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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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1332. PETER WHITNEY (Peter, Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan [NOTE], John), b. Tolland, Conn., Oct. 31, 1776; m. Edith DAVIS; m. 2d Sybil AINSWORTH. He was a blacksmith. He d. in 1838; res. Hartford, Vt. 2943. vi. SYBIL, b. Hartford, Vt.; m. ----- Smith; res. So. Royalton, Vt. 2944. i. ERASTUS, b. -----. 2945. ii. PASCHAL P., b. Dec. 13, 1806; m. Malvina STILLMAN. 2946. iii. AMANDA MELVINA, b. -----; m. Sept. 12, 1832, Calvin EATON; res. Concord, N. H. 2947. iv. MARY MARIA, b. -----; m. 1838, Albert LANGMAID; res. Concord, N. H. 2948. v. JANE, b. -----. 2949. vii. HORACE, b. -----. His name was changed to Eaton; res. Boston, Mass. 2950. viii. GEORGE L., b. Aug. 17, 1825; m. Caroline Jane GOSS. 1333. JONATHAN WHITNEY (Peter, Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan [NOTE], John), b. Tolland, Conn., Feb. 20, 1766; m. at Randolph, Vt., Dec. 15, 1796, Eunice STORY; b. Nov. 4, 1779; dau. of Asa and Abia; d. Sept. 9, 1804; m. 2d, Jan. 2, 1806, at Hartford, Vt., Dora MARSH, b. Nov. 1768; d. Sept. 25, 1806; m. 3d at Stockbridge, Vt., Mar. 17, 1808, Zylpha HOLT, b. Feb. 2, 1776; d. Mar. 8, 1830; m. 4th, Dec. 14, 1830, Mrs. Betsey BUTTON [NOTE], b. Sept. 7, 1783; d. Oct. 12, 1867. Jonathan WHITNEY, the oldest son of Peter WHITNEY, was born in the state of Connecticut, Feb. 20, 1766. He came to the state of Vermont about the year 1787, and was employed as a surveyor. That season he surveyed and lotted the towns of Chittenden and Philadelphia, on the west side of the Green Mountains, going into the wilerness with three men in the month of April, and remaining there until late in October of the same year, not going out to any settlement in the time. His associates, other than the men, were the beasts of the forest, such as panthers, catamounts, bears, wolves, moose and deer, which disputed his right of way into their domain. The next season he surveyed other townships on the east side of the Green mount- ains, and on his return to Connecticut he succeeded in persuading his father to make a settlement in Vermont, which settlement was commenced in Tunbridge in 1790, he coming with his father and assisting him in building a log house and clearing some land, after which, for 18 years, he taught school in winter, and assisted his father in clearing land and carrying on his farm in summer. He married, 1st, Eunice STORY, of Randolph, Vt., by whom he had three children, viz.: Zabad, Zebina and Polly. He married for his 2d wife Dora MARSH, of Hartford, who died without issue. He mar- ried for his 3d wife Zilpha HOLT, of Connecticut, by whom he had six children, thre of which died in childhood and three lived to mature age, viz.: Laura, Albert G. and James M. Laura married Daniel BROWN and died at Bloomingdale, Ill. He married for his 4th wife Betsey BUTTON, of Royalton, Vt., who died without issue. He was a self-made man in every respect. His faher being a soldier in the Revolution, the care of the family devolved upon him, therefore, he was deprived of any chance to attend even a district school, never attending school but 18 days in his life. Through his own effort he acquired a good education, was one of the greatest mathematicians of his day, and a man that was sought for as authority on almost any subject. He came into possession of the farm on which his father settled and lived until his death. Being one of the early settlers he had his share of privations and hardships incident to the settlement of a new township. He was a great reader, and well posted in all that was transpiring in the whole country; was a free mason in high standing in the order, and was one of the founders of WHITNEY chapter, which was named for him. He d. Apr. 12, 1853; res. Tunbridge, Vt. 2951. i. ZABAD, b. Dec. 10, 1797; m. Sophia DEWEY. 2952. ii. ZEBINA, b. Dec. 9, 1799; m. Harriett COZZENS. 2953. iii. POLLY, b. Nov. 21, 1801; m. at T., Roswell DEWEY, of Royalton, She d. May 28, 1848, at Northfield. He was a singer and music teacher. Ch.: George, m. a WALTON, and d. New York City; Roswell, res. unm. Northfield, Vt.; Mary, m. a PINNEY. 2954. iv. ROSWELL, b. Oct. 15, 1803; d. Sept. 16, 1806. 2955. v. REBECCA, b. June 25, 1811; d. infancy. 2956. vi. LAURA FISKE, b. July 24, 1813; m. at T., Daniel N. BROWN, of Northfield, Vt. He was a farmer, and res. in Bloomingdale, Ill. Ch.: Lucy, m. Gilbert CASS. He has been passenger conductor on the railroad from Chicago to Elgin for 20 years; res. 206
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