"I believe with all my heart that standing up for America means standing up for the God who so blessed our land." Ronald Reagan
Jesus: "This page is the only reference to the death of Samuel Whitman and I consider this man one of the most important people in America at that time of the founding of America because he married a woman who became a true American hero who has gone unnoticed and completely forgotten. She was widowed just before the Revolutionary War and had more influence on the Continental Army than George Washington in that she learned from her husband Samuel what he learned from his fathers what they learned from their fathers all the way back to Myles Standish who was taught by Jesus to lay down his arms and pick up the plowshares. Together Samuel and Sarah formed the first militias to drop their plowshares and pick up their arms on a minute's notice knowing that if they survived the attack against their countrymen that when the battle was over they would return to their farms and their plowshares. Sarah Whitman was a woman who won the heart and mind of a man named George Washington who preached this message to his army and who proved by his personal actions following the Revolutionary War that the teachings of Sarah Whitman were not only the standard for the patriots who went to the battlefields of the army but to the battlefields of the mind that were to take place in the years and decades following the establishment of their new country. Samuel lived to the age of 94 and outlived his wife Sarah by many years but their combined influence on the character of this nation is unparalleled in all of history. They were two unique people who each brought a wealth of christian values to the rebellious and angry men and women who undoubtedly would have brought the colonies to destruction had the leaders of those days followed their advice rather than the wisdom that was embodied in the couple Samuel and Sarah Whitman whose combined ancestry included eleven of the most prominent of the Mayflower passengers who were the bearers of Jesus and his teachings to this new world that was destined to take down every last vestige of evil."
Important fact regarding the below story:
There has been
internet confusion causing errors in genealogies. In the late 1600's Robert
Waterman had two children Joseph and Sarah who have been linked as husband and
wife rather than as brother and sister during the late 1600's. The subject Sarah Waterman below married a Joseph Waterman in the mid 1700's. All of these people lived in Plymouth Colony just at different times. This is to help anyone who is inclined to do their own research on the internet.
Snow Waterman Whitman was a Mayflower descendant of little notoriety. Nothing
has been recorded about her life so I want to tell you about her. She is your
seventh great grandmother and would be in the same genealogical position to you as Adam was to
Enoch. I am going to tell you her life story because it is one of the most
beautiful stories in American history for love of country and your family deserves
to know what this amazing woman contributed to America.
Sarah was born in the 1730's when the English colony of Plymouth was just over 100 years old. By this time Boston was thriving and all 13 colonies were growing quickly. Sarah was the great granddaughter of Abigail and Richard Warren, a Mayflower passenger and early leader of Plymouth Colony. When Sarah was a young girl she was educated by one of the most competent and knowledgeable men in Plymouth Colony, whose name is well known and may surprise you. He was a very close friend of her father and the whole family. Sarah was very interested in history and the politics of the day and she would sit and listen to conversations between this man and her father for hours whenever they visited each other which was quite often.
often were rather public as well and many prominent men and women in Plymouth
were in some distress regarding the deteriorating conditions between the
colonists and King George of England. When Sarah grew up and married Joseph
Waterman they were still very connected to her father's group of friends. As it
happened, all this was leading up to the breakout of war between America's
colonies and their mother country, Great Britain.
Although Sarah was
busy with her many children, she was quite influential in her circles and the
other men and their wives were of like mind with her. Sarah's ancestors and those
of her peers had pilgrimaged to Plymouth to establish a free and self-governing
life and they were most definitely counted among the rebels against England.
When war broke out, Sarah was among so many women at that time who did such a great deal to enable their men to win their independence from England after many long, dangerous and difficult years of war. Her husband Joseph Waterman had died before the War and made her a widow with many children to raise. After this and before the War, Mr. Samuel Whitman courted and married her and became stepfather to her many children. It was their daughter, Mehitable Whitman born in 1777 who is your sixth great grandmother and she was determined to pass down the heritage she received from her parents. Because Sarah's maiden name had been lost for some time, genealogists did not know who Sarah Waterman was as far as her family of origin.
There was one
incident in particular that I would like you to know about because it
speaks to the incredible spirit and courage of Sarah. The incident has been recorded in history, but
Sarah's identity nor her husband's was ever divulged.
From an internet
site I want you to include this: "Captain Peirce was already a well-tested
veteran of the Middleborough militia when the American Revolution began, having
served with distinction in Massachusetts General John Winslow’s 1755 expedition
to drive French Arcadians from Nova Scotia during the last of the so-called
French & Indian Wars fought in America. He was the leader of the
Middleborough minuteman company... those patriot militiamen who volunteered to
assemble on “a minute’s notice” to do battle with Redcoats whenever they were
called to duty; only 25 to 30 percent of local militia members were typically
designated “Minutemen” in the days leading up to the war."
