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McLellan, Hugh Davis, comp. & ed. by Lewis, Katharine B., The History of Gorham, Maine, (Portland, ME: Smith & Sale, Printers, 1903); reprint (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1992).


[p. 384] Joshua Adams . . . married, second, (pub. July 26, 1777,) Mrs. Hannah (Whitney) Brown, widow of Joseph Brown and daughter of Isaac Whitney. Children: Lucy, b. June 25, 1778. Joseph Crosby, b. Aug. 10, 1780. Isaac, } Benjamin, } b. May 23, 1783. James, b. June 29, 1787. Hannah, b. May 2, 1790. Joshua Adams died before 1792. The family moved into the eastern part of the State. Some of the descendants are now in the State of New York.


[p. 402] BLAKE Ithiel, Nathaniel, Joseph, John and Benjamin Blake were the sons of Ithiel and Susanna (?) (Martin) Blake. These brothers all came early to town. They had sisters; one of whom, Mehitable, married Benjamin Elwell, (pub. Dec. 27, 1788). Probably Elizabeth, who married, Apr. 11, 1776, Samuel Larrabee of Scarborough, Lydia, who married Jeremiah Rand, and perhaps Polly who married Jonathan Whitney of Buxton (pub. Nov. 24, 1781), were also sisters. The family is said to have come from Cape Cod.


[p. 451] Joseph Cressey, . . . married Sarah, daughter of Capt. David Watts. Children: Charles H., b. Nov. 21, 1817, m. . . . Emeline Anderson. Ch: . . . Guy R. P., b. Nov. 12, 1862, m. Hattie Whitney of Standish, Mar. 19, 1892.


[p. 454-455] John Crockett, . . . married Betsey Hunt. . . . Children: . . . Angelina, b. Feb. 22, 1806, m. Eli Phinney, Feb. 23, 1828; 2d, Benjamin Phinney; 3d, Mr. Magrath; 4th, Rev. G. W. Whitney. . . .


[pp. 464-465] Josiah Davis also came from Barnstable. . . . His first wife was Thankful Matthews, whom he probably married about 1754. . . . Mr. Davis married, May 3, 1760, Thankful, daughter of Ebenezer and Temperance Gorham of Barnstable . . . Their children were: . . . Joseph, b. in Gorham, Aug. 10, 1776, m. Abigail Whitney, Sept. 29, 1799. . . .


[p. ] Clark Dyer, son of Capt. Jonah [and Elizabeth Clark (Deake), b. Mar. 31, 1785], lived in the house occupied by his father. He married [Jan. 10, 1812] Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Mehitable Whitney, by whom he had one child, Hannah, born in 1812. Mrs. Hannah Dyer and her infant daughter died Sept. 27, 1812, Mrs. Dyer aged 21. Mr. Dyer married, Jan. 29, 1814, Catherine L. Hatch. . . .


[pp. 483-484] Reuben Elder . . . married Ruth M., daughter of Josiah Smith. Children: . . . Frances A., m. B. F. Whitney. . . .


[pp. 487-488] Joshua Emery . . . married, Sept. 3, 1778, Tirzah Emery . . . Joshua Emery married second, Mrs. Dolly (Hall) Woodward . . . Mrs. Dorothy Emery died Dec. 15, 1818, and Mr. Emery married Mrs. Abigail Whitney of Gorham, (pub. Apr. 3, 1819). He died in Gorham, Apr. 6, 1827.


[pp. 492-493] George Files . . . married Temperance Sturgis . . . Children: . . . Jonathan S., b. -----, 1811, m. Levisa A. Whitney, p. Feb. 15, 1835. William E. Files . . m. Apphia H. . . . Blake . . . Ch: . . . Lothrop L., b. 1850, m. Mary Whitney, d. Aug 25, 1892, she Oct. 16, 1886.


[p. 494] Edward Files, . . . m. Jane . . . Boynton . . . Ch: . . . Everett, b. Apr. 13, 1859, m. Sadie Whitney; . . .


[p. 496] Jonathan S. Files, son of George, lived on the place once owned by his father in the Blake neighborhood. He married Levisa A., daughter of Edmund Whitney. Children: John Wesley, b. Sept. 23, 1837, m. Mary Susan Whitney. Abra Ann, b. Jan. 4, 1850, m. Isaiah Cobb. Jonathan S. Files died Oct. 9, 1890, aged 79. Mrs. Files d. Mar. 20, 1877, aged 66.


[p. 527] Ebenezer Hall . . . married Hannah . . . Anderson . . . Children: . . . Isaac, b. May 23, 1770, m. Anna Whitney, May 19, 1793. . . .


[p. 539] Timothy Hamblen . . . married Anna . . . Harding. Children: . . . Enoch, b. June 7, 1773, m. Happy Whitney, June 6, 1802. . . .


[p. 543] Enoch Hamblen, son of Timothy, lived for many years in Gorham, where he and his brother John carried on the mills above Fort Hill, which had formerly belonged to their father. He was also a farmer and sailor. He married Happy, daughter of Zebulon and Hannah Whitney. Children: Abigail, b. Mar 21, 1803. Martha, b. Dec. 16, 1805. Allen T., b. Aug. 8, 1807, m. Hannah J. Wentworth; was a cooper in Gorham; d. in 1888. Eunice S., b. Apr. 2, 1809. Hannah, b. Sept. 21, 1811. Esther, b. Sept. 11, 1814, m. Daniel Wentworth, June 3, 1840. Mary E., b. Feb. 4, 1820, d. July, 1821. Enoch Hamblen moved to Baldwin. He died Nov. 28, 1843, aged 70. His wife Happy died July 20, 1852, aged 74.


[p. 544] John Hamblen . . . married Olive Murch of Buxton. Children: . . . Rebecca, b. Dec. 11, 1818, m. Royal Whitney of Buxton, Apr. 29, 1846. . . .


[pp. 548-549] George Hanscom . . . [married] Abigail . . . Fogg . . . Children, the oldest two born in Scarborough: George, b. Oct. 6, 1754, m. Eunice Whitney, p. Jan. 27, 1776. . . . George Hanscom, son of George, married Eunice Whitney. Children: Abigail, b. Sept. 16, 1776, d. young. Abigail, b. Oct. 8, 1778. Eunice, b. Oct. 25, 1780, m. Elisha Sanborn, Dec. 22, 1799. (?) Patience, b. 1782. John, b. June 10, 1784. Nancy, b. May 3, 1786, m. Solomon Newbegin, p. Apr. 3, 1813. Catherine, b. June 8, 1788, m. Meltiah Borune, p. May 28, 1808. Cyrus, b. Oct. 2, 1790, m. Abigail Hutchins of Gorham, Dec. 29, 1816. Lewis, b. Oct. 26, 1792, m. Rebecca Johnson, Apr. 14, 1816. Mattie, b. Oct. 19, 1794. George, b. Dec. 7, 1797. Marrett, b. Dec. 27, 1799, m. Polly Thompson, of Buxton, p. Oct. 22, 1819. Mrs. Eunice Hanscom died May 22, 1820.


[p. 555] Joseph Harding . . . Louisa Bryant . . . Children: . . . Eunice, b. Aug. 1, 1826, m. Charles Whitney, Jan. 21, 1844. . . .


[p. 557] Seth Harding . . . married Elizabeth Wilkit. Children: Elizabeth, b. about 1751, m. Josiah Whitney, Sept. 16, 1775; joined the Shakers; d. in Alfred, Apr. 26, 1841. . . .


[p. 578] Charles [Horton], b. Mar. 3, 1796, m. Esther, dau. of William Cobb. Ch: . . . Phebe C., b. May 8, 1824, m. Luther Whitney, 1848; . . .


