(updated 1 June 2011)
|William WITTER 
Noted events in his life were:
• Emigration: settled near Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, America, 1629, , , , America. 2
• Court: Witness, 28 Feb 1643. 5 On 28 February 1642/3, Robert Driver was a witness in the case of William Witter, who questioned infant baptism. We may assume that his testimony was not too adversarial, since Witter called him to witness his will of 5 August 1659
• Will, 1659. 6 "(Essex Ct. Files VI : 142-3) 1659. 5 0/6 The will of William Witter . . . I give to my wife Annis halfe my lands, housing and chattels: but in case she chang her name, I bequeath to her but the thirds: and to my sonn Josia I give the other halfe of my lands, housing and chattels: but in case my wife mary, then I bequeath a double portion to my sonn Josia and his mother my wife shall haue but the thirds, as aforesaid, provided that my sonn shall not sell this his inheritance; but in case hee die wthout issue: then . . . this inhertanc shall bee instead upon Robert Burdin and my dafter Hanna, for their posterities. I will . . . . my wife Annis bee my sole exor.
• Will: page 15, 5 Aug 1659, Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. 7 In it he bequeathed to his wife, Annis, half of his estate, and to his son, Josiah, the other half. Of his daughter, he says: "Hannah shall hav a yew and a lamb this time twlf mounth." He died two years after making his will in 1659
• Surname, 1929. 7 William Witter, the first American ancestor of the Witter family of the United States and Canada, was born in England about the year 1584, as he was seventy-five when he died in 1659. His surname is one of the earliest found in New England and appears in various forms in the old records of this country and of England, -- as Witter, Whitter, Witton, and Whitton. One branch of the Whitter or Witter, family was of Broomehall, in Sussex, England, in the reign of Edward IV. A descendant of this family was Thomas Whitter of Exeter, Devonshire, who was an officer in Cromwell's army. This affiliation with he Parliamentary Party, and hence with the Puritan movement, which contributed largely to the settlement of New England, may indicate a probable connection between the Devonshire family and the Witters of Early Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, of which William Witter was the first American Ancestor.
• Biography, 1929. 7 William was living in Massachusetts as early as 1639, at which date he was probably of Swampscott, near Lynn. At a later period he was a resident of Swampscott, although his name is mention in some of the records of Lynn. The record of this arrival in New England is preserved in an old manuscript, written by his descendant, Samuel Witter, of the sixth generation, entitled: "The Genaligy of the Witters from their first arival fromm England to America, drawn from the Original, March the 20th AD 1773 by Samuel Witter", and the first entry is as follows:
• Biography, 1929. 3
• Source noted by Cary Schabert, 17 Jul 2000. WILLIAM WITTER. Occupation: farmer. William was the first known of his family appearing in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts court in April 1657 stating as a farmer in Swampscot he was having problems with an Indian named Duke William. Duke William claimed William's house had been erected on the land where his wigwam had been. The case was settled amicably with a compromise satisfactory to both parties.(Larry Chesebro) Feb 28 1643. He was presented at the Court at Salem, for his conduct regarding infant baptism, he regarding it as a sinful rite. Aug 5 1659. Will. Ex., wife Annis. Witnesses, Robert Driver and Wm. Hacker. He mentions his son Josiah and daughter Hannah Burdett, wife of Robert Burdett. (His son, Josiah, went to Stonington, CT.) Inventory, 132 pounds, 11 s. 6 May 1659 Lynn, Essex County, MA wherein he gave one-half his estate to his wife and son Josiah. He only bequeathed an ewe and a lamb to Hannah, in one year after his death. Other sources say Will August 6, 1657, ½ est. to wife Annis, ½ to son Josiah m. April 16, 1639, Sussex, England. (Larry Chesebro) Title: History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 - 1900 Author: Richard Anson Wheeler Publication: New London, CT, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900 Media: WITTER GENEALOGY Georgia Cooper Washburn 1929, Pg. 13-15 Book Page: page 686 m. April 16, 1639, Sussex, England. (Larry Chesebro); Larry Bentley. Winget: Lists birth as December 17, 1587, Burial Lynn, MA Ancestral File BMFT-8S
William married Hannah CHURCHMAN  [MRIN: 758], daughter of Hugh CHURCHMAN  and Unknown, on 16 Apr 1639 in Sussex, , , England. (Hannah CHURCHMAN  was born in 1595-1616 in , , , England.)
1 Waldo Lincoln A.B., Genealogy of The Waldo Family - A Record of the Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Mass from 1647 to 1900 NEHGS (www.newenglandancestors.org), page 240-243. Repository: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA, http://www.newenglandancestors.org, Call Number: CS71.W165 1902; Genealogy of the Waldo Family: A Record of the Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Mass. from 1647 to 1900 (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), (Worcester, Mass. , Press of C. Hamilton. Genealogy of the Waldo family : a record of the descendants of Cornelius Waldo, of Ipswich, Mass., from 1647 to 1900, 1902).
2 Published by the Society, editor, The Bi-Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut 1698-1898; Statistics of the Church taken from The Church Records online book, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : downloaded 23 Mar 2010), pages 85 & 86.
3 Conpiled by Georgia Cooper Washburn and Edited by Mabel Tacher Rosemary Washburn, editors, Witter Genealogy, Descendants of William Witter of Swampscott Massachusetts, 1639-1659 Online book, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com), 13-15.
4 Waldo Lincoln A.B., Genealogy of The Waldo Family - A Record of the Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Mass from 1647 to 1900 NEHGS (www.newenglandancestors.org), page 240-243. Repository: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA, http://www.newenglandancestors.org, Call Number: CS71.W165 1902.
5 Ancestry - Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, 9 volumes (Salem 1911-1975). Repository: Ancestry.com, 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604, USA, http://www.ancestry.com.
6 John William Linzee, Jr. A. B., S. B., The History of Peter Parker & Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Massachusetts & their Ancestros and Descendants digital book, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : downloaded 8 Apr 2010), 371 & 372.
7 Witter Genealogy, Compiled by Georgia Cooper Washburn, Witter Genealogy - Descendants of William Witter of Swampscott, Massachusetts, 1639-1659 (175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, The National Historical Company, 1929), Book, First Generation. Repository: P. Kristine Hurd, 3002 Pacific Avenue, Hoquiam, WA 98550, USA, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcmanigle/Index.html.
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