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Col. William Whittington, of Chance "Revolutionary War "[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
 1740 - 1818

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  • Title  Col. 
    Suffix  of Chance "Revolutionary War " 
    Birth  1740  Chance, Somerset County MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Appointed  Corporal, Somerset Militia, Princess Anne Battalion, under Capt. John Williams' and later as Colonel, Watkins Point Co., in 1780 during the Revolution  [7, 8, 9
    Appointed  1780  [7, 8, 9
    Colonel, Watkins Point Co. under General Washington during the Revolution 
    Died  1818  Somerset County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I211  Main
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2009 08:19:00 
     
    Father  Southy Whittington, b. 1687, Somerset County, MD  
    Mother  Mary Fassitt, b. Abt 1699 
    Family ID  F932  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Priscilla Polk, b. 1740, Somerset County, MD  
    Married  1760  [2
    Children 
     1. Ann Whittington
     2. Elizabeth Whittington, b. 1761
    >3. Margaret Whittington, b. Abt 1763
     4. William Whittington, IV, b. Abt 1765
    >5. James Whittington, b. 1765, Somerset County, MD
    >6. Mary Jane Priscilla Whittington, b. Abt 1769, Somerset County, MD
    >7. Isaac Joseph Whittington, b. Abt 1770
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2009 08:19:00 
    Family ID  F125  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • He was known as Col. Whittington of "Chance", which was the name of his family home.

      He served as a Corporal, Somerset Militia, Princess Anne Battalion, under Capt. John Williams' and later as Colonel, Watkins Point Co., in 1780 during the Revolution. (Matthew M. Wise, The Littleton Heritage; Henry C. Peden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Worcester & Somerset Counties MD; Woodrow T. Wilson, 34 Families)

      William named his wife and son, James, in his will dated December 29, 1815. He also named his grandchildren. (Ruth T. Dryden, Somerset Co. MD Wills 1800-1820 EB23, San Diego, CA, p. 70)

      The following from "Our Heritage" by Loula Allen Lentz pp. 64-68

      "A story is told, that at his birth he was so small, his nurse placed him in a quart measure and closed the lid. When grown to manhood he measured seven feet in height."

      "County, Maryland, son of’ William Whittington II and Elizabeth Taylor, married Priscilla Polk. Ho was born in 1740 and died in 1854. Both died in Somerset County, Maryland. Colonel Whittington’s grandfather came from England during the early settlement of this country locating in Northamp ton County, Virginia, where William Whittington II was born and is our first American born forebear (1650)."

      "William Whittington III married Priscilla Polk and was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, having received his commission under General Washington."

      More from from "Our Heritage" by Loula Allen Lentz pp. 64-68

      "WHITTINGTON - POLK  Priscilla Polk, daughter of James Polk, grandson of Robert Bruce Polk, married William Whittington of Chance, Maryland. By this marriage were born three sons — Joseph, who became the father of Mary Whittington, James and William and four daughters, Mary Jane Priscilla, who became the mother of William Whittington Allen, Elizabeth, Ann and Margaret."

      "1 - Joseph married a Miss Foster, their children were: 1) William M. in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland;
      2) Thomas went to Louisiana, married and raised a large family; 3) Elizabeth M. Harvey Vanderford and had one daughter. 4) Mary B. January 28, 1802, M. at age of 17, M.William Whittington Allen (first cousin)on May 19, 1819. D. April 20, 1882; 5 — Margaret M. William Porter and moved to Kentucky"

      "2 - James M. a Miss Lawson and she bore him three sons and five daughters"

      "3 - Jane Whittington ton married three times:  1st — Dr. William Strawbridge, 1788. 2nd — William Davis Allen on March 26, 1793; 3rd — John Porter in 1801"

      Below from from "Our Heritage" by Loula Allen Lentz pp. 64-68

      The Will of Joseph Allen, father of William Davis Allen — dated January 1, 1766, leaves all land in Somerset County to his son, William Davis Allen. The witnesses to the will are David Polk, William Allen and Thomas Dashiell.

      There is a deed to Joseph Allen from John. Williams, dated February 26, 1755 — land is near Wicomico River, some land referred to in the will of William Davis Allen and is called “Sligo” containing 80 acres.

      A deed to William Thittington from William W. Allen, dated July 20, 1820, recorded thus: “Whereon the said William W. Allen now resides Land known and called by the name of “Allen’ s Vale” containing 526 acres.it

      William Davis Allen deceased before November 6, 1837. Old documents show Elizabeth Allen and William W. Allen heirs to Allen’s Vale, home of their father, William Davis Allen.

      The above deeds indicate that William Whittington Allen lived on Allen’s Vale, which is east of Princess Anne, Maryland, on the road to Perryhaw—kin. The Somerset County Surveyor and his ancestors lived in that section and he believes the so—called Mary Broughton farm is a part of this tract and that there is a grave yard where the old Broughton house stood, and we believe that William Whittington Allen was buried there as at the time of his death, he and his wife, Mary Whittington, were living in Upper Trappe and there was neither Church nor Cemetery in Upper Trappe. We have every reason to assume she would takc him to the family burying ground on the farm called “Allen’s Vale and from an. old document dated 26th day of February 1851, wo know that Mary Allen, widow of William W. Allen, sold to Charles Rider for the sum of $382, all the equity she hold in the real estate, land being called “Allen’s Vale.”

      William Allen, father of Joseph Allen and grandfather  William Davis Allen, was Lord Mayor of London from 1607-1609 On an old parchment dated August 17, 1798, roads in The State of Maryland, to all persons to whom These Presents shall come, Greetings, Know ye that whereas William Davis Allen of Somerset County on the twenty—first day of November seventeen hundred and ninety—six attained out of the Eastern Shore Land Office a special Warrant to resurvey several tracts of land.

      The Treasurer of the Eastern Shore received the sum of ten pounds twelve shillings and nine pence, three forthings current money being the sun paid for 1297 3/4 acres of land resurveyed and reduced into one entire tract and called

      Allen’s Vale

      All Rights Profits Benefits and Privilege there unto be— longing To Have and To Hold the same unto Him the Said William Davis Allen His Heirs and Assigns Forever.  From old Manuscript of land left to William W. Allen and Betsy by father — William Davis Allen. [10, 11]
     
  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S477] Marguerite Freeney Howard, Marguerite Freeney Howard, DAR Application (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com), p. 64, 66 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S715] Barbara Cox - GHOTES web site, Barbara Cox, (December 2001), http://www.esva.net/ghotes/whittington/d0/i0001214.htm#i1214 (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com), p.40 (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S959] DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition Part III, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, (Washington 1990), p. 3204 "b c 1740 MD d p 12-29-1815 MD m Priscilla Polk - Cpl. MD (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S761] Matthew Wise - The Littleton Heritage, Matthew Wise, (http://nabbhistory.salisbury.edu/Nabb/NewDesignLinks/Littleton_Heritage_Book2.htm rcdhac@salisbury.edu The Nabb Research Center 1101 Camden Avenue Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland 21801).

    8. [S762] Penden - Revolutionary Patriots, Henry C. Penden, Jr..

    9. [S757] 34 Families of Old Somerset, Woodrow T. Wilson, (658 pages.).

    10. [S715] Barbara Cox - GHOTES web site, Barbara Cox, (December 2001).

    11. [S716] L. A. Lentz - Our Heritage, Loula Allen Lentz, (Privately published manuscript. March 1, 1959. 198 pp. 8.5 x 11 in 19 ring binder, green custom impritned cover with gold lettering. Scanned into .PDF format. Cpies of the PDF file may be obtained from John Howell, jhowell@jhowell.com).

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