Family:Whitney, Cyrus (1771-1847)

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Cyrus6 Whitney (Isaiah5, Isaiah4, Isaiah3, Thomas2, John1), son of Isaiah5 and Persis (Randall) Whitney, was born 17 Aug 1771, Harvard, MA,[1] and died 24 Aug 1847, Harvard, MA, aged 76 years.[2]

He married firstly, 19 Jun 1796, Harvard, MA, Aseneth Harris,[3] daughter of Richard, Jr., and Lydia (Atherton) Harris. She was born 26 Aug 1772, Harvard, MA, and died 22 Mar 1800, Harvard, MA, aged 27 years.[4]

He married secondly, 22 Mar 1802, Mary "Polly"7 Whitney,[5] daughter of Dea. Isaac6 and Lucy (Mead) Whitney. She was born 13 Dec 1779,[6] and died 19 Nov 1857, Harvard, MA, aged 79 years, of consumption.[7]

Cyrus Whitney was a good farmer and business man. Started a cotton factory in his native town, which was not very successful, was interested in a gold mine in Harvard. (A hole said to be 100 feet deep is shown in side hill now) helped build Union Turnpike from Concord thrugh his farm to Harvard and Lancaster, which joined road to Fitchburg. Built a substantial square brick mansion soon after his last marriage where his wife presided with dignity, ability and grace over many a socal gathering. She had the first piano in town, the first carriage, left in her attic a loom for weaving homespun cloth and carpets, as well as flax wheels, wool spinning wheels and other evidences of her industry, skill and thrift. A well worn copy of the Scriptures and another of Baxter's Saint's Rest witness her piety, and well do her grandchildren remember her excellent cooking, her cheery tones, her loving care. Cyrus, like many another Whitneys was ingenious, making use of the blacksmith shop left by his Uncle Jonas, and a bench for wood work, for repairs of farming utensils. He had a cider mill where at first the native fruit was ground up, and later the less marketable portion of the grafted crop. His cellars had the best of bottled cider of all ages; his barns were crowded with hay for his large herd of cattle, his lands were surrounded by heavy walls, his field near his house ornamented with an artificial pond which was sell stocked with fish and lilies, surrounded by his orchards of peaches, pears, as well as apples. She made her will 14 Feb 1856; it was probated 5 Jan 1858. Sons Edwin, Isaiah, and Isaac were executors. He resided Stow and Harvard, MA.

Children of Cyrus6 and Aseneth (Harris) Whitney:

i. Clarinda7 Whitney, b. 24 Oct 1797, Harvard, MA;[8] d. 21 Jun 1889, Rindge, NH; m. ("of Harvard" int. 15 Mar 1819, Bolton, MA)[9] 20 Sep 1817, Harvard, MA, Nathan Woodbury, of Bolton, MA,[10] where he was b. 13 Aug 1794; d. 10 Nov 1877, Rindge, NH; resided Rindge, NH. Children:
a. Asenath H. Woodbury, b. 17 Apr 1819; d. Apr 1891; m. Albert Mann; resided Winchendon, MA; had 7 ch.
b. Mary Ann Woodbury, b. 15 Jan 1821; d. 14 Jun 1889; m. Samuel Page; resided Winchendon, MA.
c. Nathan G. Woodbury, b. 16 Apr 1823; m. Angelia Bryant; resided Keene, NH.
d. Harrison Woodbury, b. 19 Mar 1826; d. 10 Oct 1830.
e. Lauretta W. Woodbury, b. 20 May 1828; m. Nelson Parks; resided Winchendon, MA.
f. Lucinda B. Woodbury, b. 4 Feb 1832; m. Henry I. Newman; resided Rindge, NH.
g. Maria A. Woodbury, b. 20 May 1837; m. Gen. F. Wallace; resided Winchendon, MA.
h. Andrew C. Woodbury, b. 25 Dec 1840; unmarried; resided Old Point Comfort, VA.
ii. Asenath Whitney, b. 18 Mar 1800, Harvard, MA;[11] d. 4 Nov 1800, Harvard, MA.[12]

Children of Cyrus6 and Mary7 (Whitney) Whitney:

