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John   McWhorter
of Greenwich, MA
(cir1695-1768)

Updated 20-Sep-2000


The following article3-generation register report  and  list of research sources about John McWhorter of Greenwich, MA was originally published in the McWh*rter Genealogy Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 3 (August 2000).


If new information has come to light since the date of first publication, additions or corrections made to the original text are indicated in red.


Care should be used in crediting the information presented here. What has been compiled in the McWh*rter Database, from which these articles and reports are drawn, has been contibuted by many different researchers - some more careful than others.


The numbers following each name below (i.e. #25505 for John McWhorter & #8874 for John McWhirter of Greenwich, MA) are the numbers assigned those individuals in the McWh*rter Database.

Quick Links to Other North American Progenitors

John McWhorter (cir1710-1757) of Albemarle co., VA
Hugh McWhorter (cir1690-1750) of New Castle co., DE
David McWhorter (1741-1789) of Lancaster co., PA
Hugh McWhorter (1757-1837) of York co., SC
Moses McWhorter (cir1700-cir1756) of Lancaster co., PA
Mathew McWhorter (abt1725-1804) of Washington co., NY
John McWhorter (1739-1813) of Washington co., NY
Thomas McWhorter (cir1710-17??) of New Jersey
Hugh E. "Hughey" McWhorter (cir1705-1784) of PA and DE
Hance McWhorter (cir1730-abt1773) of Rowan co., NC
William McWhorter (abt1745-1823) of PA and OH
George Gray McWhorter (1762-1829) of SC & AL
Gilbert McWhirter (1794-1874) & John McWhirter (1801-1883) of Scotland and Canada
Thomas McCargo McWhirter (1793-aft1840) of McNab twp., Quebec, Canada
Samuel Mehorter (cir1795-bef1861) of Philadelphia, PA
Samuel McWhirter (1824-1909) of Saratoga co., NY
Thomas McWhirter (1804-1867) of Middlebury, VT
John McWhirter (abt1830-18??) of Scotland, England & Staten Island, NY

 

John McWhorter
of Greenwich, MA
(cir1695-1768)

John McWhorter (or McWharter or Mewharter) [db#25505] was born before 1700 perhaps in Ireland or Scotland. In 1742 John McWhorter, then residing in Brookfield, Worcester co., MA, purchased from a John McClanathan, land in nearby Greenwich, Hampshire co., MA. The parcel consisted of 100 acres bounded on the south by the property of a John Rayes [sic], on the east by "Smooth Quabbin", and on the west by the Swift River. He must have moved his family there soon after. He was a farmer in Greenwich until his death there in 1768. In his will John, self described "yeoman", left his "farm" and "husbandry implements" to his son John [db#73]. John McWhorter’s land in Greenwich, as well as the entire town of Greenwich, MA, is now at the bottom of the Quabbin Reservoir created to provide the area of Boston with a sufficient supply of water.

Whether John Sr. arrived in the Colonies prior to his marriage, or the birth of all or some of his children, is not known. He mentions his "dearly beloved wife" Jannet [db#25506] in his will, and "Jennet" released her dower rights in 50 acres of land that John sold in 1762, but her maiden name is not known.

Greenwich, MA church records relate that John "McWharter" departed this life, aged better than 70 on 13-Jul-1768. His wife, Jannet, plus three sons and five daughters outlived him.

John McWhorter’s children include:

Mathew McWhorter [db#204]. Mathew is named in the will of his father executed 25-Jan-1768. Although Mathew is listed first among the heirs and is probably the eldest son, the land and buildings owned by his father were left to Mathew’s younger brother John [db#73]. John was also named as executor of his father’s will. This strongly suggests that Mathew had removed from the Greenwich, MA area prior to his father’s death. Mathew purchased/sold? land in Pelham, MA in 1760. Indeed, Mathew is noted as a landholder in Salem, Washington co., NY as early as 1770 and appears to have been among the first settlers of that place on lots 162 and 163 of the Turner Patent which was granted in 1764. On 3-Jun-1772 Mathew "...of White Creek, so called, in the Co. of Albany and Province of New York, husbandman..." sold 50 acres of land in Greenwich, MA. The baptisms of several of Mathew’s children are noted in Greenwich, MA church records between 1756 and 1766 making it likely that he removed from Greenwich, MA to Salem, NY about 1767. Mathew’s wife was a "MaryAn" [db#205] , but her last name remains a mystery. [For more on Mathew McWhorter [db#204] see Volume 2 Issue 2 of the Newsletter, p. 3-6].

