Saturday, January 28, 2012

Surname Saturday - WAITE (England to Rhode Island)

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It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  I am now up to number 359, who is Meribah WAITE (1720-1803), one of my 6th-great-grandparents. [Note: The 6th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts] 

My ancestral line back through four generations of WAITE ancestors is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

10. Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
11. Julia White (1848-1913)

22. Henry Arnold White ((1824-1885)
23. Amy Frances Oatley (1826-before 1870)

44. Jonathan White (1806-1850)
45. Miranda Wade (1806-1850)

88. Humphrey White (1758-1814)
89. Sybil Kirby (1764-1848)


178.  David Kirby (1740-1832)
179. Martha Soule (1743-1828)



358.  Benjamin Soule, born 18 November 1719 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; died 31 January 1803 in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 716. Jacob Soule and 717. Rebecca Gifford.  He married about 1742 in probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

359.  Meribah Waite, born 20 July 1720 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; died 03 February 1803 in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of Benjamin Soule and Meribah Waite are:  Martha Soule (1743-1828); Patience Soule (1745-1780).

718. Thomas Waite, born 22 April 1683 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; died after 1743 in probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  25 January 1711 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.
719.  Mary Tripp, born 22 August 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States; died after 1754 in probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 1438. Joseph Tripp and 1439. Mehitable Fish.

Children of Thomas Waite and Mary Tripp are:  John Waite (1711-1770); Reuben Waite (1713-????); Thomas Waite (1716-1790); Mary Waite (1718-????); Meribah Waite (1720-1803); Mehitable Waite (1722-????); Martha Waite (1725-????); Alice Waite (1729-????).

1436.  Reuben Waite, born about 1656 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States; died 07 October 1707 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  about 1681 in Probably Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
1437.  Tabitha Launders, born about 1662 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died after 1707 in probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 2874. Thomas Launders and 2875. Jane Kirby.

Children of Reuben Waite and Tabitha Launders are:  Thomas Waite (1683-1743); Eleanor Waite (1689-????); Benjamin Waite (1690-1772); Joseph Waite (1693-1774); Abigail Waite (1693-????); Reuben Waite (1695-????); Tabitha Waite (1695-????); Jeremiah Waite (1698-1754).


2872.  Thomas Wait, born before 13 June 1612 in Rigsby-wi-Ailby, Lincolnshire, England; died before 13 September 1665 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.  He was the son of 5744. Richard Wait and 5745. Margaret Carter.  He married before 1640.
2873.  Eleanor, born about 1618 in England; died before 13 June 1671 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Thomas Wait and Eleanor are:  Samuel Waite (1640-1694); Joseph Waite (1643-1665); Benjamin Waite (1645-1704) Jeremiah Waite (1646-1675); Thomas Waite (1638-1733); Mary Waite (1650-1713); Reuben Waite (1656-1707).


Two articles are available for this Waite family:



1)  The English ancestry of this Waite family was discussed in the article:

Edwin G. Sanford, "'Judith at the Island,' Judith (Smith) Fisher, the Wait Family of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Their English Origins." The American Genealogist, Volume 67, Number 4 (October 1992), pages 193-200.

2)  The biography and family data for several generations of the descendants of Thomas Waite of Portsmouth RI was discussed in the article:

G. Andrews Moriarty, "Thomas Waite of Portsmouth, R.I. and Some of his Descendants," New England Historical and Genealogical Record, Volume 73, Number 4, October 1919, pages 291ff.  

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