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John McWhorter
of Washington co., NY
(1739-1813)

Updated 20-Sep-2000


The following article3-generation register report  and  list of research sources about John McWhorter of Washington co., NY was originally published in the the McWh*rter Genealogy Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 3 (August 1998).


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. #73 for JOHN of Washington co., NY) 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
Thomas McWhorter (cir1710-17??) of New Jersey
Hugh E. "Hughey" McWhorter (cir1705-1784) of PA & DE
Hance McWhorter (cir1730-abt1773) of Rowan co., NC
George Gray McWhorter (1762-1829) of SC and AL
William McWhorter (abt1745-1823) of PA and OH
Gilbert (1794-1874) & John (1801-1883) McWhirter of Scotland and Canada
John McWhorter (cir1695-1768) of Greenwich, MA
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 Washington co., NY
(1739-1813)

[Since the date of publication of this article and register report NEW information has come to light that adds much to the story of John McWhorter [db#73] of Greenwich, MA and Washington co., NY. Readers should be sure to refer to the article and register report on John's father, John McWhorter (cir1695-1768) of Greenwich, MA, to obtain a clear picture of this family.]


I
n the lineage books of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) two different versions of the origins of John McWhorter [db#73] are given. By one account [DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 55, p.154] John was born in Brookfield, MA and enlisted in 1777 as a Sergeant in Captain McCamley’s company, Colonel Hawthorne’s regiment of New York Militia. In the second account [DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 113, p. 199] John was born in Scotland and served as a sergeant in 1776 in Colonel Josiah Whitney’s regiment and as a 2d and 1st lieutenant, 1777, in Colonel Thomas Marshall’s Massachusetts regiment. A third Revolutionary War service scenario suggests that he may have been the John McWhorter of Greenwich, MA who served in Captain Joseph Hooker’s Company of Minutemen, Colonel Ruggles Woodbridge’s Regiment which on 20-Apr-1775 responded to the Lexington alarm.

What seems to be agreed upon by researchers is that John married a Bethiah Hall [db#74] and by 17-Nov-1786 he was living in Hebron, Washington co., NY when his son Samuel [db#77] was born. By 1790 he was living in Granville, Washington co., NY where John "Whorter" is listed in the census as the head of a family consisting of 3 white males16 years or older, 1 white male 15 years or younger and 6 white females.

In 1807 John removed from Granville in Washington co., NY to Warsaw, Gennessee co. [now Wyoming co.], NY. He settled in the south part of the village on part of lot 36. Four of his daughters, Polly [db#78], Jenette [db#460], Patiance [db#76] and Chloe [db#261]; a son Samuel [db#77] and a daughter-in-law, Clarissa Phelps [db#79] (widow of son John [db#75]) all found their way to the new settlement in Warsaw .

Recently acquired information from the files of the Cortland County, New York Historical Society strongly suggest that John was a brother of Mathew McWhorter [db#204] [See article in Vol. 2, Issue 2 of the McWh*rter Genealogy Newsletter at page 3] and that both were sons of a John McWhorter who resided in Brookfield and Greenwich, MA before his death in 1769.

Although this information suggests that John [db#73] is not a "progenitor" of a North American family his account will be included here while further evidence of his relationship to John of Brookfield, MA is pursued. A will made by this earlier John purported to have been dated 25-Jan-1768 and executed 1-Aug-1769, if it can be located, may shed considerable light on these connections.

Although the 1790 census of Granville, Washington co., NY suggests that John had perhaps 8 children only seven are known by name.

The children of John were:

Polly [db#78] born in 1767, perhaps in Brookfield, MA. She married in Granville, NY in 1788 Elkannah Day [db#85]. She is said to have removed with her family from Granville to Warsaw, NY in 1806, before her father. She was one of the ten persons who formed the Presbyterian Church in Warsaw in 1808. Her husband was a blacksmith by trade and also served as a Justice of the Peace and an Assistant Justice of the County Court.
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John [db#75] married Clarissa Phelps [db#79] probably in Granville, NY. He is said to have died in Granville before his father’s removal from there to Warsaw. His widow remarried a Samuel Hough and she removed from Granville to Warsaw, NY with her second husband and two children by John.
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Jenette (or Jennett) [db#460] married abt 1792 in Granville, NY to Zera Tanner [db#461]. She and her husband removed from Granville first to Cooperstown, NY about 1795 and later, in 1809, to Warsaw, NY. They settled there on the east part of lot 53 on West Hill. They were members of the Presbyterian Church.
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Patiance [db#76] born in 1774, married in 1808 to Hezekiah Wakefield [db#81]. She and her husband were early members of the Presbyterian Church in Warsaw, NY and their house was commonly used for purposes of religious meetings.
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Chloe [db#261] was married in Warsaw, Gennessee co., NY to Joel Phippany [db#260]. She was her husband’s second wife. After her marriage she and her husband removed to Sheldon, NY. Her husband died there in 1834 and she returned to Warsaw but later removed to Belvidere, IL.
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David [db#1922] about whom little is known is said to have died in Manlius, NY in 1809.
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Samuel [db#77] born 17-Nov-1786 in Hebron, Washington co., NY married in 1812 in Warsaw, NY Annis Brown [db#83]. He removed from Granville to Warsaw with his father in 1807. He taught the first school in Warsaw in 1808 and served as the first Town Clerk. He served many years as a Justice of the Peace and for a term as an Associate Judge of the County Court. He was a member of the Assembly from Gennesee County in 1822. In 1823 he was an original subscriber and Trustee of the Warsaw Library. He was a member of the "Union Society" (Presbyterian) from the time of its inception in 1812. He is listed as a member of the "uniformed Militia and Cavalry" commanded by Isaac Wilson (War of 1812). He was one of the "commissioners" to form the Warsaw and LeRoy Railroad in 1834, a venture that never came to fruition. In 1834 he removed from Warsaw to Portland and then Westfield in Chautaugua co., NY. He later removed to Belvidere, IL and finally to Kilbourn City, WI in 1856. He died there in 1865.

