Family of Rev. Samuel Whiting (1846)
4631. Dorothy Whiting. Born ca 1628 in England. Dorothy died on 31 Jul 1694 in Roxbury, MA.83 Buried in Roxbury, MA GR1.
Dorothy came with her father from England arriving 26 May 1636. She joined the First Church in Roxbury by letter form the Church in Lynn 29 Apr 1660.57
On 4 Jun 1650 Dorothy married Thomas Weld (4609) , son of Rev. Thomas Weld (1826) (ca 1595-23 Mar 1660/1) & Margaret [Weld] (-bef 1636), in Roxbury, MA.83 Born ca Jul 1626 in Terling, Essex. Thomas was baptized in Terling, Essex, on 26 Jul 1626.57 Thomas died on 17 Jan 1682/3 in Roxbury, MA.83 Fever.
“Thomas Weld succeeded to his father’s lands, which [were] extensive. A deed recorded in Middlesex County (Middlesex Deeds 4.1) reflects the generosity with which the Colony had endowed the early minister: ‘Thomas Weld of Roxbury & Dorothy his wife FORASMUCH as it pleased the General Court at its meeting in May, 1638 to give and grant unto the Town of Roxbery an addition of 4000 acres of land, of which the Town gave to Mr. Thomas Weld, their pastor and the father of the aforesaid Thomas Weld, 333 acres, and WHEREAS the said General Court in its session of May, 1639 did likewise grant unto the said Thomas Weld 200 acres making in all 533 acres & was byb petition of said Thomas Weld confirmed unto him at a meeting in October, 1640, situate and lying beyond Cponcord River, as recorded in the old book of the General Court, folio 225, new trnascript of the same, folio 342, which was since freely given by said Thomas Weld with other lands and estate unto his sonne Thomas Weld first namede forever, NOW KNOW that said Thomas and Dorothy in consideration of other reasons, and special for £25 paid by John Alcocke of Roxbery, phisitian, deed all the abover land to him, – the 533 acres, &c.,’ dated 10 Mar. 1666/7, signed Thomas Weld, Senr., Dorothy Weld. At his death he was in possession of fifty acres or more ‘at home’; ‘lands not remote 49 acres; and lands remote, 153 acres.’
“He was a citizen of first importance in Roxbury; held all the principal town offices; was confirmed ‘Clerce of the Writts in october court, 1666’; is recorded as Representative to the General Court from Roxbury, 9 August, 1676, and 23 May, 1677 (Mass. Bay Records, 5.68, 132). Her served frequently on important committees. For instance, on 28 Feb., 1662/3 (26:11:62), the selectmen of Boston chose Wm. Parks, John Pearepoint, and Thomas Weld of Roxbury to meet them and certain representatives from Cambridge regarding the highways between Boston and Cambridge (Boston Record Commission 7.12f). The record goes on: ‘According to Towne order, Capt. Thomas Sauadge, Capt. Wm. Davis & Mr. Edward Rancdeford met at John White house (at Muddy River) wtih Mr. Stedman, Mr. Oke, Thomas Fox, and Edward Shepard, owneing themselvers a committee sent by the Towne of Cambridge, who declaring all former propositions null, after view of the several wayes by themselves and allso by theare friends of Roxsberry and debate of the matter, the committees of the Towne of Boston and Cambridge not agreeing, the Committee for the Towne of Boston, according to law referred its determination to Wm. Parkes, John Pearpoint, Thomas Weld, they being chosen for the next Towne of Roxberry.’ The result is given by as signed statement: ‘16:12:62; We, Wm. Parke, John Peirpoint, and Thomas Weld, being chosen to determine the highway leading from Cambridge thorough Boston bounds, the committees between thte two Townes not agreeing, doe conclude that the sd. way shall goe without the common field by Goodman Deuotions and Goodman Steevens houses and soe to Cambridge bounds as the ould way now runneth whervnto the committee of Boston concurred, hauing left the same vnto vs.’
“In 1678, 7 October, he was appointed by the General Court one of a committee of three to meet committees from the other provinces relative to selling the conquest lands, to meet in Plymouth the following March; again on 30 May, 1679, he was appointed one of a committee of three to settle affairs relative to building at Mendon, and to see that a minister is settled; again, on 11 June, 1680, he was charged to advise Martha Newell regarding sale of her late husband’s lands (Jacob Newell); and again on 11 May, 1691, he was one of committee of three to see to selling land and paying debts in the case of the children of Jno. Bridge (Mass. Bay Records, v. 204, 235, 283, 316).
“He was one of the supporters and ‘feofees’ of the Free School in Roxbury, or the Roxbury Latin School, as it later became. (Dillaway, pp. 7, 8, 15, 9, 10.) He signed one pound and four shillings yearly, making his estate liable for it, this being equal to the highest subscribers; on 15 Feb., 1662, he was chosen one of seven feofees of the school (p. 28). He signed a petition dated 20, 3d mo., 1669, reciting the fact that a school had been held ‘for many years,’ that the first book of accounts was burned in John Johnson’s house, and assking the General Court to ratify their rents. The signatures to theis petition were John Eliot, Thomas Weld. A facsimile of his signature is found in the frontispiece of Dillaway, as signed to an agreement with John Prudden to teach school, 25 of the 1st, 68. One of the last records of his activity is an account of his appointment, with John Woodmansey of Boston, as trustee for a certain residence in Boston for the use of the wife and children of Samuel Peacock, of Bosston, glazier (Suffolk Deeds 12.220).
“He was evidently a soldier in King Philip’s War, for his name is listed among the soldier claimants of Narragansett, No. 5, now Bedford, N.H., where his claim is presented by his son Edmund (Bodge, Soldiers of King Philip’s War, Boston 1906, p. 432).
“His will, dated 13 Jan. 1682, proved 6 Feb. 1682, makes wife Dorothy executrix, and John Bolds and Timothy Stevens overseers. Its provisions follow: To eldest son Thomas, 21 acres of land bought of Joseph Dudley and Joshua Lamb, to enter upon after death of my wife his mother if she remain a widow, otherwise at her marriage; he to pay her three pound a year; to son Samuel, the land where his house standeth fenced in, ten acres and about twenty acres lying near the other land, reserving firewood for my wife; also land lately bought of Wm. Hopkins, he paying my son Joseph twenty pounds; also all the fresh meadow lying in a place called ‘Flaggy meadow’; and about five acres of salt marsh lying below the ditch near John White’s meadow; also a horse, cart, and wheels; to two sons John and Edmund all my houses and orchards & to ( ) of them teh shops to be equally divided between them; also the ‘Trainging Place’ and they two to pay their mother twenty pounds a year so long as she remains a widow, and if she remarry, seven pounds a year; to son Joseph twenty pounds to be paid him by Samuel and all my meadow near the mill not formerly disposed of, by estimation seven acres; to two daughters Dorothy and margaret all my land lying near Boston gate to be equally divided, they to enter upon it when either of them be married with the consent of their mother; the cattle to be appraised and divided between my wife and sons; all my outlands to be equally divided between my four sons Samuel, John, Edmund, and Jospeh. The inventory of the estate amounted to £1271 11s 0d. It was taken 6 Feb., 1682.”57
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