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William Barry, A history of Framingham, Massachusetts, including the plantation, from 1640 to the present time : with an appendix containing a notice of Sudbury and its first proprietors, also a register of the inhabitants of Framingham before 1800, with genealogical sketches (Boston: J. Munroe and Co., 1847).


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"Oct. 7, 1684, Lt. Edward West, Obadiah Morse, Thomas Read, Jonathan Whitney, Jon. Fay, and John Collar, are appointed a committee to lay out highways leading from Sudbury, Sherborn, Marlborough and Framingham, and the Falls upon the Charles River, so as may be most convenient for the accommodation of travellers from Town to Town, both for man and beast."

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[On 25 Mar 1699, Gov. Thomas Danforth conveyed his land in what was to become Framingham as follows.]

That whereas the said Thomas Danforth hath a tract or parcell of land, and a part of those lands commonly called Framingham, lying &c., in the wilderness, and is bounded by Sudbury on the northerly side thereof, by Marlborough on the westerly side, and the easterly side is bounded partly by land now occupied by Simon Mellins, John Collar Sen., and the Whitneys', and southerly, by Sherborn line: ...

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TOWN HIGHWAYS LAID OUT.

Jan. 1702-3. Beginning at the house of John Whitney, and following the occupied way to N.W. corner of John Haven's field, S. of his house; thence N. as the way is to stones W. of Simon Melin's house; thence N. as the way is to stones W. of Simon Melin's house; thence N. to the rive, S. of John Town's house, and to the way laid from the house of Peter Cloyce, Sen.

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[A letter advocating the ordination of Rev. Matthew Bridge.]

Benj. Whitney
James Mellen
Edward Goddard
Benj. Whitney
...

Framingham, Feb. 1745.

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SOLDIERS IN THE FRENCH WAR.

1747. Onc Capt. Brown's muster-roll, on the alarm from Sept. 23, to 27th, are the names of the following from Framingham:

Elias Whitney, Sentinel.

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REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS.

Eph. Whitney, (d. '75.)
Jona. Whitney, (d.)

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BRIDGES, BENJAMIN, prob. s. of Edmond and Sarah, and b. at Topsfield, Jan. 2, 1664-5, settled near Salem end, in Fram., before its incorporation; and by w. Elizabeth had, ... 2, ELIZABETH, b. July 28, '92, m. Isaac Whitney, Sep. 27, 1722; ...

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GODDARD, ... EBENEZER, ... m. Sybilla Brigham, of Marlb., ... and had in Fram. ... 8. ESTHER, b. June 15, '51, m. Sam. Whitney, of Athol; ... [NOTE: This is an error. Esther Goddard m. 23 Aug 1773, Athol, MA, Samuel Morton, Jr., not Samuel Whitney.--RLW]

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HAGER, WILLIAM, m. in Wat., Mary Bemis, 1645; and had ... 6. ABIGAIL, m. Benjamin Whitney, 1687; ... 9. SARAH, m. Nathaniel Whitney, 1673; ...

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HARRINGTON ... Robert of Wat., ... m. Susan George, Oct. 1, 1649. His chil. were, ... 5. DANIEL, b. Nov. 1, '57, m. Sara Whitney, '81, and f. of Daniel, and David, both after of Marlb.; ...

