Judith Vassall (mtDNA)

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Status summary

As of September 27, 2020

  • Page created for Judith Vassall, wife of Resolved White
  • Recruitment of individuals who are mtDNA descendants of Judith (Vassall) White. Folks who are mtDNA descendants are encouraged to contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Paper Trail

Judith Vassall was born in England about 1616[1] daughter of William Vassall[2] and Anna King (daughter of George King and Joanne Lorran[3] of Cold Norton, Essex, England).[4] Her father was one of the original Assistants to the Massachusetts Bay Company (which was formed in England prior to their emigration to Boston, MA)[5] While her father emigrated to form the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the Spring of 1630, likely aboard the flagship, Arabella[6], his wife and family (including Judith) waited until 1635, when they came over on the Blessing.[7] The family moved from the Boston area to Scituate in 1635, which is where she married Resolved White on 5 Nov 1640.[8] The White family moved to Marshfield, where Judith was buried 3 Apr 1670.[9]

Judith and Resolved had eight children[10]: William, John, Samuel, Resolved, Anna, Elizabeth, Josiah and Susanna.

Second Generation

Anna White[11] was born Scituate 4 Jun 1649 and died at Concord, MA 25 May 1714. She married Concord 2 Jun 1671 to John Hayward. They had seven children: Mary, George, Judith, Mercy, John, Hannah and Sarah.

Elizabeth White[12] was born Scituate 4 Jun 1652 and died was living at Concord, MA as late as 10 Mar 1713. She married Concord, 17 Jul 1672 to Obadiah Wheeler (II). They had nine children: Obadiah, Josiah, Uriah, Samuel, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin and Joshua.

Susanna White was born Scituate in Aug 1656. The following note of Susanna is reported in a wikitree biography of her: There are no further records for Susanna White. A claim has been made that she married Uriah Johnson, grandson of Humphrey Johnson, settler in Woburn. The Mayflower Society investigated this. They found that Humphrey and Resolved White had some dealings, but none of them would indicate such a relationship. Further there doesn't seem to be a Uriah, grandson of Humphrey. Note the claim was supposed to have been made in The White Gen. published Concord 1896.

Third Generation

Mary Hayward was born Concord 5 Dec 1671 and died Billerica 21 Mar 1742. She married Concord 31 Oct 1698 John Willard and they had (all born Concord) David (1699), Jonathan (1701), Mercy (1704) and Simon (1708).

Judith Hayward was born Concord 9 Apr 1675 and died Brookfield 18 Apr 1748. She married Concord 30 Aug 1699 Philip Goss of Lancaster and they had Judith (c1700), Philip (c1701), Hannah (c1705), Mary (c1707), John (1710/1), Thankful (1713) and Thomas (1716)

Mercy Hayward was born 13 May 1677. She married Concord 3 Apr 1706 John Brown of Stow and they had Timothy (c1707), Silence (c1712), and Abner (1714).

Hannah Hayward was born Concord 30 Aug 1682. She was likely the "Anna" Hayward who married Concord 23 Nov 170[worn] Samuel Allen of Suffield and they had Jonah (1716/7)

Sarah Hayward was born Concord 16 Jun 1689. She married twice, first to John Grosvenor (d. 1710, no children) and second, before 1713, David White. By her second husband, Sarah had David (1712/3), John (1716/7), Hannah (c1722)

Elizabeth Wheeler was born 1685 and died 1725. She married Elisha Rice and they had Eliakim (1709), Elizabeth (1713), Silas (1719), Elijah (1721/2) and Zebulon (1725).

Fourth Generation

Mercy Willard was born Concord 4 Jun 1704 and died there 17 Feb 1760. She married there about 1728 William Wheeler. They had seven children: Mary (1729 m. Silas Walker), Catherine (1730 never married), William (1732 d. young), Willard/William (1734), Mercy (1737 m. ___ Kingman), Wareham (1740) and Oliver (1742).

Judith Goss was born about 1700 and was not mentioned in her husband's will of Brookfield 24 Aug 1779. She married Brookfield 2 Dec 1718 Thomas Gilbert and they had thirteen children: Thomas (1719 d. young), Abner (1721), John (1723), Anna (1725 m. Isaac Upham), Seth (1727), Jedediah (1730), Elizabeth (1732 m. Benjamin Jennings), Philip (1734), Thankful (1737 m. Josiah Dodge), Thomas (1739), Jedediah (1742), Judith (1745 m. Thomas Brown & (Dea.) Joseph Cutler) and Lemuel (1747)

Hannah Goss was born about 1705 and was named in her husbands will of Western 19 Dec 1770. She married Brookfield 27 May 1723 Experience Rich and they had ten children: Mehitable (m. Silas Smith), Submit (1727-8, not in father's 1770 will), Moses (1730), Philip (1732), Elijah (1734), John (1736), Hannah (1738 m. Thomas Cowens), David (1740), Mary (surname Rich in 1770) and Luther.

