Family:Whitney, Elijah (1761-1817)

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Elijah6 Whitney (Thomas5, Thomas4, Eleazer3, Thomas2, John1), son of Thomas5 and Ann (Gould) Whitney, was born 21 Apr 1761, Shrewsbury, MA,[1] and died 24 Aug 1817 in his 57th year, Westborough, MA.[2]

He married, 29 May 1785, Westborough, MA, Mindwell Hardy,[3] daughter of Constantine and Jemima (Brigham) Hardy. She was born 27 Nov 1763, Westborough, MA, and died 28 Apr 1853, Westborough, MA, aged 89 years 5 months 1 day, of old age.[4]

Elijah Whitney, born 21 Apr 1761, was the son of Thomas Whitney, of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Anna Gould; and by the history of the town belonged to the John Whitney family, of Watertown. He (Elijah) died 24 Aug 1817 in his 57th year. His wife, Mrs. Mindwell (Hardy) Whitney, was born 27 Nov 1763, and died 28 Apr 1853, ae. 89 years, 5 months, and 1 day. Elijah Whitney was a handsome man, and an excellent farmer; and his father Thomas seems to have relied upon him mainly for business advice. When the "Shoe," in 1762, was annexed to Westborough, Thomas (the father) wanted to remain a citizen of Shrewsbury, and his request was gratified; but he, however, yielded to Elijah's request, 12 Mar 1793, and his farm, which had become Elijah's property, was annexed to Westborough. He was kind to his children, and allowed his son Elijah to leave his trade and pursue a course in the colleges, and graduate a learned man. His comparatively early death was a fearful blow to his sons, who were just passing into manhood. He was frugal and careful in his life, and left a fair amount of real estate to be divided among his children; but there were so many that each received but a small share. He resided Shrewsbury and Westborough, MA.

Children of Elijah6 and Mindwell (Hardy) Whitney:

i. Azubah7 Whitney, b. 13 Oct 1785, Shrewsbury, MA;[5] "of Westborough" m. (int. 5 Mar 1806, Westborough, MA[6]) 24 Apr 1806, Northbridge, MA, Joel Adams.[7]
ii. Nahum Whitney, b. 7 Jan 1788, Westborough, MA;[8] m. Susanna Adams.
iii. Asenath Whitney, b. 12 Mar 1790, Westborough, MA;[9] m. 9 Nov 1806, Westborough, MA, Noyes Bryant.[10]
iv. Joel Whitney, b. 12 May 1792, Westborough, MA;[11] m. 5 Sep 1813, Ebial Nason; resided Grafton and Westborough, MA.
v. David Whitney, b. 9 Jun 1795, Westborough, MA;[12] m. Samaria Wheeler.
vi. Levi Whitney, b. 26 Mar 1797, Westborough, MA;[13] d. 1 May 1797, Westborough, MA.[14]
vii. Elijah Whitney, b. 26 Nov 1798, Westborough, MA;[15] m.(1) Cornelia L. Pratt; m.(2) Wealthy Bryant.
ix. Mindwell Clarinda Whitney, b. 11 Feb 1801, Westborough, MA;[16] d. 26 Nov 1877, Grafton, MA, aged 76 years 8 months 15 days, of dropsy;[17] m. 6 Oct 1847, Westborough, MA, James Searl, b. ca. 1790, son of James and Sarah (-----) Searl.[18]
x. Orestes O. Whitney, b. 28 Jun 1805, Westborough, MA;[19] d. bef. 1830, when admin. was granted, Westborough, MA; "of Westboro" m. 13 Mar 1825, Providence, RI, Abby Potter.[20]
xi. Daniel Whitney, b. 21 Feb 1807, Westborough, MA;[21] m.(1) Nancy B. Newton; m.(2) Sarah S. Fiske.
xii. Dexter O. Whitney, b. 17 Sep 1809, Westborough, MA;[22] m. Catherine Newton.

Census

199 245 Lewis Whitney 32 M - Shoe Maker Massachusetts Lucy Whitney 35 F - do Ellen M. Whitney 4 F - do Attended school 246 James Searle 54 M - Farmer $1500 do Mindwell B. Searle 49 F - do Emely E. Newton 11 F - do Attended school Mindwell Whitney 87 F - do

References

1.^  "Elijah [Whitney], s. Thomas and Anne, [born] Apr. 21, 1761," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1904).

2.^  "Elijah [Whitney], h. Mindwell, [died] Aug. 24, 1817, a. 56," according to Franklin P. Rice, ed., Vital Records of Westborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (1903).

3.^  "Elijah [Whitney] and Mindwell Hardy, [married] May 29, 1785," according to Westborough Vital Records.

4.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 77, page 181.

5.^  "Azubah [Whitney], d. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Oct. 13, 1785. In Shrewsbury," according to Westborough Vital Records.

6.^  "Azubeth [Whitney] and Joel Adams of Northbridge, int. March 5, 1806," according to Westborough Vital Records.

7.^  "Azuba [Whitney] of Westborough, and Joel Adams, [married] Apr. 24, 1806," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Northbridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: 1916).

8.^  "Nahum [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Jan. 7, 1788," according to Westborough Vital Records.

9.^  "Asenath [Whitney], d. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] March 12, 1790," according to Westborough Vital Records.

10.^  "Asenath [Whitney] and Noyce Bryant, [married] Nov. 9, 1806," according to Westborough Vital Records.

11.^  "Joel [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] May 12, 1792," according to Westborough Vital Records.

12.^  "David [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] June 6, 1795," according to Westborough Vital Records.

13.^  "Levi [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] March 26, 1797," according to Westborough Vital Records.

14.^  "Levi [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [died] May 1, 1797," according to Westborough Vital Records.

15.^  "Elijah [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Nov. 26, 1798," according to Westborough Vital Records.

16.^  "Mindwell Clarindra [Whitney], d. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Feb. 11, 1801," according to Westborough Vital Records.

17.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 294, page 319.

18.^  "Mindwell C. [Whitney] (d. Elijah and Mindwell; a. 45) and James Searl, [married] Oct. 6, 1847," according to Westborough 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 31, page 249.

19.^  "Orestes [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] June 28, 1803," according to Westborough Vital Records.

20.^  "Orestes [Whitney] and Abby Potter, pub. March 6, 10, 13, m. March 13, 1825," according to Rhode Island, Vital Records.

21.^  "Daniel [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Feb. 21, 1807," according to Westborough Vital Records.

22.^  "Dexter [Whitney], s. Elijah and Mindwell, [born] Sept. 17, 1809," according to Westborough Vital Records.


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