iii. Joseph Addison Whitney, b. 23 Oct 1802, Harvard, MA;[13] m. Hannah Fletcher.
iv. Benjamin Franklin Whitney, b. 21 Mar 1804, Harvard, MA;[14] m. Louisa Lawrence.
v. James Fordyce Whitney, b. 14 Apr 1806, Harvard, MA;[15] m. Mary G. Whitney.
vi. Richard Harris Whitney, b. 2 Nov 1808, Harvard, MA;[16] m.(1) Nancy Flagg Whitney; m.(2) Dorcus Fisk.
vii. Lauretta Whitney, b. 25 Oct 1810, Harvard, MA;[17] d. 3 Nov 1842, Harvard, MA, aged 32 years, of consumption.[18]
viii. Edwin7 Whitney, b. 2 Oct 1812, Harvard, MA;[19] m. Lucia Mead Whitney.
ix. Isaiah Whitney, b. 22 Sep 1815, Harvard, MA;[20] m. Mary A. Gove.
x. Isaac Whitney, b. 24 Jul 1818, Harvard, MA;[21] m. Dorcas Whitney Hoar.
xi. Mary Whitney, b. Feb 1824, Harvard, MA;[22] d. 21 Jun 1888, Lancaster, MA, aged 64 years 5 months 19 days, of drowning;[23] m. 20 Nov 1846, Harvard, MA, William Stearns Locke,[24] b. 21 Nov 1813; resided Lancaster, MA. Children:
a. Lauretta Irene Locke, b. 17 Jan 1848; m. 15 Jun 1878, ----- Hadley; resided Sudbury, MA.
b. Frances Ann Locke, b. 14 Feb 1850; m. 14 Oct 1873, ----- Ordway; resided Hudson, MA.
c. Edward Cutter Locke, b. -- Mar 1852; d. Mar or Apr 1854.
d. Warren Shattuck Locke, b. 10 Jun 1854; m. 8 Oct 1885; resided Lancaster, MA.
e. Edwin Whitney Locke, b. 10 Aug 1857; m. 29 Mar 1892, ----- -----; resided Lancaster, MA.

Census

163 185 Isaac Whitney 32 M - Farmer $3500 Mass. Dorcas W. " 26 F - " Walter H. " 7/12 M - " Mary " 70 F - " Patrick Flinn 30 M - Farm laborer Ireland

14 14 Isaiah Whitney 40 M - Farmer Mass. Mary M. Whitney 33 F - New York Emily Whitney 13 F - Mass. Harry Whitney 10 M - Mass. Ella S. Whitney 5 F - Mass. Edwin H. Whitney 4 M - Mass. Charles G. Whitney 1 M - Mass. Lemuel Mosely 18 M - Farmer Mass. Mary Whitney 75 F - Mass.

References

1.^  "Cyrus [Whitney], s. of Isaiah and Persis, [born] Aug. 17, 1771," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

2.^  "Cyrus [Whitney], [died] Aug. 24, 1847, a. 76 y. Md.," according to Harvard Vital Records. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 33, page 183.

3.^  "Cyrus [Whitney] and Asenath Harris, [married] June 19, 1796.," according to Harvard Vital Records.

4.^  "Arcena [Whitney], w. of Cyrus, [died] Mar. 22, 1800, a. 27 y. G.R.1," according to Harvard Vital Records.

5.^  "Cyrus [Whitney] and Polly Whitney, [married] Mar. 22, 1802," according to Harvard Vital Records.

6.^  "Polley [Whitney], d. of Isaac and Lucy, [born] Dec. 13, 1779," according to Harvard Vital Records.

7.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 113, page 141.

8.^  "Clarinda [Whitney], d. of Cyrus and Asena, [born] Oct. 24, 1797," according to Harvard Vital Records.

9.^  "Clarinda [Whitney] of Harvard and Nathan Woodberry, int. March 15, 1819," acoording to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Bolton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1910).

10.^  "Clarinda [Whitney] and Nathan Woodberry of Bolton, [married] Mar. 29, 1819," according to Harvard Vital Records.

11.^  "Asena [Whitney], d. of Cyrus and Asena, [born] Mar. 18, 1800," according to Harvard Vital Records.

12.^  "----- [Whitney], ch. of Cyrus, [died] Nov. 4, 1800. C.R.1," according to Harvard Vital Records.

13.^  "Addison [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Oct. 20. 1802 (Jos. Addison, Oct. 23, 1802. G.R.1.)," according to Harvard Vital Records.

14.^  "Benjamin Franklin [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Mar. 21, 1804. (Mar. 23, 1804. G.R.1.)," according to Harvard Vital Records.

15.^  "Fordyce [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Apr. 14, 1806," according to Harvard Vital Records.

16.^  "Richard Harris [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Nov. 2, 1808," according to Harvard Vital Records.

17.^  "Lauretta [Whitney], d. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Oct. 25, 1810," according to Harvard Vital Records.

18.^  "Lauretta [Whitney], [died] Nov. 3, 1842. G.R.1. (a. 32 y. C.R.1.)," according to Harvard Vital Records. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 3, page 197.

19.^  "Edwin [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Oct. 2, 1812," according to Harvard Vital Records.

20.^  "Isaiah [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Sept. 22, 1815," according to Harvard Vital Records.

21.^  "Isaac [Whitney], s. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] July 24, 1818," according to Harvard Vital Records.

22.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. of Cyrus and Polly, [born] Feb. 1, 1824," according to Harvard Vital Records.

23.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 393, page 513.

24.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. of Cyrus and Mary, a. 22 y., and William S. Locke of Lancaster, s. of Jona[than] of Lancaster, and Mary, b. in Lancaster, a. 32 y., [married] Nov. 19, 1846," according to Harvard Vital Records. Also "Mary [Whitney] of Harvard and William S. Locke, [married] Nov. 19, 1846. T.R.4," according to Henry S. Nourse, ed., The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs, of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: 1890), p. 255. Also, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 25, page 167.


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