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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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WHITNEY GENEALOGY. 161

heroic efforts to save the burning ship, his coolness and bravery, and his great suffer- ings from exposure in an open boat at sea for many days." [From the Beverley Citizen.] This account might have added their capture and imprisonment as pirates, at Algiers, and Mr. WHITNEY's journey across the desert to obtain ransom for his companions. Upon retiring from the sea he became interested in manufacturing, and was a member of the firm of Stanton, Nichols & Whitney. Afterwards he became treasurer of the Lowell Manufacturing Corporation, was a director in the Merchant's bank for thirty years, a director in the National Insurance Company for thirty years, treasurer of the Cochea Manufacturing, and one of the leading officers in the Boston Marine Society. He was also a large buyer of cotton for the factories which called him to New Orleans, where he resided part of the time to facilitate the business entrusted to his charge. He was a sagacious business man, his superior business qualifications made him a wise counselor, and he was called upon to fill several offices of trust. " He was one of those men, of whom it may be said, he had not an enemy in the world, or if he had, it must have been one so unworthy and per- verse himself that no man would desire him for a friend." He d. Nov. 12, 1871; res. Lowell and Boston, Mass. 2171. i. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 25, 1828; m. July 19, 1849, Salem Towne Lamb; res. High Street, Brookline, Mass.; b. in Charlton, Mass., Sept. 19, 1821; d. Apr. 16, 1883. Ch.: Henry Whitney, b. Bos- ton, Oct. 13, 1853; P. O. address, Lamb and Ritchie, Cambridge- port, Mass.; res. High Street, Brookline, Mass.; Augusta Towne, b. Boston, Mar. 8, 1855; P. O. address, High street, Brookline, Mass.; Elizabeth Whitney, b. Boston, Oct. 18, 1859; m. Arthur WILLIAMS, jr., Brookline, June 26, 1888; P. O. address, Brook- line, Mass. 2172. ii. ISRAEL G., b. Jan. 30, 1831; m. Christiana K. S. SARGENT. 2173. iii. GEORGE, b. Nov. 1, 1832; m. Mary E. REA and Elizabeth WHITNEY. 2174. iv. EUNICE, b. Sept. 22, 1834; d. June 15, 1888. 2175. v. STANTON, b. Sept. 21, 1836; m. Alice R. SUTTON. 2176. vi. FRED'K, b. in 1838; d. July 1840. 2177. vii. CHARLES, b. Dec. 20, 1840; m. Jessie G. PERKINS. 2178. viii. FRED'K, b. June 22, 1843; res. Boston. 2179. ix. FRANK, b. July 2, 1846; res. Boston. 2180. x. MARY, b. Feb. 22, 1849; res. Boston. 2181. xi. EDWARD FARLEY, b. Apr. 26, 1851; res. Boston; address, 43 State Street; in banking business; res. 37 Chsestnut street. 926. MICHAEL WHITNEY (Elisha, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Beverly, Mass., ----- [NOTE]; m. Nancy LEECH; m. 2d Elizabeth LEECH. He d. in 1867; res. Bev- erly, Mass. 2182. i. WM. MICHAEL, b. June 12, 1820; res. Beverly. Dau. Elizabeth m. George WHITNEY. 2183. ii. ELISHA, b. -----; res. Beverly. 2184. iii. SARAH ELLEN, b. -----; m. Dr. Charles HADDOCK; res. Beverly. 935. REV. PETER WHITNEY (Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Sept. 6, 1744; m. Mar. 11, 1768, Julia LAMBERT, dau. of William [NOTE], of Reading, b. Apr. 9, 1742. Rev. Peter WHITNEY, A. M., the son of Rev. Aaron WHITNEY, was born in Peters- ham, Mass., Sept. 6, 1744. After atttending the schools of his native town he entered Harvard College, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1762. When he entered the university he was only thirteen years and ten months old-an age much younger than but few have entered since. One of the first acts of the newly incorporated town of Fitchburg was to note in town meeting, Nov. 26, 1764, " To have Sabbath days preaching the winter insuing." It was also voted, " To have preaching in Thomas COWDIN's house,"and the committee on preaching were instructed "to apply to Peter WHITNEY," among others Accordingly the committee applied to and secured the Rev. Peter WHITNEY, who went there and preached in the tavern of Thomas COWDIN, during the summer and winter. In the year 1766 there was not any preaching, and the inhabitants of the town were obliged to attend in Lunenburg. In 1767 application was made to Rev. Peter WHITNEY, but having recived a call elsewhere, he declined. He was ordained minister at Northborough, Mass., Nov. 4, 1767. He was the author of an excellent history of Worcester County (Worcester, 1793), single sermons and papers in the "Memoirs of the American Academy." He was a very methodical man,always walking with his wife to meeting, followed by his ten children, always in the exact order of their age. He was an easy-

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