John McWhorter [db#73] was made executor of his father’s will in 1768 and he inherited the family farm. He remained in Greenwich, MA until after 1776. Hampshire co., MA land records reflect his sale of 50 acres in Greenwich in Dec-1777. Church records there record the baptisms of his children through 1773. In 1775 he served in the Revolutionary struggle as a Sergeant in Capt. Joseph Hooker's company of Minute-men, Col. Ruggles Woodbridge's regiment., which marched 20-Apr-1775, in response to the alarm of 19-Apr-1775. His service at that time was 18 days. John married Bethiah Hall [db#74] in Greenwich, MA on 14-May-1767. Sometime after 1775 they left Greenwich, MA and made their way to Hebron and then Granville (1787) in Washington co., NY. On 15-Oct-1781 John McWhorter then "...of Black Creek, Co. of Charlot, State of New York..." sold several lots in Greenwich, MA. Eventually John removed to the new frontier town of Warsaw, Gennesse co., NY in 1804. [For more on John McWhorter [db#73] see Volume 2 Issue 3 of the Newsletter, p. 5-9].

Samuel McWhorter [db#14550] married 27-Mar-1760 in Greenwich, MA to Mary McCluer [db#25496]. He must have remained in the area until after 1778 as his wife Mary died in Greenwich in Feb-1778. He sold land in Greenwich in both Jan-1773 and Feb-1777. At some point he removed to nearby Ware, MA as Samuel McWhorter reported from Ware, MA is found in Capt. Jonathan Bardwell's co., Col. David Brewer's (9th) regiment in October 1775. On 12-Mar-1777 "...in the first year of the independence of the American States..." Samuel McWhorter "...of Ware..." sold land there "...where I now dwell...". After the death of his wife he must have removed to Washington co., NY as he is listed as one of 15 inhabitants [including brother Mathew] of White Creek (Washington co., NY) who in March 1782 petitioned New York saying they had never wanted to "sucede" [sic] to Vermont and they were faithful subjects of New York. By 1784 he is listed as a landholder in Hebron, Washington co., NY.

Jane McWhorter [db#25507] apparently never married as she is referred to as Jane "McWhorter" all her life. She is mentioned in the will of her father in 1768 [Greenwich, MA]; the will of her brother Mathew in 1798 [Washington co., NY; and, the will of her nephew, Mathew McWhorter Jr. [db#206] in 1812 [Washington co., NY].

Margaret McWhorter [db#13782], mentioned as "Margaret Smith" in her father’s will, married Robert Smith [db#13781] on 13-Dec-1759 in Westfield, MA. Margaret’s gravestone in Palmer, MA indicates that she died 28-Jun-1812, age 83, giving her an approximate date of birth of 1729.

Sarah McWhorter [db#25512] is mentioned in her father’s will as "Sarah Wheeler".

Rachel McWhorter [db#25508] is mentioned in her father’s will as "Rachel McCluer". She married Thomas McCluer [db#25509] on 2-Jun-1762 in Greenwich, MA.

Martha McWhorter [db#25510] is mentioned in her father’s will as "Martha Jones". She married John Jones [db#25511] on 8-Mar-1764 in Greenwich, MA.

 


tree6.gif (2816 bytes)    The Modified Register Reports which follow relate information currently in the MCWH*RTER DATABASE.
Anyone with additional information to offer or who believes that a correction to some of the information is justified should feel free
to offer their assistance.


 

 

1. John (McWharter or) McWhorter #25505 b. cir1695, residences: Brookfield & Greenwich,MA, m. Jannet ? #25506, b. cir1700, residences: Greenwich, MA, d. aft 25-Jan-1768. John died 13-Jul-1768, Greenwich, MA.

.....Children:

.......+ 2. i Mathew McWhorter #204 b. abt1725.

.......+ 3. ii   John McWhorter #73 b. 1739.

.......+ 4. iii Samuel McWhorter #14550 b. cir1740.

