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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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22 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

1. JOHN WHITNEY (Thomas, Robert), b. England, 1589, settled in Watertown, Mass., June, 1635, m. in England, Elinor -----, b. 1599, d. in Watertown, May 11, 1659; m. 2d. in Watertown Sept. 29, 1659, Judith CLEMENT. She died before her husband. He d. June 1, 1673; res. Watertown, Mass. 2. i. MARY, bap. Eng. May 23, 1619; d. young 3. ii. JOHN, b. Engl., 1620; m. Ruth REYNOLDS 4. iii. RICHARD, b. Eng., 1625; m. Martha COLDAM 5. iv. NATHANIEL, b. Eng., 1627; n.f.k. 6. v. THOMAS, b. Eng., 1629; m. Mary KEDALL (KETTLE) 7. vi. JONATHAN, b. Eng., 1634; m. Lydia JONES 8. vii. JOSHUA, b. Wat., July 3, 1635; m. Lydia ----- [NOTE], Mary ----- and Abigail TARBALL. 9. viii. CALEB, b. Wat., July 12, 1640 [NOTE]; d. buried 12 (5) 1640. 10. ix. BENJAMIN, b. Wat., June 6, 1643; m. Jane ----- and Mary POOR. 3. JOHN WHITNEY (John), b. England 1620; res. in Watertown m. 1642, Ruth REYNOLDS, dau. of Robert, of Watertown, Weathersfield and Boston. He was admitted freeman May 26, 1647 ae. 23 [NOTE]; was selectman, 1673-80, inclu- sive. The will of Robert REYNOLDS, of Boston, dated Apr. 20, 1658, mentions his dau. Ruth WHITNEY and her eldest son; his dau. Sarah MASON and her son Robert. John's estate was admr. upon by Ruth and sons, John and Benjamin. Inventory dated Oct. 25, 1692, taken by Elnathan BEERS and Thomas HAMMOND. It embraced 18 lots or parcels of land amounting to 210 acres and prized at 197:15. It em- braced one lot of 17 acres, "purchased of father Arnold." His will was not proved, it was written Feb. 27, 1685, subscribed in the year 1690. This will, written by him self, though informal and not on record, may be found, in the files at the Middlesex Probate office and provides inter alia as follows: "If any of my sonnes or sone-in laws or daughters be quarelsom by going to Law or troublesom to the brethren. they shall lose the share of what I have bequeatted them. I desire they should in love to God and one toward anothr." Mr. WHITNEY first settled (1643) and always resided on a three-acre lot on the east side of Lexington street, on land granted to E. HOW, and the next lot south of the residence of the PHILLIPS family, and is probably the same lot occupied by his great- grandson, Bradshaw WHITNEY. The ground is somewhat elevated, and there is little doubt that it is the "WHITNEY Hill" sometimes mentioned in the records, Dr. BOND thinking it very probable that his supposition, p. 1031, respecting this hill, is incor- rect. In 1675, in a warrant issued to the people of Watertown (just a few months prior to the attack on Sudbury) for impressing twenty soldiers with provisions, arms and ammunition and good clothing for the defense of the colony, Capt. Hugh MASON made a return, and in the list is found the names of John WHITNEY, Sr., and Moses WHITNEY (the latter was probably his nephew). He d. Oct. 12, 1692; res. Watertown, Mass. 11. i. JOHN, b. Sept. 17, 1643; m. Elizabeth HARRIS 12. ii. RUTH, b. Apr. 15, 1645; m. June 20, 1664, John SHATTUCK, b. Feb. 11, 1646. He was drowned in passing Charlestown Ferry, Sept. 14, 1675; m. 2nd Mar. 6, 1676, Enoch LAURENCE, b. Mar. 5, 1649; d. Sept. 28, 1744. Ch. John, b. June 4, 1666; m. Mary BLOOD; was one of the selectmen; killed by the Indians with his son at Groton, Mar. 8, 1709. He was the ancestor of Lemuel SHATTUCK, Esq., of Boston, the historian of Concord, Mass; Ruth, b. Jan. 24, 1668; William, b. Sept. 11, 1670; m. Hannah UNDERWOOD and Deliver- ance PEASE; Samuel, m. Elizabeth BLOOD and had nine ch.; ch. by 2nd husband, Nathaniel, b. Feb. 21, 1677; m. Hannah -----. One of his sons was captain of the Groton company; Daniel, b. Mar. 7, 1681; m. Sarah -----. In 1707 he moved from Groton to Plainfield, Conn., in that part which became Killingly; had two wives and 22 children; Zechariah, b. July 16, 1683; m. Abigail PARKER and Lucy LAKIN; Jeremiah, b. May 1, 1686. Enoch, the father was wounded in a fight with the Indians July 27, 1694, which almost wholly prevented him from manual labor. John SHATTUCK was in Capt. BEERS' company in the Squakeag fight, Sept. 4, 1675. 13. iii. NATHANIEL, b. Feb. 1, 1646; m. Sarah HAGAR. 14. iv. SAMUEL, b. July 26, 1648 [NOTE]; m. Mary BEMIS.

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