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Whitney, Asa P., "Ancestory and Genealogy of the Whitney Family," typescript, NEHGS Library, Boston, MA, call number Mss C 4000.


ANCESTORY [sic] AND GENEALOGY OF THE WHITNEY FAMILY.

COMPILED BY ASA P. WHITNEY

Extract from records: John Whitney, the son of Thomas Whitney and Mary Bray, and grandson of the last Sir Robert Whitney, was the first of that name who came to America. He was baptized in St. Margaret's Church, London, July 20th, 1592. Thomas was not a native of the city, but came from one of the oldest and most distinguished families in the West of England, the "Whitneys of Whitney", on the banks of the Wye, where crumbling ruins of their castle are still to be seen. His Uncle, James Whitney, was knighted as Lord of Whitney, Kings chapel, Clifton and Sheriff of Herefordshire at Winsor, in 1570. His grandfather, Sir Robert, was knighted by Queen Mary in 1553, and represented that county in Parliament; and from the latter may be traced a long knightly line of Whitneys and DeWhitneys, to the 13th century when the name originated, and from thence beyond to the Norman ancestors, with other names, to the Conquest of England by the Normans!

John Whitney, son of Thomas, received a good education in the family "Westminster School" now know as "St. Peter's School", in April, 1635. (by extract from rolls in office of Chancey Lane) received certificates permitting him and Ellinor, his wife, and children, John, Richard, Nathaniel, Thomas and Jonathan to embark for America on board the "Ship Elizebeth Ann", Roger Cooper Master. In June 1635 they arrived, and settled in Watertown, Mass. In July andother son, Joshua was born to them, and June 6th, 1643 Benjamin was born, from whom our family of Whitneys came.

Born. GENEALOGY Date of male birth. England John & Elinor Whitney 1592. Watertown Mass Benjamin & Jane Whitney 1643. York Me. Nathaniel & Sarah (Ford) Whitney 1680. York " Nathan & Molly (Day) Whitney* 1709. Gorham " Asa & Phebe (Hopkins) Whitney 1754. Gorham " Rev. Geo. W & Mary ( ) Whitney 1792. Bridgton " Asa P. & Eunice C. (Kneeland) Whitney 1819. Bridgton " Edward P. & Carrie (Whiting) Whitney 1843. Waltham Mass Edward G. & Esther J. (Mansfield) Whitney 1867. Somersworth N.H. Charles C. & Martha M. (Hogle) Whitney 1846. Lawrence Mass Frank C. & Minnie A. (Curtis) Whitney 1870.

  • Should be Nathaniel Jr. & Hannah Day 1709.

[handwritten note: According to Mary Todd, registrar of Mass. Chapter D.A.R., should be Nathan and (2nd wife) Elizabeth Melcher.]


Benjamin, the youngest son of John and Elinor Whitney, who came from the Parish of Islesworth, England, A.D. 1635 and settled in Watertown, Mass. was the ancestor of the Gorham, York, and Buxton Whitney's to which our family belongs, known as the decendants of Asa Whitney and Phebe Hopkins. He was born in Watertown A.D.1643. His wife was Jane ....... His son Nathaniel was born in York, Me., A.D.1680; his wife's name was Sarah Ford.

[Handwritten note: See previous page.]
Nathaniel Jr. was born Dec. 12th, 1709 at York. He married Hannah Day, and was one of the first settlers of Gorham Me. He was an elder in the church and much employed in town affairs, a prominent and useful citizen and a leader in religious matters, was a man of unquestioned integrity and often on important committees in Revolution days.

Birth Born Children of Nathaniel Whitney Jr. Date. M'd.Died. York, Me. Moses (M'd Molly Page) 1732 " Nathan " Josiah & Aaron: They joined the Shakers at Alfred and remained there. Gorham Me. Asa (M'd Phebe Hopkins) 1754-1782-1806 " Abel (Thankful Morton) " Patience (Floyed) " Sarah (Cobb) " Tabitha (Watson) " Eunice (Harmon) Children of Asa & Patience (Weston) Whitney. Gorham Samuel . . . . . . Apr 29 1777 1859 " Benjamin . . . . . . " 19 1779 1835 " Abigail . . . . . . Mar 10 1781 " John . . . . . . . Apr 17 1783 " Patience . . . . . . Dec 7 1784 Children of Asa & Phebe (Hopkins) Whitney. (Asa Whitney married Phebe Hopkins Davis, widow of Elijah Davis. She was born in Truro, Mass May 1757, Died 1853, Bridgton Me. She was the daugh- ter of Constant and Phebe Paine Hopkins, decendants of Stephen Hopkins who came to America in the May Flower A.D.1620.) Saco Annie (M'd Nicholas Dennet) " Elsie " " " 1787-Apr7-1858 Bridgton Mary (M'd Ed. P. Barnard) 1790 1853 Buxton George W. (Mary Whitney) June 19 1792-1817-1878 So China Hannah(M'd Seth Brown) 1794 1857 Ripley Eunice (M'd John Emery) 1797 Buxton Roxanna (M'd James Davis) 1802 Saco Elsie's two husbands, Aaron Scammon, and Nicholas Dennet 1777 1810 (Mr. Davis and wife, Phebe, had one daughter, Sarah who was married to Benjamin Emery of Buxton; after his decease she married Simeon Bradbury of Buxton. Sarah was born in 1781 died 1826. He childrens names were Lorenzo, Edwin, Cyrus, Adeline, Mary, Sarah and John.


