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The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton Pierce (Chicago: 1895)

Transcribed by the Whitney Research Group, 1999.

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and was devoured by the flames. She hastened to a place of safety, but remembering that her oldest child was sleeping in the house, she re-entered the building and took her child to a safe place. The brave woman was severely burned in this act, and still carries the scars. This daughter died a few years ago, aged. 73. The neighbors proved to be friends in the hour of need, and when Mr. WOOD returned home, greatly to his sur- prise, he found a new house nearly completed. In one of the early winters there was no track of man or team at her door for a period of six weeks. Her oldest children went to school in a barn on the CARLETON farm. There was but one preacher in town, Rev. Aaron PALMER. Robert PADDOCK was the only physi- cian, and the only merchant was Jack POLLARD. For his service in the battle of Plattsburg, Mr. WOOD drew a land warrant. He died in Boston March 24, 1857. After his death Mrs. WOOD managed the farm seven years, and then removed to Barre village, where she now resides on Hill street with her daughter Sophia, who is now 76 years old, and spends her entire time caring for her aged mother. Mrs. WOOD has had 10 other chil- dren; three sons are now living - Charles, who resides at Orange; Phineas, at Newport and Warren at Auburn, RI. She claims to have 40 living grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild 17 years old. She is the last survivor of her father's family, there having been five older and five younger. In her 99th year she made a bedquilt containing 5,876 pieces, which has taken premiums at several county fairs. To the casual visitor she does not appear to be so old, although she is very thin and much wrinkled. Her memory is very good, and she remembers events of her childhood with perfect clearness, delighting to relate early reminiscences of the state and the noted men she has met. She can recall the events of the war of 1812, and often she has told the young people gathered about her how the patriotic men fought and the hardships they endured for their country in the early days of the present century. In her youth Mrs. WOOD was a Congregationalist, but after her marriage and settlement in Barre, she joined the Methodist society, and has since been a stanch adherent of its creeds. She retains her faculties to a remarkable degree, her only weakness being her great deafness and lameness, though she can move about the house with the aid of chairs. She still retains her business faculty, and until very recently conducted her own affairs. In 1891 Mrs. WOOD petitioned Congress for a pension on the ground that her husband was a teamster in the war of 1812, and Con- gress, by a special act, granted her $12 per month. Last year Mrs. WOOD was made a member of R.B., CRANDALL Woman's Relief Corps, and was appointed an aide upon the staff of the department president, and at the last State convention a depart- ment badge was voted to her, she being the oldest member of the order. For several years she has ridden in the Grand Army parade on Memorial days. The old lady has enjoyed many a birthday party, the one on her 100th being, perhaps the most notable. Crandall Relief Corps, with her relatives and neigh- bors, celebrated with her the 107th anniversary of her birth. She died Jan. 31, 1893. Her children were: Willis, born in Mendon, Mass; Horace, Elias, Celinda H., Phinneas, Laura, Sophia M., b. July 28, 1818, still living unm.; Charles L., Warren F. 668. JONATHAN WHITNEY (Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, John), b. Sherborn; Mass., Sept 25, 1734 [NOTE]; m. in Waltham, June 15, 1758, Eunice MARSHALL, b. Oct 2, 1736, d. Sept 1799. He was a soldier at the battle of Bunker Hill from Hopkinton, Mass. He d. in 1800; res. Framingham and Dalton, Mass. 1697. i. ISAAC, b. Sept 26, 1768; m. Caroline HARMON. 1698. ii. AMOS, b. Sept 27, 1764 [NOTE]. 1699. iii. PERSIS, b. Aug 20, 1769; m. ----- LASURE [NOTE].

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