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Francis E. Blake, History of the town of Princeton, in the county of Worcester and commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1759-1915 (Princeton, MA: Pub. by the Town), volume 1, pp. 287-290.


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WHITNEY.

Families of the name of Whitney are very numerous in all parts of the United States. There is scarcely a town of any considerable size where they may not be found, and it is probable that nearly all of them are descendants of John1 and Elinor Whitney of Watertown, who "Embarked at Ipswich England, April 1635, for New England in the Elizabeth and Ann Roger Cooper Master, John Whitney aged 35; wife Ellen (Elinor) aged 30, sons, John, aged 11, Richard, aged 9, Nathaniel, aged 8, Thomas, aged 6 and Jonathan, aged 1 year." John1 was admitted a freeman, March 3, 1636. His wife Eleanor died May 11, 1659, and he married (2d) Sept. 29, 1659, Judah (Judith) Clement. He died a widower, June 1, 1673, aged 84.

WHITNEY Capt.-Andrew6 {Abraham5, John4), son of Abraham5 and Tabitha (Allen) Whitney of Watertown, born March 29,

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1754. He with his brother Elisha, learned the trade of carpenter or builder, with John Dana of Newton and both went to Princeton about 1780, where they were taxed that year. He married (int.) Oct. 1, 1787, Lucy Miles, born May 13, 1766, daughter of Reuben and Anna (Rice) Miles of Westminster, who died in Princeton June 26, 1842, aged 76. He died in Princeton, Oct. 26 (family say 16), 1818, ae. 64. Children born in Princeton:

i. Reuben-M., b. May 23, 1788, m. Julia Delongplain of Montreal. He res. in Philadelphia, d. in Washington, D. C, May 15, 1845.
ii. Lucy, b. Feb. 8, 1790, d. Aug. 30, 1791.
1. iii. John (Col.), b. Dec. 31, 1792, m. Mary Newton, (2d) Eliza-Ann-French Watson,
iv. Lucy, b. Jany. 11, 1795, m. Merrill Davis, Sept. 4, 1819.
v. Charles, b. April 4, 1797, d. Aug. 18, 1808.
vi. William, b. Feb. 10, 1799, m. Mary Cass Brooks, of Detroit, Mich., res. Philadelphia, Pa.
vii. Anna-M., b. Feb. 21, 1801, m. Jany. 8, 1822, Capt. Nathan Whitney of Westminster.
viii. Sally, b. June 4, 1803, m. Rev. David A. Grosvenor.
ix. Elisha-D., b. June 29, 1805, m. Martha Schott of Philadelphia, Pa., d. Nov. 14, 1887.
x. Caroline, b. July 8, 1808, m. in Princeton, Dr. Alphonso Brooks,
xi. Charles-Andrew, b. Aug. 20, 1810, d. Nov. 7, 1836.

1. WHITNEY CoL-John7 {Capt. Andrew6, Abraham5, John4), son of the above Capt. Andrew6 and Lucy (Miles) Whitney, born Dec. 31, 1792, married (int.) Aug. 23, 1822, Mary Newton of Royalston, who died Oct. 6, 1831, ae. 31, m. (2d) Eliza-Ann-French Watson, Oct. 4, 1832, daughter of Jacob W. and Lydia, b. April 22, 1814. He died in Princeton, May 15, 1846, ae. 53. He was a colonel of militia and quite prominent in town affairs. Children:

i. Abigail-Perkins, b. June 28, 1823, d. Dec. 10, 1826.
ii. William-Newton, b. Dec. 15, 1825, res. Omaha, Nebraska.
iii. Marion-Eugene, b. Oct. 26, 1826, d. Dec. 19, 1845.
iv. Abigail-Perkins, b. Nov. 25, 1827, d. Dec. 12, 1830.
v. Mary-N., b. Sept. 28, 183 1, m. (1st) Samuel Nash, m. (2d) ----- Clarke.
vi. John-N., b. July 6, 1833, res. Salt Lake City, Utah.
vii. Charles-A., b. Nov. 14, 1834, res. Milbury.
viii. Eliza-Ann-French, b. Feb. 26, 1836, d. Feb. 18, 1839.

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ix. Levi-Lincoln, b. Jany. 20, 1838.
x. Eliza-Ann-French (2d), b. July 1, 1840, m. Henry L, Norton.
xi. Lydia, b. March 19, 1843, d. Feb. 21, 1844.

WHITNEY Silas6 (David5, Benjamin4, Thomas3, Thomas2, John1), son of David5' and Mercy, born about 1732 (Genealogy says 1737). He was a blacksmith by trade, married in March, 1758, Jane Pearson of Shrewsbury and settled in "No Town near Lancaster" (Princeton). He lived in Princeton in Winchendon, Rindge and Clarendon, Vt. His children were:

i. Love, b. Dec. 18, 1758.
ii. David, b. Aug. 31, 1760, m. Sarah Wilson.
iii. Silas, b, June 12, 1762, res. St. Armand, P. Q., where he died and was buried there.
iv. Oliver, b. Sept. 16, 1764, m. Abigail Hampton.
v. Bartholomew, b. June 30, 1766, m. Lois , res. Clarendon, Vt., and had a son, Joel, b. Sept. 9, 1791.
vi. Jane, b. June 6, 1768.
vii. Phebe, b. Dec. 1, 1770.
viii. Samuel, b. 1771-2, m. Eunice Whitney, (2d) Martha Parmenter.
ix. Mercy, b. 1773.
x. Benjamin, b. Dec. 16, 1777, m. Mary -----.
xi. Solomon, b. -----.
xii. Lucy, b. -----, m. ----- Brown.

WHITNEY Reuben-Perkins7 {David6, Capt. Nathan5, David4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of David6 and Elizabeth (Barron) Whitney, born in Westminster, Mass., July 24, 1804, married March 8, 1827, Clarissa C. Woodward, who was born in Princeton, Sept. 29, 1804, died Sept. 28, 1862, married (2d) April 27, 1865, Mrs. Fidelia (Beaman) Pierce, daughter of Phineas and Phebe Beaman, b. April 12, 1807, d. March 10, 1866. He married (3d) Dec. 1867, Mrs. Nancy R. Thomas, born 1815, died Feb. 13, 1869. He died in South Lancaster, Sept. 24, 1892. His children were:

i. Jason-W., b. Sept. 21, 1821, m. Nov, 18, 1857, Lydia A. Davis, res. Hingham, Mass.
ii. Louisa-Howe, b. March 4, 1828, m. Sept. 5, 1850, Elias W. Thompson.
iii. Mary-E., b. Dec. 23, 1831, m. Sept. 22, 1852, John A. Rice, Lancaster.

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iv. Orville-P., b. Oct. 28, 1833, m. Dora Odell, res. Brooklyn, N. Y.
v. Clara-E., b. Sept. 26, 1836, m. Nov. 8, 1877, Dea. J. C. Lovell, res. West Boylston.
vi. George-F., b. Sept. 11, 1838, m. Oct. 18, 1863, Sarah M. Davis of Hubbardston.
vii. Lucia-M., b. July 10, 1844, d. July 31, 1844, res. Hingham, Mass.

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