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Whitney, William H., A Watertown Farm in Eight Generations: A Memorial of the Whitney Family (Cambridge, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Watertown Historical Society, 1898)

Transcriber's Note: This book is a manuscript written in white letters on a dark blue background, like a blue-print.


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CHAPTER V.

Abraham Whitney, Ancestors

and Descendants.

 

My motive in preparing this family memorial shall be plainly set forth at this point.

I am in this chapter to marshal the descendants of Abraham Whitney of the fifth generation in descent from John Whitney and Elinor Whitney, Puritan Emigrants who settled at Watertown, Massachusetts Colony in 1635. His son John who came from London with him, aged eleven years, is of the second generation in this direct line. He had been attending the Merchant Tailors School at the English Metropolis for four years before the


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embarkation to New England. He was the oldest of five sons, and three more sons were born in Watertown. John, Richard and Thomas were admitted as freemen of Watertown, but Richard and Thomas moved to Stowe, Jonathan to Sherbourne and Joshua, after living at Groton came back to the old farm. Benjamin went to York Maine. Although the boys scattered as stated, they spent their early life, owned lands, or married or had children born in Watertown. It was about the time of their father's death in 1673 that they scattered. But John staid on the farm marrying in 1642, when he was twenty two years of age and commencing a home of his own the next year, 1643. Here he lived and died. A three acre lot bought of Edmund Howe was his home lot on Lexington St. east side and


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south of Bradshaw Whitney's brick and wood farm house now there. Here were the town lots designed for compact dwelling of the townsmen for mutual defense. From this spot he could look east down the valley between Whitney's hill on the south and Fowle's hill on the north along the course of Orchard Street, and see the smoke ascending above the tree tops of his fathers homestead in the meadow near the Cambridge Road. We may be sure that he often did this, calling to mind with pride his joint labors with his father and seven brothers in felling the forests and clearing the farm. His father died in 1673. One hundred and two years late his grandson, Capt. Daniel Whitney owned 142 acres of this land which his inventory describes as follows: "The Home lot, the orchard


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west of the house, Bonds lot, Fillipses and Ormes lot, Home Meddo, Sheepe Pasture Wood lot and Pasture, Spring and Side Hill Pasture, Stowells House lot, Stowells Meddo so called, Hill orchard and Side Hill Pasture, Spring land west of the barn, Spring House lot, Close north of the House lot, Spring Upper Orchard, and Hendersons lot." These farming divisions of the close of the 18th century were the result of the plans and labors of the 17th century and the eight boys worked for their father and these other farmers whose names are in this inventory record and whose titles formed the Whitney Farm title. Our imaginations must fill the intervals of this farm toil. There was fishing the river for food; There were pioneers calls to hunt the wilde for game; There was a County and Town bounty for wolves, foxes and


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blackbirds. There was the sterner duty to scour the woods for lurk-savage-foes, and to rally the women and children for defense in the Garrison House against the attack. Watertown was open and on the frontier. This farm between the Concord and Sudbury highways, in 1643 was at a point of great exposure; but later was doubtless a place of refuge for those farther out actually driven from their farms by the Indians. Then there was the march to the out-posts to repel the attack. Capt. Patrick of Watertown led the Watertown men to the Pequot War in 1637. Forty men went to Groton in 1676 and the same number under Capt. Hugh Mason, then a Selectman marched to the relief of Sudbury garrison houses invested by a band of a thousand Indians Apr. 21, 1676. John Whitney was called from his farm and impressed by Colony order to go upon this Sudbury expedition. The Archives of Massachusetts


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Volume 68-100 and Volume 67-100 indicate the services, and the ledger of Provincial Treasurer Hull gives, at page 876, the sums paid him for military service. He was selectman at the time, and after an interval of a year (1677) was selectman again. His son Samuel and his nephews Moses, Thomas and Jonathan served in the Narragansett wars. His son Benjamin served in the French war of 1690. He was with his brother Joshua Executor of his fathers will. His sons, John the oldest of ten children, and Benjamin the youngest were the administrators of his Estate probated in 1692, numbered 17596 on the file. He owned twenty three acres of the Farm, besides two hundred and ninety acres in other parts of the County. He left an informal will in which he tried to entail some of his real estate. The Heirs, by an agreement divided the estate by approval and decree of the judge chiefly as their father had provided, but broke the Entail.


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We learn by this will that the "profits of ye orchard" were a valuable part of the Estate and the yearly supply of hay from Beaver Brook (meadow) was needed at the farm.

