Edmund Titus1,2,3

M, b. 1630, d. 7 April 1715
FatherRobert Titus b. c 1600, d. c 1679
MotherHannah Carter b. 1604, d. b 1 Mar 1678/79
     Edmund was born in 1630 in St. Katherine's Parish, near Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England. On 1 April 1635, Edmund immigrated to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He appears to be the first of his family to come to Long Island.

Edmund came to the colonies at an early age before reaching his majority and apparently lived with his brothers in Seaconk. When he came of age, he removed to Long Island. He first settled in Hempstead, but soon moved to Westbury. The land that he settled on in Westbury remained in the hands of his descendants, all bearing the name of Titus, at least until 1860. Edmund married Martha Washbourne, daughter of William Washbourne and Jane Whitehead, before 29 September 1657 in Westbury, Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York, at the Quaker Meeting House. He was living in Hempstead as early as 1658 and took up a 200 acre tract of land on the north of Hempstead Plains where he lived until his death. He is said to have suffered from being a Quaker [he became one early]. His last words, "I have put away all my filthyness and superfluity of Haughtness. I have received the meekness ye engrafted word that is able to save the Soul." 31 August 1698, Edmund and Martha and his wife, [ROF:Hempstead Town] were listed on the Hempstead Town Census. Enumerated in this household were Edmund Titus, Martha, Peter, Silas, Hannah, Patience. Edmund departed this life the 7th day of the 2nd month 1715 in Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York. He was buried at Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York.


Martha Washbourne b. b Dec 1637, d. 17 Apr 1727


  1. [S74] Ada Clementine Acker Haight, The Richard Washburn Family Genealogy: a family history of two hundred years outlining the ancestors & descendants of Richard Washburn with some connected families, page 1213.
  2. [S90] Genealogies of Long Island Families From the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volume II: pages 346-347 - Edmund Titus married Martha, d/o William & Jane Washburne and lists his children with dates.
    In 1650, he moved to Hempstead & a short time later to old Westbury. "Edmund Titus, one that Received ye truth many years since and lived and dyed in it. In his later days his Eyes grew dim that he could not see and thick of hearing, all which he bore very patiently. In the time of his last sickness his daughter Phebe field standing by him, he said, my Life is in Christ my God, with many more comfortable words. His last words were these: - I have put away all filthiness & superfluity & Hautiness. I have Received with meekness ye engrafted word that is Able to save the soul & soon departed this life in a quiet frame of Spirit senseable to the last ye 7d. 2d. mo., 1715 aged near eighty five years." "His wife survived him twelve years and died the 17th of 2d mo., 1727 in ye ninetieth year of her age. Some years before her death she was helpless and kept her bed. Her natural faculties became much impaired; yet she retained a lively sense of the Divine goodness, and many times near her door, feeling the fresh springs of Divine life to well up in her soul, she would exhort her children and others to wait upon God, that they might there by be maid senseable of the workings of Truth in their hearts which was the way through obedience thereunto to find peace with God."
    [New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, 1876, page 42]
  3. [S1046] Mrs. William Johnson, Edmund Titus of Wesbury, L.I. and Some of His Descendants.