[p. 580] One of the sons, George [Hunt, son of Ichabod and Eunice (Stone) Hunt], married Miriam Whitney of Gorham, and returned to Gorham, and lived several years on Fort Hill, on the farm now owned by Samuel Roberts. Mr. Hunt died here June 27, 1860, aged 57, and his wife Miriam, Feb. 18, 1873, aged 73. Children: Elizabeth E., died July 15, 1854, aged 19; Louisa W., died Jan. 15, 1861, aged 24; George A., was a merchant in Portland, died Jan. 11, 1902, and Abbie, married Lendall J. Lowell, died July 16, 1900.


[p. 584] James Irish, Jr., . . . married Mary Gorham Phinney . . . Children of James and Mary Irish: . . . Martha, b. Aug. 28, 1761, m. Stephen Whitney, p. Oct. 28, 1780. . . .


[p. 596] Samuel Johnson . . . married Jane Trickey . . . Children: . . . Daniel, b. Apr. 18, 1829, m. Ann M., dau. of Freeman and Lydia A. Whitney, Feb., 1854; l's in the north part of the town; one child, Freeman W., b. Nov. 9, 1855, m. Nellie Dresser of Buxton, Oct. 19, 1880, d. Aug. 7, 1883. . . .


[p. 618] Joseph Libby, Jr., son of Joseph, was a carpenter by trade. He lived first near Little Falls, and then moved to North Gorham. His wife was Mercy, daughter of Joseph and Mehitable Whitney. Children: Roxanna, b. Nov. 15, 1802, m. William Files, Sept. 27, 1827. Harriet, b. June 10, 1804, d. young. Stephen, b. May 27, 1807, m. Mary W. Lowe of Gray, Dec. 13, 1831. Ch: Juliette E., b. Aug. 9, 1832; Adrianna, b. Nov. 29, 1833, m. Daniel C. Mellows of Farmington, N.H., Sept. 14, 1851; Tyng Wilson, b. Apr. 17, 1835, m. Nov. 25, 1862, Kate (Meserve) Brackett, widow of Solomon Brackett, no ch., d. Feb. 24, 1898; Harriet A., b. Sept. 29, 1837, m. Charles L. McAllister of Portland, Mar. 5, 1868; Winfield S., b. Oct. 3, 1841, m. Izora Hamblen, Apr. 29, 1877. Stephen Libby was a farmer and shoemaker; he bought his farm about 1830 of Joseph Haskell. He d. July 3, 1881; his wife d. Mar. 23, 1881. . . .


[pp. 621-622] Simeon Libby, Jr., . . . married Sarah . . . Lombard . . . Children: . . . Benj. Franklin, b. Oct. 6, 1824, m. Lavina P. Whitney of Farmington, Jan. 1, 1849. . . .


[p. 638] Richard Lombard, son of James, ... His wife was Temperance, daughter of Samuel, Jr., and Molly Hamblen. .... Children: Albert, b. Dec. 25, 1827, m. Sarah Silla of Saco, 1846. Children James, b. Dec. 24, 1846, m. Eunice Whitney.


[p. 678] Henry R. Millet . . . was born in Leeds Sept. 23, 1832. . . . Col. Millett came to Gorham when a young man and remained for a time. After a short absence he returned here in 1860 and took charge of the shoe factory of Libby and Walker at Little Falls. This position he resigned to enlist April 27, 1861 in company A, 5th Me. Vols. After an honorable service, and having attanded the rank of lieut. colonel of his regiment, he was mustered out July 27, 1864. (See page 341.) Col. Millett has taken a prominent part in town affairs, and has been collector two years, and in 1895 was Repre- sentative to the Legislature. He has held the office of postmaster at the village for two terms. For more than twenty years he has been chairman of the Republican town committee. Col. Millett married, Dec. 29, 1870, M. Antoinette, daughter of Freeman and Eliza (Eaton) Whitney of Portland, and granddaughter of Stephen and Hannah (Freeman) Whitney of Gorham.


[pp. 685-686] James Mosher . . . His wife was Abigail . . . Frost. Children: . . . Betsey, b. Mar. 11, 1780, m. Thomas Lothrop, Apr. 14, 1799; 2d, Uriel Whitney of No. Yarmouth, Aug. 7, 1819. . . .


[p. 700] Solomon Newcomb had a carding mill in the north part of the town, on what is known as the "West Branch," on land lately owned by Benjamin Irish. He married, Feb. 26, 1798, Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Mary Whitney. We have record of but one child, Isaac, born about 1810, married Martha Paine, Dec. 14, 1834; died Feb. 5, 1858; she, Nov. 22, 1857. Mrs. Sarah Newcomb died soon after the birth of her son Isaac, and Mr. Newcomb married, Dec. 11, 1811, Abigail, daughter of Ephraim and Eleanor Nason. He lived but a short time after his marriage, and his widow married, June 22, 1815, John Crockett.


[pp. 712-714] Edmund Phinney . . . married Betty . . . Meserve . . . Children: . . . Betty, b. Apr. 1, 1759, m.. Joseph Whitney, p. Sept. 22, 1781. Edmund, b. Nov. 26, 1760, m. Sarah Hamblen, Mar. 26, 1780. . . .


[p. 716] Edmund Phinney, Jr., son of Col. Edmund, married Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Whitney) Hamblen. He served as a privat under Capt. Alexander McLellan in the Penobscot expe- dition in 1779. Children: Clement, b. Aug. 16, 1780, m. Joanna Wallace, Mar. 24, 1803. John, b. Nov. 26, 1783, m. Nancy Gammon, May 4, 1809. James, b. -----, 1785, d. Sept. 18, 1806. Betsey, b. May 1, 1787, m. David McLellan, p. Nov. 5, 1808. Joseph H., b. Oct. 18, 1789, m. Sally Whitney, Sept. 26, 1812; was a minister; d. in Harrison, Dec. 3, 1869. Hannah, b. -----, m. Samuel Gilkey, May 5, 1816. Thomas, b. May 5, 1798, m. Sally Woodward, Dec. 4, 1822. Edmund, b. Sept. 12, 1799, m. Eliza Woodward; d. in Saccarappa. Jane, b. June, 1803, m. Alvah Scribner of Otisfield, June 10, 1827; d. Oct. 13, 1844. Mr. and Mrs. Phinney died at Harrison, he June 18, 1828, and she, Feb. 15, 1833.


[p. 723] Major Plaisted . . . married Mary Gage . . . Children: . . . Helen A., b. Spet. 11, 1852, m. Herman S. Whitney, June 16, 1875. . . .


[p. 775-776] Archelaus Stone . . . married . . . Sarah Weston . . . Her six daughters married as follows: Hannah, m. Zebulon Whitney, Nov. 10, 1774. . . . Abigail, m. Daniel Whitney, Dec. 7, 1780. . . . Jonathan Stone [son of Archelaus] married Damaris Elder of Falmouth (pub. Nov. 16, 1782). Children: Jonathan, b. Oct. 26, 1783, m. Sally Whitney, p. Feb. 15, 1806; l'd and d. in Unity. . . . Damaris, b. Oct. 17, 1787, m. Eli Whitney, Apr. 19, 1811. . . .


[p. 795] Andrew Twombly . . . married, Mrs. Ruth (Wilson) Merrill. Children: Andrew, m. Bethia Whitney. . . . Andrew Twombly, Jr., son of Andrew, lived in the Shaker neighborhood, in the house formerly occupied by this father. He was a soldier in the Madawaska war. He married Bethia Whitney of Standish. Children: Wilson, b. July 12, 1844, m. Georgie Maxim of Byron; served two enlistments in the Civil War. George, b. Apr. 8, 1846, m. Emma Brooks; d. Mar. 1, 1879. Jennie, b. July 12, 1854. Mr. Twombly died April 6, 1874, and Mrs. Twombly, Oct. 29, 1874.


[p. 799] James Warren . . . married . . . Martha . . . McLellan. Children: . . . James, b. Sept. 24, 1780, m. Patty Pinkerton, p. Apr. 3, 1805. She m. 2d, in 1821, Henry Whitney.