Gorham GEORGE W. WHITNEY June 14-1793-Mar7-1817-Sept.17-1878. N.Yarmouth Mary Whitney Mar. 7 1795- " " " June 12-1853. Children Bridgton Caroline Feb. 14-1818- Aug. 1 1819. " Asa Perley July 19-1819-Oct 18-1842 " Caroine S Apr 26 1821- Jan 11 1822. " Jonathan Woodman Mar 26 1823-Nov 30 1845-Dec21 1876. " Mary Jane Dec 10 1825-Not M'd -Jan16 1852. " Phebe Ann Nov 19 1826-May 14 1846- " Amanda Ellen July28 1830-Sept 9 1851-Aug 6 1868. " Sarah Frances Aug 30 1832-Aug 30 1859- " George Washington Apr. 12 1834-June19 1857-May 22 1901 " Charles Henry Jan 16 1838-Oct.28 1860 Bridgton ASA P. WHITNEY July 19 1819-Oct 18 1842- Harrison Eunice C. Kneeland Nov. 24 1818- " " " -Feb.12 1897 Children Bridgton Edward Purcell Nov.29 1843-Dec 24 1866-Jan 25 1874 Stowe Me. Carried Whiting July25 1838- " " " - Offspring Waltham Mass Edward G. Nov. 6 1867-Oct 29 1891 Esther J. Mansfield Nov.28 1869- " " " Children Townsend Mass Edward Tracy Feb. 25 1894 " " Charles C. Dec. 19 1895 Somersworth N.H.Charles Colby Whit' Mar 20 1848-Nov. 22 1866 Martha M. Hogle Mar.19 1843- " " " -Jun 8-1877 Children Lawrence Mass Frank Christie Nov.28 1870-Feb. 12 1898 Minne Addie Curtis April18 1870- " " " Chas. C. Whitney & Bethel Me. Nellie A Johnson April 20 -May 1 1879 Children Lawrence Mass Joseph W.S. Mar. 7 1880 Marshall Minn Minne Sota Aug. 15 1884 " " Walter Purcell Mar. 7 1887 Dec. 24 1898 " " Charles C. " 20 1889 Feb 24 1896 " " Dick July 3 1890 St. Paul, Minn Jack Apr. 5 1898 Bridgton Me Jonathan Woodman Whitney, Residence Waupun Wis. Mar 28 1823 Nov.30 1845 Dec. 27 1846 Lowell Mass Mehitable Emerson " " " No Children Silas A Cummings Oct 18 1820 May 14 1866 Nov 12 1883 Phebe A Whitney Nov 19 1827 " " " Children George Melville Feb.12 1847 Sep 13 1869 June 6 1897 Herbert Woodman June18 1849 May 17 1870 Mary Caroline May 19 1852 Feb 3 1853 Clarence Linwood Jan 8 1854 May 23 1876 Evelyn L Edwards " " " Children Bertrand Melville Jan 23 1878 Jan 8 1879 Grace Ernistine Sept10 1879 Lawrence Edwards Feb 8 1884 Marguerite Whitney Feb 7 1886 Carroll Blanchard Sept12 1887 Marion Edwards July 2 1890


[Transcriber's note: It would seem that a page may be missing at this point.]


