Thursday, November 3, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Gardner Snow, son of James Snow, son of Zerrubbabel Snow, son of Abigail Brigham (Snow), daughter of Gershom Brigham, son of Mary Rice (Brigham), daughter of Elizabeth Moore (Rice), daughter of Elizabeth Whale (Moore), daughter of Philemon Whale.]

Street Sign, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Some notes about Philemon Whale
1640-1676, Sudbury, Massachusetts
From "Dawson-Gates ancestral lines: a memorial volume containing the American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes" Wisconsin Cuneo Press.

Philemon Whale was a weaver who came to Sudbury soon after its settlement. His first home was near the head of the Mill Pond in what is now Wayland, Massachusetts. A bridge over the outlet to Pond Brook took the name "Whale's Bridge" until the 20th century. He owned various parcels of land including a lot in the two-mile grant (about 1655) near what is now Maynard.

Philemon became a freeman on May 10 1648. His second wife, Sarah, died in 1657, and his third wife Elizabeth (Upson?) was married to him 9 November 1657. She survived him by 13 years, and died 8 November 1688. Philemon's estate went first to his wife Elizabeth, and then to his daughter, Elizabeth Whale Moore.

Soon after his death in 1676, on April 21, Sudbury was attacked by King Philip and his Indians. More than 500 Indians set fire to garrison houses. Men from Concord came to assist the people of Sudbury, but they were ambushed and 11 of the 12 were slain. Another company hurried from Watertown led by Capt. Mason, and with the help of the residents, they drove them westward over the bridge. During that terrible day, widow Elizabeth, whose concern for her daughter and grandchildren must have been an agony to bear, lost property to the value of L24 by fire or by plunder.
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