[pp. 807-809] Eliphalet Watson . . . married Elizabeth Phinney . . . The children of Eliphalet and Elizabeth Watson were: John, b. Sept. 23, 1741, m. Tabitha Whitney, Dec. 5, 1765. . . . Ebenezer, b. Sept. 28, 1748, m. Anna Whitney, p. Sept. 22, 1771. . . .


[pp. 810-811] John Watson, son of Eliphalet, married Tabitha, daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah (Day) Whitney. After his marriage, he first settled in 1765 on the northern half of the hundred acre lot, 72, which he purchased of Stephen Phinney, Oct. 29, 1765, and where his old cellar, and rose bushes are still to be seen. This was before Queen street was fully located. After this was done, and the road leading northerly between 81 and 80 was laid out, he purchased twenty-five acres off the southerly end of 81, and in 1769 made his final settlement on the spot where the heirs of Capt. Greenlief C. Watson now live. Mr. Watson and his brother-in-law, Isaac Skillings, owned a right in a saw mill then standing on Little river, at the falls, near what has since been known as Stephenson's bridge. The swale from the bridge to Stugis's hill was covered with a heavy growth of large hemlock trees, so close and dense that the road through them, even in the day time, was dark, so much so, that it was called and known as the "the dark Hole." Mr. Watson was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and during the latter part of his life received a pension from the Government. He and his wife were for many years members of the Congregational church in Gorham. His farm is still owned in the family. Children of John and Tabitha Watson: Mercy, b. Oct. 15, 1766, d. Oct 18, 1769. Martha, b. Apr. 22, 1769, m. David Davis, June 12, 1788. Edmund, b. Jan. 17, 1772, m. Betsey Cressey of Buxton, June 26, 1797. Colman P., b. Feb. 23, 1774, m. Elizabeth Frost, July 25, 1802. Miriam, b. Dec. 24, 1776, m. Stephen Murch, Sept. 19, 1793. Tabitha, b. May 16, 1779, m. Josiah Shaw, Jan. 5, 1797. Molly, b. Apr. 9, 1781, find no record of marriage or death. Sally, b. Mar. 19, 1784, m. David Cobb, Dec. 9, 1802. Greenlief C., b. Mar. 14, 1786, m. Lydia S. Tompson, July 1, 1812. Desire, b. Dec. 5, 1788, m. Nahum Chadbourn, May 30, 1806. John Watson died Oct. 26, 1834, aged 93. His wife died Sept. 13, 1831, aged 86. Ebenezer, the fourth child of Eliphalet Watson, after his mar- riage with Anna Whitney, purchased and occupied the southerly part of the hundred acre lot, No. 82, on the southerly side of the road, and joining his brother John's lot. His old cellar and orchard still remain. He had eight children born in Gorham: Stephen, b. Sept. 8, 1772. Joseph, b. July 1, 1774. Samuel, b. Jan. 31, 1777. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 24, 1779. Stephen, b. May 25, 1782. William, b. Apr. 22, 1785. John, b. Jan. 4, 1789. Nathan, b. Sept. 5, 1791. The next child, Eliphalet, was born in Gray, June 14, 1797. After the birth of his son Nathan, Mr. Watson sold out and with his family left Gorham. Their descendants are living in New Gloucester and Gray. Colman P., son of Eliphalet Watson, married Mrs. Patience Thomes, widow of Edward Thomes, and daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah (Day) Whitney. They lived at what is now West Gorham, on three acres of land purchased of Jeremiah Hodgdon, where the old hotel now stands. They had three children born in Gorham: Mercy, b. Apr. 27, 1775. Stephen P., b. Dec. 19, 1776. Hannah, b. Sept. 28, 1778. The family moved to Waterford, where they had several other children born.


[pp. 819-820] William . . . Wescott . . . married . . . Margaret . . . Meserve. Children of William and Margaret Wescott: . . . Dorcas, m. Samuel Whitney, Oct. 23, 1800; moved to Cumberland. . . . Reuben Wescott . . . married Abigail Dam . . . Their children were: . . . John, b. Apr. 25, 1786, m. Martha Whitney, Nov. 29, 1809; moved to Standish. . . .


[p. 821] John Wescott, son of Reuben, married Martha A., daughter of Stephen Whitney of Standish, and moved to Standish, where all their children were born, except Seward, who was born in Gorham. Chil- dren: Sarah, b. -----, m. Asa Maberry of Windham, 1838. Ansel, b. -----, m. Elvira H., dau. of Sewall and Achsah Libby, Nov. 28, 1841. Ch, all b. in Gorham: Harriet C., b. Oct. 18, 1843, d. ag. 18; Achsah A. b. Feb. 26, 1846, m. Gilman Parker of Durham; Mary F., b. June 20, 1847, m. George H. Marston of Durham; Lewis A., b. Apr. 18, 1851, d. unm. in Cal., 1875. Ansel Wescott moved to Pownal. William, b. 1818, m. Mar. 21, 1847, Martha A., dau. of Benjamin and Betsey (Wescott) Libby. Ch: Jordan P., b. Aug. 18, 1848, m. Clara J. Sawyer; C. Morse, b. Oct. 25, 1856, m. Sadie Hanavan. William Wescott was for many years a practicing physician in Standish and Kennebunkport; he also served as Assistant Surgeon in the Rebellion, at which time he lost his health. He d. May 18, 1877. Joseph, b. -----, m. Lydia D. Binford, 1848; served in the Civil War; d. in Windham. Stpehen, b. 1822, m. Emeline C., dau. of Charles and Rebecca Jordan, 1847. Ch: Emma, b. Feb. 19, 1850, m. Charles M. Waterhouse of Saccarappa, Dec. 22, 1872; Calvin, b. Aug. 20 1854, m. Addie Moulton, 2d, Lucilla Shaw, 3d, Mary Dole. Stephen Wescott l'd in the north part of the town; he d. in 1886, and his wife, in 1900. Martha Ann, b. -----, m. Eben W. Nevens, formerly postmaster at Gorham; 2d, Rev. Peletiah Hobson. Abigail, b. -----, m. Marshall Morton, 1844. Henry, b. 1829, m. Jane White of Sebago. Seward, b. June 9, 1833, m. Dec. 12, 1858, Elizabeth F., dau. of John and Mary J. Sanborn. Ch: John J., b. Oct. 29, 1859, m. Christie Emery of Port- land (one son Seward); Annie S., b. Jan. 10, 1865, m. Walter Mayberry of Windham; Alice L., b. Jan. 7, 1868, m. Howard C. Walker of Wind- ham, Nov. 29, 1894. Mr. Wescott l's at Winship's Corner. John Wescott died in Gorham, at the North Branch, Oct. 31, 1871, and Mrs. Wescott, Dec. 16, 1865, aged 76.


[p. 824] Thomas Weston married . . . Patience . . . Phinney. She died in 1751, leaving one child: Patience, b. Oct. 3, 1751, m. Asa Whitney, p. Apr. 15, 1775. Mr. Weston married second, Abigail -----. Children: Anna, b. Oct. 24, 1756, m. Amos Whitney, Jr. (?), p. Oct. 5, 1776. . . .