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HAVEN ...
25. 3RICHARD, s. of Moses (22) [and Mary (Ballard)], m. Lydia Whitney, Feb. 4, 1713-4, and with w. adm. to the ch., May 12, '17. Their chil. were 1. LYDIA, b. Feb. 10, '14-5, m. Seth Bullard, of Holl., Oct. 18, '52; 2. HANNAH, b. June 10, '16-7, m. Isaac Fisk, Nov. 11, '36; 3. MARY, and 4. SARAH, twins, b. June 5, '18--M. m. John Hill of Sherb., July 17, '40, S. d. July 10, '18; 5. SARAH, b. Sep. 11, '19, m. Isaac Hill, of Malden, Dec. 29, '43; 6. RICHARD, b. Dec. 16, '22; 7. ELIZABETH, b. May 24, '24, m. Ebenezer Bullard; 8. JOHN, b. May 7, '26, m. Susannah Drury, Mar. 27, '46, was Deacon of Athol ch., and had at A., Grace, b. '47, d. '54; Susannah, b. '50, m. Stephen Smith, '66; Lydia, b. '51; Rhoda, b. '54, m. Samuel Young, '72; John, b. '56, m. Martha Death; Keziah, b. '59, m. Capt. Wm. Young; Eunice, b. '62, m. Abner Sawyer; Grace, b. '66, d. '77; Lydia, b. '67, d. young. Susannah the m. d. Sep. 2, 1777; 9. REBECKAH, b. Mar. 25, (also recorded Ap. 26), '28, d. Jan. 10, '29; 10. DANIEL, b. Feb. 1, '30; 11. JONATHAN, b. May 3, '32, f. at Athol, by w. Hannah of Lydia, b. '61; Hannah, b. '62; Lois, b. '64; Jonathan, b. '67, d. '69; Mary, b. '69, d. '70; Jona. the f. d. Dec. 24, '69; 12. SIMON, b. Mar. 5, '34, d. Ap. 14; 13. ELIAS, b. Feb. 19, '35, d. July 2; 14. SIMON or SIMEON, had at Athol, by w. Ruth, John, b. '62; Moses, '64; Bette, '66; Ruth, '68; Simon, '70; Richard '72; Lydia '74; Chloe, '76; Artemas, (changed to Daniel), '78; Moses, '81; Susanna, '83. Mr. Richard, (prob. f. or son), d. at Athol, Aug. 3, 1770.

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STEVENS, ... CYPRIAN, of Stow, m. Damaris Whitney, 1726, and had in Stow, Ephraim; and in Rut., Thomas, b. 1728; Anna, 1733.

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TRAVIS or TRAVES, ... MERCY, m. Benjamin Whitney, of Fram., October 24, 1701.

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[WALKER, Thomas, m. Martha How.] MARTHA, (prob. his wid.) m. John Whitney, (his 3d. w.) Nov. 10, 1718.

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WHITNEY, JOHN, ae. 35, embarked, 1634,* in the Elizabeth and Ann, for N. E., with 1. JO. (John), ae. 11, m. Ruth -----, and d. at Wat., (his est. settled, 1693), and had at Wat., John, b. Sep. 1643; Ruth, b. Ap. 15, '45, m. Enos Lawrence; Nathaniel, b. Feb. 1, '46-7, m. Sary Hager, 1673, (f. at Weston, of Nathaniel, Sary, and William); Samuel, July 28, '48; Mary, Ap. 23, '50; Joseph, b. Jan. 15, '51-2, m. Martha Beech, '74, (f. of Joseph, 1675; John, '80, prob. d. at Weston, 1749; Isaac, d. young; Benjamin, b. 1684; Mary; and Martha, d. young); Sarah, b. Mar. 17, '53, m. Daniel Harrington; Elizabeth, b. June 9, '56, m. Daniel Warren, '78; Hannah; and Benjamin, b. Nov. 28, '60, m. Abigail Hager, '87, and 2d, w. Eliz., his will proved 1736, (leaving Benjamin, Samuel, Joseph, and Elizabeth) [NOTE: This is an error. It was his nephew Benjamin whose will is cited here.--RLW]; 2. RICHARD, (ae. 9), m. Mary Coldam, 1650, and had, at Wat., Sary, Oct. 1653; Moses, Aug. 1, '55; Joanna, Jan. 16, '56-7; Deborah, Oct. 12, '58; Rebecca, Dec. 15, '59, d. 1660; Richard, Jan. 13, '60; and Elisha, Aug. 26, '62. Richard, sen., and Moses, were among the prop. of Stow, ab. 1681. Richard, sen. (f. or son), d. at Stow, 1723; the descendants numerous there.† 3. NATHANIEL, (ae. 8); 4. THOMAS, (ae. 6), m. Mary Kedell, 1654, and had at Wat., Thomas, b. 1656; John, d. young; John, d. young; Eliezer, b. 1662, (m. Dority Ross, of Sud., and had Sarah, 1688, and at Wat., James, Eliezer, Dority, Elnathan, and Jonas); Martha, b. 1673; 5. JONATHAN,2 (ae. 1); and by w. Elinor, the f. had at Wat., 6. JOSHUA, b. July 15, 1635. (A Joshua, prob. the same, m. Abigail Tarbell, at Wat., 1672, and had, William, b. Feb., 1677-8; Joshua, Cornelius, David; his drs. in the will, were Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, dr. Hutchins, dr. Woods. Joshua, of Groton, 1697, sold to Nathan Fiske, land in Wat. His will was dated, Ap. 17, 1713, then ae. ab. 76;) 7. BENJAMIN.3 Elinor, w. of John, d. May 11, 1659, and he m. the same year, Judah Clement. John took the freeman's oath, Mar. 3, 1635-6, and d. 1673, ae. 74. His inventory is dated June 4, and his will was proved in the Mid. Prob.

