Josiah White

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
Josiah White, son of John White and Joane West, was born, probably in England, about 16381 and later baptized at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 4 June 1643.1,2 He died at Lancaster, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 11 November 1714.1

Josiah married (1) Mary Lewis, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), say 1672;1,3 he married (2) Mary Rice, daughter of Thomas Rice and Mary King, at Lancaster, 28 November 1678.4,3

Josiah White removed to Lancaster with his parents before May 1653. He remained in Lancaster as an adult, and was Commander of a garrison house on the West side of Peicook River, called "the Neck," 15 Apr 1704. He apparently was a prominent man of the town holding several important offices and serving on various committees.

He appears in several deeds of Middlesex County:
5:4—Josiah White, Lancaster, son of John White, Lancaster, from George Adams, Lancaster, Glover & wife Frances, a dwelling house, outhouses & 60 acres, where the house stands; also all the town grants of upland & meadow. 22 Dec 1671.

12:331—Josiah White, carpenter & wife Mary Chirtopher Lewis & wife Grace for £14 to Nathaniel Wilder, Yeo.—11 acres meadow, the whole being sometime ye lott of William Lewis, in 2d dividsion, on a brook running out of Bare hill pond. 19 January 1698/9

18:336—Same for £15, to Thomas Sawyer 15 acres by Still river bridge. 10 April 1699

15:34—Same & wife Mary, to son John, Lancaster, cooper, 20 acres I bought of Executors of Edm'd Parker, on the Neck—also 10 acres formerly belonging to Thomas James; also 10 acres intervale, East of the river—also 10 acres on Still river; also 10 acres in 2d division; also my meadow at the pond; also 56 acres upland in 2d division lying between sd meadow & Bare hill. 19 February 1707/8.

17:257—Same & w. Mary exchange lands with their son John White at Pond meadow, 18 December 1712.

He died intestate, and administration was granted to his widow Mary. The heirs later confirmed a sale Josiah had made sometime earlier:
20:486—To all People to whome thse present shall come Greeting know ye that we the subscribers namely John Wilder, Jonathan Houghton, Bezaleel Sawyer & Keziah White all of ye Town of Lancaster, in the County of Middlesex in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, and in order to the consumation of a bargain & sale of some Land & Town Right made and formerly agreed upon by our Late Honored Father Josiah White sen. formerly of sd Lancaster Dec.d and John Witherby of Stow in the County aforesaid for which land and town right the said John Witherby, paid the sum of five pounds the price agreed upon for it there being twenty acres of third Division upland and twenty pounds Town Right, with right accordingly in the Stated and other Comonage of sd Lancaster & in all other Divsions here of & also upon further consideration of ye sum of twenty seven pounds good and cr.t money of New England Equivalent to us in hand well and truly delivered and paid by the above named John Wetherby, receipt whereof we the said John Wilder, Bezaleel Sawyer, Jonathan Houghton & Keziah White do by these present acknowledge & therewith to be fully satisfied and paid therefore thereof & of every part thereof do hereby acquit Exonerate and forever discharge him the said Joseph [John] Witherby his heirs Exc.r Admin.t assignes for all which consideration we the said John Wilder together with the consent of Sarah my wife & Jonathan Houghton with the consent of Thankful my wife & Bezaleel Sawyer with the consent of Judith my wife & Kezia White &c. 13 May 1719.5

Family 1

Mary Lewis b. 2 Aug 1646, d. bef. 1678

Family 2

Mary Rice b. 4 Sep 1656, d. 22 Aug 1733
  • Sarah White+6 b. 21 Oct 1680
  • Joseph White6 b. 15 Sep 1682
  • John White6 b. 29 Sep 1684
  • Josiah White1 b. say 1686
  • Judith White1 b. say 1688
  • Thankful White1 b. say 1690
  • Jonathan White7 b. 1692, d. 16 Jul 1707
  • Keziah White1 b. say 1694
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S909] Almira Larkin White, Genealogy of the Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts: 1638-1900(Haverhill, Massachusetts: Chase Brothers, 1900), 16-24, further cited as White, Genealogy of the Descendants of John White.
  2. [S1887] Almira Larkin White, Ancestry of John Barber White and of His Descendants(Kansas City, Missouri: John Barber White, 1913), 35, further cited as White, Ancestry of John Barber White.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1650, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S907] Henry Stedman Nourse, The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850, two vols. (Clinton, Massachusetts: W. J. Cooper, Printer, 1890), 2:451, further cited as Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster.
  5. [S1887] White, Ancestry of John Barber White, 35-36.
  6. [S907] Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster, 1:15.
  7. [S907] Nourse, Vital Records of Lancaster, 1:17.