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Faunce, James Freer, "The Faunce Family," NEHGR, Volume CXIV (1960), pp. 115-125, 211-217.

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1. John1 Faunce, of the Plymouth Colony, born possibly in Purleigh, co. Essex, England, about 1602 or 1610, died in Plymough, Mass., 29 Nov. 1653 or 1654. Some question this date; for example, Davis in "Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth" says his son John was born 19 Nov. 1654 and died between this date and 9 Dec. 1654. C. H. Pope in "Pioneers of Massachusetts" says John died 29 Nov. 1653; an inventory was taken 15 Dec. 1653 (Plymouth Records, The Register, vol. V, p. 259) and his heir, son Thomas, was recognized by the Plymouth Court 29 Oct. 1668. Savage, in his "Genealogical Dictionary", says it was the son John who died 29 Nov. 1654. Goodwin, in his "The Pilgrim Republic", p. 243, says John died when his son Thomas was eight years old, which would be in late 1653, and since his last child, Joseph, was born 14 May 1653, I accept this date since it sems certain he died in Plymouth 29 Nov. 1653. He married in Plymouth, in 1633, Patience Morton, born in Leyden, Holland, in 1616, died in Plymouth in 1691, aged 77 years, daughter of George Morton.
The inventory of his estate was taken 15 Dec. 1653, and showed a value of £27.10s 6d. This inventory was exhibited 7 March 1654 on the oath of the Widow Patience Faunce. Her husband's property included two cows worth £10, five swine worth £2, and a weaver's loom, "Slayes and Taking" worth £2.10s. On 7 March 1754 "hres of adminnestration was graunted unto Patience Faunce, to adminester on the estate of John Faunce, deceased".
On 30 May 1659 "an addition of land is graunted until Leiftenant Southworth and Patience Faunce, widow, at the heads of their lotts

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of the said Leiftenant Southworth and John Faunce at the Eel River; this addition to extend a quarter of a mile unto the woods . . . to be understood only of the woods of the said lands; but the land to remaine comon". On 29 Oct. 1668 "at this court Thomas Faunce appeered in the court, and being of full age was taken notice of by the court, and owned and acknowlidged to be the right heire apparent to the lands of John Faunce, Senir, sometimes of Plymouth, in New England, deceased". His grave is unknown and his son, Elder Thomas Faunce, told Dea. Ephraim Spooner that the graves of his parents were leveled and sown over in order to conceal them from the Indians.
John Faunce joined the Pilgrims who, on or about 10 July 1623, sailed from England in the 140-ton ship "Anne" of London, William Peirce, Master. [snip] This ship arrived in July.
On the same ship was Patience Morton whose father, George Morton (1585-1624), was a merchant of a well-to-do Roman Catholic family of Harworth, neer Scrooby, England, who organized the "Anne" and "Little James" company and died impoverished not long after landing. Also on board was her mother Juliana Carpenter Morton (1584-1665) of Wrington, near Bath, Somersetshire, daughter of Alexander Carpenter, a member of the Ancient Brethern. Juliana was thirty-eight years old when they landed in Plymouth. [snip]

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[Note: After the father, John Faunce, died, his widow Patience married ----- Whitney. In the Plymouth town records her son, Thomas, thus recorded: "My dear Mother Whitteney deceased 16 August 1691, age 77 years."]
See "The Faunce Family: Addenda and Corrections" Vol. 116, p. 188-189.

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Dumont, William H., "Some Revolutionary Soldiers and Their Heirs," "NEHGR", Volume CXIV (1960), pp. 177-193.

In a volume entitled "Bounty Land Script - Act of 1833", now part of the old loan records of the Treasury Department in the National Archives, Washington, D. C., are many names of Revolutionary soldiers and their heirs who were issued bounty land scrip in place of the military bounty land warrants given for service during the Revolution. This volume has the call number "NN" and that of the index of soldiers' names in it is "NN-1". The entries start 18 April 1833 and stop 19 Jan. 1870.

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Massachusetts
Lunt, Job, pri., p. 217, 1833 - only heirs: Wm. Lunt (nephew), Mary, Libby, Patience Whitney, Isaac S., Joshua, Eleanor, Job, Abigail, Joseph P. & Benjamin Lunt, Esther Bray, Betsy Irish, Jane Bradford, Enoch Riggs, Mary Barnham, Eleanor Beck.

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Rhode Island
Stafford, Thomas, pri., cert. 11287. 1850 - only heirs: Christina Whitney, Eley Harard.

Bragdon, Lester MacKenzie, "Vital Records of York, Maine," "NEHGR", Volume CXIV (1960), pp. 44-51, 125-134, 227-228, 290-295.

Marriages
Page No Intention Record Marriage Record
50 103 Nathan Whitney of Biddeford & Lydia Young of York intend Marriage, Entered Augt 29. 1730 Novembr 12. 1730
128 54 Abel Whitney & Mary Cane both of York intend Marriage, Entred Octobr. 4. 1735 Novr. 13-1735 by ye Revd. Mr Saml Moody
128 72 Jer: Simpson and Sarah Whitney both of Yourk Intend marriage, Entred. June 26th: 1736 Married by the Revd. Mr Saml Moody July 13th. 1736
227 204 Isaac Whitney and Sarah Crosby both of York intend Marriage Entred February 25. 1743  
292 54 Amos Whitney & Sarah Payne both of York intend Marriage Entred July 16. 1748. Married Sepr 5 - 1748 by the Revd Mr Saml Chandler

Barlow, Claude W., "The Titus Family of Douglas, Mass., and Vershire, Vt.," "NEHGR", Volume CXIV (1960), pp. 159-177.

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2. Benjamin4 Titus (Joseph3, John2, Robert1), born in Rehoboth, Mass., 4 Dec. 1693, died in Douglas, Mass., before 3 May 1756, when Ezra Whitney was made guardian of his youngest children, Benjamin and Theodosy. He married first, in Attleborough, 22 May 1720, Hepzebath Hemenway, died in Rehoboth 5 July 1728; and secondly, in Rehoboth, 18 June 1729, Hannah Wiswell.
He moved to Douglas in 1746 with his wife and four children, and bought land on the Uxbridge line. When the widow Hannah consented to the administration of his estate on 20 Dec. 1756, she signed for Benjamin, Noah, and Hepsebah, all deceased. The small balance of Noah's estate was distributed in 1759 "to the three sisters". Benjamin left no male heirs, and his widow and surviving children appear to have returned to Rehoboth. [snip]

McTeer, Frances (Davis), and Warner, Frederick C., "The Willis Family of Sudbury, Massachusetts," NEHGR, Volume CXIV (1960), pp. 22-43, 96-113, 193-207, 268-282.

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On 1 May 1794 Daniel Willis of Sudbury bought of Eliphalet and Sarah Whitney of Colrain 14 acres on the south bank of North River in Colrain (Franklin County Deeds, vol. 10, p. 436). On 29 Sept. 1829 Daniel Willis of Colrain gave Power of Attorney to his brother, Samuel Willis, of Fitchburg, Mass., on the estate of their father, Hopestill Willis of Sudbury (Middlesex County Deeds, vol. 271, p. 432)

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