Family:Whitney, John (1725-a1789)
He "of Shirley" married firstly, 26 Feb 1759, Groton, MA, Hannah Sawtell, daughter of Hezekiah and Joanna (Wilson) Sawtell. She was born 11 Oct 1730, Groton, MA, and died sometime between 23 Feb 1761 and 15 Apr 1762.
He married secondly, 15 Apr 1762, Groton, MA, Elizabeth Sawtell, "both of Shirley", daughter of David and Elizabeth (Keyes) Sawtell. She was born 12 Jul 1737, Groton, MA. She was a first cousin of his first wife.
John Whitney and his younger brother Ezra seem to have traveled together throughout life. Both served in the French and Indian War together at St. George's, and both ended up in Rockingham, VT. Since Ezra resided in Montague between 1767 and 1773, it is possible that John was there as well.
Private, Lieut. Nathaniel Sartell's Co., Col. William Prescott's Rgt.; muster roll dated Aug 1, 1775; enlisted May 2, 1775; service, 91 days; also Capt. Ephraim Corey's Co., Col. Prescott's Rgt.; company return dated Cambridge, Oct 7, 1775, and endorsed 'the late Capt. Parkers' Co; also order for bounty coat dated Camp Cambridge, Oct 31, 1775. 'Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of The Revolution'.
On 13 Nov 1779, he entered into the following agreement:
- John Whitney 2d of Rockingham in the County of Cumberland and State of Vermont, yeoman, for the consideration of twelve pounds ... paid by Reuben Jones of Rockingham ... two certain tracts of land lying in Lake Champlain and granted by the General Assembly at their session in October last to Ethan Allen Jones fay Ve and their associates by the name of the two heroes ... thirtyeth Day November Anno Domini 1779.
- Signed by John Whittney
On 20 Feb 1787, the following judgement was made against him:
- State of Vermont Windham County To either of the constables of Rockingham within said County of Windham greeting. Whereas John Ellis of said Rockingham on the 20th day of December AD 1786 recovered Judgement against John Whitney 2d by his own confession before John Lovell Esq Justice of peace for the County of Windham for the sum of L3: 12s lawful money debt and for the sum of one shilling for confessing judgement as appears on record whereof execution remains to be done these are by the authority of the State of Vermont to command you of the moneys good chattels of the said John Whitney within your precinct you cause to be levied and the same being disposed of as the law directs paid and satisfied unto the said John Ellis the aforesaid sum being three pounds thirteen shillings lawful money in the whole with 1s 6d more for this writt to gather with your own fees and for want of such moneys goods or chattels of the said John Whitney to be by him shown unto you or found within your precinct to the acceptance of the sd John Ellis for the satisfying the affore said sums you are hereby commanded to take the body of him the said John Whitney and him committ to the keeper of the Goal [Jail] in Westminster in sd county aforesaid within the said prison who is hereby commanded to receive the said John Whitney and him safely keep until he pay unto the said John Ellis the full sums above mentioned with your fees or that he be discharged by said John Ellis or otherwise by order of Laws hereof fail not and make due return to me recording to Law within sixty days from this date dated at Rockingham this 20th day of February AD 1787. Signed John Lovell Justice peace. This may certifie that the above debt was to be paid in chaffer worth three pounds twelve shillings L[awful] money. John Lovell Justice peace
On 31 Dec 1789, he entered into the following agreement:
- Rockingham Decembr 31 1789 This indenture made concerning the bargain between Joseph Caryl of Rockingham ... & John Whitney ... Joseph Caryl for the consideration of twenty shillings ... paid by John Whitney ... all the lot no four in the tenth range called the Church of Ingland in Rockingham State of Vermont. John Whitney is also listed as Jno Whitney in the document.
Children of John5 and Hannah (Sawtell) Whitney:
i. Solomon / Salmon6 Whitney, b. 28 Jun 1759, Shirley, MA. Pierce says the following: "He served through the Revolutionary war. He res. in Groton unm. and in 1783, according to probate court records at Camb., he was deceased and his estate settled and appraised by Obadiah Sawtell of Shirley, Jonathan Worcester of Groton, and Joshua Longley of Lunenburg." ii. John Whitney, b. 23 Feb 1761, Shirley, MA; bapt. 14 Jun 1761, Groton, MA. Pierce says the following: "He was in Capt. Corey's Company, of Col. Prescott's Regiment, during the Revolutionary war."
Children of John5 and Elizabeth (Sawtell) Whitney:
iii. (child)6 Whitney, bapt. -- Aug 1763, Shirley, MA. iii. Aaron Whitney, b. about 1763, Shirley, MA, bapt. 23 Sep 1764, Shirley, MA. iv. Asa Whitney, bapt. 8 Feb 1767, Shirley, MA. v. Oliver Whitney, b. about 1768, Shirley, MA; bapt. 31 Apr 1769, Shirley, MA. vi. Elizabeth Whitney, bapt. 15 Sep 1776, Rockingham, VT; m. 3 Aug 1797, Rockingham, VT, Josiah Johnson. vii. Abigail Whitney bapt. 7 Sep 1783, Rockingham, VT.
- 1771 (tax list): not found.
- 1790: not found.
- 1800: not found.
- 1810: not found.
3.^ "John [Whitney], Jr., of Shirley, and Hannah Sawtell, [married] Feb. 26, 1759," according to Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1926-1927).
5.^ "Salmon [Solomon, T.C.], s. John Jr. and Hannah, June 28, 1759," according to Vital Records of Shirley, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1918).