On the day the
American Revolution began, April 19, 1775, is the day God decided to move
America to her prominent position as the birthright nation of the world, which
had to be comprised of a majority of its descendants coming from the Tribe of
Ephraim of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. It could have been England, Australia
or Canada, but it was 13 rather small colonies that stood up against the
largest and most powerful nation in the world at that time, England and the
banking system that had already taken control of her, moving England along to
become part of the antichrist system that was already moving full steam ahead.
It was on this day of April 19 that our story takes place. The British came from Boston, full regiments of Redcoats marching to Concord to confiscate their stores of powder kegs, other munitions and weapons, but were waylaid in Lexington where the first shots of the Revolution were fired. By the time they reached Concord, the stores had been removed and one of the places they were removed to was the home of Samuel and Sarah Waterman Whitman. Samuel Whitman was a Minuteman and after he was called out to a meeting place, he agreed to have one-fifth of the stores relocated to his home and four-fifths were sent to others. Samuel and Sarah agreed to this dangerous plan to protect the defenses of the patriots of the liberty movement and by her great courage she contributed immensely to the success of the fledgling Continental Army and its efforts to break us free from growing tyranny. In those days the British troops entered people's homes and took them over for their own use, one of the many transgressions listed in the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. In a long and protracted war on the land of farmers who were more comfortable with plowshares than weapons and yet who fought valiantly against a well-equipped and well-organized army with their muskets and swords, Sarah and Samuel continued to contribute to the war effort to secure liberty for all and like so many unsung heroes, all would be lost but for people like these.
I could end the story here but there is one more incident that should make all Americans proud of her and fine women like her. It was a warm and sunny summer day in 1778 and the War had been raging on for over three years at this point in Sarah's life. Now her family had grown to eight children and her love and commitment to them was unrivaled. And yet she carried on with support tasks everyday to ensure victory by the colonists who so valued their heritage and legacy. Her decision to put herself at great risk of charges of treason which could leave her children without their mother was an easy one to make and yet equally as difficult. The point of decision for her was the well-being of her children at that present time but for all her children in the future. Well-educated and firmly planted in the kingdom of God, Sarah selflessly worked night and day to bring forward the second coming of her Lord Jesus who she solidly placed her faith in.
Of all the days
while war and danger surrounded Sarah and her family, one in particular was a
turning point moment. Sarah had coped with the circumstances of war through
many a long day and evaded discovery as a rebel during this time. It was in
1778 while family and friends worked to support the war effort that the danger
of discovery came to her doorstep. Sarah had been tending to her chores and her
children through the good part of the morning when a troop of Redcoats atop
their fine horses entered her yard and approached the steps to the front door.
Sarah admonished her servant to keep the children indoors as she stepped out to
the porch to greet the enemy soldiers.
advised Sarah that they had received
information regarding the militia of her husband and came to speak with him.
Sarah told them honestly that her husband was away on a trip and that she had
no certainty of his return date. The soldiers spoke between themselves and the
commander of the group spoke up about the need for them to search her
property. The Whitman's had continued to
store weapons and munitions and though carefully hidden, would have caused her
arrest should they be found. With panic
rising in her throat, Sarah managed to say as calmy as possible that they
should proceed with their search but she wanted her children safely outside
while they were searching which the commander agreed to. Just as Sarah turned
to enter the house to get the children out, a riderless horse came galloping straight toward the British
soldiers causing their horses to sidestep and spook. The runaway horse wore the
saddle of the British and the commander quickly ordered his men to retrieve the
horse and follow him as he suspected some kind of foul play. The men left more quickly than they arrived and Sarah went back inside to gather
her wits and decide what she must do next.
Fearing that the
soldiers would return, Sarah gathered the children some of whom were teenagers
who could help with the ability gained from well-disciplined training to
quickly follow her directions and remove the children to neighbors and safety.
She left the house unmanned knowing that the British would return and search
without warrant and with her children tucked safely away, she saddled her horse
and rode to meet with the militia at a designated meeting place in such an
Under the cover of
darkness, men from the local militia returned to her home and found the
munitions where she said they would be found. They arrived to discover that the
British had not returned and they loaded the goods and removed them to another
location. In the meantime, Sarah was reluctant to return to her home so went to the home of the friend who had her
youngest children. There she stayed until she could return home under safer
I protected Sarah Whitman and her children that day and all the remaining days of that difficult conflict. Her daughter Mehitable grew into a fine young woman who married Abner Bates who was a descendant of Edward and Susanna Bate of Weymouth, early Puritan arrivals since 1638 as Edward was in service to the king to collect taxes. Ancestors of Abner also fought in the Revolutionary War so it is clear, Kathy, that you come by your rebel and patriotic ways most honestly."
What if we COULD change the world? What if we COULD solve the world’s problems? What if we COULD go to any other country and marvel at how advanced and wonderful she had become in her own right? What if we COULD? I, for one, believe we CAN.