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WHITTINGTON

This sketch is adapted by kind permission from the much more extensive treatment of this family in Stuart Hill, Hill–Froggatt–Whittington … Family Tree, available online at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=sah1717, who kindly brought his work to our attention, and his contributor, Mr. Glenn Trezza, of Boston, Massachusetts. We give here only the direct ancestal line of Martha Whittington, wife of Henry Buxton. Although there are numerous places named Whittington in England, it seems likely that in this instance the family’s surname derived from the Whittington lying in the north of Derbyshire, in the hundred of Scarsdale, near the Yorkshire border, and very close to the places where this family appears in the seventeenth century.


1. Henry Whittington, of Barnsley, a chapelry in the parish of Silkstone, in the West (now South) Riding of Yorkshire, born say 1615, buried 1 March 1695 [i.e. 1694/5?] in Sheffield churchyard. He married 29 June 1640 in the parish church of Ecclesfield,[1] Grace Skargell, baptized 30 November 1619 in the parish church of Sheffield, daughter of Warren Skargell and Joan Bright.[2] On putting two of his children into apprenticeships as blacksmiths, Henry is described as of Barnsley, gentleman.[3] Issue:

  1. Thomas Whittington, baptized in 1640 at Barnsley in Silkstone, died (or buried?) 29 November 1679 at Sheffield. He married Margaret Smith, and had issue.
  2. 2Warren Whittington, baptized 20 May 1643 in the parish church of Saint Mary, Barnsley in Silkstone.

2. Warren Whittington, of Ecclesfield, son of Henry Whittington and Grace Skargell, was baptized 20 May 1643 in the parish church of Saint Mary, Barnsley in Silkstone, as a son of Henry Whittington, and was still alive in 1674. He married (1) 28 November 1668 in the parish church of Tankersley, Elizabeth Taylor, died (or buried?) 22 February 1669 [i.e. 1668/9?] at Tankersley. He married (2) 28 September 1671 in the parish church of Tankersley, Sarah Berrie, said to have been born at Barnsley aforesaid, died by 1678. Only known child, by second wife:

  1. 3Isaac Whittington, baptized in 1674 at Ecclesfield.

3. Isaac Whittington, of Ecclesfield, son of Warren Whittington by the latter’s second wife, Sarah Berrie, was baptized in 1674 at Ecclesfield, and was still alive in 1711. He married 29 December 1698 in the parish church of St. Mary, Ecclesfield, Ann Jubb, said to have been born at Barnsley in Silkstone, also alive in 1711. Issue (all baptized at Ecclesfield):

  1. 4Richard Whittington, baptized 1700 at Ecclesfield.
  2. Ruth Whittington, baptized 1702. She married George Athy, and had issue.
  3. Sarah Whittington, baptized 1705; no marriage found.
  4. Hannah Whittington, baptized 1709. She married John Gothard, and had issue.
  5. Lydia Whittington, baptized 1711. She married Thomas Hague, and had issue.

4. Richard Whittington, of Ecclesfield and Rotherham, in the West (now South) Riding of Yorkshire, son of Isaac Whittington and Ann Jubb, was baptized in 1700 at Ecclesfield, and was still alive in 1744. A Richard Whittington was buried 11 September 1762 from the parish church of All Saints, Rotherham,[4] but as the age of the deceased is not given in the record, we cannot tell if it is relevant. In any case, our subject married 15 November 1724 in the parish church of St. George, Doncaster,[5] Mary Hartley, baptized 4 May 1703 in the parish church of Brodsworth, near Doncaster, in the West (now South) Riding of Yorkshire,[6] died 1781 at Greasbrough, daughter of Joseph Hartley, of Brodsworth, by the latter’s wife Mary Hirst.[7] They lived at Ecclesfield until about 1728, then removed to Rotherham, where their eight younger children were baptized. Issue:[8]

  1. Ann Whittington, born 7 February 1724/5 in the parish church of Brodsworth,[9] died 20 February 1727 at Brodsworth.[10] Both records call her a child of “Richard and Mary Whittington of Brodsworth.” She died by 1738, when another daughter was given the same name.
  2. Sara Whittington, baptized 11 February 1725[/6] in the parish church of Ecclesfield (IGI); no marriage found.
  3. 5Isaac Whittington, baptized 18 February 1727[/8?] in the parish church of Ecclesfield (IGI).
  4. Richard Whittington, Jr., baptized 15 January 1729[/30?] in the parish church of Rotherham. He married Martha Tibbett, and had issue.
  5. Joseph Whittington, baptized 5 August 1733 at Rotherham, died 19 October 1781 at Greasbrough. He married (1) Ann Smith and (2) Rachel (Cooper) Clayton, having issue by the first wife only.
  6. Benjamin Whittington, baptized 6 January 1734[/5] at Rotherham.
  7. Mary Whittington, baptized 8 May 1737 at Rotherham, died 21 May 1750 at Rotherham.
  8. Ann Whittington, baptized 25 December 1738 at Rotherham; no marriage found.
  9. Gregory Whittington, baptized 30 January 1739[/40] at Rotherham, died 1741 at Rotherham.
  10. Elizabeth Whittington [twin?], baptized 27 March 1744 at Rotherham. She married William Willey, and had issue.
  11. Martha Whittington [twin?], baptized 27 March 1744 at Rotherham. She married Anthony Dakin, and had issue.

