Family:Whitney, Amos (1724-a1800)

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Amos4 Whitney (Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Nathaniel3 and Sarah (Ford) Whitney, was born 5 Mar 1723/4, York, ME.[1]

Marriage intentions were published 16 Jul 1748, York, ME, for him and Sarah Payne "both of York". Amos married, 5 Sep 1748, York, ME, Sarah Payne "daughter of Thomas Payne of York",[2] daughter of Thomas and Mary (Gookin) Payne. The marriage is in the Gorham VR's, but this date not given - it says "bef. Apr. 2, 1763", which is the date of birth of son Elias Whitney. However, there were three earlier children, all indicated as born in York, for which we do not yet have VR's. Further, the gap between child number three, Mary G. Whitney, b. 1754 in York and number four, Elias, b. 1763 in Gorham, suggests the possibility that this family lived somewhere else between 1754 and 1763 and that there might be other children in the 9 year gap.

Marriage intentions for him and Hannah (Blake) Johnson "of Falmouth"' were published 14 Aug 1773, Gorham, ME.[3] He married, 30 Aug 1773, Cumberland Co., ME, Hannah (Blake) Johnson.[4] She was born circa 1726 (calculated from age at death). She was baptized 2 Jun 1728, Hampton, NH. Marriage intentions for her and James Johnson were published 17 Jul 1754, Falmouth, ME. She died 14 May 1815, New Gloucester, ME, aged 89 years.

He, son of Nathaniel, was an early settler in Gorham. He is said to have first built a log house in what is now Melville Cressey's field. His homestead farm in Gorham was the two thirty acres lots, 40 and 42, which he sold in 1798 to Joseph Crocker Snow of Falmouth, Mass. Mr. Whitney was the first town clerk of Gorham, from 1764 to 1769, and was one of the first selectmen; a man highly respected and of great integrity. He married Sarah, the daughter of Thomas Payne of York. Children, the three oldest born in York: Ebenezer, b. Dec. 30, 1749; amos, b. Apr. 22, 1752, m. Ann Weston, p. Oct. 5, 1776; Mary G., b. Oct. 25, 1754, m. Thomas Paine of Standish, Apr. 26, 1792; Elias, b. Apr. 12, 1763, m. Polly Fowler, Dec. 14, 1788; Jotham, b. Apr. 2, 1766, m. Elizabeth Ross, Apr. 1, 1792; Ruth, b. June 25, 1769. Mr. Whitney married second (pub. Aug. 14, 1773), Hannah Johnson of Falmouth. He lived in 1763 at Gorham, ME.

Pierce says the following:[5]

Amos WHITNEY was born in York, Me. He was one of the earliest settlers in Gorham, and was prominent and influential in town affaris. He was the first town clerk from 1764 to 1769, and one of the first selectmen, which office he held for years. He was a man of great integrity and highly respected.

Children of Amos4 and Sarah (Payne) Whitney:

i. Ebenezer5 Whitney, b. 30 Dec 1749, York, ME;[6] m. widow Sarah Thompson.
ii. Amos Whitney, b. 22 Apr 1752, York, ME;[7] m.(1) Anna Weston; m.(2) Mary Smith.
iii. Mary Gooking Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1754, York, ME;[8] m. ("of Gorham" int. 26 Mar 1792, Standish, ME[9] 26 Apr 1792, Gorham, ME, Thomas Paine "of Standish", by Rev. Caleb Jewett.[10]
iv. Elias Whitney, b. 2 Apr 1763, Gorham, ME;[11] m. Polly Fowler.
v. Jotham Whitney, b. 2 Apr 1766, Gorham, ME;[12] m. Elizabeth Ross.
vi. Ruth Whitney, b. 25 Jun 1769, Gorham, ME.[13]

Amos4 and Hannah (Blake)(Johnson) Whitney had no children.

Census

References

1.^  "Amos Whitney [s. Nathll. and Sarah (Foord)] born March. 5th. 1723/4," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

2.^  "Amos Whitney & Sarah Payne both of York intend Marriage Entred July 16. 1748. Married Sepr 5 - 1748 by the Revd Mr Saml Chandler," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992). Also, "Amos [Whitney] and Sarah Payne, d. Thomas of York, [married] [bef. Apr. 2, 1763]," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897). Also, "Amos Whitney his Children born in York of his Wife Sarah the Daughter of Mr. Thomas Payne, decd.," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

3.^  "Amos [Whitney], with Hannah Johnson, of Falmouth, [intentions] Aug. 14, 1773," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

4.^  "Aug. 30, 1773, Amos WHITNEY & Hannah JOHNSON; by Rev. Mr. Samuel DEAN, M.G.; Falmouth (2:150)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 22.

5.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), pp. 62-63.

6.^  "Ebenezer Whitney born Decemr. 30. 1749," ac``cording to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

7.^  "Amos Whitney born Aprl 22d 1752," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

8.^  "Mary-Gookin Whitney born Octr. 25. 1754," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

9.^  "Mary Gookin [Whitney], of Gorham, and Thomas Paine of Standish, [intentions] filed 26 March 1792," according to Standish, Maine, Vital Records.

10.^  "Mary Gooking [Whitney] [Gookin in Int.] and Thomas Paine, of Standish, [married] Apr. 26, 1792," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897). Also, "Apr. 26, 1792, Thomas PAINE of Standish & Mary Gooking WHITNEY; by Rev. Caleb JEWETT, Gorham (A:59)," according to Kelley, Judith Holbrook, ed. and transcr., Clayton Rand Adams, ed., Marriage Returns of Cumberland County, Maine, Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 29 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 98.

11.^  "Elias [Whitney], s. Amos and Sarah (Payne), [born] Apr. 2, 1763," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

12.^  "Jotham [Whitney], s. Amos and Sarah (Payne), [born] Apr. 2, 1766," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

13.^  "Ruth [Whitney], d. Amos and Sarah (Payne), [born] June 25, 1769," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).


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