Family:Whitney, John (1717-a1797)

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John4 Whitney (Henry3, John2, Henry1), son of Henry3 and Elizabeth (Olmstead) Whitney,[1] was born 28 Jan 1717, Ridgefield, CT,[2] and died after 1797, Johnstown, N. Y.[3]

He married firstly, 15 Jun 1746, Ridgefield, CT, Hephzibah Olmstead, by Rev. Jonathan Ingersol,[4] daughter of Richard and Mary (Betts) Olmstead.[5] She was born 20 Jun 1726, Ridgefield, CT,[6] and died 20 May 1753, Ridgefield, CT, of consumption, having been able to walk about the house the day before her death.[7]

He married secondly, Thankful Benedict,[8] daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Platt) Benedict.[9] She was born 23 Jun 1727, Ridgefield, CT,[10] and died unknown.[11]

Phoenix said the following:[12]

By the settlement of his father's estate, 28 March 1744, and a division made by him and his brother Daniel Whitney, 4 Feb. 1745, he had the south half of his father's homestead in Ridgefield, which he sold, 14 Feb. 1753, with "dwelling house, barn, shop, fruit trees and fences," to Abraham Betts, of Norwalk, for £1200, old tenor. A deed of 20 March 1771, shows that he then lived in Salem, Westchester Co., N. Y. He signed a deed, 14 Feb. 1793, in which he called himself of "the County of Serry Togue and State of New York." He lived, in the latter part of his life, with his son Ezra, at, or near, Johnstown, New York. He is known to have visited his son Samuel, in Paris, now Kirkland, Oneida Co., N. Y., about 1797, when he was eighty years old, but neither the place nor the date of his death, or that of his second wife, have been reported; but she died first.

In 1763 John Whitney, weaver, is on a list of freeholders in Salem, Westchester Co., NY.[13]

Children of John4 and Hephzibah (Olmstead) Whitney, all born in Ridgefield, CT:

i. John5 Whitney, b. 21 Apr 1747;[14] m.(1) Rebecca Morehouse; m.(2) Sarah (Osborn)
ii. Samuel Whitney, b. 12 Oct 1749;[15] m. Mary St. John.

Children of John4 and Thankful (Benedict) Whitney:

iii. James5 Whitney, b. say 1753; m. ----- -----.
iv. Elizabeth Whitney, m. 17 Dec 1778, South Salem, NY, Philip Wood. No record of her birth has been found, but tradition asserts that John Whitney had two daughters, and until more evidence is found, she is given a place here. Her husband was possibly the same Philip, son of Jacob Wood, who was baptized 15 Mar 1761, South Salem.[16]
v. Benjamin Whitney, b. 23 Jan 1758, Salem, N. Y.;[17] m. Ann Mercy Harris.
vi. Ezra Whitney, b. say 1760; m. ----- -----.
vii. (daughter) Whitney, of whom no record has been found. Mrs. Anna (Whitney) Snow, of Henderson, N. Y., thinks she married ----- Hubbell.[18]

Census

References

1.^  Stephen Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney family of Connecticut, and its affiliations; being an attempt to trace the descendants, as well in the female as the male lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 1878; to which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. (New York : Priv. Print. [Bradford Press] 1878), pp. 26-27.

2.^  "John [Whitney], s. Henry & Elizabeth, b. 28 Jan 1714," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:202.

3.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

4.^  "John [Whitney], m. Hephzibah Olmstead, 15 Jun 1746, by Rev. Jonathan Ingersoll," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:233.

5.^  "Olmstead, Hephzibah, dau of Richard & Mary, b. 20 Jun 1726 - Ridgefield VR," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records; also Phoenix, loc. cit.

6.^  Phoenix, loc. cit..

7.^  "Hepzibah [Whitney], w. John, d. 20 May 1753," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:216. Also, Phoenix, loc. cit.

8.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

9.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

10.^  "Benedict, Thankfull, dau of Benjamin & Mary, b. 23 Jun 1727 - Ridgefield VR," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records; also Phoenix, loc. cit.

11.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

12.^  Phoenix, loc. cit.

13.^  E-mail from Linda DeWld, 8 May 1998.

14.^  "John [Whitney], s. John & Hepzibah, b. 21 Apr 1747," according to Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Ridgefield LR1:198.

15.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 59.

16.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 60.

17.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 60.

18.^  Phoenix, op. cit., p. 60.


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