5. Isaac Whittington, of Rotherham, son of Richard Whittington and Mary Hartley, was baptized 18 February 1727[/8?] in the parish church of Ecclesfield, as a son of Richard Whittington (IGI), and was still alive in 1764. In his marriage record he is called a bachelor, and a smith. He married 18 April 1751 in the parish church of Rotherham,[11] Mary Smith, born say 1730, alive in 1764, called a spinster, of Greasbrough, in their marriage record. She named a son Samuel, a name not previously used in the Whittington family, and a Mary Smith, daughter of Samuel Smith, was baptized 1 January 1730 in the parish church of Rotherham (IGI); but as this Samuel Smith would not appear to have baptized any other children there, it does not seem possible to gain a clearer picture of his family. Isaac Whittingon and Mary Smith are obviously the couple who baptized the following children in Rotherham parish church, although the name of the mother is not stated in any of the records:[12]

  1. Isaac Whittington, Jr., baptized 30 March 1752; no marriage found.
  2. Mary Whittington, baptized 12 August 1753. She married 10 January 1773 in the parish church of Rotherham, by licence,[13] Isaac Wilson, of Ormesby, and had issue.
  3. Anne Whittington, baptized 9 March 1755; no marriage found.
  4. Martha Whittington, baptized 28 November 1756, died aged 70 years, shortly before 13 June 1827, when she was buried in St. Mary’s (Anglican) churchyard, Greasbrough.[14] She married 3 June 1776 in the parish church of Rotherham,[15] Henry Buxton, of Greasbrough and Masbrough, both near Rotherham, died aged 78 years, shortly before 28 September 1830, when he was buried with his wife, his age at death placing his birth in 1751-52 (but we have not found a corresponding baptism in the IGI or in the LDS Vital Records Index). She signs her name “Whittinton” in the register. For further details see our BUXTON page.
  5. Benjamin Whittington, baptized 3 September 1758. He married 4 March 1783 at Wath-upon-Dearne, Yorkshire, Sarah Cooper, and had issue.
  6. Samuel Whittington, baptized 16 March 1760. He married 30 January 1785 in the parish church of Rotherham,[16] Nancy Pollard, and had issue. Their son Isaac Whittington (1798-1870) was a direct ancestor of Glenn Trezza.
  7. Richard Whittington, baptized 7 February or 7 March 1762,[17] died same year.
  8. Hannah Whittington, born 1764 at Greasbrough (per Stuart Hill). She married 16 December 1782 in the parish church of Rotherham,[18] George Bellamy, and had issue.


Notes

1Stuart Hill, personal communication, 12 August 2006.
2The Parish Register of Sheffield in the County of York, ed. Charles Dury and T. Walter Hall, “part” (i.e. volume) 1 (Publications of the York Parish Register Society, vol. 58, 1917), p. 134. As is usual in the baptismal registers of this period, only the father’s name is given.
3Stuart Hill, personal communication, 11 August 2006.
4National Burial Index.
5Doncaster marriage register, 1557-1784, in Yorkshire West Riding Parish Registers, vol. 3 (London: Phillimore), p. 127.
6The Parish Register of Brodsworth, 1538-1813, transcribed by C.E. Whiting. (Publications of the Yorkshire Parish Register Society, vol. 104, 1937), p. 38.
7Joseph Hartley, of Brodsworth (as he is specifically styled in the baptismal records of all of his children), was born say 1670-75, and was still alive at the death of his wife in May 1743, so he may be safely assumed to be the “Joseph Hartley, labourer” buried 16 December 1751 in the parish churchyard (The Parish Register of Brodsworth, 1538-1813, p. 104). There does not seem to be any record of the baptism of such a man at Brodsworth, although the name was certainly known there before his time. He married 24 November 1696 in the parish church of Brodsworth (Parish Register of Brodsworth, p. 53), Mary Hirst, who as “Mary wife of Joseph Hartley” was buried 13 May 1743 in the parish churchard (Parish Register of Brodsworth, p. 103). By a process of elimination, she may be identified as almost certainly the one of this name baptized 3 December 1676, daughter of Robert Hirst (Parish Register of Brodsworth, p. 24), which Robert was probably the one of this name buried 16 January 1681/2 in the parish churchyard (Parish Register of Brodsworth, p. 74); but we have not found a marriage record for him. Known issue, all baptisms at Brodsworth:
  1. Thomas Hartley, baptized 5 June 1698.
  2. William Hartley, baptized 8 April 1701.
  3. Mary Hartley, baptized 4 May 1703, of the text.
  4. Anne Hartley, baptized 11 January 1707/8.
8Controlled extracts from parish registers, per IGI (except for first child). Unfortunately these supply only ambiguous years for dates falling between 1 January and 24 March. Unless stated otherwise, the name of the mother is not given in the records.
9The Parish Register of Brodsworth, 1538-1813, ed. Whiting, p. 85.
10The Parish Register of Brodsworth, 1538-1813, ed. Whiting, p. 101.
11Rotherham marriage register, 1540-1798, in Yorkshire Marriage Registers, West Riding, vol. 1 (London: Phillimore, 1914), p. 182.
12Controlled extracts from parish registers, per IGI.
13Rotherham marriage register, 1540-1798, as cited above, p. 220.
14Her and her husband’s burial records are from the transcription published by the Rotherham Family History Society; we have not seen the original stones (or burial register).
15Rotherham marriage register, 1540-1798, as cited above, p. 227.
16Rotherham marriage register, 1540-1798, as cited above, p. 250.
17Two extracts in the IGI from the same batch disagree as to the date; we have not checked the original record.
18Rotherham marriage register, 1540-1798, as cited above, p. 243.

From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson
URL = johnblythedobson.org/genealogy/ff/Whittington.cfm
This page written 24 August 2006
Last revised 13 February 2010