Phebe Whiting

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Phebe Whiting, daughter of Anthony Whiting and Anne Sherman, was born probably shortly before her baptism at Dedham, Essex, England, 3 September 1606.1,2,3 She died at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 1 August 1685.4,5,6

Phebe married John Barnard, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at England, before 1632.2,7

After John died, Phebe appeared in the town records with some disputes and she seems to be on the losing end of each of them:
On 30 Nov 1647, "whereas there is a differnce between Joseph Tayntor and widow Barnad about a piece of land, lying at the end of widow Barnad's swamp behind Joseph Tayntor's house, it is determined at present, that the land is the Town's."

On 31 August 1666, Edmund Bloy (or Blois) complained that widow Barnad had taken the town land & the highway that lay between her house and Abraham Browne's. Goodman Tayntor was appointed to "warn" widow Barnad to appear at the next meeting of the Selectmen to answer the complaint. Widow Barnad appeared 27 Sep 1666 and heard the complaint. The selectmen considered the grants in the Town Book and after viewing the land and highway determined the land was granted to Thomas Cartor and the highway would "run as it now fenced".

On 19 Dec 1673, the widow Barnad came to the selectmen "to help her to a highway to a parcel of land lying against the river wihich she saith she or her husband bought of one Jacob, we not finding that this land was any of the town grants given out to their inhabitants we answer her that we can do nothing in it till she makes it appear that it was granted to Jacob as his proportion in some of the divisions of land given out by the town to her inhabitants."

The inventory of her estate was taken 5 Oct 1685 and totalled £293 16s 8d. of which £220 10s. was real estate consisting of house, barn, orchard, and about 20 acres of adjoining land, £110; 60 acres of dividend land, £30; 30 acres in lieu of township, £31 10s; 20 acres on the great plain which is doubtful as yet, unvalued; about 4 acres of swampland near Chester's Brook, £12; 7 acres of remote meadow, £7; and about 256 acres of farm land. £30.8


John Barnard b. say 1607, d. bef. 23 Jun 1646
  • John Barnard2 b. 1632
  • Samuel Barnard2 b. 1633, d. 8 Sep 1683
  • Hannah Barnard2 b. say 1635
  • Mary Barnard2 b. 7 Nov 1639
  • Joseph Barnard2 b. 12 Nov 1642, d. bef. 1708
  • James Barnard2 b. say 1644, d. 1720
  • Elizabeth Barnard+2 b. say 1646
  • Benjamin Barnard2 b. say 1646, d. 12 Sep 1694
This person was last edited on15 Nov 2014


  1. [S1943] Michael Johnson Wood, "The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives: Part II: Henry Sherman the Younger and His Wife," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 167 (Jan 2013): 35-54, at 48-49, further cited as Wood, "Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex: Part II."
  2. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635 (7 vols., Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 1:161-166, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  3. [S1784] Thomas Townsend Sherman, "The Early English Shermans," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 66 (Oct 1912): 322-326, at 325, further cited as Sherman, "Early English Shermans."
  4. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 1:3:57, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  5. [S2053] Anderson, et al., The Great Migration, 1:163.
  6. [S9] Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps And Notes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 14, 676, further cited as Bond, Bond's Watertown.
  7. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 89, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  8. [S2053] Anderson, et al., The Great Migration, 1:162-3.