Family:Whitney, Abel (1752-1807)

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Abel6 Whitney (Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Timothy5 and Alice (Whitney) Whitney,[1] was born 19 Sep 1752 [Pierce], or 1 Sep 175[torn], Petersham, MA, or 19 Sep 1752, Harvard, MA,[2] and died 7 Aug 1807, Guilford, VT, in his 59th year.[3]

He married 1 Nov 1775, Petersham, MA, Elizabeth Spenny,[4] parentage unknown.[5] She was born about 1753;[6] died 15 Feb 1795, Guilford, VT, in her 42nd year.[7]

He resided Harvard, MA, and Guilford, VT.

Children of Abel6 and Elizabeth (Spenny) Whitney:

i. Abel7 Whitney, b. ca. 1778, m.(1) Anna -----; m.(2) Betsey Phillips.
ii. Betsey E. Whitney, b. 4 Apr 1781, VT; d. 12 Jun 1872, Grafton, Lorain Co., OH; m. 28 Nov 1799, Guilford, VT, Frederick Lynde,[8] b. 14 May 1773, d. 20 Jun 1865, Grafton, Lorain Co., OH.
iii. Silas Whitney, b. say 1783; no further record found.
iv. Ward Whitney, b. say 1785, Halifax, VT; m. Katherine Cook.
v. Sarah Whitney, b. say 1788; no further record found.
vi. Rufus Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1791 (twin), Guilford, VT;[9] m.(1) Sally Holden; m.(2) Mary -----.
vii. Thaddeus Whitney, b. 13 Mar 1791 (twin), Guilford, VT;[10] m. Rhoda Greenleaf.

Notes

For a full discussion of his birthdate, see "The Children of Timothy and Alice Whitney: Names and Birthdates, by Willard S. Moore.

Some sources place his son Ward as a child of Eleazer6 Whitney (c1758-1840), but the probate records of Timothy9 Whitney, son of Leonard8 Whitney (1798-b1835), and grandson of Abel7 above, prove that he belongs here.

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References

1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth record.

2.^  "Abel [Whitney], s. Timothy and Alice, [born] Sept. 1, 175[torn]," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904). Also, "Abel [Whitney], s. of Timothy and Alice, [born] Sept. 19, 1752," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917), p. 111.

3.^  Vermont Vital Records to 1870.

4.^  "Abel and Elisabeth Spenny, Nov. 1, 1775," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Petersham, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Worcester: The Systematic History Fund, 1904), p. 158.

5.^  Nothing has been found concerning her ancestry.

6.^  The date is an estimate based on her age at death.

7.^  Vermont Vital Records to 1870.

8.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, Marriages.

9.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, All Births.

10.^  Vermont, Vital Records Index, All Births.


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