2. JONATHAN, s. of John (1), m. Lydia Jones, Oct. 30, 1656, and had at Wat., 1. LYDIA, b. July 3, 1657, m. at Sherb., Moses Adams, April 15, 1684, and d. May 27, 1719; 2. JONATHAN, b. Oct. 20, 1659, had a lot, and built near Chestnut Brook, in Sherb., 1691 or 2, and had by w. Sarah, at Sherb., Sarah, b. March 2, 1693, m. ----- Warren; Jonathan [NOTE: Error. This was Isaac], b. Sep. 27, '94, d. young; Tabitha, b. Aug. 22, 1696, , m. ----- Parks; and at Wat., Shadrack, b. Oct. 12, '98; Jonathan, b. Nov. 25, 1700 -- [a Jonathan d. at Mendon, 1755, (Isaac adminstered,) leaving w. Lydia, and chil. Jesse, Jonathan, Sarah, David, Susanna, m. Isaac Tenney, and Lydia, m. Sam. Bowker]; Anna, b. May 24, 1702, m. ----- Cutler; Amos, b. 1705; (and in the will,) Isaac; Timothy; Zaccheus, (b. at Sud. Nov. 16, 1707); Jonathan was of Concord, when he d., and his will was proved 1735. He left a w. Sarah; 3. ANNA, b. Ap. 28, 1660, [prob. the dr. who m. Cornelius Fisher];


  * See Mr. Savage's Gleanings. M. H. Coll.
  † The will of Richard, of Stow, was proved Dec. 23, 1723. He left
children Richard, Jonathan, Joshua, Hannah Farr, Elizabeth Wetherby, Sarah, Ruhamah, and Hephzibah.

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4. JOHN6, b. June 4, 1662; 5. JOSIAH, b. May 19, 1664; 6. ELIN, b. Oct. 12, '66, d. 1678; 7. JAMES, b. Nov. 25, 1668, d. in Sherb., Nov. 30, 1690; 8. ISAAC, b. Jan. 12, 1670, d. in Sherb., Dec. 2, 1690; 9. JOSEPH, b. March 10, '72, prob. f. by w. Rebecca, at Sherb., of Jonas, b. 1708; Joseph, '10; Sylvanus, '12; James, '14; and Ephraim, '16; 10. ABIGAIL, b. Aug. 18, '75; 11. BENJAMIN, b. 1678, m. (as Benj. Jun.) Mercy Traves, in Sherb., Oct. 24, 1700, and d. 1718, prob. without issue. (See his will, 1718.) Jonathan, the f. was in Sherb. 1679, and d. there ab. 1702, in which year his will was proved.

