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View Tree for Nathaniel WhitingNathaniel Whiting (b. 01 Aug 1609, d. 15 Jan 1681/82)

Nathaniel Whiting (son of Timothie Whiting and Anne Bunning) was born 01 Aug 1609 in Grange, Desford Co. Leicester,England, and died 15 Jan 1681/82 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He married Hannah Dwight on 04 Nov 1643 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, daughter of John Dwight and Hannah Close.

 Includes NotesNotes for Nathaniel Whiting:
According to the Desford, England Parish Register, Nathaniel was the son of Timothie and Anne Bunning(e) Whiting, who were married 20 Oct 1606.

Nathaniel is first mentioned in this country as a landholder in Lynn, Mass., in 1638. He is next mentioned in the records of the First Church at Dedham, Mass. He was admitted into the church at Dedham on 30 Jul 1641.

He was granted the privileges of a freeman on 18 May 1642.

Nathaniel was married in Dedham, Mass, on 4 Nov 1643, to Hannah Dwight, daughter of John and Hannah Dwight of Dedham. She died in Dedham on 4 Nov 1714, aged 89 years (born about 1625). Eleven of their 14 children survived to adulthood.

From other records, Nathaniel was born about 1609. He was therefor about 29 when he came to this country, 34 when he married, 63 or 64 when his 14th and youngest child was born, and 73 or 74 when he died. He was about 16 years older than his wife Hannah.

Nathaniel was by occupation a miller, and the first to operate a corn mill at Dedham.

At their 8th town meeting, 21 Feb 1636-7, the townsmen of Dedham voted to grant Abraham Shaw the right to build a corn mill. He died in 1638 before the mill was Commenced. Therefor, the right was granted to Nathaniel Whiting and John Elderkin. Water was diverted from the Charles River into the Neponset River and sufficient fall and supply of water obtained for a mill.

The records do not give the date of completion of the dam and mill, but a committee was appointed on 14 Jul 1641 to "lay out a cartway to our mill". A grant of 8 acres was made to John Elderkin and Nathaniel Whiting on the south side of the millpond for a house lot. There is no date to this grant. John Elderkin sold his half of the property to Nathan Aldus, John Dwight and John Allin (Dwight was Nathaniel's father-in-law) on 8 Aug 1642. They in turn sold their interest to Nathaniel on 29 Sep 1649, making him sole owner. The mill privilege was retained in the hands of the Whiting family until 1823, when the heirs of Hezekiah Whiting sold it to Jabez Chickering.

On 15 Jan 1682-3, the day of his death in Dedham, Nathaniel Whiting and John Draper, Sr. were granted the right to erect a fulling mill on the stream below the corn mill.

By his will, dated 15 May 1677, he gave all of his possessions to his wife Hannah, who was his executrix. An inventory of his estate on 15 Feb 1682-3 assessed his worth at 489 Pounds. His wife Hannah survived him over 30 years and appears to have managed his business interests and brought up their large family with rare discretion.

The largest street in Dedham today is Whiting Avenue. The two schools in town are located on Whiting Avenue.

Nathaniel is mentioned in the will of his father-in-law John Dwight, written in 1658: "I giue vnto my sonne, Nathaniell Whiteing, 20s. ... My will is, that my dwelling house, land, and moveables in ye Towne of Dedham, or elsewhere, which shall be founde to my estate, at my decease, be equally devided into fiue pts, two pts whereof I giue vnto my sonne, Timothy Dwight, and one part vnto ye Children of my son, Nathaniell Whiteing, and of Hannah, his wife, or soe many of them as shall be surviueing at my decease, to be payde by my Executor, as in his discretion will best conduce for their benefitt. Alsoe, that my sonne, Nathaniell Whiteing, shall enjoy all that 6 Acres of land, be it more or lesse, which lyeth in ye low playne; and ye 2 Acres of meadow lyeing In foule meadow, which I bought of Lieut. Joshua Fisher. "

More About Nathaniel Whiting:
Baptism: 19 Jan 1616/17
Immigration: Bet. 1636 - 1638, Lynn, Massachusetts.
Probate: 15 Mar 1666/67, Suffolk Probate Records, VI:408, and IX:117.

More About Nathaniel Whiting and Hannah Dwight:
Marriage: 04 Nov 1643, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Children of Nathaniel Whiting and Hannah Dwight are:
  1. +Jonathan Whiting, b. 09 Oct 1667, Dedham, Massachusetts, d. 04 Sep 1729, Roxbury, Mass..
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