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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. 39

225. i. EZEKIEL, b. Mendon, Aug 29, 1716; m. ----- -----. 226. i 1/2. ISAAC [NOTE], b. 227. ii. NATHANIEL [NOTE], b. 228. iii. MARY, b. Uxbridge Oct 27, 1732; prob d. bef. 1765 [NOTE]. 229. iv. JOSHUA [NOTE], b. Feb 27, 1738-39. In 1754 Caleb PARTRIDGE was his guar- dian. 230. v. JOSEPH, b. Mar 21, 1739-40 [NOTE]; prob. died bef. 1765. 231. vi. BENJAMIN [NOTE], b. Mar 14, 1743; m. ----- -----. 232. vii. PHEBE [NOTE], b. July 25, 1745; m. ----- KIRBY: res. Uxbridge, Mass. 233. viii. HANNAH [NOTE], b. Feb 4 ,1746. 234. ix. BETHYAH, b. Sept 29, 1720; d. young. 235. x. BETHYAH, b. Feb 24, 1726; d. young. 70. MARK WHITNEY (Benjamin, John), b. Framingham, Mass., abt. 1700; m. in Framingham Jan 4, 1726, Tabitha MELLEN, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth, b. Jan 4, 1703. Mark WHITNEY was born Framingham, Mass. He was a soldier of Capt. Sam- uel WRIGHT's Rutland Company, in service from Nov 10, 1723, to June 10, 1724. He resided in Hopkinton, which town was purchased of the praying Indians in 1700, And incorporated in 1715, the name being given in honor of Edward HOPKINS of Harvard College. It, however, did not assume the privileges of a town until 1724. This year a church was organized in the town and Mark WHITNEY was, Apr 27 1735, admitted a member. He married his wife in Framingham. He continued to reside in Hopkinton until his removal to Framingham; he was dismissed to the Framing- ham church Apr 5, 1753, and there he was admitted to the church by letter from Hop- kinton Feb 10, 1754. While residing there he kept a tavern on the old WHITNEY homestead near the Havens. He soon moved to Natick where he afterward resided until his death. Natick lies between Sherborn and Framingham, and it was here that Rev. John ELLIOT established his first Indian church in America. Until 1746 Natick was an Indian plantation; that year it was incorporated as a district, and in 1781 it was incorporated as a town. In 1759 Mark WHITNEY was surveyor of high- ways and member of the parish committee in 1760, assisted im preambulating the town line between Natick and Sherborn, which committee rendered its report Mar 24, 1760. He was a prominent and leading citizen in the various towns in which he resided as the title "Mr" is prefixed to his name in the town records. His will is dated at Natick, June 17, 1760, and was witnessed by Micah WHITNEY. His widow, Tabitha, taught school in Hopkinton. A deed is on file in the Middlesex Probate records of a house lot signed by Benjamin, Sr., Benjamin, Jr., Mark and Isaac. Mark lived on this homestead. A petition is also recorded, signed by Benjamin, Sr., Isaac, Benjamin, Jr., and Mark. Mark was a soldier from Framingham before his marriage to a Framingham girl; his Hopkinton neighbor and brother (land adjoined as shown by deeds), Isaac WHITNEY, married Elizabeth BRIDGES of Framingham. His land came to him from his father, Benjamin WHITNEY, who was of Framingham. Thomas MELLEN, who was Mark WHITNEY's father-in-law, and Benjamin WHITNEY were of those who, in 1732, went to the Hopkinton church on account of dissatisfaction at Framingham. He d. June 23, 1760, at N.; res. Framingham, Hopkinton, and Natick, Mass. 236. i. LOVE, bap. Hop. Nov 28,1726 [NOTE]; m. Jan 2, 1754, Jonathan BATTLE of Dedham. He was b. May 30, 1724. They had a son, Timothy, b. Sept 21, 1756. She (Love WHITNEY) m. 2d. 1767, Barrachias MASON (see Tilden's History of Medfield), b. 1723, d. 1795. They res. Medfield. He gr. at Harvard College in 1742; was a noted surveyor of lands and surveyed the town of Natick in 1778; taught school in Reading, 1747, also taught singing school; was selectman for five years and inholder. Ch.: Johnson, b. 1767, was captain of militia and rose to rank of lieuten- ant-colonel, and town clerk 19 years, also representative: Arnold, b. 1770. d. 1837. A son of Johnson was Dr Lowell MASON, the celebrated musical composer, b. in Medfield in 1792, and also grandfather of Wm. MASON, also celebrated as an American musician and founder of the Mason and Hamlin Organ Mfg. Co. of Boston. 237. ii. JASON, b. Aug 31, 1729; m. Elizabeth BEAL and Lois PRATT [NOTE]. 238. iii. MARY, b. Oct 4, 1731; m. 1759 [NOTE], Lieut. Joseph CODY of Hopkinton; res. Milford, Mass. He was son of Isaac and Hannah CODY [NOTE] and

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