- Born: 1638, Dorchester, Massachusetts 63,666
- Marriage: Rebecca Waters on 4 Nov 1664 in Lancaster, Massachusetts 667,63
- Died: 21 Mar 1718, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts at age 80 63
The Whitcomb Family in America by Charlotte Whitcomb 1904, pgs. 396 - 397.
Early Records of Lancaster by Henry Nourse 1884.
Noted events in his life were:
Dates & Events. 667
"Josiah, sonne of Joasiah Whetcombe [Whitcomb] and Rebeccah his wife was borne 12 Sep 1665
Josiah, sonne of Josiah Whetcombe & Rebeccah his wife died 12 Sep 1665
Josiah, sonne of Josiah Whetcombe and Rebeccah his wife was born 13 Dec 1666
David, sonne of Josiah and Rebeccah Whetcombe borne 20 Feb 1668
Rebecca of Josiah & Rebecca Whitcombe, born 10 Sep 1671
Johannah of Josiah & Rebeccah Whetcomb, bor 17 Feb 1674"
~NEHGR, Vol. 16, pg. 354-359
Background Information. 63 HERE LIES
Josiah Whitcomb, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638 according to Dorchester town records, and is believed to have been the youngest son of John. He accompanied his father's family from Scituate to Lancaster, Massacusetts in 1654, and his name appears variously in the early records of life in the new town. In 1688 he was granted a bounty for killing a wolf, and again he was named with his brother Job in an action for damaged for accidentally injuring or killing a swin.
Josiah was married 4 Jan 1664 in Lancaster to Rebecca, daughter of Lawrence Waters and Ann Linton, of Waterbury. Rebecca was born in 1640.
During Queen Ann's war (1702-1717) he was allowed a garrison for protection against the Indians. This garrison was situated in what is now called Bolton, orginally a part of Lancaster, but set off in 1738 and he lived in the southereastern part of this Bolton. he was commander of the garrison and with him were associated his sons, Josiah, David and Hezekiah, his son-in-law, Jacob Houghton, also Henry Houghton and John Wilder, Jr.
In 1705 he was a selectman. In 1708, he and twenty-nine others signed the church covenant and as he was in good financial circumstances, he contributed liberally towards the support of the church. In 1710, he was elected to represent Lancaster in the General Court.
A rough granite slab erected to Josiah's memory bears the following inscription:
THE BODY OF
COMB SEN: D
ESEASED IN H
IS 80 YEAR
(on a foot stone)
His Children were:
Josiah, b. 12 Nov 1665, and d. the same day
Josiah, b. 7 Jan 1666/67
David, b. 20 Feb 1668/69
Rebecca, b. 12 Nov 1671; m. 26 Dec 1708, Jacob Houghton, b. 1704
Johannnah, b. 8 Mar 1674; m 26 Dec 1708, Peter Joslin; d 14 Dec 1717
Hezekiah, b. 14 Sep 1681
Deborah, b. 26 Dec 1683; d. early
Damiris and Mary, twins
Abigail, b. 13 Mar 1687/88; m. Josiah White, 26 Jun 1706
~The Whitcomb family in America, pgs. 396-398
Josiah married Rebecca Waters, daughter of Lawrence Waters and Ann Linton, on 4 Nov 1664 in Lancaster, Massachusetts 667.,63 (Rebecca Waters was born in Feb 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts 63 and died in 1726 in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
Marriage Record. 668
"Josiah Whetcombe and Rebeccah Waters were married, 4 Nov 1664"