[pp. 825-826] Samuel4 Whitmore, born July 4, 1744, was . . . the son of John3 Whitmore of Cambridge and his first wife, who was Mrs. Lydia Cutter . . . July 30 1764, Samuel Whitmore bought in Gorham of Alexander Ross the thirty acre lot, 78. This land Mr. Ross had purchased of Hon. Wm. Shirley, Governor of Massachusetts. Mr. Whitmore also owned that part of the "Bryant Morton strip" that lay south of his lot, and on this latter piece of land he built his house. This house, though it has undergone many changes and alterations, is probably the same now standing on the lot, and occuptied by Willis I. Bickford. Mr. Whitmore was a blacksmith by trade, and a man of worth and promi- nence. He was one of the selectmen of Gorham in 1773-4, and town treasurer from 1779 to 1803. In 1782 he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety of this town. He was an ardent and zealous patriot, and served honorably in the war of the Revolution. May 10, 1776, he was appointed by the Gov- ernor and Council, captain of one of the Gorham companies of the 3d Cumberland Co. regiment. Dec. 9, 1776, his name appears among a list of officers of the Mass. Militia, chosen by field officers, as cap- tain of the Gorham and Pearsonstown company of Col. Reuben Fogg's Cumberland Co. regiment. In 1781 he was commissioned captain of the Gorham company belonging to Col. Phinney's 3d Cumberland Co. regiment of Militia. Capt. Whitmore married, Oct. 24, 1764, Mary, daughter of Abel and Mary Whitney. Children: Lydia, b. Aug. 5, 1765, m. Uriel Whitney, Dec. 16, 1784. Mary, b. Aug. 1, 1767, m. Jacob Haskell, Dec. 29, 1785. Dorcas, b. Mar. 7, 1770, m. James H. Chadbourne, Jan. 4, 1789. John, b. Feb. 21, 1773, m. Jane Roberts, Oct. 4, 1792; l'd in Standish. Patience, b. Sept. 8, 1775, m. Lemuel Libby, June 11, 1795. Elizabeth R., b. May 2, 1777, m. Simon Huston, Mar. 22, 1801. Samuel, b. Apr. 25, 1779, d. young. Samuel, b. Mar. 26, 1780, d. unm. Aug. 27, 1808; Col. in the militia; lawyer. Joel, b. Dec. 15, 1781, moved to Harrison. Sally, b. Oct. 31, 1783, m. prob., John Woodruff, p. Sept. 26, 1812. Joanna, b. Sept. 10, 1785, went to Tinmouth, Vt. Eunice, b. June 25, 1788. Capt. Whitmore died Dec. 21, 1808. William4 Whitmore . . . His wife was Amy . . . Knight . . . and their children were: . . . Jane, b. 1797, m. Reuben Whitney.


