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Note: This is the final version of the page we used during the transcription project to track our progress. It is available here for historical purposes. To access the transcription, please see the index page.


In 1895, Frederick Clifton Pierce published The Descendants of John Whitney, who came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635. In order to better assist Whitney researchers, members of the Whitney Research Group (WRG) have decided to undertake the task of transcribing this work and making it readily available to all researchers.

The book has been broken up into 133 sections, each containing 5 pages. Some of the sections have been adjusted to have a couple more or a couple less pages to accomodate the requests of volunteers.

The book is being transcribed verbatim, including any misspellings and known genealogical errors. Once complete, the Whitney Research Group will be adding links or notes to areas with proven genealogical errors. In this transcription, all surnames are being capitalized, even though they weren't in the original. Also, any surname which is hyphenated and thus broken between two lines is being rejoined to aid in searches. Other than these items, each line is being left as it is in the original. Because the original used proportional fonts, this can make the right margin of the transcription uneven. We feel that with the exception of the couple of items listed above, that we should attempt a transcription as close to the original as possible.

If you notice a transcription error, please being it to my attention. Send an e-mail to Tim Doyle and I will make the correction.

Project Status:

100% Complete (133/133)

100% Adopted (133/133)
Started 1/26/99
Completed 12/10/99

Project Coordinator, Editor: Tim Doyle

In the course of this project, many of the pages are being scanned and sent to volunteer transcribers. Available scans can be viewed here.

Praise for the Project - Several people have written in to thank the volunteers for their efforts. Volunteers weary of transcribing should check here for an energy boost!

Search the Pierce Transcription!
Pages Status Transcribed by Scanned / Photocopied by Proofread by
1 - 5 Complete Tim Doyle    
6 - 10 Complete Bev Hanner Tim Doyle  
11 - 15 Complete Bev Hanner Tim Doyle  
16 - 20 Complete Greg Cote Tim Doyle  
21 - 25 Complete Bertha Emmett Tim Doyle  
26 - 30 Complete Kathy Conlin Tim Doyle  
31 - 35 Complete Sally Towns Tim Doyle  
36 - 40 Complete Jo Hogle Tim Doyle  
41 - 45 Complete John J. Whitney Tim Doyle  
46 - 50 Complete George Whitney Tim Doyle Tim Doyle
51 - 55 Complete Bertha Emmett Tim Doyle  
56 - 60 Complete Karen Grubaugh    
61 - 65 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
66 - 70 Complete Hope Gomez Tim Doyle  
71 - 75 Complete Shawn Whitney Tim Doyle  
76 - 80 Complete Mike Poston Tim Doyle  
81 - 85 Complete Tim Doyle    
86 - 90 Complete Tim Doyle    
91 - 95 Complete Tim Doyle    
96 - 100 Complete Tim Doyle    
101 - 106 Complete Barry Whitney Tim Doyle  
107 - 110 Complete Tim Doyle    
111 - 115 Complete Alan Wright Tim Doyle  
116 - 120 Complete Tim Doyle    
121 - 125 Complete Shawn Whitney    
126 - 130 Complete Shawn Whitney    
131 - 135 Complete Shawn Whitney    
136 - 140 Complete Sandy Fahrnbruch Tim Doyle  
141 - 145 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Tim Doyle  
146 - 150 Complete Allan Green Tim Doyle (Ph)  
151 - 155 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Tim Doyle  
156 - 160 Complete Sheila Peel Tim Doyle  
161 - 165 Complete Robert Morrison Tim Doyle  
166 - 170 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Henry M. Whitney  
171 - 175 Complete Alan Wright Henry M. Whitney  
176 - 180 Complete John Baxter Henry M. Whitney  
181 - 185 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
186 - 190 Complete Jo Hogle Tim Doyle  
191 - 195 Complete Jo Hogle Tim Doyle  
196 - 200 Complete John Baxter Jon Aston  
201 - 205 Complete John Baxter Shawn Whitney  
206 - 210 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Shawn Whitney  
211 - 215 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Tim Doyle  
216 - 221 Complete A. Whitney Brown    
222 - 225 Complete A. Whitney Brown    
226 - 230 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Shawn Whitney  
231 - 235 Complete Shawn Whitney    
236 - 240 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Jon Aston  
241 - 245 Complete Eleanore Dilello Bill Whitney?  
246 - 250 Complete Robin S. Whitney Tim Doyle  
251 - 253 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
254 - 259 Complete Mary Ellen Sharp    
260 - 265 Complete Eleanore Dilello Bill Whitney?  
266 - 270 Complete Julie Kidd Tim Doyle  
271 - 275 Complete Paula Nagy Tim Doyle  
276 - 280 Complete Allan Green Tim Doyle (Ph)  
281 - 285 Complete Karen Nugier Tim Doyle  
286 - 290 Complete Coleen Knights Tim Doyle  
291 - 295 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
296 - 300 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
301 - 305 Complete Michael Roman Tim Doyle Tim Doyle
306 - 310 Complete John Baxter Tim Doyle  
311 - 315 Complete Rebecca Taccone Tim Doyle  
316 - 320 Complete Mary Anne Carter Cosgrove Tim Doyle  
321 - 325 Complete Al Durrell Tim Doyle  
326 - 330 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
331 - 335 Complete Liz Whitcomb Cwiklik Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
336 - 340 Complete Julie Kidd Tim Doyle  
341 - 345 Complete Jo Hogle Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
346 - 350 Complete Jo Hogle Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
351 - 355 Complete Karen Grubaugh Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
356 - 360 Complete Henry M. Whitney Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
361 - 365 Complete Joe Keller Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
366 - 370 Complete Hope Gomez Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
371 - 375 Complete Greg Cote Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
376 - 380 Complete Greg Whitney Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
381 - 385 Complete Marcia W. Green Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
386 - 390 Complete Frances Whitney Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
391 - 395 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
396 - 400 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
401 - 405 Complete Denis Adams Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
406 - 410 Complete Shawn Whitney Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
411 - 415 Complete Beth Targee Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
416 - 420 Complete Shawn Whitney    
421 - 425 Complete Rick Harwood Tim Doyle  
426 - 430 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
431 - 435 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
436 - 440 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
441 - 445 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
446 - 450 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
451 - 455 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
456 - 460 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
461 - 464 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
465 - 470 Complete Allan Green Tim Doyle (Ph)  
471 - 475 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
476 - 480 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
481 - 485 Complete Karen Grubaugh Jon Aston  
486 - 490 Complete Virginia Germano    
491 - 495 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Jon Aston  
496 - 500 Complete Karen Grubaugh Jon Aston  
501 - 505 Complete Paula Nagy Jon Aston  
506 - 510 Complete Lorraine Ferguson-Goss Jon Aston  
511 - 515 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
516 - 520 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
521 - 525 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
526 - 530 Complete Paula Nagy Tim Doyle  
531 - 535 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
536 - 540 Complete Michael Roman Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
541 - 545 Complete Colleen Knights Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
546 - 550 Complete Hope Gomez Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
551 - 555 Complete Shawn Whitney & Liz Whitcomb Cwiklik Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
556 - 560 Complete Jessie M. Hamm Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
561 - 565 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
566 - 570 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
571 - 575 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
576 - 580 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
581 - 585 Complete Karen Nugier Sharon Barnett (Ph)  
586 - 590 Complete Shawn Whitney    
591 - 595 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
596 - 600 Complete Eleanore Dilello    
601 - 605 Complete Albert Durrell Jon Aston  
606 - 610 Complete Julie Kidd Jon Aston  
611 - 615 Complete Mike Poston Jon Aston  
616 - 620 Complete Paula Nagy Jon Aston  
621 - 625 Complete Mike Poston Jon Aston  
626 - 630 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
631 - 635 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
636 - 640 Complete Henry M. Whitney    
641 - 645 Complete Rebecca Taccone Tim Doyle  
646 - 650 Complete Sheila Peel Tim Doyle  
651 - 654 Complete Francis Whitney Tim Doyle  
655 - 660 Complete Marion Leska    
661 - 664 Complete Marion Leska    


