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Lapham, William Berry, and Silas Packard Maxim, History of Paris, Maine: from Its Settlement to 1880, with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771 Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register and an Appendix (Paris, ME: The authors, 1884).


p. 24

[Newton, Feb 1736/7] The following is a list of the grantees, sixty in number, in the order in which they appear upon the petition: . . . David Whitney . . . John Whitney . . . .


p. 52

Lots were drawn in the name of the grantees of 1771, and with results as follows:

Original Grantees. Lot. Range. Lot. Range. Lot. Range.

. . .

Ezekiel Whitney 25-26 1 13 5 1 3

. . .

[p. 53]

. . .

Abraham Whitney 17-18 2 6 1 4 4

. . .


p. 44

April 3, 1788, Wm. Clark Whitney and Nathan Nelson were added to the committee for building a bridge at Bisco's Falls.

The next meeting was June 4th, 1788, . . . . A committee was chosen to take a view of the land on each side of the line between the second and third number of lots at the south end of the township, in order to find the most convenient place for a road, with the view of discontinuing the road leading near the house of Capt. Isaac Bolster to the land of Daniel Whitney and Seth Mores.


p. 47

The petition for the incorporation of the town read as follows: . . . . No. Four, Oct. 11, 1792 . . . . Daniel Whitney . . . .

The remonstrance, or rather the first one is given below: [p. 48] . . . Wm. C. Whitney . . . .


p. 50

The next meeting was held at the house of Nathan Nelson on the 18th of September, 1793. Daniel Whitney, Israel Whittemore and Seth Morse were made a committee on accounts.


p. 54

EZEKIEL WHITNEY became a grantee in the right of his uncle David Whitney, who was born to John and Abigail (Hagar) Whitney, June 16, 1697, and who had died prior to 1745. Ezekiel was the son of John and Susan Whitney, and was baptized April 12, [p. 55] 1741. He married April 13, 1768, Catharine Draper of Roxbury, and lived in Watertown.


p. 57

NATHANIEL COOLIDGE became a proprietor on the right of his uncle Thaddeus, who was the son of Richard and Mary (Bond) [p. 58] Coolidge, born Oct. 6, 1710 and died Aug. 3, 1744. Nathaniel, above-named, an innholder, was the son of Nathaniel, who was born in March, 1701-2, married Grace Bowman and died in 1766. Nathaniel, Jr., was born Dec. 7, 1728, married Dorothy Whitney and was also an innkeeper at Watertown Bridge from 1764 to 1770.


p. 59

ABRAHAM WHITNEY, whose father John Whitney was a grantee of 1735, was born Aug. 8, 1716, and married Tabitha Allen. He descended from John and Elinor Whitney who came from Ipswich, England, 1635, and was then aged 35 years. He settled in Watertown, and his descendants are very numerous.


p. 70

DANIEL WHITNEY of Worcester, March 3, 1785, bought of Joshua Whitney of the same, number 2 in the 5th range.

WM. C. WHITNEY of Worcester, Apr. 21, 1888, bought of Joshua Whitney the westerly half of 21-22 in the 5th.


p. 72

ROBERT WIGHTMAN of Westboro', January 23, 1786, bought of Joshua Whitney of Worcester, No. 7, in the 9th range, agreeing to build a house and perform the other settling duties prior to the December following.


p. 73

LEMUEL AND JOSEPH HOLMES of Paris, formerly of Plymouth, bought of Daniel Clark, of Newton, May 5, 1794, lot No. 13, in the first range. Oct. 11, 1794, they bought of Wm. C. Whitney, No. 14, in the first range.


p. 79

THE FIRST TOWN MEETING

[16 July 1793]

[p. 80]

. . . .

Field Driver, Daniel Whitney.

. . . .


p. 92

1795. The annualy meeting was held on the sixth day of April. . . . .

Tythingmen, Daniel Whitney, . . . .


p. 95

1797. The annual meeting was at Lemuel Jackson's, March 30th. . . . .

For Fence viewers, Daniel Staples and Daniel Whitney.

For Hogreeves, Nathaniel Pratt, Eleazer Cole, Daniel Whitney, John Billings, John Daniels and Edward Andrews.

