Mailing List:2001-11-06 01, Re: Josiah Whitney/Barrett, by Allan E. Green

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Mailing List Archives > 2001-11-06 01, Re: Josiah Whitney/Barrett, by Allan E. Green

From: ALLAGREEN -at- Subject: Re: [WHITNEY-L] Josiah Whitney/Barrett Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 01:20:08 EST Dear Carolyn and WRG: Apropos the following: > It is interesting to speculate on what was really going on in > those days within the family, starting with John and Elinor not > being named in his father's (Thomas) will. Were there hard > feelings over John leaving England? Was there some family > quarrel unresolved between the Whitney brothers in England or > between John and his father? > It must be remembered that by the time Thomas died, John and his family had been gone from England for two years. Thus it doesn't surprise me that he didn't appear in his father's will. (Since I first wrote this, I read Robert's reminder that Thomas didn't leave a will -- something I should have remembered myself. However, that doesn't obviate the idea below) John arrived in Watertown with substantial means, as he purchased property and achieved a position in the community very quickly. He was admitted freeman in March of the next year, 1635/6, and was named "selectman" as early as 1638. To me, this would suggest the strong possibility that he had been either: (1) extremely skilled in enriching himself in his trade in the years between his release from his apprenticeship in 1614 and his departure with his family in April of 1635, or (2) that he may have been provided with an appropriate share of his patrimony at the time of his departure. He came by those resources somehow before his departure. This is, of course, speculation on my part as well. Happy Hunting! Allan E. Green

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