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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)

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126 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

1700. iv. DAVID, b. Nov 3, 1761 [NOTE]; killed by Indians at the battle of Stony Raba [NOTE] on the Mohawk, Oct 19, 1780. He was in the company commanded by Capt. ELY. 1701. v. EUNICE, b. Nov 16, 1763; m. ----- MARSHALL [NOTE]. She d. Oct 1, 1842. 1702. vi. ESTHER, b. Apr 13, 1766; m. Cyrus ROCKWOOD. 1703. vii. ASAPH, b. June 21, 1770; m. Bethiah HOPKINS. 1704. viii. SARAH, b. June 12, 1759. 1705. ix. OLIVE, b. -----; m. Anson HOPKINS; res. Bellile, NY. A son, Anson, Jr., resides there. 680. ISAAC WHITNEY (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Apr 17, 1770 [NOTE]; m. ----- -----; m. 2d Mrs. Susanna (TURNBACK) HALL, b. Pennsylvania, May 11, 1780; she m. 3d a Mr. DODGE and had one child by him. She d. at Ray, Mich., Feb 9, 1867. He was born in Natick, Mass., emigrated to New York, and died in Middlesex in 1817. He was a kind husband and father, and true Christian man. He was a pioneer in that section when it was settled by the Indians, with whom he was on friendly terms. He was also able to converse with them in their dialect. After the death of his first wife he married a widow, Mrs. HALL, for his second wife, and she had five children by her first husband and one by her third. Isaac was an extensive farmer and one of the largest in that part of New York. He d. in 1817; res. Middle- sex, Ontario Co., NY. 1706. i. JASON, b. -----; m. and went to Texas. 1707. ii. ROBERT, b. -----; d. -----. 1708. iii. ELIZABETH, b. -----; m. ----- OSGOOD, and moved to Michigan, where they had a large family, and died. 1709. iv. SAMUEL, b. July 9, 1811; m. Ann STROUP. 1710. v. JOHN FISHER, b. Oct 25, 1809; m. Phebe NELSON. 1711. vi. ISAAC, b. Nov 12, 1817; m. Sarah STROUP and Mahala STROUP. 1712. vii. JESSE, b. May 3, 1808; m. Eliza C. SHEPARD. 1713. viii. JAMES, b. in Middlesex, NY; m. and d. there s.p. in 1847. 683. FISHER WHITNEY (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass, Jan. 3, 1775; m. in Italy, NY, June, 1797, Patty WATKINS [NOTE], of Partridgefield, Mass.; b. Peru in 1780. She m. 2d, at Italy in 1805, Elias LEE; b. 1777; d. Feb 1, 1825. She d. in Mass., Mar, 1849. Fisher WHITNEY was born in Natick Mass. The country around Boston was, in 1775, sparsely settled, and there was little else to do than to cultivate the soil. Fisher WHITNEY was, therefore, the son of a Massachusetts farmer - but the farmers in those days made up the bulk of the population. Stirring events were just then happening in that vicinity. Before Fisher was a year old, the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill were enrolled in history. Natick, his home, was less than twenty miles distant, and the terrors of those bloody days made such an impression upon young Fisher's mind that before he was fifteen he was enrolled as a soldier against King George III. Thus the WHITNEYS are from Revolutionary stock, as will be seen in another place. Fisher's grandsons, nearly 100 years later, also bore arms for their country. But Massachusetts did not long retain young WHITNEY, for about the year 1795, he removed to Yates county, NY., where, three years later he married Patty WATKINS and settled upon a farm, which he improved while acting as county surveyor. Two children were born to him, Patty WHITNEY, born in 1800, and James Watkins WHITNEY, born June 21, 1803. Everything seemed prosperous for this little family when suddenly the father, in one of his surveying expeditions, took a violent cold which rapidly settled into a fever, and in three days terminated fatally. He was buried in the family burial ground on his farm in the town of Italy, Yates county, in April, 1805. Fifty-seven years later, his grandson, Col. L.H. WHITNEY, visited his grave, and found his resting- place marked by a plain slab, which his widow had erected to his memory. She now sleeps by his side, and by her side repose the ashes of her daughter, Patty. Fisher WHITNEY was a dark haired, dark complexioned man, six feet tall, ath- letic, and possessed a great aptitude for mathematics. Hence, it was easy for him to drift into the surveyor's office. He died at the early age of thirty-seven, sincerely mourned by a large circle of acquaintances. He. d. Dec 19, 1805; res. Italy, NY. 1714. i. JAMES WATKINS, b. June 21 1803; m. Betsey HARPER. 1715. ii. PATTY WATKINS, b. Sept 9, 1800; m. Jan 15, 1823, Jason GRISWOLD; res. Italy, NY. Ch.: Fisher, b. Mar 28, 1825; res. Italy;

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