 


tree6.gif (2816 bytes)    The Modified Register Report which follows relates 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 McWhorter #73 born 1739, Scotland?;Brookfield,MA?, married 14-May-1764, in Greenwich, MA, Bethia Hall #74, born cir1745, died bef1807, pos. Granville, Washington co., NY. John died 6-Jan-1813, Warsaw, NY.

.....Children:

.......+ 2. i Polly McWhorter #78 born 1767.

.......+ 3. ii John McWhorter #75 born cir1770.

.......+ 4. iii Jenette (or Jennett) McWhorter #460 born 1771.

.......+ 5. iv Patiance McWhorter #76 born 1774.

..........6. v Chloe McWhorter #261 born cir1775, married aft -Oct-1816, in Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, Joel Phippany #260, born cir1775, (son of James Phippany #598) died 8-Apr-1834, Sheldon, NY, buried: Sheldon, NY. Chloe died Belvidere, IL.

..........7. vi David McWhorter #1922 born cir1780, died 1809, Manlius, NY.

.......+ 8. vii Samuel McWhorter #77 born 17-Nov-1786.

 

Second Generation

2. Polly McWhorter #78 born 1767, married 17-Mar-1788, in Granville, Washington co., NY, Elkannah Day #85, born 3-Feb-1761, Attleboro, MA, (son of David Day #541) died 23-Jan-1813, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Polly died 1819, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

.....Children:

..........9. i Chloe Day #86 born abt1789, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, married Newton Hawes #542, born 1780, (son of Isaac Hawes #565 and Hannah Whitlock #566) died 1871. Chloe died 26-Mar-1824, prob. Warsaw, NY.

..........10. ii Lydia Day #1923 born cir1800, prob Granville, Washington co., NY, married William Webster #1933, born cir1800.

..........11. iii Bethiah Day #1924 born 20-Feb-1793, prob. Granville, Washington co, NY, married 9-Sep-1810, in Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, David Fargo #1934, born 31-Oct-1786, Montville, CT, died 16-May-1855, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Bethiah died 11-May-1814, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........12. iv Artemas Day #1925 born 5-Dec-1794, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, died 12-Oct-1823.

..........13. v David Day #1926 born cir1800, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, died bef1869, Olean, NY.

..........14. vi Hiram Day #1927 born 7-Jan-1799, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, died 1820.

..........15. vii Eliphal Day #1928 born 28-Sep-1801, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, died 1824.

..........16. viii Isabel Day #1929 born 8-Aug-1803, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, died 1824.

..........17. ix John Day #1930 born 25-Mar-1806, pos. Granville, Washington co., NY, died 1827.

..........18. x Elkanah Day #1931 born cir1800, pos. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, died aft1969, pos. Minnesota.

..........19. xi Polly Day #1932 born 10-Mar-1811, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, married 25-Mar-1830, in prob. Warsaw, NY, John A. McElwain #1935, born 21-Sep-1794, Palmer, MA, died aft1869. Polly died 24-Aug-1834.

 

3. John McWhorter #75 born cir1770, married Clarissa Phelps #79, born 15-Nov-1778, (daughter of Isaac Phelps #1936 and Lydia Case #1937). John died cir1795, Granville, Washington co., NY.

.....Children:

..........20. i Polly McWhorter #80 born 27-Jan-1798, Granville, Washington co., NY, married 7-Jan-1816, in Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, Calvin Rumsey #87, born 24-Feb-1793, Hubbardton, VT, died 19-Mar-1853, Randolph, Cattaraugus co., NY. Polly died aft1869, pos. Wisconsin.

..........21. ii John McWhorter #1441 born cir1795, prob. Granville, Washington co., NY, married Betsey Taintor Cummings #247, born 26-Aug-1800, (daughter of Nathaniel Cummings #573 and Lovina Whipple #574). John died bef1869.

 

4. Jenette (or Jennett) McWhorter #460 born 1771, married 1792(3), in Granville, Washington co., NY, Zera Tanner #461, born 1770, Cornwall, CT, (son of Thomas Tanner #5053 and Anna Baldwin #5054) died -Nov-1837, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Jenette died -Jan-1838, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

.....Children:

..........22. i Polly Tanner #246 born cir1795, married Lewis Wood #1447, born cir1795, died cir1865. Polly died cir1860.

