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Tucker, William Howard, History of Hartford, Vermont (Burlington, VT: The Free Press Assn., 1889), pp. 475-476.

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Benjamin Whitney, of Windham, Conn., was one of the Charter proprietors of Hartford. In the first division of land among the proprietors, in 1761, he drew lot "No. 1," comprising nineteen acres, located on the north side of White River at its confluence with Connecticut River. This lot was purchased by Elias Lyman, 3d, about 1795, after which time, until the completion of the Passumpsic R. Rd., that portion of the town was called "Lyman's Point." Mr. Whitney subsequently owned lot "No. 64," on which is now located the hamlet known as Centreville, but it is not known that he ever lived in this town.

A family of Whitneys lived in West Hartford for amny years prior to 1838. The father of the family, Peter Whitney, carried on the manufacture of castings of various kinds. He had several children. One of his sons, Ebenezer, was postmaster in West Hartford in 1833. The entire family emigrated to Ohio in 1838.

Jonathan Whitney, better known as Deacon Whitney, resided in Quechee as early as the year 1800. He was a farmer by occupation; a deacon of the First Congregational Church at the centre of the town, and was influential in the civil

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and religious affairs of the town. He was probably a lineal descendant of Benjamin Whitney, above named. The following brief history of his family is taken from a record found in the office of the Town Clerk of Hartford, viz.--


Jonathan, son of Nathan and Abigail Whitney, b. July 16, 1761; m. Mary Woodward, March 3, 1785, and had Polly, b. Aug. 6, 1785 (a premature birth). Mary, parent, died Aug. 20, 1785. Jonathan m. Lucy Woodward, Aug. 19, 1786. Their children were: Ira, b. May 25, 1787. Irena, b. Feb. 17, 1789; d. Feb. 4, 1813. Jonathan(2), b. Feb. 2, 1791; d. May 10, 1812. Samuel, b. Nov. 22, 1792. David, b. Dec. 12, 1794. Polly, b. July 23, 1796; d. Nov. 4, 1798. Russell, b. May 5, 1798; d. May 30, 1798. Dolly, b. Jan. 16, 1800. Russell, b. Feb. 2, 1802. Lucy, b. Oct. 2, 1804. Delinda, b. Mch. 6, 1806. Lurinda, b. Feb. 12, 1810.

Dea. Jonathan Whitney died Jan. 29, 1813, aged 52.

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