Or, Subtitled: “I Richard Whitlock Citizen and Merchant of London”
Richard Whitlock (abt. 1583 – 1642), father of Richard Whitlock (1616-1666), was born prior to 12 December 1586, when his father John Whitlock made his will at the Holt estate, the dower house of Beches manor, at Wokingham in Wiltshire. Though most of Wokingham is in Berkshire, at this point, the Holt house was in a detached part of Wiltshire that comprised part of Wokingham. John Whitlock’s will states that his son Richard was the youngest of John’s sons, and was, along with brothers Clement, De la Beche, and Thomas, under 24 years of age. Richard’s birth year has been conventionally estimated as “about” 1583. A brass memorial plaque for Richard’s wife Katherine Burchett/Brechette Whitlock on the north chancel wall of All Saints church at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, states that Katherine died 2 April 1649, aged 54, which would give Katherine a birth year of 1595. That birth year is confirmed by the baptismal register of the church of St. Gregory and St. Martin at Wye, County Kent, which shows Katherine Byrchet, daughter of David, being baptized in that parish on 18 May 1595.
Or, Subtitled: “This Mr. Whitlock was a man of wit & learning”
Richard Whitlock (1616-1666), son of Richard Whitlock and Katherine Burchett and father of James Whitlock (1651-1516) the Virginia immigrant, was baptized 17 November 1616 at St. Peter le Poer church in London. St. Peter le Poer, which no longer stands, was on the west side of Broad Street in the city of London. The church was of medieval origin and was rebuilt from its medieval foundations in 1540 and 1792, in the latter instance according to a design by Jesse Gibson. The church was demolished in 1907.
In a previous posting discussing the English roots of James Whitlock (1651-1716), the Virginia immigrant, I talked about the power of attorney that James’s cousin Anthony Whitlock of Lambeth, Surrey, England, gave in London on 12 July 1680 to empower James to settle the Virginia estate of Anthony’s uncle Thomas Whitlock (1615-1659), who died in (Old) Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1659. I noted that this power of attorney was accompanied by supporting affidavits given in London on the same date by Anthony’s aunt Johanna Whitlock Harris of Finchley, Co. Middlesex, and James’s uncle Reverend John Whitlock of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.
Or, Subtitled: Glimpsing Tidewater Virginia Immigrants in the 17th Century and Their English Roots
As the previous posting states, we first catch sight of the immigrant James Whitlock (1651-1716) in Virginia records in a 12 July 1680 power of attorney filed in an (Old) Rappahannock County will book, a power of attorney given by James’s cousin in England, Anthony Whitlock (born 1657), to empower James to act on behalf of the estate of Anthony’s uncle Thomas Whitlock (1615-1659), who had died in (Old) Rappahannock County in 1659. Anthony Whitlock’s power of attorney, given in London with affidavits supporting it from James’s uncle John Whitlock (1625-1708) and Anthony’s aunt Johanna Whitlock Harris (1617-1684), states (as do the supporting affidavits) that James Whitlock was Anthony’s kinsman and was a Virginia planter.
Or, Subtitled: In Which We Connect James Whitlock, Virginia Immigrant, to His English Roots
My American ancestral roots run largely back to colonial Virginia and are largely English. I have a sprinkling of colonial immigrant ancestors who came to Maryland, the middle colonies, and the Carolinas. But the bulk of my colonial ancestors were English folks who came to Virginia in the 1600s. And the Whitlock line is one of my rare ancestral lines in which I can pinpoint this family’s place of origin in England — and trace it back with confidence into the 1400s (and, in the case of families married into the Whitlock line such as the de la Beches, to the 1100s).
Or, Subtitled: “She was born in Georgia and her father moved with her to Mississippi”
What I’m sharing with you about the second wife of Alexander Mackey Brooks (1808-1899), Aletha Sorrells (Hope, Freel, Patterson, Pierce) is for the most part not my own research. I’m borrowing shamelessly from George W. Glass, the genealogist who, as I told you in a previous posting, compiled a number of dossiers full of genealogical notes, transcripts and copies of documents, and other material relating to the history of Aletha Sorrells. I cited some of Glass’s collections extensively in my last two postings about Alexander M. Brooks — in particular, his “Hope Family Notes [and] Notes on Aletha Sorrels Hope,” “Aletha Sorrels Hope Freel Patterson Pierce Brooks,” and “Miscellaneous Notes on the James Hope Family.”
Or, Subtitled: “Wears a cap or wig, black velvet jacket and breeches, and ruffled ſhirts, but may change his apparel”
My previous posting tells you that Susanna Brooks and her husband Ezekiel Harlan have led me on a merry chase as I’ve tried to figure out even the most basic facts about them on the basis of limited evidence, including which particular Ezekiel Harlan Susanna married, when she was born, when and where the couple met, and when and where they died. I’ve become fairly confident that the Ezekiel Harlan whom Susanna married was an Ezekiel Harlan who was born in 1769-1770, and was the son of Ezekiel Harlan (born 1732-6) who was son of Ezekiel Harlan (1707-1754) and wife Hannah Oborn of Chester County, Pennsylvania. To add to the confusion created by the plethora of Ezekiels in this line, the Ezekiel Harlan born in 1769-1770 had a son Ezekiel, too, who was likely born around 1787-8, and who appears in records of Hardin County, Kentucky, along with his father.