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James Witherell, Dr.

James Witherell, Dr.

Male 1759 - 1838  (78 years)

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  • Name James Witherell 
    Suffix Dr. 
    Born 16 Jun 1759  Mansfield, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Jan 1838  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12735  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father Benjamin Witherell 
    Mother Sarah Gilbert 
    Family ID F7211  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amey or Amy Hawkins,   b. 17 Jun 1770, Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1848, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1790  Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Cullen C. Witherell,   b. 14 Jul 1791, Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1813, Poultney, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     2. Sarah Myrah or Sally Mira Witherell,   b. 6 Sep 1793, Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1818, Poultney, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     3. Betsy Matilda or Matildy Witherell,   b. 1793
     4. Mary Amy Witherell,   b. 4 Oct 1795, Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1868, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. Benjamin Franklin H. Witherell,   b. 4 Aug 1797, Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1867  (Age 69 years)
     6. James Bonaparte Witherell,   b. 12 May 1799, Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1822, At sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    +7. Charles Witherell
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F7195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jun 1759 - Mansfield, Bristol, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1790 - Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jan 1838 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Descendancy chart of Epenetus Olney mailed to the Whipple Web Site by J.D. Trezise on 10 Nov 1997, citing (among other references) Edward Justin Frost's 1938 genealogy of the Olney, Hawkins and Lewis families. Gives birth date 1776.

      !SOURCE: Email from Tom Wetherell (undisclosed at example dot net) to Weldon Whipple, 1 Jun 1998, citing _The Witherell/Wetherell/Witherill Families of New England_ by Witherell & Witherell, as well as the archives of Detroit and the State of Michigan. Gives birthdate 16 Jun 1759.

      !BIOGRAPHY: "James was an ensign in the Revolutionary War at age 16, he also was a Dr., Judge, and Secretary of the Territory of Michigan. He has an extensive history serving under Washington during the Revolutionary war, later educating himself as a Dr. He was then elected for a term in the VT house of representatives (1798-1802), then appointed Assoc. Justice of the county court of Rutland County, VT 1801-3, and member of the Governor's council 1802-6. He was then elected as a Democrat to the 10th US Congress (House of Representatives) serving from Mar 4, 1807-May 1, 1808. While a US Congressman, he was recommended by Sen. Nathaniel Chipman of VT, James Witherell was appointed on Apr 3, 1808 by Pres. Jefferson to be one of the three judges of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan. He resigned his seat in Congress & went to Michigan. ... In 1810 he moved his family to Detroit. In 1812 as the only revolutionary officer in Michigan he was placed in command of the "Legion" with the rank of major. When Hull surrendered Detroit, Witherell refused to surrender his troops & let them disperse, and he went as a prisoner of war to Kingston, Ont. When released on parole they went back to Poultney, VT. From there he went back to Detroit. On Feb 1, 1828, John Q. Adams appointed James Witherell as Secretary of the Territory of Michigan, a post he held until July 21, 1830. He retired to his farm at the age of 71 and d. at his residence Jan 9, 1838 in Detroit, Michigan." --T. Wetherell


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