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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. 87

ments--eighty-one for and not one against. Then voted to send two Delegates to the Convention, one of each denomination. Voted and chose Coll. Josiah WHITNEY and Mr. Joseph STONE." At the close of the Revolutionary war he was colonel of the Second Worcester Regiment, in which the seventh and eleventh companies were from Harvard. He was made brigadier general in 1783, but resigned the office before the breaking out of the Shay's insurrection, and as he did not take any active part in it, some of his enemies accused him of treasonable complicity in the same. In 1782 the governor appointed him a justice of the peace in and for the county of Worcester. In 1783-4-7-8-9 he was a member of the board of selectmen, and during all these years he was one of the most popular moderators at the deliberations of the town voters. Gen. Josiah WHITNEY was the delegate from Harvard to the convention held for the purpose of ratifying the Federal Constitution, in Boston, Jan. 9, 1788. He voted with the minority, and was opposed to the constitution. He stated in convention, however, that though he had been opposed to it, he should support it as much as if he had voted for it. He was the representative in Legislature, 1780-81-87-88-89. He had twenty-five children, sixteen by the first marriage and nine by the last, of the children by the first marriage thirteen died young. He was a prominent member of the church, and in seating the meeting-house--that is, in assigning the pews--he was given one of the most prominent in the edifice. Administration on his estate was granted in the probate court, May 4, 1806. Upon his gravestone is the following: Erected in memory of Josiah WHITNEY Esq who died Jan 24, 1806 aged 74 yers. 4 mos 13 days ----- Cease Dear friends for me to weep, For Christ my bed has blest; Beneath this stone I sweetly sleep in God's eternal rest. He d. Ashby, Jan. 24, 1806; res. Stow, Harvard and Ashby, Mass.++ 1045. i. JOSIAH, b. Feb. 25, 1753; m. Anna SCOLLAY. 1046. ii. ELIZABETH, b. May 7, 1755; m. Apr. 28, 1796, Phineas BARNARD [NOTE], b. -----. She d. -----, and he m. her sister, Mrs. BURGESS (see); res. Harvard. Ch.: Levi, b. Oct. 24, 1800, Ephraim. [NOTE] 1047. iii. STEPHEN, b. May 1, 1757; m. Persis LOCKE. 1048. iv. SARAH, b. Apr. 11, 1775; m. Dec. 14, 1791, Laomi BURGESS [NOTE], b. Mar. 1, 1770; m. 2d, Sept. 27, 1827, Phinehas BARNARD, of Harvard. She d. May 23, 1860. Ch.: Mary, b. Jan. 20, 1792; Josiah, b. Dec. 14, 1793; Emery, b. June 22, 1795; Susana, b. Sept. 27, 1798; Ma- randa, b. Mar. 29, 1801; Rachel, b. June 4, 1803; Laomi, b. Sept. 6, 1805, Sarah, b. Aug. 29, 1807; Benj. Franklin, b. Jan. 23, 1810; Dwelly Whitney, b. July 26, 1812; Adeline, b. Aug. 8, 1814, Chas. Wesley b. Jan. 11, 1817; Baldwin Bradford, b. Oct. 7, 1819. 1049. v. OLIVER, b. Jan. 9, 1777. Is reported to have died at sea. 1050. vi. ARTEMAS WARD, b. Nov. 17, 1778. Same report as Oliver. 1051. vii. DWELLY, b. Aug. 2, 1782. Same report as Oliver. 1052. viii. SUSANNA, b. Oct. 2, 1780; m. Nov. 8, 1803 [NOTE], John ADAMS, of Ashhurn- ham, and had 12 ch.; d. No. Adams, Mass., May 5, 1866. He was b. Mar. 9, 1780; he is buried in Guilford, Vt. Ch.: Susan Adams Boyden, b. Aug. 26, 1804; d. Apr. 18, 1884; Mary Adams Lyons, b. Apr. 12, 1806; d. Feb. 1, 1846; John Adams, b. Feb. 17, 1808; d. Aug. 26, 1869; Miranda Adams Burnap, b. Jan. 26, 1810; d. Sept. 19, 1892; Francis Porter Adams, b. Dec. 13, 1812: d. May 26, 1883; Artemas Whitney, b. Jan. 3, 1814; living in Ann Arbor, Mich.; ae. 79; Sarah Adams Childs, b. Feb. 23, 1816; d. Oct. 12, 1850; Luceba Adams Prouty, b. Apr. 13, 1818; d. July, 1844; Henry Lee Adams, b. Feb. 8, 1820; d. Dec. 30, 1865; William Barney Adams, b. July 10, 1822; d. Jan. 24, 1831; Caroline Amelia Adams Doane, b. Mar. 20, 1826; living in No. Adams, Mass; 66 years old. She has the photographs of four of Gen. WHITNEY's chil- dren--namely, her mother, Susannah WHITNEY, who lived to the age of 85 years; Sarah WHITNEY BARNARD, who lived to be 86 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ++ Gen. WHITNEY had 25 children, but the others died in infancy.

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