Benjamin the youngest son received in the division "all the land that I bought of How or also as a small meddo [-----] after his mother's decease." He is of the third generation in this branch of the family. He was the owner of land adjoining having purchased six acres on Orchard Street of J. Ormes who married Elizabeth the granddaughter of Rev. George Phillips. Benjamin was born in 1660 and died after 1732 and perhaps in 1736. I have read all the deeds and probate records to or from every Benjamin Whitney in Middlesex Co. 1689-1743 & do not find his will or probate record. The will of Benj. Whitney proved in 1736, mentioned by Barry is not his will. The second marriage to Elizabeth which


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Barry gives us and Pierce follows him in giving to our Benjamin is wrong. That Benjamin is the son of Joseph another son of John. Our Benjamin the soldier who fought the French married Abigail Hagar Mar. 30th 1687 and had two daughters and four sons. All of the sons settled in Watertown or Waltham. John the Elder purchasing land on Main and Lexington Streets nearly adjoining his grandmother Ruth Benjamin the Soldier's home was on Orchard Street perhaps opposite Hovey Street in the house now owned by the Whiting Estate or another on the same site. His father owned the land which he purchased of Father Arnold 1661, and Benjamin conveyed it to his youngest son Capt. Daniel in 1725. The widow of his son Simon occupied it as her dower 1797 to after 1826.

John Whitney the blacksmith the oldest son of Benjamin


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the Soldier is the third in descent of this line. His land on Main Street extended from Lexington to near Forest Street. He bought of Eddy, Church, and the Town Committee. His first purchase was in 1724, twenty three acres of Benjamin Eddy. He was married about 1729 when he was 35 years old. His children are ten in number and four of them served in the Revolutionary War, in the Watertown Company.

His name appears in a list of Grantees ninety five in number in a recorded deed for a mansion house and eleven acres of land on Main Street near Whites Avenue to be used for a parsonage, probably for the third existing church in town. And his father Benjamin with fifty two others bound their estates in the sum of one thousand pounds as an obligation to pay Rev. Robt. Sturgeon £84 annual support as their


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"Evangelical Pastor," "A gospel minister among us where the late Rev. Mr. S. Angier preached."

This pastor resided here for three years for rent was paid for that period before purchased as stated in the record. (See W.H.W. Abs. page 311 where this story is more fully related.)

Abraham whose descendants I now tabulate was his fifth child and the oldest living in 1776 at the time of his fathers death. His father and he lived in a double house on Lexington Street north of the well now there near Main Street and close to the public road.

More about John and Abraham's land will appear in other chapters.

I will now marshal the descendants of Abraham Whitney whom F. C. Pierce in Whitney Genealogy published 1895 as Number 307. All of these persons except-
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FIFTH GENERATION

5 Abraham Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
WIFE
ELIZABETH WHITNEY
DAUGH. OF JOSEPH

BAP. Nov. 23, 1746
MAR. July 10, 1766


No. CHILDREN forward
to Sixth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

6 Abraham Whitney before 1813
7 Elizabeth Whitney Oct. 20, 1793 Married Isaac Taylor of Acton - Lived
in Weston - Son 8   Son 9
10 Lois Whitney 1771 Sept. 14, 1794 Died in Concord, Unm'd. Probate 17623.
11 Joshua Whitney 1772 Died young.

WIFE
MARY MEAD
DAUGH. of Joshua & Lucy

Born May 1 1753
Waltham
Died Aug 29 1820
Mar'd Dec. 3 1772, Watertown


12 Mary Ann Whitney before 1813
13 Moses Whitney 1774 Sept. 11, 1796 June 15, 1827 Homes Lexington Main & Pleasant Sts.

Farmer, Watertown


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14 Lucy Whitney 1775 Nov. 15, 1848 Lived Lexington St. - Unm. - Died Boston
15 Esther Whitney Feb. 4, 1779 Oct. 9, 1806 June 1, 1861 Died home Main St. Watertown.
16 Elisha Whitney Before 1813
17 Lydia Whitney 1782 Jan. 27, 1844 Lived & Died Lexington St. Watertown

Unmarried.

18 Susanna Whitney 1783 July 4, 1849 Married Jeremiah Knowlton

Lived Charlestown & Park St. Boston

19 Maria Whitney Married Joel Smith (his 1st) & Lived

in Weston.

20 Amos Whitney 1786 June 10, 1824 Paper Maker (KIMBALL & WHITNEY)

in Weston - Lived Main St. Waltham

21 Mary Whitney Jan. 21, 1792 July 2, 1815 July 26, 1828 Married Adam Goodnow and lived

Main St. Watertown - A blacksmith


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SIXTH GENERATION

13 Moses Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
WIFE
JANE POLLY
Daugh. of

Born
Married Sept. 11, 1796
Died
Mar. 2nd Lovell


No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

22 Lucy J. Whitney Dec. 19, 1798 Jan. 17, 1830 May 4, 1879 Married Elbridge Hagar
23 Moses Whitney 1801 Oct. 1860 Married Hannah Eustis
24 Jane Whitney June 11, 1805 Aug. 24, 1824

(2)

June 14, 1843 Lived in Calais, Me.

