Family:Whitney, Benjamin (1687-1737)

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Benjamin4 Whitney (Thomas3, Thomas2, John1), son of Thomas3 and Elizabeth (Lawrence) Whitney, was born 7 Oct 1687, Stow, MA,[1] and died between 19 Oct 1737 and 9 Nov 1737, Boston, MA, aged 50 years.[2]

Benjamin married firstly, 7 Feb 1710/1, Marlborough, MA, Sarah Barrett,[3] daughter of John and Deborah (How) Barrett Jr.. She was born 28 Nov 1692, and died 15 Feb 1730, Marlborough, MA.[4]

Benjamin married secondly, 1730, Abigail Bridge, daughter of Matthew and Abigail (Russell) Bridge. She was born 1 Apr 1696, and died 1 Aug 1767, Boston, MA.[5]

At Boston, MA, his inventory amounted to £4168 less a debt of £637.

He left a will dated 19 Oct 1737, Boston, MA. On 9 Nov 1737, Boston, MA, his will was proved.

On 25 Oct 1749, Benjamin Whitney was late of Boston, decd.

On 12 Mar 1749[/50?], division of estate in Marlborough, made by Abraham Williams, Joseph How, Timothy Brigham, Andrew Rice, and Ephraim Brigham:

  • Solomon Whitney, 1st son
  • Job Whitney, 2nd son
  • Benjamin Whitney, 3rd son
  • George Whitney, 4th son
  • Samuel Whitney youngest son
  • Sarah, 1st dau.
  • Dinah Whitney, 2nd dau.
  • Abigail, 3rd dau.
  • Anne, youngest dau.
  • Widow Abigail

Son Solomon Whitney died intestate, leaving four children, all minors, before 11 Apr 1771. Then his sons Benjamin and Job had David Sanderson of Petersham appointed their guardian, and his daughters Meriam and Sarah had John Stower of Petersham appointed their guardian. The widow Abigail was lately deceased.[6]

Pierce says the following:[7]

He was one of the first of the family to settle in Boston, about 1737. His estate was appraised at £4,168. He first bought land in Marlboro, Nov. 2, 1710, 321 acres, with house and barn, of Samuel MORSE. In 1711 he was of Simon MAINARD's garrison. He owned large tracts in Marlboro, partly inherited from John and Deborah BARRETT. In his will, dated Oct. 19, and proved Nov. 9, 1737, he speaks of himself as late of Marlboro, now of Boston, and therein wills to his son, Solomon, his "Narragansett right" (Petersham), showing service in the Indian wars.

Children of Benjamin4 and Sarah (Barrett) Whitney, all born Marlborough, MA:

i. Deborah5 Whitney, b. 7 Nov 1711;[8] m. Joseph Wheeler.
ii. Barrett Whitney, b. 22 Sep 1715;[9] d. 1749; m. 16 Jun 1737, Boston, MA, Elizabeth Adams.[10] Neither he nor heirs are mentioned in the will of his brother Job Whitney dated 24 Mar 1761, Cambridge, MA.
iii. David Whitney, b. 21 Jan 1716/7;[11] m. Mercy Goodenow.
iv. Persis Whitney, b. 10 Jan 1718/9;[12] m. Nathan Goodale.
v. Solomon Whitney, b. 20 Dec 1721;[13] m. Elizabeth Smith.
vi. Sarah Whitney, b. 13 Jul 1723;[14] m. Abraham Joslin.
vii. Timothy Whitney, b. 6 Jul 1725;[15] d. before 19 Oct 1737.
viii. Dinah Whitney, b. 12 Jul 1727;[16] m. Dea. Elijah Livermore.
ix. Job Whitney, b. 22 Oct 1729;[17] d. 13 Jun 1761, Marlborough, MA, unmarried.

Children of Benjamin4 and Abigail (Bridge) Whitney, all born Marlborough, MA:

i. Abigail5 Whitney, b. 13 May 1731;[18] m. Samuel Austin.
ii. Benjamin Whitney, b. 8 May 1732;[19] d. 22 Mar 1750/1, Marlborough, MA. His mother was named administrator of his estate.
iii. George Whitney, b. 25 Mar 1733;[20] d. 26 Dec 1751, Marlborough, MA.
iv. Samuel Whitney, b. 5 Sep 1734;[21] m. Abigail Cutler.
v. Anna Whitney, b. 23 or 27 Oct 1736, Marlborough, MA;[22] m. William Bowes.

References

1.^  "Benjamin [Whetney], s. Thomas and Elizabeth, [born] Oct. 7, [16]87. M.R.," according to F. Apthorp Foster, ed., Vital Records of Stow, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911).

2.^  He died between the date of his will and the date of its proof.

3.^  "Benjamin [Whittney] and Sarah Barret (1710-11 C.R.), [married] Feb. 7, 1710," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1908).

4.^  "Sarah [Whitney], w. Benjamin, [died] Feb. 15, 1730," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

5.^  "Abigail [Whitney], [died] 1 Aug 1767, wf. of Benjamin, dau. of Matthew Bridge," and "Abigail [Whitney], Mrs., [died] 1 Aug 1767, shopkeeper," according to Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann Smith Lainhart, Deaths in the Town of Boston, 1700-1799, 2 volumes (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), vol. 2, pp. 983-984.

6.^  Middlesex County, MA, Probate Files, #24608.

7.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), pp. 50-51.

8.^  "Deborah [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], d. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Nov. 7, 1711," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

9.^  "Barrit [Barret, C.R.] [Whitne], s. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Sep. 22, 1715," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

10.^  "Barrett [Whitney] and Elizabeth Adams [int. reads (Barritt)(Elisabeth)], [married] June 16, 1737," according to Record Commisioners of the City of Boston, A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, Containing the Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1751, vol. 28 (Boston, MA: Rockwell and Churchill, 1898), p. 204.

11.^  "David [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], s. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Jan. 21, 1716/17," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

12.^  "Persis [Whitne], d. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Jan. 10, 1718/19," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

13.^  "Soloman [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], s. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Dec. 20, 1721," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

14.^  "Sarah [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], d. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Jul. 13, 1723," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

15.^  "Timothy [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], s. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Jul. 6, 1725," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

16.^  "Dinah [Whitney, C.R.] [Whitne], d. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Jul. 12, 1727," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

17.^  "Job [Whitney], s. Benjamin and Sarah, [born] Oct. 22, 1729," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

18.^  "Abigail [Whetney], d. Benjamin and Abigail, [born] May 13, 1731," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

19.^  "Benjamin [Whitney], s. Benjamin and Abigail, [born] May. 8, 1732," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

20.^  "George [Whitney], s. Benjamin and Abigail, [born] Mar. 25, 1733," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

21.^  "Samuel [Whitney], s. Benjamin and Abigail, [born] Sep. 5, 1734," according to Marlborough Vital Records.

22.^  "Anna [Whitney], d. Benjamin and Abigail, [born] Oct. 23, 1736," according to Marlborough Vital Records.


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