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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. 79

928. vii. LUCY, b. ----- [NOTE]; m. Nathaniel LAMSON. Ch.: Chas W., Israel W., Nathaniel, d. ae 18. 929. ix. MARIANNE, b. -----; d. young [NOTE]. 930. x. ISRAEL, b. -----; d. young [NOTE]. 931. xi. ELISHA, b. ----- [[[NOTE]; m. Clara LOVETT and d. s. p. 334. SALMON WHITNEY (Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Jan. 8, 1712; m. June 4, 1734, Sarah -----. He d. Mar. 16, 1759; res Groton and Littleton, Mass. 932. i. LOIS. b. 1744; m. Oct. 3, 1764, Col. Joseph BELLOWS. He was born June 6, 1744; died May 3, 1817. Col. BELLOWS was a farmer in Lunenburg until 1786, when he moved to Walpole. The promi- nent traits of his character were refined and elevated feelings; a deep religious sentiment; generosity in excess, and a warm sympathy with the distressed. These dispositions, united with extreme nervous sensibility, so involved him with any one that asked his assistance, that he suffered some pecuniary loss, which led to anxiety about the support of his family, and induced a mental derangement that continued during the last thirty years of his life. Ch.: Salmon, b. and d. 1765; Salmon, b. Sept. 9, 1768; m. Lydia COX; res. Ashtabula, O.; John, b. Jan. 12, 1768; m. Betsey EAMES and Ann LANGDON; res. Boston and Walpole. John, the third son, was the father of Rev. Henry. Whitney BELLOWS, who was born in Boston, June 11, 1814, and died in New York, Jan. 30, 1882. He was the pastor of All Soul's church in the latter city for over forty years. Was chosen president of the U. S. Sanitary Commission of 1861, and directed the distribution of $15,000,000 in supplies and $5,000,000 in money; Benjamin, b. Apr. 7, 1769; m. Lucy COX; res. Ascott, Canada; Joseph, b. 1770; m. Deborah WRIGHT and Mary ADAMS; res. Walpole; Oliver, b. and d. 1771; Levi, b. Oct. 23, 1772; res. Rockingham, Vt.; Olive, b. and d. 1774; Abel, b. Jan., 27, 1776; m. Harriett HOUGHTON; res. Montreal and Walpole; Thomas, b. Mar. 15, 1779; m. Sarah DANA, of Barre, Mass; res. Walpole; Susan, b. Aug. 18, 1780; m. Major Jonas ROBESON; res. Fitzwilliam, N. H.; Sarah, b. May 28, 1782; m. Calvin RIPLEY; res. Lowell; Louisa, b. May 9, 1785; m. Jacob N. KNAPP, of Walpole, who gr. Harv. Coll. 1802; Polly, b. and d. 1786. 933. ii. SUSANNA, b. 1749 [NOTE]; m. Dec. 6, 1768, Edmund STONE of Templeton, Mass. 335. Rev. AARON WHITNEY (Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. in Littleton, Mass, Mar. 14, 1714; m. July 12, 1739 Alice BAKER of Phillipston; b. 1718 [NOTE]; d. Aug. 26, 1767; m. 2d Nov. 6, 1768; Mrs. Ruth (HUBBARD) STEARNS; b. 1716 [NOTE]; d. Nov. 1, 1788, dau. of Jonathan HUBBARD of Lunenburg, and wid. of Rev. David STEARNS. Sept. 6, 1738, the town of Petersham, Mass., voted to "settle an orthodox minister in this place." Mr. Aaron WHITNEY was chosen as the minister, and received as a settlement a proprietor's lot with £200 in money, and an annual salary of £150. The church was gathered in Oct. 1738 and consisted of fifteen male members. Mr. WHITNEY was ordained in December of that year, and preached acceptably to his people until, when the storm of the approaching revolution was gathering, he espoused the royal cause, and in his sermons and prayers inculcated submission to King George III. As he persisted in this course, at length the popular indignation rose to such a pitch that the church was rent with dissentions, and public worship was neglected. In 1774 he was dismissed from the parish, but refused to accept his papers, and by vote of the town, Peter GORE, a half-breed Indian, was stationed at the meeting-house door with a musket to keep the Tory preacher from entering. He afterward preached at his own house regularly to those who sympathized with the royal cause, and claimed to be the minister of the town up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1779, in the sixty-sixth year of his age. From the first Rev. WHITNEY was an uncompromis- ing Tory. At a town meeting held Dec. 13, 1774, it was voted that the town will not bargain with or employ the Rev. Mr. WHITNEY to preach for them any longer. On the 24th of May of the following year (1775) the town voted unanimously "that it will not hire the Rev. Mr. WHITNEY to preach any longer and that he be dismissed from any further services as a minister of the gospel in this town." As the pastor was as determined to preach as the town was opposed to his efforts in that direction, they chose a committee of ten to see that the public worship on the next Lord's day, and

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