..........5. iv Jane McWhorter #25507 b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA, d. aft1798.

..........6. v Margaret McWhorter #13782 b. abt1729, residences: Greenwich, MA, m. 13-Dec-1759, in Westfield, MA, Robert Smith #13781, b. cir1730, residences: Palmer, MA. Margaret died 28-Jun-1812 in Palmer, MA.

..........7. vi Sarah McWhorter #25512 b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA, m. ? Wheeler #25515, b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........8. vii Rachel McWhorter #25508 b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA, m. 2-Jun-1762, in Greenwich, MA, Thomas McCluer #25509, b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........9. viii Martha McWhorter #25510 b. cir1742, residences: Greenwich, MA, m. 8-Mar-1764, in Greenwich, Hampshire co., MA, John Jones #25511, b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA.

 

Second Generation

 

2. Mathew McWhorter #204 (1.John1) b. abt1725, prob Ireland, residences: Ireland; MA; Salem, NY, m. Maryann ? #205, b. cir1730, residences: Greenwich, MA. Mathew died 19-Dec-1804, Salem, Washington co., NY, buried: Old Graveyard, Salem, NY.

.....Children:

..........10. i Susanah McWhorter #25504 b. 22-Nov-1756, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........11. ii Mary McWhorter #5042 b. cir1760, residences: Salem, Washington co., NY, m. 1779, in Salem, NY, Hugh Harsha #5043, b. 22-Jul-1753, Ballybay, Ireland, (son of James Harsha #5046 and Esther Reid #5047) residences: Ireland; Argyle, NY, d. aft1798, Argyle, NY. Mary died Washington co., NY.

..........12. iii Isabell McWhorter #703 b. cir1760, residences: Salem, NY, m. George Williams #15192, b. 17??. Isabell died aft1812.

..........13. iv James McWhorter #702 b. abt1761, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Salem, NY, m. Jane Simpson #15189, b. cir1764, (daughter of Alexander Simpson #18627 and Patty Martha Turk #19378) residences: Washington co., NY, d. 1-Oct-1832, Hebron, Washington co., NY, buried: East Hebron cemetery, Washington co., NY. James died 1-Aug-1839, Hebron, Washington co., NY, buried: East Hebron cemetery, Washington co., NY.

..........14. v Rebecca McWhorter #704 b. abt1763, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Salem, NY, m. Andrew D. Simpson #15191, b. 11-Jun-1761, Pique, Lancaster co., PA, (son of Alexander Simpson #18627 and Patty Martha Turk #19378) residences: PA; Salem, NY, d. 11-Aug-1845, Jasper, NY, buried: Mt. Hope cemetery, Troupsburg, NY. Rebecca died aft1812, buried: Mt. Hope cemetery, Troupsburg, NY.

..........15. vi Mathew McWhorter Jr. #206 b. abt1767, residences: Salem, NY, m. Mary ? #15190, b. cir1770, residences: Salem, Washington co., NY, d. aft1812. Mathew died 15-Feb-1812, Salem, Washington co., NY, buried: Old Graveyard, Salem, NY.

..........16. vii John McWhorter #701 b. 1768, Salem, Washington co., NY, residences: Salem, NY, m. in Cincinnatus, NY, Catherine Young #20014, b. 1781, (daughter of ? Nancy #21209) residences: MA; Cortland co., NY, d. 20-Feb-1859. John died 26-Aug-1847, Cinicinnatus, NY.

 

3. John McWhorter #73 (1.John1) b. 1739, Scotland?;Brookfield,MA?, residences: MA.; Warsaw, NY, m. 14-May-1764, in Greenwich, MA, Bethia Hall #74, b. cir1745, residences: MA; Washington co., NY, d. bef1807, pos. Granville, Washington co., NY. John died 6-Jan-1813, Warsaw, NY.

.....Children:

..........17. i Polly McWhorter #78 b. 1767, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Warsaw, NY, m. 17-Mar-1788, in Granville, Washington co., NY, Elkannah Day #85, b. 3-Feb-1761, Attleboro, MA, (son of David Day #541) residences: Attleboro,MA;Warsaw,NY, d. 23-Jan-1813, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Polly died 1819, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........18. ii John McWhorter #75 b. abt1769, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Washington co., NY, m. Clarissa Phelps #79, b. 15-Nov-1778, (daughter of Isaac Phelps #1936 and Lydia Case #1937) residences: Wash.; Gen.;Chau.co., NY. John died cir1795, Granville, Washington co., NY.