Pierce Project Praise

The Pierce Project is the result of many hours of work by many volunteers. It is only appropriate that they receive the praise of some of those who have benefitted from their work.


This is my first post to this list since subscribing and it's to say a great big THANK YOU! When reading the last post about Israel Whitney, I remembered another query board post about Israel and checked it out. To my great delight, Tim Doyle had responded and sent the Pierce Project pages to look on.

I have been searching for information about Israel Whitney who married Susannah Gerry for months and just kept coming up with dead ends. Betsey Whitney, Israel's daughter, was my ggggrandmother and died in Quebec, Canada in 1846. I'm so very glad I subscribed to this list!

Peggy <momz@capital.net>

March 29, 1999


We just had to share our joy at finally finding the link last night between our previous "unconnected" Whitney branch and the large John and Elinor Whitney family tree. We can thank Tim Doyle and the contingent of Pierce transcribers -- along with the search engine on Tim's Pierce book web site -- for making possible this discovery!

The two of us have been rather passive subscribers to the on-line Whitney Research Group for the past three years, reading all the posts and hoping eventually to find some information to extend our Whitney line back beyond g-g-grandfather Joel Whitney (d. 1891 in Ramona, CA). Through WHITNEY-L, we had read numerous references to the Pierce book but had never obtained a copy. Last night, we visited Tim's site displaying the half-completed Pierce book project, searched on "Joel Whitney", and found our guy! Joel is on page 333 (give or take a page) as the third child of William Whitney 1786- of Harvard, MA (Enoch, David, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John) and Betsey FARNSWORTH.

Hallelujah! Seven generations of Whitney data instantly came into focus as OUR Whitney line. Yee-haw!! Our Joel had been in Pierce all along, but it took the transcription project to make it accessible to us and to allow for this happy discovery. Additional searches of the portions of the Pierce book already transcribed yielded a write-up on Joel's brother Henry S. Whitney and their great-grandfather David Whitney. We look forward to additional discoveries of our blood kin as the transcription process moves toward completion.

Now the Whitney vital records on Robert Ward's site, and the Whitney gedcom sent to us a couple of years ago by Jon Aston, provide a great deal of useful information on Whitneys that we can now identify as our direct ancestors.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Robert, Jon, Tim, and all the rest of our Whitney cousins who have worked hard to share information and make information accessible. We were pretty sure we were connected to the big Whitney family, but it's great to know for sure and to be able to trace out the exact path.

We hope and expect that ours will be just one among many stories of happy discovery and genealogical connection made possible by the Pierce book transcription project.

With delighted cousinly regards,
Richard Mathews & Patricia Whitney Mathews

March 27, 1999


Copyright © 2006, Tim Doyle and the Whitney Research Group.

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