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[p. 827] WHITNEY The family of Whitney trace their descent from Turstin de Wige- more, a Fleming, who came over to England with William the Conqueror and participated in the battle of Hastings. The family took their name from their residence, called Whitney Court, at Whit- ney-on-the-Wye. Each succeeding generation of the family married into the best families of England, and held prominent positions at the court of the king. The estate not being entailed and the last Whit- ney of Whitney Court having only daughters it was sold, but is still called Whitney Court. Thomas Whitney and wife Mary belonging to a younger branch of the family moved to Westminster, where their son John, born in 1589, was apprenticed to a tailor. John Whitney married Elinor _____, and in May, 1635, emirated to America, and lived in Watertown, Mass. He had nine children, from the youngest of whom, Benjamin, the Gorham Whitneys are descended. Nathaniel Whitney was born in York, Me., April 14, 1680. He was the son of Benjamin, and grandson of John Whitney above. He was a weaver. He married Sarah, daughter of John Ford of Kittery. Children: Nathan, b. Jan. 10, 1706/7, m. Lydia Young, Nov. 12, 1730; 2d, Elizabeth Melcher. Nathaniel, b. Dec. 12, 1709, m. Hannah Day, Jan. 3, 1733/4. Abel, b. July 23, 1712, m. Mary Cane, Nov. 12, 1735. Sarah, b. Nov. 8, 1714, m. Jeremiah Simpson, July 13, 1736; 2d, John Larrabee. John, b. ____, m. Margaret Coffin; 2d, Hephzibah Adams; was a physician. Lydia, b.____, d Jan. 14, 1720. Isaac, b. Mar. 9, 1720/1, m. Sarah Crosby, Sept. 5, 1743. Amos, b. Mar. 5, 1723/4, m. Sarah Payne, Sept. 5, 1748. Lydia, b. July 22, 1726, d. Mar. 23, 1727/8. Joanna, b. Mar. 13, 1729/30. Nathaniel Whitney was living in York as late as 1760. His estate was settled in 1768, by his son Amos. [p. 828] (2) Nathan Whitney, son of Nathaniel, was one of the early settlers in Gorham. He came to this town from Biddeford, where his chil- dren were born. In 1752 he purchased of Enoch Freeman of Falmouth the thirty acre lot, 26, with the dwelling house and barn thereon. He was a prominent and influential citizen of Gorham, and served on many important town committees. He was also active in religious matters. We find him recorded as an early elder in the church. He married Lydia, daughter of Matthias Young of York, Me. Children: David, b. Apr. 8, 1732, m. Hannah Brown, Feb 1, 1754; 2d, Abigail Knight; 3d, Rebecca Edgecomb Abel, b. Aug. 20, 1734, m. Thankful Morton, Dec. 16, 1758 Lydia, b. Dec 11, 1736. Sarah, b. Aug. 15, 1739, m Ebenezer Morton, Dec. 27, 1758. Nathan, b. Apr. 30, 1742. Matthias, b. Mar. 8, 1743/4. John, b. Apr. 4, 1747, m. Elizabeth _____. One child, b. in Gorham: Mary, b. Jan. 18, 1776. John Whitney d. in the Army, May 5, 1776. Nathan Whitney married second, Oct. 20 1748, Elizabeth Melcher of Biddeford. Children: Anna, b. Sept 5, 1749, m. Ebenezer Watson, p. Sept. 22, 1771. Ebenezer, b. July 30, 1751. Asa, b. Dec. 17, 1754, m. Patience Weston, p. Apr. 15, 1775; 2d, Mrs. Davis. Elder Nathan Whitney died in Gorham in 1804. (2) Nathaniel Whitney, son of Nathaniel, came to Gorham from Falmouth. At the time of his marriage he lived in Biddeford, and there most of his children's births were recorded. His homestead farm in Gorham, which he purchased in 1769 of Benjamin Winslow, consisted of the two thirty acre lots, 51 and 52, and the south half of the hundred acre lot, 76. His house stood on 51. The hill on which he and some of his brothers made their settlement is still known as Whitney's hill. He married Hannah Day of Wells. Chil- dren: Nathaniel, b. Mar 22, 1735, m. Susanna Whitney of Brunswick, Sept 15, 1757. Hannah, b. Nov. 16, 1736, m. Joseph Hamblen, Oct., 1755 Moses, b. Mary. 17, 1739, m. Susannah Crockett, Dec. 27, 1760; 2d, Mary Page; 3d, Mrs. Kimball. Aaron, b. June 7, 1741, m. Jenny McLellan, Sept. 19, 1765 Miriam, b. Jan. 15, 1743 Tabitha, b. Mar. 16, 1745/6, m. John Watson, Dec. 5, 1765. (She was b. in Kittery.) Patience, b. May 11, 1748, m. Edward Thomes, Oct. 9, 1766; 2d, Colman Wat- son. Hepsibah, b. Aug. 29, 1750, m. Nathan Freeman, Oct. 15, 1766. Josiah, b. 1752, m. Hannah Barstow; 2d, Elizabeth Harding, Sept. 16, 1775; joined the Shakers; d. at Alfred, Feb. 24, 1837, aged 86. (2) Abel Whitney, son of Nathaniel, Jr., lived in York, Gorham, and [p. 829] Standish. He was a weaver by trade. He married Mary, daughter of Micah Cane of York. Children: Joanna, b. in York, Oct. 10, 1736. Moses, b. in Wiscasset, Feb. 17, 1737/8, m. Aug. 28, 1761, Lois Crediford of Falmouth. We have no record of any family, or the death of Lois, but Moses Whitney was married in Falmouth, Jan. 15, 1766, by Rev. Dr. Deane, to Priscilla Burnell. Ch: Zebulon, b. in Falmouth, Dec. 7, 1766; Nabby, b. in Gorham, Apr. 12, 1777. Joseph, b. in Wiscasset, Mar. 1, 1739/40, m. Mehitable Stevens, Oct. 3, 1765; 2d, Betty Phinney Daniel, b. in York, Sept. 17, 1741, d. young. Joel, b. in York, May 21, 1743, m. Mary Weston of Falmouth, Sept. 26, 1765; went to Jonesboro, 1767; d. there, 1789. Mary, b. in York, Oct. 5, 1744, m. Capt. Samuel Whitmore, Oct. 24, 1764. Lydia, b. in York, July 31, 1746, m. John Burnell, July 3, 1766. Zebulon, b. in York, Nov. 27, 1747, m. Hannah Stone, p. Mar. 22, 1777. Joanna, b. in York, Sept. 27, 1749, m. Caleb Chase, Dec. 31, 1769. Naphtali, b. in York, Feb. 10, 1750/1, m. Mary Stone, p. Mar. 22, 1777. Micah, b. in York, Dec. 11, 1752, m. Hannah Cobb, Nov. 29, 1779.. Daniel, b. in York, Sep 26, 1754, m. Abigail Stone, Dec 7, 1780. Paul, b. in York, June 30, 1756, enlisted in the Revolutionary army from Gor- ham, and was killed in battle in R. I., 1778. Deborah, b. Feb., 1759, m. Jeremiah Williams, p. May 17, 1777. Abel Whitney died before September, 1762, for at that time his widow Mary received a deed from Barnabas Bangs of a part of the thirty acre lot, 81. Mrs. Mary Whitney married second, June 10, 1763, Samuel Crockett. (2) Isaac Whitney, son of Nathaniel, lived in York, Saco and Gorham. He married Sarah, daughter of Dr. Crosby of York. Children: Lucy, b. in York, July 31, 1745, m. Jabez Morton, Oct. 11, 1764. Phineas, b. in York, June 5, 1747, m. Oct. 19, 1769, Anna, dau. of Bryant and Thankful Morton. Ch. b. in Gorham: Stephen, b. Sept. 23, 1771; Crosby, b. Sept. 20, 1773; Affia, b. Jan. 12, 1776; Jonathan, b. Feb. 8, 1778. Isaac, b. in York, Dec. 28, 1748, m. Mary Crockett, p. Apr. 7, 1772. Hannah, b. in York, Nov. 28, 1750, m. Joseph Brown, Oct. 19, 1769; 2d, Joshua Adams. Stephen, b. in Saco, Mar. 19, 1755, m. Patty Irish, p. Oct. 28, 1780. Jonathan, b. in Saco, Feb. 9, 1757, m. Mary Blake, p. Nov. 24, 1781; l'd in Buxton, and d. Sept., 1819. Mrs. Sarah Whitney died in Gorham June 23, 1765, and Mr. Whit- ney married, Aug. 29, 1765, Mrs. Hannah Payne. Children, born in Gorham: Barnabas, b. Aug. 18, 1766, m. Sarah Walker, Jan. 1, 1789. Henry, b. July 24, 1767, m. Abigail Walker, Nov. 7, 1793; l'd in Pownal and Freeport. Timothy, b. Oct. 10, 1768, d. Sept. 22, 1769. Sarah, b. Dec. 27, 1769, d. Jan. 17, 1770. Timothy, b. Aug. 1, 1771, m. Hannah -----. James, b. ------. Mary, b. ------, m. Mr. Thompson of Saco or Biddeford; d. 1832. [p. 830] Mr. Whitney married, Jan. 1, 1784, Mrs. Mary Walker. He died at the house of his son Henry in Freeport. (2) Amos Whitney, son of Nathaniel, was an early settler in Gorham. He is said to have first built a log house in what is now Melville Cressy's field. His homestead farm in Gorham was the two thirty acres lots, 40 and 42, which he sold in 1798 to Joseph Crocker Snow of Falmouth, Mass. Mr. Whitney was the first town clerk of Gorham, from 1764 to 1769, and was one of the first select- men; a man highly respected and of great integrity. He married Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Payne of York. Children, the three oldest born in York: Ebenezer, b. Dec. 30, 1749. Amos, b. Apr. 22, 1752, m. Anna Weston, p. Oct. 5, 1776. Mary G., b. Oct. 25, 1754, m. Thomas Paine of Standish, Apr. 26, 1792. Elias, b. Apr. 12, 1763, m. Polly Fowler, Dec. 14, 1788. Jotham, b. Apr. 2, 1766, m. Elizabeth Ross, Apr. 1, 1792. Ruth, b. June 25, 1769. Mr. Whitney married second (pub. Aug. 14, 1773), Hannah John- son of Falmouth. (3) David Whitney, son of Nathan, came to town when a young man. He married, Feb. 1, 1754, Hannah Brown of Gorham. Children: Susanna, b. June 25, 1756, m. Owen Runnells, Aug. 25, 1774. He d. in the Army, Feb. 29, 1776, and she m. 2d, ----- Dearborn of Buxton Jesse, b. Mar. 18, 1758, m. Mary, daughter of David and Hepzibah Sawyer of Saco; enlisted from Gorham, and served in the Continental army; d. Jan. 18, 1832. David Whitney married second, Oct. 11, 1760, Abigail Knight of Falmouth. Child: Joshua, b. Aug. 17, 1761, l'd in Buxton. David Whitney married third, Nov. 26, 1761, Rebecca Edgecomb of Falmouth. Children: Daniel, b. Nov. 18, 1762. Hannah, b. June 12, 1764, m. John Robers, Nov. 12, 1786.