For Field drivers, Daniel Whitney, Samuel Hammond and Lemuel Perham.


p. 96

1798. . . . . For Field drivers, Robert Wightman, Daniel Whitney and Lemuel Perham. . . . .


p. 98

Valuation of Houses and Out-buildings in Paris, and house-lots not exceeding two acres, as a basis for the direct tax of 1798. . . . .

p. 100

OWNERS' NAMES. ACRES. VALUATION.

. . .

Daniel Whitney, 100, 100.


p. 101

1799. The meeting was at Lemuel Jackson's, on the 4th of March. . . . . For Field Drivers, Daniel Whitney, Edmund Dean, Caleb Swift and Aaron Fuller. . . . .


p. 102

1800. . . . . Field drivers, Daniel Whitney, Asa Robinson, Abner Shaw and Caleb Fuller. . . . .


p. 137

NAMES OF TAXABLE PERSONS. AMOUNT OF TAXABLE PROPERTY. AMOUNT OF TAX.

Wm. C. Whitney, 209 46


p. 160

December 14, 1830, Elder Hooper wrote a short sketch for the "Jcffcrsonian," which he called "A Short History of Paris," and which appeared in the columns of that paper.

"I shall now give a list of those whom I consider the first inhabitants of this town: . . . , William C. Whitney, (made a beginning with the first settlers, but soon after removed,) . . . ."

[p. 161]

"The following persons have been Sheriffs in the County of Oxford: . . . , and William C. Whitney of Oxford, the present Sheriff."


p. 184

1859. . . . . Oct. 6, Wm. Clark Whitney died at Norway. He came to Paris from Worcester with the early settlers, but soon moved to Norway. . . . .


p. 294

At the meeting above named [8 Sep 1817], it was voted "to build a meeting-house, to choose a committee to exhibit a plan of said house, and to see what terms land can be procured to build upon." The following were chosen: . . . , Wm. C. Whitney, . . . .

Wm. C. Whitney being chosen auctioneer, the pews were sold as follows:

12th choice, Wm. C. Whitney, No. 15, 57.00


p. 388

  • There is certainly an anachronism in fixing th date of the tragedy at 1762; . . . . It is likely that the fate of Whitney, near the pond that bears his name in Hartford, had something to do in perpetuating this version of the Snow tragedy.

p. 444

This [lot 13 in the fifth range] was one of the four lots in the draught No. 9, that fell to Ezekiel Whitney, the original grantee, and remained in his possession until Nov. 13, 1793, when it was sold by a committee of the proprietors, for delinquent taxes, to Isaac Jackson.


p. 519

JOSIAH BISCO, (son of Thomas) b. July 18, 1740. He m. Grace Whitney, and came with a part of his family in 1793. He was one of the original grantees, and assisted in lotting out the township. [p. 520] He was the first Town Clerk, and a prominent member of society during life, as shown by other references. Children:

Daniel, b. in Watertown, Nov. 17, 1765.
Grace, b. in Watertown, Oct. 2, 1767.
Thomas, b. in Watertown, Aug. 31, 1769.
Leonard, b. in Watertown, March 19, 1773.

He m. 2d, Mary Mason.

Mary, b. May 3, 1775, d. 1776.
Jonas, b. Nov. 1, 1777, d. at Paris of fever, April 6, 1810.
Mary, b. May 1, 1783, m. Alanson Mellen. (See Mellen.)
Azubah, b. March 5, 1787, d. at the home of C. T. Mellen, Nov. 2, 1859.

The father died Sept. 3, 1812, aged 72 years. The mother died 1831.


p. 522

JOSEPH BLAKE, JR., (son of Joseph) m. Mary Ann, dau. of John Whitney of Pownal, Me., March 13, 1824. She was b. Jan. 23, 1806, settled in Paris, living at one time in the Whittemore neighborhood. Removed to Minot, and remained there through life. Children:

William Henry, b. Nov. 5, 1824, d. in the army, Dec. 25, 1862.
John Whitney, b. June 15, 1826, d. April 1, 1841.
Emeline Whitney, b. Jan. 13, 1829, m. Charles B. Jacobs of Mechanic Falls.
Mary Elizabeth, b. Dec. 5, 1831, d. Dec. 25, 1831.
Jennette, b. March 21, 1833, d. Nov. 8, 1854.
Joseph Corrydon, b. June 18, 1834, d. in infancy.
George, b. June 4, 1837, d. Sept. 13, 1837.
George Freeland, b. Dec. 4, 1838.