Married Levi Whitney - 12 children

25 Eliza Whitney Mar. 29, 1807 (1)
(2)
May 22, 1871 Married (1) Nath'l Creasy in Watertown

Married (2) John Adams Died in Medway

26 Mary Whitney Aug. 3, 1808 Mar. 1830 Jan. 1, 1885 Lived in Medway

Married John Lunn. D. Hudson Jul 21, '74.

27 Marshall Whitney 1810 (1)
(2)
May 5, 1880 Married (1) Ha't Edwards Lived in Hudson

Married (2) E. A. Cole, a widow

28 Amos Whitney abt. 1812 Married (1) S. Lawrence Died in Watertown

Married (2) Jane Dearborn Lived in Wayland

29 Emeline Whitney abt. 1813 Married Wm. Adams - Lived in Medfield.
30 Horace Whitney abt. 1816 Dec. 4, 1892 Married Sarah Porter - Lived in Clinton

Died in Clinton


SIXTH GENERATION

15 Esther Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
HUSBAND
ZACCHEUS POND
Son of

Born Mar. 23, 1780
Died Mar. 26, 1844
Blacksmith


No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

31 Samuel Pond Nov. 25, 1808 unmarried Jan. 3, 1856 He died in Buttonwood, H. Watertown.
32 Sarah Pond Dec. 10, 1815 Dec. 29, 1839 Oct. 13, 1841 Married Isaac French who m.(2) M. A. Pond (3) D. Casey

No children.

33 Mary Ann Pond June 28, 1811 July 16, 1843 Apr. 12, 1850 Married Isaac French
34 Esther Pond Oct. 20, 1812 Dec. 9, 1832 Oct. 18, 1852 Married Thomas L. French
35 Lydia Pond Mar. 29, 1810 Mar. 30, 1828 Mar. 16, 1834 Married William French
36 Zaccheus Pond May 12, 1814 Sept. 14, 1839 Mar. 16, 1885 Married Mary Ballou. Children

No. 37, No. 38, No. 39, see footnote [below]

40 William Pond May 18, 1817 Aug. 17, 1845 Married Eliza A. Hersey, and daugh. No. 41 [below]
42 John Pond Sept. 10, 1820 Nov. 14, 1882 Married (1) Loisa Bent (2) Celia Underwood

Children No. 43 and No. 44 [below]

41
Pond (8th Gen.)
Mar. C. Gregg
37 Henry Dearborn Pond (8th Gen.) Oct. 2, 1840 Mar. 25, 184 [sic --RLW]
38 Albon Brigham Pond (8th Gen.) Oct. 16, 1842 Feb. 2, 1877
39 Lucy Sales Pond (8th Gen.) Nov. 13, 1844 Mar. 7, 1853
43 John Augustus Pond (8th Gen.) mar'd a widow - Newton
44 Hattie Louisa Pond (8th Gen.) in asylum

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SIXTH GENERATION

18 Susanna Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
HUSBAND
JEREMIAH KNOWLTON

No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

45 Susan Knowlton Married (1)             (2)
46 Eliza Knowlton 1853 Married Wm. Sanger Watertown Son No. 47 [below]
47 Wm. Sanger (8th Gen.) C. War, ----- Reg't. Killed
48 Ann Knowlton Married H. Stannell
49 Abraham Knowlton Married (1)           (2)
50 Mary Mead Knowlton 1806 Dec. 13, 1885 Lived in Boston - Married Ira

Robbbins


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SIXTH GENERATION

19 Maria Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
HUSBAND
JOEL SMITH
Son of

Born
(1) Married Mar. 1807
(2) S. Conant


No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

51 Maria Smith Jan. 1, 1808 Died quite young
52 Henry Smith Mar. 9, 1809 A       in Regular Army many years
53 Josiah Smith Sept. 29, 1810 Lived in Lowell, Mass. Son

Josiah, Daughter Mary 532 533

54 Francis Smith May 27, 1812 Jan. 19, 1884 Mar'd Lowell (1) C. Leaver (2) M. Darling both dead
55 Marshall Smith Mar. 7, 1814 No children and probably died

when young.

56 William Smith Feb. 19, 1816 July 14, 1882 Died Greenville, N.H.
57 Joel Smith Nov. 29, 1817 Died Greenville, N.H. - No children
58 Maria W. Smith Sept. 3, 1819 Nov. 29, 1846 Dec. 17, 1882 Married         Barrett of Mason, N.H.

now Greenville - Son Charles F.
and Mary J. Barrett No. 59 & 60.
of Eighth Generation.


