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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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60 WHITNEY GENEALOGY.

Dec. 2, 1793; she then m. 3d. George PALMER of Stillwater, N.Y., and d. at Canaan, Conn. in 1819 [NOTE], ae. 96. "Joshua WHITNEY, Esq., died of ye smallpox." He was born in Groton, Mass. and removed to Plainfield, Conn. with his parents, where he resided until his removal to Preston, Conn. The tradition in the family is that he was a soldier in the French and Indian war, and that about 1759 he was killed by Indians near Oswego, N.U. Feb. 17, 1759, he was dead, for at that time his son Joshua chose Col. David WHITNEY of Canaan, as his guardian.[NOTE] He d. Feb. 10, 1761; res. Preston, Conn. [NOTE] 581. i. ABIGAIL, b. -----; m. Sept. 10, 1757, Eliphalet JEWELL [NOTE], of Salis- bury. 582. ii. MARY, b. -----; m. May 7, 1767, Lemuel KINGSBURY, of Canaan; son Joshua b. Feb. 13, 1768. 583. iii. JOSHUA, b. Jan. 16, 1745; m. Anna ASHLEY. [NOTE] 584. iv. ASA, b. in 1743; m. Sarah ----- and Hepsabeth WATROUS. [NOTE] 585. v. JOSIAH, b. -----; m. ----- and Susannah HINDS [NOTE]. 586. vi. DAVID, b. in 1755; m. ----- [NOTE], -----, and 3d, Eliza WILSON. 587. vii. AMEY, b. -----; she m. and left des. in Canaan, Conn. [NOTE] One of her gr. daus. m. ----- BRONSON; res. E. Canaan, Conn. 588. viii. HULDAH, b. ----- [NOTE]. 194. REV. JOSIAH WHITNEY (David, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, Conn., Aug. 11, 1731; m. Sept. 1, 1756, Lois BRECK, b. Dec. 11, 1738; d. Oct. 27, 1789. She was dau. of Rev. Robert who gr. H. C. 1730; m. 2d., Oct. 25, 1791, Mrs. Anna CHANDLER of Woodstock (widow of Samuel), who was b. there Dec. 5, 1738, and d. of apoplexy Feb. 2, 1801. He was born in Plainfield, Conn., where he was educated at the public schools and fitted for college; was graduated at Yale College in the class of 1752, and later studied for the ministry. In 1756 he was called to the Congregational church in Brooklyn, Conn. The call was unanimous, and the church also unanimously concurred in it. His letter of acceptance of the Pomfret pastorate was as follows: To the Society of Brooklyn, in Pomfret, Gentlemen: Whereas, on the 17th of Nov. last you proceeded to give me a call to settle in the work of the gospel ministry with you, and proposed £120, lawful money, for a settlement, and £65, lawful money, for a salary, I do now hereby accept said proposal, and may the Lord bless us, and lead us in the way everlasting. JOSIAH WHITNEY BROOKLYN, JAN. 7, 1756. He continued in this, his only pastorate, for sixty-four years. In 1802 Harvard University conferred the degree of D.D. upon him. Feb 6th of that year he cele- brated the fiftieth anniversary of his settlement: at that time only three of the original members of 1736 were living; 447 had been added to the church during his ministry, and 718 were baptized. Mr. WHITNEY through all his long pastorate held his place in the affection of his people and the esteem of all. Though moderate in his doctrinal views and opposed to the High Calvanism then coming into fashion, he engaged the respect and con- fidence of his brethren in the ministry and maintained strict church and family discipline. He commenced his pastorate with the affectionate regard of the fathers, and their continued friendship, their cordial and candid acceptance of his labors and repeated kindness had continue to make the relation happy. In his 94th year he was still erect and vigorous; his eye was not dimmed nor his natural force abated. With flowing wig and antique garb he was often seen on the street. His face beamed with animated expression, and his playful sallies were tem- pered with Christian dignity. As he entered the house of God the congregation rose to receive him and remained standing in reverential attitude till he had taken his seat. A fatal illness seized him in Sept., 1824, and he passed peacefully away. He d. Sept. 13, 1824; res. Pomfret and Brooklyn, Conn. 589. i. ROBERT BRECK, b. Sept. 15, 1757; d. sore throat, Dec. 21, 1763. 590. ii. EUNICE, b. Jan 22, 1759; d. Sept. 15, 1762. 591. iii. GEORGE, b. Dec. 9, 1760; d. of smallpox Mar. 16, 1782. 592. iv. DAVID, b. Oct. 15, 1672; d. of smallpox Mar. 16, 1782. 593. v. ROBERT BRECK, b. June 18, 1764; d. of consumption Dec. 1, 1785. He was a composer and teacher of music. 594. vi. EUNICE, b. Mar. 28, 1766; m. ----- BACKUS [NOTE]. She d. Mar. 11, 1824.

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