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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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162 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

going man, perhaps more absorbed in the political issues of his day than in direct aggressive work. We give the following as illustrating a state of things which was once a matter of importance, but which has entirely passed away: A family in Northboro lost a member, and Dr. PUFFER, of Berlin, was invited to officiate at the funeral. He complied, whereupon Rev. Peter WHITNEY, the minister of the town,

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REV. PETER WHITNEY

wrote that unless the matter was satifactorily explained, all ministerial intercourse must cease. This was founded on the fact that the old parishes had territorial limits, be- yond which a minister was regarded as an interloper. Dr. PUFFER recognized this claim, but explained his action in this case in such a way that Mr. WHITNEY was satisfied, and amicable relations were restored. The correspondence is a fine specimen of precise, dignified and courteous com- position. But what a change! No one would think of resticting a protestant family in the choice of a minister on the sad occasion of a funeral. The following notice of Mr. WHITNEY is quoted from the "History of Northborough," by his successor, as a just tribute to his memory: Dis- tinguished for the urbanity of his manners, easy and familiar in his intercourse with his people; hospitable to strangers, and always ready to give a hearty welcome to his numerous friends; punctual to his engagements; observing an exact method in the distribution of his time; having a time for everything, and doing everything in its time, without hurry or confusion; conscientious in the discharge of his duties as a Christian minister; catholic in his priciples and in his conduct; always taking an interest in whatever concerned the prosperity of the town and the interests of religion-he was for many years the happy minister of a kind and affectionate people." His will was probated Sept. 28, 1813. Nahum FAY, Esq., of Northboro, was executor, and the document mentions his wife Julia; daughter Elizabeth; son Maj. Thomas WHITNEY; son Rev. Peter WHITNEY; daughter Julia, m. Capt. Antipas BRIGHAM; daughter Mar- garet, m. Dr. Josiah ADAMS; son Capt. William WHITNEY; son Abel WHITNEY; son John WHITNEY; son Aaron WHITNEY; daughter Sally, m. Lemuel BRACKET. He d. Feb. 19, 1816; res. Northboro, Mass. 2185. i. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 6, 1775; m. in Quincy, Mass., Ebenezer ADAMS. She d. s. p. Sept. 26, 1856. 2186. ii. PETER, b. Jan. 19, 1770; m. Jane Lambert LINCOLN. 2187. iii. ABEL, b. Nov. 3, 1781; m. Susanna WHITE. 2188. iv. THOMAS L., b. Dec. 10, 1768; m. Mary LINCOLN. He d. June, 1812. 2189. v. JOHN, b. Sept. 29, 1785; m. Sophia VINAL. 2190. vi. JULIA, b. Aug. 25, 1772; m. 1799, Capt. Antipas BRIGHAM. She d. Nov. 29, 1800. 2191. vii. WILLIAM, b. Dec. 14, 1776; m. Zilpah EAGER. 2192. vii 1/2. JULIA, b. -----; d. in infancy. 2193. viii. AARON, b. Aug. 17, 1778. Went west. 2194. ix. SALLY, b. Nov. 3, 1781; m. Jan. 6, 1806, Lemuel BRACKETT, of Quincy. She d. May 3, 1864. He was b. Sept. 8, 1780; d. Feb. 14, 1869. Was in real estate business. Ch.: Sally Whitney, b. Jan. 7, 1808; m. Jeffrey RICHARDSON, of Boston, at Quincy, Sept. 16, 1828; d. Dec. 2, 1837; Samuel EATON, b. Oct. 7, 1806; m. in Boston to Carolina S. CALLENDER, June 11, 1834; d. November 3, 1890; Rebecca RICHARDSON, b. Mar. 26, 1809; m. to William L. WHITNEY, of Cam., at Quincy, July 28, 1840; d. Dec. 3, 1881; James, b. Nov. 26, 1810; m. to S. Elizabeth WHITNEY Jan. 31, 1856; d. Aug. 21, 1827; Julia LAMBERT, b. June 18, 1812; m. Jef- frey RICHARDSON, June 27, 1839, at Quincy; d. Mar. 13, 1886; Nancy, b. Aug. 31, 1813; unm.; living; Jeffrey RICHARDSON, b. Oct. 27, 1815; m. to Sarah C. RICHARDSON, of Boston, Feb. 24, 1851; d. Oct. 26, 1871; son of Samuel EATON, Geo. C. BRACKETT, 227 Clinton St., Brooklyn, N. Y.; dau. of Sally, Mrs. Charles F. WHITE, 213 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; dau. of Rebecca, Miss Lucy N. WHITNEY, 31 Hawthorne St., Cambridge; no children of James; son of Julia LAMBERT, Dr. William L. RICHARDSON, 225 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; Nancy, unm. and living; son of Jeffrey, Jeffrey R. BRACKETT, 10 Madison ST., W. Baltimore, Md.

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