Family:Whitney, Jesse (1758-1832)

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Jesse6 Whitney (David5, Nathan4, Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of David5 and Hannah (Brown) Whitney, was born 28 Mar 1758, Gorham, ME,[1] and died 17 Jan 1832 at Saco, ME, aged 77 years.[2]

He married firstly, 15 Apr 1785, Saco, ME, Mary Sawyer, daughter of David and Hannah (Pendexter) Sawyer. She was born 25 Mar 1765, Saco, ME,[3] and died 9 Oct 1815, Saco, ME.[4]

Marriage intentions were published 7 Jun 1817, Biddeford, ME, for him "Mr." "of Saco" and his second wife "Mrs." Charity Nowell, "of Biddeford".[5] Marriage intentions were published 17 Jun 1817, Saco, ME, for him "of Saco" and Charity Nowell "of Biddeford".[6] He "of Saco" married secondly, 16 Jul 1817, Biddeford, ME, Charity (Gray) Nowell "of Biddeford",[7] daughter of Harrison and Sarah (Rumery) Gray. She was born 22 May 1782, Biddeford, ME, and died 18 Feb 1856. She had married, 2 Jun 1799, Biddeford, ME, John Nowell.

According to Pierce, he married thirdly, ----- -----. [NOTE: Since Charity died after he did, and received benefits as his widow, he could not married a wife after her. If he had three wives, he could have married firstly before 1785, secondly to Mary Sawyer, and thirdly to Charity (Gray) Nowell. More likely Pierce is just mistaken about the number of his wives.--RLW]

He resided Saco, ME.

Jesse was a Revolutionary War veteran:

From Military Pension Record, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
M-804, Roll #2567 5691:

From a letter answering an inquiry about Jesse Whitney's war record:

Washington, D.C.
April 4, 1895
"I, Jesse Whitney of Saco in the county of York and State of Massachusetts of sixty years of age do testify and declare that I was a private soldier in the American Revolutionary War as served as follows, viz. First, I enlisted for one year from Jany. 1st 1776, under Capt. Hart Williams in the Regiment commanded by Col. Edmund Phinney in the Massachusetts Line and Continental Establishment and served out the term and was discharged at Fort George 1777. I then enlisted for the term of three years under Capt. Richard Mabery (Mayberry) in the Regiment commanded by Col. Francis his christian name i have forgotten in the Massachusetts Line and continental establishment and served out the full term and was discharged at West Point. I had a written discharge I have since lost, and am a resident citizen of the United States and have never had a Pension from the United States."
The soldier died at Saco, Maine, January 17, 1832.

From another letter answering an inquiry in the pension file, dated March 1, 1895:

Battles engaged in: none mentioned.
Residence of soldier at enlistment: Gorham, or Saco, Maine
Date of pension application: April 3, 1818
Residence at date of application: Saco, Maine
Age at application date: 61 years.
Remarks: He married Charity Nowell July 16, 1817, and died January 17, 1832.

Marriage record for widow's benefit:

Return of the marriage solemnized by Jere. Hill, Justice of the Peace. July 16, 1817, Jesse Whitney of Saco and Charity Nowell of Biddeford.
A true copy from the records of the town of Biddeford
Attest Fred D. Edgerly, Town Clerk

Children of Jesse6 and Mary (Sawyer) Whitney:

i. Mary7 Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1786, Saco, ME;[8] d. 16 Apr 1816; m. 22 Aug 1804, Saco, ME, Stephen Spencer "both of Saco".[9]
ii. Hepzibah Whitney, b. 8 Sep 1788, Saco, ME;[10] d. 9 Jul 1865, Saco, ME; m. 27 Jan 1809, Saco, ME, Thomas Dyer, Jr., "both of Saco",[11] b. 17 Sep 1809, Saco, ME, d. 4 Jan 1860, Saco, ME. 8 children.
a. Abby Young Dyer, b. -----; m. David Bryant [her first cousin].
iii. Hannah Whitney, b. 10 Jun 1790, Saco, ME;[12] d. 26 Aug 1838; m. 19 May 1808, Saco, ME, James Rowlins Bryant "both of Saco".[13] James d. 29 Dec 1828 in Saco, ME.
iv. David Whitney, b. 8 Dec 1791, Saco, ME;[14] not found in census records.
v. Sarah Whitney, b. 17 Feb 1794, Saco, ME;[15] m. 1 Apr 1814, Saco, ME, John Bryant, Jr.,[16] b. 20 August 1789; "both of Saco". Children:
a. David Bryant, b. -----; m. Abby Young Dyer [his first cousin]. Children:
1. H. W. Bryant, b. -----; Secretary of the Maine Historical Society.
vi. Eunice Bradley Whitney, b. 2 Jun 1796, Saco, ME;[17] m. 16 Mar 1831, Boston, MA, Clinton Clark.[18]
vii. James S. Whitney, b. 15 Dec 1798, Saco, ME;[19] m. Eliza Reed.
viii. Abner Whitney, b. 21 Dec 1800 or 15 Dec 1799, Saco, ME;[20] m. Mary Grapham or 15 Feb 1825, Saco, ME, Elizabeth Graffam, "both of Saco".
ix. Stephen Whitney, b. 12 May 1802 or 17 May 1803, Saco, ME;[21] m. 17 Dec 1826, Saco, ME, Elisabeth Berry;[22] not found in census records.
x. Abraham Whitney, b. 25 Jun 1803 or 24 Jun 1804, Saco, ME;[23] d. 28 Feb 1818, Saco, ME.[24]
xi. Olive Whitney, b. 23 or 24 May 1807, Saco, ME;[25] d. 1854; m. 27 Nov 1827, Saco, ME, Benaiah Berry "both of Saco",[26] b. 27 Jun 1803, Scarborough, ME.

