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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Fifth Generation.

Chil. of Eliasaph and Mary (Bishop) Whitney. 66

383 I. Mary Whitney, b. at Stamford, Conn., 21 Feb. 1744-5; bap. at Middlesex, now Darien, Conn., 31 March 1745; married ----- Jarvis, and is said to have had, in 1808, two sons, Samuel Jarvis and Noah Jarvis, who were then living in New York.
384 II. Sylvanus Whitney, b. at Stamford, Conn., 25 Jan. 1746-7, according to the town-record, while the family-record says, erroneously, 25 Dec. 1747; bap. at Middlesex, now Darien, Conn., 15 Feb. 1747; died at Stamford, 31 Jan. 1748, according to tile family-record, while the town-record says, 31 Jan. 1746-7. The last cannot be true, according to the date of baptism.
385 III. Sylvanus Whitney, b. at Stamford, Conn., 3 Feb. 1748-9, O.S., according to the town-record, and 14 Feb. 1749, N.S., according to his family-record; bap. at Middlesex, now Darien, Conn., 12 March 1749; a trader; married, 30 Sept. 1772, at Norwalk, Conn., by Rev. Jeremiah Leaming, D.D., Episcopal, to Betty Hoyt, dau. of Nathan and Elizabeth (Lockwood) Hoyt, of Norwalk, where she was born 7 May 1751, according to her family-record, while the Hoyt Genealogy, p.381, and Hall's History of Norwalk, p. 224, say 16 June 1751. He first settled in the parish of Green's Farms, Fairfield, Conn., where he built a house, which he sold, 12 Oct. 1773, to Gideon Gray, for £57. He was living at Stamford in 1775; and remained loyal. Sabine's Loyalists of the American Revolution, II., pp. 425-6, says: "In June, 1775, he was arraigned before the Committee of that town,1 charged with the offense of buying and selling tea. He made a written confession of the fact, delivered up the tea remaining in his possession, and was allowed to depart. As the reader may be curious to learn how the Whigs sometimes disposed of this obnoxious article, the following account of the destruction of that received of Mr. Whitney is here given: 'About eight o'clock in the evening a gallows was erected in the middle of the street. . . . . A large concourse of people soon collected, and were joined by a number of the soldiery quartered in the town. A grand procession soon began to move. In the first place, a large guard under arms, headed by two captains who led the van, with the unfortunate Tea hung across a pole, sustained by two unarmed soldiers. Secondly, followed the Committee of Observation. Thirdly, the spectators who came to see the great sight. And after parading through part of the principal streets, with drums beating and fifes playing a most doleful sound, they came to the gallows, where the common hangman soon performed his office to the general satisfaction of the spectators. As it was thought dangerous to let the said Tea hang all night, for fear of invasion from our tea-lovers, a large bonfire was made 1402
1 Stamford.
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