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Fogg, John S.H.,"Billeting of Massachusetts Forces", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), pp.191-193.

Communicated by John S. H. Fogg, M.D., of South Boston, Mass.
The original document from which the following is copied is in the handwriting of Gov. Thomas Hutchinson.
Account of Billoting such of the Massachusetts Forces as were prevented marching by bad weather after they received the Kings Provisions, in the Towns of Hatfield, Hadley and Northampton, viz:
Regiments Companies Towns where billeted Number of
Amount at 2d. ster-
ling per meal.
Bagley Whitney Hadley & N. Hampton 1198      
  Regiment Totals: 13167 109 14 6

Bodge, George M., "Soldiers in King Philip's War", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), pp. 193-198, 259-279.

Communicated by Rev. George M. Bodge, A.M. of East Boston, Mass.

[p. 195]

Captain Benjamin Swett and His Men.
To be released, Samll. Clark, Isaak How, Wm. Hopkins, Wm. Stanley, Moses Whitney.

[p. 259-260]

Credited with Military Service in the Various Garrisons.
Of the many garrisons occupied by the English during the war, the importance varied according to the movements of the army. Marlborough, for instance, was, during the most of the war, a rendezvous and general headquarters, and thus it was necessary to devote an entire chapter to that, and the operations thereabout, Mendon, Brookfield, Hadley, Northampton and several others later, like Scarborough and Wells, became prominent by their position as frontiers, or as supply and recruiting stations. It will be understood that these items of credit occur in the Treasurer's book mixed with other credits under the various officers, &c., and not consecutively, as presented here. These garrisons are arranged alphabetically by names of places, for the convenience of the reader; and for the same reason, two lists already published in these papers are reprinted here.

[p. 263]

At the Garrison at Groton
November 9, 1675 -- Samuel Whitney -- 00 04 04

[p. 265]

At Lancaster Garrison

October 19, 1675 -- Thomas Whitney -- 01 10 00

December 20, 1675 -- Thomas Whitney -- 01 16 00

[p. 271]

Assignment of Wages.
The following lists show the custom of the times. The towns assumed the payment of the wages of its own soldiers, to their families left at home; the families thus receiving sure and immediate aid, and the towns being credited to that amount upon their colonial "rates," or taxes. It was doubtless a means of great help to the families, and of saving to the towns, as it secured at once the support of the families without public charge, and at the same time the prompt payment of taxes.
The value of these lists to the historical and genealogical student will appear in the evidence they afford as to each man's residence at that time. The proof might not be positive in every case, yet in general it may be concluded that where a man assigns his wages to a town, it is because he considers that his place of residence.

[p. 272]

August 24, 1676

Roxbury Towne Cr. By Sundry Accpts Viz.

John Whitney -- 00 18 00

[p. 278]

August 24, 1676

Water-Towne Cr. By Sundry accpts viz.
Thomas Whitney -- 00 02 06
Samuel Whitney -- 00 19 08
Moses Whitney -- 02 16 00
Thomas Whitney -- 00 04 02

Jonathan Whitney -- 03 08 02

Hill, Hamilton Andrews, Historiographer, "Necrology of the New England Historic Genealogical Society", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), pp. 213-215.

[p. 213-214]

Henry Austin Whitney, A.M., of Boston, a life member, admitted Feb. 11, 1856, died at Boston, Feb. 21, 1889. He was the second child and only son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pratt) Whitney, and was born in Boston, October 6, 1826.
He was of the eighth generation from John Whitney, who settled at Watertown in 1635. He was educated at the Boston schools, and entered Harvard College, graduating therefrom in 1846, in the same class with George F. Hoar, Charles Eliot Norton, Francis J. Child, George M. Lane, Edmund T. Eastman and others.
He joined his father in business, the firm being one of the largest in the wholesale boot and shoe trade. The pressing necessity of this trade a generation ago, was the development of better means of communication between Boston and the South and Southwest. One of the results of the efforts made to meet this want, was the establishment of the line of steamships between Boston and Baltimore, by the merchants of these two cities, which has been one of the most successful enterprises of the kind ever started in this country. Mr. Whitney's father was a leading projector of this line, and one of the earliest steamers belonging to the company bore his name. Mr. Henry Whitney became a director in 1863, and continued to be a member of the Board while he lived. In 1871 he was elected director of the Boston and Providence Railroad Corporation, and in 1875, during the absence of Governor Clifford's successor, he served as president. In 1876 he was chosen Governor Clifford's successor, and held the office until his death. Mr. Whitney was also a director in the Suffolk Bank from 1874 until his death, and served as president from 1874 to 1876. He leaves behind him a high reputation for ability and integrity, gained in these various positions of trust to which he was called.
But he was more than a successful business man; his tastes were cultivated and refined, he loved books and scholarly pursuits, and took much interest in historical and genealogical studies. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, to which he was admitted in 1858. He was also a prominent Mason. He was a man of genial and courteous manners and of kindly disposition. He was taken suddenly ill with some acute internal trouble while engaged in the transaction of business on the 19th of February, and died two days later, at his residence in the city. On the morning of the 22d, his friends were startled by the announcement of his death in the newspapers. One of them, in some memorial verses, thus records the impression of the suddenness of his removal: --
Scarce cool my hand from the warm grasp of thine,

And ere my cheek had lost the mantling glow--
Provoked by thy dear words, like drops of wine,

The spoiler sped the cruel shaft that laid thee low!
Mr. Whitney was married, March 3, 1852, to Fanny, daughter of William and Susan Ruggles (Bordman) Lawrence, a descendant of John Lawrence who settled in Watertown in 1636, the year after John Whitney settled there. Mrs. Whitney survives; and with her three sons and two daughters.

Hammond, Isaac W., "Garrison in the West Regiment of Middlesex", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), pp. 370-375]

Communicated by Isaac W. Hammond, A.M., of Concord, N. H.
The following is a copy of an ancient document owned by the New Hampshire Historical Society, which was probably presented to the Society many years ago by the late John Farmer. The writing in the original is plain, and of that peculiar style so well known to antiquarians who are familiar with manuscripts of that date. I fail to find it in print, and thinking it might be of interest to Massachusetts people, as well as to New Hampshire people whose ancestors came from the towns mentioned, I have copied it for the Register. The men therein mentioned by the name of Bellows, are undoubtedly ancestors of the Bellows family of Walpole, N. H. One of the earliest settlers of that town, Benjamin Bellows, came from Lunenburg, Mass., and some of his descendants bore the names Isaac and John. The names Whitcomb, Stratton, Brigham, Joslin, Keyes, Fisk, and others contained in the list, have been common in Cheshire county from its settlement.

[p. 375]

Groton, March 17th 1692

Joshua Whitting*

Joshua Whitting Junr
* [These names are plainly written Joshua Whitting, but they should be Joshua Whitney. -- S. A. Green.]

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