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Descendants of Thomas Olney

265. AMY6 HAWKINS (CHARLES5, AMEY4 OLNEY, EPENETUS3, EPENETUS2, THOMAS1)1072 was born June 17, 1770 in Smithfield, Providence, RI1072, and died August 07, 1848 in Detroit, MI1073. She married JAMES WITHERELL1074 March 11, 1790 in Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1074,1075, son of SIMON WITHERELL and SARAH GILBERT. He was born June 16, 1759 in Mansfield, MA1076, and died January 09, 1838 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI1076.

Notes for J
Served in Revolutionary War, enlisted June 1775 Massachusetts at age 16

Historical Register of Officiers of the Continental Army During the War of the
Witherell, James (Mass). Sergeant of Wigglesworth's Massachusetts Regiment, May to December,
1776; wounded at White Plains, 28th October, 1776; Sergeant, 11th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; Ensign, 26th September, 1780; transferred to 10th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1781; resigned 1st August, 1782. (Died 1838.)
James Witherell appears in the 1800 census in Wayne Co., Detroit area, Michigan.
James Witherell appears in the 1820 census index in Wayne and Washtenaw counties, Detroit area; tax list, 1825, p. 805.
James also appears (with his son Benjamin F. H. Witherell) in the 1830 and 1834 census lists.
Pioneers from Massachusetts; Author: Charles A. Flagg; Call Number: R929.1 F57
This book contains the genealogy and history of pioneers from Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Information: Flagg, Charles A. Pioneers from Massachusetts. The Salem Press.
Massachusetts. 1915.

Page 83
WITHERELL, James, b. Mansfield, 1759; set. Conn., 1783, Vt., 1788, Mich., 1808 or 1810. Detroit, 1132; Wayne Chron., 125, 275; Wayne Land., 287.
Index of the Rolls of Honor Ancestor's Index in the Lineage Books of DAR Volume 1
7 281
29 52
I believe this James Witherell is the person mentioned in the following source:

Perkins Family in Ye Olden Times

Author: Mansfield Parkyns
Call Number: R929.2 P448.3

Research and information about the Perkins name and history, and genealogical branches of the
Perkins family.

Bibliographic Information: Parkyns, Mansfield Esq. The Perkins Family in ye Olden Times. Utica,
NY:DWPerkins, 1916.

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(Devoted to Americana)

Detroit, Mich., May 2, 1910.
There were two characters in Detroit at this time, who might well fit the description he gives to Judge
Perkins, save that neither of them was very aged at this time. The one is Judge Woodward I have
referred to; the other Judge Woodbridge. William Woodbridge at this time was a delegate to
Congress. I have Judge Woodbridge's private papers and correspondence, and from them I
ascertained that he remained in Washington until the end of the session, and that he returned to Detroit
a few days before the commissioners came. It is probable be not the commissioners. The American
commissioner was Gen. Peter B. Porter, grandfather. I think, of the present Congressman Peter A.
Porter of Niagara or Buffalo. I do not find any letters in my collection between Mr. Bigsby and Judge
Woodbridge, nor with Mr. Barkley.

Just a few days before the commissioners met, Lewis Cass left Detroit with a number of gentlemen on
the trip to the Northwest to negotiate a treaty with the Indians.

I might further say that at this time Gov. Woodbridge was not a Judge, although he became one within
a few years. I might further say that at this time there was no Circuit Court in this county, nor any
other court that would imply that it was in a circuit.

The two important courts were the County Court, which was of quite inferior jurisdiction, something
like the Justice of the Peace, and the Supreme Court, which was a federal territorial court, and of
which the judges at that time were Chief Justice Woodward, John Griffin and JAMES WITHERELL. None
of these men exactly fit the description. Woodward was very bombastic and in that particular
somewhat agrees with Judge Perkins. He was appointed in 1805, and in 1820 must have been nearly
sixty years of age. He was uncommonly dirty in his dress and in his use of tobacco. He was highly
educated and loved to display his abilities. Griffin was indolent, not talkative, and of very little consequence, except that he had political friends sufficiently strong to keep him in the office that he, also, had held since 1805. I cannot imagine that he would in any way fit the picture of Judge Perkins. Both Judge Woodward and Griffin were bachelors, and in that respect quite disagree with Judge Perkins and his family.

JUDGE WITHERELL had been a physician in Vermont and had come to Detroit some years before the war of 1812. My impression is that he lost a leg in the service, and if he was the man Mr. Bigsby referred to this matter would not have been omitted. He lived in the Campus Martius in one of the most
prominent locations in the city, and this disagrees with the description. He owned a farm about a mile
above the city. This also disagrees with the description, for Judge Perkins lived seven or eight miles
below the city. He had a family consisting of two sons, James and Benjamin, and three daughters,
Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Watson, and Mrs. Hurd. I do not believe he can be Judge Perkins.
I believe the Dr. James Witherell mentioned in the following source may refer to this James Witherell:
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Buried in Vermont; Author: Walter H. Crockett

Excerpted by permission from the Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society, this unusual work
lists the names of nearly 6,000 Revolutionary soldiers buried in Vermont, many of the soldiers having
emigrated there from other states during the years immediately following the Revolution. The names
were gathered from a variety of sources, but the largest number by far was extracted from a rare list
of Vermont Revolutionary pensioners, a list embracing invalid pensioners, pensioners under the act of
March 18, 1818, and pensioners under the act of June 7, 1832.

Bibliographic Information: Crockett, Walter H. Soldiers of the Revolutionary War Buried in Vermont.
1903. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1973.


Jacob Barnes
Jonathan Cady
Solomon Cleaveland
Serg't Isaac Cutler
Alexander Dunohue
William Dutton
Ezra Hamilton
Oliver Kidder
Gamaliel Leonard
Noah Priest
Serg't Ethan Whipple
Dr. James Witherell
[Note: Although the burial location named in the Olney database (WFT Vol. 7) is given as Elmwood, Detroit, this is as yet undocumented by me. The above may refer to another James Witherell but, since this James did serve as a physician in Vermont it is likely he may have returned there before his death.]

More About J
Burial: Elmwood, Detroit, MI
Children of A
  i.   JAMES CULLEN C.7 WITHERELL, b. July 14, 1791, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1077; d. August 26, 1813, Poultney, VT1077.
  ii.   SARAH MYRA WITHERELL, b. September 16, 1792, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1077; d. March 22, 1818, Poultney, VT; m. JOSEPH WATSON, July 27, 1811, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1077; b. Abt. 17881078.
  iii.   BETSY MATILDA WITHERELL, b. 1793; m. EBENEZER HURD, July 04, 1825, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1078.
  iv.   MARY AMY WITHERELL, b. October 04, 1795, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1079; d. August 03, 1868, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI1079; m. THOMAS PALMER.
  v.   BENJAMIN F. H. WITHERELL, b. 1797, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1079; d. June 22, 18671079.
A Benjamin T. H. Witherell appears in the 1820 MI Census Index (Ancestry.Com), Washtenaw and Wayne counties, Detroit area (1825); p. 804, tax list.
Benjamin F. H. Witherell appears (with his father) in the 1830 and 1834 tax lists in the same location.

  vi.   JAMES BONAPARTE WITHERELL, b. May 12, 1799, Fairhaven, Rutland, VT1079; d. October 20, 1822, At Sea1079.

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