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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. 95

in the company from Harvard, commanded by Capt. DAVIS. On the rolls in the State House at Boston he is reported dead. His gravestone gives his age as 83. His will having been probated May 19, 1818, mentions son Jonah; gives to two grand- children, Lois TURNER, wife of James, and Amos WHITNEY, children of my said son Jonah, sons Isaiah and Cyrus, dau. Dorcas, wife Ezra BARKER. Cyrus WHITNEY, exec. May 19, 1818. He d. Feb. 23, 1817; res. Harvard and Stow, Mass. 1224. i. JONAH, b. June 19, 1758; m. Lois HILL and Jane STONE. 1225. ii. DORCAS, b. Apr. 20, 1760; m. June 18, 1784, Ezra BARKER [NOTE], of Stod- dard, N. H.; they res. in Littleton, Mass., and she was grand- mother of Isaac's wife, son of Cyrus. She d. 1838 [NOTE]. They had 5 ch.: Rebecca, m. ----- HOAR of Littleton, Susan, Lydia [NOTE]. 1226. iii. ISAIAH, b. Dec. 13, 1764; m. Dorcas WHITMAN. 1227. iv. AMOS, b. Dec. 27, 1768; m. Rhoda CUTLER [NOTE]. 1228. v. CYRUS, b. Aug. 17, 1771; m. Mary WHITNEY [NOTE]. 481. DEA. ISRAEL WHITNEY (Elijah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, June 22, 1751, m. there May 14, 1772, Hannah MEAD, b. 1754 [NOTE], d. Aug. 14, 1788; m. 2d in Bol- ton, Apr. 22, 1789, Mrs. Abigail PUFFER [NOTE]. He was born on his father's farm, which had been purchased before the town was incorporated. He enlisted early in the Revolutionary war. In 1778 he was a mem- ber of Capt. Manasseh SAWYER's company in Col. Josiah WHITNEY's regiment which took part in the operations in Rhode Island. In 1775 he was corporal of Capt. Isaac GATE's company, which marched to the Lexington Alarm April 19, but which com- pany was not mustered into the American service. In 1781 he was first lieutenant in Capt. Thaddeus POLLARD's company, and had seen active service most of the time since 1775. In seating the meeting house in 1775 he was given the "fore seat in the side gallery." In 1795 he was chosen one of the deacons of the church, and for nearly twenty-five years filled the office, but to the horror of all the members of the church Mar. 9, 1819, having adopted the views of the Universalists, he was dismissed. He held a number of town offices, and in 1786 was selectman. The epitaph on his first wife's tombstone reads as follows: With serious joy the enlightened soul Surveys a part, admires the whole, Nor always silently surveys, But fir'd, with gratitude to praise; In holy confidence is blest, And calmly waits eternal rest." He made his will Dec. 11, 1826. It was probated Feb. 6, 1827. Capt. Ephraim WARNER was executor. He mentions his wife, Abigail, sons and daughters, viz: Israel, Oliver, Hannah SAWYER, Rebecca FAIRBANK, Lydia SPRAGUE, Betsey FAIRBANK, Arathena FARWELL and Neoma Sawyer and Luther WHITNEY. He d. Feb., 1827 [NOTE]; res. Harvard. Mass. 1229. i. HANNAH, b. Apr. 23, 1773; m. May 17, 1791, Phinehas SAWYER. He was of Harvard, where he was born May 33 [sic], 1768 [NOTE]; d. Jan. 14. 1820. Ch.: Hannah, b. Mar. 18, 1792; m. E. DAVIS, and d. Aug. 9, 1817; Eusebia, b. Oct. 9, 1793; m. July 3, 1817, James HICKMAN, and d. Sept. 4, 1857; Sarah, b. Feb. 6, 1795; d. unm. Sept. 23, 1883; Sophia, b. June 19, 1797; m. Apr. 7, 1816 [NOTE], William BRIGHAM, and d. Feb. 7, 1884; Alfred Ira, b. Oct. 6, 1799; m. Sept. 22, 1829, Nancy DAVIS, and d. Aug. 1, 1849; Eliza, b. May 28, 1802; m. May 15, 1839, Roswell DOUGLASS, and d. July 1, 1860; Mary, b. Sept. 30, 1804; m. Apr. 25, 1830, Rev. Aaron D. SARGENT, and d. Jan. 4, 1885; Arethusa, b. May 3, 1806 [NOTE]; m. Jan. 1, 1849, Rev. James W. MOWRY, and died in 1882; Zenas, b. Dec. 25, 1808; m. Nov. 13, 1837, Sophronia BRACKETT, and d. Feb. 20, 1856; Wesley, b. Feb. 2, 1810; m. Sept. 24, 1835, Mary M. C. PATTEN, and d. Feb. 6, 1878; Fran- cis Asbury, b. Nov. 11, 1812, m. May 7, 1843, Martha SAWYER, and d. June 16, 1881; Edmund, b. Aug. 31, 1815; d. Mar. 21, 1816; Jonathan, b. Marlboro, Mass., June 17, 1817; m. June 25, 1839, Martha PERKINS, of Barnard, Vt., and d. June 20, 1891. She was born May 17, 1816. Jonathan SAWYER, the head of the famous Saw- yer Woolen Mills, of Dover, N. H., died suddenly from paraly- sis, 1891. In his death the manufacture has lost one of its vet- erans, who will stand among the comparatively small circle of those whose names will be permanently entered in the annals of

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