1869; No children. Born Date birth Married Died Bethel Me Gilman P Bean Sept9 1851 Amanda Ellen Whitney July 26 1830 " " " Aug 6 1868 One child Authur G Alton N.H. Frank Christie HayesOct 2 1825Aug 30 1859 Nov 7 1869 Bridgton Me Sarah Frances WhitneyAug30 1832 " " " Jan 14 1910 Rochester N.Y. Forrest W Peavey Jun 20 1860 June 2 1885 June 14 1909 Farmington Edith Hayes July10 1861 " " " June 17 1941 Children Wolfboro Bernice F. Peavey Mar 17 1888 Harold F. Peavey Dec 9 1890 Bridgton Me George W Whitney Jr Apr 12 1834 June19 1857 Portland " Lizzie Anson July 1837 " " " Feb 24 1863 Child Willis Anson Whitney July 1863 Geo. W. Whitney Jr. Buxton Emily J Hanson June 3 1836 Jun 23 1865 Children Geo. Max Whitney Mar 3 1870 July1 1899 Milwaukee Wis Lucy A Worden " " " George Max Whitney attended the State University at Madison '85 &'86, Oberlin College '88 & '89 and at Law School received the degree of LLB at Lake Forrest, Ill. '96. Bridgton Charles Henry Whitney Jan 16 1838-Oct 28 1860 Willoughby O. May Wirt July22 1843 " " " Children George C. July 25 1861 Nov.1 1862 Zula M. Dec. 27 1866 Millie A May 7 1867 Fannie W Nov. 24 1870 Gertrude Apr. 21 1875 Ancestors of Mary Whitney, wife of Rev. Geo. W. Whitney. Isaac Whitney, son of Nathaniel was brother of Nathaniel Jr., born at York, Me, whose grandfather was Benjamin Whitney, son of John & Elinor who came to Watertown Mass A.D. 1635. York Me. Isaac Whitney Mar. 9 1720-Sept25 1743- 1800. Sarah Crosby Children Lucy July31 1745 Phineas June 5 1747 York Me. Re.S. Isaac (MaryCrockett)Dec.28 1748 1771-July 29 1832 Hannah Nov.28 1750 Saco Me. Re.S. Stephen (Patty Irish)Mar19 1755 Bridgton Gorham " Re.S. Jonathan Feb 9 1757 Aug. 1819 Timothy Gorham Barnabas(SarahWalker)Aug18 1766 Jan. 1 1789 Oct 19 1822 James Mary Freeport Re.S. Henry (Abby Walker) 1774 1846 Resided at York, Saco and Buxton 1775, Died at Freeport, Me.


Born Died. Gorham Jonathan Whitney Feb 9 1757-Aug 1 1819 " *Mary (Blake) Whitney Apr.15 Sept 2 1831 Children Buxton James " Benjamin (Annie Bangs) Oct. 181785-Dec. 7 1879 " Epriam (Sally Gary) " Lucy (John Chamberlin May 7 " Mehitable (Thos. Thomes Dec.31 " Mary (G.W.Whitney) Mar 7 1795-Jun 12 1853 " Sarah Crosby (Tim Linscot) Aug 27 1797 " Fanny (Reubin Smith) Nov 20 1801 " Phebe Blake (ClementSmith) Oct 16 1804 1887

  • Mary Blake, wife of Jonathan Whitney, was the daughter of
Nathaniel Blake of Gorham, Maine. Family of Benjamin Whitney, Son of Jonathan and Mary Blake, Whitney. Louise . . . . May 12 1807-Feb 14 1876 James . . . . . Jan 10 1809-Apr 5 1864 Jonathan . . . . Apr 11 1811-Apr 21 1888 Mehitable . . . . Feb 19 1813-Oct 1887 Harriette . . . . Jan 1815-Nov 5 1842 Nancy B. . . . . Apr 19 1818 Benjamin F. . . . Aug 2 1820-Apr 3 1898 Robert A. . . . . Nov 6 1822-Feb 22 1841 Mary . . . . . Feb 6 1827-Feb 16 1827 Rebecca . . . . . Jan 8 1831-Jan 27 1898 Benjamin Whitney . . . Oct 1785-Dec 7 1879 Annie Bangs his wife, . Feb 1786-Jan 20 1870 Family of David P. Kneeland, Harrison, Maine. Youngest son of Aaron Kneeland & Hannah Potter who came from Topsfield Mass to Harrison. His wife was Mercy Watson, daughter of James Watson. Born Married Died David P Kneeland . . . . May 24 1798 Apr 7 1882 Mercy Watson . . . . . . Jun 11 1794 Jan 9 1858 Children Almond . . . . . . . . . Jun 23 1817 Nov 19 1883 Eunice C.. . . . . . . . Nov 24 1818 Feb 12 1897 Seth . . . . . . . . . . Jun 24 1820 David P. . . . . . . . . Mar 21 1822 1823 Mercy F. . . . . . . . . Dec 6 1823 Feb 9 1901 David P. 2 . . . . . . . Nov 30 1825 Aug 1832 Christiana . . . . . . . Sept22 1827 July 191871 Sabina . . . . . . . . . Oct 18 1829 " 12 1877 Sarah . . . . . . . . . Aug 16 1835 Sept12 1837 Sarah Jane . . . . . . . Feb 8 1838 Hannah Mills second wife of D.P.Kneeland died Oct. 12, 1880.


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