The father died Oct. 28, 1871.


p. 543

16 AXEL BUMPUS, . . . m. Bethiah L. . . . Andrews . . . [p. 544] . . . . Children:

23 Christopher Leonard, b. Feb. 16, 1839, m. Katie S. Whitney of Lynn, Mass.
. . . .

p. 556

DANIEL CHASE . . . m. Lydia Lufkin . . . . [Children]:

. . . .
Louisa, m. Ebenezer Whitney; r. Buxton.
. . . .

p. 559

JONATHAN CLIFFORD . . . , m. Harriet Newell, . . . . Children:

. . . .
Henry Emerson, m. Hattie Whitney.
. . . .

p. 605

NATHANIEL FULLER of Plympton, Mass., m. Lydia Holmes, . . . . Children:

. . . .
Sophia, b. Feb. 24, 1777, m. William Clark Whitney,*, s. Oxford, afterwards in Norway.
. . . .

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  • William Clark Whitney was a son of Joshua Whitney of Worcester, Mass., and he and his brother Daniel were among the early settlers of Paris. Wm. C., subsequently moved to Norway, and died there, aged over 90 years. He was at one time sheriff of the county, a man of marked ability in business affairs, and at the time of his death, one of the wealthiest men in this county. Among his children was George P., a well known business man of Oxford; also the wife of William Goddard, late of Bethel, and of Stephen Cummings late of Norway.

p. 631

DANIEL K. HILL, . . . m. Nancy, dau. of Major Cyprian Hall, May, 1841. . . . . The mother d. June 18, 1869; m. 2d, Sarah, dau. of Jonathan Holmes, now living at Norway. She was the widow of Albert Whitney.


p. 633

JONATHAN HOLMES . . . m. Mahala Reed . . . . Children:

. . . .
V Sarah Ellis, b. March 5, 1828, m. 1st, Albert Whitney, 2d, Daniel Hill.
. . . .

p. 727

TIMOTHY SMITH . . . . Children:

. . . ; Miriam, m. ----- Whitney.

p. 749

ASA THAYER, . . . , m. Lydia Chapin . . . . Children:

. . . .
Asa, b. April 2, 1806, m. Lucy M. Whitney of Worcester.
. . . .

p. 750

ASA THAYER, brother of the preceding, m. 1831, Lucy M. Whitney, of Worcester, Mass., b. 1810. Children:

Caroline O., b. March 27, 1836, d. Mary 22, 1836; Lucy A., b. May 23, 1837, d. Oct. 16, 1858; Abbie O., b. May 1, 1839, d. May 14, 1842; Marintha A., b. April 19, 1842, d. May 5, 1842.

The mother d. Jan. 15, 1850, m. 2d, Lydia Frost of Boston, Mass. Asa Thayer d. in Gardner, Kansas, Aug. 23, 1854.


p. 766

CAPTAIN BEZALEEL WHITE was of Worcester, Mass. He married Nancy Whitney of the same town, and came to Paris about 1828, and settled o the Abraham Bolster farm, where he after remained. [p. 767] He was Captain of the company of trooop that escorted Lafayette from Worcester to Boston in 1824. Children:

Mary Ann, b. April 30, 1825, d. Sept. 30, 1841.
Lucy Jane, b. June 20, 1827, m. Francis C. Richards, s. in Oxford.
Eunice Madaline, b. Aug. 20, 1830, m. Paul Weixler, s. Worcester, Mass.
Eliza Whitney, b. March 7, 1833, d. March 4, 1872.
William B., b. Aug. 28, 1835, r. in Qunicy, Mass.; he enlisted in th4e army and was promoted to Colonel; he is in the shoe trade in Boston.
Sarah J., b. Oct. 20, 1837, d. Aug. 30, 1854.
George C., b. April 4, 1843.

The mother d. June 8, 1854, and he m. 2d, Mary Ann, dau. of George Ryerson, Jan. 20, 1858.

Hattie Emily, b. April 4, 1859.

The father d. June 27, 1874.


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