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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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140 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

1909. vii. JOHN, b. Jan. 21, 1784; m. Mary SPAULDING. 1910. viii. MEHITABLE, b. -----; d. unm. 1911. ix. JAMES, b. -----; d. unm. 1912. x. OLIVER, b. -----; m. and d. s. p.; had a son Charles, who d. early. 1913. xi. LUCY, b. -----; d. young. 776. EPHRAIM WHITNEY (David, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), bap. Natick, Mass., May 29, 1747; m. June 11, 1771, Sarah WOOD. He was in the Revolutionary war; was a minute-man in Mann's company, of Col. BALLARD regiment at the Bunker Hill "alarm." Later he was in Capt. MORSE's company, and still later in Capt GARDNER's company, of Col. BROOK's regi- ment at White Plains, and the campaign in New York. He c. June 26, 1832; res. Natick, Mass. 1914. i. GEORGE, b. Feb. 22, 1772; m. Miriam HUNT. 1915. ii. DAVID, b. Sept. 13, 1776; d. in Scottsville, N.Y., in 1854. His descendants reside in Plainsville, Ohio. 1916. iii. MEHITABLE, b. Aug. 22, 1773; m. John HUNTING; res. Haver- straw, N.Y. 1917. iv. SARAH, b. Dec. 24, 1783. 1918. v. BELA, b. -----; d. Dec. 14, 1794. 781. WILLIAM WHITNEY (William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Apr.10, 1736, in Weston; m. June 14, 1762, Mary MANSFIELD, of Weston; d. Dec. 17, 1815. William WHITNEY settled in Winchendon about 1774, going to that place from Weston, Mass. He early took a prominent place in the affairs of the new town, and during the Revolutionary war was chosen by his fellow citizens one of a committee to hire men for the army. In 1781 he was chosen a committee to carry out the resolves of the General Court respecting cattle. His farm was well stocked with horses and cattle, and according to the history of Winchendon, he was the best judge of cattle in the town. He was a great government man, and during the excitement preliminary to the Shays rebellion, when the feeling ran high, did all he could to assist the local authorities. It is stated, when the town drummer began his rounds to hunt up soldiers for volunteers, it was to both sides a moment of painful suspense; all voices were hushed, but the resolution of William WHITNEY soon changed the scene. Addressing his son, Phin, who was afterward Capt Phinehas, he said aloud, "Turn out, Phin!" Immediately, Phin stepped from the ranks and followed the drummer. It was a bold example, but it had its influence, for one after another stepped out until the required number of men were raised. In 1786 he was chosen on the committee of twelve to attend to the erection of school houses. In 1791 he was selected one of the committee to decide on the site for the new meeting house. He d. July 10, 1817; res. Winchendon, Mass. 1919. i. WILLIAM, b. in 1785; m. Anna HEYWOOD. 1920. ii. PHINEHAS, d. Apr. 1, 1766; m. Phebe STEARNS and Bethiah BARREN. 1921. iii. MARY, b. Apr. 10, 1778; m. Oct. 7, 1799, Benjamin HEYWOOD, b. July 10, 1788; d. Feb. 14, 1849. She d. Oct.1, 1862; farmer; res. Gardner. Benjamin inherited his father's farm. He was for many years the town treasurer and was highly respected and influential in town affairs. His children were Levi, Benjamin F., Walter, William, Seth and Charles. He died in 1849, in his 77th years. Of his children, Charles died at the age of six years; Benjamin F. died in 1844, having been engaged successfully since his majority as a trader, and part of the time, as a manu- facturer of chairs; William died in 1873, in Boston, where he had resided since 1830, and had been engaged in business there and in Charlestown, with success till 1855, in which year he retired from business. Ch.: Levi, b. Dec. 10, 1800; m. Martha W. WRIGHT; and d. July 21, 1882. Levi HEYWOOD was born in Gardner, Dec.10, 1800. His early advantages for education were only those usually enjoyed by the children and youth at that time in rural towns, with the addition of two terms at the academy in New Salem, Mass. The diligent improvement of these opportunities fitted him for the vocation of a school teacher, in which he was engaged in his native town and in the adjoining town of Winchendon during the winters 1820-21-22. In the spring of the latter year he went to Rochester, N.Y.,

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