Family:Whitney, Thomas (1627-1719)

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Thomas2 Whitney (John1), son of John1 and Elinor (-----) Whitney,[1] was baptized 10 Dec 1627 at St. Mary Aldermary, London, England,[2] and died 20 Sep 1719, Watertown, Massachusetts.[3]

He married 11 Jan 1654/5, Watertown, Massachusetts,[4], Mary Kedell, parentage, birth date and place unknown.[5]

He came with his parents and brothers on the "Elizabeth and Ann" in 1635, age reported as 6 years, but he was actually 7.[6]

He was mentioned in the will of his father, dated 3 Apr 1673.[7]

Apparently both Thomas Whitney, Sr., and his son Thomas Whitney, Jr., served in King Phillip's War, although it is not clear which records apply to which. On 19 Oct 1675, Thomas Whitney was paid £1 10s. for service at the garrison at Lancaster in King Phillip's War. On 20 Dec 1675, Thomas Whitney was paid £1 16s. for the same. On 24 Aug 1676 one was paid 2s. 6d., the other 4s. 2d., for service from Watertown.[8]

He was made a freeman on 18 Apr 1690.[9]

On 21 Dec 1702, one Thomas Whitney witnessed the will of Jonathan2 Whitney of Sherborne.[10] I see no proof as to which Thomas this was, but it could well have been Jonathan's brother, this man.

On 25 Jun 1714, he sold to his daughter Martha Whitney, spinster, and her brother Elnathan Whitney, all his real and personal estate, especially his house and 1/4 acre of ground.[11]

He left no probate records.

Children of Thomas2 and Mary (Kedell) Whitney, all born in Watertown, MA:

i. Thomas3 Whitney, b. 24 Aug 1656;[12] m. Elizabeth Lawrence.
ii. John Whitney, b. 19 May 1659,[13] d. 19 May 1659.[14]
iii. John Whitney, b. 22 Aug 1660, d. 26 Aug 1660.[15]
iv. Eleazer Whitney (twin), b. 7 Apr 1662;[16] m. Dorothy Ross.
v. Elnathan Whitney (twin), b. 7 Apr 1662.[17] On 25 Jun 1714, his father deeded to his sister Martha and himself all his real and personal property, especially his house and 1/4 acre of land in Watertown. He was a town charge in Jan 1727-8, and the selectmen ordered to see if his brother Eleazer would look after him. The next month they passed an order to pay Samuel Jennison 20s. a week for taking care of him, then in his 66 year.[18] He met with a serious accident and became suddenly insane.[19] He d. Mar. 8, 1727/8, unmarried.[20]
vi. Mary Whitney, b. 22 Dec 1663.[21]
vii. Bezaleel Whitney, b. 16 Sep 1664.[22] No further record.
viii. Sarah Whitney, b. 23 Mar 1666.[23] No further record.
ix. Mary Whitney, b. 6 Aug 1668,[24] d. 6 Sep 1669.[25]
x. Isaiah Whitney, b. 16 Sep 1671;[26] m. Sarah (Woodward) Eddy.
xi. Martha Whitney, b. 30 Jan 1673[/4].[27] She was unmarried on 25 Jun 1714, according to a deed from her father to herself and her brother Elnathan.

References

1.^  His parentage is shown by his baptismal record, immigration ship list, and his mention in his father's will.

2.^  On 10 Dec 1627, Thomas, "sonn of John Whitne, dwelling in Bowe lanne" was baptized, according to the parish register of St. Mary Aldermary, London, England.

3.^  "Thomas Whitney, dec. 20 Sep 1719," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Third Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, to the End of 1737. Also Plan and Register of Burials in Arlington Street Burying Ground, (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1900), p. 65.

4.^  "Thomas Whetny & Mary Kedell, m. 11 11mo 1654," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. Also, the Proprietors' Book, and the First Book of and Supplement of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1894), p. 17.

5.^  She may have been a sister of Bethiah Keedell, who married 3 Nov 1666, Watertown, Theophilus Phillips, based on similarity of names, dates, and location. There was a John Kettle in Watertown in 1642, who may be another relation, possibly a brother or even their father, but no proof of relation of these three appears.

6.^  "Founders of New England", NEHGR, vol. XIV (1860), pp. 300-342, pp. 308-309. Apparently the same passenger list can be found in Mass. Hist. Coll., Third Series, Vol. X, p. 24.

7.^  Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probate file #24,680.

8.^  George M. Bodge, "Soldiers in King Philip's War", NEHGR, vol. XLIII (1889), pp. 193-198, 259-279, pp. 265, 278.

9.^  Rev. Lucius R. Paige, "List of Freemen," NEHGR, vol. III, (1849) pp. 89-246, pp. 345-352, p. 349.

10.^  Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probate file #24,690.

11.^  Henry Austin Whitney, "The Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, of Watertown, Mass.," NEHGR, vol. XI (1857), pp. 113-121, 225-230, p. 115.

12.^  "Thomas Whetny, s. Tho. & Mary Whetny, b. 24 6mo 1656," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 18

13.^  "John Whitney, s. Thomas & Mary Whitny, b. 19 May 1659," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 21

14.^  "John Whitny, s. Thomas & Mary Whitny, d. 19 May 1659," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 22

15.^  "John Whetny, s. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 22 6mo & d. 26 6mo 1660," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 22

16.^  "Elieasor & Elnathan, ss. Thomas & Mary Whettny, b. 7 2mo 1662," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 24

17.^  "Elieasor & Elnathan, ss. Thomas & Mary Whettny, b. 7 2mo 1662," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 24

18.^  Henry Austin Whitney, loc. cit.

19.^  Pierce, loc. cit.

20.^  "Elnathan Whitney, dec. 8 Mar 1727/8," according to Watertown Records, vol. 2, p. 84.

21.^  "Mary Whetny, d. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 22 10mo 1663," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 25

22.^  "Bezaliell Whetny, s. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 16 7mo 1664," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 27

23.^  "Sary Whitny, d. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 23 Mar 1666," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 28

24.^  "Mary Whetny, d. Thomas & Mary, b. 6 aug 1668," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 31

25.^  "Mary Whetny, d. Thomas & Mary, d. 6 Sep 1669," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 32

26.^  "Isaiah Whetny, s. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 16 Sep 1671," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 35

27.^  "Martha Whetny, d. Thomas & Mary Whetny, b. 30 Jan 1673," according to Watertown Records, vol. 1, p. 37


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