3. BENJAMIN, s. of John (1), had by w. Jane, at Wat., JANE, b. Sep. 29, 1669, m. at Sherb. Jonathan Morse, Jan. 4, 1692-3; and at Sherb. JOSHUA, b. Sep. 21, 1687. Jane, w. of Benj., d. at Sherb. Nov. 14, 1690.*

4. BENJAMIN, of Fram., m. in Marlb., Mary Poor, Ap. 11, 1695. He was prob. the same, who, in 1698, occupied land of Mr. Danforth, in F., bounded on Isaac Bowen and [{Family:Whitney, John (1662-b1731)|John Whitney]]. [[[Family:Whitney, Benjamin (1643-1723)|Benjamin]] was Constable in F., 1723, and '25; and Tythingman, 1726.]

5. BENJAMIN, m. in Wat., Margaret Sanderson, Feb. 24, 1731-2, and had in Fram., 1. JONATHAN, b. Sep. 25, 1734; 2. PERSIS, b. Aug. 20, '39; 3. AMOS, b. Sep. 27, '46.

6. JOHN, s. of Jona. (2), m. Mary Hapgood, 1688; and had 1. MARY, b. Mar. 27, 1689, m. Daniel Moore, Feb. 1, 1709; 2. ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 29, '90-1, m. Jona. Willard; 3. JAMES7, b. Dec. 28, '92; and by w. Sarah, 4. LYDIA, b. Ap. 18, '95, m. Richard Haven, Feb. 4, '13-4; 5. HANNAH, b. Sep. 27, '97, adm. to the ch. Mar. 17, 1719, m. Ezek. Rice, Jan. 23, '22-3; Sarah, the m. (prob. a Haven), d. Ap. 23, 1718; John m. 3d, Martha Walker, Nov. 10, 1718, who d. Nov. 14, 1721. John the father leased of Mr. Danforth, Mar. 25, 1699, at the S. part of the town, land he had already occupied; was Selectman, 1714, in all 3 years; Constable, 1718; Tythingman, 1719 and '24. He was adm. to the ch. July 26, 1719. His inventory bears date, May 22, 1735.

7. JAMES, s. of John (6), m. Martha Rice, Feb. 2, 1714-5, and was with w. adm. to the ch., Sep. 22, '17. They had in F., 1. JOHN, b. Ap. 10, 1716, m. Abigail Perry, of Sherb., Feb. 8, '38-9, and d. in F., 1741, (will dated, Oct. 31), prob. without issue; 2. JAMES8, b. June 4, '18. James, and w. were dism. to Sherb. Ch., Mar. 28, 1728, where he was chosen Deac., and d. Ap. 10, 1770, ae. 77; he m. 2d, Elizabeth Twitchell, 1732, who


  * It is quite probable, that Benj. had other chil. Benj. (w. Hester), had at Sherb., Benjamin, b. May 22, 1709. Benj. d. at Sherb., 1723.

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d. Mar. 31, 1782, ae. 85. His other chil. were, MARY, b. May 12, 1720; MARTHA, b. Nov. 9, '21; BENJAMIN, b. June 13, '23; MICAH, b. June 4, '25; EZRA, b. Feb. 22, '30; DANIEL, b. Dec. 13, '33.

8. JAMES, s. of James (7), m. Patience Leland, Mar. 18, 1742; and had in Fram., 1. JOHN, b. Mar. 20, 1742; and in Sherb. 2. JOSEPH, b. Mar. 7, '45; 3. MARTHA, b. Aug. 16, '47.

9. EPHRAIM,* and w. Mary were adm. to the Fram. ch. Sep. 6, 1767, and had, 1. PERSIS, bap. Sep. 6, 1767; 2. BASSOM, (or Bascom), b. Nov. 9, '68; 3. MARTHA, b. Feb. 9, '71; 4. JOHN, b. July 9, '73; 5. EPHRAIM, b. Jan. 6, '76. Eph. d. in Camb., by the accidental discharge of a gun, Sep. 16, 1775. T. Rec.