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SIXTH GENERATION

20 Amos Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
WIFE
MARTHA (Patty) PRIEST
Daugh. of James & Abigail (Lawrence)

Bap. July 4, 1784
Married Jan. 17, 1811
Died -1860


No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

61 Charles Whitney Feb. 11, 1812 Jan. 26, 1839 July 29, 1850 Born in Waltham       Main St.

Blacksmith Do. Main &       Sts.
& Car Works Cambridge Died Camb.

62 Amos Whitney Jan. 30, 1814 Mar. 13, 1884 Born in Waltham - A Steam Engineer

Boston, Providence, New York; D. Camb.

63 James Whitney Apr. 9, 1816 Feb. 10, 1857 Aug. 23, 1881 Born in Waltham - A Machinist

Nashua, N.H. - Died there.

64 Walter Whitney Dec. 2, 1818 Nov. 12, 1893 Born in Waltham - Foreman Cloth

Mill B.M.F. Co., Waltham
Died in Waltham. Unmarried.


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SIXTH GENERATION

21 Mary Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
HUSBAND
ADAM GOODNOW
Son of

Born Mar. 19, 1782
Married July 2, 1815
Died Nov. 21, 1844
Lived Sudbury


No. CHILDREN forward
to Seventh Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

65 Mary Walker Goodnow Sept. 27, 1816 Aug. 18, 1817
66 Mary Walker Goodnow Nov. 9, 1817 Apr. 25, 1837 May 26, 1897 Married Henry Morse Ryan

Lived Watertown, Waltham; D. at Dorchester

67 Lucy Whitney Goodnow Mar. 29, 1819 Feb. 21, 1833
68 Susan Knowlton Goodnow Feb. 24, 1821 Dec. 1, 1840 Nov. 12, 1892 Married John Peabody - Lived

at Waltham D. there

69 George Adams Goodnow Apr. 18, 1823 Nov. 3, 1824

SEVENTH GENERATION

22 Lucy J. Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
HUSBAND
ELBRIDGE HAGAR
Son of

Born Jan 1805
Married 1830
Died Mar. 4, 1879


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

72 Mary L. Hagar June 15, 1833 July 3, 1856 Married Philemon C. Mills

Lives 87 Pleasant St. Watertown
Son No. 1 Frank A. Mills Maimed F.R.R. West
Camb. 1894 - Mar. Annie M. Russel Jan. 27, 1884 - Liv.
Wellesley Mass one mile north of B& A depot

70 Lucy J. Hagar May 25, 1830 Jan. 17, 1849 Dec. 24, 1889 Married Nashua John Holbrook children

Frank O. Born Apr. 19, 1853 D. Oct. 13, 1875
Marshall W. Born Aug. 1854 D. Jan. 16, 1857
Addie F. Born Aug. 1856 D. Jan. 20, 1859

71 Adeline Hagar Sept. 14, 1831 July 25, 1846
74 Adelaide Hagar Mar. 10, 1839 July 7, 1859 Lives No. 5 Fayett St. Watertown

Married George Hancock who
died at Natick 1897

73 Elbridge Hagar Dec. 26,1836 May 24, 1875

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SEVENTH GENERATION

23 Moses Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
WIFE
HANNAH EUSTIS
Daugh. of

Born
Died abt. 1867


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

75 Jane Whitney Jun. 29, 1821 Mar'd Thaddeus Stone 1839. Ch. No. 5 Thaddeus

No. 6 Granville Boston Police

80 Baby 6th child 1826
76 Hannah Whitney Apr. 27, 1822 Married Nathan Adams broth. of John

and William who married her aunts; Children
No. 7 Irving & No. 8 Persis who married
Geo. Lamson Wesboro Mass. their residence.

77 Lucy Whitney 1821
78 Moses Whitney June 17, 1824 1824
79 Moses Whitney 1825
81 Lucy Whitney Dec. 4, 1826 Married Henry Moore - Ch. No. 9, No. 10,

No. 11 & No. 12

82 Marshall Whitney Died a baby
83 Moses Whitney Died when four years old
84 Emily Whitney Jan. 19, 1828 Married           Richardson, Milford

No children


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85 Baby Whitney Died young
86 Horace Whitney Died young
87 Amanda Whitney Died young
88 Ellen Augusta Whitney 1834 Died young
89 Baby Emeline Whitney Died young
90 Ellen F. Whitney Oct. 31, 1837 Sept. 23, 1848
91 Mary Ann Whitney Died young
92 Moses Whitney May 31, 1839 1875 Civil War         Reg'mt
93 Baby Died
94 Celeste M. Whitney Oct. 19, 1841 Mar'd (1) R. Davis (2) Chas. Langill

Ch. No. 13, No. 14, No. 15, No. 16 & No. 17

95 Alice Augusta Whitney Mar'd Henry Weston Ch. a boy No. 18

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SEVENTH GENERATION

24 Jane Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
HUSBAND
LEVI WHITNEY
Born July 7, 1798

Married Aug. 24, 1824
Died June 28, 1863
Lived Calais Me.

