Family:Whitney, James (1757-1831)

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James5 Whitney (Joseph4, Joseph3, Jonathan2, John1), son of Joseph4 and Abigail (Nutting) Whitney, was born 6 Dec 1757, Pepperell, MA,[1] baptized 1 Jan 1758, Pepperell, MA, and died 16 Feb 1831, Francestown, NH, aged 73 years.

He married, 27 Jun 1785, Pepperell, MA, Elisabeth Kemp.[2] She was supposedly the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Gilson) Kemp, born 9 Nov 1745, Groton, MA. If so, he was 27 and she 39. She died 22 Jan 1825, Francestown, NH.

From the History of Francestown, N. H.:[3]

JAMES WHITNEY, who began on the Putnam place was one of the little colony from Groton and vicinity, who built their cabins on Lakin hill and around it. Of the family of James we can learn but little and there is reason to conclude that it was not large. A relative of James, married Abraham Spear, who lived on the Putnam place several years. She died in this town Mar. 30, 1830. James's son Benjamin, also lived on the homestead. The wife of James died here, Jan. 22, 1825. He died in this town, Feb. 16, 1831.
JOSEPH WHITNEY, doubtless came here with James, and perhaps lived with him. In the records of Pepperell, we find: Joseph, son of Joseph and Abigail Whitney, born Oct. 23, 1755, James, son of Joseph and Abigail Whitney, born Dec. 6, 1757. In a record of deaths in this town, we learn that James Whitney died here Feb. 16, 1831, aged seventy-three years, which leads us to conclude that Joseph and James were brothers, and natives of Pepperell, Mass. A child of Joseph was buried here in 1790.

Children of James5 and Elisabeth (Kemp) Whitney:

i. (poss.) James6 Whitney, b. say 1790; m. 12 Jul 1817, Francestown, NH, Dorcas Ellingwood.[4]
ii. Benjamin Whitney, b. ca. 1793, Francestown, NH; d. 21 May 1871, Pepperell, MA, aged 78 years, unmarried.[5]

Census

571 641 Abijah Whiting 67 M - Farmer $300 Mass. Lydia " 58 F - " Joseph " 23 M - " " Mary A. " 17 F - " Attended school Eliza Durant 30 F - " Ellen W. " 6 F - " Attended school Isabelle " 4 F - " Attended school Joseph U. " 2 M - " Thomas " 5/12 M - " Benjamin Whiting 50 M - " N.H. Eliza Fletcher 55 F - Mass. Phineas Fletcher 23 M - Farmer Mass. Union Durant 34 M - Machinist $1300 " Abigail " 63 F - "

This is his son Benjamin. Abijah is James's nephew, son of brother Benjamin.

219 264 Abijah Whitney 73 M - Farmer Mass. Lydia Whitney 62 F - " Benjamin Whitney 62 M - Farmer " Joseph Whitney 28 M - " " Mary Ann Whitney 22 F - " Phineas P. Fletcher 27 M - Farmer "

This is his son Benjamin. Abijah is James's nephew, son of brother Benjamin.

1745 1713 Joseph Whitney 33 M - Farmer $5000 $500 Mass. Mary P. 34 F - Vermont Joseph A. 2 M - Mass. Lydia 68 F - " Benjamin 65 M - N.H. Sumner Coburn 21 M - Farm laborer Mass.

This is his son Benjamin. Joseph is James's grand-nephew, son of Abijah and grandson of brother Benjamin.

189 185 Whitney, Joseph 43 N W Farmer $4000 $1000 Mass. Male citizen over 21 -----, Mary P. 44 F W Keeping House Vermont -----, Joseph A. 12 M W Attending School " Attended school -----, Mary L. 8 F W Attending School " Attended school -----, Alma L. 9/12 F W At Home " Born in Jul -----, Benjamin 75 M W No Occupation Mew Hampshire Male citizen over 21 Durant, Ellen W. 25 F W No Occupation Mass. Varney, John D. 19 M W Brick Maker "

This is his son Benjamin. Joseph is James's grand-nephew, son of Abijah and grandson of brother Benjamin.

References

1.^  "James [Whitney], s. Joseph & Abigail, b. Dec. 6, 1757," according to George A. Rice, comp. and ed., Vital Records of Pepperell, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1985).

2.^  "James [Whitney], and Elis[abet]h Kemp, [married] June 27, 1785," according to Pepperell Vital Records.

3.^  History of Francestown, N. H., by Rev. W. R. Cocherane and George K. Wood (Nashua, NH: Town of Francestown, 1895), p. 979.

4.^  "James Whitney & Dorcas Ellingwood, m. 12 Jul 1817, Francestown, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 239, page 206.


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