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Re: WITHEYs in Brooklyn, Windham Co, CT
Posted by: Barbara J. Snow Date: January 23, 2001 at 17:49:20
In Reply to: WITHEYs in Brooklyn, Windham Co, CT by Mike Smith of 318

David Mackerwithey /McWethey was born 1678 in Dedham, Massachusetts, the son of James and Patience or Experience (Cubby) Mackerwithey/Mackarorey. David removed to Long Island, NY, then New London Co. CT. I believe most, if not all, Withey/Wethey/McWethy families in this area are descended from David. David had sons David, James, John and Ephraim. His son James had sons Lemuel, James b. 1735 and Amasa.
I suspect that James b. 1735 is the grandfather of the James S. Withey b. ca. 1791/1792 in Brooklyn Ct.d. 10 Jan. 1863 of Typhoid Fever, buried Old Trinity Church Cemetery in Brooklyn who m. 2 July 1820 in Pomfret, Windham Co., Huldah Niles, probably, but not proven, the Huldah Niles b. 14 Nov. 1796, dau of Nathaniel Sweet and Lucy (Holt) Niles. Nathaniel Sweet, of Brooklyn, m. Lucy Holt, of Hampton, Aug. 12, 1792; 1; 295. Huldah (Niles) Withey died 7 August 1877, also buried Old Trinity Church Cemetery. They had at several children, 8 girls and sons Benjamin V. or N. and James Anson.
Now as to who is the father of James S.: I don't know. I've not yet identified for sure the sons of James b. 1735, but I think they are Phillip, Hazael, Jonathan, George, perhaps a James or Joseph, perhaps both a James and Joseph. I've not concentrated on this line for many years, and I never did finish trying to sort out the families of that time period, but James Withy was in Brooklyn in 1790 in a household that consisted of 2 males over 16, 4 males under 16 and 5 females. But in 1800, when James S. would have been about 9, there are no young people in his household. James was enumerated next to Eunice Withy, who would have been his stepmother; his father's second wife. She would have been widowed by 1790. Also in Brooklyn in 1790 was his brother Amasa, in a hh of 1 male over 16, a male under 16 and two females. In 1800 Amasa is in Windham Co. (I lack town name) with a male 10-16,who I can not indentify, but is probably too old to be James S. In Pomfret Windham Co. is Philip Withey (spelled Quithy) with a male over 16, a male under 16 and 3 females. Phillip is the only identified son of James b. 1735; Phillip m. Miriam Squires 1779 Abbington Chrurch in Canterbury, Windham Co. I think Phillip may have been the father of sons, but they would have been under 12 by 1790 if this his first marriage and there seems to be only one male under 16 in his household. I don't have Phillip in 1800, but he did not die until 1820. In 1810 PHillip is in Brookline with a male 10-16. In 1800 a Jonathan Wethy is in Windham Co. (I lack the name of the town) with 4 males under 10. In 1810 he is in Brooklyn with 4 males under 10, a male 10-16 and a male 16-26. He clusters near Phillip and a Joseph Withey. The Joseph Withey household has no males except 1 26-45. Hazael has no males under 10. So all in all, Jonathan appears to be the best candidate, but it is sketchy at best.


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