Thomas Whitney

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Thomas Whitney, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born say 1550.1,2,3,4 He died before 15 April 1637,4 when he was buried at St Margaret, Westminster, Middlesex, England.2

Thomas married Mary Bray, daughter of John Bray and Margaret Haslonde, at St Margaret, Westminster, Middlesex, England, 10 May 1583.5,4

Thomas is not the 3rd son of Robert Whitney of Castleton, Herefordshire. Robert left a will in 1555 giving Thomas his inheritance outright, which he could do only if Thomas an adult. As Thomas Whitney of Westminster is thought to have been born about 1550 or perhaps later (based on his marriage in 1583), he cannot be the son of Robert of Castleton. Ward and Doyle's proposed ancestry for Thomas of Westminster must be set aside. This does not preclude the possibility that there is simply a missing generation.6,7,8

On 10 May 1583, he obtained marriage license from Dean and Chapter of Westminster to marry Mary, daughter of John Bray. Described as "Thomas Whytney of Lambeth Marsh, gentleman. The ceremony was performed at St. Margaret's.

On 22 Feb 1607, he apprenticed his son John to William Pring of the Old Baily, London.

In 1611, he paid the subsidy tax.

On 6 Dec 1615 he was appointed executor on the probate of the will of his father-in-law, John Bray.

On 8 Mar 1624 he apprenticed his son Robert to son John of Isleworth. Thomas was described as "gentleman."

On 8 May 1637, administration of his estate was granted to two sons, Francis and Robert.4


Mary Bray b. 24 Dec 1564, d. bef. 25 Sep 1629
  • Margaret Whitney4 b. 18 Oct 1584, d. bef. 12 Jan 1604/5
  • Thomas Whitney4 b. 25 Jul 1587, d. bef. 19 Aug 1587
  • Henry Whitney4 b. 11 Nov 1588, d. bef. 4 Jan 1588/89
  • Arnwave Whitney4 b. 2 Feb 1589/90, d. bef. 11 Aug 1591
  • John Whitney+4 b. 20 Jul 1592, d. 1 Jun 1673
  • Nowell Whitney4 b. 30 Oct 1594, d. bef. 28 Feb 1596/97
  • Francis Whitney4 b. 27 Jan 1598/99, d. Aug 1643
  • Mary Whitney4 b. 2 Aug 1600, d. bef. 8 Aug 1600
  • Robert Whitney4 b. 10 Nov 1605, d. bef. 3 Apr 1662
  • Thomas Whitney2 b. abt. 1609, d. bef. 20 May 1637
  • James Whitney2 b. say 1610, d. bef. 13 Mar 1636/37
This person was last edited on20 Sep 2017


  1. [S873] Robert Leigh Ward and Tim Doyle, "The Whitney Lineage of John1 Whitney of Watertown, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist 81 (Oct 2006 [pub May 2007]): 249-262, further cited as Ward and Doyle, "Whitney Lineage."
  2. [S789] Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1978-1908: Part I: The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996), 522-550, further cited as Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry: Part I.
  3. [S308] Paul C. Reed, "Whitney Origins Revisited: John1 Whitney of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Henry1 Whitney of Long Island and Norwalk, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 69 (Jan 1994): 9-14, at 10, further cited as Reed, "Whitney Origins."
  4. [S69] Frederick Clifton Peirce, Whitney: The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came From London, England to Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635 (Chicago, Illinois: p.p., 1895), 16-18, further cited as Peirce, Whitney.
  5. [S789] Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry: Part I, 551.
  6. [S2088] Adrian Benjamin Burke, "A Note on the Ancestry of John1 Whitney of Watertown, Massachusetts," The American Genealogist 86 (Jan/Apr 2013): 209-212, at 209, further cited as Burke, "Ancestry of John Whitney of Watertown, Mass."
  7. [S2089] Adrian Benjamin Burke, "More on the Will of Robert Awhytney [Whitney] of Castleton, Herefordshire," The American Genealogist 88 (Oct 2016): 312-313, at 313, further cited as Burke, "Will of Robert Awhytney. [Whitney]"
  8. [S873] Ward and Doyle, "Whitney Lineage," 262.