Whitwell, William

last name (variants): Whitewell
honorific(s): Mr.
Death: April 10, 1775 in Boston, MA
Affiliation

Private Society

Faith

Congregationalist

Nationality

Anglo-American

Occupation

Merchant

Marital status

Married at least twice. His son, William Whitwell, became a minister.

Biography

William Whitwell was a wealthy Boston merchant who was very involved in town politics and in the Old South Church, which he joined in 1733. He did business with Wheelock and was a member of a “private society” of like-minded merchants who donated money to Samson Occom and Samuel Kirkland in the early 1760s. His brother, Samuel Whitwell, also did business with Wheelock but does not seem to have been involved in philanthropy for Moor’s.

Sources

Boston City Council. Documents of the City of Boston, Volume 3. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, City Printers, 1887. Accessed via GoogleBooks. Dartmouth College Archives, MS 761609.2 and 762575.3. Hill, Hamilton Andrews. History of the Old South Church (Third Church) Boston: 1669-1884, Volume 2. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1890. Accessed via GoogleBooks.