JOHN
JONATHAN
JONATHAN
DANIEL
LEVI
AARON

No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

96 Harriet Emeline Whitney Jan. 1840 Jan. 18, 1858 Married Henry A. Hiltz

Living in Somerville Ch. No. 19
Eugenie mar. Chas. H. Collagan

97 Phebe Jane Whitney June 13, 1825 Oct. 1826
98 Levi F. Whitney Oct. 29, 1827 Jan. 3, 1833
99 Charles H. Whitney Jan. 30, 1829 Dec. 25, 1851 Apr. 26, 1867 Married Maria L. Hiltz Ch. No. 20 Chas Daugh

No. 21 Calais Me.

100 Horace Whitney June 16, 1830 Oct. 20, 1831
101 George E. Whitney Mar. 20, 1832 June 29, 1833

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102 Julia A. Whitney Nov. 1, 1833 1849
103 Mary Olive Whitney May 15, 1835 Apr. 28, 1836
104 Edward L. Whitney Sept. 23, 1837 Aug. 30, 1838
105 William H. Whitney Oct. 22, 1841 Mar. 8, 1843
106 Jane Whitney May 26, 1842 June 6, 1843
107 Mary Whitney May 2, 1843 Sept. 15, 1844

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SEVENTH GENERATION

25 Eliza Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
HUSBAND
NATHANIEL CREASY
Born 1804

Lived Beverly
Died 1827


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

108 William E. Creasy Nov. 2, 1825 Apr. 23, 1848 Married Martha A. Gilson at

Waltham - Residence W. Medway
Ch. No. 22, No. 23, No. 24, No. 25

109 Jane B. Creasy Jan. 8, 1826 1871 Married

HUSBAND
JOHN ADAMS
Born Apr. 11, 1814

Lived W. Medway
Died Apr. 13, 1878


110 John L. Adams Mar. 29, 1836 Amanda his widow Res. Abington Ms.
111 Lucy Adams Dec. 25, 1838 Mar'd Jas. D. Fenton who died Jan. 31, 1883.

Born & residence Waltham 23 Ash St.
Ch. No. 26, No. 27, No. 28, No. 29, & No. 30 (p. 104)

112 Sophia Adams June 8, 1840 Jan. 12, 1892
113 Hannah Adams Oct. 29, 1842 Sept. 14, 1844
114 Horace B. Adams Dec. 11, 1846 Residence, W. Medway
115 Nathan Adams Dec. 23, 1848 Jan. 14, 1889

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SEVENTH GENERATION

27 Marshall Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
WIVES
1st HARRIET EDWARDS
2nd E. A. COLE a

widow

B.

L. in Hudson
D.
B.
L.
D.


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

116 Julia A. Whitney Married Benj. Wood Lived in Berlin

Ch. No. 31, No. 32, No. 33, No. 34, No. 35 & 36

117 Marshall Whitney Supt. Providence R.R. repair shop, Roxubry

Had one child No. 37


SEVENTH GENERATION

29 Emeline Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
HUSBAND
WILLIAM ADAMS
Brother of John & Nathan

No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

118 Charles Adams 1833 Married a widow
119 Nathan Adams 1839 June 18, 1884
120 Horace Adams 1834 Married Rosa Babcock
121 Martha Adams Married George Kingsbury
122 George Adams Married Mary White

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123
124
125 Louis Adams Mar'd (1) Norah ----- (2) -----
126
127
128 Mary Adams Mar'd Geo. Morrill
129
130

SEVENTH GENERATION

28 Amos Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
WIFE
SUSAN LAWRENCE
Born

Mar. Wayland


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

131 Amanda Whitney abt. 1834 abt. 1844
132 Mary Whitney abt. 1835 Mar'd Benj. Wood - no child - L. Medway
133 Amos Whitney 1839 Unmar'd Died in Watertown

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134 Unnamed before 1835 Died young
135 Unnnamed before 1835 Died young

SEVENTH GENERATION

30 Horace Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MOSES
WIFE
SARAH

No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

136 Sarah Whitney 1843 Married B. Langley of Natick

two boys No. 38 and No. 39 now living

137 Mary Whitney 1849 Married John Cahill Lives Clinton

son John No. 392 twenty five yearrs old

138 Horace Whitney May 1841 1875 Married Nell Mitchell Lives Clinton Son No. 40
139 Ardella Whitney 1852 Married H. Richardson Lives S. Boston

