Family:Whitney, Abraham (1724-c1804)

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Abraham4 Whitney (Joseph3, John2, Henry1), son of Joseph3 and Hannah (Hoyt) Whitney,[1] was born 23 Feb 1723/4, Norwalk, CT,[2] and died about 1804 or 1805, Norwalk, CT.[3]

He married, 23 Dec 1750, Huntington, Long Island, N. Y., Anne Plumb, by Rev. Ebenezer Prime,[4] daughter of Samuel and Anne (Roe) Plumb.[5] She was born about 1730, Huntington, Long Island, N. Y.,[6] and died about 1806, Norwalk, CT.[7]

Phoenix says the following:[8]

... a tailor and farmer; married, 23 Dec. 1750, at Huntington, L.I., by Rev. Ebenezer Prime, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, to Anne Plumb, of Huntington. They settled in Norwalk, and there died; he, about 1804, or 1805; she, at the house of her son, John Whitney, in Pudding Lane, about 1806. They were buried in St. Paul's Churchyard.

Children of Abraham4 and Anne (Plumb) Whitney:

i. Samuel5 Whitney, b. 28 Sep 1752, Norwalk, CT;[9] m.(1) ----- -----; m.(2) Anne Guire.
ii. Stephen Whitney, b. 20 Jan 1754, Norwalk, CT;[10] m. Esther Jarvis.
iii. Archibald Whitney, b. 23 Jan 1756, Norwalk, CT;[11] is thought to have died in childhood.[12]
iv. Ann Whitney, b. 27 Jan 1758, Norwalk, CT;[13] probably died young.[14]
v. Susan Whitney, b. 2 Jan 1760, Norwalk, CT;[15] married ----- Rich, and lived at Horse Neck, Greenwich, Conn. Possibly she was the Susan Rich, wife of Lemuel Rich, who joined the Congregational Church at Greenwich, 18 Oct. 1789. Nothing more is known.[16]
vi. Abraham Whitney, b. 2 Apr 1762, Norwalk, CT;[17] probably died in infancy.[18]
vii. John Whitney, b. 17 May 1764, Norwalk, CT;[19] m. Anne Fox.
viii. Sarah Whitney, b. 27 Jul 1766, Norwalk, CT;[20] went to visit her brother, Samuel Whitney, at St. John, N.B., and there met, and married, Capt. James Grigor, a native of Scotland. They settled in St. John, where he died; whereupon she returned to Norwalk, and there spent the remainder of her life. Having no children, she first willed her property to St. Paul's parish in Norwalk, for the purpose of founding a school in which good boys might be educated for missionaries. She was persuaded by the rector of St. Paul's, Rev. William Cooper Mead, D.D., to change her will; giving $15000 to Trinity College, in Hartford, Conn., as a foundation for the Brownell professorship, $3000 to St. Paul's parish, Norwalk, and a residuary legacy, which realized $10000, to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church, as a fund for the benefit of domestic missions. At her grave, near the front entrance of St. Paul's Churchyard, a handsome freestone monument, which also commemorates her sisters, Polly and Mercy Whitney, bears the following inscription: "In memory of a Christian woman, who gave herself and all that she had to Christ and the Church; Mrs. Sarah Grigor, born July 27, 1766; died April 6, 1855. 'She hath done what she could.'"[21]
ix. Polly Whitney, b. 2 Jan 1769, Norwalk, CT;[22] died in Norwalk, 6 Feb. 1844, unmarried, and was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard, Norwalk.[23]
x. Mercy Whitney, b. 4 Apr 1771, Norwalk, CT;[24] died in Norwalk, 1 Ap. 1855, unmarried, and was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard, Norwalk.[25]

Census

References

1.{{note}1}} Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 24-25.

2.^  "Abraham [Whitney], s. Joseph, b. 23 Feb 1723/4," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR4:2.

3.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

4.^  "Abraham [Whitney], m. Ann Plumb, 23 Dec 1750," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

5.^  L.D.S. International Genealogical Index.

6.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 24.

7.^  Ibid.

8.^  Phoenix, op. cit., pp. 24-25.

9.^  "Samuel [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 28 Sep 1752," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

10.^  "Stephen [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 20 Jan 1754," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

11.^  "Archibald [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 23 Jan 1756," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

12.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 53.

13.^  "Ann [Whitney], d. Abraham & Ann, b. 27 Jan 1758," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

14.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 54.

15.^  "Susa [Whitney], d. Abraham & Ann, b. 2 Jan 1760," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

16.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 54.

17.^  "Abraham [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 2 Apr 1762," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

18.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 54.

19.^  "John [Whitney], s. Abraham & Ann, b. 17 May 1764," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

20.^  "Sally [Whitney], d. Abraham & Ann, b. 27 Jan 1766," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

21.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 54.

22.^  "Polly [Whitney], d. Abraham & Ann, b. 2 Jan 1769," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

23.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 54.

24.^  "Mercy [Whitney], d. Abraham & Ann, b. 4 Apr 1771," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR18:47.

25.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 55.


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