(?) Thomas, b. Oct. 5, 1765. Nathan, b. Sept. 10, 1769. A David Whitney of Gorham was published to Lydia Moore of Buxton, June 29, 1785. (3) Abel Whitney, son of Nathan, purchased in 1767 thirty acres of common land, on which he made his home. This land, which is situated about a half mile west of where the Methodist church is now located on North St., he conveyed, April, 1791, to his son Nathaniel, Jr. The following year Nathaniel, Jr., sold to John Akers this farm [p. 831] which he says, "I and my father now occupy." Abel Whitney ws a Revolutionary soldier in Capt. Josiah Jenkins's company, Col. Brewer's 12th Mass. He married Thankful, daughter of Capt. Bry- ant and Thankful Morton. Children: Joseph, b. May 1, 1760, d. in Alfred with the Shakers, Sept. 19, 1847. Lydia, b. July 28, 1763, d. July, 1767. Betty, b. July 22, 1765, m. a Mr. Boynton. Sarah, } b. June 20, 1769, {m. Robert Higgins, p. Sept. 19, 1789. Nathaniel,} {m. Zilpha Martin, Mar. 16, 1794; l'd in Standish. Reuben, b. July 21, 1771, m. Mercy Baker; d. in Litchfield. Simeon, b. Feb. 9, 1774, went to eastern Maine. Susanna, b. Apr. 2, 1776, m. ----- Hale. Levi, b. May 18, 1779, m. Happy Higgins, about 1800; l'd in Standish. Lydia, b. Apr. 30, 1782, m. ----- Starbird; d. in Standish. Abel Whitney died in Standish. (3) Asa Whitney, son of Nathan, married Patience, daughter of Thomas and Patience (Phinney) Weston of Gorham. Children: Samuel, b. Aug. 28, 1777, m. Hannah, dau. of Capt. Snow of Barnstble, Aug. 24, 1798; 2d, Mary Rich; 3d, Mrs. Mary (Piper) Ring; was a F. Bapt. preacher; was a member of the convention to organize the State of Me., in 1820; d. at Jackson, Oct. 18, 1859. Benjamin, b. Aug. 19, 1779, l'd in Kingston, Canada; ws twice sent to England as delegate to Parliament; d. at sea, 1835, on passage home from England. Abigail, b. Mar. 10, 1781, m. Joseph Davis, Sept. 29, 1799. John, b. Apr. 17, 1783, m. ------ Rich; was a Methodist preacher; d. in Thorndike. Patience, b. Dec. 7, 1784, m. ----- Floyd; d. in Ira, N. Y. Mrs. Patience Whitney died Dec. 23, 1784, aged 33, and Mr. Whitney married, July 14, 1785, Mrs. Phebe (Hopkins) Davis, widow of Elijah Davis of Gorham, and daughter of Constant and Phebe Hopkins of Truro, Mass. Children: Anna, b. Jan. 25, 1786, m. Nicholas Dennett of Saco, May 17, 1806. Elsie, b. Apr. 9, 1788, m. Nicholas Dennett (2d wife); 2d, ----- Scamman of Saco. Mary, b. Aug. 10, 1790, m. Edward P. Barnard of Bridgton; d. at Lynn, Mass. George W., b. June 14, 1792, m. Mary, dau. of Jonathan Whitney of Buxton, Mar. 7, 1817; 2d, Mrs. Angelina (Phinney) Magrath; was a F. Bapt. preacher in Bridgton and in Rochester, N. H.; d. in Rochester, Sept. 18, 1878. Hannah, b. Aug. 21, 1794, m. Seth Brown. Eunice, b. apr. 30, 1796, m. ----- Emery; l'd in Ripley, Me. Roxanna, b. -----, m. ----- Davis of Buxton; d. in Buxton. Asa Whitney died in Gorham, Dec. 17, 1806. His widow Phebe died in Bridgton, April 17, 1853. (3) Moses Whitney, son of Nathaniel and Hannah, was born in Biddeford. He was remarkable for his strength and courage. He served in the French and Indian wars, and also in the Revolution. He married Susanna, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Crockett. On [p. 832] the old family Bible of the Crocketts I find, "Susanna, daughter of Susanna Crockett Whitney, born June 29, 1762." Dea. Alden of Gorham in his diary says, under date of July 1, 1762, "Moses Whitney's wife died." Again, Mr. Alden says, "Sept. 7, 1763, Moses Whitney married last night. Tall wedding." This latter must have been the marriage of Moses Whitney to Molly Page of England. His children by her were: Mary, b. Aug. 17, 1764, m. Lemuel Rounds, p. July 14, 1781; moved to Ohio. Lucy, b. Sept. 30, 1768, m. John Greenlaw of Brownfield, Mar. 27, 1788. Enoch, b. Apr. 8, 1773, m. Hannah Newcomb, p. June 2, 1792; 2d, Mrs. Kendall; 3d, Mrs. Dennett. Moses, b. Aug. 30, 1776. Betsey, b. Nov. 1, 1777, m. James Cates, Dec. 10, 1797; moved to N. Y. State. Richard, b. July 20, 1780, m. ------; l'd in Belfast. Susanna, b. Apr. 9, 1783, m. Seth Carsley of Harrison, Jan. 22, 1809. Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1785, m. Margaret Darrow; l'd in Dixmont; d. Mar. 27, 1874. Moses Whitney married, Jan. 22, 1792, Mrs. Abigail (Skillings) Kimball, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Skillings, and widow of Caleb Kimball. Child: Sally, b. Oct. 22, 1793, m. Rev. Jos. H. Phinney of Harrison, Sept. 26, 1812. On June 10, 1785, Moses Whitney received from his father Nathan- iel all the land and buildings "called the homestead of Nathaniel," sixty acres, being the two thirty acres lots, 51 and 52, and also thirty- one and a half acres, the south end of the hundred acre lot, No. 76. This latter is bounded on the north by the road to Harding's grist mill. Moses to have all the buildings on 76. In 1813, Moses Whitney with wife Abigail, then of Harrison, and son-in-law Phinney and wife Sally sell No. 51 and one-half of the barn on 52 to Seth Hersey, and in 1816 the same parties sell No. 52 with the house and one-half of the barn to Joseph Cressey, Jr. The property is still in the hands of Cressey's descendants. Moses Whitney died about 1820, and his wife, Oct. 8, 1844. (3) Aaron Whitney, son of Nathaniel, married Jenny, daughter of Alexander and Anna McLellan of Falmouth. Children: Hannah, b. July 20, 1766, d. in Alfred, June 4, 1835. Annah, b. Oct. 18, 1767, d. in Alfred, Nov. 30, 1837. Samuel, b. May 22, 1769, d. Aug. 11, 1773. Jenny, b. May 10, 1771, m. David Johnson, June 16, 1785. Sarah, b. June 8, 1773, d. in Alfred, Mar. 4, 1817. Susanna, b. Feb. 16, 1775, m. James Merrill of Buxton, May 1, 1804. Tabitha,} b. May 16, 1777, {d. in Alfred, Oct. 25, 1828. Miriam, } {d. in Alfred, Apr. 5, 1850. Betsey, b. May 7, 1780, d. in Alfred, Nov. 15, 1845. Silas, b. -----, left the Shakers when young. [p. 833] Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, with most of their family, joined the Shaker Family at Alfred, where they died, he, June 19, 1815, aged 74, and she, April 2, 1833, aged 88. (3) Joseph Whitney, son of Abel, married Mehitable, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Stevens. Children: Abel, b. July 21, 1767, m. -----. He and his wife d. in Gorham from the effects of charcoal fumes. Mary, b. July 27, 1769, m. Abial Rounds, p. Mar. 12, 1791. Anna, b. Mar. 17, 1774, m. Isaac hall, May 19, 1793. Mercy, b. Oct 31, 1776, m. Joseph Libby, June 24, 1801. Solomon, b. June 23, 1780, m. Phebe Gilkey, Feb. 13, 1808; l'd in Troy. Mrs. Whitney died soon after the birth of Solomon, and Mr. Whitney married, in 1781, Betty, daughter of Col. Edmund Phinney. Children: Stephen, b. July 28, 1782, m. Hannah Freeman, p. Nov. 24, 1810. Joseph, b. Oct 18, 1784, m. Mary Hunter of Topsham. Patience, b. Sept. 25, 1786, m. Capt. Silas C. Elden of Buxton, Nov. 16, 1809. Sarah, b. Dec. 3, 1788, m. Edmund Gammon, Dec. 24, 1809 Hannah, b. Oct. 6, 1791, m. Clark Dyer, Jan. 10, 1812. Betty, b. Apr. 1, 1794, m. Samuel Gilkey, May 7, 1817. Peggy, b. Nov. 10, 1796, d. young. Edmund, b. Dec. 7, 1799, m.----- McLean; d. in Jacksonville, Fla. James, b. July 3, 1803, m. Mary Larrabee, Dec. 25, 1825. Joseph Whitney died March 13, 1819, and his wife, Feb. 14, 1828, aged 69. (3) Zebulon Whitney, son of Abel, was born in York. He lived for a time in Gorham, then moved to Standish. While in Gorham he lived in the north part of the town, in the fist house on the old road to Standish after passing the North church. Mr. Whitney was a soldier in the Revolution, and received a pension for his services. He married Hannah Stone of Cape Elizabeth. Children: Abigail, b. Jan. 23, 1776, m. Caleb Shaw, Mar. 10, 1796. Happy, b. Aug. 11, 1778, m. Enoch Hamblen, June 6, 1802. Mattie, b. Feb. 14, 1781, d. unm. Apr. 14, 1865. Rufus, b. Apr. 5, 1784, d. unm. Feb. 24, 1817. Eli, b. Aug. 16, 1786, m. Damaris Stone, Apr. 19, 1811. Eunice, b. Aug. 30, 1789, m. Peter Whitney, June 13, 1816. Hannah, b. Apr. 21, 1791, d. unm. Aug. 28, 1833. Tabitha, b. Aug. 30, 1795, d. unm. Aug 15, 1860. Almira, b. July 14, 1798, m. George Whitmore. Zebulon Whitney died on the "Shaw place" in Gorham, Sept. 11, 1833, and his wife, Dec. 10, 1824, aged 69. (3) Micah Whitney, son of Abel, was a blacksmith. He served in the war of the Revolution, and was sergeant in the War of 1812. He married Hannah, daughter of Andrew and Hannah Cobb. Children: [pp. 834] Sally, b. Jan 11, 1781, m. James Humphrey. William P., b. May 3, 1783, m. Nancy I. Carlton. Lydia, b. Feb 8, 1785. Joel, b. May 7, 1787, m. Sally Dyer; 2d, Sarah Crompton; 3d, Betsey Chase. Ebenezer, b. -----, m. Dorcas Parlin; l'd in Freeman, Me. Joanna, b. -----, m. Caleb Sylvester. Andrew, b. May 5, 1795, m. Huldah Sweetsir, 1816; l'd in Phillips. Charlotte, b. -----. Mary, b. -----, m. Reuben Smith. Happy, b. -----, m. Samuel W. Phoenix of Phillips. Benjamin, b. 1806, m. Susan Wells. Nahum, b. -----, l'd down east; unm. Micah Whitney died June 19, 1829, and his wife, in 1834. (3) Daniel Whitney, son of Abel, lived in the north part of the town, where Edward Files now lives. He married Abigail, daughter of Archelaus Stone of Cape Elizabeth, sister to his brother Zebulon's wife. Children: Reuben, b. July 20, 1781, d. young. Betsey, b. Nov. 10, 1783, d. unm. Jan. 23, 1853. Nabby, b. May 16, 1785, d. unm. Peter, b. Aug. 14, 1788, m. Eunice Whitney, June 13, 1816. Olive, b. Jan. 8, 1791, m. Josiah Murch; l'd in Unity. Mary, b. Dec. 31, 1792, m. Dea. Enoch Moody of Standish (2d wife), Feb. 7, 1830. Luther, b. May 6, 1795, moved to Thorndike. Damaris, b. July 31, 1797, m. Dea. Enoch Moody (1st wife). (See above.) Miriam, b. Nov. 14, 