The World of Grandpa Don

The Whicomb\Cudworth Family Line 


Two families are represented in this short line of the family One of their descendants married into the Bullen line of our ancestors.

Helen Delight Eastman Nasatir (Copeland side) is a descendant of Delight Dean, wife of Chauncey Butler Doolittle, our 2nd great grandparents. She brought astounding news in that she has confirmed the fact that we are descendants of James Cudworth. See relationship chart. We already had information to that effect but she has documented it. What makes that astounding is the fact that said James Cudworth is descended from English Royalty among whom is Edward I and those before him.

This is their story, as I know it.

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In England

The ancestors of John Cudworth include Edward I and Henry III of England as well as Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire. To Follow our Royal line go to Royal Heritage

In America

The first Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1620, the place of the first New England settlement. The town of Naumkeag was founded in 1626 and in 1629 its name was changed to Salem. Scituate was settled by a group of people from Plymouth about 1627, who were joined by immigrants from the County of Kent in England. In 1630 the town of Boston was founded.

   
   
Generation 1
   
General James Cudworth (1604-1682) & Mary Parker (1608-1699)
   

James Cudworth was born in Albertson, Yorkshire, England in 1612. He married Mary Parker at Northam, Devon, England on 01 Feb 1633.   They arrived in America in 1634 and settled at Scituate. James was admitted freeman in Jan 1634/5. Mr. Cudworth and his wife joined the church at Scituate on 18 Jan 1634. He had one of the first houses in Scituate, before Sep 1634; it was small and plain. He was later one of the Conihassett Partners of Scituate.

James Cudworth was on a 1640 list of inhabitants of Barnstable. He was deputy to the General Court from Barnstable in 1640 and 1642. Thomas Byrd, a servant of James Cudworth of Barnstable, ran away and broke into a house or two in Barnstable, stealing food and clothes. On 2 Jan 1641/2, he was sentenced to be whipped. J

James is in the Scituate and Barnstable sections of the 1643 list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Plymouth Colony. He returned to Scituate after a few years in Barnstable. He was deputy to the General Court from Scituate in 1649. He was captain of the militia in Scituate in 1652. He was an Assistant in 1656 - 8. He was a Commissioner of the United Colonies in 1657.

James urged tolerance towards the Quakers. In 1658 he was left out of the magistracy and the board of Commissioners; he was deprived of his military command and, in 1660, disfranchised. He was restored in Jul 1673 and was an Assistant again in 1674 - 80. During King Philip's War he was chosen "General and Commander in Chief".  In 1681 he was Deputy Governor and Commissioner. In the summer of 1682 he was sent to England as an agent of the colony to obtain a new charter including Narragansett. He caught small pox in London and died there in the autumn of 1682. Children of James Cudworth and Sarah; James, John, Jonathan, Isreal, Mary, and Joanna.  Mary Sarah in 1699 at the age of 91.

 
Generation 2
 
Mary Cudworth (1637-1699) & Robert Whitcomb (1629-1704)
 

Mary Cudworth, born July 23, 1637, married Robert Whitcomb who had been born in Taunton, Somerset, England on December 20, 1629. He was the son of  John Whitcomb (1588-1662) and Frances Coggin (1605-1671). He arrived in Massachusits with his parents in about 1634. There were 6 children; James, who was born at Scituate in 1668, Katherine, Elizabeth, Mary, Robert and Isreal.

Mary died in 1699 and Robert on Christmas day in 1704, both at Scituate.  Also see Pedigree Chart for Robert Whitcomb We were able to follow his line to Thomas Whitcomb (1358-1411), my 18th great grandfather.

 

 
Generation 3
 
James Whitcomb (1668-1728) & Mary Parker (1667-1729)
 

James Whitcomb was born at Scituate, Ma in 1668. He married Mary Parker who had been born in the same community on September 8, 1667.  Her parents were Jacob Parker who had been born 19 Nov 1626 at Great Burstead, Essex, England and Sarah Wyman, born in Sep 1627 at Barkway, Hertfordshire, England. Jacob had arrived in the colonies in 1640 and married Sarah in 1651.

During the years 1697 through 1703 James and Mary were the parents of; Nathaniel, James, Joanna, Mary, and Robert. We know of no other children and have no information about the family.

James died reportedly at Rochester, Ma on June 26, 1728 and Mary at Scituate, Ma on November 30, 1729.

 
 
Generation 4
 
James Whitcomb (1697-1763) & Sarah Winslow (1707-1771)
 

James Whitcomb, born at Rochester, Ma on August 30, 1763 married the widow Sarah Winslow.  Sarah was born at Rochester in 1707, the daughter of Edward Winslow (1681-1770 and Sarah Clark (1682-1767).  (see The Winslow Family Line.)    Sarah Winslow had  married Thomas Lincoln in 1725 at Rochester, Ma. They apparently had 3 children between 1726 and 1729; Seth, Mehitable, and Rachel. Her husband died on June 15, 1730 at the age of 30.

James Whitcomb and Sarah Winslow were the parents of 9 children. They were; James, Thomas, Sarah, Mercy, Scottoway, Robert, Nathaniel, Edward, and Mary. James died on August 30, 1763 leaving Sarah a widow for the second time.  She died at Worchester, Ma on February 28, 1771.

 
Generation 5
 
Mary Whitcomb (1759-1771) & John Bullen (1747-1824)
 

Mary Whitcom, born October 23, 1759 at Rochester, Ma, married John Bullen. To follow this line of the family see the Bullen Family.

 

Postscript:
This line of our family, brings us to the Bullen family line and from there to join the Doolittle Family, then Thayer and finally Copeland Families.

*The information found here has since been documented by Helen Delight Eastman Nasatir (Copeland side). She is a descendant of Delight Dean, wife of Chauncey Butler Doolittle, our 2nd great grandparents. She brings astounding news in that she has confirmed the fact that we are descendants of James Cudworth. See relationship chart. We already had information to that effect but she has documented it. What makes that astounding is the fact that said James Cudworth is descended from English Royalty among whom is Edward I

 

Cousins & Stufff

An Ancestry.com DNA study has matched me with Sharon Ahern. She is a 9th cousin once removed and our closest common ancestors are John Whitcomb (1588-1662) and Frances Coggin (1605-1671), my 8th great grandparents and the parents of John Whitcomb (above).   See Relationship Chart.

 

Grandpa Don Plefka
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
January 5, 2010
*Amended May 11, 2011
Revised April 16, 2013

 

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