..........23. ii Cyrus Tanner #1448 born 11-Dec-1797, Cooperstown, NY, married 11-May-1826, in Greenville, NY, Jane Ann Spencer #1946, born 26-Jun-1803, Greenville, NY, died -Jan-1886. Cyrus died -May-1868, Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........24. iii Rebecca Tanner #1451 born 31-Oct-1800, prob. Cooperstown, NY, married 29-Dec-1819, Warren Webster #1947, born 11-Nov-1795, died 27-Jan-1864, Gowanda, buried: Ripley. Rebecca died aft1869.

..........25. iv Ira Tanner #1452 born 9-Nov-1802, prob. Cooperstown, NY, died abt1813, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........26. v Eliza Tanner #1453 born 4-Jul-1805, prob. Cooperstown, NY, married Eli Rood #1948, born cir1800.

..........27. vi Clarissa Tanner #618 born 21-Oct-1808, Cooperstown, NY, married 3-Jul-1828, in Portageville, NY, Lemuel Smith #619, born cir1800.

..........28. vii Zera Tanner #1454 born 9-Aug-1810, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, married Ruth E. Foster #1949, born 18??. Zera died 27-Nov-1836, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........29. viii Emeline Tanner #1455 born -Dec-1812, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, married Willis Pettibone #1950, born cir1810. Emeline died 20-Jan-1832.

 

5. Patiance McWhorter #76 born 1774, married 1808, Hezekiah Wakefield #81, born -Feb-1774, died 31-Oct-1830, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY. Patiance died 31-Oct-1861, prob. Warsaw, Wyoming co., NY.

.....Children:

..........30. i Lydia B. Wakefield #82 born 1809, married 1829, Benjamin Blake Bishop #90, born 25-Nov-1806, Lancaster, NH, died 1896. Lydia died 1878.

..........31. ii Sophelia Wakefield #1951 born cir1813, married (1) Willis Pettibone #1955, born cir1810, married (2) Tillotson Gay #1956, born cir1810.

..........32. iii Lucretia E. Wakefield #1952 born 22-Jul-1816, prob. Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY, married 5-Oct-1836, Alanson Holly #1957, born 21-Jul-1810, Granville, Washington co., NY, (son of Silvanus Holly #1958) died aft1869.

..........33. iv Laura Wakefield #1953 born cir1812, died yng.

..........34. v John McWhorter Walker Wakefield #1954 born cir1810, died yng.

 

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

.....Children by Annis Brown:

..........35. i Eleanor Caroline McWhorter #84 born 25-Feb-1813, Warsaw, NY, married 17-Sep-1838, in Westfield, NY, Horace Hollister #91, born 10-Jan-1798, Pawlet, VT, (son of Ashbel Hollister #1311 and Mary Pepper #1312) died -May-1876, Warsaw, NY. Eleanor died 1894.

..........36. ii Isabella McWharter #1478 born cir1815, married 1841, in Westfield, Chautauqua co., NY, Joseph McGee Riddell #1476, born 9-Nov-1813, (son of William M. Riddell #1474 and Jennie Stetson #1475) died 16-Feb-1864, Cherry Valley, IL.

..........37. iii John McWhorter #1960 born cir1815, died yng., Warsaw, Gennesee co., NY.

..........38. iv Milo McWharter #1479 born cir1820, married 14-Sep-1841, Jannetta Riddell #1477, born 1-Dec-1822, (daughter of William M. Riddell #1474 and Jennie Stetson #1475). Milo died aft1869.

..........39. v Mathew McWhorter #1961 born cir1820, died New Orleans.

..........40. vi Samuel McWhorter #1962 born cir1820, died aft1869.

..........41. vii William H. McWhorter #1963 born cir1825, died Belvidere, IL.

..........42. viii John A. McWhorter #1964 born cir1825, died aft1869.


res1AY.gif (10045 bytes)References for Researchers of John McWhorter
of Washington co., NY


Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Vol. 55, p. 154..

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Vol. 75, p. 359.

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Vol. 113, p. 199.

History of the Town of Warsaw, New York by Andrew W. Young, Press of the Sage, Sons & Co., Buffalo, NY 1869, p. 29, 46, 62, 64, 87, 100, 103, 108-110, 166, 179, 182, 198, 212, 238, 255, 256, 278-280, 298-300, 318, 319, 337, 338, 344, 345, 348.

History of Chautauqua County, New York by Andrew W. Young, Printing House of Mathews and Warren, Buffalo, NY 1875, p. 592.

The Whitney Family of Connecticut by S. Whitney Phoenix, 1878, NY, Vol. I, p. 646.

The Connecticut Nutmeggar, March 1981, Vol. 13, #4, "Member’s Chart 512-3", p. 724.

The Hollister Family of America compiled by Lafayette Wallace Case, M. D., Fergus Printing Co., Chicago 1886, p. 238.

1790 Federal Census for Granville, Washington County, New York.


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