1799, m. George Hunt. Happy, b. Nov. 16, 1802, m. James Kelly of Unity. Louisa, b. 1806, d. unm. Sept. 3, 1834. Daniel Whitney died Dec. 13, 1834, aged 80, and his wife, June 1, 1841, aged 79. (3) Isaac Whitney, son of Isaac, born in York, lived for a time in Buxtn. About 1770 he came to Gorham village, and soon after married Mary Crockett. In 1775 he bought of Samuel Crockett the seventy acre lot, 17, on which he made his home. This farm is now in the possession of his great-grandson Frank L. Whitney. Mr Whitney served in the Revolutinary war, and received a pension from Government. Children, all born in Gorham: Sarah, b. 1772, m. Solomon Newcomb, Feb. 26, 1798. Edmund,} May 4, 1774, {m. Martha Meserve, Mar. 3, 1803. Samuel,} {m. Dorcas Wescott, Oct. 23, 1800; d. in Farmington, Me., Sept. 9, 1864, and his wife, May 30, 1863, aged 84. Joseph, b. Aug 26, 1776, m. Mary Freeman, Aug. 2, 1801; d. in Standish, May 3, 1870. Dorcas, b. 1778, d. unm. Oct. 21, 1815. Isaac L., b. May 29, 1781, m. Margaret Leach; l'd in Raymond; d. Oct., 1856. Adams, b. 1784, m. Lydia, dau. of Ebenezer Lombard, June 3, 1816; d. in Standish. Polly, b. 1786, d. unm. Apr. 16, 1850. Sophy, b. 1795, d. unm. Mar. 25, 1847. William, b. -----, d. young. [p. 835] Isaac Whitney died in Gorham, Oct. 21, 1837, and his wife, July 29, 1832, aged 80. (3) Stephen Whitney, son of Isaac, was in the Revolution, serving in the Rhode Island line, and received a pension for his services. He married Martha, daughter of James, Jr., and Mary Gorham Irish. Children: Mary, b. Sept. 14, 1781, m. Freeman Blake, p. Aug. 12, 1803. Sarah, b. Nov. 4, 1783, m. Jonathan Elwell, June 5, 1802. Ebenezer, b. -----, d. in the West Indies in 1801. Patience, bapt. Mar. 4, 1800, m. Robert Nevens. William, bapt. Mar. 4, 1800. Stephen, b. May 5, 1799, m. Abigail, dau. of Wm. Mayberry of Windham; 2d, -----. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 22, 1803, l'd in Bridgton. Patty, b. -----. Miriam, b. -----. Stephen Whitney died Feb. 1, 1848, aged 93, and his wife, Nov. 10, 1836. (4) James Whitney, son of Joseph, lived on what is now called Haggett's hill, about a mile below the village on the new road to Saccarappa. Mr. Whitney held many offices in the State militia. He married Mary A., daughter of William and Hadassah Larrabee of Scarborough. Children: Hadassah L., b. Jan. 29, 1827; m. Elias Milliken of Burnham, 1848; d. Mar. 18, 1864. Joseph, b. Mar. 15, 1829, m. Helen Call of Bradford, 1858; d. 1862. James Louville, b May 30, 1831, m. Elvira Whitten of Burnham, 1862; d. 1886. Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 2, 1832, m. Nahum E. Murray, 1859. William Warren, b. July 11, 1835, d. 1847. Edwin, b. Nov. 5, 1840, m. Martha Vickery of Unity; d. 1875. Capt. Whitney died in Waterford in 1842, and after his death the family moved to Burnham. Mrs. Whitney died in 1895, aged 90. (4) Eli Whitney, son of Zebulon, lived in the Whitney neighbor- hood. He married Damaris, daughter of Jonathan Stone. Children: Zebulon, b. Apr. 24, 1812, m. Susan, dau. of Major Morton, Apr. 24, 1839. Ch: Mary Susan, b. Feb. 2, 1840, m. Wesley Files; Emily F., b. Apr. 20, 1841; d. Apr. 5, 1844; Ai E., b. Apr. 24, 1844; Thaddeus P., b. Sept. 26, 1847, m. Emma Marean; Frances E., b. oct. 31, 1849, m. Geo. Freeman of Portland; Willie P., b. 1857, d. June 16, 1863. Mr. Whitney was one of the selectmen in 1857 and 1858. He d. at the Shaw place, Sept. 24, 1877; his wife d. Apr. 16, 1878, aged 57. William S., b. Oct. 17, 1814, m. Abigail Morton, sister to the wife of his brother Zebulon, in 1840. Ch: William E., b. June 14, 1841, d. 1844; Emily C., b. Oct. 22, 1845, m. Charles F. Merrill; Herman S., b. July 27, 1847, m. Flavilla Berry of Standish; she d. 1873, and he m. June 16, 1875, Helen A. Plaisted; Charlotte, b. 1850, d. young; Harriet E., b. Apr. 28, 1854, d. 1872; Cora Belle, b. Aug. 28, 1862, m. Frank L. Whitney. William S. Whitney d. June 27, 1900, and his wife, May 8, 1895, aged 71. [p. 836] Rufus, b. Aug. 17, 1817, m. Esther, dau. of Benjamin Skillings. Ch: Helen M., b. Aug. 3, 1840, m. Albion F. Johnson; Gershom S., b. Dec. 1, 1844, was in Co. I, 12th Me. Vols, d. in Post Hospital, Savannah, Ga., May 11, 1865. Rufus Whitney l'd in the Whitney neighborhood most of his life. He d. at his house on High St., Gorham village, Apr. 24, 1897; his wife d. in Deering, Jan. 6, 1901, ag. 81. Mary Ann, b. Sept. 29, 1822, m. Moses Butterfield, Oct. 3, 1850. Jonathan S., b. Mar. 11, 1825, m. Amanda Hopkinson, Mar. 31, 1858. Ch: Frank I., b. Dec. 13, 1859; Sadie, b. Nov. 1862, m. Everett Files; Lulie, b. Aug. 7, 1865. Mr. Whitney lives on the old Davis place in the north part of the town. Caroline, b. July 6, 1827, d. unm. 1867. Eli Whitney died on the Davis place in 1865. Mrs. Whitney died July 19, 1872, aged 84. (4) Peter Whitney, son of Daniel, lived on the Fort Hill Road, just beyond Little river, which place together with the mill near the bridge he bought of Willard Buttrick. Mr. Whitney was the last person that carried on the fulling and dyeing business at these Gor- ham falls, and probably the last that carried it on in Gorham. Mr. Whitney married his cousin Eunice, daughter of Zebulon Whitney. Children: Abigail S., b. Sept. 14, 1820, m. Samuel Moody of Standish, Oct. 27, 1840. Hannah S., b. Feb. 12, 1822, m. Samuel Moody of Standish. Luther, b. June 21, 1824, m. Phebe Horton, 1848; d. in Canada. Eli, b. June 26, 1826, m. Sarah E. Brown of Windham, 1856. Damaris, b. July 20, 1828, d. unm. Nov 11, 1848. Peter Whitney died March 15, 1842, and his wife, Dec. 25, 1869. (4) Edmund Whitney, son of Isaac, lived in the north part of the town. He married Martha Meserve of Scarborough. Children: Susan, b. Jan. 23, 1804, Lewis Higgins of Standish, Mar. 25, 1828; d. in Manchester, N. H., Mar. 9, 1879. Freeman, b. May 21, 1806, m. Lydia A. Meserve, 1834. One child: Anna Maria, b. Mar. 21, 1837, m. Daniel Johnson, Feb. 2, 1854. Freeman Whitney d. July 19, 1855, and his wife, Aug. 20, 1869. Levisa A., b. aug. 15, 1810, m. Jonathan S. Files, p. Feb. 15, 1835. Merrill, b. Feb. 25, 1816, m. Zebia A. Kollock. One son, Alonzo M., b. in Low- ell, Mass., July 18, 1845, enlisted from Gorham in 1862, in 16th Me. Vols., and was killed at Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Whitney d. in Saco, Jan. 24, 1888. Robie, b. Feb. 16, 1818, m. Mary J. Hall, Sept. 1, 1844. Ch: Eugene S., b. Feb. 2, 1852, m. Nellie Stearns of Amoskeag, N. H.; Adelaide J., b. Sept. 28, 1855, m. Albert Merrill of Manchester, N. H., Jan. 13, 1883; Frank L., b. Apr. 11, 1858, m. Cora Belle Whitney; Katie C., b. Feb. 17, 1867, d. Aug. 28, 1886. Mr. Whitney l'd in the north part of the town where his son Frank now l's. He d. at the house of his son in Man- chester, N. H., Dec. 28, 1898; his wife d. Oct. 7, 1891. Marshall, b. July 11, 1821, m. Sarah Gorden of Wayne. Ch: Ladora E., b. Sept. 16, 1853, m. Frederick E. Smith of Attleborough, Mass., June 29, 1882; Alston V., b. Oct. 2, 1858; Mary J., b. Jan. 20, 1862. Marshall Whitney d. July 18, 1884; Mrs. Whitney l's with her son. Major M., b. Apr. 13, 1823, d. July 31, 1834. Edmund Whitney died May 25, 1853, and his wife, June 21, 1853. Merrill Whitney.jpg MERRILL WHITNEY Robie Whitney.jpg ROBIE WHITNEY [p. 837] James Whitney of Gorham married Deborah Murch Aug. 15, 1785. The birth of one child is recorded: Humphrey, born April 26, 1786. Uriel Whitney was the son of Abner Whitney of Lunenburg, Mass. He was born in Shirley, Mass., Sept. 11, 1757. At the beginning of the Revolution he enlisted in Col. Prescott's reginient. He married, Dec 16, 1787, Lydia, daughter of Capt. Samuel Whitmore of Gor- ham. At the time of his marriage Mr. Whitney is recorded as of Gorham. In the year 1799 he purchased land in North Yarmouth, and soon after moved to that place. He was a noted school-teacher, and was called "Master"" Whitney. He was held in high esteem as a citizen and Christian. Children of Uriel and Mary Whitney: Statira, b. Dec. 24, 1785, d. young. Mary, b. Jan 21, 1787, m. K. Drinkwater of Durham; d. May 2, 1824. Statira. b. Dec. 1, 1789, d. Aug 11, 1792. Joel, b. Aug. 7, 1791, lost at sea about 1812. Beulah B., b. June 3, 1793, m. Enos Small, Nov. 2, 1817; d. Apr. 21, 1879. Betsey, b. May 27, 1795, m. James Mitchell of Freeport. Sally, b. Dec. 16, 1796, m. Daniel Soule, of Pownal. Harriet, b. Apr 28, 1798, m. Daniel Soule of Pownal (2d wife). Charlotte, b. May 12, 1800, m. Levi Davis of No. Yarmouth. Statira, b. Apr. 26, 1802, m. N. Merrill of Pownal. Uriel, b. July 4, 1804, m. Mary Hoyt. Lewis, b. Sept. 21, 1806, m. Mary Small. Mrs. Mary Whitney died March 6, 1818, and Mr. Whitney married, Aug. 7, 1819, Mrs. Betsey (Mosher) Lothrop, daughter of James Mosher of Gorham, and widow of Thomas Lothrop of Gorham. Uriel Whitney died Nov. 10, 1835. Sewall Whitney, son of Jacob and Abigail (Moses) Whitney of Buxton and grandson of Ebenezer Whitney, was born in Buxton April 8, 1819. He came to Gorham when he was eighteen years of age. He married Elizabeth Fly of Gorham. Children: Francis B., b. Jan. 11, 1845, m. Fannie Corrigan. Eunice, b. Feb. 17, 1847, m. James Lombard. Martha R., b. July 11, 1852, d. young. James C., b. Aug. 11, 1857, m.Hattie R. Whittier. Emily R., b. May 11, 1859, m. Horace Hill of Buxton; d. in 1893.