Three boys No. 41, 412, 413 one girl No. 42

140 Hattie Whitney 1855 Married A. Jewett - Lives Clinton
1402 Sarah Whitney 1835 1840
1403 George Whitney July 1839 1856

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SEVENTH GENERATION

34 Esther Pond

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
ESTHER
HUSBAND
THOMAS L. FRENCH
Born Sept. 16, 1809

Master Mason


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

141 Thomas L. French July 27, 1837 Feb. 25, 1843 Died at five years of age
142 Georgietta R. French 8 Jun 1851 Unm'd - Lives 561 Wabash Av. Chicago
143 George Lyman French 8 Jun 1851 Died young

SEVENTH GENERATION

25 Lydia Pond

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
ESTHER
HUSBAND
WILLIAM FRENCH
Born Feb. 25, 1805

Married Mar. 30, 1828
Died July 15, 1837
Brother of Thomas


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

144 Emily Ann French Oct. 28, 1829 Apr. 21, 1852
145 Mary E. French July 30, 1833 Unmarried - Keeps store

Lives 561 Wabash Av. Chicago
Moved to Park Ridge Ill. 1897.

146 Lydia Maria French Apr. 2, 1831 Mar. 10, 1846

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SEVENTH GENERATION

48 Ann Knowlton

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
SUSANNA
HUSBAND
          STANNELS

No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

147 Susan Stannels Married       Adams Lives Lexington

SEVENTH GENERATION

49 Abraham Knowlton

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
SUSANNA
WIFE
WIFE

No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

148 Has daugh. Mar. Lovejoy. Lives No.

4 Elm St. Nashua, N.H. No. 44
& grand daug. Ida (Mrs. Alfred Connor N.Y.)


SEVENTH GENERATION

50 Mary Mead Knowlton

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
SUSANNA
HUSBAND
IRA ROBBINS
Born

Boston Merchant
Died Mar. 30, 1891


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

149 Charles L. Robbins Lives No. 3 New Millet St. Dorches-

ter cared for by Miss Annie
M. Robbins adopted sister.


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SEVENTH GENERATION

61 Charles Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
AMOS
WIFE
CAROLINE FULLER STIMSON
Daugh. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Stimson)

Born at Needham Aug. 20, 1816
Married Jan. 24, 1839
Died Cambridge Apr. 24, 1872
Sec. Mar. Nathan Russell Mar 1854


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

150 Charles Edward Whitney Jan. 5, 1840 Apr. 5, 1860 At Cambridge - Bookeeper N.E. Glass

Co. Warerooms Boston. Drowned in
Charles River in sight of his home.

151 William Henry Whitney Jan. 3, 1843 Feb. 18, 1868 Cambridge High Lawrence Science Sch. - Captain & Major

Civil War - Wounded - C. Engineer Boston - Alderman
Cambrige - Chairman Bd. of Health - N.E.Hist.Gen.
Society - Watertown His. Soc. - Dea. Baptist Ch - Republican
Mar. Emma S. Barbour. Ch. No. 45, No. 46, No. 47
and No. 48.

152 Clara Maria Whitney Jan. 4, 1845 Sept. 29, 1847
153 Ella Constance Whitney Mar. 15, 1847 Teacher Camb. Training School - Graduate

Museum Fine Arts School - Artist Soc'y.

154 Frank Erving Whitney Oct. 28, 1850 Oct. 7, 1880 At Cambridge - Machinist No. 65

Sudbury St. Boston - Several patents
Mar. Isabel E. Billman - Ch. No. 49.


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SEVENTH GENERATION

62 Amos Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
AMOS
WIFE
SOPHIA WATERMAN POTTER
Born

Married Prov.
Died 1894


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

155 Amos Priest Whitney Married Mary Thurston

Lives N. Camb. Cabinetmaker

156 Walter H. Whtiiney Married S. Ella Brown Woodfords Me.

Son No. 50 Harry O. Whitney N. Camb.

Died an infant
157 Mary Robbins Whitney Cared for at N. Camb.

SEVENTH GENERATION

63 James Whitney

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
AMOS
WIFE
MARY FRANCES PARKER
Born Nashua July 26, 1836

Mar'd


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

158 Henry Patrick Whitney Apr. 1896 Died at Nashua unmarried - clothier
159 James F. Whitney Insurance at Znashua Insurance

Marr'd Daugh. No. 51


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SEVENTH GENERATION

66 Mary Walker Goodnow

JOHN
JOHN
BENJAMIN
JOHN
ABRAHAM
MARY
HUSBAND
HENRY MORSE RYAN
Born

Mar'd Apr. 25, 1837
Blacksmith
Died July 19, 1853 Cal.