Children of Jesse6 and Charity (Gray)(Nowell) Whitney:

xii. Susan Whitney, b. 23 Oct 1818, Saco, ME; m. 7 Dec 1834, Biddeford, ME, John L. Morrill, "both of Biddeford".[27]
xiii. Jesse Whitney, b. 11 Dec 1820, Saco, ME; m. Rebecca Chapman.
xiv. Abigail Whitney, b. 8 Jun 1822, Saco, ME.
xv. Charles Whitney, b. 10 Apr 1824, Saco, ME; m. Mary Elizabeth Sawyer.
xvi. Elmira N. Whitney, b. 8 Jan 1826, Saco, ME; m. (int. 20 Jun 1846), Biddeford, ME, Ichabod Powers, "both of Biddeford".[28]

Census

207 208 Jesse Whitney 29 M - Blacksmith Me. Rebecca " 33 F - " Lucy " 3 F - " Attended school Charles " 1 M - " Attended school Charity " 69 F - " Attended school

References

1.^  "Jesse [Whitney], s. David and Hannah, [born] Mar. 28, 1758," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897). Also, "Jesse [Whitney], h. Mary, b. ca 1755 [based on gravestone record]," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

2.^  "Jesse [Whitney], (age 77) [died] 18 Jan. 1832," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

3.^  "Mary [Whitney], w. Jesse, b. 25 Mar. 1765," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

4.^  "Mary [Whitney], w. of Jesse [died] 9 Oct. 1815," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

5.^  "Jesse, Mr., of Saco, and Mrs. Charity Nowel of Biddeford, int. Jun. 7, 1817," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 281.

6.^  "Jesse [Whitney] of Saco and Charity Nowell of Biddeford, [intentions] 17 June 1817," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

7.^  "Jesse, of Saco, and Charity Nowall of Biddeford, m. Jul. 16, 1817," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 282.

8.^  "Mary [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 9 Nov. 1786," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

9.^  "Mary [Whitney] and Stephen Spencer both of Saco, 22 Aug. [intentions] 1804," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

10.^  "Hephzebah [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 8 Sep. 1788," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

11.^  "Hephzebeh [Whitney] and Thomas Dyer Junr., both of Saco, [married] 27 Jan. 1809," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

12.^  "Hannah [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 10 June 1790," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

13.^  "Hannah [Whitney] and James R. Bryant, both of Saco, [married] 19 May 1808," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

14.^  "David [Whitney], s. Jesse and Mary, b. 29 Dec. 1791," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

15.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 13 Feb. 1794," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

16.^  "Sally [Whitney] and John Bryant Jr., both of Saco, [married] 1 Apr. 1814," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

17.^  "Eunice [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 2 Jan. 1796," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

18.^  L.D.S. International Genealogical Index.

19.^  "James [Whitney], s. Jesse and Mary, b. 15 Nov. 1797," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

20.^  "Abner [Whitney], s. Jesse and Mary, b. 15 Dec. 1799," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

21.^  "Stephen [Whitney], s. Jesse and Mary, b. 17 May 1803," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

22.^  "Stephen [Whitney] and Elisabeth Berry, both of Saco, [married] 17 Dec. 1826," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

23.^  "Abraham [Whitney], s. Jesse and Mary, b. 24 June 1804," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

24.^  "Abraham [Whitney], son of Jesse, [died] 28 Feb. 1818," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

25.^  "Olive [Whitney], d. Jesse and Mary, b. 24 May 1807," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

26.^  "Olive [Whitney] and Benaiah Berry, both of Saco, [married] 27 Nov. 1827," according to First book of records of the town of Pepperellborough, now the city of Saco (Portland, Me.: Thurston Print, 1896).

27.^  "In the year ending 31 March 1835, John L. Morrill and Susan Whitney, both of Biddeford [married]," according to [[Archive:Vital Records, Maine, York County Marriage Returns|J. E. Frost & J. C. Anderson, eds., Marriage Returns of York County, Maine Prior to 1892, Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication #13 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).

28.^  "Almira N., and Ichabod Powers, b. of Biddeford, int. Jun. 20, 1846," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 398.


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