10. JONATHAN, m. Susanna (Whitney?), and had in Sherb., 1. SUSANNA, b. Jan. 20, 1703, m. Gershom Eames; 2. KEZIA, b. July 31, '06, m. ----- Jones; 3. DOROTHY, b. Aug. 28, '08, m. ----- Hunt; 4. MARY, b. May 28, '10, m. Jos. Jones, May, '35; 5. LYDIA, b. Mar. 3, '12, m. Isaac Hill, May 2, '45; 6. JESSE, b. '14, and 7. HANNAH, b. '15, neither in the f.'s will; 8. Elias11, b. Nov. 14, '16; 9. MEHETABEL, b. Dec. 27, '19, m. ----- Cutler; 10. GEORGE, b. Aug. 12, '21, d. 1752, f. by w. Sarah, of Isaac, Hannah, Marsy, and Sarah. Jona., the f., of Holl., d. 1753, his will dated Feb. 2.

11. ELIAS, s. of Jona. (10), m. Elizabeth Mellen, 1746, and had in Holl., 1. ABIGAIL, b. 1747; 2. ELIAS, b. '50; 3. AMRILLEN, b. '53; and in Fram., 4. JONATHAN, b. Jan. 25, '60, killed in the Rev. War.

12. MARK, of Hop. m. in Fram., Tabitha Mellen, Jan. 4, 1726-7; and had 1. LOVE, m. Jona. Battle, of Dedham, Jan. 2, '54; 2. MARY, m. ----- CODY; 3. THOMAS, bap. in Hop., 1737; 4. TABITHA; 5. SARAH, bap. '39; 6. ESTHER; 7. MARK, bap. 1746. Mark was adm., by letter, to Fram. Ch., Feb. 10, 1754, and d. at Nat., his will dated June 17, 1760. His w. Tabitha taught school in Hop.

13. ISAAC, m. in F. Elizabeth Bridges, Sep. 27, 1722, (had at Hop., Judith, 1727). HULDAH, m. in F., Zech. Morse, of Marlb., Nov. 16, 1724. [[Family:Perry, Abigail (1715-1766)|ABIGAIL], m. in F., Ebenezer Chapin, of Mendon, Mar. 29, 1743. JOSEPH, of Sherb., m. Sarah Park, of F., Oct. 3, 1792. ELENOR, was early in Fram.. JOHN, d. in Fram., June 18, 1805.


  * Tradition supposes Eph. to have been son of Abraham, a blacksmith, who had a br. John, and lived in the, S. part of the town, and was living, 1796; his widow is noticed, 1797. T. Rec.

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Benj., of Marlb., m. Sarah Barret, 1710, (who d. 1730), and his est. was divided, 1749; he left w. Abigail, and chil. Solomon, b. 1721; Sarah, '23; Dinah, '27; Job, '29; Abigail, '31; Benjamin, '32; George, '33; Samuel '34; Anna, '36. ISRAEL, of Oxford, (w. Hannah), d. 1746. EZEKIEL, of Sutton, d. 1753. NATHANIEL, (w. Sarah), of Sherb., had John, b. 1716. NATHANIEL, of Westb., d. Jan. 27, 1776, ae. 79, and had by w. Mary, (d. Dec. 3, '76, ae. 76.) Ephraim, b. 1722; Family:Whitney, Oliver (1724-1804)|Oliver]], '24; Mary, '27; Nathaniel, '28; Anna, '30; Lucy, '34. ELI, of Westb., (w. Elizabeth, who d. 1777,) had Eli, b. 1765; Elizabeth, Benjamin, Josiah. JOHN, of Weston, (w. Sarah,) d. 1749, f. of Joseph, Isaac, Zechariah, John, Abraham. THOMAS, of Southb., m. Ann Gould, 1753. JASON, (w. Arabella,) of Sud., had Micah, 1730; George '33. JOHN, of Sud., (w. Bethiah,) had Ephraim, 1740. JOHN, of Bolton, (w. Elizabeth,) d. 1747.


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