Family:Whitney, John (1718-1793)

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John4 Whitney (William3, Joshua2, John1), son of William3 and Margaret (Mirick) Whitney,[1] was born 30 Jan 1717/8, Groton, MA,[2] and died 13 Nov 1793, Canaan, CT.[3]

He apparently married, say 1740, Elizabeth -----. She died 15 Jan 1743/4, Lebanon, CT.[4]

He "of Lebanon" married 6 Aug 1744, Lebanon, CT, Elizabeth Adams "of Colchester",[5] daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Davenport) Adams.[6] She was born 30 Nov 1720, Colchester, CT,[7] and died 14 May 1790, Canaan, CT.[8]

"He was probably born in Groton, Mass., though his will is recorded at Plainfield, Conn., to which place his parents had removed when he was quite small. After his marriage he moved to Canaan, where he was a prominent citizen and farmer. He was a leading member of the Congregational church, and for some years, until his death, was deacon of the same. He was buried in South Canaan, and his estate was settled Jan. 8, 1794, by agreement of his four children. He d. Nov. 13, 1793; res. Canaan, Conn."[9]

John4 and Elizabeth (-----) Whitney had no known children.

Children of John4 and Elizabeth (Adams) Whitney:

i. Reuben5 Whitney, b. 7 Oct 1745, Lebanon, CT;[10] m. Mary Harman.
ii. Elijah Whitney, b. 10 Sep 1750, Lebanon, CT;[11] m. Chloe Beckley.
iii. John Whitney, b. 3 Feb 1754, Lebanon, CT;[12] m. Anne/Hannah Belden.
iv. Betsey Whitney, b. 29 Dec 1759, Lebanon, CT;[13] m. Azariah Smith.
v. Ruby Whitney, b. say 1764, prob. Canaan, CT;[14] m. Salmon Hunt.

Census

References

1.^  His parentage is proven by his birth records.

2.^  "John [Whetney], s. William and Margaret, [born] Jan. 30, 1717/8," according to Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1926-1927); also "John [Whitney], s. William & Margret, b. 30 Jan 1717/8," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 27.

3.^  "Whitney, Deacon John died Nov 13, 1793, age 77," according to his gravestone at Under Mountain Cemetery, Canaan, CT.

4.^  "Elizabeth [Whitney], w. John, d. 15 Jan 1743/4," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon 1:340.

5.^  "John [Whitney], of Lebanon, m. Elizabeth Adams, of Colchester, 6 Aug 1744," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 335. Also, "----- [Whitney], m. Mary ADAMS, 7 Aug 1744, by Rev. Ephraim LITTLE," according to the Index of Connecticut Church Records, Colchester First Congregational Church 1:53, 4:49. Also, "_____ Whitney & Mary Adams, [married] 7 Aug. 1744," according to Bailey, Frederick W., ed., Early Connecticut Marriages, as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800 (1896-1906), Colchester, 3:99.

6.^  Her parentage is established from her age at death, her home at marriage, and her birth record.

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

8.^  "Whitney, Elizabeth, Wife of Deacon John, died May 14, 1790, age 71," according to her gravestone at Under Mountain Cemetery, Canaan, CT.

9.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 58.

10.^  "Reuben [Whitney], [s. John & Elizabeth], b. 7 Oct 1745," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 335.

11.^  "Elijah [Whitney], s. John & Elizabeth, b. 10 Sep 1750," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 335.

12.^  "John [Whitney], s. [John & Elizabeth], b. 3 Feb 1754," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 335.

13.^  "Betty [Whitney], d. [John & Elizabeth], b. 29 Dec 1759," according to the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Lebanon, vol. 1, p. 335.

14.^  Her placement here is from Pierce, and the birth date is estimated from her marriage date. The place is a guess based on the residence of her parents.


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