hunt in ENG, ca 1618, and they had a large family. Date of marriage to Elizabeth (Deming) Foote may be incorrect in this book. Need to check earlier sources.
living - details excluded
Obituary in Long Island New Leaf, 27sep1906?, indicates she had 5 children, but other sources including pension records show 6 children. Burial was indicated in Pleasant Hill Cem., evidently now Goode Cem.
 BD from cemetery record
 married "at residence of John McDougall", according to documentation in the pension file. This was the residence of John R. McDougall, as the location given in Marriages, Book B indicates: at Phillipsburg by N. Poling, J.P.
_____________________ | _______________________| | | | |_____________________ | _John Gibson WEST ___| | | | | _____________________ | | | | |_______________________| | | | |_____________________ | | |--Norma Ermine WEST | | _____________________ | | | _Francis James FAVELL _| | | | | | |_____________________ | | |_Lida Ann FAVELL ____| | | _Michael EMNOTT _____ | | |_Caroline EMNOTT ______| | |_Agnes RITTER _______+
Evidence for parentage of Abigail is highly circumstantial. On 21 mar 1692, John Westbrook sold land in Portsmouth to his son-in-law John Urin. Since John's second wife is known to be Rebecca Cate, this transaction has traditionally been taken as evidence that John's first wife Abigail was John Westbrook's daughter. This is complicated by the assertion collected by Torrey (New England Marriages before 1700) that John Westbrook married Alice Cate, widow of James Cate and mother of Rebecca Cate, sometime after the death of James Cate in 1677. However, contemporary evidence for this marriage has not been located. In fact, the estate of James Cate came before the probate court as late as 1702, and still refers to Alice Cate, widow and administratrix of James Cate of Portsmouth, carpenter. It does not seem likely that Alice would still be named Cate if she had remarried to Westbrook. John Westbrook, meanwhile, died in 1697, and his widow Alice renounced adminstration of the estate of her husband in favor of his oldest son, Thomas Westbrook. If the widow in question was indeed Alice Cate, and if she married John Westbrook before 1692, then it is possible that John Urin would be Westbrook's "son-in-law" by virtue of the latter being the stepfather of the former's wife. In that case, Abigail would not have to be a Westbrook at all.
The matter is not settled by the documents relating to John Westbrook's estate. No indication survives of who the heirs-at-law were.
 Abigail must have been born after her mother's remarriage, but early enough to be the mother of Richard Uran, thus narrowing the date from 1665 to 1668.
 Date is constrained by the birthdate of her son Richard Uran, and by the remarriage of John Uran to Rebecca Cate 12 nov 1686.
 Date of marriage estimated from age of bride and birthdate of her son.
__ | __| | | | |__ | _John WESTBROOK _____| | (.... - 1697) | | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Abigail WESTBROOK | (.... - 1686) | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_Martha WALFORD _____| | | __ | | |__| | |__
An interesting puzzle is presented by the conclusions of later genealogists on the relationship of John Westbrook to John Urin. I believe it is a case of circular reasoning.
John Westbrook is known to have had two wives, Martha Walford and Alice _____. The surname of the second wife is not attested by contemporary records. John Westbrook sold land in Portsmouth to his "son-in-law" John Urin 21 mar 1692. At the time, John Urin was married to Rebecca Cate, daughter of James Cate and his wife Alice. James Cate had already died in 1677. C. C. Whittier found that John Urin also had a previous wife Abigail, and so concluded that Abigail must have been a daughter of John Westbrook, thus explaining how Urin could be considered a son-in-law of Westbrook. (This explanation assumes that Alice, wife of John Westbrook, is not the same person as Alice, widow of James Cate.)
John Westbrook died in 1697, leaving widow Alice. Apparently based on the statement that John Urin was Westbrook's son-in-law, Torrey and perhaps others took this as evidence that John Westbrook's widow was none other than Alice Cate, widow of James Cate. However, Cate's widow was still before the probate court in 1702 as Alice Cate. Libbey (Geneal. Enc. ME & NH, 1939) goes so far as to suggest that Alice is known as Cate or Westbrook, depending on which estate she is administering. (This line of reasoning ignores the possibility that it was through John Urin's first wife, unknown to Torrey, that he became a son-in-law to John Westbrook.)
Now, if John Westbrook's second wife really were Alice Cate, then by the standards of the times, he would call John Urin his son-in-law by virtue of being the step-father of Urin's wife. If that were true, then the evidence for the parentage of Urin's first wife Abigail would disappear. In other words, there are enough clues to support the possibility that one or the other relationship may be correct, but not both.
Thus, the parentage of Abigail depends on determining whether Alice Cate married John Westbrook. So far the only "evidence" is Westbrook's relationship to Urin, which is where we started! One way out of this conundrum would be to find records of the estates of both widows, which would certainly establish that they were two different people! (If they are different people, then John Westbrook was not married to John Urin's second wife's mother, and thus it must be through John Urin's first wife Abigail that Urin was the son-in-law of Westbrook, thus proving, in some sense, the parentage of Urin's first wife Abigail.) Until then, it does not seem plausible that one widow would have used two different names over a period of more than 20 years without some mention of this fact appearing in the records of the probate court, so the identification of Abigail as John Westbrook's daughter is retained in the present analysis..
Hasbrook's compilation of early NH records contains a citation for Portsmouth church records, which, unfortunately, has not been located. He shows Alice Westbrook as a member of the Portsmouth church in 1699. If Alice Westbrook can be shown to have died before 1702, the puzzle would also be resolved, because that would show that the Alice Cate who administers James Cate's estate in 1702 could not have been the widow also of James Westbrook..
 Adminstration of the estate granted to his oldest son, Thomas Westbrook, 11 aug 1697.
 Martha's first husband died in June 1664, and Martha had already remarried to John Westbrook by November, 1666, when her father wrote his will.
__ | __| | | | |__ | _William WESTWOOD ___| | (1606 - 1669) m 1643| | | __ | | | | |__| | | | |__ | | |--Sarah WESTWOOD | (1644 - 1729) | __ | | | __| | | | | | |__ | | |_Bridget (WESTWOOD) _| (1602 - 1676) m 1643| | __ | | |__| | |__
Estimated marriage date.
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