No. CHILDREN forward
to Eighth Generation
BORN MARRIED DIED REMARKS

160 John Henry Ryan Feb. 16, 1838 Lives at Lynn - has son Augustus No. 52
161 George William Ryan Sept. 9, 1840 Watchman at Am. W. W. Co. Waltham

Two children No. 53 & No. 54

162 Samuel Lyman Ryan May 21, 1844 Alderman City of Waltham - wife

has died - four children No. 55, 56, 57, & 58

163 Albert Morse Ryan May 3, 1846 Alderman City of Waltham

Keeps store in Waltham served C. War
Mar'd           Ch. No. 59.

164 Susan Mary Ryan Apr. 6, 1848 July 6, 1865
165 Annah Pearse Ryan May 2, 1850 Mar'd Oscar L. Strout Lives Dorchester

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ing four are omitted by Pierce. They are the descendants of John and Elinor who came over in the ship Elizabeth and Ann in 1635 and I trace each family back to him and number the generations back to his as number one.

All the collateral families from the fifth generation (Abraham's) are here. I do not tabulate the families of the eighth generation as I do those before, consequently their children, beginning with number 72 Mrs. Mary L. Mills - appear only opposite parents number in a new series of numbers found in the column of "Remarks." The numbers refer to place in a table which follows, called Ninth Generation Table, and in this I give names only, and a numeral X to indicate a new family making the tenth generation.


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Whitney Farm Watertown Mass. Holdings for Eight Generations.

In possession Main
Street Section
Birth Death Generations 33
years each
No. | Years
In possession Orchard
Street Section
Birth Death

See map 1 1634-1667 John Emigrant Father. 1589 1673
See map 2 1667-1700 John Emigrant Son. 1620 1692
See map 3 1700-1733 Benjamin Whitney 1660 1736
John W. (Blacksmith) 1694 1776 4 1733-

1766

Capt. Daniel whitney 1700 1775
Abraham Whitney 1735 1813 5 1766-

1799

Dea. Daniel Whitney
Simon Whitney
1735
1727
1801
1797
Moses Whitney 1774 1828 6 1799-

1832

Charles Whitney
Nathaniel R. Whitney
1780
1759
1850
1826
Lucy Whitney 1775 1848 7 1832-

1865

Bradshaw Whitney 1818 1895
See map 8 1865-1898 Emma F. Whitney 1849

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Deeds and Probate John Whitney Emigrant Father

S. Middlesex
Registry
Date Grantor Grantee Page of
WHW Abs
DEEDS
1-150 1646-7 Richard Woodward 78
3-79 Nov. 10, 1664 J. W. Jonathan Whitney 154
3-451 Apr. 5, 1670 J. W. Benjamin Whitney 154
4-344 Mar. 9, 1670 J. W. Joshua Whitney 153

PROBATE
FILE 17595 in 1673 -- Two papers -- Will & Inventory, will dated Apr. 3, 1671 names his children John, Richard, Thomas, Jonathan, Joshua, and Benjamin. No widow - John and Joshua are executors.

Deeds and Probate John Whitney Emigrant Son

3-364 1656-7 Rowanna Daniel J. W. 129
2-107 1658 John Shearman John Whitney, Jr.
R. Harrington
180
3-444 Oct. 27, 1661 Thomas Arnold J. W. 128
2-259 Oct. 20, 1662 Thomas Arnold J. W. 136

PROBATE
File 17596 -- Ruth widow, John, and Benjamin, Administrators -- Seven papers (1) will dated February 27, 1685 is incomplete, names children, John, Nathaniel, Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, Ruth (Lawrence), Mary (unmarried), Sarah (Harrington), Elizabeth (Warren), Hannah (unmarried). (2) Bond (3) Agreement for

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distribution mostly according to will.

(4) Inventory and appraisal October 26, 1692.
(5) Report to judge of committee for distribution of estate approved March 24, 1692-3, and agreement of heirs, excepting Samuel & Mrs. Warren.
(6) Account May 27, 1695 names for a small share William Shattuck son of Geo. Shattuck,
(7) Release of administrators by heirs excepting Nathaniel, Samuel, and Mrs. Warren.


Deeds and Probate Benjamin Whitney the Soldier

S. Middlesex
Registry
Date Grantor Grantee Page of
WHW Abs
DEEDS
17-369 Dec. 17, 1714 B. W. B. Harrington et al. 204
22-273 Jan. 11, 1721 B. W. R. Sturgeon 313
40-72 Mar. 15, 1724 B. W. David Whitney 292
24-374 1725 B. W. Daniel Whitney 292
34-495 Jan. 26, 1732 J. & E. Ormes B. W. 291
46-627 Mar. 28, 1748 B. W. Josiah Stearns 292

PROBATE
No probate in Middlesex South

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Deeds and Probate John Whitney the Blacksmith

