Family:Whitney, Joel (1762-1842)

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Joel6 Whitney (Jonas5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Jonas5 and Zebudah (Davis) Whitney, was born 15 Oct 1762, Harvard, MA,[1] and died 1 Feb 1842, Fitzwilliam, NH.

He married, 1786, Rindge, NH, Lydia Willard. She was born 6 Mar 1786, Harvard, MA, and died 8 Jan 1856, Sublette, IL.

While in the employ of Rev. Seth Payson at Rindge, New Hampshire, he met his future wife, who was a member of the minister's family. She was smart, active, intelligent, and unusually neat. She was a devout Christian, and the marriage was a happy one. Mr. Whitney served in the army during the Revolutionary war in the Massachusetts Continental line, and during the latter part of his life drew a pension from 24 Nov 1832. He also served in the war of 1812. Those who knew him say his word was as good as his bond. He resided Fitzwilliam, NH.

Children of Joel6 and Lydia (Willard) Whitney:

i. Lydia7 Whitney, b. 21 Oct 1787, Fitzwilliam, NH;[2] d. Sep 1846, Fitchburg, MA; m. 23 May 1817, or 27 Jul 1817, Richmond, NH, Abial Foster.[3] He was born in Tewksbury, and enlisted in the Continental army when but sixteen years of age and remained in active service until its close. He was wounded in the leg by a bullet which he carried through life. During the Revolutionary war he was captured by the British and taken as a prisoner of war to England. He was subsequently exchanged and returned to this country. He drew a pension from the government, and Amos A. Parker, aged 101 years (now 1893), the oldest living college graduate, has a receipt signed by Abial Foster. He resided in Tewksbury, MA, and was born 25 Jun 1763; died 25 Jan 1832. Children:
a. Daniel Whitney Foster, b. 16 Jun 1818, Fitzwilliam, NH; d. 17 May 1844; unmarried.
b. Julia Foster, b. 5 Sep 1820; d. 10 Feb 1890; m. 12 Oct 1840, Jonas Brooks of Dublin, NH; had 7 ch.
c. Zebuda Foster, b. 12 Dec 1822; m. Samuel Whitney.
d. Willard Foster, b. 18 Dec 1825, n. f. k.
ii. Lemuel Whitney, b. 7 Jul 1789, Fitzwilliam, NH;[4] d. 1862 [Pierce] or 19 May 1857, aged 68 years, of colic, Deerfield, MA; unmarried.[5]
iii. Joel Whitney, b. 29 Feb 1792, Fitzwilliam, NH;[6] m. Elizabeth -----.
iv. Jesse Whitney, b. 8 Nov 1794, Fitzwilliam, NH;[7] m. Martha Flowers.
v. Daniel Whitney, b. 9 May 1797, Fitzwilliam, NH;[8] d. 1817, Boston, MA.
vi. Grata Whitney, b. 25 Mar 1801, Fitzwilliam, NH;[9] "Graty" m. 21 Sep 1817, Fitzwilliam, NH, Benjamin Brigham Morse,[10] b. 27 Sep 1799, Fitzwilliam, NH, son of Jabez and Lucy (-----) Morse. Children:
a. Eliza Morse, b. 23 Jan 1818, Fitzwilliam, NH.
b. Fanny Morse, b. 15 Apr 1821, Fitzwilliam, NH.
c. Emily Morse, b. 28 Oct 1823, Fitzwilliam, NH.
d. Benjamin Willard Morse, b. 2 Oct 1828, Fitzwilliam, NH.
e. Levi Morse, b. 28 Mar 1832, Fitzwilliam, NH.
vii. Willard Whitney, b. 13 Feb 1804, Fitzwilliam, NH;[11] d. 7 Apr 1825, Fitzwilliam, NH. [12]

Census

  • 1790, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Joen [sic] Whitney, 1 male over 16, 1 male 0-15, and 3 females.
  • 1800, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Joel Whitney, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 10-15, 3 males 0-9, 1 female 26-44, and 1 female 10-15.
  • 1810, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Joel Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 0-9, 1 female over 45, 1 female 16-25, and 1 female 0-9.
  • 1820, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Joel Whitney, 1 male over 45, 1 male 18-25, 1 female over 45, and 1 female 16-25.
  • 1830, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Benjamin B. Morse, 1 male 60-69, 1 male 40-49, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 0-4, 1 female 60-69, 1 female 20-29, 1 female 10-14, and 1 female 0-4. Benjamin B. Morse was 30-39, and the older couple were undoubtedly Joel and Lydia (Willard) Whitney.
  • 1840, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH: Benjamin B. Morse, 1 male 70-79, 1 male 40-49, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 15-19, 2 males 10-14, 1 male 0-4, 1 femal3 70-79, 1 female 30-39, and 2 females 20-29; 3 in agriculture; pensioner Whitney, Joel, 80.
  • 1850: not found.
  • 1850, Royalston, Worcester Co., MA:

264 288 Noah Miles 53 M - Farmer $2000 N.H. Sophia " 50 F - Ms. Henry " 22 M - Pealer N.H. Cynthia L. Miles 19 F - N.H. Sarah " 17 F - N.H. Attended school George " 14 M - N.H. Attended school Wertha " 10 F - N.H. Attended school Darius " 9 M - N.H. Attended school Harriet M. " 6 F - N.H. Attended school Chas. L. " 4 M - N.H. Attended school Lemuel Whitney 61 M - Farmer N.H.

  • 1860, Lemuel not found.

References

1.^  "Joel [Whitney], s. of Jonas Jr. and Zabudah, [born] Oct. 15, 1762," according to Thomas W. Baldwin, ed., Vital Records of Harvard, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1917).

2.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

3.^  "Lydia Whitney & Abiel Foster, m. 27 Jul 1817, Richmond, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

4.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

5.^  "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004; volume 111, page 285.

6.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

7.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

8.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

9.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

10.^  "Graty Whitney & Benjamin Brigham Morse, m. 21 Sep 1817, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

11.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.

12.^  New Hampshire, Vital Records, Birth Index.


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