I am not entirely sure how I am related to the Rhode Island Whitfords--a mystery that I doubt I shall ever solve but that was the catalyst for what turned out to be a great deal more genealogical research than I had anticipated. I am descended from John Whitford (b. probably 1720-1730), who m. at Rehoboth, MA in 1750 Dorcas Goff, and through John's son, Joseph Whitford, who moved to Dudley, MA around the time of the Revolution, and then died in nearby Sturbridge, MA (where I grew up) in 1827. Joseph was my grandmother's g-g-grandfather. I have never been able to find evidence identifying John Whitford's parents, but after 5 years of researching the Rhode Island Whitfords I am still of the opinion he was a fourth-generation descendant of Pasco1, and probably the son of Joseph3 Whitford (Pasco2, Pasco1) and wife Sarah Wightman of North Kingstown (just across the bay from Rehoboth). John Whitford named his first two children Joseph and Sarah, and he was certainly about the age to have been their son. As you may know, the North Kingstown birth records were badly burned in a 19th century fire, and so we have a number of 4th generation Whitfords who can't be definitively connected to parents. I have searched many, many early RI town records, as well court records, probates, land evidences, and other materials, attempting to straighten out the family lines, with very limited success. I have compiled so much data on the first 4-5 generations of the family that my brother and I have decided to publish as soon as I can finish assembling all the material into readable sketches.
It is nice to know that someone else had a difficult time finding Pasco's grave! It took me two different trips, too!
And, yes, I have seen the history of the Whitford house and lands at the EG library, much of it assembled (I think) by local genealogist Violet Kettele--it is very interesting and valuable!
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. I would love to know more about your Whitford ancestry.