Family:Whitney, Abijah (1776-1859)

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Abijah6 Whitney (Stephen5, John4, Benjamin3, John2, John1), son of Stephen5 and Relief (Stearns) Whitney, was born 10 Aug 1776, Watertown, MA,[1] and died 6 Dec 1859, Lunenburg or Leominster, MA, aged 83 years 4 months, of old age.[2]

Marriage intentions were published 3 Dec 1811, Lunenburg, MA, for him and Betsey7 Whitney "of Westminster".[3] Marriage intentions were published 14 Dec 1811, Westminster, MA, for him "of Lunenburg" and Betsey7 Whitney.[4] He married, 6 Feb 1812, Betsey7 Whitney, daughter of Jonas6 and Elizabeth (Raymond) Whitney, born 1 Apr 1788, Westminster, MA, and died 16 Nov 1872.

He was born in Watertown, where he passed his boyhood days. He worked on the farm, was interested in a country store and kept a toll gate. He finally settled in Lunenburg and carried on an extensive provisioning business, supplying three towns with meat. He was known the country round as "Uncle Bijah." During the latter part of his life he was in poor health and resided with his son, Francis W., at whose home he died in his 83d year. He died 6 Dec 1859; resided Lunenburg, MA.

Children of Abijah6 and Betsey (Whitney) Whitney:

i. Benjamin Hurd7 Whitney, b. 15 Oct 1813, Lunenburg, MA;[5] m.(1) Mary Butters; m.(2) Sarah Phelps.
ii. Charles Stearns Whitney, b. 16 Oct 1816, Lunenburg, MA;[6] d. 17 or 18 Apr 1833, Lunenburg, MA, aged 16 years, of intestinal inflammation.[7]
iii. Susan Whitney, b. 23 Dec 1820, Lunenburg, MA;[8] d. 27 May 1826.
iv. Joseph Whitney, b. 21 Feb 1823, Lunenburg, MA;[9] d. 19 Sep 1825, Lunenburg, MA, aged 2-1/2 years, of fever.[10]
v. Francis Wolfe Whitney, b. 15 Jul 1825, Lunenburg, MA;[11] m. Huldah B. Frost
vi. Mary Elizabeth Whitney, b. 19 Jul 1828, Lunenburg, MA;[12] m. Silas8 Whitney.
vii. Martha Cunningham Whitney, b. 6 Feb 1831, Lunenburg, MA;[13] d. 4 Oct 1885, Fitchburg, MA, aged 54 years 7 months 25 days, of phthisis pneumonia;[14] "of Leominster" m. 28 Oct 1856, Athol, MA, Seth Twitchell "of Fitchburg", as his second wife, son of William Twitchell.[15] Children:
a. Herbert Twitchell, b.
b. Milon Twitchell, b. -----; resided Fitchburg, MA.

Census

191 207 Abijah Whitney 74 M - Vt. Betsy Whitney 62 F - Vt.

589 661 Abijah Whitney 79 M - Butcher Mass. Betsey Whitney 67 F - " Martha C. Whitney 24 F - " 662 Francis W. Whitney 30 M - Piano Fort " Hulda B. Whitney 25 F - " Ida Whitney 4m F - " Nancy Whitney 26 F - " 663 Walter Whitney 22 M - Piano Fort " Mary E. Whitney 19 F - N.Y. Justin Whitney 24 M - Piano Fort Mass. Augustus M. Taylor 25 M - " N.H.

Nancy Whitney is unidentified.

24 31 Whitney, Harrison G. 43 M - Baker Mass. " , Harrison B. 14 M - " " , Ellen L. 11 F - " " , Jane A. 8 F - " " , Mary E. 26 F - " Richardson, Lydia 22 F - " Brown, Elbridge 43 M - Baker " Patch, Stephen P. 37 M - Bread Pedlar " Davis, Charles W. 29 M - " " "

This is probably his daughter Mary E. Whitney.

502 503 Silas Whitney 49 M - Jobber $12000 $500 Mass. M. A. Whitney 31 F - Wife " L. Whitney 13 F - " Attended school E. Whitney 4 F - " M. T. Litchfield 19 F - help Mass. B. Whitney 73 F - -- Mass.

391 511 Twitchell, Seth 47 M W Building Mover $50000 $5000 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Martha C. 39 F W Keeping House Mass. -----, Olvia 15 F W Mass. -----, Herbert 10 M W At School Mass. Attended School -----, Milan G. 6 M W Mass. Villet, Victoria 17 F W Canada Parents foreign born Hartford, Stilman 19 M W Common Labourer Maine Whitney, Betsey 82 F W Mass.

References

1.^  "Abijah Whitney, s. Stephen & Relief Whitney, b. 10 Aug 1776," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the Fourth Book of Town Proceedings and the Second Book of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, from 1738 to 1822 (Watertown, MA: Historical Society, c1903), volume 3, page 167. Also, "Abijah [Whitney], s. Stephen and Relief, [born] Aug. 10, 1776," according to Walter A. Davis, comp., Early Records of the Town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Including That Part Which is Now Fitchburg, 1719-1764 (Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg City Council, 1896), volume 1, page 245.

2.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 131, page 124.

3.^  "Abijah [Whitney], of Lunenburg, and Betsy Whitney of Westminster, int. Dec. 3, 1811," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 95.

4.^  "Abigail [Whitney] of Lunenburg and Betsy Whitney, int. Dec. 14, 1811," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1915).

5.^  "Benjamin Hurd [Whitney], s. Abijah and Betsey, [born] Oct. 15, 1813," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

6.^  "Charles Stearns [Whitney], s. Abijah and Betsey, [born] Oct. 16, 1816," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

7.^  "Charles Stearns [Whitney], [died] Apr. 18 [17, dup.], 1833 [a. 16 y., intestinal inflammation, dup.]," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 314.

8.^  "Susan [Whitney], d. Abijah and Betsey, [born] Dec. 23, 1820," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

9.^  "Joseph [Whitney], s. Abijah and Betsey, [born] Feb. 21, 1823," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

10.^  "Joseph [Whitney], s. Abijah and Betsey, [died] Sep. 19, 1825 [a. 2 1/2 y., fever, dup.]," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 314.

11.^  "Francis Woolf [Whitney], s. Abijah and Betsey, [born] July 15, 1825," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

12.^  "Mary Elizabeth [Whitney], d. Abijah and Betsey, [born] July 19, 1828," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

13.^  "Martha Cunningham [Whitney], d. Abijah and Betsey, [born] Feb. 6, 1831," according to Lunenburg Vital Records, volume 3, page 273.

14.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 366, page 402.

15.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 101, page 164.


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