Family:Whitney, Ami (1781-1867)

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Ami & Anna (Amsden) Whitney

Ami6 Whitney (Jonathan5, Jonathan4, Jonathan3, Benjamin2, John1) son of Capt. Jonathan5 and Esther (Parkhurst) Whitney, was born 12 or 18 Jan 1781, Conway, MA,[1] and died 14 Dec 1867, Seneca Castle, NY, at age 86, gravestone. He was buried in Sand Hill Cemetery, Seneca, NY.[2]

Ami married 7 Dec 1800, Hopewell, NY, Anna Amsden, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth (Gates) Amsden. She was born 7 Dec 1784 or 1785, Conway, MA, and died 30 Apr 1858, probably at Flint Creek, NY.

"His son Ami [Whitney], grandfather of our subject, was born and reared in Connecticut, and there married Anna Amsden, a lady of New England birth and ancestry. Shortly after marriage they left the old home in New England and proceeded to the almost pathless wilds of Ontario County, N. Y., and in the township of Seneca bravely began the struggle which their forefathers had undergone, to build up a home in the forest. They mutually assisted each other, and applied themselves successfully to the task before them, and in the end succeeded in clearing and improving a good farm, and making a comfortable home. Mr. Whitney took an active part in the War of 1812 as a commissioned officer of the militia volunteers of a New York regiment, and after his retirement from the army resumed his farming operations, which he conducted skillfully and profitably for many years. Both himself and his wife passed away from the scenes of their labors at a ripe old age. They were the parents of thirteen children, nine sons and four daughters, most of whom lived to maturity."[3]

Children of Ami6 and Anna (Amsden) Whitney:

i. Theodore7 Whitney, born 2 or 3 Jan 1802, Flint, NY; m. Experience Warner.
ii. Jasper Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1803; m. Elizabeth Ganwer.
iii. Isaac Amsden Whitney, b. 17 Sep 1805; m. Jane Moore.
iv. William Gates Whitney, b. 17 May 1807; d. 23 May 1901, Allen, MI; m. and res. Geauga Co., OH, and Litchfield, MI.
v. Anna Whitney, b. 29 Aug 1809; d. 29 Aug 1809.
vi. Charles Whitney, b. 11 Sep 1810; d. 11 Oct 1825.
vii. Ezra Whitney, b. 6 Oct 1812; d. 30 Jul 1816.
viii. Ami Whitney, b. 22 Jun 1814; m.(1) Ann Shearman; m.(2) Rebecca C. Rippey.
ix. Jonathan Whitney, b. 3 Nov 1816; m. Ann Jane Garrett.
x. (daughter) Whitney (twin), b. 5 Feb 1819; d. 5 Feb 1819.
xi. (daughter) Whitney (twin), b. 5 Feb 1819; d. 5 Feb 1819.
xii. Esther Ann Whitney, b. 28 May 1820; d. 29 Sep 1821.
xiii. Elizabeth A. Whitney, b. 5 Jan 1822; m. 29 Jan 1845, Ontario Co., NY, John Lewis; res. Hopewell, NY.
xiv. Esther Gates Whitney, b. 5 Dec 1823; m. Franklin M. Hooper.
xv. Anna H. Whitney, b. 10 Mar 1826; d. 3 May 1916, Geneva, NY, aged 90 years and nearly 2 months; m. 25 Oct 1849, Ontario Co., NY, James Wilson; res. Geneva, NY.
A son is Captain (later General) William Wilson, M. A., at Geneva, NY; m. Minnie -----.

Notes

Source of marriage date being sought. Thus far it is only a trail of e-mail addresses. Date of the marriage comes from an unpublished typewritten manuscript entitled "Some Descendants of Isaac Amsden of Cambridge, MA: by Murray M. Brown, copyright 1934. This manuscript is in the possession of Mr. Bill Bombard of Boston, MA, who has kindly shared the Amsden data with several researchers, and is the person to whom the e-mail trail was traced. In the manuscript Mr. Brown thanks "some individual contributors and town clerks in general," but does not specifically identify any one source for any specific datum. For 1934, this is not surprising. A duplicate record says Jan 16th. There is an Ami Whitney and an Ami Whitney Jr. in Seneca, Ontario Co., NY in the 1850 Census Index. Amsden Genealogy (pwallred@aol.com) shows his birthdate as 18 Jan 1781. Author queried.

Census

117 123 Ami Whitney 69 M - Farmer $10000 Mass. Anna do 65 F - do

167 180 W. G. Whitney 42 M - Farmer $3000 N.Y. John R. Hall 66 M - do Mass. Charlotte Hall 59 F - R.I. Wm. Boyce 25 M - Farmer Unknown

[144] Frame $600 144 Ami Whitney 74 M - - Mass. 1 - 64 Farmer 1 - - - - 1 - Anna do 70 F - Wife do 1 - 60 - - - - - - - - Ester G. Hooper 31 F - Chld Ontario 1 - 31 - - - - - - - - Sally Howam 54 F - Srvt Essec - 1 - - - - - - - - - Ella E. Hooper 7 F - Chld Ontario - - 7 - - - - - - - -

1262 1264 Ami Whitney Jr. 46 M - Farmer $435 $3000 New York Ann S. " 42 F - Pennsylvania Charlotte E. " 14 F - New York Attended school J. Sherman " 12 M - " Attended school Thomas D. " 8 M - " Attended school Charles W. " 6 M - " Attended school Frank " 2 M - " James Hill 58 M - " Nick Madijan 19 M - " Sarah C. Clark 25 F - Domestic " Fanny Van Wart 22 F - " Switzerland Ami Whitney 79 M - $10500 $5000 Massachusetts

602 562 Mortimer Watts 23 M - Farm Labor $75 O. Harriett " 19 F - " Franklin Watts 3/12 M - O. William Whitney 53 M - Farmer $6775 $3600 N.Y.

24 24 W. G. Whitney 63 M W Farmer $1300 $600 N.Y. Male citizen over 21

William WHITNEY 73 Self M S W NY Farming MA MA Frank POLO 20 Oth M S W TN Servant TN TN

References

1.^  "Ami [Whitney], s. Jonathan and Esther, [born] Jan. 12 [dup. Jan. 18], 1781," according to Conway Vital Records.

2.^  Find A Grave memorial #34782320, Ami Whitney.

3.^  Portrait and biographical album of Hillsdale County, Mich. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1888), p. 578.


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