..........19. iii Jenette (or Jennett) McWhorter #460 b. 1771, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA;Granville & Warsaw, NY, m. 1792(3), in Granville, Washington co., NY, Zera Tanner #461, b. 1770, Cornwall, CT, (son of Thomas Tanner #5053 and Anna Baldwin #5054) residences: CT; NY, d. -Nov-1837, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Jenette died -Jan-1838, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........20. iv Patiance McWhorter #76 b. 1773, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Warsaw, NY, m. 1808, Hezekiah Wakefield #81, b. -Feb-1774, residences: Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, d. 31-Oct-1830, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Patiance died 31-Oct-1861, prob. Warsaw, Wyoming co., NY.

..........21. v Chloe McWhorter #261 b. abt1777, Greenwich, MA, residences: MA; Warsaw, NY; IL, m. aft -Oct-1816, in Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, Joel Phippany #260, b. cir1775, (son of James Phippany #598) residences: Hinesburgh,VT;Sheldon,NY, d. 8-Apr-1834, Sheldon, NY, buried: Sheldon, NY. Chloe died Belvidere, IL.

..........22. vi Jezebella McWhorter #25495 b. cir1777, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........23. vii David McWhorter #1922 b. cir1780, residences: NY, d. 1809, Manlius, NY.

..........24. viii Samuel McWhorter #77 b. 17-Nov-1786, Hebron, Washington co., NY, residences: NY; IL; WI, m. (1) 1812, in Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, Annis Brown #83, b. 1788, residences: Warsaw; Westfield, NY, d. bef1849, Westfield, Chautaugua co., NY, m. (2) 1849, in Belvidere, IL, Susannah "Susan" Phelps #1959, b. 18-Jun-1786, (daughter of Isaac Phelps #1936 and Lydia Case #1937) residences: NY; IL; WI, d. aft1869. Samuel died 1865, Kilbourn City, WI.

 

4. Samuel McWhorter #14550 (1.John1) b. cir1740, residences: MA; Hebron, NY, m. 27-Mar-1760, in Greenwich, MA, Mary McCluer #25496, b. cir1740, residences: Greenwich, MA, d. -Feb-1778, Greenwich, MA. Samuel died aft1786.

.....Children:

..........25. i Rachel (McWharton or) McWhorter #433 b. 28-Jan-1760, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA, m. 21-Jan-1783, John McClintock #432, b. 5-Sep-1760, Palmer, MA, residences: Palmer, MA.

..........26. ii Susanna McWhorter #25497 b. bef1764, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........27. iii Anna McWhorter #25498 b. bef1764, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........28. iv Molly McWhorter #25499 b. abt1768, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........29. v Sarah McWhorter #25500 b. abt1768, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........30. vi Achsah McWhorter #25501 b. bef1778, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........31. vii Eunice McWhorter #25502 b. bef1778, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.

..........32. viii Lydia McWhorter #25503 b. bef1778, Greenwich, MA, residences: Greenwich, MA.


res1AY.gif (10045 bytes)References for Researchers of John McWhorter of Greenwich, MA.


Land Records of Hampshire County, MA, Vol. 4, p.127, 595-7; Vol.6, p.249; Vol.8, p.84; Vol.9, p.657,658; Vol.16, p.80,81,539,539, 679,680; Vol.17, p.254; Vol. 21, p.491; and, Vol. 23, p.59.

Church Records of Greenwich, MA from Cynthia Rossi of Bellflower, CA.

The Will of John McWhorter of Greenwich, MA, Hampshire County, MA Probate Records Vol. 12, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, microfilm #0879189.

McClaughry - West from Cleghill, by Philip C. Biddle, privately published Dec, 1980, p. 89-91 (FHS Library, Salt Lake City, UT).

Landholders of Northeastern New York 1739-1802, by Fred Q. Bowman, published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, MD, 1983, p. 119.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 38, 1907, p.90, "Tombstone Inscriptions in the Old Graveyard at Salem, New York" by Dr Asa Fitch.

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution, Vol. 10, p. 574.


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