[p. 838] Jeremiah Williams, son of John [and Eleanor (Jones)], purchased in 1785, of George and William Knight, a part of the hundred acre lot, 109. This land, fifty acres, and the buildings thereon where Williams lived, he sold to Micah Whitney of Gray, in September, 1802. This place is at Little Falls, near the cemetery on the hill, and is where Peter Smith now lives. Mr. Williams married (pub. May 17, 1777), Deborah, daughter of Abel Whitney. Children: Martha, b. Mar. 9, 1778, m. James Ridlon of Saco. Mary, b. May 24, 1782, m. James Ridlon of Saco; d. Nov. 29, 1873. Peter, b. Oct. 29, 1784, m. in Standish, Feb. 19, 1817, Salome Elwell of Buxton. Ch: Mary Ann, b. Oct. 15, 1818, d. unm. Jan. 15, 1856; Charles, b. Jan. 11, 1820, m. Lydia Withington of Portland, d. Apr. 10, 1862; Martha, b. Apr. 2, 1822, m. Henry Waterman, d. Sept. 27, 1899; Daniel, b. Dec. 2, 1825, l'd and d. in Mass.; Harriet, b. Jan. 28, 1829, d. unm. in Lewis- ton, Apr. 12, 1869; John J., b. June 30, 1831, m. Sarah Graffam; James R., b. July 16, 1834, m. Mrs. Delia Herne; Sarah, b. June 15, 1836, d. Apr. 22, 1837. Mr. Williams taught school for some years in Baldwin; returning to Gorham, he l'd in the village of Little Falls, where he d. Jan. 23, 1856; his wife survived him some ten years. Susanna, b. Feb. 15, 1786, d. unm. May 7, 1863. Lydia, b. Aug. 5, 1787, d. unm. Apr. 19, 1865. Daniel, b. Aug. 2, 1789, d. July 30, 1823. Joseph, b. Apr. 14, 1791, d. unm. Oct. 7, 1869. Hannah, b. Mary 26, 1793, d. Jan. 26, 1853. Jeremiah Williams died May 3, 1823, aged 68, and his wife Deborah, Oct. 27, 1851, aged 93.


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