Family:Whitney, Elijah (1736-a1770)

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Elijah5 Whitney (Elijah4, Richard3, John2, Henry1), son of Elijah4 and Rebecca (Seymour) Whitney, was born 13 Oct 1736, Norwalk, CT,[1] and died after 1770.

He married, date and place unknown, Elizabeth Perry, daughter of Elisha and Anna (Saunders) Perry. She was born in Ridgefield, CT, and died after 1770. She married secondly, 19 Apr 1758, Woodbury, CT, Jonathan Hill (1734-1793).

Phoenix says the following:

Elijah Whitney, b. at Norwalk, Conn., 13 Oct 1736; was of Norwalk, 30 Nov. 1752, when he chose John Seymour as his guardian. He married Elizabeth Perry, dau. of Elisha and Anna Perry, of Ridgefield, Conn. They settled in Danbury, Conn., and there sold, 23 Ap. 1770, for £5, to David Perry, ten acres of land in Ridgefield, "it being the whole of our right and interest in the thirds of our Honrd mother, ye Widow Hoyt, of Ridgefield."

Children of Elijah5 and Elizabeth (Perry) Whitney.

i. Hannah6 Whitney, b. say 1760, possibly the one who m.(1) Jeremiah Bass, and m.(2) Elijah Whitney.


Due to similarities in names (Elijah, Seth), dates, and location (Danbury, New York, Canada), it may be that this man was the same as Family:Whitney, Elijah (s1740-a1760). However, the 1770 land sale listed above needs to be checked to see if Elijah's wife at that time was listed as Elizabeth or Hannah.

Also, who is "mother/widow Hoyt"? She might be Anna (Saunders) Perry, whose husband Elisha Perry had died 5 Aug 1751, Ridgefield, CT, and could have remarried a Hoyt, identity currently unknown, before her death after 28 Oct 1773, Ridgefield, CT, but on that date she is called mother Anna Perry in the will of her son Solomon Perry of Ridgefield.


  • 1790: not found.
  • 1790, Watervliet, Albany Co., NY: Elijah Whitney, 1 male 0-15, 1 male 16+, and 3 females. This was probably the son-in-law, who was said to have lived in Coeymans, NY, not far from Watervliet.
  • 1800: not found.
  • 1810: not found.


1.^  "Elijah [Whitney], s. Elijah [& Rebeckah], b. 13 Oct 1736, Norwalk LR4:11," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Norwalk LR4:11.

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