S. Middlesex
Registry
Date Grantor Grantee Page of
WHW Abs

DEEDS
24-330 Jan. 8, 1717 Abraham Brown J. W. et al. 126
24-409 Feb. 13, 1724 J. W. Comm'rs of Province 151
24-409 1731 Comm'rs of Province J. W. 151
24-382 June 4, 1724 Benj. Eddy J. W. 392
34-476 June 1, 1726 Isaac Church J. W. et al. 121
37-318 Feb. 14, 1734-5 Watertown Comt. J. W. 77
37-284 Apr. 26, 1736 I. & J. Church J. W. 127
45-29 Mar. 7, 1744 J. W. James Smith 142-151
50-343 Sep. 9, 1751 J. W. James Smith 142
45-29 Jan. 2, 1754 James Smith J. W. 151
52-489 Aug. 1, 1754 J. W. John Hunt 200
58-381 Mar. 12, 1755 J. W. Simon Whitney 136
54-499 Aug. 13, 1755 J. W. David Bemis 141
50-343 Aug. 30, 1755 James Smith J. W. 142
61-43 Nov. 9, 1762 J. W. David Bimis 141
60-544 Apr. 11, 1763 J. W. Daniel Whitney 155
61-43 May 5, 1763 David Bemis J. W. 141
79-523 Apr. 13, 1764 J. W. Abraham Whitney 14
70-503 Mar. 14, 1768 J. W. Ezekiel Whitney 200
67-555 Apr. 20, 1767 J. W. Ebenezer Stetson 156
81-11 Mar. 31, 1768 J. W. Stephen Whitney 200
79-523 Feb. 10, 1769 J. W. Abraham Whitney 14

PROBATE
On file No. 17600 are probate proceedings. There are four papers (1) Petition May 13, 1776 for appointment & citation to heirs at law Abraham, Stephen, Ezekiel, all of Watertown. (2) Bond of Abraham Whitney as administrator (3) Appraisers appointed (4) Inventory £940-0s-0d Sept. 1780.

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Deeds and Probate Abraham Whitney Minute Man

S. Middlesex
Registry
Date Grantor Grantee Page of
WHW Abs

DEEDS
79-5231 Apr. 13, 1764 John Whitney A. W. 14
79-5231 Feb. 13, 1769 John Whitney A. W. 14
79-525 Apr. 17, 1777 J. & Susanna Dean A. & Stephen Whitney 46
79-522 Apr. 21, 1777 Stephen & Ezekiel W. Abraham Whitney 46
79-526 Apr. 21, 1777 A. & Ezekiel Whitney Stephen Whitney 46c
79-524 Apr. 21, 1777 Ezekiel Whitney A & Stephen Whitney 15
89-212 Apr. 21, 1777 A & Stephen Whitney Ezekiel Whitney 9c
88-437 Apr. 28, 1777 A & Stephen Whitney Benj. Stearns 8c
96-424 Mar. 2, 1785 A. W. et al. Exchange J. W. Estate 10c
12c
93-344 Aug. 2, 1785 A. W. et al. Jonas White 1c
94-476 Jan. 4, 1787 A. W. Phineas Stearns 11c
97-413 June 16, 1788 A. W. Nathaniel Bemis 16c
105-162 Mar. 8, 1791 A. W. Benj. Gardner 17c
117-318 R. Whitney
122-296 Apr. 11, 1793 A. W. Nathaniel Bemis 21c
119-56 Apr. 30, 1795 A. W. Ezekiel Whitney 19c
126-460 Oct. 14, 1796 A. W. Moses Whitney 23c
136-167 Apr. 28, 1800 A. W. Nathaniel Bemis 23c
136-169 Apr. 28, 1800 A. W. Nathaniel Bemis 27c

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Deeds and Probate Abraham Whitney Minute Man

S. Middlesex
Registry
Date Grantor Grantee Page of
WHW Abs

DEEDS
143-73 Sept. 29, 1801 Benj. Gardner Abraham Whitney 3c

PROBATE OF CHILD.
His daughter Lois - appoinment of her guardian in 1791, File No. 17548 1/2 (PG6) -- Her estate administered by her father in 1796, File No. 17623 - Two papers (1) petition Nov. 3, 1796 (2) Receipt in Settlement (page 13).
PROBATE OF ABRAHAM
File No. 17550 -- Nine papers (1) Appointment of Amos Whitney on his petition Oct. 12, 1813, the second son of nine children then living to be appointed administrator, and petition of Mary widow and Moses older brother to same - $10000 bond, (2) Notice of appointment, (3) Inventory and appraisal $771.90, (4) Petition for setoff to widow, (5) Commissioners appointed, (6) Report, (7) First account and statement of debts, (8) License to sell real estate, (9) Bond of administrator $3000.

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