Mary Goss was born about 1707 and died Brookfield 27 Sep 1751. She married there 13 Dec 1728 Daniel Walker and they had ten children: Mary (1729 m. James Carter), Samuel (1731), Daniel (1732), Sarah (1734 d. young), Abraham (1736), Isaac (1738), Jacob (1740-1760), Thankful (1742 m. James Shays), Sarah (1747 m. John Belnap) and Judith/Judah (1749 m. ___ Hall).

Thankful Goss was born Brookfield 13 Dec 1713 and died Chester 9 Feb 1780. She married Brookfield 20 Jun 1732 John White (II) and they had seven children (all born Brookfield): Prudence (1733-1738), Lucy (1735-1740), John (1738), Varsel (son) (1740), Thankful (1747), Nathan (1748), and Elijah (1750).

Silence Brown was born about 1712 and died before 1774. She married Brookfield 28 Jun 1773 Jonah Hamilton and they had ten children: Israel (1734 d. young), Amos (1737), Mercy (1739 m. Henry Spring), Aaron (1741), Thankful (1743 unmarried in 1774), Thomothy (1745), Jabish (1747), Dorothy (m. Benjamin Aldrich), Israel (d. bef 1774) and Obed.

Hannah Allen was born in New Jersey about 1726 and died Bridport, VT 22 Dec 1800, ae. 74. She married about 1742 Samuel Smith and they had nine children: Betsey (1742 m. Isaac Baldwin), Asher (c1745), Rhoda (1747 m. Bethuel Ferrand), Chloe (1749), Nathan (1752), Marshall (1757), Salome (1759 m. Elijah Grady), Jacob (1765) and Hannah (1769 m. David Doty).

Elizabeth Rice was born Sudbury 2 Nov 1713 and died Leicester 29 Mar 1799. She married Sudbury 28 Nov 1735 Jonas Livermore and they had eight children (all born Leicester): Jonas (1736), Micah (1738), Mary (1742/3 m. Thomas Scott), Elizabeth (twin 1745 m. Samuel Tucker), David (twin 1745), Elisha (1751), Beulah (1753 poss. m. Levi Dunton), Lydia (1755 m. Asa Prouty).


  1. Aged 16 in 1635 (TGMB III:1872 from Hotten 94). She also joined the Scituate Church (almost certainly as an adult, ie aged at least 18) on 16 Jul 1637 (NEHGReg 2:280)
  2. See page 15 of newsletter for Vassall ancestry.
  3. family tree needs to be verified
  4. TGMB III:1872
  5. ibid.
  6. ibid.
  7. Roser, Mayflower Passenger References from Hotten:93-94
  8. Plymouth Colony Records 8:19 and Scituate VRs I:325)
  9. published Marshfield VRs:10
  10. published Scituate VRs I:409-10
  11. see page 4 of this newsletter.
  12. see page 4 of this newsletter.

mtDNA Results H6a1b2a

One mtDNA descendant of Judith (Vassall) White has taken a full mtDNA test and had their results posted to the Mayflower DNA Project. The family falls under Haplogroup H6a1b2a. According to Haplogroup.org, this haplogroup is roughly 1,750 years old (+/- 300 years or so). More information on this individual is needed. The person is encouraged to contact Raymond Wing (email wing DOT genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Thus, mtDNA results cannot solely be used to conclusively proves someone is a mtDNA descendant of Judith (Vassall) White, but it can be used to conclusively disprove such a relationship. In addition, we need another mtDNA descendant of Judith (hopefully descended from a different daughter than the original tester) to prove the original testers line is valid.

References and External links

Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Passenger References (from contemporary records & scholarly Journals, Second Edition 2015, Canada [www.stewartbooks.com Stewart Publishing & Printing]

Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 vol. III: P-W, 1995 Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society

Sherman, Ruth W. and Robert M. Sherman, comp. Robert S. Wakefield, ed., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: vol. 13 White, 2006, Plymouth, General Society of Mayflower Descendants