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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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Whitney Family.
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682 II. Benajah Whitney, b. in Otsego, N.Y. ; settled at Parish, N.Y., and there died, being accidentally killed at tile raising of a log-house; married Jane Carter, or, according to another report, Rosina David, and had a family, some of whom were at Parish about 1855. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. 2383
683 III. Daniel Harris Whitney, b. at New Hartford, Conn., 29 Dec. 1795; a carpenter; married, 26 Feb. 1824, at Vienna, N.Y., Louisa Caswell, dau. of Solomon and Polly (Leach) Caswell, of Mass. They dwelt, for some time, at Taberg, N.Y.; then moved to Mexico, N.Y., where he had an interest in a foundery and plough-factory; and finally removed to Cleveland, in Constantia, N.Y., where she died, 12 Jan. 1863. He was still living at Cleveland, in Aug. 1874. 2385
684 IV. Lydia Whitney, b. in Otsego, N.Y., 5 Jan. 1798; married, 12 Sept 1822, at Mexico, N.Y., George Washington Finney, a blacksmith and farmer, born at Paris, N.Y., 23 June 1795, son of Sylvester and Rebecca (Rice) Finney, of Henderson, N.Y. He lived, for a time, in Henderson, from which he moved to Mexico, N.Y., working at his trade till nearly forty years old; when, feeling that he was called to preach, he was licensed by the Black River Association, 3 Feb. 1835, and ordained by the same body at its next annual meeting at North Adams, N.Y. He preached at Litchfield, N.Y., about a year; then at Holland Patent, in Trenton, N.Y., for two and a half years, ending 3 Sept 1838, when "the church-committee felt impelled to bear witness that he had 'labored most indefatigably to discharge his responsibility, and that his labors had not been in vain in the Lord.'" He then resided for some time in Newark and Bloomfield, N.J., acting as an anti-slavery agent, and continuing "to preach the gospel of Christ, and to assist his brethren in revivals of religion. In these revival labors he was often richly blessed." "In the year 1842, he was called to take the charge of the Winter Street church in Haverhill, Mass. His ministry was attended with revivals, and he was highly esteemed as a faithful, bold, and earnest preacher. He was pastor of this for some three years." He labored much in the temperance cause, in 1845 canvassing Essex Co., Mass., and speaking with great effect in every school district In 1846, he carried on the same labors in New Hampshire; in 1847, he was agent of the Vermont Temperance Society, and in 1848 he labored in Middlesex Co., Mass. "In 1851, the N.Y. State Temperance Society employed him to canvass a portion of that great field. Abundant testimonials remain of his great success and power as a lecturer on Temperance. They speak of the lectures as full of instruction and of interest." "At the close of these temperance labors, he was appointed City Missionary in Charlestown, Mass. His work was short. After seven months, he was laid by with a sickness which lasted four years. Recovering slowly, he preached occasionally in 2390
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