Family:Whitney, Desire (1749-1778)

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Desire5 Whitney (Jonas4, Eleazar3, Thomas2, John1), daughter of Jonas4 and Sarah (Perry) Whitney, was born 31 Oct 1749, Roxbury, MA,[1] and died 23 Jun 1778, Orange, MA.[2]

Marriage intentions were published 18 Feb 1769, Dedham, MA, for her "of Roxbury" and Edward Ward "of Dedham".[3] She married, 9 Mar 1769, Roxbury, MA, Edward Ward,[4] son of Timothy and Margaret (Woodward) Ward. He was born 12 Jan 1744, Newton, MA, and died 2 Sep 1817, Orange, MA. He married secondly, 26 Nov 1778, Athol, MA, Dolly Twitchell. She died 8 Feb 1842, Orange, MA, aged 83 years.

Children of Edward and Desire5 (Whitney) Ward, all born Newton, MA:

i. Amos Ward, b. 24 Nov 1769, also recorded at Dedham, MA; d. 21 Aug 1840, Orange, MA; m. 5 Dec 1795, Warwick, MA, Sally Burnett, dau. of William T. and Lucy (Gleason) Burnett. She was b. 2 May 1772, Warwick, MA, d. 6 Mar 1833, and was buried Orange Center Cemetery, North Orange, MA.
ii. Sarah Ward, b. 7 Oct 1771; bapt. 14 Oct 1771, Dedham, MA. Since another daughter was named Sarah, she apparently died young.
iii. Molly Ward, b. 1773.

Children of Edward and Dolly (Twitchell) Ward, all born Newton, MA:

iv. Sarah Ward, b. 26 Jun 1780; m. Calvin Mayo of Orange, MA.
v. Nathan Ward, b. 28 Mar 1782; m. Clarissa Albee.
vi. Dolly Ward, b. 11 Feb 1785.
vii. Susan Ward, b. 2 Feb 1787.
viii. Rhoda Ward, b. 28 Oct 1788.
ix. Jonas Ward, b. 24 Oct 1790.
x. Royal Ward, b. 25 Sep 1792.
xi. Edward Ward, b. 15 Aug 1797.


1.^  "Desire [Whitney], d. Jonas and Sarah, [born] Oct. 31, 1749," according to Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1925-1926).


3.^  "Desire [Whitney], of Roxbury, and Edward Ward of Dedham, int. Feb. 18, 1769," according to Don Gleason Hill, ed., Dedham, Records of Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths 1638-1845 (Dedham, MA: Dedham Transcript, 1886).

4.^  "Desire [Whitney], and Edward Ward, [married] Mar. 9, 1769," according to Roxbury Vital Records.

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