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Valentine Whitman aka Wightman 1628-1701 Providence, Rhode Island

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Valentine Whitman aka Wightman 1628-1701 Providence, Rhode Island

Posted: 1389121348000
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Surnames: Whitman, Wightman, Aldrich
Valentine Whitman aka Wightman was of the land gentry and was born 1628 at Burton-Upon-Trent, England, died January 26, 1701 in Providence, Rhode Island. He married Mary Aldrich on 6 Oct. 1652. She was born June 16 1637 at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and died on May 31, 1718 at Providence, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of George Aldridge-Aldrich and Catherine Seald.

Note: Valentine Whitman was in America by 1648 six years before his father, John Wightman came with his other four (4) brothers in 1654 to Newport, Rhode Island. Although the original spelling of the family surname is “Wightman” for some unknown reason he retained the spelling of “Whitman” as his surname. He was an Indian interpreter and could speak the language fluently which was put to good use in dealing with the early settlers and the Indians. He dealt as an interpreter in transactions between the Indians and land companies from Connecticut and Massachusetts leaders in 1658. On October 13, 1660 he was a witness to a contract between the Indian Chief, Ninigret and the United Colonies (Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, New Haven and Hartford). He was a man of “tremendous activity.” In June 1656 he was Surveyor of Highways, and served on the Jury in 1657-1661, also on May 18, 1658 he served as a Commissioner in the General Court of Commissioners for Rhode Island. On August 14, 1676 he served in the Rhode Island Militia as a soldier during the King Philip’s War. On January 13, 1701 he made his Last Will and Testament and on March 11, 1701 his Last Will and Testament was proven in court.


Children of Valentine Whitman and Mary Aldrich

1. Mary Whitman born 16 November 1652 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 27
April 1720 in Providence, Rhode Island married John Inman

2. Elizabeth Whitman born 3 July 1653 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 19
November 1727, Providence Rhode Island, never married

3. Susanna Whitman born 28 February 1658 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 1734
Providence, Rhode Island, married James Ballou on 20 July 1683

4. Deborah Whitman born 1659 in Providence, Rhode Island, died about 1735
Providence, Rhode Island, married Joseph Smith

5. Alice Whitman born 1661 in Providence, Rhode Island, died date unknown

6. Hannah Whitman born 1663 in Providence, Rhode Island died 7 August 1752
Providence, Rhode Island, unmarried

7. Ester Whitman born 1665 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 31 August 1748 in
Providence, Rhode Island, married John Steere

8. Grace Whitman born 1666 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 1748 Providence,
Rhode Island, married James Greene on 23 May 1716

9. Valentine Whitman, Jr. born 25 August 1668 in Providence, Rhode Island, died 26
August 1750 Providence, Rhode Island, married Sarah Bartlett on 12 December 1694

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